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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    Brazil is an excellent team but there is other high quality teams like France, England, Spain and Germany is not too far behind them if they play like they played against Spain. So I am not sure avoiding Brazil achieves anything at all. Also it is a bit silly to score first if you are not trying to win so I think the theory is nonsense.
    The canteen operator at my former workplace had been a player/coach in Argentinian soccer and I formed the impression that the two countries don't like each other. Probably the theory goes not so much that they want an outcome for easier opposition but to avoid the potential ignominy of being eliminated by the other. But as you say it's most likely nonsense, although it's not unknown for results in many sports to be engineered for a favourable pathway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    The canteen operator at my former workplace had been a player/coach in Argentinian soccer and I formed the impression that the two countries don't like each other. Probably the theory goes not so much that they want an outcome for easier opposition but to avoid the potential ignominy of being eliminated by the other. But as you say it's most likely nonsense, although it's not unknown for results in many sports to be engineered for a favourable pathway.
    Brazil and Argentina definitely don't like playing each other!

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