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World can unite for the greatest show on earth

Editor's Viewpoint

Keeping to a sporting theme, one of the greatest global attractions of all has now got under way.

The build-up to the football World Cup in Brazil has been clouded by dissent and |controversy, from violence on the streets of the host country to damaging claims against the sport’s ruling body, Fifa. The hope now must be that the samba beat traditionally associated with the game in Brazil will drown out the noise of protest.

We want to see the return of the beautiful game, best exemplified by the host nation in tournaments past, and matches played in the spirit of adventure and fraternity — just like last night’s opening match was in front of 65,000 fantastic fans.

The managers and players of the teams |taking part have the opportunity to prove the cynics wrong and provide the watching world with a glorious festival of sport

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