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Testimonial announcement hints at Manchester United stay for Rio Ferdinand

Defender is out of contract in the summer

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Midfielder Britto and Rafael Silva of Uniao Barbarense both wore the number five

England's Rio friendly match against Brazil in doubt amid fears over stadium roof

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Stadium is being revamped ahead of World Cup

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The Maracana, the flagship stadium for next year's tournament in Brazil, has been flooded

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Michael Misick is led away by police in Rio de Janeiro

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