WorldViews: World Cup, Group B: ‘Traitor’ Diego Costa returns to Brazil

By Ishaan Tharoor, June 13, 2014

It's not unusual for players of Brazilian origin to don the uniforms of other national teams. Brazilian soccer players are a genuine national export: scan the leagues of countries around the world and you're bound to find some Brazilian plying his trade. Naturalized Brazilians have lined up for Poland, Japan, Mexico, Croatia, Qatar, Equatorial Guinea and Portugal, to name a few. This is rarely a source of disquiet: Brazil produces bucketloads of talented soccer players and the ones electing to play elsewhere do so knowing they likely will never have a chance to wear the yellow of the Seleção. That is, until this year.

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