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BRAZIL BEAT: US coach Jurgen Klinsmann still thinks hosts the favorites in this World Cup

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United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann arrives to a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The U.S. was eliminated from the second round of the 2014 soccer World Cup in a 2-1 loss to Belgium in Salvador, Brazil. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (The Associated Press)

No way is Jurgen Klinsmann going against the home Brazilians in this World Cup.

The U.S. coach believes the Selecao are making quite a run at their sixth World Cup championship, even if his homeland of Germany is still in the tournament while the Americans head home.

"Brazil is the No. 1 name to mention because of their talent and their home advantage and the energy they bring into this tournament," Klinsmann said. "There are other teams that will be difficult to beat. Germany will be difficult to beat. Holland will be difficult to beat."

Germany and Brazil would meet in the semifinals in they both win Friday.

— By Janie McCauley — www.twitter.com/JanieMcCAP

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