On June 12, the world’s eyes turn to Brazil for the start of the 20th FIFA World Cup, but the planet’s biggest football tournament will have plenty of news and views in the months leading up to it. ESPN FC's World Cup Daily blog is the place to be:
• FIFA president Sepp Blatter has had his say on Brazil's race to ensure the country's stadiums are ready in time for the competition. "Brazil has come to realise that they started too late. They are the country who are the most delayed [in terms of World Cup organisation] since I have been at FIFA," Blatter told the Swiss newspaper 24 Hours. Read more.
• Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is determined to make England's World Cup squad as he looks to rival his club's first-choice shot-stopper Asmir Begovic, who is currently injured, for a regular playing berth. Read more at Sky Sports.
• Amid concerns about escalating prices for flights in Brazil during the tournament, President Dilma Rousseff is considering allowing overseas airlines to operate internal flights in an attempt to keep costs to fans lower. Read more at Travel Weekly.
INTERNATIONAL BIRTHDAYS: Andy Carroll (1989), Ilie Dumitrescu (1969), Bongani Khumalo (187).
DID YOU KNOW?
Delfin Benitez Caceres played his first international match in 11 years. He hadn't played for Paraguay in 13, but won a single cap for Argentina in 1934, scoring against Uruguay. He scored again on this day (against Argentina, of all teams), a gap of 10 years between international goals. He scored against Argentina again three days later -- twice this time -- but Paraguay lost both matches: 5-2 and 5-3.
-- Cris Freddi
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