Brazilians talk about FIFA World Cup hosted in their home country

There's a lot going on in Brazil tomorrow.

The country is hosting game one of the FIFA World Cup, celebrating Valentines Day, all while their streets are flooded with protesters.

There's usually an undeniable love for the game of soccer in Brazil, but many on the streets are protesting just that.

Matheus Batistussi, Lucas Luna and Felipe Toldedo are UW-Madison students from Brazil. With school out, the 2014 soccer World Cup has been on their brains.

"Every child plays soccer in Brazil, so as we grow we always watch the world cup," said Luna.

Hosted by their home country, tomorrow is game one, and also Valentine's Day back home.

"People were making fun on the internet, saying that it's the first time women will enjoy watching soccer with men because of the World Cup and Valentines Day in Brazil," said Toldedo.

But the love may not spread to all. In a country where everyone grows up playing soccer, many are protesting on the streets. They are upset the country is spending taxpayer money on the games, when it could be used for other things.

"The country is very divided. There are some people that really don't want the world cup to be a good event," said Luna.

Amanda Souza lives outside the Belo Horizonte in Brazil. She has seen the changes on her streets with this year's World Cup.

"The people who live here isn't so excited like world cups before because you don't see on the streets many ornaments of Brazil being sold at stores like we used to do in the past ," said Souza.

The boys are proud Brazilians are gaining a voice, but believe now is the time to welcome visitors and fans.

"It's not the time to protest now, during the World Cup. They had like 7 years before the world cup starts to protest," said Batistussi.

They're excited to represent their country and watch the games.

"We're gonna be with a bunch of people watching the World Cup. We'll probably go watch in the bars, state street or university avenue," said Luna.

They say if anyone sees them out watching a game, they hope they'll ask to join them.

They believe that the world watching won't see the protests, but the welcoming and loving country of Brazil.

This World Cup, Wisconsin only has a two hour time difference with Brazil.

The host country will kick off the first game tomorrow, they'll face Croatia.


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