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Six Brazilian flags hang across a balcony in Hay al-Sellom; Italy's colors rise over village roofs in Habboush; the black, red and gold of Germany's ensign flies by on newly detailed car hoods and bike fenders. As Brazil is set to lift the curtain on the World Cup, avid fans across the country are gearing up to watch national teams from around the world compete for the pinnacle football title. Hassan says they have sold mostly German flags, but his wife is quick to interject: "And Brazil!"Their answers reveal their loyalties, as Mona will root for Brazil and Hassan for Germany, a rivalry that will likely cause tensions at home should Brazil and Germany face off during the upcoming competition."Saad Hariri," he says when asked whether he preferred Brazil or Germany.
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