IBTimes Digest: Brazilian President’s Political Fate May Hang in World Cup Balance

Former Brazilian soccer player Cafu (L) holds the World Cup trophy as Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (2nd L), FIFA President Sepp Blatter (2nd R) and Brazilian Sport Minister Aldo Rebelo Joedson Alves/Reuters

1. Brazilian President’s Political Fate May Hang In World Cup Balance

Brazilians, who live in the world’s most soccer-crazed country, wouldn't dream of rooting against their national team. But at this World Cup, they might – and it’s all because of politics. If Brazil loses on the pitch, increasingly unpopular President Dilma Rousseff might lose at the polls in October. For some of her opponents, the national horror of defeat might be worth it.

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germany A Germany squad, featuring Lukas Podolski, left, and Miroslav Klose, look to be the team to beat in Group G. Reuters

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alibaba1 A woman stands next to a door inside the headquarters of Alibaba in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on April 23, 2014. Reuters/Chance Chan

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