Even though the World Cup has not started (it does not begin until Friday), here in Brazil you can easily tell it is Word Cup time. To say that Brazilians are passionate about their "futebol" is an understatement. They are fanatical about the sport, especially when it comes time to cheer for the national team - Brasil. Stores are full of products displaying the Brazilian flag or colors. Streets are decorated with hanging flags and banners, and even Brazilian flags painted in them. Many people are wearing the familiar jersey of the Brazilian team, or shirts and sometimes even complete outfits with the national team colors. And you can see many Brazil flags or banners hanging on houses and apartment buildings.
When the Brazilian team takes the field ( first round games are on Tue. June 15 vs North Korea, Sun. June 20 vs Ivory Coast, and Fri. June 25 vs Portugal), everything in Brazil will stop and almost everyone will be watching the games in their homes, in restaurants, bars,... Businesses will close, schools will close, and even most of the government will stop to watch the games. Brazil is one of the favorites to win the World Cup (which would be their 6th title). Since we moved to Brazil a couple of months after the World Cup in 2006, this will be our first living in Brazil. It is going to be alot of fun to be here in Brazil and experience it.