2014 Soccer World Cup – opening game

Brazil v Croatia

Soccer World Cup - Batucada and friends - photo by Karina ShawOur lovely friends at the Brazilian Embassy invited us to make some noise before and during the opening game of the 2014 Soccer World Cup. As the match was between host nation Brazil and Croatia, it was bound to be a bit of a spectacle, and we were very happy to oblige.

It was a crazy early morning start (and on a schoolday too!), but a bunch of hardy drummers and dancers gathered at Queen’s Wharf to dance and play for the fans, and then to watch the game on the big screen in Shed 6 (and provide suitable accompaniment to any exciting on-screen events).

The final score, in case you’re interested, was a win to Brazil, by 3 goals to 1. Hooray!

Photo gallery

Click on any thumbnail to see the larger version. You can use left and right arrows on your keyboard to navigate. Photos by Alan Shuker, John Zhu and Karina M L Shaw, Cultural Attaché at the Brazilian Embassy:

Brazil ambassador’s World Cup party

Football fans in Wellington were not shy about setting out early to watch the opening match of the World Cup, gathering at Shed 6 on the waterfront at dawn.

Hundreds met to watch Brazil and Croatia kick off the 2014 tournament, joined by Brazil’s ambassador to New Zealand, Eduardo Gradilone.

The footy supporters at Shed 6 had coffee and breakfast in front of a huge screen.
Radio New Zealand, 13 June 2014

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