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Rock and roll revs up in Brasilia for Football's World Cup


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Rock and roll revs up in Brasilia for Football's World Cup

Get used to the colours and the insignia on the Brazilian flag for within seventy days it will dominate the world of sport.

The iconic cathedral building of Brasilia the South American country’s capital will play second fiddle to fans who come to worship their teams in football’s World Cup.

Five years before the city became the capital in 1960 the area in Brazil’s Highlands resembled a desert, no people, no animals and scarce water.

Meeting construction deadlines is in the blood so too is partying and one young couple who run a rock and roll shop are hoping for something more than a one hit wonder.

“We are getting ready for the Cup and are making special souvenirs. We specialise in rock and roll so we are going to create a unique guitar with the Brazilian flag.”

“We will of course have a lot more people than usual, that’ll be good for everybody including our shop and we are expecting fans from everywhere. With regards to the football I think Brazil is not prepared for the tournament,” added her partner.

The stadium in the city will host seven of the competition’s matches. will be played.

Our correspondent, Giovanni Magi explained: “There have been controversies about the pace of construction for the World Cup, but this stadium took less than three years to build from scratch and was inaugurated in 2013 for the Confederations Cup.”

The stadium is named after the Brazilian winger Mane Garrincha. For those who may have seen the legend play he had magic in his boots and was twice a World Cup winner in those sepia tinted early years of the competition in 1958 and 1962.

What moments of inspiration will the crowds of seventy odd thousand see in the stadium in this years finals, what defenders will be teased and tormented as Garincha did in his hey day?

The stadium cost 450 million euros to build and with ecology in mind recycles rain water. What would Garrincha have said? “Give me the ball and let’s play,” perhaps.

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