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When it comes to World Cups, it's Europe, South America, then everyone else

Originally Published: June 12, 2013
By Doug McIntyre | ESPN The Magazine

South America

Brazil

Strength: A guaranteed host spot allows manager Luiz Felipe Scolari to experiment with formations, all designed to get the ball to striker Neymar, making Brazil tough to scout. Ignore that 1-5-2 record since November.
Weakness: Part of Scolari's tinkering has been to cover for a lack of command from a holding midfielder, resulting in vulnerabilities when the team's aggressive defenders attack.

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