In Rio de Janeiro half the population took to the streets on Sunday (21 June) in wild jubilation over Brazil's victory in the World Cup final in Mexico City.
GV Flags in Rio de Janeiro streets
GV People in street watching game on television
CU Police watching game
LV People watching game on television
SV PAN Banner with players' pictures
GV People cheering as Brazil score goal
GV People shouting and cheering (3 shots)
GV Ticker tape from buildings
GV & SV Fans celebrating dancing in streets (4 shots)
SV Fans dancing and singing in streets (5 shots)
SV man dancing
SV & CU Man in Swimming costume with No. 10 on back (Pele's number)
SV Women dancing
GV Celebration (Brazilian tricolour flags)
(EVENING) GV & SV People dancing wildly in streets
SV People dancing and singing (3 shots)
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Background: In Rio de Janeiro half the population took to the streets on Sunday (21 June) in wild jubilation over Brazil's victory in the World Cup final in Mexico City.
Each of Brazil's four goals against Italy was greeted with volleys of firework explosions which shook windowpanes. As soon as the Cup was handed to the Brazilian team thousands blocked main squares and avenues, snake-dancing to the Samba drums.
Even babies in prams waved tiny Brazilian flags while their parents shrieked "vitoria Brasil--vitoria" with tears of joy streaming down their faces.
Bras were closed and many extra police were on hand. But they soon abandoned any attempt to keep the streets clear.
With about two million fans in on the dance the carnival atmosphere is expected to continue until the team arrives home on Tuesday night.
Brazil's president, General Emilio Garrastazu Medici--phoned congratulations to Pele and the team.