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Foward Brazilian Soldiers!

Brazil Looks to Quarterfinals, With Confidence!

FILE - Soccer fans celebrate as they watch on a big screen television, the second goal scored by Brazil's Neymar in the World Cup match against Cameroon, in Manaus, Brazil.


Brazil will face Colombia Friday for a spot in the World Cup semifinal. Everybody expects a tough game for Brazil and in a country where soccer is king, everyone has an opinion on the national team.

In Flamengo, one can see the majestic Sugar Loaf mountain, but nobody really pays attention to one of the most iconic sights in Rio. Here, it is the ball that gets all the attention. Amateurs, kids, everybody is playing soccer. And everybody has an opinion on the Selecao, the Brazilian national team.

Many, like Mateus Marquez Custodio, think the team will beat Colombia.

Read more here at VOAnews.com.

Statue of Liberty vs. Manneken Pis

US Businesses Cheering World Cup Fervor

The World Cup has entered its third week of competition with the United States advancing to the next round.

Spirited play by the Americans has already generated a lot of new fans in the US, and is breaking TV viewing records, surpassing even major American sports like baseball and ice hockey.

But it’s not just football fans now raving about the sport. As Mil Arcega reports, some of the biggest fans include bars and restaurants in Washington D.C.

The Belgians and the Americans kick off at 12 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. GMT)

Good Grades in Brasilia

African Students Dig Into Academics in Brasilia

Brazil is not only a dream destination for soccer fans from all over the world. The emerging power is also receiving more and more students from Africa. The country is more accessible than the U.S. or Europe, and African students can find better infrastructure here than they can at home.

With almost 40,000 students, the University of Brasilia is an institution in Brazil’s capital city.  Among them are a hundred or so Africans who came to try the Brazilian adventure.  Most of them are from Angola or Cape Verde, but you also find some Francophones from Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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