Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 13th 2014 Contents after the World Cup is over.
In Port-of-Spain, a brief downpour
sent the Carib girls and limers running
into the bar where excitement was
But where was the ambassador? The
T&T Guardian told All Out s owner
Laurette Moses and general manager
Vernal Crooms said he wasn t coming.
"Why not?" they chorused. Open-
ing-night nerves, was the only response
we could give.
No fear. The substitute, Bittencourt,
who hails from Bahia in the north of
Brazil, was a fine stand-in, rousing the
crowd and declaring, diplomatically:
"Let the best team win," before adding,
less diplomatically: "And I hope that s
my country, Brazil."
Asked what her favourite World Cup
memory was, Bittencourt told the
Guardian: "I remember the 1970 World
Cup very well, even though I was
young. There were people in the streets
dancing and celebrating."
That great 70 side, featuring Pele,
Jairzinho and Rivelino, is considered by
football pundits to be one of the greatest
World Cup sides of all time and Bit-
tencourt recalls meeting Pele later in
her career in Budapest, where she was
working. "He was received in Hungary
like a head of state," she said.
Of the current team s chances she
said: "Felipe Scolari (the Brazil coach)
is into teamwork which is important
when you have a team of stars wanting
to act individually. We have good players
and we would like to see a good per-
On the protests taking place across
Brazil, she commented: "People should
have protested before when we were
bidding for it, not now. We are hosts
and we need to welcome people and
have fun. Everywhere our fans go in
the world we have a party and people
love us. We must do that in our own
country more than ever."
Asked if she had spoken to friends
and family back home and what the
mood was like in her home town in
Bahia, which has a strong African cul-
ture and where Carnival lasts five days
and five nights, she confirmed that
people were very excited.
She refused to give a prediction, say-
ing: "I can only hope. Every side, even
the weakest, when they play against
Brazil, they try very hard to beat us. If
they do it s like they ve won the cup."
As if to confirm her fears, the hosts
conceded the opening goal of the tour-
nament through a Marcelo own-goal
after just 11 minutes.
Neymar, Brazil s talisman, equalised
just before the half-hour and the host
nation breathed a collective sigh of
relief. The match ended 3-1 in Brazil s
favour, which included a penalty stun-
ner from Neymar.
Friday, June 13, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Brazilian ambassador to T&T
Paulo Bozzi issued a last-minute
cancellation yesterday afternoon
and instead sent his deputy to
officially "open" the World Cup
at a packed bar in Woodbrook.
According to embassy staff lim-
ing at the All Out bar at the
Queen s Park Oval ahead of Brazil s
opening fixture with Croatia in
Sao Paolo, Bozzi had suffered big
match "nerves" and stayed home
to entertain ambassadors at his
official residence, St Clair.
Regina Bittencourt, the
embassy s deputy head of mission,
filled in for the ambassador, giving
a short speech in front of the
throng of football fans.
Brazil fans in bright yellow repli-
ca jerseys were teeming in the bar.
Amongst them, Carib girls in tight
white jeans wandered around
showing off washboard stomachs
and pearly white smiles.
The stage was set early as fans
piled in before the 2 pm opening
ceremony, a typically underwhelm-
ing affair, and an enormous Brazil
flag was draped over a window
while the flags of the other com-
peting nations (32 in total) were
hung all over the bar, creating a
sea of colour.
Out on the balcony, speakers
boomed out the electronic dance
music of the opening show and
Jennifer Lopez tottered around
the pitch in stiletto heels and a
green sequinned mini catsuit
while US Latino rapper Pitbull
waved his hands about.
Xavier Alexander, an English
student visiting T&T on holiday,
expressed his bemusement as to
why Lopez, a Puerto Rican, was
the star of the show.
"I ve no idea what she s doing
here," he said, "but that other
woman is a Brazilian pop star, I
He was right, it was Claudia
Leitte, famous in South America
though virtually unknown any-
The 44-year-old Lopez looked
in fine form despite sound prob-
The stadium, home to the
Corinthians team, looked resplen-
dent in the late afternoon sunshine.
An extra 12,000 seats had been
added to increase its capacity to
The extra seats will be removed
Samba sizzles the city
Brazilians residing in T&T celebrate their country's first goal against Croatia in the opening match of the FIFA 2014
World Cup Finals in Brazil during bmobile's viewing party at MovieTowne, Invaders Bay, yesterday.
PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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