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Portugal-Brazil rivalry heats up

Originally Published: March 18, 2010
By Gus Martins | Special to ESPN.com

It didn't take long for simmering social tensions between Brazil and Portugal to be reignited after being drawn together in Group G. A tongue-in-cheek comment by Brazilian coach Dunga, who referred to the tiny sister nation as "Brazil's B team," served as the catalyst.

The fact that Portugal currently has three Brazilians on its roster has served as a bone of contention among a significant element of Portuguese afraid of ceding aspects of their national identity, especially to a nation ...

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