TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil has been closing its training sessions to fans, but some of the country's top celebrities have had no problem getting close to the players.
Two soap opera stars were among those allowed to watch the team practice Tuesday. Juliana Paes and Carolina Dieckman even took their kids to the training camp in Teresopolis, a mountain city about an hour from Rio de Janeiro. Both posted photos of their afternoon escapade on social media.
Fans with links to the team's sponsors are also allowed at the training camp, which has an area reserved for the VIPs just outside one of the fields where Brazil practices.
Regular fans are kept outside the gates of the Granja Comary club, often yelling and asking coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to let them in. Hundreds of people show up every day to try to get near the players.
Brazil will stay at the training camp at least until Wednesday, when it travels to the northeastern city of Fortaleza for Friday's match against Colombia in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
— By Tales Azzoni — www.twitter.com/tazzoni
EDGE OF SEATS
SAO PAULO (AP) — Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson shared a family photo on Twitter, everybody on the edges of their seats for the U.S. Some crossed fingers, others clenched fists.
Professional sports teams and athletes from the United States took to Twitter on Tuesday to support the Americans against Belgium, along with some well-known actors like the Hanks family.
Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco 49ers NFL team all posted photos on their Twitter pages featuring photos of their teams on half the screen and the U.S. World Cup squad on the other. Each photo said, "ARE YOU READY?"
The San Diego Chargers' photo featured a flag covering the football field at Qualcomm Stadium with the words, "Go get 'em!"
Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester posted: "#IBELIEVETHATWEWILLWIN!"
The Seattle Seahawks cheered DeAndre Yedlin with #SeattleLove when the Seattle Sounders player came on in the second half in place of injured right back Fabian Johnson.
— By Janie McCauley — www.twitter.com/JanieMcCAP
WAFFLES FOR PANCAKES
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — In the great tradition of food bets between political leaders, Matthew Barzun, the U.S. ambassador to Britain, has challenged his Belgian counterpart to a friendly wager.
Under the terms proposed in a letter from Barzun: If the Americans win the World Cup round of 16 game between the countries, Guy Trouveroy will cook Belgian waffles for Barzun and his colleagues at the U.S. Embassy. If Belgium wins Tuesday, Barzun will cook American pancakes for the Belgians at their embassy.
RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps had a spot of microphone trouble during his World Cup news conference Tuesday.
First, the sound was too loud, with Deschamps' booming voice resonating around the Pedro II theater house in Ribeirao Preto, where France holds its media activity. Then, it was far too quiet and he could barely be heard.
"Everything OK, chief? Hello?" a bemused Deschamps said as he turned to the sound technician, who was desperately trying to fix it.
Deschamps carried on talking, but the problem persisted.
"Is he trying to wind me up? They've sent the cook instead," Deschamps joked. "This is a disaster."
The issue was eventually resolved, and Deschamps was free to talk about Friday's quarterfinal against Germany.
— By Jerome Pugmire — www.twitter.com/jeromepugmire
SAO PAULO (AP) — Every time Pele was shown on the giant video screen, the crowd booed.
More than 20,000 Argentina supporters made the Sao Paulo Fan Fest their own Tuesday for the round of 16 match against Switzerland.
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