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Paulinho urges World Cup fans to ‘be on the ball’!

Posted on 14 May 2014  - 11:00

The World Cup in Brazil is almost here, with thousands of people expected to descend on cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to enjoy a month-long festival of football.


So just as some of the most famous names in the game are preparing to take their place on football’s biggest world stage, fans planning to travel to the event should prepare too.

Most people who visit Brazil do so with no difficulty and come home with wonderful memories. Make sure this trip is one you want to remember by following a few simple safety tips when travelling around Brazil or going to a match.

Our very own Brazilian international, Paulinho, is lending his support to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Be On The Ball campaign.

The midfielder said: “I am extremely proud that my country is hosting this year’s World Cup and hope that we put on a great show for the entire world to see.

“I hope that fans travelling to the tournament not only enjoy the football but also make the most of what Brazil has to offer, so please stay safe and check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for travel advice before and during your visit.”

Further information, travel advice and contact details are available on

Specific World Cup advice is available on