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Daily Links: 62 Days to World Cup

In today's countdown: extension for Bento, The Next Gianluigi Buffon, and England's rise in the FIFA Ranking. All that and more right here in TLR's Daily World Cup Countdown.

Claudio Villa
Bento set to stay until 2016

Portugal has announced that coach Paulo Bento has agreed two a two-year contract extension that will keep him until the end of Euro 2016.

Lloris to remain France's skipper

Didier Deschamps see no reason why Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris should not remain France's captain.

Buffon's heir?

Italy's Gianluigi Buffon thinks that 17-year old (yes you read that right) Simone Scuffet is worthy of a place in Italy's squad. The Udinese shot-stopper will turn 18 just before the tournament.

Belgium keeper to miss tournament

Relax, it's not Simon Mignolet or Thibaut Courtois. 3rd choice keeper Koen Casteels however will miss the tournament after he broke his shin bone in a Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin.

One thing at a time

Is the approach that Nigeria's shot-stopper Vincent Enyeama is taking, with his club side Lille on the verge of securing a Champions League spot in France Ligue 1.

Football and religion

Interesting piece by Fernando Duarte for The Guardian about Brazil's striker Fred and his faith as well as the dynamic of religion and football in Brazil.

Gundogan a major doubt for World Cup

Borussia Dortmund's midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan will miss the rest of the season with lingering issues in his back, which put his participation in the World Cup in doubt having been absent since August last year.

Vote of confidence

Sepp Blatter has told Brazil's President Dilma Roussef, that this year's World Cup will be the most successful ever. Aside from the unfinished stadium, and other infrastructure that has been yet put into place, obviously.


According to the latest FIFA ranking, England have risen one spot to 11th, overtaking perennial World Cup dark horse, Belgium.