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Brazil to keep hooligans away from 2014 World Cup

Brazil Sunday announced a strategy that will help increase its security during the 2014 football World Cup.

The newly created Special Secretariat for Large Events is looking to identify hooligans in foreign countries and prohibit their entrance into the country during the World Cup, Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

A joint effort between the federal police and the armed forces will control the identification of foreigners entering the country before the mega event. The Special Secretariat for Large Events has requested information from England, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United States and Argentina in order to create a black list of potential security risks, including hooligans and terrorists.

Brazil is expecting to receive some 600,000 fans during the World Cup and wants to avoid any problems before they have a chance to start.

During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the country spent an estimated $250 million on security. Brazil is yet to divulge the amount it will allocate towards security. The country has more than 45,000 security personnel, not including the armed forces.

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