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World Cup Over, But Some
Argentines Won´t Go Home

Associated Press, by Jenny Barchfield

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/25/2014 4:20:44 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Lucas Bazan Pontoni rifled through his pockets for the 45-cent lunch fee as he stood in line at a downtown soup kitchen. When he came up short, an acquaintance sprang for the government-subsidized meal. One of about 160,000 Argentines who flooded into Brazil for the World Cup, Pontoni hardly fits the image of deep-pocketed foreigners who dropped around $3 billion in Brazil during the monthlong tournament. The 23-year-old actor is broke, and he has no immediate plans to return home almost two weeks after Germany beat Argentina in the July 13 final. "Brazil is amazing, and I want

      


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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/30/2014 4:34:43 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/30/2014 4:28:30 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/30/2014 4:23:51 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 12:34:45 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 12:31:49 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 12:29:08 PM     Post Reply
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