World Cup 2014 in Brazil (33 Photos)

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was an absolute blur, but luckily I managed to capture a few highlights on camera that I’ll be able to show my grandkids one day.

If you’ve already read the World Cup Wrap Up than you have an understanding of how things went down, but either way, a picture’s worth a thousands words so here’s 33 shots to share my World Cup journey from start to finish…

World Cup 2014 in Brazil - Australia Fanatics in Cuiaba

World Cup 2014 in Brazil – Australia Fanatics gather before game one in Cuiaba to watch Brazil vs Croatia (June 12)

I jumped on a flight to Cuiaba on June 11th where I began my journey with the Fanatics tour group. It was overwhelming and intimidating to say the least. My job was to capture the experience of almost 2,000 Australian soccer fans through shooting and editing daily videos for their social networks.

World Cup 2014 in Brazil - Australia Fanatics in Cuiaba

Following the Australian Fanatics parade to the Socceroos first match against Chile in Cuiaba, Brazil (June 13)

Nervousness turned to excitement on the first walk to the stadium in Cuiaba. The energy of the Australian crowd was through the roof. Locals came out to greet us passing by and Chileans mixed in with the celebration.

World Cup Brazil 2014 - Australia vs Chile - Cuiaba Stadium

Outside the entrance of the World Cup Stadium in Cuiaba before the Australia vs Chile match (June 13)

Outside the Cuiaba stadium in Northern Brazil to watch Australia vs Brazil.

World Cup 2014 in Brazil - Australia vs Chile - Cuiaba Stadium

The stadium was electric for game #1 in Cuiaba – Australia vs Chile (June 13)

There were plenty of goosebumps walking in and hearing all the screams and cheers before my first match. Such a rush.

World Cup 2014 in Brazil - Australia vs Chile - Cuiaba Stadium

Chi Chi Chi! Le Le Le! Viva Chile!! (June 13)

The Chilean fans were amazing. Embracing the Aussies and cheering together.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Airplane Mode

Never missed a game. On the flight from Cuiaba to Porto Alegre I was able to keep my eyes on Colombia! (June 14)

The Fanatics chartered flights from Cuiaba to Porto Alegre to get ready for match two.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Porto Alegre

An off day in Porto Alegre allowed us to catch up with some friendly locals (June 15)

Off the pitch, I had a blast escaping the Aussies for a bit to hang out with locals around town, before reconnecting for an incredible night on the town.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Porto Alegre

Then the Fanatics put on an ridiculously epic show that brought the house down in Porto Alegre. (June 16)

Brazil vs Mexico, June 17th. The streets of Porto Alegre’s Cuidade Baixa neighborhood is overran by fans from all around the world (below).

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Brazil vs Mexico - Porto Alegre

The city stops. The crowd covers the streets of Porto Alegre for the Brazil vs Mexico match. (June 17)

The view from our hotel where we could see the Stadium glowing with anticipation for the next day’s match.

World Cup Brazil 2014 - Porto Alegre Stadium

An inviting view of the World Cup Stadium in Porto Alegre the night before the big match against the Dutch. (June 17)

Game day. One of the best games of the tournament, hands down.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Porto Alegre Stadium

Australian Fanatics storm the stadium in Porto Alegre to witness Australia vs Netherlands! (June 18)

One Australian told me he would just be happy if they scored. They almost won!

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Australia vs Netherlands - Porto Alegre

The crew gearing up for Australia vs Netherlands – one of the best games of the entire tournament! (June 18)

After Porto Alegre it was off for a few days in Florianopolis, where we soaked in some sun and then lost it all partying like zombies with Fatboy Slim.

Brazil World Cup 2014 Fanatics - Fatboy Slim Concert

After Porto Alegre the Fanatics and I went to Florianopolis for a quick stop and incredible Fatboy Slim party (June 20)

Best concert I’ve ever been to.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Fanatics Tour - Fatboy Slim Concert

Fatboy Slim up close and personal. Killin’ it. (June 20)

Next stop, Curitiba, Brasil for game three of the Australian World Cup schedule.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Fanatics Arrive in Curitiba

Fanatics Arrive in Curitiba and takeover the Castelo do Batel (Batel Castle in Curitiba) before the Spain match. (June 23)

The energy was different here. There weren’t many Spain fans and Australians didn’t have much to cheer for.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Australia vs Spain

Australia vs Spain in Curitiba. The crowd was 75% Aussies, but that didn’t change the Socceroos fate. 3-0, Spain. : (June 23)

It was a rough one. But I was just excited to be there…

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Australia vs Spain - Curitiba Stadium

Pure excitement for the third match against Spain. Unfortunately, it didn’t rub off.

After Curitiba and a quick stop in Sao Paulo, it was back to Rio to watch the rest of the games.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Copacabana Beach Fan Fest

Back on Copacabana beach kissing the trophy, chopping it up with my favorite fans, Argentina & Colombia. (June 27)

The game I was looking forward to most… Colombia vs Uruguay at Maracana!

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Colombia vs Uruguay at Maracana Stadium Rio de Janeiro

The heart of the World Cup. Maracana Stadium. Rio de Janeiro. Brazil. (June 28)

What an atmosphere, what a game. James Rodriguez is the next big thing.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Colombia vs Uruguay at Maracana Stadium Rio de Janeiro

The energy inside Maracana Stadium for the Colombia vs Uruguay was like nothing I’ve ever felt. Incredible. (June 28)

2-0, Colombia!

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Colombia vs Uruguay at Maracana Stadium Rio de Janeiro

“Olé, olé, olé, ola, Colombia va a ganar” (June 28)

After Colombia vs Uruguay, I thought it was time to rest. Wrong. Two days later, I took a flight to Salvador to watch the USA take on Belgium.

World Cup in Brazil - Flying to Salvador

Soccer Head. Flying to Salvador with a full load of Belgian and American fans to watch USA vs Belgium (July 1)

USA!!!

Brazil World Cup 2014 - USA vs Belgium in Salvador

24 Hours in Salvador to support my compatriots – USA vs Belgium (July 1)

I believe…

Brazil World Cup 2014 - USA vs Belgium - Salvador Brazil

The view of Fonte Nova Arena at halftime of the USA vs Belgium match. 0-0 at this point thanks to Howard. (July 1)

that we can…

Brazil World Cup 2014 - USA vs Belgium - Salvador Brazil

We left it all out there. (July 1)

almost win. I love the team and where they’re going, but we need new cheers bad. Meanwhile, back in Rio…

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Brazil vs Colombia

Such a great vibe at the Colombia vs Brazil match back at Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro (July 4)

After 24 hours in Salvador, it was back to Rio again for Brazil vs Colombia.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Brazil vs Colombia

Always listen to the ones with the watermelon helmets (July 4)

The Copacabana Fan Fest was my second home over the next two weeks. After Brazil vs Colombia, it was Brazil vs Germany. I should have stopped with Colombia.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Brazil vs Germany - Fan Fest Copacabana - Brazil vs Germany

The crowd was off the hook at Fan Fest before the Brazil vs Germany. And I never use off the hook. (June 8)

Shortly after the concert ended and game started, the celebration stopped.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Brazil vs Germany - Copacabana Fan Fest

Brazil (1) vs Germany (7). Tough night. (July 8)

The wind and rain just added insult to injury as Germany handed Brazil a serious butt whooping.

Brazil World Cup 2014 - Argentina vs Netherlands - Copacabana Fan Fest

The reaction right after Argentina beat Netherlands in penalty kicks. Crying and chaos ensued for Argentines (July 9)

The next night Argentine held up their end and made it to the finals thanks to PKs against the Netherlands.

Brazil World Cup 2014 Final - Argentina vs Germany - Copacabana Fan Fest

A sea of Argentines took over the Fan Fest at Copacabana Beach to watch the Final against Germany. They had Fernet

With that win, thousands of Argentines migrated to Rio where they took over the beaches and streets of rio for the next week.

Brazil World Cup 2014 Final - Argentina vs Germany - Copacabana Fan Fest

Everyone positioned themselves to catch a glimpse of the World Cup Final at Copacabana Fan Fest (June 13).

Unfortunately, the wild ride ended on June 13th as Germany took home the trophy of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

I didn’t have much to celebrate so I went to a churrascaria to eat my feelings, just like a did four years ago.

Read my full World Cup Wrap Up here.

My World Cup Wrap Up

World Cup 2014 Brazil - Curitiba Stadium - Australia vs Spain

World Cup 2014 Brazil – Curitiba Stadium – Australia vs Spain

It took me a few days after the final to kick my World Cup hangover, but I’m finally back online after almost a month hiatus to report that my Brazilian World Cup experience has officially come and gone.

It has been one wild and crazy month filled with emotionally highs and lows for teams and fans from all over the globe, and I’m so happy to have been a part of it all.

From following the Australian fans and celebrating with Brazilians to cheering alongside Americans, Colombians and Argentines, this was one moment in time that I will never forget.

Here’s how the World Cup played out for Tourist 2 Townie.

The Storylines:

  • As predicted, Germany took home the trophy.
  • The “underdogs” of Latin America were well represented thanks to a great run by Chile, Costa Rica and especially Colombia.
  • The United States survived their “group of death” and gave Belgium a run for their money in the Round of 16 thanks to Tim Howard.
  • Soccer powerhouses Spain, Italy, Portugal and England couldn’t get past their groups.
  • Uruguay’s Luis Suárez bit a guy.
  • The 2014 World Cup saw the most goals (171) in the history of the tournament and fewest red cards (8) since 1986.
  • And perhaps the biggest news… Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany was the biggest losing margin by a host nation at a World Cup.
  • For more interesting World Cup stats check out this article from the Guardian.

The Host:

I had my doubts about the stadiums being ready after visiting many of the host cities before the games, but somehow, someway, they pulled it off.

Not all were perfect, or 100% complete, but every game was played as scheduled.

The protests and internal issues that were a major concern leading up to June 12th were overshadowed by the great distraction happening on the streets and in everyone’s living room.

Although protests still continued in Sao Paulo and Rio, most of the 3 million plus visitors weren’t affected or even aware of the unrest. With that as their primary goal, Brazil managed to avoid any major (internationally newsworthy) disasters that would taint the World Cup and/or Brazil for the general public watching abroad.

I think that will be considered a big success.

Despite the social interests and controversies surrounding the cup, it’s not to say that Brazilians didn’t enjoy the games or weren’t gracious hosts. On the ground level, it was an incredible scene for both locals and foreigners alike.

On the days Brazil played, it was deemed a national holiday and you couldn’t walk two blocks without stumbling past a party pouring into the streets from a local bar or restaurant.

World Cup 2014 Brazil - Brazilians watching the games on decorated streets

World Cup 2014 Brazil – Brazilians watching the games from a TV outside on the decorated streets

At each game, no matter who it was, everyone picked a side and cheered, laughed and celebrated together within the stadiums and on the streets all across the country.

Outside the stadiums, the public “Fan Fests” around Brazil attracted hug crowds who watched the games and enjoyed the live concerts before and after many games.

World Cup 2014 in Brazil - Argentines walking to Fan Fest on Copacabana Beach

World Cup 2014 in Brazil – Argentines walking to Fan Fest on Copacabana Beach

As the tournament unfolded, Rio de Janeiro saw a huge influx of something like 100,000 Argentine fans who quickly over took Colombia as the most noticeable foreign supporters in the city.

Despite a humiliating loss to Germany, most Brazil fans were relieved Argentina didn’t win. Things would have been real bad here if they did. *

*If you don’t know, Argentina and Brazil have a tremendous rivalry with everything, especially soccer.

My World Cup Journey

When I initially though of the goal “work at the World Cup,” I couldn’t have laid a better plan than how everything unfolded. I was truly blessed with this opportunity. I take that back, I worked my ass off to get it. : )

Besides maybe me holding up the trophy with the Brazil team after the final, this was beyond a perfect dream come true.

On June 11th I grabbed my camera gear and made my way to Copacabana beach to meet The Fanatics, an Australian tour company leading almost 2,000 fans around to each of the Aussie matches. For 17 days I shot, edited and posted daily video journals on their facebook page as we traveled to different Brazilian cities.

I worked all day, edited all night and loved the experience. I even made some time to cheer on the boys from down under against Chile, Spain and the Netherlands (which was almost a win).

After the crazy schedule, I returned to Rio de Janeiro and went to the Colombia vs. Uruguay match on the following day. I have a special place in my heart for Colombia and Colombians so it was amazing to see them get the big win.

Two days later, an amazing friend invited me to Salvador to watch the USA against Belgium.

Despite the loss, it was unbelievable to watch my countrymen in action and a great 24 hours back up north. *Tips hat to Tim Howard*

World Cup 2014 in Brazil - Salvador Stadium Entrance

World Cup 2014 in Brazil – The incredible view approaching the stadium in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

After all the travel, I stayed put back in Rio to watch the quarters, semis and final match at the Fan Fest in Copacabana.

It was crowded and such a rollercoaster of emotions. First, Brazil beat Colombia, which was bittersweet but epic for Brazilians and then they got absolutely embarrassed by Germany.

I left after the first half.

World Cup 2014 Brazil - Fan Fest Copacabana

The excitement before the storm, literally. The Brazilian crowd before the Germany game… ouch.

Then, as I mentioned before, Argentines took over the city and ran wild until Germany silenced them as well in the final.

Things got heated after the finals match as Argentines and Brazilians continued to go at each other, but it was a small blemish in an otherwise tremendous experience.

All in all, it was an absolutely beautiful thing to be a part of.

What’s Next?

Time to go explore more of Brazil and more of Rio. Maybe now I will finally have time for my other Brazilian goal… learn Jiu Jitsu!

Also, I’ll be shooting lots and lots more videos so subscribe to the T2T YouTube channel for a huge influx of my experiences from all around the country.

Next Posts:

  • My World Cup Experience in Photos
  • My World Cup Highlight Video

1 World Cup Dream Come True

World Cup Dream Job - Brazil 2014

Looking out at all the action on Copacabana Beach from the Othon Palace in Rio yesterday before the adventure began.

Five years ago I laid out a plan to travel across South America and attempt to accomplish a goal in each country that I lived in.

The idea was to inspire others to “travel deeper,” and go outside the normal tourist spots to experience foreign countries like a local.

My dreams took me to learn Spanish and get a local job in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dance like a Colombian in Medellin, cook like a Peruvian in Lima, help build libraries in Sucre, Bolivia and help develop micro-financing loans in Solola, Guatemala.

The final mission of this five-year plan however proved to be the most difficult and intimidating to date.

The seemingly far-fetched goal was to live in Brazil and find a way to work at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Without knowing Portuguese or a single person, I moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in January and began the quest to live this dream.

Today, just a few hours before Brazil faces Croatia in the opening match, I can proudly report that I am writing this post from 30,000 feet in the air as I travel to Cuiaba, Brazil (close to the Pantanal) to begin a 17-day job working for the World Cup!

World Cup Dream Job - Brazil 2014

Saying goodbye to Rio for two weeks, but I will be back in time to watch the World Cup Final!

After months of emails, phone calls, failures and headaches, I found my dream job.

Over the next 17 days during the Group Round of the World Cup tournament, I will be following 1,600 Australian soccer fans across five Brazilian cities to film a daily video journal of their World Cup adventures.

World Cup Dream Job - Brazil 2014

Behind the Scenes of Australian Newscasters live report from Copacabana beach yesterday

The Fanatics are an Australian company that organizes tours to big events around the world and they’re pulling out all the stops for the World Cup.

In between games against Chile, Spain and the Netherlands, the gang from down under will be hosting pool parties, live music and match viewing events for all the games, every day.

While Australia isn’t favored to win the World Cup, they are one of the mostly likely teams to have a great time!

My job is to capture all the madness on film and post it to their YouTube channel (stay tuned for link) each day.

I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity and now I’m even more pumped up after being back in Rio for 24 hours and seeing the world of fans who are there and ready for the games to begin.

On June 27th, after their tour, I will return to Rio to attend a quarter-final match and watch the finals from the beach or outside the stadium.

From there, I will continue traveling the country with Visit Brasil, as I still have many things to see and do.

Simply put, this is a very happy moment. Now I just have to do a good job.

Stay up-to-date with all my World Cup adventures on the T2T Instagram page and Facebook as well.

Let the World Cup begin in 3, 2, 1…

2 World Cup Brackets

My final picks are in and I have created two World Cup Brackets. The first is how I think the World Cup will go and the second is how I would like the World Cup to go.

I’m back in Rio de Janeiro (for the moment) after a wild trip around Brazil to start a new project. The vibe in Rio is amazing! Fans from all over the world have migrated here to witness the greatest show on turf, and it’s pumping me up!

We’re just hours away now! Who are you rooting for?

World Cup Bracket #1 – How I think the FIFA 2014 World Cup will go.

FIFA 2014 World Cup Brackets

World Cup Bracket #2 – How I would like the FIFA 2014 World Cup to go.

FIFA 2014 World Cup Brackets 

Who will win the FIFA 2014 World Cup?

Comment with your prediction!

 

3 Previous World Cup Champions

World Cup Champion - Spain 2010

Here are the last FIFA World Cup Champions and what you can expect from them in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

3. BRAZIL (2002) – Brazil went to South Korea and Japan in 2002 and beat Germany to win the World Cup championship. They will probably have to go through Germany again (before the finals) if they are going to do it on their home grass this time around.

They are no doubt the favorite this year and here’s some more information about the 2014 Brazilian squad led by Neymar Jr.

2. Italy (2006) – Germany was the location and France was the opponent in 2006 when Italy took home the crown. Italy will have a very difficult of just surviving their group this year, which is stacked with England and Uruguay (and Costa Rica). This will be a great group to watch.

1. Spain (2010) – Four years ago, Spain beat the Netherlands in South Africa to win the FIFA World Cup, and this year they are the number one ranked team coming into the tournament. They have an incredible balance of Latin passion with European discipline that is difficult for most teams to match up with. With a roster full of professional European players, look for Spain to make another push to play in July.

Who are you betting on?