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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!

France vs Nigeria match in Brasilia, Brazil

France vs Nigeria match in Brasilia, Brazil

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.

Germany vs France match at the FIFA Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Germany vs France match at the FIFA Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil vs Colombia on Copacabana Beach

Brazil vs Colombia 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!

Nigeria and Brazil fans at the France vs Nigeria game in Brasilia, Brazil

Nigeria and Brazil fans at the France vs Nigeria game in Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil fan at the France vs Nigeria game in Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil fan at the France vs Nigeria game in Brasilia, Brazil

Nigeria fans at the France vs Nigeria game in Brasilia, Brazil

Nigeria fans at the France vs Nigeria game in Brasilia, Brazil

French fan at France vs Germany match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

French fan at France vs Germany match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fans at the 2014 Word Cup in Brazil

US and Colombia fans at the 2014 Word Cup in Brazil

French fans at the France vs Nigeria game in Brasilia, Brazil

French fans at the France vs Nigeria game in Brasilia, Brazil

Nigerian fan at the France vs Nigeria match in Brasilia, Brazil

Nigerian fan at the France vs Nigeria match in Brasilia, 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!

Even the dogs are supporting Brazil

Even the dogs are supporting Brazil

Brazilian fan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian fan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian fan with the World Cup mascot after Brazil vs Colombia match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian fans with the World Cup mascot after Brazil vs Colombia match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian woman selling World CUp merchandise on the street in São Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian woman selling World Cup merchandise on the street in São Paulo, Brazil

Brazil spirit on the roads of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil spirit on the roads of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Colombian fan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Colombian fan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian fans after Brazil vs Colombia match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Colombian fans are now supporting Brazil, after Brazil vs Colombia match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.

Brazil flag hangs over the railing at the France vs Nigeria match in Brasilia Brazil

Brazil flag hangs over the railing at the France vs Nigeria match in Brasilia Brazil

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!