Brazil's humiliating defeat in the World Cup will have no impact on the elections in October, President Dilma Rousseff predicted on Friday as she prepares to hit the campaign trail to seek a second term.
Despite criticism of her government's preparations for hosting the soccer tournament, Rousseff's poll numbers crept higher recently as Brazilians got caught up in the excitement of the month-long World Cup.
But Brazil's 7-1 trouncing by Germany in Tuesday's semi-finals changed the nation's mood ahead of what is shaping up to be the toughest race since her leftist Workers' Party won power in 2002.
"There is a tradition in Brazil that you don't mix soccer with politics," Rousseff told a group of foreign reporters at the presidential residence in Brasilia. "What would have been serious was losing the World Cup off the pitch."
Despite delays in the delivery of stadiums, the World Cup in Brazil has been widely praised for its riveting soccer action on the field and generally good logistics. Rousseff said none of the predictions of disastrous venues, chaotic airports, power blackouts and even a dengue fever outbreak had come true.