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Mexican fans gather before the 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match between Brazil and Mexico in Fortaleza June 17, 2014.
Mexican fans gather before the 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match between Brazil and Mexico in Fortaleza June 17, 2014.
(Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

Brazil and Mexico: competitors on more than the soccer pitch

It’s Brazil versus Mexico Tuesday on the World Cup pitch, and it will be a closely watched contest because Mexico snatched Olympic gold from favourites Brazil in 2012.

Off the field, the competition between the two Latin American heavyweights is also increasingly fierce. It has been a see-saw contest for decades over which country will have the largest gross domestic product (although Brazil has been in the lead since 2005).