Pride a Motivator for Fallen Brazil

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Pride a Motivator for Fallen Brazil
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Louis van Gaal said it on Wednesday and Luiz Felipe Scolari mentioned something along the same lines while working with Portugal at the 2006 World Cup. The 3rd place playoff is a drag. It is the game in which the two losing semifinalists have to try and find a reason to actually look bothered on the pitch. It gets worse, with all due respect to the Netherlands' heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Argentina in São Paulo, if one of the teams involved is still nursing a massive hangover after being whooped unceremoniously in front of their own fans.

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