National Teams Make Preparations for The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

Training sessions and friendly matches around the world

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  • Official match balls for the 2014 World Cup
    Official match balls for the 2014 World Cup are pictured during a training session of the Italy national soccer team at Coverciano training centre near Florence May 27, 2014.
  • South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng controls the ball during a friendly soccer match against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup stadium
    South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng controls the ball during a friendly soccer match against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup stadium in Seoul in this May 28, 2014 file photo. South Korea's squad will make their eighth consecutive World Cup appearance in Brazil, where they have been drawn with Russia, Algeria and Belgium in Group H.
  • Colombian national soccer team defender Mario Alberto Yepes (C) talks to fans
    Colombian national soccer team defender Mario Alberto Yepes (C) talks to fans during a ceremony to bid farewell to the team before they leave for Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, at Campin stadium in Bogota May 23, 2014.
  • Japan national soccer team
    Japan national soccer team player Shinji Kagawa (10) and his team mates attend a send-off ceremony for the World Cup Brazil, in Tokyo May 25, 2014. Japan will face Colombia, Ivory Coast and Greece in 2014 World Cup Group C in Brazil.
  • Spain's national soccer team head coach Vicente del Bosque (2nd L) smiles next to players Xavi (L), Andres Iniesta (R) and Juan Mata
    Spain's national soccer team head coach Vicente del Bosque (2nd L) smiles next to players Xavi (L), Andres Iniesta (R) and Juan Mata during a training session in preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, at Soccer City sports camp in Las Rozas, near Madrid, May 26, 2014.
  • Tunisia's Zouhaier Dhaouadi (L) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against South Korea
    Tunisia's Zouhaier Dhaouadi (L) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against South Korea during their friendly soccer match at the Seoul World Cup stadium in Seoul May 28, 2014.
  • Argentina's national soccer team strikers Gonzalo Higuain (L) and Sergio Aguero
    Argentina's national soccer team strikers Gonzalo Higuain (L) and Sergio Aguero walk during a training session at the squad's camp ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Buenos Aires May 28, 2014.
  • Belgium's national soccer team player Daniel van Buyten
    Belgium's national soccer team player Daniel van Buyten attends a training session at the squad's camp ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Stockholm May 28, 2014.
  • Argentina's national soccer team head coach Alejandro Sabella (L) gives instructions next to player Lionel Messi
    Argentina's national soccer team head coach Alejandro Sabella (L) gives instructions next to player Lionel Messi during a training session at the squad's camp ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Buenos Aires May 28, 2014.
  • France's national soccer team forward Franck Ribery
    France's national soccer team forward Franck Ribery (R) plays with a young boy before a training session in Clairefontaine, near Paris, in preparation for the upcoming World Cup, May 23, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13.
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With the domestic leagues and continental competitions out of the way, all eyes are on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil which kicks off on June 12. National team players who have been selected have come home to participate in training sessions and international friendly matches.

The Spanish national team, who will be coming into the World Cup as defending champions, is already deep in training at the Soccer City sports camp in Las Rozas de Madrid which is normally used by newly crowned UEFA Champions League winners, Real Madrid. Injured striker Diego Costa of losing Champions League finalists, Atlético Madrid will need to spend the time available to recover and gain his strength back after suffering a hamstring injury in the closing stages of the season.   He will be elbowing for a spot against "La Furia Roja" veterans Fernando Torres and David Villa.

Meanwhile, Tunisia was hosted by South Korea on May 28 for a friendly warm-up match at Seoul's World Cup stadium ahead of the send-off for both teams. Tunisia won the match 1-0. 

2006 World Cup Champions, Italy are also deep in training in the Italian countryside with their chosen venue being the Coverciano Training Centre in Florence.

South American teams are always heavily favoured when the cup is played in their continent and aside from Brazil, Argentina is a heavy conteder. FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi has rejoined his teammates and are now training under National Coach Alejandro Sabella in Buenos Aires. Messi is joined by Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.

Belgian players find themselves in Stockolm, Sweden where they are holding their training sessions before jetting off to the other side of the globe. France has chosen Clairefontaine, near Paris to be the venue for their World Cup preparations.  

While others are still in training, Colombia and Japan have already completed their send-off ceremonies for their respective teams where fans got the chance to see their national team and bid them good luck and farewell before starting their campaign for the world's biggest football competition. 

See complete match schedules at the Official FIFA World Cup Web site

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