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Who are the Fifa World Cup Ballon d'Or contenders

Who are the Fifa World Cup Ballon d'Or contenders

Brazil's World Cup came to a premature end on Friday, when the five-time victor was eliminated from the competition following a 2-1 loss to a talented Belgium side at Kazan Arena.

Brazil have now made it to the semi-final just once in their past four attempts since winning the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan 16 years ago.

De Bruyne also admitted that it felt like a "now or never" moment for this Belgium squad who, after quarter-finals together at the last two worldwide tournaments, have already take a step forward in beating Brazil last Friday to reach the last four.

Manchester United and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku has praised Chelsea legend Didier Drogba for helping him develop into the superstar player he is today. Germany meanwhile, has handed a 2-0 defeat at the stadium on the final matchday of group play, which ended its title defense in the first round. Fernandinho is only the second Brazilian score an own goal at World Cups - Marcelo opened Croatia's scoring in the 2014 World Cup opener, which Brazil went on to win 3-1.

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Pope Francis is trying to cheer up Brazilian football fans after the team's quarterfinal exit from the Fifa World Cup. He's helped me from when I arrived in England, we have a very special and close relationship. He has good players around him, but we have those too.

This was supposed to be the World Cup where the greats dazzled with a string of performances that would leave fans purring and have future generations uttering their names for years to come.

Italy, France, Germany and Portugal were the semi-finalists at the 2006 World Cup, the last time this had happened.

He said: "Everybody knows Didier Drogba is a bit of a big brother to me".

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English coach George Raynor took Sweden to the 1958 final, but lost to Brazil.

"I think that it happens to everyone to get hard moments", he said at his presentation to the media on Monday.

In a World Cup where set pieces have played such a huge role and with teams becoming ever more cautious as the final approaches, that edge could prove the difference between England ending 52 years of hurt or falling at the penultimate hurdle. "I think that the team has the character of the coach".

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