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Dilma Rousseff Confirms She Will Hand the Trophy to the World Cup Winner and Says Boos "Are Part of the Job"

07/08/2014 - 09h02

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TAI NALON
FROM BRASÍLIA

After a long uncertainty, President Dilma Rousseff said on Monday (7) that she would present the trophy to the captain of the winning team of the World Cup Sunday at the Maracanã.

During an online chat with users of a social network she said she does not fear going through a similar situation to that at the opening of the Cup, when she was booed and called names. "That's part of the job," she said.

FIFA Secretary General Jerôme Valcke announced Dilma's participation in the ceremony last week. But the president said she was surprised and did not confirm her presence.

Historically, heads of state hand trophies to tournament winners, but fear of being publicly ostracized made the president reconsider her participation.

Days after being cursed at while at the Itaquerão stadium, however, Dilma's campaign team said she came out stronger on the other side of the episode, having received expressions of support from many, including the opposition.

NEYMAR

The president also spoke about Neymar.

"The pain Neymar felt when he was injured pierced the hearts of all Brazilians. Neymar is there, even hurt, wanting to play. He is a warrior. Neymar's example of resistance will strengthen the Seleção. They will overcome."

Translated by JILL LANGLOIS

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After a long uncertainty, Rousseff said that she would present the trophy to the captain of the winning team of the World Cup
After a long uncertainty, Rousseff said that she would present the trophy to the captain of the winning team of the World Cup

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