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SAO PAULO (AP) - Every time Pele was shown on the giant video screen, the crowd booed.

More than 20,000 Argentina supporters made the Sao Paulo Fan Fest their own Tuesday for the round of 16 match against Switzerland.

Some wore Lionel Messi masks and white and light blue wigs. Many were shirtless, standing under the sun for hours.

Whenever Pele, the Brazil great attending the game at nearby Itaquerao Stadium, was shown on the screen, they screamed that he has nothing on Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

Thousands of Argentines streamed into Brazil even if they couldn’t afford or obtain tickets.

- By Adriana Gomez Licon - www.twitter.com/agomezlicon

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THEY BELIEVED

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Wearing a sparkly Uncle Sam hat and with the Stars and Stripes draped over his shoulders, Brian Fuqua was among the American fans strolling through The Pelourinho, the historic center of Salvador, about six hours before the United States played Belgium in the World Cup on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old from Denver arrived last month before the Americans’ opener against Ghana in Natal to follow the team around Brazil. Despite the tough first-round group that included Portugal and Germany, he bought tickets for the second-round match in Salvador before leaving home.

“I was hopeful and optimistic. I thought maybe we had like a 25 percent, 30 percent chance to get out,” he said. “I like Brazil a lot. I’m actually going home on July 17, and I was going to stay no matter what.”

If the U.S. had finished first in Group H, the Americans would have skipped Salvador and played Algeria on Saturday in Porto Alegre.

“Had they won the group, I would have looked at the cost to get to Porto Alegre,” he said.

American fans in red, white and blue seemed to outnumber red-clad Belgium supporters by about 3 to 1.

Jeremy Rambo, a 27-year-old originally from Laramie, Wyoming, has attended the Americans’ first-round games in the northeast Brazilian cities of Natal and Recife. He bought his first-round tickets on FIFA’s website and Tuesday’s through the American Outlaws supporters group

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