#69 World Cup Day Three

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So what has been happening on, where are we? Day three? It seems the Brazilians are eager to bury the ghosts of their encounter with the Germans four years ago. They have already done that to a certain extent by beating Germany in a friendly game but these chaps obviously feel they need to reach beyond football to prove something.

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Today I sent off my order to Paninni for the remaining stickers I am missing from my album. The fact that Croatia are playing today drew attention to the team and particularly Domagoj Vida whose likeness to a character from Ghostbusters 3 has not been overlooked.

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We were all disappointed that we didn’t get a chance to see Ezenwa on the pitch. His Paninni sticker claims he is 30 but the photo they used would suggest he is nearer 50.

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The appearance of Iceland however did create a great deal of excitement, especially when it turned out that they stood a good chance against and Argentina side which hadn’t appeared to turn up. There is little love lost between Brazilians and Argentinians as illustrated by the Brazilian tendency to stick the Argentinian Paninni stickers upside down.

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The Brazilians have been highly entertained by these Vikings which seem to be taming the giants of football.

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Brazilians love the concept of Vikings, especially if it means a country with a population of a small municipality on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, beatinging heir neighbours and closest rivals.

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Other things worth talking about is the comparisons between cheating in football and Brazilian politicians cheating the Brazilian people. Lots of parallels being drawn here at the moment.

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And finally, news accusing Portugal of using all the gold it took from Brazil in colonial times in the beautification of Christiano Ronaldo.

What will tomorrow bring? Who knows,  but with Brazil playing their first match, probably little in the way of writing.

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About M J Dees

M J Dees lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife, daughter and two cats. He has written three novels, Living with Saci, The Astonishing Anniversaries of James and David plus another which will be published later in the year. He is currently writing the fourth. You can sign up for more information on his book launches at http://eepurl.com/cTnAD5
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