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World Cup fever hits Cardiff streets.

WALES and Brazil may be 6,000 miles apart, but the carnival atmosphere certainly hit Cardiff as the World Cup kicked off last night.

The city's sports bars were filled with yellow and green as Brazil supporters turned out to cheer on their team in their hotly anticipated clash with Croatia.

Amanda Buerger, from Florianopolis in southern Brazil, was watching the match in Walkabout on St Mary Street.

The 23-year-old, who is studying civil engineering at Cardiff University as part of a year-long exchange programme, said: "I think we have a strong team and I'm feeling confident."

She added: "My family will definitely be watching the match back home."

Fellow student Marina Ferrari, 22, from Sao Paulo, said: "I'm a bit sad not to be there, but it's great to come and watch the match with friends. We don't have sports bars like this at home."

The 22-year-old, who is studying mechanical engineering at Cardiff University, added: "We have a good team and I think we can win."

Mark King from St Mellons was also dressed in the yellow and green strip. He said: "I've supported Brazil for the last three World Cups, so I decided to do it again this time. There's strong competition, but they could win."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:3BRAZ
Date:Jun 13, 2014
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