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How football is used as a political tool in Brazil

How football is used as a political tool in Brazil
Corinthians: “Go out and vote on the 15th”

Sport and major events such as the World Cup can provide a small economic boom for countries. In Brazil, retailers expect an injection of BRL 20 billion into the economy – a sorely needed stimulus. Besides finance, however, it can also be a tool to spur nationalism and promote political agendas. In Brazil, as in many countries around the world, politicians and governments rarely miss the opportunity to use the country’s favorite sport in their favor.

The easiest example of such a relationship came during the 1970 World Cup. During Brazil’s years of lead, when the...

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