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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The FIFA World Cup is now just eight days away. This week the Seleção Brasileira squad have been training in the town of Teresópolis, before embarking on preparation friendlies before June 12th's curtain raiser against Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's side has been in excellent form, with thirteen wins from their last fourteen, and a substantial part of their success is down to a perfectly balanced midfield. The ability to defend and attack in equal measures . . .

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