— -- The World Cup starts on June 12 in 12 cities across Brazil and ABC News will be your guide to the spectacle that is the planet's biggest sporting event.
If you are a casual fan who doesn't care whether Brazil can win the World Cup or whether England can defeat an opponent on penalty kicks, there is still plenty for you to read and experience over the next month.
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The World Cup is one big global party. So if you don't want to miss out on the food, culture and carnival atmosphere that will take over Brazil -- and indeed the entire world -- until a champion is crowned on July 13, then don't miss out on ABC News' coverage (along with ESPN and Fusion) over the next month.
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