Get the latest news and notes from the World Cup in Brail ahead of Thursday's kickoff.
Spain's Diego Costa feeling "100 per cent"
Diego Costa says he has fully recovered from a nagging hamstring injury and will be ready when Spain opens their World Cup campaign against Netherlands on Friday.
"I'm very motivated; I think I'm 100 per cent and ready. I can't wait for the competition to start," Costa said.
Costa scored 36 goals in all competitions for the Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
Uruguay coach says Luis Suarez status still uncertain
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is doing all he can to regain full fitness following surgery to his left knee.
"We can't say right now when he'll be in shape to play in a World Cup match," coach Oscar Tabarez said. "Meanwhile, reality tells us that if he's not up to playing at this level, he won't play."
Uruguay faces Costa Rica in their Group D opener. After Costa Rica, they meet England on June 19, before completing their group games against Italy five days later.
In the name of love ... and soccer
Brazilians have been urged to celebrate its version of Valentine's Day on Wednesday so Thursday's World Cup kickoff doesn't spoil anyone's love life.
Celebrated every June 12, Brazil's Day of the Lovers is a major shopping day. For motels and restaurants, it's one of the biggest days of the year.
The Brazilian motels association said Tuesday it's partnered with beer company Brahma to promote mottos such as "First I will kiss you, then my jersey."
"We wanted to offer incentives so they know it's better to do it a day earlier," said Antonio Carlos Morilha, director of the Brazilian Association of Motels.
US coach repeats that winning the Cup not realistic
Untied States coach Jurgen Klinsmann reiterated comments he made six months ago, saying it was not realistic to think that the U.S. could win the World Cup this year.
"For us, talking about winning a World Cup right now is not realistic," Klinnsman said Wednesday in Brazil.
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