ROME, JUNE 23 -- Lack of money has never prevented Brazilian soccer fans from attending the World Cup in droves. This year is no exception. An estimated 6,000 have made their way to Italy, and their passion will reach a peak Sunday in Turin when Brazil meets defending Cup champion Argentina.

Brazilians' enthusiastic presence and samba rhythms always leave an imprint on the World Cup. Their love of soccer remains undiluted by economic, political or social problems. Although stories of Brazilians despondent enough over their team's defeats to kill themselves are not uncommon, Brazil's bleacher bums take the opportunity to turn every game into a party.

They have used their resourcefulness to get around the Italian ban on alcohol sales on game days during the Cup. Several hundred wealthy Brazilian fans are cruising the Mediterranean on the ship "Enrico C," disembarking in Genoa before each game and making their way to Turin.

It wouldn't be a World Cup without the Brazilian torcida, their term for the whole group of fans. Drums start beating and the faithful begin dancing about two hours before a game. Clad in yellow jerseys, Brazilian torcedores brandish flags -- the biggest more than 100 by 50 yards -- in Brazil's yellow and green. Unlike in Europe, where soccer stadiums are the domain of young, aggressive males, Brazilian women are an integral part of the show.

Part of the Brazilians' good cheer comes from the belief that, win or lose, the three-time world champions are the best team in the world. The team is the patrimony of the Brazilian people, but the people's inalienable right to follow the team also includes the right to criticize.

"There are 100 million {actually 140 million} Brazilians, and every one has his own national team. The pressure is normal for Brazil," said Sebastiao Lazaroni, who by now has accepted the constant scrutiny that goes along with coaching Brazil. "It's normal for a country that loves soccer to be passionate about their national team."

Currently, Lazaroni is being criticized for abandoning Brazil's traditional creative, attacking style for the less entertaining and more defensive-minded European game. Pele, who's in Italy covering the Cup for Brazil's TV Globo, is one of Lazaroni's harshest critics.

In 1982, as Italy upset the Brazilians, 3-2, the samba beat turned into a funereal silence. "As happy as they were during the game, I remember how sad they were after losing in 1982," said Adalberto Bortolotti, the former editor of Guerin Sportivo, an Italian sports magazine.

After that defeat, several fans committed suicide.

Those Brazilians who couldn't make it to Italy this year follow the team on one of the 22 radio networks broadcasting the World Cup. In their insatiable appetite for soccer, Brazilians may even hear practice sessions here being broadcast live back to Brazil. The World Cup is being shown on all four national television networks. England Loses Captain

England's captain, Bryan Robson, has been sent home because of an Achilles' tendon injury that may need surgery. Robson even had summoned a faith healer from England to try to cure the problem.