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A month ago, I set myself a challenge: to meet somebody from each country represented at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It meant that I would have to get out and about around Rio to seek out people from each of the 32 teams playing across this huge country.
It’s been a lot of fun! Some people I’ve met when I least expected it. Some I’ve spent days hunting for. Others I’ve easily found sporting their country’s colours, screaming the names of their favourite player or being close to tears as they were sent home (OK these guys weren’t so “fun” to meet).
If you’ve been tracking my progress over on Instagram you may already know how I’ve been getting on, otherwise you can scroll down to see all the photos of the teams that I’ve met!
Only one more to go…
Could I get all 32?
ABSOLUTELY I COULD (although I nearly didn’t get this last one!)!
To be living in Rio during the World Cup really was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am so happy and lucky to have been able to take. I’ve always loved football, but to be able to see the passion that people from countries across the world have for the beautiful game was incredible.
From the Argentinian dressed as a priest clutching Maradona’s autobiography, to the Chileans proudly roaring their team to victory against the World Champions. From the sea of yellow shirts at Copacabana as Colombia took over the fan fest to the Brazilians celebrating Germany’s victory like they’d won it themselves (kindly reminding Argentina that Cafu has won the World Cup as many times as them).
As Bill Shankly once said, “football is not just a matter of life and death: it’s much more important than that”. Football quite literally brings people together from across the world and I loved every minute of this World Cup!
What were your favourite moments of the World Cup?