Coast football fans trek to Brazil for World Cup
IT is the home of carnival, samba, beautiful bodies and Copacabana Beach.
Reasons enough to visit Brazil any time of year, but in a week's time the FIFA World Cup kicks off for a festival of football in the land that produced Pele, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.
Fans from around the world will descend on the country, including Bryce McGarrity of Buderim (pictured) who will be following Australia's Socceroos in company with his brother and a group of friends.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and we'll get there before the matches start to enjoy three days in Rio, kick a ball around on the beach, tour the favelas and go up to the Christ statue," the Buderim Soccer Club player said.
The lifelong football fan will be watching all three of Australia's group matches, travelling hundreds of kilometres through Brazil to watch the Socceroos play Chile, Holland and current champions Spain.
"Realistically Australia won't get through the group stage, but there can be upsets and it comes down to who plays best on the day," he said.