World Cup 2014 – what will happen in Brazil

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A fun guide to what to expect in Brazil

Although every World Cup brings its own shocks and surprises there are 17 things that you can expect from this summer's tournament in Brazil. See Gallery

Although every World Cup brings its own shocks and surprises there are a number of things that you can expect from this summer's tournament in Brazil.
Click or swipe for a fun guide to what you can expect at the 2014 World Cup.

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England will lose on penalties

If England qualify from a difficult group that also contains Italy and Uruguay, you can be certain they will lose in a penalty shoot-out during the knock-out phase. They have lost three World Cup shoot-outs already and three more at the European Championships.

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The French will implode

In 2002 France were responsible for one of the worst-ever records as defending champions; two losses, one draw and no goals scored. In 2010 there was a player-led revolt against the coaching staff. Will coach Didier Deschamps be able to keep everyone calm and lead the French team to success in 2014? Probably not.

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Pele's predictions will not come true

Remember Pele saying that Colombia would win the World Cup in 1994? Or that an African team would win it by 2000? When he makes predictions about 2014 you should expect the opposite to happen.

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Protests will be a big news story

We have seen this happen already in the build-up to the tournament and we saw it happen during last year's Confederations Cup. Protest groups and leaders have already said that their demonstrations will continue during the World Cup - let's just hope they don't turn violent.

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A head coach will come onto the pitch

All head coaches should stay in their technical area but you know that they won't. Someone will get so upset that they will end up on the pitch pointing their finger at the referee or an opposition player. Calm down!

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Cameramen will focus on Brazilian babes

Even when the World Cup is not held in Brazil this happens, so with the crowds both inside and outside the stadia filled with Brazilian women in various stages of undress, it is inevitable that cameramen will pick out a babe or two.

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Pele and Ronaldo will be seen everywhere

In 2006 when Germany hosted the tournament Franz Beckenbauer seemed to be at every match. In 2014 you can be sure Brazilian greats Pele and Ronaldo will be appearing every day on your TV.

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A surprise team will do well

It was South Korea and Turkey in 2002, and Uruguay in 2010. In every tournament a team causes surprises and can even get as far as the semi-final. Who will it be this time around? Belgium? Bosnia-Herzegovina? Ivory Coast?

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A top team will do badly

A team ranked highly by Fifa usually fails to qualify from its group. In 2002 it was France and Portugal, in 2006 it was Croatia and Czech Republic and it 2010 it was France and Italy. Who will it be in 2014? England? Portugal? Spain, maybe?

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Luis Suarez will make headlines

Whether it is for incredible skill or unbelievable antics Suarez is a headline maker. He has had an excellent season at Liverpool but has proven that he has the potential to cause a sensation, such as in 2010 when he stopped this goal-bound effort in Uruguay's quarter-final against Ghana.

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Iker Casillas will break a World Cup record

If selected, Spain's Casillas could set these World Cup records: the first goalkeeper to win the Golden Glove twice; the most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal at World Cup finals - he's completed 433 minutes thanks to his last four matches in 2010 and he needs another 85 minutes to beat Italian Walter Zenga's record; the goalkeeper who has saved the most penalties (not including during shoot-outs) - he's joint-first with Brad Friedel and Jan Tomaszewski; the most clean sheets - his current total of seven is three behind the 10 of England's Peter Shilton and France's Fabien Barthez.

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Algeria will get a record nobody wants

Algeria have scored no goals in their five most recent World Cup matches. If they do not score against Belgium before the 37th minute they will beat Bolivia's record of 517 minutes without scoring.

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There will be a refereeing controversy

Even with the debut of goal-line technology at this year's World Cup you can be sure there will be a moment when a referee makes a disastrous decision.

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Players will earn a big money move to the EPL

Yaya Toure, David Silva, Raul Meireles and Asamoah Gyan all went to the Premier League after the last World Cup. More will follow this time.

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Traffic jams will be a problem

On May 23 this year Sao Paolo suffered a 344-kilometre traffic jam, the worst in its history. Fans going to a match at the World Cup might want to leave early to get to the stadium on time.

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There will be samba music everywhere

How much samba music can one person listen to in a month? You're about to find out, but at least it should be less annoying than vuvuzelas.

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It will be brilliant

Of course it will be, it's the World Cup. It is the biggest and best sporting event on the planet and it is always a joy to watch. There will be controversy and there might be a few problems, but it's the World Cup and it is being held in Brazil. It will be brilliant, so enjoy.