Familiar Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Maracana

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

With famous beaches and world-renowned attractions such as the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain, Rio de Janeiro has plenty to see even without the World Cup.

Brazil's modern capital gets a taste of football

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Locally known as the Mane Garrincha Stadium, the 70,000-capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia was completed last year for the Confederations Cup and will host seven matches at this year's World Cup.

Natal _ it means Christmas _ hosts 4 matches

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Estadio das Dunas in Natal will hold 42,000 spectators for four World Cup matches at this year's tournament.

5 Russia players to watch at the World Cup

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Although Russia is a team with plenty of veterans, only one of them has seen World Cup action.

Hong aiming for knockout round as player and coach

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Hong Myong-bo is already regarded as one of Asia's greatest players. If the 45-year-old former South Korea captain can guide his national team to the knockout stage of the World Cup, it will be a significant step to becoming one of the continent's best ever coaches, too.

Revitalized Russia ready for WCup under Capello

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Since Fabio Capello took over as Russia coach two years ago, he has revitalized the national team.

Russia headed to World Cup with high hopes

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Already with an eye on the 2018 World Cup it will host, Russia is headed to Brazil with the attitude that anything short of advancement from Group H will be a failure.

5 Algeria players to watch at the World Cup

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Under coach Vahid Halilhodzic, Algeria has more flair and scores more goals.

Kompany, Hazard, Courtois make Belgium a contender

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Belgium is back in the World Cup after 12 years, and with its hottest crop of players in a generation.

5 United States players to watch at the World Cup

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

For the first time since 1990, the United States heads to the biggest football tournament on the planet with no central defenders with World Cup experience.