Brazil takes breather on World Cup rest days

A decorative flag in the colors of the Brazilian National Football Team stretches over a street near Corinthians Arena, site of the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup June 5, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The World Cup kicks off June 12 in Sao Paulo. Brazil has won five World Cups, more than any other nation. (Victor Moriyama, Getty Images)
A decorative flag in the colors of the Brazilian National Football Team stretches over a street near Corinthians Arena, site of the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup June 5, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The World Cup kicks off June 12 in Sao Paulo. Brazil has won five World Cups, more than any other nation. (Victor Moriyama, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/03 1:18 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's streets seem too quiet — diners and souvenir stores, empty.

Two days without World Cup games as the tournament heads into quarterfinal matches are leaving some bored even as others are running out to salons, stores and banks to take care of long-delayed errands.

There are no rocking parties at the FIFA Fan Fests watch sites. There are fewer foreigners walking around streets. Brazil's cities are taking a breather from the breakneck soccer action.

Some fans are using the time off Thursday to do simple chores that will be impossible to get done when the ball starts rolling again in soccer-loving nations.

After more than four dozen mostly electrifying matches in the past three weeks, it's natural that many fans in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and elsewhere are feeling withdrawal.

 

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