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Is God Brazilian?
"Arise, O Lord, and let not Brazil prevail over us,
Put them in fear, O Lord.
Rise up, O Lord, lift up your hand,
Confound the might of Ronaldo and Rivaldo
And put Ronaldinho to confusion.
O God, if nothing else, award us a dubiously offside goal in the last minute,
That the world may know that you are our God,
And through you we will triumph over our adversaries,
This time making it all the way to the final,
Even if it is on a Sunday and...

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