Thursday, September 18, 2008

Your Brazil roundup

Last month, Argentina beat Brazil in the Olympic soccer tournament and went on to win the gold medal which may have helped prompt Brazilian president Lula da Silva to say last week that the Argentine players had an awesome fighting spirit and that Argentina's Lionel Messi is the best player in the world.

Not surprisingly the Brazilian players didn't take too kindly to their Prez lauding their arch-rivals.

Here's goalie Julio Cesar (no I am not making that up): "He should go and live in Argentina, become an Argentine citizen, resign as president, and maybe Brazil will improve in some way or another," Cesar said. "The president doesn't think twice before speaking (taken from this article). "

Maybe Lula thought his remarks would fire up the Brazilian squad, but they didn't as Brazil recently tied lowly Bolivia 0-0, which then prompted Lula to opine that Brazil no longer has the best football in the world.

Meanwhile, Brazilian politicians are changing their names to Barack Obama in order to help win election (again, not making this up):

Finally, Lula gave soccer a break and has decided to give "logistical support" to Bolivian president Evo Morales' attempt to try and (re?) gain control of Bolivia's Pando province