Getting up to speed: (From left) Brazil Embassy attache Joao Guidugli, vice-councillor Marcelo Binda and Soares browsing through The Star's Samba Fever pullout.
KUALA LUMPUR: Brazil may be half the world away but that does not mean Brazilians working in Malay-sia are not soaking up the football fun.
Brazil Embassy’s minister councillor José Soares Jr said he was very proud to see his country hosting “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the 2014 World Cup.
Soares, who hails from Sao Paulo, was especially impressed by the illustration of the Arena Corinthians Stadium – where the opening ceremony was held – in The Star’s 44-page Samba Fever pullout.
“We usually keep up with Brazilian news on the Internet as well as in the Malaysian media because this is in sync with local time.
“The coverage for this World Cup is very comprehensive and with the well-curated information, this can help us assess the teams’ chances,” said Soares on the pullout.
Malaysians, he added, had been very enthusiastic about the World Cup.
“With so many gathering points all over the city to watch the football matches, it is really exciting,” he said.
For the World Cup this year, Soares said the trophy was likely to go to one of the Latin American countries.
“With such a strong showing from Latin America, the cup will likely go to one of us according to the Law of Probability.
“And because we are the host, we hope to win it,” he said.
Soares said he was expecting a spectacular World Cup because there were so many good teams taking part this year.
The World Cup, he added, would also bring many benefits to Brazil because the matches were being played in 12 cities around the country.
“Although the increase in the number of people who visited the embassy for their visas to travel to Brazil for the World Cup has kept the staff busy, we remain enthusiastic about it.
“We are normally known for our landscapes in Rio de Janeiro, the Amazons and the Iguazu Falls. But this time, we are showcasing the 12 cities,” he said.
Soares also predicted his home country to be the victor for the first World Cup match – Brazil vs Croatia.
“Brazil will win but not by a wide margin as Croatia is a strong team too,” he said.