Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff praised soccer player Dani Alves for his “bold and strong” response to a fan who threw a banana at the Barcelona defender as he prepared to take a corner kick in a Spanish league game.
Brazil casts a long shadow over the rest of Group A at the World Cup. It’s the bookmakers’ favorite, winner of the championship a record five times and the home team. It hasn’t exited the tournament at the group stage since 1966, and getting past teams ranked 18th, 20th and 56th in the world probably won’t be a problem. Following is a look at the group: