The 2014 FIFA World Cup is in full force here in Brazil! According to Brazil’s ministry of tourism, over 3.7 million people are expected to travel to Brazil for the World Cup, and I’m thrilled to be on of them. Over the last week, we’ve been on the ground, experiencing the World Cup first hand and we look forward to sharing the details of our trip with you over the next few weeks.
It’s been an amazing adventure so far! We will be honest, we were a little nervous about coming to Brazil, given the heightened focus on safety and security across the country. But so far, apart from taking basic travel precautions, it’s been a worry-free trip! We’ve been able to relax, explore the country, get to know some of its people, and most importantly, soak in Brazil’s culture and passion for football!
Since arriving in Brazil, we’ve managed to catch most games and cheer along side thousands of fans from all over the world. Every game has been a completely unique experience. Our first World Cup game on the road was Brazil vs Chile, a nail bitting 120 minutes of play plus 10 penalty shots. We lucked out with a long layover in Santiago and watched this game, surrounded by Chileans and Brazilians at an airport cafe. A few days later, we were watching another game while sharing beers and chatting with locals at a small restaurant in São Paulo.
Then of course, there was our one and only live game: France vs Nigeria at Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional alongside 67,000 other fans. This was an experience I’ve had on my bucket list for years!
Upon arriving in Rio de Janeiro, we checked out the FIFA Fan Site on Copacabana Beach for the Germany vs France match, and shortly after joined, what looked like, hundreds of thousands of people cheering on Brazil in an exciting Brazil vs Columbia match on Copacabana Beach.
Every fan that travels to Brazil is here to support their own team: from Australia, to Croatia, to Nigeria, to USA, and Argentina. But every fan here in one way or another is also supporting Brazil!
The fans in Brazil come from different places, speak different languages, and wear different colours, but there is one thing they all have in common… their love for the beautiful game of football and for this World Cup experience in Brazil. Brazilian flags are everywhere, with the green and yellow colours dominating the streets. Fans of the eliminated teams have started cheering for Brazil. But best of all, the young, the old, the rich, and the poor are all joining in the celebrations with sheer joy and excitement!
So no matter the outcome of the next 4 games, we think many will agree that the true winner of 2014 World Cup has already been determined.
Dear Brazil, we all raise a glass of Brahma Chopp beer to you, for bringing us all together to experience the excitement of the greatest tournament on earth – the 2014 World Cup!