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Brazilian president "rages" over failure of football team at Olympics
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15:59, August 20, 2008

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he has never been as angry as he was the moment when he saw the failure of the Brazilian football team against Argentina at the Beijing Olympics, local media reported Tuesday.

After watching the match between the two teams, Lula said he "raged" as the Brazilian team showed no desire to win.

"Losing the game to Argentina in this way is really shameful," the president said.

The ordeal was made even harder for the president when an MP teased about approving a government proposal if Lula fires the Brazilian coach Dunga.

The Brazilian football team lost to its arch-rival Argentina Tuesday 0-3, failing to secure a place in the final.

With five World Cup champions in hand, the Brazilian footballers set to win an Olympic gold medal but the dream was again torn apart and they play Belgium for the bronze later.


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