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FIFA extends hand to Brazil

Updated: March 17, 2012, 12:56 PM ET
Associated Press

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Kind words were all it took to get FIFA and Brazil back on the same page.

Just two weeks after a public spat raised concerns over the 2014 World Cup, FIFA president Sepp Blatter ended a "short but important visit" to Brazil, easing tensions and re-establishing good rapport with the host country.

With a smile on his face, Blatter shook hands with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and gave her a gift -- an old framed photo of the duo alongside Pele. In return, Brazilian ...

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