Rio de Oro

Well, it’s just about official:  Brazil will win the World Cup.  Lunghu watched FIFA’s referee award Brazil a go-ahead second-half penalty kick that Le Monde graciously characterized as “very generous.”  Lunghu thinks the phrase “highly dubious” is a much better description of the call.

Brazilian striker Fred went down inside the area under minimal contact from defender Dejan Lovren. “If that was a penalty, we should be playing basketball,” said Croatia coach Niko Kovac.  “Those kinds of fouls are penalized there.”

Magic_touch

Sure, it was a foregone conclusion that Brazil would open the tournament with a victory aganst Croatia, and that anything and everything would be done to ensure that outcome, but Lunghu was hoping for a little more finesse from the referee.  He must have lost his nerve — and couldn’t risk waiting until the last ten minutes to call the phantom foul.  Too bad there’s not a (published) betting line on the referees.

Yuichi Nishimura:  does he have long-lost Nipo-Brasileiro relatives in São Paulo?  Because Lunghu has heard that …

The beginning of World War I in 1914 started a boom in Japanese migration to Brazil; between 1917 and 1940 over 164,000 Japanese came to Brazil, 75% of them going to São Paulo, where many became owners of coffee plantations. In the 1970’s Japanese Brazilians achieved great cultural and economic success. Today the largest concentrations of Japanese people in Brazil are found in the states of São Paulo and Paraná.

 

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