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By Jimmy Chalk, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As Rio’s Marina da Glória played host Saturday to the extravagant 2014 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw, behind-the-scenes tension threatened to tarnish its reputation as a budding destination for the world’s premier mega-events. The draw, which marks the beginning of the regional contests in which 175 countries will fight for just 31 playoff berths, comes amid Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?