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Talent not enough for Brazil

Updated: June 27, 2011, 9:09 PM ET
By Roger Bennett | Special to ESPN.com

For a nation that has an unparalleled World Cup track record, Brazilians surprisingly wallow in the agony of defeat rather than in the ecstasy of victory. The men's team has won the World Cup a record five times, but it is the sting of an infamous loss that is best remembered. In 1950, Brazil hosted the World Cup, cocksure of victory. More than 200,000 fans packed the Maracana, a new, monumental national stadium, to witness the final game against neighboring rival Uruguay. When the impish ...

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