So as Chris and I are in South America this summer, it seemed rude not to drop by Brazil for a few weeks to soak up the atmosphere at the World Cup. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to spend the whole tournament in Brazil (much like the England team) but we did get to spend the group stage in Rio and Sao Paulo. So below are a few photos and our favourite moments from our little adventure where, you may have heard, the mighty Germans triumphed for a fourth time. Yes, be warned, the following blog contains a little gloating and a fair degree of smugness. 😉

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Favourite fans

The opening night of the World Cup was a night which will stay with me for many years. Not only was it the eve of my birthday but even more importantly than that (if you can imagine) the atmosphere in Sao Paulo was so incredibly warm and friendly, with excited fans from all over the world queuing up to practice their English and (mostly) Spanish with fellow football lovers from across the globe. Of all the fans we met, our favourites were probably either the Costa Ricans (small in number but they made up for that in voice and spirit!), or the Columbians, who as well as being extremely friendly were all, to a man and women, devilishly good-looking with fancy dance-moves to match. Oh, and of course the Brazilians were awesome hosts too! brazil world cup costa rican fansbrazil world cup costa rica fan with chrisBrazil world cup colombian fans 2brazil world cup brazilian fansFavourite game

Of the whole tournament, it is a tough call between the final (did I mention we won?), or the demolition (sorry) of Brazil in the semis – 5-0 after 30 minutes! But of the games while we were actually in Brazil, my favourite had to be the 4-0 victory against Portugal, partly because we watched it on Rio’s Copacabana beach with some lovely German friends and partly because a sad Cristiano Ronaldo has to be one of the funniest sights in the world. :-p

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Chris and his three lion-esses. Notice his apparent refusal to touch the German flag!

brazil world cup german fans at copacabanabrazil world cup copacabana beachFavourite player

Anyone who played for Germany is a strong contender, but because I feel a bit sorry for England I’m going to opt for my husband who rolled back the years doing keepy-ups with an electronic Neymar Jr at the Soccer Museum in Sao Paulo. So young, talented, and handsome. And Neymar isn’t bad either (yes, Chris has just momentarily commandeered the keyboard). brazil world cup football museum sao pauloLeast-favourite moment

Apart from an attempted mugging in Rio where, tragically, a slice of Chris’s four cheese pizza became a casualty of war, Luis Suarez consigning England to their second defeat and thereby effectively sealing their fate was a sad moment for me (honestly) but even sadder for my English friends and husband who really do suffer for their love of the English football team. Commiserations my English amigos, and better luck next time – ROAR!

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Pele’s shirt from 1970 – some four years earlier England won their first and to date only World Cup title

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English men in Sao Paulo, smiling regardless

Favourite overall moment

I don’t suppose I need to explain this one. 🙂 brazil world cup german teamMost patriotic moment

In second place is probably the Brazilians singing their national anthem a capella but  just beating them into second place is Chris, who even when watching a Germany game with twenty-something Germans proudly wore his England shirt and stubbornly refused to have his face painted with the German colours. His dad would have been proud. 🙂 Although Chris did officially support Germany in the final, as did a number of my other English friends. A watershed moment in Anglo-Germanic relations, or just a measure of how angry some English people still are having been knocked out of the 1986 world cup by a chubby little genius?

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This English fan however was seduced by the charm of some German ladies and eventually agreed to have his face painted with German flags 🙂

Overall reflections

Having been lucky enough to enjoy the incredible atmosphere in Brazil, it is easy to see why many people are calling 2014 one of the best World Cups ever, perhaps even the best. From the moment we arrived at Sao Paulo airport and queued for a taxi behind the fantastically-haired Carlos Valderrama we knew we were in for a treat, but nothing prepared us for the wonderfully warm welcome we received from local Brazilians, nor the football-feast which lay ahead. The only sad thing is that the tournament flew by so quickly and that we now have to wait another four years for the fun and games to recommence. So roll on 2018, I say, and hope to see some of you in Russia!!!

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Have you been watching the Brazil World Cup? Which team did you support?

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

26 Thoughts on “The World’s Best Party? Reflections from the Brazil World Cup

  1. Wow it must have been fantastic!! I watched it on TV and thought wow you guys were there!! And hey, congrats on Germany!! 🙂
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  2. How fun to be in Brazil during this exciting time! Such a great view of different nationalities all unified over one common love. I may need to consider a 2018 trip:)
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    • Tammyonthemove on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 am said:

      I thought that there might be some trouble between rivalling fans, but that wasn’t the case at all. It was like one big happy football family. Such a nice atmosphere.

  3. Chris Penson on July 16, 2014 at 10:01 am said:

    Wow! What an experience! The atmosphere sounded brilliant. By the way, what were those bright pink drinks everyone seemed to be swilling by the pint?! Looks pretty toxic! 😉

  4. Always interesting to hear other bloggers reactions to Brazil. Oh, and my favorite moments of the World Cup were those 3 goals scored within a few minutes to make the score 5-0. Unbelievable. I was happy they won the Cup too but thrashing Brazil, the host, on their home turf was one of the most incredible and surprising things I’ve seen in foodball.
    Attempted mugging? why am I not surprised. Great Colombian fans? yup, I love the Colombians. How did you find the friendliness of the Brazilians? A Brit coming back from the World Cup commented on our site last week that he didn’t find them very welcoming: http://bbqboy.net/why-i-wont-be-going-back-to-brazil/
    Always interesting to hear different perspectives and Brazil is one place that doesn’t leave anyone indifferent – they either love it or, hmmm, don’t like it so much.
    Good post!
    Frank

    • Tammyonthemove on July 17, 2014 at 11:13 am said:

      Apart from those guys who attempted to mug us I found the Brazilians to be top hosts. They were really curious to speak to foreigners and I think they were really excited to have so many international guests. We found them to be incredibly friendly. And I agree, that Germany vs Brazil game was the most exciting match I have ever watched. Just incredible!

  5. Nothing unites a country like a football competition. We were very impressed with the Germans. They definitely deserved to win the tournament.
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    • Tammyonthemove on July 17, 2014 at 11:15 am said:

      Well thank you very much. 🙂 I was in Germany for the WC in 2006 and now in Brazil and I was surprised how friendly rivalling football fans were to each other. There was no nastiness, fights or bad sportsmanship.

  6. Wow it must have been fantastic!! I wanted to visit BRazil but it was so expensive..
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  7. While I had a blast experiencing the World Cup in Colombia, I am still very envious of those who were able to actually be in Brazil! I can’t even imagine what the atmosphere was like there. That’s so funny that you saw Carlos Valderrama! I’ve seen his face EVERYWHERE in Colombia!
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    • Tammyonthemove on July 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm said:

      Between us, I didn’t even know who he was until a mob of excited Colombian fans surrounded him. I read up on him afterwards and now I know what a good player he was. 🙂

  8. Tammy, it actually does look like as if it was a good idea to swing by Brazil for some real feel World Cup atmosphere. And even if didn’t work out that well for your husband, at least it finally worked for us. And hey, Rooney finally shot a goal, that should count for something as well… 😉
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    • Tammyonthemove on July 19, 2014 at 11:01 pm said:

      Ha ha very true. Poor Lampard still holds the record for most shots on target but the least conversions though. 🙂

  9. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  10. It was a great Worldcup! I was really surprised with American teams: USA, Costa Rica, Columbia, Chile…

  11. It must have been absolutely enthralling being there at world cup time! I saw a game in Rio between a Brazilian and a Bolivian team at Maracana a few months before the world cup and that was exciting enough so super jealous that you were there for the real thing!! And despite also being a Brit, your joke in the first paragraph about the England team really made me laugh 😀
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    • Tammyonthemove on July 30, 2014 at 8:15 am said:

      Ha ha, sorry Shikha, I just couldn’t resist that joke. I hope all other Brits are as forgiving as you. 🙂

  12. And despite also being a Brit, your joke in the first paragraph about the England team really

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