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Beer, Atlético and Cruzeiro at the World Cup in Qatar: learn about Minas Gerais’ experience at the World Cup – Rádio Itatiaia

With solely a short while left till the Brazilian staff’s debut at the World Cup in Qatar, Brazilian followers are thronging exterior the Lusail Stadium in Doha, the place Brazil face Serbia. It’s not onerous to seek out individuals there carrying their very own staff flags.

In the center of the crowd, two individuals from Minas Gerais stood out as a result of they have been holding Atlético and Cruzeiro flags. Heraclio and Daniela are married, however he’s from Atlético and she is from Cruzeiro. The solely method to cheer soccer with out battle is at the World Cup: “one in all the few moments we now have with out fights and with out controversy,” Heraklio joked.

In Minas Gerais, the two aren’t used to watching soccer matches with one another and are benefiting from their journey to Qatar to take pleasure in the pitch and cheer collectively. Daniela says that often everybody watches their staff’s recreation in completely different locations. “We solely watch the Brazil match collectively when it is Cruzeiro and Atlético, everybody watches it in their very own nook and everybody goes to the stadium individually.”

Before the match, the two took benefit of the Brazilian crowd’s occasion to drink beer, which was banned from sale in Qatar’s stadiums. “They truly welcome vacationers. There is an issue with drinks, the guidelines have modified at the final minute. But in phrases of transport, infrastructure, assist for us, you see they’re making an effort. There’s no drink, and in the event you discover your pocket, you’ll be able to’t do it,” replied Heraclito.

However, the couple didn’t spare reward for the occasion ambiance and celebrated that the Brazilians are very effectively obtained by all the different followers. Daniela says it is commonplace to see individuals from different nations sporting Brazilian nationwide staff jerseys or organized supporters from Brazil.

“I actually preferred this stadium, it is stunning. Doha is a really stunning metropolis and individuals right here like Brazil lots. We noticed lots of people cheering for Brazil, individuals from overseas, Indians, lots of people in Brazilian shirts from our organized crowd.”

Daniela additionally mentioned that she feels protected in Qatar though she is a girl. The nation is thought to have stricter guidelines with ladies, who often cowl their hair with a veil out of respect for faith. “When I’m with my husband, I really feel somewhat extra relaxed. I have not had a disrespectful scenario to this point, to this point every little thing could be very calm. But I do not know if I’d come right here alone,” she says.

Escaping the Zika that gripped the begin of the World Cup with defeats to Argentina and Germany, Heraclito mentioned he expects a superb efficiency from the Brazilian staff: “We cannot make the similar mistake as the opponent. I believe will probably be 2-1, I will not demand a lot from the first match both.” Daniela, on the different hand, bets greater, thinks that Brazil will beat Serbia with 3:0.

Interview carried out by journalist João Vitor Xavier

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