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Brazil's World Cup rescue mission

Updated 10:13 AM ET, Thu February 7, 2013
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Ronaldinho was making his first appearance for Brazil in over a year, but he struggled. The two-time World Player of the Year missed a penalty before being substituted at half-time in a 2-1 defeat by England. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Neymar is the star of the current Brazil team. The Santos playmaker also endured a frustrating match, failing to breakdown England's stubborn defence. GLYN KIRK,GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Brazil captain David Luiz, fourth from the left, is confident La Selecao can win the World Cup when it is staged in the South American country for just the second time next year. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
In a bid to transform Brazil's fortunes, Luis Felipe Scolari has been reinstated as coach. Scolari led Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Scolari's Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the final 11 years ago, with Ronaldo scoring a brace in the showpiece match. AFP/Getty Images
All Brazilians fear a repeat of the 1950 World Cup, when hosts Brazil lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the final game of the tournament and missed out on glory. The defeat was referred to as "our Hiroshima" by Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues. STAFF/AFP/Getty Images/file