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Brazil are the clear favourites to extend their record of World Cup victories with a sixth triumph when they host this summer’s tournament.
 
The country that has been synonymous with football swagger for over half a century already has more World Cup wins than any other nation and Brazil are the general favourites to end a 12-year wait for title No 6.
 
Between 1966 and 1978, three of the four World Cups were won by the nation staging the tournament. It happened again at France 98 and now Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side aim to make the most of home advantage.
 
Appropriately, Brazil are in Group A and they launch proceedings on Thursday June 12 when they take on Croatia straight after the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo.
 
They received a favourable draw because their other opponents will be Mexico on June 17 in Fortaleza, with the Central Americans having needed to negotiate a play-off against New Zealand to secure their place in the finals, and rank outsiders of the group Cameroon in Brasilia on June 23.
 
Scolari was at the helm when Brazil last tasted World Cup glory in 2002 and after spells in charge of Portugal and Chelsea FC, he is trying to become only the second manager after Vittorio Pozzo (1934 and 1938 with Italy) to lift the trophy twice.
 
The 65-year-old has expressed great confidence in Brazil’s chances and plans to keep faith in the players who won last summer’s Confederations Cup with ease, also on home soil, beating fellow World Cup contenders Japan, Mexico, Italy, Uruguay and Spain en route.
 
Their talisman is expected to be forward Neymar, who joined Barcelona for £50million last summer, but the squad is packed full of star names including Chelsea quartet Oscar, Willian, David Luiz and Ramires, Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva, striker Hulk and Barcelona right-back Dani Alves to name just a few.
 
Perhaps the one thing lacking is a true out-and-out goalscorer in the mould of former heroes Romario or Ronaldo, who fired Brazil to the World Cup in 1994 and 2002 respectively, with much resting on the shoulders of Neymar and fellow striker Fred.

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