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Isabella Morin weaves through cones during a ballhandling drill at practice for the Bemidji U16 Girls team Wednesday evening. World attention will be on soccer as World Cup play begins today in Brazil. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

World Cup fever: Interest in soccer picks up as 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil today

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BEMIDJI — A sampling of a few yells overheard from Bemidji youth soccer players during a practice on Tuesday night behind Bemidji High School:

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“I want to be on Brazil!” “I want to be on Argentina!” “I want to be on Portugal!”

It’s not every day that young soccer players will clamor to represent countries other than their own. It’s not even every year.

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