55. The Aftermath…

So it’s been over a week since the World Cup ended.

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Bye bye Fureco…

The streets of Salvador are back to normal, (mostly empty, rain-covered, and half-finished), although the FIFA Fanfest signs are still hanging from many street corners, in contrast to Rio where people were ripping them down for souvenirs the moment the final whistle blew.

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Bye bye bla-bla-bla Filipão, hello Dunga…

Managers have quit or been fired left, right and centre; players have shifted clubs based on their performances, (World Cup Golden Boot winner Hames Rodriguez becoming the fourth most expensive player in history with a move to Real Madrid today); and I am still 42 stickers short of completing my Panini collection.

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Even Neymar Jr. was collecting them! I think…

Life seems a little emptier this week.

But it is only four years to Russia, two years to the Euros in France, and twelve months until the Copa America in Chile.

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What photos will I be taking in Chile, I wonder…

In the meantime, the blog will continue, starting with a look back in the next entry at Brazil’s formerly most devastating defeat, the 1950 World Cup decider in 1950 against Uruguay which wasn’t actually a World Cup final. Stay tuned to find out more…

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