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  • Pele: busy eating a sandwich (Getty)Pele: busy eating a sandwich (Getty)

    Representatives from the 32 competing nations at the 2014 World Cup are arriving at the swanky beachside Costa do Sauipe resort in Bahia in preparation for Friday's World Cup draw.

    The showpiece event, which begins at 11am ET (1pm local time) will feature around an hour of pointless singing, dancing and highlights clips before the actual draw process begins. The men who will actually be pulling the balls from FIFA's shiny plastic bowls are previous winners from the eight victorious nations: they include Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Mario Kempes, Lothar Matthaus, Zinedine Zidane and Sir Geoff Hurst. They will not, however, be joined by three-time winner and erectile dysfunction spokesman Pele, who has come down with a serious case of the draw yips.

    The Daily Mail has his response to being asked to participate by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff:

    'I preferred to turn down the offer because I wouldn't feel comfortable in picking out balls which are not favourable to Brazil.'

    Pele has drawn

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  • Construction on the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. (Getty)

    Earlier this week, England manager Roy Hodgson voiced concerns about the 2014 World Cup venues that many participants are likely to share. "There are venues in Brazil that will be harder to play in than others," he told the press, adding that he will be more concerned by the venues than the other teams at the draw on Friday.

    He singled out the tropical and distant host city of Manuas as one venue that could cause teams added trouble and now the mayor of Manaus has decided he doesn't want England in his town anyway.

    2014 World Cup host cities. (FIFA.com)

    From the AP:

    Virgilio said in a statement: ''We hope to get a better team and a coach who is more sensible and polite.'' [...]

    ''We would also prefer that England doesn't come,'' Virgilio said. ''We hope to get a better team and a coach who is more sensible and polite. He's one of the few people in the world who is not curious about the Amazon, who doesn't want to know Manaus.''

    To be fair, Hodgson never said he wasn't curious about the Amazon or that he didn't have a

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  • Maybe it's fitting, but the man who led MLS with 22 goals this season has also claimed the league's goal of the year award. Vancouver's Camilo Sanvezzo had a tremendous season, scoring five more goals than he did in his first two MLS seasons combined. His scissor kick to equalize against Portland in October was a high point, though. And now it's officially the goal of the season.

    Here's all four finalists for the award, so you can see the impressive contenders Sanvezzo beat out...

    The winner was determined by a fan vote, which Sanvezzo won by a considerable margin.

    1. Camilo Sanvezzo (VAN) vs. POR, Week 32 - 47.29%
    2. Diego Valeri (POR) vs. NY, Week 1 - 30.05%
    3. Juan Agudelo (NE) vs. CHI, Week 25 - 11.36%
    4. Thierry Henry (NY) vs. MTL, Week 11 - 11.31%

    Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando took the save of the year award for the second straight season, this time for his sitting-down double save against Colorado.

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    Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports.

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  • In a promotional clip for an upcoming award show, Mario Balotelli is seen speaking to the camera at Milan's training ground when a zombie suddenly appears. Balotelli keeps his cool as the growling monster approaches him (probably because he knew it was standing there the whole time). He has to act quick if he wants to save himself and he does by employing an unconventional zombie defense tactic: ripping off its hair.

    Balotelli's inventive move works though, and the zombie stumbles away in pain while Mario watches with the same impassive expression he has after scoring a goal. Someone needs to tell Rick Grimes not to worry about going to the trouble of destroying a zombie's brain. Just rip off its hairpiece, ya dingus!

    Unfortunately, it seems Gigi Buffon didn't get away as easily...

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes faced his old club on Wednesday and it did not go well for him. Everton won 1-0 and their fans booed the man who led them for 11 years and chanted "David Moyes is full of s***." And they did this at Old Trafford. Man United are now 12-points adrift of first-place Arsenal and Roberto Martinez's Everton remain the only team in the Premier League with just one loss. But what if the match continued?

    97' — Sir Alex Ferguson angrily chomps gum that isn't in his mouth and considers disbanding Man United to prevent Moyes from sullying their image any further.

    101' — Ryan Giggs continues to have more talent in one of his gray hairs than Tom Cleverley does in his whole disappointing body.

    108' — Ashley Young dives off the bench in a misguided attempt to win a much needed penalty. Anders Lindegaard uses him as a footrest.

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    112' — Bryan Oviedo sits on Sylvain Distin's shoulders to form EVERTRON. Oviedo carries a bottle of water because EVERTRON dehydrates

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