The first match of the 2014 World Cup will be played in Sao Paulo. While some are excited for play to begin, others are expressing skepticism about what the World Cup's lasting legacy will be. (June 12)
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Sao Paulo, Brazil - June 11, 2014
1. Skyline showing various buildings
2. Cars honking in traffic
3. Man working in kitchen
4. Soccer being played under lights
5. Zoom out from television to people sitting at table
6. Beer bottles
7. Woman eats
8. SOUNDBITE (Voice of Translator) Thais Andreoti Tuchumantes, Brazilian (Transcript Below)
9. Various of man painting on wall
10. Shoes hang from wire
11. Person drives through alleyway
12. Cars driving
13. SOUNDBITE (Voice of Translator) Kleber Kouydjian, Brazilian (Transcript Below)
14. Tilt down of exterior of people at bar
15. Beer bottle on bar
16. Small glasses on bar
17. Karl Booth, who traveled to Brazil from England, takes a sip from a glass
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Karl Booth, Traveled from England (Transcript Below)
19. Person plays guitar
20. Person blows a horn while riding on bus
21. Brazilian flag flaps in wind
22. Person takes a photo
23. Antenna on building
24. Wide of same antenna on building
25. Traffic moves at night
IN THIS CONCRETE JUNGLE THAT IS SAO PAULO THERE IS A SONG.
ITS RHYTHM IS THE TRAFFIC.
FOOD IS ITS BEAT.
THE SOUL OF THE TUNE IS FOOTBALL.
NO DOUBT PEOPLE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE THE WORLD CUP IN BRAZIL. BUT IT IS MORE THAN THAN THAT. JUST AS BRAZILIANS OPEN THEIR TABLES TO THEIR FRIENDS TO SHARE A BOTTLE OF BEER AND FOOD. MANY PEOPLE HERE ARE JUST AS HAPPY TO OPEN THEIR COUNTRY TO NEW COMERS.
SOUNDBITE (Voice of Translator) Thais Andreoti Tuchumantes, Brazilian:
"I am now loving the idea. I have some Russian friends who came over."
SAO PAULO, ONE OF 12 CITIES IN THE COUNTRY HOSTING THE WORLD CUP, IS A GRITTY PLACE COVERED IN GRAFFITI, CHOKED WITH TRAFFIC. THE WORLD CUP HERE HAS ITS SKEPTICS AS WELL.
SOUNDBITE (Voice of Translator) Kleber Kouydjian, Brazilian:
"Maybe its the wrong time. Brazil is still very needy of infrastructure. I think the investment should have gone first into infrastructure to guarantee Brazil's growth."
STILL DESPITE SOME WELL PUBLISED RIOTS OPPOSING THE WORLD CUP, TOURISTS ARE FLOCKING TO THE PLACE, LOOKING FOR A CHANCE TO SEE THEIR TEAM, IN THE CASE OF KARL BOOTH AND HIS FRIENDS THAT WOULD BE ENGLAND, WHILE ALSO DRINKING IN SOME LOCAL CULTURE.
SOUNDBITE (English) Karl Booth, Traveled from England:
"For me of course it is worth it, Brazil is beautiful county, always wanted to come here. See what everything's about."
ALL OF THEM, THE NAYSAYERS OF THE GAMES, THE SUPER FANS, THE COMMON PEOPLE ON THE STREET WILL IT IS ALMOST A CERTAINTY KNOW THESE GAMES HAVE COME AND WILL BE WATCHING, EVEN IF IT IS OUT OF THE CORNER OF THEIR EYE, THIS TIME IN THE COUNTRY'S HISTORY.
AND THE TUNE WILL CARRY BEYOND THESE HIGH-RISES IN SAO PAULO, A CITY OF NEARLY 19 MILLION, TO THE REST OF BRAZIL, AND WELL BEYOND THE WORLD, AND ITS FINALE WILL SHOW WHO TAKES HOME ONE OF THE MOST PRIZED AWARDS IN SPORT.
SIGOUT - In Sau Paolo, Brazil, Adam Pemble/The Associated Press