Rossi included for Italy fitness tests

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Giuseppe Rossi was selected Friday for pre-World Cup fitness tests by Italian national team coach Cesare Prandelli.

All eyes on jungle city of Manaus in World Cup

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Manaus is the most remote of Brazil's World Cup cities, and probably the most fascinating, too.

Belo Horizonte avoids World Cup delays

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Belo Horizonte was one of the first Brazilian cities to be ready for the World Cup, avoiding the delays that marked the preparations of nearly all other host cities.

Party city of Salvador hosts 6 World Cup matches

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Salvador is Brazil's party capital, and it's also known for its passionate football fans.

Recife will distract with lush beaches, reefs

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

With its rivers, beaches and coral reefs, the northeastern city of Recife is nicknamed the Venice of Brazil.

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.