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Mixed emotions gripping Brazil

By Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-06-11 07:03:36

Mixed emotions gripping Brazil

It's a tale of the two World Cups - one on a field and one playing out on this country's streets.

As Brazilians raise the curtain this week on what is arguably the world's most popular sporting event, the country's fervent love of soccer is butting up against public anger over charges of wasteful spending, corruption, traffic jams, strikes and a litany of other complaints.

After enduring a year of anti-government protests that tied up roads and strikes that paralyzed public transport, schools and other services, many exhausted Brazilians finally are preparing to cheer on their beloved team, though in what may be the flattest pre-Cup climate they have yet seen.

Mixed emotions gripping Brazil

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