August 28, 2014
Bill Faries – Bloomberg, 8/28/2014
American enthusiasm for soccer’s World Cup prompted Brazil to shift more of its advertising toward the U.S. ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the head of Brazil’s tourism agency Embratur said.
U.S. citizens represented just over 10 percent of the 1.04 million foreign visitors to Brazil during the month long tournament that ended July 13, Embratur President Vicente Neto said in an interview. That made the U.S. the second-biggest source of foreign fans after neighboring Argentina, whose team made it to the final against Germany.
“It exceeded all our expectations,” Neto said in Miami last week. “We’re expecting that to be the same with the Olympics, given the U.S. history and participation in the Games.”
June 20, 2014
Tales Azzoni – USA Today, 6/20/2014
Goalkeeper Julio Cesar thinks Brazil’s initial World Cup difficulties are a consequence of the team’s convincing victory at last year’s Confederations Cup.
The win in the warm-up tournament for the World Cup marked Brazil’s reawakening after a series of disappointing results, but it also made the five-time world champions a bigger target.
“Because of how we won the Confederations Cup, teams started paying more attention to us,” Cesar said. “Teams are respecting Brazil now, everybody comes playing on defense because they are more aware of what we can do.”
June 18, 2014
Brian Winter – Reuters, 6/18/2014
Brazil fans, fear not – if history is any guide, Tuesday’s frustrating scoreless draw against Mexico may be the best thing that could have happened to the host team.
In 1958, just as in 2014, Brazil opened the World Cup with a solid win but then turned in a flat 0-0 performance in their second group stage game, against England.
Looking to shake things up, the Brazilian coach turned to two previously unused substitutes: one a wide-eyed 17-year-old forward named Edson Arantes do Nascimento who almost failed a psychological exam administered to the team that year.
April 15, 2014
The Wall Street Journal, 4/14/2014
The White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Brazil in June to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The White House said Mr. Biden will attend a game of the U.S. national team, but didn’t provide more details. The U.S. is scheduled to play Ghana on June 16, Portugal on June 22, and Germany on June 26 — considered one of the toughest groups in the competition. The top two teams from the group, Group G, advance to the round of 16.
In 2010, Mr. Biden was in South Africa for the World Cup. Ahead of the USA game against England,he predicted a USA upset. “[I]n the spirit of the Irish, I want to say that we’re going to beat England.” The game ended in a draw, which was a good result for the underdog American side — and inspired the New York Post headline, “USA Wins 1-1.”
December 16, 2013
A construction worker in Brazil died early Saturday after falling off the roof of the World Cup stadium in the Amazonian city of Manaus.
Five workers have died on construction sites of World Cup stadiums under construction in Brazil, hosts of next year’s international soccer tournament.
The worker, identified as Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, fell 35 meters from the roofing structure and was rushed to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.