Brazil's countdown to the World Cup

If you look up, down, to any side, the colors yellow, green and blue are everywhere. Every four years, at this time of the year, my country, Brazil, stops.

Everybody seems to be a soccer expert, opinionated, know-it-all coaches. Fashion means wearing the colors of our Brazilian flag. There is no way out, the world cup is in the air. We breathe it, we feel it, we dress it, we live this moment as if it were the most decisive time of our lives. For sure, that it is for our Brazilian coach, Dunga, and for all our soccer players. However, the World Cup is so big for all that even the ones who don’t like soccer wouldn’t dare saying anything against it in June, every four years.

Many fans have rituals, superstitions, traditions. Some like to cheer for Brazil in a group get-together, others love to quietly watch the matches far from the crowd, attentive and focused as if their move, their words could influence the destiny of our team in the field, thousands of miles away in South Africa. My only superstition is to wear the same Brazilian t-shirt every single game. I cannot change it as Brazil progresses in its group. And I know if I change my t-shirt it might bring bad luck to my beloved team.

Here, three friends of mine talk about their rituals, expectations, favorite players:

How about you? How big is the world cup in your country? Are there any specific rituals, traditions to cheer for your national team? Are the streets decorated for the World Cup? Do you have hope to see your team as the winner of the World Cup 2010?

Can’t wait to hear from you.

More updates on this big yellow and green celebration in Brazil here.

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Carla Arena
A proud Brazilian teaching English in Brazil, interested in cultures, languages, people and lifelong learning.
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3 Comments

  • Carla,

    what a great post this is. Loved watching your photo slideshow with the beautiful flags and hear the other superstitions people have. I like cheering for Brazil at home, and that’s because I shout a lot. My son is always complaining but I can’t stop screaming when the other team is about to score a goal.

  • Thanks for sharing your green and yellow celebration with us! Brazil always seems such a big part of the world cup (at least from wherever I’ve been watching it) so it’s really nice to see all the celebrations going on there. I’m looking forward to your next updates!

  • True, Lucy. Brazil has always been part of the World Cup, from the beginning.

    Ana, I know what you mean. It seems that we tend to be louder! I also can’t help myself, though I need to practice a lot of self-control having two men in the house!

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