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The U.S. didn’t make it to the World Cup—but at least we have this Brickell mural?

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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Much like our periodic love for gymnastics and competitive snowboarding during the Olympics, our interest in soccer piques during the World Cup (and skyrockets whenever David Beckham is in town campaigning for his chimerical stadium). Sadly, the U.S. didn’t qualify to compete in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Miamians shouldn’t write off the sport just yet.

New Orleans artist Brandan Odums, who’s done work for Nike and Cadillac, has painted a massive mural of Brazilian soccer star Neymar on the corner of SW 8th Street and SW First Avenue (90 SW 8th St). Part of Bleacher Report’s #LargetThanLife campaign to get people excited about the upcoming tournament and showcase top soccer stars, Miami’s mural is one of three commissioned across the U.S., joining one of Mo Salah in New York and another of Paul Pogba in New Orleans.

Aside from getting us hyped about our quadrennial pastime, which is just another excuse to day drink, the colorful piece is a welcomed distraction from the abdominal traffic jams that take place at that same Brickell intersection. Soccer, what’s not to love?

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