The country that gave us Pele, Kaka, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho is starting to slip into a futebol frenzy, with a double whammy of major events on the horizon – namely the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
With Brazil set to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014, Rio is preparing to host many of the major games at the legendary Maracana stadium. A new, purpose-built stadium promises to boost Rio’s football facilities still further.
And with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa set to kick off in June, those football-crazy Rio locals are already talking about a sixth World Cup victory.
Visitors lucky enough to be in Rio for the football action can expect plenty of noise and excitement on the streets, as every bar streams the live football action.
Brazil’s first match will inevitably be accompanied by plenty of fireworks, and any match victories will be followed by exuberant street parties.
Regardless of your own nationality, you’ll be expected to pledge your allegiance to ‘Braaasil!’ for the duration of the world cup.
Should your home country be playing against Brazil, you’d be advised to cheer your team on away from the crowds of baying Brazilians.
A good place to catch the games among fellow foreigners is the Lord Jim Pub in Ipanema. Themed around a traditional English pub, this is quite a convincing spot for homesick Brits to spur their teams on. See you there!