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“Beware of little David”, Lula da Silva tells Brazil' team ahead of the match with Costa Rica

Wednesday, June 20th 2018 - 08:16 UTC
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“The first week of the World Cup proves Germany is not unbeatable and, among the top players, only Cristiano Ronaldo proved his value,” he wrote. “The first week of the World Cup proves Germany is not unbeatable and, among the top players, only Cristiano Ronaldo proved his value,” he wrote.
Lula da Silva warned Brazil for Friday’s match against Costa Rica: “Be careful, because we all know one day the little David can defeat the giant Goliath.” Lula da Silva warned Brazil for Friday’s match against Costa Rica: “Be careful, because we all know one day the little David can defeat the giant Goliath.”

Ex president Lula da Silva is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption in Curitiba, but as all Brazilians loves football, the national sport, and has been contracted as a commentator for the World's Cup in Russia.

“The first week of the World Cup proves Germany is not unbeatable and, among the top players, only Cristiano Ronaldo proved his value,” he wrote.

Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico in its opener in the tournament and faces a possible elimination game against Sweden this week. Ronaldo scored three goals in Portugal’s draw with Spain.

Lula da Silva warned Brazil for Friday’s match against Costa Rica: “Be careful, because we all know one day the little David can defeat the giant Goliath.”

The former president has also used soccer metaphors and his love for Sao Paulo-based club Corinthians to prop up his popularity.

In a plea bargain signed last year, executives of construction company Odebrecht said they built Arena Corinthians to open the 2014 World Cup as a gift to the former president.

Lula da Silva also denies wrongdoing in that case. Corinthians still claims it is owed more than US$ 400 million for the stadium.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • MarkWhelan

    What the hell? Am I reading this article correctly? “ - - - - has been contracted as a commentator for the World's Cup in Russia.” Since when has a prisoner had the right to commentate on any public event or the access to public media. If this is so can we expect to see or hear “Beija-Flor” as a guest commentator on next years “Rio Carnaval”

    Jun 20th, 2018 - 02:51 pm 0
  • DemonTree

    Yes, you are reading correctly: http://en.mercopress.com/2018/06/18/lula-football-commentator-messi-must-settle-its-debt-with-the-argentine-people

    Lula isn't being held incommunicado and his pay is going to the Lula Institute which is supposed to be some kind of charity, so I guess there's no reason he can't do it. He has a lot of time on his hands all of a sudden.

    Jun 20th, 2018 - 05:20 pm 0
  • MarkWhelan

    Lula's prediction about the dangers of Costa Rica were unfounded.
    There can be only one reason for this. The win by Brazil was politically motivated to shame Lula and put doubt into the minds of the Brazilian population that maybe Lula is not infallible.

    Jun 23rd, 2018 - 02:28 am 0
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