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Brazil is Good at Soccer

The Germans are relentless and the Portuguese can slide

The play across the field with fluid motion, like a glide

Across a shining dance floor. Argentina strikes with flair;

And Italy's dramatic when the contact isn't there.

But what care I for all these teams when I behold the thrill

Of watching soccer as it's played by players from Brazil? Australia thumped Japan to earn perhaps their only points,

And Sweden, highly rated, aches in spirit and in joints...

For they could not prevail against the tiny island nation...

ah, Trinadad — Tobago, for a moment a sensation.

But these are merely subplots, mere distractions, if you will,

For that which has united us: the worship of Brazil. The U.S. fumbled blindly through the Czech Republic game,

And now their fans, consumed with loathing, don't know whom to blame...

Some say the coach and others lack of energy or plan,

Still others look ahead and say if anybody can

Beat Italy, the U.S. team perhaps will be the one,

If they remember how to shoot and tackle, pass, and run.

But all the talk of next games, every promise that they'll thrill

Must take, I fear, a backseat to the glories of Brazil. The Netherlands are sturdy, England's likely to endure,

And Mexico has started well and should go through for sure...

The French may yet recover from their draw against the Swiss,

Croatia likely wins their next two games, but should they miss

The second round, they'll still have had the everlasting thrill

Of sharing the same soccer pitch with players from Brazil. Am I too much enamored of the yellow-shirted team

That plays as if it had transformed the game into a dream

Of grace, imagination, and a rare, contagious glee?

If so, I won't apologize, because it seems to me

That worthy is the side that has prevailed and prob'ly will

Again and then again. How can one root against Brazil?

This program aired on June 15, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

Bill Littlefield Twitter Host, Only A Game
Bill Littlefield has been the host of Only A Game since the program began in 1993.

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