Is Brazil ready? Confed Cup will offer 1st hints (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this June 3, 2013 file photo, FC Barcelona's new signing, Neymar controls the ball during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. As the player carrying Brazil's hopes for a World Cup title at home, Neymar is expected to attract most of the attention at the Confederations Cup. After his high profile transfer to Barcelona, the scrutiny is only likely to increase. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — On the field, the Confederations Cup can give Brazil’s national team a major boost in its quest to win a sixth World Cup title next year. Off the field, the eight-team tournament will offer the first hints about where the country stands in its preparations for the main event in 2014.

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