As Brazil survives, nation can exhale

Nancy Armour – Delaware Online, 6/28/2014

Anxiety and tension hung over the Estadio Mineirao like a wet, wool blanket as Brazil’s players took the field for the penalty shootout. It’s only a game, some might say, with no lasting impact beyond the final whistle.

Only there’s no such thing at this World Cup, not for this team.

Still seething at the corrupt and inept leaders who saddled the country with debt and embarrassment ahead of the World Cup, Brazilians have put their anger on hold and their faith in 23 young men. Soccer has always been as close to religion as you can get in Brazil without setting foot in a church, but the Seleção is now also the prism through which the nation views its dreams for the future.

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