06/26/2014

Game Time! USA v Germany

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USA v Germany...soggy Recife...pregame photos...

 

Recife is Flooded!

Here is the scene in Recife, where we are just over 2 hours from USA vs. Germany kickoff. Let's hope the field has better drainage than their streets.

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06/25/2014

Bom Dia from Recife!

Good morning from Recife..1 Day to Go 'til USA v Germany.

It is raining, windy and gloomy here in this northeastern beach city, and forecast for game day is more rain. The stadium is a good 30 miles outside of town, loooong drive to get out here through not-so-picturesque parts of Recife.

The beachfront reminds me a lot of Miami Beach...

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Fans and media were happy to be greeted with a free Caipirinha cocktail (Brazilian mojito) upon arrival at airport baggage claim...

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Forgot to post this photo from a mall in Sao Paulo...even the doggies are in the World Cup spirit!

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Poll: Should Suarez be suspended?

06/22/2014

US warmups..

Team USA takes the field at Arena Amazonia....But loudest cheer was for Cristiano Ronaldo...

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USA could use this guy today....

Marcelo Balboa working for Univision...

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MORE photos from Manaus!

MORE photos from Manaus on USA v POR Game Day!!

They really went all out here in Manaus with World Cup fever!!

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Another street...

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There are no roads to Manaus, so everything arrives by plane or boat. People carry freight off boats at the port..one guy carried a WASHING MACHINE on his head! Sadly, didn't get my camera out in time to get a snappie of him...

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They have the most delicious bananas in Brazil. One local explained it: "In the USA, you guys like the bananas to look perfect, so you grow them big and sell them yellow. But the best bananas are small with some brown and bruises.''

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My breakfast: Fresh squeezed orange juice and a Pao con Banana y Queiso (bread with sweet plantains and cheese)

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People take hammocks onto ferry boats here and rest in hammocks while they ride...

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The historic old market, built in 1881, patterned after Les Halles in Paris.

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They have all your viagra needs at the market...

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Here is your "Regional Viagra'', not to be confused with the Amazon viagra.

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Finally, look who I ran into at the port!

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Game Day in Manaus!

Hi from Manaus, a very cool, funky town on the Amazon...This town is in the World Cup spirit with lots of yellow and green street decorations, streamers and balloons. USA vs. Portgual is just over five hours away! I have lots of photos from historic downtown/Port of Manaus and street scenes I will post as soon as wifi is good enough. In the meantime, here are a few shots from USA training yesterday and a few street scenes...

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Family from Pittsburgh...

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06/20/2014

Videos, photo US goalkeepers training

Here's a peek at the US goalkeepers at training Friday...

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06/19/2014

See and hear Uruguayan fans..

Bom Dia from Sao Paulo Stadium...few hours away from England vs. Uruguay.

Here is what Uruguayan fans look and sound like...

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