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PHOTOS: Stars touch down in Brazil ahead of World Cup

June 11, 2014 12:56 IST

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Germany arrived in Brazil to launch their World Cup campaign.

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Germany begin as favourites in Group G to top the group thanks to a side whose defensive backbone is complimented by one of the most dynamic attacking forces in the tournament, with the likes of Mario Goetze, Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos orchestrating matches.

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Image: Members of Germany's national soccer team exit their plane upon arrival in Salvador
Photographs: Angelo Pontes/Reuters

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Reigning FIFA World Cup champions Spain arrived in Brazil on Sunday evening.

Bookmakers rank traditional powerhouses Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain as the top teams to win the Cup, but many punters see Belgium as the smart bet to become the first European side to win the tournament on South American soil.

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Image: Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas (bottom) and his teammates exit their plane upon arrival at the international airport in Curitiba
Photographs: Rodolfo Buhrer/Reuters

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Les Bleus have landed in Brazil ahead of their opening World Cup match against Honduras this coming Sunday.

In theory, France, enjoying a revival under Didier Deschamps, are clear favourites to finish top in Group E while Honduras, who have never won a match at the World Cup, are given little hope of progressing.

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Image: France's national soccer team players Patrice Evra,left, and Mathieu Debuchyarrive at their hotel, ahead of the 2014 World Cup, at Ribeirao Preto
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

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Italy begin their Group D campaign against England in Manaus on Saturday, and there is a growing desire in Italy for the exciting Immobile to feature in the starting line-up even though Prandelli prefers AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

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Image: Gianluigi Buffon of Italy's national soccer team arrives at Rio de Janeiro's international airport
Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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Robin van Persie and Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands national soccer team arrive at Rio de Janeiro's international airport ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

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Image: Netherlands national soccer team arrive
Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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US men's national soccer team players arrive at the Guarulhos airport ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo.

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Image: US team arrives
Photographs: Nacho Doce/Reuters

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Cameroon's national soccer team players Samuel Eto'o, Alexandre Song and Nicolas Nkoulou arrival in Galeao Aerial Base ahead of the 2014
World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

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Image: Cameroon's squad arrive
Photographs: Ricardo Morae/Reuters

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The erratic French, efficient Swiss, flying Ecuadoreans and hard-tackling Honduras promise to turn Group E into one of the most unpredictable at the World Cup.


Image: Ecuador's national soccer team arrives at the international airport in Porto Alegre
Photographs: Edison Vara/Reuters

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