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Category: World Cup FanGrams
July 2, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Fond memories of passionate South American fans

BY MICHAEL LEICHNER Fans enjoying the Uruguay-Colombia match at the Maracana. (Photo by Michael Leichner) After the U.S. game in Recife, we returned to Rio to close up our rental apartment and attend our final match of the trip.  On Friday night, the city erupted in an unscheduled (to our knowledge) firework celebration, which made the city…

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June 28, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Mexican fans loud and proud against Croatia

BY MICHAEL LEICHNER One Mexican fan dressed way up to see El Tri play Croatia in Recife. (Photo by Michael Leichner) After attending the Mexico-Croatia match in Recife, we decided that the Mexican fans took the prize for loudest and largest group of supporters outside of the South American nations.  The pageantry and colors were apparent from…

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June 26, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Relaxing in Recife

BY NANCY RICKERT The welcoming committee at the metro on the way to the Mexico vs. Croatia game. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Rickert) World Cup and São Joao festivities have made Recife a great place to visit the past week! It has been so much fun here! The Parque Doña Lindu and Praca de Boa Viagem have been…

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June 25, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Going Insano at Beach Park

BY MICHAEL LEICHNER A look at mega water slide Insano. (Photo by Michael Leichner) We had one free day in Fortaleza before heading out to Recife, and there was only one thing I had hoped to do before flying down to Brazil: Insano. Insano, until recently, was the tallest water slide in the world at 135 feet and…

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June 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Beating the heat to see Germany-Ghana

BY MICHAEL LEICHNER Down the chute in Fortaleza. (Photo by Michael Leichner) We arrived early in the morning in Fortaleza, our third city of the trip, before the Germany-Ghana match.  After some lodging hiccups, we took a taxi to the game, which dropped us off over a mile away. At first, we were annoyed, but soon realized we…

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June 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Warm welcome in Recife

BY NANCY RICKERT Nancy Rickert, right, and Alex Wentland, left, pose with a fan outside Arena Pernambuco in Recife before the Costa Rica-Italy match. (Photo courtesy Nancy Rickert) Saúde from Recife, Brazil! The scene here is very festive and clean and polite. Lots of countries being represented here over the past few days. We have watched three…

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June 21, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Not enough Hopp Schwiiz in Salvador

BY KURT WEBER Swiss fans were out in force in Salvador, including these mimes. (Photo by Anna Le) We are in Salvador, Brazil for the Switzerland vs. France game.  The Swiss have traveled well, and sit in flocks of outdoor cafes within the old town, geared in red regalia.  The French, are more conspicuous, only sporadically spotted…

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June 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Rio traffic doesn’t derail memorable night at Maracana

BY BRUCE JONES Bruce Jones and his wife Melinda proudly wear their Sounders colors at the Chile-Spain match. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Jones) After a humbling loss to the Netherlands in its opening match, the pressure on Spain to get a good result against Chile on Wednesday was even more significant than on our group trying to…

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