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Sports News In Brief - Brazil's worst

Published:Saturday | July 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

SAO PAULO (AP):

A new poll published yesterday makes it official: Fans feel that striker Fred is the worst player on Brazil's World Cup squad.

The respected Datafolha polling group says that for 21 per cent of the close to 3,000 people questioned, the Fluminense forward is the Brazilian team's worst player. Nine percent said striker Hulk, and six per cent said defender Dani Alves, who was removed from the starting line-up for Fridays' quarter-final against Colombia.

No surprise: For 56 per cent of the respondents, striker Neymar is the team's best player. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar is a distant second with 10 per cent.

Datafolha questioned 2,857 people, and the poll has a margin of error of two percentage points.

  • Klinmann's picks

SAO PAULO (AP):

No way is Jurgen Klinsmann going against the home Brazilians in this World Cup.

The US coach believes the Selecao are making quite a run at their sixth World Cup championship, even if his homeland of Germany is still in the tournament while the Americans head home.

"Brazil is the No. 1 name to mention because of their talent and their home advantage and the energy they bring into this tournament," Klinsmann said.

Germany's Oliver Kahn is the only goalkeeper in the FIFA World Cup history to have won the Golden Ball trophy.

In the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay a record 199,854 people came to watch the match at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which is the largest attendance in a single world cup match.