Soccer-Confederations Cup more than a dress rehearsal for Brazil (Reuters)

By Mike Collett LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) – This month’s Confederations Cup is far more than just a straight dress rehearsal for next year’s World Cup finals because nothing is straightfoward as far as soccer in Brazil is concerned. Controversies involving the government, FIFA, local sports bodies, construction companies, politicians and the police have hampered preparations since Brazil, the only candidate, was formally announced as World Cup host in October 2007. …

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