Published on June 27th, 2014 | by Carrie Serwetnyk


Behind the Scenes at World Cup in Rio

Gooooooalllll is the spirit song in Rio.  The beaches are magnificent;  the silky sand caresses the souls of football fanatics with endless pick-up matches, foot volley and lazy siestas between matches for fans cheering on their teams.  Brazil is the place to be. The capaharinas are flowing, flags are flying and face paint is a norm.

It only happens once every four years and Brazil is the epicentre of the beautiful game where the samba is sizzling the streets.

Rio Sunshine

I am here in Rio writing for the Vancouver Sun and thanks to Flight Centre sponsoring my trip.  I am so thankful to be at my seventh straight World Cup since Italy in 1990.  The matches have been magnificent with tons of scoring, surprise upsets and daily drama.  As a fan, you don’t have to have tickets to the games to have an amazing experience.  Here in Rio, they have a FIFA Fan Fest on the beach with big screens showing all the action.  The zone is electric with bands between games, fan activities at booths, a zip line and even a carnival ride. If you want souvenirs, the store here is better than a candy shop for the football fanatic. Entertainers at World Cup in Brazil

Exterior the Fan Fest, there are dozens of mini bars right on the beach where a chorus of eclectic chants ring out from supporters cheering on their teams. The street is pulsing with patriots caped in their national flags, drummers, carioca dancers and a rhythmic groove that is intoxicating.  The buzz never stops because this is the World Cup in Brazil.

Rio World Cup Brazil

If you are lucky to score a ticket to a match, you will be wowed.

I forgot how amazing it is to see a World Cup game until I walked into Maracana stadium and was mesmerized by the magnitude, the energy and the exquisite field. I saw France play Ecuador.  The touch on the ball and the movement was magic.  I will remember it for a lifetime.

I am thankful to Flight Centre for giving me this fantastic opportunity.  I was also surprised at how great the prices were to go to Brazil during this time.  It is so worth to enjoy a once in a lifetime trip to the World Cup. Rio is simply glorious.


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About the Author

Carrie Serwetnyk

the first Woman Inductee of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Publisher of Free Kick Magazine. Carrie believes that soccer can change the world for girls if they have the opportunity to play. Carrie has now attended over 7 World Cups around the World.

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