Brazilians maintain optimism for Brazil’s World Cup debut

More than 10,000 kilometers (km) away from Qatar, thousands of Brazilians are looking today (24) for a public exhibition space to watch Brazil’s debut in the 2022 World Cup. The game against Serbia is scheduled for 4 pm (Brasília time), but the crowd movement started long before that.

In Rio de Janeiro, three hours before kick-off, several people were already concentrated on Copacabana Beach, despite the cloudy weather. The sands of one of the most traditional beaches in the country receive the FIFA Fan Festival. The capital of Rio de Janeiro is one of seven cities in the world to host the event, which mixes games and cultural activities.

On site, next to the screen, an immense stage was set up that receives shows before and after the match. To enter the event, however, it was necessary to guarantee free access in advance, via the internet. Many arrived at Copacabana expecting to enter the Fan Festival, only to be dashed to find that a ticket was required.

This was the case of tourist Miquely Soares, 27, from Minas Gerais. “We found out about the event yesterday. That’s why we didn’t know you had to have a ticket. But I’ll wait. If I don’t get in, I don’t have a plan B.” Like Miquely, several people lined up outside the Fan Festival and persistence was rewarded just before 2pm, when the gates opened for those waiting.

The Baixada Fluminense resident Mario Vitor, 20 years old, accompanied by his girlfriend, arrived at the venue with a ticket guaranteed in advance and did not have to queue. “I got it in the last batch. I usually watch from home, but I decided to come to feel the World Cup atmosphere”, he said.

Luana Borges, 20, arrived at the Fan Festival with a group of four friends from the journalism course at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). “We got it on the fourth batch of tickets, but we had to keep refreshing the page [da realizadora do evento] until you get it.”

Some people didn’t even try to enter the event, but decided to enjoy the party atmosphere anyway. This is the case of São Paulo tourist Alexandre Souza Enoque, 37 years old, who decided to watch the game with his family at one of the beachside kiosks. “We came because of the environment. Watching it alone at home is not much fun. It will be 3-0 for Brazil”, he said, optimistic.

The climate of optimism in relation to the score of today’s match remains in Brasilia. Civil servant Marinho Cunha, 58, is betting on a 2-0 victory for Brazil. “I woke up early to work. I had a meeting outside. I went back to the office and we were released. We’re going to have lunch watching Portugal play. Then there’s Brazil,” he said. , accompanied by a co-worker. In the midst of a work trip to the federal capital, the man from Pará opted for the screen of a mall in the central area of ​​the city.

Marinho Cunha, 58 years old

Marinho Cunha, 58 years old

Marinho Cunha, 58 years old – Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil

“Between staying at the hotel and coming here, I preferred the mall. I’m going to watch it on the screen with a friend from work, who also came from Belém to Brasília. I already worked during game hours once and that’s it: when we’re on duty , there’s no way. Today, thank God, it’s calmer. I risk the score of 2 to 0 for Brazil. May this wave of zebra pass away from us”, he joked.

Less than two hours before the start of the match against Serbia, trader Davi Troncoso, 71, remained firm in his restaurant in the center of the federal capital. “I’m waiting for my wife to call and let me know where we’re going to watch the game. I got here at 6:30 am. We serve breakfast and lunch, but today I close at 3:30 pm to watch Brazil play”.

Davi Trancoso, 71 years old

Davi Trancoso, 71 years old

Davi Trancoso, 71 years old – Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil

“I think it will be 2 to 1 for the Brazilian team. If the zebra appears, the score is reversed. But I don’t think she will get Brazil. I should watch the match at home, with my wife. I live close by. time to close the restaurant and run there”, he concluded.

The article is in Portuguese

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