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Brazil Diary: Meeting Pele

Life is good. On Saturday I had the offer of a free sandwich and a roundtable discussion with Pele.
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Dutch pile more misery onto Brazil's nightmare

Few Brazilian fans could have foreseen how hosting the World Cup would end, with a depressing 3-0 loss in the third-place game.
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Brazil Diary: Lost in translation but loving it

I find Brazilian Portuguese to be a beautiful language. The woman's voice coming over the P.A. at Sao Paulo's Rodoviaria Tiete bus terminal, reading departures and arrivals, sounds like a lovely song, which is what I first thought it was.
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Very different impressions left of two previous Argentina-Germany finals

There were common elements to the 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals. Both were contested by Argentina and West Germany, which fielded many of the same players, including Diego Maradona and Lothar Matthaeus, respectively, in both competitions, but they left very different impressions.
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Germany's not so secret key to success

It has been 24 years since Germany won its last World Cup and 18 years since it lifted a major trophy, the 1996 European Championship.
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Brazil Diary: Argentines taunt while Brazilians embrace Germany

You think Brazilians will pull for their South American neighbors in the World Cup final against Germany? Fuhgeddaboudit.
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Dutch run out of ideas as Argentines advance

The Dutch came into the semifinal after going 120 scoreless minutes against Costa Rica and needing a shootout to advance. The Argentines mustered only one goal against Belgium in their 1-0 round of 16 win.


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Brazil Diary: National Tragedy? No. Massive Shame? Yes

Sao Paulo's Mercado Municipal da Cantareira -- the biggest market in the world's third largest metropolis - opened at 6 a.m., the morning after a 7-1 loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte emphatically ended Brazil's World Cup hopes.
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Netherlands-Argentina: Memories of 1978 and 1998

When Argentina and the Netherlands are mentioned in World Cup conversations, their showdown in the 1978 final usually crops up first. As it should. But they also played a classic 20 years later.
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Brazil has a new word for this debacle: Mineirazo!

Brazil has a new date to challenge July 16, 1950, as the worst in its soccer history.
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Germany-Brazil: Memories of the last meeting

The only previous World Cup meeting between the world powers matched two teams of stark contrast.
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Brazil Diary: The 'Invisible Man' worries Selecao fans

Neymar's injury isn't the only topic that gets Brazilian fans riled up. Just mention Fred, the center forward who has scored only one goal in Brazil's first five games.
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Ticos leave with their heads held high -- and without a defeat

Costa Rica's Cinderella story in the World Cup came to a close Saturday in an excruciating penalty-kick shootout loss, 4-3, to the Netherlands after 120 goalless minutes.
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Argentina overcomes an important hurdle

Urged on by thousands of Argentines who made their way to Brasilia, Lionel Messi and Co., disposed of Belgium, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon to move into the semifinals of the World Cup.
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Brazil Diary: Rage and Sadness after Neymar's injury

"He's a coward and a criminal," says Paolo Roberto, at the Jato Bar in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro.
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