Brazil Thrashes Uruguay, Faces Paraguay

By Jayme Monsanto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - World Cup fever is alive and well in Brazil. As 2010 draws nearer and the qualifying rounds gain momentum, the football nation with the most fans worldwide has a lot to be cheering about.

This next World Cup will be held in nine host cities around South Africa, a first for the continent which has long supplied players to top Latin American and European teams.

FIFA received applications from 204 national teams from all five continents, all hoping to make the final cut. Only 32 teams will claim places to play in . . .

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