Soccer-Pitfalls at every corner on the long road to Brazil (Reuters)

By Brian Homewood June 21 (Reuters) – Pot-holed pitches, hostile customs officials, over-zealous police, unwelcoming hosts and marathon plane trips have turned the 2014 World Cup qualifiers into a via crucis for some teams despite efforts from FIFA to impose fair play. Although there has been nothing approaching the so-called “football war” which followed an El Salvador-Honduras qualifier in 1969, the sparks can still fly as players and coaches face career-changing matches in unfamiliar conditions. …

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