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Touring Museu do Futebol

SAO PAULO -- If you ever find yourself in this city for any reason, be sure to take some time to visit the Museu do Futebol, a terrific interactive museum of soccer history embedded in the Pacaembu Stadium (Municipal Stadium), site of 1950 World Cup matches. And yes, there is a gift shop!

Rather than tell you about it, you can see for yourself...

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This man in the moustache is Charles Miller, the Brazilian of English roots who brought soccer to Brazil after studying in England...

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Guess who's jersey this is???

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Evolution of the soccer ball (early one looks like American football)

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Loved this exhibit! In Brazil, EVERYTHING's a ball..socks, a doll's head, ball of string, etc..

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Romario: I don't want to play well. I want to make goals.

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View of the stadium from museum balcony...

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Kids used to sneak peeks of matches through the fences...

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