For this model, the teams in their groups were ranked according to the Legatum Prosperity Index
World Cup whispers: Howard's heroics, Europe back in the game, Neymar fitness fears
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Two goals from Neymar help the hosts top Group A, despite the efforts of Cameroon and Mexico
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The weird, wonderful, funny and downright bizarre episodes from Brazil's joyful World Cup
World Cup whispers: Wright's family threatened by raiders, Cahill scores wonder-goal
Star turn from Mexican goalkeeper draws comparisons with Gordon Banks in 1970
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Robotic exoskeleton lets paralysed man take first kick at the World Cup opening ceremony
Word Cup whispers: Lopez and Pitbull get a mixed reception, and more problems emerge at Manaus
'Just give the cup to Brazil', say Croatia after controversial opening match in Sao Paulo
The long awaited festival of football finally gets underway tonight - here's the lowdown
World Cup whispers: England concerns over pitch as untested Itaquerao hosts Brazil opener
This is not a vintage Brazil side and they will be under huge pressure to deliver at home
With the opening match of the World Cup fast approaching, violence threatens to disrupt the tournament
Will an African nation finally win the cup this year? Ivory Coast have the firepower to make it happen
They come from South America and they play in yellow shirts... could Colombia steal the hosts' thunder this summer?
World Cup whispers: Chelsea man could replace Keane at ITV, fans urged to act like 'priests'
Is low demand from disabled fans down to infrastructure problems outside the grounds?