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RIO DE JANEIRO: Few people know the words.A resurgent national anthem in Brazil is transforming each World Cup appearance by its national team into a collective expression of the country's frustrations – both on and off the football field.Rather than just expressing historic national pride, however, the anthem has recently come to embody what Brazilians hope their country can be.Compared with their perfunctory mumbling of the anthem at sports events past, Brazilians are now elevating the song by flouting time limits of tournament organizers and extending the truncated game version, long after the music officially stops, with a raucous, a cappella rendering of the whole thing. Brazilians, not always a politically engaged citizenry, say the anthem is resonating because many of them are disappointed that the country has once again failed to fulfill its historic first-world ambitions.
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