Soccer Sculptures Erected In Brazil

Former Botafogo footballer Jairzinho's statue outside J. Havelange Olympic Stadium
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 6, 2018: The World Cup fever has enveloped the streets of the Brazilian city Sao Paulo, with many colored soccer sculptures erected to cheer for its national football team competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Scores of rotatable football sculptures are being placed in different streets of the city. They are painted with different colors and pictures such as the portrait of Neymar, a legendary football star of the country.

Locals said the sculptures reflect people’s passion for the sport.

“The spirit of football is fun. It’s a way of showing the world we are proud of our ability. We are showing up for other countries that we exist,” said Pedro, a resident in Sao Paulo and a football fan.

Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in the Samara Arena on Monday to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals. The fans at home said they feel so proud of the team.

“In Brazil, everybody loves soccer. Everybody watched the games. It’s a cool thing. It’s a nice thing that makes people happy,” said Luis, another fan.

As the most successful national team in the FIFA World Cup, the Brazil national football team has been crowned winner five times in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

Many believe that this year sees a high possibility that Brazil will claim the title once again.

“I think there’s high possibility that Brazil will win the World Cup this year. It’s likely that we will snatch the sixth World Cup champion because we have Neymar and Coutinho,” said Natalia, a football fan in Sao Paulo. (SOURCE: CCTV)

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