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Welcome to the final post in our series, an alternative look at the eight groups that make up the first round of the World Cup. Phobias – the governments of the Group H countries have them all! The most important thing to remember is that trade unionists, civil rights groups and campaigners in those countries oppose their every move.

Given that the US military machine thinks that Latin America is its back yard, Brazil for them is a home fixture. But I suspect by the time you read this it wont be the US “soccer” team we will be worrying about, US bombers may once again be flying over Iraq murdering innocent civilians.

The great Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly once said: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

Well England did not disappoint! However it was one of the best England performances I’ve seen for a long time and I’m pleased for Raheem Sterling, who had a great game.

We are just hours away from England’s first group D match. Cameron will be cheering England on, the Sun is cheering England on and from her grave so will Margaret Thatcher. I for one won’t be.

The football maybe glorious, but much of the world’s media are ignoring the protests that are taking place in Brazil against FIFA and poverty. Brazilian police are rounding up protestors and jailing them.