Brazilian Miracle

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The Brazilian economic miracle or Brazilian Miracle is the name given to the time of exceptional economic growth that occurred during the military regime in Brazil, also known as "the years of lead", by the opposition, mainly during Emílio Garrastazu Médici's governorship (1969-1973). In this golden age of Brazilian economic development - paradoxically associated to an increase of wealth concentration - came a thought of vainglorious "Brazil power", which is evident with the conquest of the third FIFA World Cup in 1970 in Mexico and the creation of the motto: "Brasil, ame-o ou deixe-o" ("Brazil, love it or leave it").

The three World-Cup victories helped to keep a generalized euphoria never seen before. This was named "Patriotadas" (from the word Patriota, in English, patriot, and the suffix ada, which means affiliation or descent) by Elio Gaspari. Brazil sang "Pra frente, Brasil" (Brazil, Forwards)

It was a paradoxical time in Brazil, says Elio Gaspari in his book "A Ditadura Escancarada":

The Brazilian Miracle and the Years of Lead were simultaneous. Real years, co-existed negating each other. More than thirty years passed, they still negate. Whoever thinks one occurred, doesn't believe (or doesn't like to admit)that the other also did.