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Beer, Atlético and Cruzeiro at the World Cup in Qatar: learn about the experience of Minas Gerais at the World Cup – Rádio Itatiaia

With little time left till the debut of the Brazilian nationwide group at the World Cup in Qatar, Brazilian followers are thronging outdoors the Lusail Stadium in Doha, the place Brazil will face Serbia. It’s not laborious to search out folks there carrying their groups’ flags.

In the crowd, a number of folks from Minas Gerais stood out as a result of they have been holding the flags of Atletico and Cruzeira. Heráclio and Daniela are married, however he’s from Atletico and she is from Cruzeiro. The solely solution to help soccer with out battle is at the World Cup: “one of the few moments we’ve got with out arguments and controversy,” joked Heráclio.

In Minas Gerais, each of them are usually not used to watching one another’s soccer matches, however they use the journey to Qatar to get pleasure from the area and cheer collectively. Daniela says that often everybody watches their group play in totally different locations. “We solely watch the Brazilian recreation collectively, when it is Cruzeiro and Atlético, everybody watches it in their very own nook and everybody goes to the stadium individually.”

Before the match, they took benefit of the Brazilian get together to drink beer, which was banned from being bought in stadiums in Qatar. “They truly welcome vacationers. There is a drink problem, the guidelines modified at the final minute. But in phrases of transport, infrastructure, assist for us, it may be seen that they’re making an attempt. There is not any drink and if you discover your pocket, you may’t stand it,” mentioned Heráclito.

Nevertheless, the couple doesn’t spare reward for the ambiance of the get together and the indisputable fact that the Brazilians have been very nicely acquired by all the different followers. Daniela says it is common to see folks from different nations carrying Brazilian nationwide group shirts or organized followers from Brazil.

“I actually preferred this stadium, it is stunning. Doha is a really good metropolis and the folks right here love Brazil very a lot. We noticed quite a bit of folks cheering for Brazil, folks from overseas, Indians, quite a bit of folks with Brazilian shirts, from our organized crowd.”

Daniela additionally mentioned that she feels secure in Qatar, despite the fact that she is a lady. The nation is understood to have stricter guidelines with ladies, who often cowl their hair with a veil out of respect for his or her faith. “I really feel a bit extra relaxed when I’m with my husband. I have not had any disrespect conditions thus far, thus far every thing could be very calm. But I do not know if I’d have come right here alone,” she says.

Running away from the begin of the World Cup with defeats to Argentina and Germany, Heráclito mentioned he expects efficiency from the Brazilian group: “We can’t make the similar mistake as the opponent. I believe will probably be 2-1, I will not ask an excessive amount of even from the first recreation.” Daniela, on the different hand, is betting larger, considering that Brazil will beat Serbia 3-0.

The interview was completed by journalist João Vitor Xavier

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