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Confederations Cup to open Saturday after protests

Updated: June 14, 2013, 5:56 PM ET
Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Confederations Cup begins following protests that turned violent in three of Brazil's biggest cities, while builders were still slapping cement on stadiums.

The eight-nation tournament, a test of Brazil's organizational ability a year before the World Cup, starts Saturday in the capital Brasilia when the Selecao hosts Asian champion Japan. It ends June 30 in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

The quadrennial tournament is held every four years -- always one year ...

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