Brazil vs. South Korea: World Cup Favorites Meet a Team With Momentum

Andrew Das

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For two weeks, the World Cup toyed with new ideas: Lebanese fans masquerading as Qataris. Saudi Arabians posing as trash-talkers. Germans making it look as if they had forgotten how all this is supposed to go. It was all fun and fresh and new.

But now Neymar is quoting James Brown, and the bandleader is playing the classics: Argentina, the Netherlands, England, France. It’s not even Monday, and already the tune has changed at the World Cup.

Neymar returned to training on Saturday after a week on the shelf with an ankle injury. By Sunday, his coach, Tite, was not so subtly suggesting he would start against South Korea. Neymar definitely…

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