Dare to Be 100: The World Cup and Health

July 11, 2014 2:56 PM

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This reality was tested by Brazil's miserable performance in the current World Cup. The Internet overflowed with photos of the Brazilian fans following their tromping by the Germans. The Brazilians didn't just lose the game they were overwhelmed by a team from a European country where soccer is not the national religion as it is in Brazil. In anticipation of this match I had always hoped that this would be the final pairing for the World Cup, two superior teams. But the actual performance grossly failed to justify this hype. It was woefully dismal because of the one-sided nature of the contest.

My dismay grew as the game progressed and Brazil fragmented. Millions of their fans had waited a long time for this opportunity to strut their stuff on international Internet. This was fractured: heartbreak, anguish, hysteria were widely reported, even riots. Several reports said that both food and ...

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