With the opening of the 2014 World Cup just hours away, many eyes are on consensus-favorite Brazil as it seeks to capture the world’s marquee sporting event for a record sixth time.
The Brazilians appear primed to win it.
Read more exclusive analysis from VOA’s Mike Richman here.
9:18 a.m., UPDATE:
An earlier headline to this post referred to the Brazilian national team as the Auriverde. While not technically incorrect, other nicknames are more common, including A Seleção (The Select), Canarinho (TheLittle Canary);Verde-Amarela (The Green and Yellow); and, most humbly,Pentacampeões (The Five-Time Champions).