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Hundreds of fans spent hours in front
of the team hotel in Brasilia to try to get
a glimpse of the Brazilian players yester-
There was not a lot they could see from
outside the gates, but they were rewarded
when goalkeeper Julio Cesar showed up.
Cesar stayed with the fans for nearly an
hour, signing jerseys and posing for pho-
tos.Brazilian players were allowed to welcome
relatives inside their hotel, a rare opportunity
to be with their loved ones during the tour-
Nearby, a few Cameroon fans stayed out-
side their team's hotel, but no player had
showed up to greet them by early after-
Brazil will play Cameroon today in their
final Group A match. The hosts need at
least a draw to advance to the second round,
and a win will likely secure first place.
Cameroon is already eliminated after losing
its first two matches.
Pitching for US
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright
showed up at Busch Stadium displaying his
backing of the US World Cup team.
A day after beating the Philadelphia
Phillies 4-1 to improve to 10-3, Wainwright
had the American flag painted on his face
when he went out to stretch with his St.
Louis teammates before yesterday's series
The native of Brunswick, Georgia, is an
avid soccer fan and said he was looking for-
ward to the US match against Portugal later yesterday.
Wainwright kept the paint on during the playing of
the national anthem, then removed it before the first
Wainwright, who attended 1994 World Cup match-
es in Orlando, Florida, said his wife did the paint-
Where loyalty lies
Compared to running with the bulls, this offseason
excursion was quite tame for Rex Ryan.
The New York Jets coach was spotted at Maracana
Stadium in Rio during yesterday's World Cup game
between Belgium and Russia. Last July, Ryan joined
thousands of thrill-seekers in the annual running of
the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona,
Ryan spent some time around world player of the
year Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal when the national
team was training at the NFL club's practice facility
in New Jersey before the World Cup. No doubts on
Ryan's loyalties, though. Portugal faces the American
squad later in the day in the jungle city of Manaus,
and Ryan was wearing a US shirt.
Swappers trade in style
Panini sticker album swappers were doing a brisk
trade yesterday morning in Curitiba, just as they
have been since the start of the World Cup.
Over 100 people of all ages gather at Ukraine Square
every morning to try to fill their albums with the
likes of Brazilian star Neymar, Argentina wonder
Lionel Messi, or Portuguese phenom Cristiano Ronal-
do.But even though Miraslov Klose matched the World
Cup record of 15 goals scored in the finals, the Ger-
many striker's card was no hotter a commodity than
any other one as collectors just look to fill their sticker
The dealing will go on right until the July 13 final,
with vendors attaching themselves to the square to
sell drinks and popcorn to hungry parents and kids,
as they all entertain swaps with one another.
Wimbledon's World Cup
Andy Murray says the World Cup is a big focus
of conversation at Wimbledon.
"Pretty much when you walk into the locker room
most mornings, that's what almost all of the players
are talking about," Murray said yesterday on the eve
of his title defense.
England has failed to advance out of the group
stage, meaning more interest might be focused on
Wimbledon and Murray's play here. Defending cham-
pion Spain, with Rafael Nadal one its biggest boosters,
is also out after losing both group matches.
He said the World Cup also "gives me something
to do in the evenings."
Donovan's the man
Landon Donovan is still the biggest name in Amer-
ican soccer. He's just not playing for the US at the
So an unfortunate tweet from Samsung Mobile
Arabia went viral for all the wrong reasons Sunday
when the company posted: "Best of luck to Landon
Donovan & the USA team."
The 32-year-old Donovan, the American career
leader in goals and assists, was cut from the squad
last month. He was part of a Samsung ad campaign
that included the likes of Argentina star Lionel Messi
and England's Wayne Rooney.
The account also tweeted well-wishes to another
endorser Sunday: "Cristiano Ronaldo is all set for
today's match. We wish Portugal team all the very
best." At least Ronaldo is indeed on Portugal's squad
for the game against the United States. (AP)
Brazil fans rewarded by Cesar
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