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More than half of Brazilians don't care about World Cup: poll

AFP  |  Rio de Janeiro 

More than half of have no interest in in Russia, according to an today, despite the country's stellar history at the championship.

Fifty three per cent are treating the World Cup, which starts Thursday, with a giant shrug, the Datafolha poll found. That was up from 42 per cent in January, possibly reflecting a steady diet of bad about the economy, corruption scandals, and a truckers' strike that brought the country to a standstill for more than week in May.

The respected pollsters reported that this was the most tepid build-up to a cup since the question was first posed in 1994.

The least interested in the upcoming action in were women (61 per cent), people aged between 35 and 44 (57 per cent), and those living in the south of the country (59 per cent).

go to their opening game against on Sunday with high confidence after an impressive series of qualifiers and warm-ups.

Many believe that Neymar, and company can bring home the trophy for a record sixth time. is already the record holder with five titles.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 19:45 IST