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LISBON, Portugal - Portugal has long been admired for producing talented players, and their flair has earned them the tag of "the Brazilians of Europe."
LISBON, Portugal - When Paulo Bento was hired to salvage Portugal's calamitous qualifying campaign for the 2012 European Championship, he had only four years of experience as a top-flight coach and had quit Sporting Lisbon after failing to win a league match in two months.
Like sunshine and happiness or Lennon and McCartney, football and Brazil go together, each making the other better. So the first World Cup in Brazil in 64 years is bound to be special.