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:
• Radamel Falcao is convinced he will return to fitness in time to feature for Colombia at the World Cup. FULL STORY.
• Tim Vickery writes for ESPN FC on the Brazilian protests that threaten to cause issues this summer.
• FIFA president Sepp Blatter has acknowledged in an interview with France Football that "it's not possible" to play in the searing summer heat of Qatar. READ MORE.
INTERNATIONAL BIRTHDAYS: Papa Bouba Diop (1978), Gianluigi Buffon (1978), Jamie Carragher (1978)
DID YOU KNOW?
On this day in 2006, defender Abdel Zaher El-Saka won his 100th cap for Egypt, who were hosting the finals of the African Nations Cup. The match with Morocco in Cairo ended goalless. So did the final, which El-Saka also played in but Egypt won 4-2 on penalties to take the title -- Cris Freddi.
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