For football,this is God's country.
For football,this is God's country IGNORE headlines about this being a tough place to visit because my Brazil experience has been absolutely great so far.
I have been to the Copacabana, Sao Paulo and Manaus, and everyone who sees me in my England shirt comes over to talk to me.
Many actually think I am Brazilian because of the colour of my skin - I feel right at home!
Like South Africa four years ago, I was a bit nervous before setting off because of the scare stories. But yet again there was no need. The place is amazing and I have been able to walk around freely without any fears.
Obviously there are protests as not all of the locals are happy to see the World Cup in Brazil and I totally respect that because I understand there are bigger issues that do need solving here.
But one fella made me realise how important the beautiful game is to them. He said: "Our national sport is volleyball."
I laughed, then asked why not football. His reply: "Football is our religion."