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Neymar dons Pele's mantle as pressure mounts

International Friendly: South Africa v Brazil
THE pressure will be on new hero Neymar to end Brazil's fear of failing on home territory at this year's Soccer World Cup, according to the country's all-time great Pele.

"This is his first World Cup. Nobody knows what will happen"

Ronaldo scores double as Spain, France, Germany win

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Algeria win, Drogba scores in Ivory Coast draw

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Brazil's Scolari refuses to be drawn on axed Kaka

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