Posted by: chriswode | June 17, 2014

Gameday: Germany vs Portugal

Day 3 of our time in Brazil is perhaps one of the biggest and most exciting as the group jumped in our van and Andre drove us into Salvador for the highly anticipated Germany v Portugal game at Arena Fonte Nova. This would be a few peoples 1st ever World Cup game. This was also our first glimpse at the city of Salvador as we made our way thru traffic into the heart of the city and got dropped off on a tiny street at the top of a hill. The spot was perfect as we walked down the hill grabbing beers from street vendors along the way taking the opportunity to snap pics of the cool scene below. Near the bottom the Stadium appeared and we were in full World Cup game experience mode. We grabbed a spot on the grass just outside the stadium near the lake and reveled in the pregame celebrations…German fans in their jerseys or lederhosen, Portuguese fans in their Ronaldo tops and Brazilians getting in on the action. Singing, chanting, talking and pics in full force until we finally made our way into the stadium. Some of our group even grabbed the FIFA volunteers bullhorns to lead our own chants. We spit off into our groups of 4 to go to our seats with Joe-Anna, Tara, Erik and myself heading in with Alex, Mark, Richard and Freddy joining us in same section. Our seats were awesome near the corner in the 3rd and 4th rows and our timing impeccable as the teams were about to come out of the tunnel. 51,000+ fans rose in celebration for the player announcements, anthems and ultimately kickoff. And then Germany took over. Our section had a mix of all fans slightly dominated by Deutschland fans. Joe-Anna in her new Germany shirt, Erik in his Scweinsteiger jersey and me in my Germany top were loving it. Super Smart then got super excited as some if the German players started warming up just in front of us including Schweiny himself. So of course Erik made his way into the empty front row to serenade the players and show Schweinsteiger his jersey, ultimately receiving the thumbs up he desired. Two young German ladies behind us figured Erik out quickly, saying a few times “sit down Schweiny” must to our amusement.

The Germany domination on the way to the 4-0 win was a great way to start the day and more fun was had on our way out with more great pics and Mackerer breaking out his Deutschland skivvies much to the joy of all fans who passed by, many stopping to take pics with him. We finally made our way back to the van and headed for the Pelourinho district of Salvador to find a place to watch the mighty US.

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Van ride to the game

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Arena Fonte Nova

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Team Brazuca at Arena Fonte Nova

Team Brazuca at Arena Fonte Nova

Smart thinks he won already

Smart thinks he won already

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Smarts

Smarts

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Ready for Germany vs Portugal

Ready for Germany vs Portugal

 

 

 

uh...yeah

uh…yeah

 

 

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Schweiny super excited because Schweinsteiger gave him thumbs up!

Schweiny super excited because Schweinsteiger gave him thumbs up!

 

our seats

our seats

 

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Sweet seats

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Schweiny loves vuvuzelas

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Schweiny making friends

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Our walk to stadium

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Schweiny serenading the real Schweiny

Richard and Wodey

Richard and Wodey

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So Euro the Germans even hated it

So Euro the Germans even hated it

of course

of course

celebrating Germany win

celebrating Germany win

the real Schweinsteiger?

the real Schweinsteiger?

Germans liebe Mackerer

Germans liebe Mackerer

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what are you doing?!?

what are you doing?!?

Brasil vs Deutschland...sorta

Brasil vs Deutschland…sorta

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