The World Cup, though, has a history of making nonsense of too many assumptions, as evidenced by scores such as U.S. 1, England 0 ( Brazil, 1950); North Korea 1, Italy 0 ( England, 1966); and Algeria 2, West Germany 1 ( Spain, 1982). Not even the wisest prognosticators know whether some unknown 17-year-old is ready to burst upon the scene, as happened in Sweden in 1958 when that Brazilian kid made his debut. Uh, what was his name? Edson Arantes do Nascimento? That's it. But he liked you to call him Pel�.
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