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World Cup 2014: 32 facts about the 32 teams

Brazil is hosting the event and should probably be the odds-on favorite to win it all.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   May 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM
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RIO DE JANEIRO, May 14 (UPI) -- The 2014 FIFA World Cup will kickoff in a little less than a month when host nation Brazil faces off against Croatia on June 12. Thirty-two teams will play in the 32-day tournament and this video should get you a little more informed about the tournament with a fact about each team.

Based on the first one, it would seem that Brazil -- World Cup winner in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002 -- should probably be the favorite.

Here's a sampling of some World Cup facts:

Brazil -- Has never lost a home game since 1975.

The tournament's current 32-team format was used for the first time in France in 1998.

Netherlands -- The only team to reach the World Cup finals three times without a win.

Tore Keller of Sweden, then 33, was the oldest player to score FIFA World Cup hat-trick.

Cameroon -- Most World Cup appearances of any African nation.

The biggest scoring line in the history of World Cup qualifiers occurred when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in April 2001.

Spain -- Has the record with 29 consecutive undefeated competitive games.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is named after U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

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