Wednesday, June 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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Sunday, June 22, 2014

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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Friday, June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Altidore out for Sunday

Quick notes from USA training Thur morning:

1. Jozy Altidore is officially out for Sunday's game vs. Portugal. Strained left hamstring. Team hopeful he will return later in the tournament. He is at camp undergoing treatment.

2. Matt Besler is fine, expected to play. Clint Dempsey hasn't decided if he will wear mask over broken nose or not. Team travels with masks if he wants one.

3. US players are preparing for Cristiano Ronaldo to play, despite his injured knee and rumors he won't play.

4. It is chilly and drizzly in Sao Paulo today, perfect weather for England, which plays Uruguay later this afternoon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Touring Museu do Futebol

SAO PAULO -- If you ever find yourself in this city for any reason, be sure to take some time to visit the Museu do Futebol, a terrific interactive museum of soccer history embedded in the Pacaembu Stadium (Municipal Stadium), site of 1950 World Cup matches. And yes, there is a gift shop!

Rather than tell you about it, you can see for yourself...

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This man in the moustache is Charles Miller, the Brazilian of English roots who brought soccer to Brazil after studying in England...

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Guess who's jersey this is???

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Evolution of the soccer ball (early one looks like American football)

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Loved this exhibit! In Brazil, EVERYTHING's a ball..socks, a doll's head, ball of string, etc..

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Romario: I don't want to play well. I want to make goals.

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View of the stadium from museum balcony...

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Kids used to sneak peeks of matches through the fences...

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