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Falklands War 2.0 at the World Cup?


Brazil is worried about English and Argentinean soccer fans in the same city at the same time:

Police have raised fears over the fact both England and Argentina will play games in the same city just days apart.

An 11,000-strong contingent of Argentinian fans will travel to see their side play Iran on June 21 in Belo Horizonte, where the Argentina squad will be based during the opening weeks of the tournament.

Three days later, more than 7,500 England fans are expected in the southeastern city for their final group game against Costa Rica.

Around 650 violent ‘ultras’ will cross Argentina’s border with Brazil for the tournament, with the notorious Barra Brava group thought to have made alliances with equally brutal Brazilian hooligans.

The Barras Bravas – linked to Argentinian club San Lorenzo – have already threatened England fans with violence in revenge for losing the Falklands War in 1982.

One Brazilian group, Mafia Azul, are suspected to have rented a ranch on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte in order to accommodate dozens of Barras Bravas.

The Mafia Azul are linked to Belo Horizonte side and current league leaders Cruzeiro, who were earlier this year banned from stadiums in Brazil after violent confrontations with rival fans which left several people dead.

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