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Brazil fans welcome national team home

07-05-2010 09:26 BJT Special Report:World Cup 2010 |

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Brazil's national football team has arrived home. They may be out of the World Cup, but the team received a warm homecoming at Rio de Janeiro's airport.

Dozens of fans of all ages gathered in the Rio de Janeiro airport to welcome the team home following their 2-1 quarter-final loss to the Netherlands on Friday.

Many of the fans, though disappointed, were willing to look past the elimination.

A football fan in Rio De Janeiro, said, "I am here to support them. This will be a unique opportunity to meet some of the players."

A nother football fan in Rio De Janeiro, said, "I am here to show my support because before anything else, I am Brazilian and I am for Brazil - losing or winning, I am with them."

The players emerged guided by police, amid a crush of journalists and fans.

Midfielder Gilberto Silva said he didn't know if he would play in another World Cup, but was confident many of his teammates would be back in four years when Brazil hosts the tournament.

He also said "This is my second World Cup and it will be very difficult to compete for a third. For the younger players, it served as a lesson. We all learned something in the last three years. It was an experience. Some players competed with determination and will compete in another World Cup. It was clear that these players did the team proud."

However, not all the players received a warm welcome. Some fans shouted angrily at Felipe Melo, who was criticized for scoring an own goal in the match against Netherlands.

Brazil's coach Dunga did not emerge with his players, following his announcement on Friday that he would resign.

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