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Everything You Need To Know About The World Cup As Explained By "Bend It Like Beckham"

Becks won't be playing in Brazil in 2014. But you should be watching anyway.

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To get to the World Cup, teams had to qualify from their geographic region. After two years of qualifying matches, we're left with 32 of the best teams in the world.


But the favorite has to be the host country, Brazil.

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They've got stars like Neymar and David Luiz, and the pressure's on them to win their first title in 12 years.

And how about the Americans? The U.S. team has an incredibly tough group: They'll play Ghana, Portugal, and Germany. If they advance to the elimination rounds, it's a huge step for U.S. soccer.


And since the World Cup is being held in Brazil, the matches will all start in the afternoon or early evening in the U.S.**

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**If you're on the East Coast. If you're on the left coast, there will be a few 9 a.m. kickoffs — but that's still better than those 5 a.m. games in South Africa, right?


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