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Brazilian soccer team seems to be regaining its mojo. But is this enough to win the tournament? World Cup in Qatar

If you look at the mood at home, it is clear that the answer is yes. Not many people doubt that the Seleção will win the title for the sixth time and for the first time in 20 years.

Hemerson Cabral, 35, has noticed many changes in the building where he works as a janitor in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city.

Since the beginning of the World Cup last month, more Brazilian flags hang out of the windows, and the residents are completely immersed in the tournament.

Cabral stated that Brazil will win the final by saying, “When Brazil plays,” adding that many people leave work earlier to watch the game with their family and neighbors.

“They are the only obstacle. It will be a great match and Brazil will win. Brazil matches are a great atmosphere. I don’t believe there are many football fans like we. We go on the field together with the players.”

Brazil’s blue-and-white jerseys are on sale [Luana Ferreira/Al Jazeera]

Cabral isn’t the only one who believes the Hexa (a sixth). World Cup title for Brazil). According to Apoema research, 71% of Brazilians believe Brazil will win this title.

In recent weeks, football has been the most talked about topic in the country. Everyone has a point of view. The World Cup and the team dominate conversations, meetings, and taxi rides.

Rio de Janeiro hosts the FIFA Fan Festival, where fans can enjoy concerts and watch matches. Up until the December 18 finale, themed parties are held in the city.

The World Cup can also help companies increase their turnover. Brazilian sweaters can be found everywhere.

When the World Cup started, 30-year-old Cintia Sampaio was surprised by the demand for jerseys at her shop in João Pessoa.

“During the elections, sales started to increase [in November] Because people wore it [jersey] Sampaio stated that Sampaio is interested in the political side of things.

“The World Cup was established just after the election. It was incredible. I sold hundreds of sweaters every day and the store was so busy that I didn’t get a chance to have breakfast or lunch.”

Sampaio said that blue jerseys are very popular this year.

“I don’t own them now.”

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Brazil has more replica jerseys World Cup [Luana Ferreira/Al Jazeera]

Brazil is a passionate football nation. However, some were concerned that politics might overtake football. The year 2005 was unlike other years. World When the competition began on November 20, the country felt a cup atmosphere.

Brazil has been deeply divided politically in recent years. National icons such as the yellow jersey and the Brazilian flag have become symbols of the far right.

Football has made the mood brighter across the country, with streets now adorned in yellow and green.

Melissa Paulino (31), said, “I think we are going through a renovation period in the country. We’re happier.”

“For me at least it gives an extra level of excitement and energy to support Brazil. I believe the Hexa will soon arrive. It’s been twenty years since we won it. World Cup, it’s about the time, right?

Paulino, like many others in the country changes his routine when Brazil plays. She Make sure she’s not occupied so she can concentrate on the game.

“It’s been a long time since I felt this excited. I have mixed feelings about Croatia’s game. I’m also nervous because it’s impossible to lose.

“I don’t have a ritual to watch the game, but if I wear something when Brazil wins, I’ll keep wearing it for the next games. As you can see, I wore the jersey I wore during 7-1. [Brazil’s loss to Germany in World Cup 2014 semi-finals] “It doesn’t exist anymore.”

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Brazil fans celebrate in Sabara and Minas Gerais state [Washington Alves/Reuters]

Despite the optimism and widespread hope, some Brazilians think the current side is not the best.

Luciano Valente, 44 years old, is concerned that “the players are childish, and rely too much upon Neymar”.

Valente stated that “we won most of our games because the teams we faced weren’t at the top.” “From Now we will compete against more prepared and aggressive teams. Are we in a position to win? Of course, but we need emotional intelligence.”

Even those who don’t normally follow football seem to enjoy it. World Cup atmosphere.

Rosa Maria Ferreira, 72 years old, enjoys watching the games alone at her home. “I believe that we will defeat Croatia 4-0.”

Brazil won the last five world titles it held in 2002. Gabriel Furtado, 15 years old, was not yet a child at the time.

“I have never seen Brazil win a World Cup, so I have high hopes for this year. I believe we have a lot more chances to win. Furtado said, “I’m very happy, and I believe we’re going to defeat Croatia.”

Like Paulino, Furtado also believes he can help the Seleção.

“I watch it with my family or with my school friends. Brazil won the games I watched at home, so I will be there to watch the quarter-finals together with my family.