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World Cup 2014 - Spurs fans in Brazil

Posted on 27 June 2014  - 13:19

It’s been another busy week for Spurs fans at the World Cup.

Rob Ahlers meets a fellow Spurs fan in Belo HorizonteRob gets out and aboutRob poses with his Amsterdam Spurs flagChris Compeggie out and about in BrazilChris with fans of France and EcuadorMartin Boyce wears his Spurs shirt with pride at the World CupMatheus Bandeira is enjoying watching our players at the tournamentWill Frawley and his Dad, GerryLook who Will and Gerry met up with in Brazil!

We’ve received more photos and updates from some of our regular terrace correspondents, in addition to submissions from supporters who’ve been inspired to get in touch after reading our Spurs Fans in Brazil updates here on tottenhamhotspur.com.

Here’s the latest selection of tales...

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Rob Ahlers (Amsterdam Spurs)

At the start of the week we drove back from São Paulo to Rio along the picturesque coastal road. There were some stunning sights but the highlight was the town of Paraty with its traffic-free cobbled streets and wonderful historical buildings. 

Our next game was Belgium vs Russia. Walking to the stadium we were spotted by a Brazilian in a Spurs shirt across the road who started dancing frantically when he saw us!

At the stadium, we were recognised by someone as "the guys doing the blog for the Spurs site, right?"

The highlight of the day came during the half-time break when we spotted one of my favourite former Spurs players, Gus Poyet, about six rows in front of me – his usual cheerful self!

We then went off to Belo Horizonte for England's last game against Costa Rica.

The gorgeous Belo Horizonte stadium was a bit like a mini Maracana and despite England's fate, the spirit and banter was generally good.

Our journey back to Teresopolis took us through São Joao del Rey, another town with a gorgeous historic centre.

In the hectic first 10 days of our trip, there hasn't even been a chance of venturing to the Brazilian training complex here in town and maybe get a glimpse of Paulinho. We’ll try to rectify that in the next few days or so.

 

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Christopher Compeggie (Seattle Spurs)

We’ve had a busy couple of days in Rio this week, taking in the Ecuador vs France match.

The game itself was intense.  We got started with a trip to the fan fest in the stadium where I donned Ecuador colors.  We met some nice Ecuador fans and the Handen family - Spurs fans from Sacramento, USA.

Many people recognized the Ledley King shirt I’ve been wearing and it has to be said that the early evening start made the Maracana stadium very pretty.

During a day off we spent some time on the Leblon and Ipanema beaches and we went to Christ the Redeemer.

The ride up the mountain on a train in the jungle was ‘interesting’ but the sights at the top were outstanding.

We’ve now left Rio to make our way to Iguazu Falls before heading home. This has been a wonderful experience. The games are great but being around football lovers from all over the world who are friendly and outgoing makes the event special.

 

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Martin Boyce

I'm writing from Curitiba, having just watched Nabil Bentaleb help Algeria into the last 16 after their 1-1 draw with Russia. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the ground and my Spurs shirt was recognised and cheered by Algerians, Russians and Brazilians alike.

I've been in Curitiba for two weeks, to watch the four games in the city and also to volunteer for charity.

 

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Matheus Bandeira

I am Brazilian and I am a Tottenham Hotspur fan.

I watch every Spurs game from Brazil and in December I am probably going to visit London and hopefully go to White Hart Lane to see some Spurs games.

This week I wore my Spurs T-shirt to the Argentina vs Nigeria match. I’ve already seen our goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and our midfielder Nabil Bentaleb in action – it was very good to see both winning their games.

I am supporting all Spurs players that play in Beira-Rio because I have tickets to see all the games in this stadium.

It has been a wonderful experience to see the World Cup live, and I am now counting the hours to when I can see Tottenham playing this season in the Premier League.

 

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Will Frawley

My Dad, Gerry, and I are in Rio de Janeiro for just over two weeks. We were lucky enough to get tickets to five games at the Maracana.

Having watched Argentina beat Bosnia and Chile defeating Spain, we returned to the stadium on Sunday to cheer on the Spurs players in the Belgium squad for their game against Russia. We had a friendly welcome from Brazil and Belgium fans, who recognised our shirts, while we also ran into some fellow Spurs fans.

We've been to Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain and spent almost every day at either Copacabana Beach at the fan fest or on Ipanema Beach. We also met Andros Townsend the other day, who posed for a photo with us. We're having an incredible time.

 

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Greg Taylor

I am a Spurs fan who actually lives here in Brazil. I’ve been living in Salvador, Bahia – home of the Fonte Nova Stadium – for over seven years now.

Thanks to Satellite TV I am able to watch most Tottenham games, although the commentary is – of course – in Portuguese.

I chose to put Paulinho’s name on the back of my Spurs shirt because he is very well known over here, and because I hoped that people’s familiarity with him would spread the word about Tottenham.

I must admit it felt good to hear a couple of shouts of ‘Go Spurs’ as I walked to the stadium for one of the games!

For me, the World Cup is an opportunity to hopefully see some of our players in action, albeit for their national teams. I have seen Hugo Lloris in goal during the France’s 5-2 win against Switzerland and I’m hoping to see Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli in action for Belgium in the knockout stages.