Wednesday 11 June 2014

A World Cup in Brazil is not an ordinary World Cup

The World Cup finally begins tomorrow, with hosts Brazil opening the tournament against Croatia.

I don't think there's been a World Cup I've looked forward to more in my adult life than this one.

Why do I feel this way? It's Brazil, there's a romance about a World Cup in Brazil. England might be the home of football, but Brazil is the country that we associate with most when we think about what makes football such a beautiful and amazing game.

There's also the fact that I went to Brazil last year, spending time in Rio and Salvador. I got a chance to discover and get a feel for the country. It's a unique country, I realised there's so much more to Brazil than the cliches of sun, beaches, football and carnival.

The World Cup is a chance for the world to really discover what Brazil is all about, and this is something I really want to see.

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