Jul 3, 2014

Brazilians would be protesting against the Cup — but there’s soccer to watch

When Brazilians watch soccer, they are not individuals watching sport. They are a heaving, unified glorious mass with a single mind -- and who can protest when that sort of thing is going on? Crikey's man on the ground Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

One year ago world football fans were watching in slack-jawed horror as 1 million Brazilians turned out to protest against hosting the 2014 World Cup -- this World Cup. Surely in Brazil -- the land where the average washing line boasts three, four or maybe even five football jerseys, because that’s just what most people wear most days of the week -- surely in Brazil football was above politics.

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