Still, Chavez, whose rhetoric matches his larger-than-life image, said the team from his baseball-loving nation were no underdogs at a tournament the country is hosting for the first time.
"Don't think Venezuela is the Cinderella team as usual," he told the Brazilian who was visiting the country for an energy summit. "Lula, I have a surprise for you. Be careful".
Ain't going to happen. The US is more likely to beat Brazil in futebol again than Venezuela, a country where the sport is not that popular and that has never participated in the World Cup.