Writing a piece about Brazil's superiority in international soccer is a bit like remarking that basketball players are tall -- it's all too obvious. But sometimes it warrants going over the statistics. Here's the big one: There have been 19 World Cups. Brazil has won five of them. Astounding.
And here's another interesting angle: By dispatching Brazil today, 2-1, the Dutch became the first team other than France to beat Brazil in World Cup play since 1990 (This is arguably the nation's most crushing loss since a 3-0 pounding in the finals vs. Les Bleus in 1998).
These are somber times in South America's most populous nation. In da Costa's home city of Rio de Janeiro, he's certain there's much moping and weeping into caipirinhas. "It's like a funeral," he says. "Maybe not of a relative. But a funeral."
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