World Cup 2014 - Spurs fans in Brazil
23 June 2014|Tottenham Hotspur
World Cup matches involving Spurs players have been understandably popular among our supporters in Brazil.
With the tournament now entering the final round of group matches, our fans at the showpiece event have been reporting back to us on their experiences – and they’ve plenty of stories to tell.
With some now pledging allegiance to Belgium due to the involvement of Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli, others have struck up conversations with Brazilian fans of Paulinho while some have been recognised by the locals after parading their Spurs clothes with pride!
Check out the latest updates from our supporters at the World Cup...
Christopher Compeggie (Seattle Spurs)
We arrived in Rio on Saturday, where we went to the FIFA fanfest and met a long-time Spurs and England fan named Olly.
We then watched some World Cup matches with our favorite Brazil drink, the Caipirinha, before heading off to see our boys play for the Belgium ‘Red Devils’ on Sunday.
We had a great day at the Maracana Stadium and the game against Russia game was entertaining. I was glad Jan got on and played well.
There were a number of people in Belgium and Russia gear but the majority of the fans were cheering for Brazil. The stadium was very well organized and reminded me of my trips to White Hart Lane – easy gate entry and many trains after the game so there was no wait!
My wife and I took some pictures at the Maracana - she wore the Seattle Seahawks hat as we at Seattle Spurs get ready to welcome Spurs to our city in a few weeks.
Myself and my wife, Jane, are season ticket holders in the North Stand and we're in South America for nine weeks.
We are spending the duration of the World Cup in Brazil and have decided to support Belgium now that England are out.
We are surrounded by Belgium fans at the moment and we have had discussions today about the three Belgian Spurs players - caused by me wearing my divine Spurs hat!
In fact, my hat has drawn attention to us on a few occasions on this trip. An American Spurs fan shouted 'go Spurs go' at me when he saw it, while I also met a fellow Paxton Road season ticket holder called Bas in a bar while watching England. Small World!
My favourite moment so far has been wandering down a deserted beach and two Brazilians shouted 'you, Tottenham' when all I had on besides my trunks was my Spurs hat!
We also ran into some West Brom fans the other day and they gave us some tickets for the Argentina vs Iran game.
During our trip we've travelled from the Uruguayan border right up to Recife in the North East, sightseeing and watching games in bars, town squares, people's homes and at fan parks. So far it has been wonderful.
It has been great meeting fans from all nations. Football truly is a great social leveller and you can have great conversations with total strangers!
Yolan Strobbe (Flemish Spurs)
Our trip is awesome! We watched Belgium vs Algeria and Brazil vs Mexico at the FIFA fan fest at Copacabana last week. It was very nice, certainly because Belgium won their game!
Last Wednesday we went to Spain vs Chile at the Maracana. And on Sunday we went to Belgium vs Russia at the same stadium where our dreams of a second victory came true!
Rob Ahlers (Amsterdam Spurs)
I’m writing from Sao Paulo, where the decorations are truly inspiring, although there is a sharp contrast with the newly renovated Corinthians Stadium.
One nice feature is provided by Brahma, the largest Brazilian beer brewery. Their nectar is served in a distinctive hard plastic beaker that commemorates the game. It makes for a certain collectors' item and probably saves a hell of a lot of waste being dumped around the ground.
I watched the England vs Uruguay game on Thursday. We had some great moments at the stadium as we encountered lavishly dressed and vocal fans from both countries. My favourite moments were when the Brazilian fans recognised my Paulinho shirt and embraced me as one of theirs.
That's all for now. Off to do some touristy things - notably drive along the coast back to Rio with the highlight a visit to a lovely place called Paraty.
ARE YOU A SPURS FAN IN BRAZIL?
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