AFTER WIDESPREAD NEGATIVE FEELINGS in Brazil leading up to the World Cup, I wasn’t sure what to expect on June 12th, the day of the opening match. Surprisingly enough, almost overnight Salvador and the rest of the country finally got in the mood. The streets were decorated in green, yellow, and blue. There were football fans everywhere — both local and foreign. I’ve never seen the city so packed.
Between fans dressed up in all sorts of costumes and locals drumming intensely, the overall atmosphere out in the streets is seemingly just as exciting as inside the stadium. Every bar is full, cheering fans surround every television screen, football fever is gripping the nation.
I’ve heard that, based on the past several days, people are predicting Brazil 2014 to be the best World Cup ever. Between some remarkable goals, shocking results (did you see what the Dutch and the Germans did?) and, well, it being in Brazil and all, I think it might be, too. Here’s the proof.
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