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With a passionate crowd behind them, a savvy coach and a settled team enjoying a sparkling run of form Brazil are hot favorites to lift a record sixth World Cup this July. After their quarterfinal defeat to the Netherlands four years ago, coach Dunga was replaced by Mano Menezes, who reshaped the team and gave debuts to young, agile players such as Neymar, Oscar, Fernandinho and Paulinho. Crucially he rallied fans behind the team and, in just six months, turned Menezes's group of youngsters into one capable of great things.The way they waltzed through the Confederations Cup last year, defeating Uruguay and Italy on the road to a 3-0 final drubbing of world champions Spain, was unforgettable and instilled a belief in the side missing for the best part of a decade. No team has won the World Cup after lifting the Confederations Cup a year previously.The only other time Brazil hosted the World Cup was in 1950, when the home side lost out in the final match to Uruguay.
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