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So Very Wrong For Brazilians To Root Against World Cup

Brazil's national sport of 'futebol' is the expression of all that is right in a sometimes troubled country. Plans by protestors to take out their anger on the World Cup are destined to fail.

In Ipanema, Brazil
In Ipanema, Brazil
Betty Milan*

SAO PAULO — Back in 1970, the watchword among those opposed to the reigning dictatorship was to cheer against the Brazilian soccer team at the World Cup in Mexico.

Of course, the whole plan came crashing down with the first successful attack led by Pelé, Rivelino and the others. Every goal from the Canarinhos (little canaries, one of the national team's nicknames) was duly celebrated, and when the team won Brazil's third World Cup title, the whole nation let itself go and came together in one big party.

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