The 2014 World Cup bug was alive in downtown Port of Spain yesterday evening, as football fans were high in anticipation of today’s opening fixture between host country Brazil and Croatia.
And if the fans get their wishes, we may well see Brazil cop the title for an unprecedented sixth time.
The Express spoke with some football lovers and this is what they had to say:
“I am feeling the buzz and looking forward to the opening match,’ said Ivor, who was among a group of four liming on the lower eastern end of the Brian Lara Promenade.
“I will be rooting for Brazil to win all their matches and capture the title once more,” he said, adding he plans to stay at home and look at today’s opener.
Blacks, one of Ivor’s friends, said he will have to miss the game because he intends to go to his job.
“At the end of the day, I have bills to pay so I cannot afford to stay home; but like Ivor, I am feeling the vibes and also rooting for Brazil.”
Renaldo, a clothing vendor at the Drag Mall on Frederick Street, said he’s been anticipating this a long time.
“I have been feeling the World Cup vibes since May and now that it’s here I can hardly wait,” he said.
He predicted Brazil will win today’s encounter by a 4-0 margin, adding, “Croatia isn’t going to score a goal.”
His friend, who goes by the name Cutter, differed in his view of the score line. “Croatia will not win, but I believe they will score because their football has improved and they are no easy team to brush aside. However, my support is with Brazil.
“I think we need a holiday for tomorrow’s (today’s) opening match because no one will be going to work. This is Trinidad,” he said, adding he believes this is going to be the greatest Word Cup ever.
Across on Charlotte Street, it was much of the same sentiment.
Trevor, who was plying his trade as a vegetable vendor, said he’s very excited and felt like the moment took too long to come.
“I have to come out and sell, but I definitely will catch the rerun of the match. It’s Brazil all the way for me,” he said.
When the Express questioned Sherwin, who was assisting Trevor, on if he’s ready for the World Cup, his response was, “Yes, who isn’t?”
Trevor, whose favourite player is Neymar, said he will most likely stay at home and look at the match.
“I am supporting Brazil to beat Croatia and go all the way to their sixth World Cup crown,” he said.
Whatever the outcome, Brazil seems to have a lot of support from football fans in Trinidad.