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By George Utley, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The red carpet was rolled out for hundreds of football fans yesterday, as Rio's Tom Jobim/Galeão (GIG) International Airport played host to a good humored and raucous welcoming party. The reception was organized by the Confraria do Garoto - a traditional Carioca Carnival group - in collaboration with the City Tourist office (Riotur.)

Hundreds of foreign supporters were greeted by a festive atmosphere, as confetti was thrown and a Brazilian fanfare played. "We didn't expect this, thank you Brazil, thank you Rio," said a newly arrived group of Mexican . . .

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