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Neymar sits on the bench for final Brazil match

Brazil's Neymar waves as he enters the pitch to sit on the bench before the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and the Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Neymar will watch Brazil’s final World Cup match from the bench.

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Brazil has 6 new players for 3rd-place match

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Left back Maxwell and striker Jo were among six players entering Brazil’s lineup for the third-place match against the Netherlands on Saturday, while Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder had to pull out after getting injured during the warmup.

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Germany wants history and title in South America

Germany's coach Joachim Loew arrives with his team to the Sheraton Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 11, 2014. Germany will face Argentina at the World Cup final Match on Sunday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas. Just one more source of motivation for Germany ahead of Sunday’s final against Argentina.

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5 high- and lowlights of most memorable World Cup

In this June 28, 2014 file photo, Colombia's James Rodriguez shoots to score his team's first goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. James Rodriguez’ volleyed goal for Colombia against Uruguay, controlling the ball with his chest, letting it drop and then hammering in with his left foot, all while turning to face goal, was poetry, the timing exquisite. It will be many fans’ goal of the tournament. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Marcelo looked wide-eyed, stunned when he scored the first goal of the World Cup … against his own team. Hardly the most auspicious of starts for Brazil. But that blooper just 11 minutes into the tournament was soon forgiven and forgotten as Brazil went on to win that opening game and the 2014 World Cup quickly flowered into a roaring success, confounding doom and gloom merchants who predicted Brazil couldn’t pull it off without major protests and problems.

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5 reasons why Messi stands out in football world

Argentina's Lionel Messi pumps his fists after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie after extra time to advance to the finals after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A four-time world player of the year, Argentina’s Lionel Messi is gifted with talents that most footballers can only dream of. What makes him special is that he possesses not just one or two but a combination of special skills that give him an edge over just about everyone.

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