A Brazilian surprise

2010-07-03 15:17

The Brazil Sensational Experience at the Sandton Convention Centre

in Johannesburg yesterday was just that – sensational.

There were free Bazilian beers on hand and little pieces of cheese

on toothpicks, trays of salami and ice-cold caipirinha (Brazil’s national

cocktail) were passed around.

The auditorium was packed with staunch Brazil supporters who came

to watch the 2010 Fifa World Cup quarter-final clash between Brazil and the


One woman – head to toe in Brazilian gear – even had her nails

painted in the Brazilian colours. Many sported wigs spray-painted with the

Brazilian colours and flags were everywhere, huge and flying proudly.

The Portuguese commentary on the big screen added to the South

American theme.

The cheering, clapping and vuvuzela-blowing in the first half left

no doubt as to the fans’ excitement as Brazil were leading the Netherlands by a


There was also much cheering when Mick Jagger was shown on screen

from his seat at the match in Port Elizabeth.

At half time fans laughed and danced, waving their flags.

In the second half, however, there was less clapping and waving of

the flag and more shouting and groans from the crowd.

The agony was almost

audible as Brazil’s Felipe Melo headed Holland’s ball into their net, aiding

their goal.

As the match ended (2-1 in favour of the Netherlands), the

Brazilians – with surprised faces – headed back to the bar for more beer and

kept it coming.

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