Brazil Manager Predicts Win
The manager of the Brazilian national team has high expectations for his team in next summer’s World Cup.
“Brazil will be the champion,” Luiz Felipe Scolari told the Associated Press after a 5-0 win over Honduras in Miami.
“I wouldn’t accept to coach Brazil if I didn’t think I could win the World Cup,” Scolari said. “I took the job because I’m 100 percent sure that I will win the World Cup with Brazil.”
Scolari managed Brazil in 2001 and 2002, winning the 2002 World Cup before resigning.
Berth Within Reach for Iceland
Iceland has a chance on Tuesday to become the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup.
The second leg of their World Cup playoff against Croatia takes place on Tuesday in Zagreb. It is an opportunity the team is not taking lightly.
“We came with clear goal: to reach the World Cup,” said Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to the AP. “We are prepared to make it and reach the top of our football careers.”
The two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first leg of the playoff.
“Croatia is still a favorite to advance, but this is the game where better team does not win every time,” said Sigurdsson.
To win, the squad will have to persevere without striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. The Ajax Amsterdam striker is out with an ankle injury.
“I always try to find solutions to problems rather than lament over them,” Iceland coach Lars Lagerback told Reuters when asked about the injury.
Iceland’s population is 320,000, smaller than any country that has reached the World Cup prior.
Prostitutes in one World Cup city are doing their best to capitalize on the anticipated uptick in visitors to Brazil next summer.
A group of sex workers in Belo Horizonte will be accepting payment by debit and credit card after striking a deal with a local bank. They will be outfitted with chip and PIN machines.
“Clients who want to extend their program but don’t have any cash can stay with a girl for longer without any interruption,” said Cida Vieira of the prostitutes’ group Aprosmig to UK’s The Mirror.
The group said card payments would be better for clients’ security.
Belo Horizonte is about 270 miles from Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil Inquires on Hotel Prices
Consumer complaints have prompted a government official in Brazil to ask hotel chains to explain their inflated pricing during the upcoming World Cup.
Brazil’s justice ministry has contacted eight hotel companies as well as the Brazilian Association of the Hotel Industry.
The move was prompted, according to an AP report, by a study by the country’s tourism board that showed exorbitant prices are being charged for rooms during the month-long tournament.