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Ronaldo: Civilised Brazil will hold protest-free World Cup in 2014

Brazil legend Ronaldo is sure the World Cup will pass off peacefully despite renewed fears about civil unrest in his homeland.

Global football convention Soccerex, due to take place on the eve of the World Cup draw next month, was cancelled on Tuesday evening.

Brazil is a civilised country. It's a country that is known worldwide for being very hospitable to tourists.

I am sure there won't be any problems in the World Cup because the last survey showed that the Brazil population is in favour of the World Cup.

The Brazil population sees the World Cup as an opportunity for there to be investment in Brazil.

Brazil is experiencing something really special now. It's a moment of change.

We must listen to any non-violent protests. We won't tolerate any violent protests, but I don't believe there will be any type of protest during the World Cup.

– Ronaldo hopes for a peaceful World Cup in his native Brazil in 2014.

Costa set for Brazil call

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed he will pick Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who has indicated his wish to change allegiance and represent Spain, for next month's friendly internationals.

Costa was granted Spanish nationality in July and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) last month asked FIFA for permission to register the player.

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Happy Birthday Pele!

For some 50 years, Pele has been regarded as one of the world's greatest ever players.

The Brazilian scored more than 1000 career goals, winning three World Cups and celebrates his 73rd birthday today.

Watch our video profile of the legend, above.

Video: Ronaldinho bids farewell to his famous buck-tooth

His buck-tooth smile made him one of the most recognisable faces in football, but Brazil legend Ronaldinho has now bid farewell to his trademark look and undergone cosmetic surgery to straighten his teeth.

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