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World Cup: Will the Wall Hold?

With the ball approaching at over 100 mph, a good wall takes. . . guts.

Imagine, for a moment, standing in the line of fire, a mere 10 yards from Ronaldo as he winds up, preparing to boot the ball directly at you at a speed of 114 mph. With barely enough time to flinch, you take a breath, cover up, and . . . wait for impact.

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