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Brazil's jailed former president criticizes World Cup team

SARANSK, Russia (AP) Brazil's jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made his debut as a soccer pundit, writing a column from behind bars in which he criticized Brazil's performance in the team's 1-1 World Cup draw against Switzerland.

"Qualifying is one thing. The World Cup is different," da Silva wrote in comments that were read by a reporter on the ex-president's Workers' Party TV on Monday.

"Switzerland was strong in defense, playing rough, and didn't allow Brazil to perform," da Silva continued. "They also stopped Neymar by fouling him again and again."


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