KOENIGSTEIN: Carlos Alberto Parreira is paying particular attention to free kicks and corners as Brazil chases its sixth World Cup title.

``We've seen it happen already,'' the Brazil coach said on Sunday. ``It's always a dangerous play.

``England's goal came on a set play, on a (David) Beckham free kick; Argentina also got one, on a free kick well taken by (Juan) Riquelme.''

Parreira said the tournament's initial matches had shown the importance of defending well on set plays.

He said Brazil would need to be extra careful on balls crossed into the area, particularly when facing European nations, ``which use this play a lot, they are very precise on free kicks and corner kicks.''

Parreira recalled that Brazil lost the 1998 final to host France on Zinedine Zidane's pair of headed goals from corner kick.

Brazil has been practising in the small town of Koenigstein, outside Frankfurt, and will travel to Berlin on Sunday night for its opener against Croatia on Tuesday. The defending champion will then play Australia and Japan in Group F.

Parreira said the velocity and the intensity in the initial matches caught his attention, and noted that physical conditioning would be fundamental at this World Cup.

``This World Cup, differently from the others, will be the World Cup of health, intensity and preparation,'' Parreira said. ``We've seen this with all teams ... the physical conditioning will be a fundamental factor. And Germany was the team the impressed me the most.''

Host Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 in the opening match on Friday. Brazil beat Germany in the 2002 final to capture its fifth World Cup title. AP

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