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Most World Cup teams pick training camps near Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

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SAO PAULO - Most of the 32 nations coming to the World Cup in Brazil have picked training bases near Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with only a few venturing into the much hotter northeast or the colder south.

With games to be played in 12 cities across the country, the majority of squads decided to stay near the major centres in the southeast, simplifying travel plans.

FIFA and the local World Cup organizing committee said Friday that 15 teams will be in Sao Paulo state, including France, Mexico and the United States. Four will be in Rio de Janeiro state — Brazil, England, Italy and the Netherlands.

South American teams Argentina, Chile and Uruguay will be in or near the city of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais, also in the southeast region, which is hosting 24 nations.

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