BRAZIL BEAT: Keep quiet Dad

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 7:48 pm •  Published: June 25, 2014
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TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil reserve midfielder Willian had some advice for his dad after he visited the team's training camp: Don't talk too much!

Severino da Silva told local media this week that he thinks Willian has to be Brazil's starter the rest of the World Cup, putting his son in a difficult spot with Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"I already spoke to him and asked him not to say anything else from now on," Willian said Wednesday, with a laugh. "My father is very passionate and sometimes he talks too much."

Willian came in as a second-half substitute in the last two Brazil matches at the home tournament, a 0-0 draw against Mexico and a 4-1 win over Cameroon.

"My father respects all the players, he respects Felipao," Willian said. "I think that if you ask any father he will say that he wants his son to play, it's normal. He is my idol, someone who always supported me. I'm only here today because of him."

— By Tales Azzoni - www.twitter.com/tazzoni

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GOODBYE TO FOUR CITIES

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — The Brazil World Cup has 12 host cities, but four will be done by Thursday afternoon.

Manaus, the Amazonian city that caused so much consternation as players and coaches dreaded the humidity and heat, hosted its last game Wednesday, Switzerland defeating Honduras 3-0.

Manaus's Arena Amazonia was one of the most talked about venues, and players worried about the state of the pitch in the days leading up to the tournament. However, games went on without any serious problems related to the turf.

Brazilians still worry whether the 40,000-seat stadium will get enough use after the World Cup.

Thursday's match between Algeria and Russia will be the last match in the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, a city of 1.8 million south of Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba and Estadio das Dunas in Natal had their last matches Tuesday.

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HELPING FLOOD VICTIMS

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Fifty kids who had their lives affected by the 2011 flooding that killed nearly 1,000 people in the Teresopolis region got to meet Brazil's team before practice on Wednesday.

The children lined up on one of the training fields and the players talked to them for a few minutes. The youngsters received soccer balls and were allowed to watch the team practice.

The kids were selected from the neighborhoods that were most affected by the heavy rains that ravaged the region in early 2011. The Brazilian federation said some lost their homes and relatives in the tragedy. The floods are considered one of Brazil's worst natural disasters.

At the time, Brazil's training camp was used to help authorities in the logistics to search for those missing in the floods.

— By Tales Azzoni - www.twitter.com/tazzoni

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CHURCH OF FOOTBALL

SAO PAULO — There's really only one place along Sao Paulo's hectic Avenida Paulista, where you can escape the constant noise of traffic and the hurried movement of people. But even inside the tranquil confines of Paroquia Sao Luis Gonzaga church you still can't entirely get away from the football fever engulfing Brazil.

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