11. Insider info, mate…

Sometimes it is nice to know people’s whose fathers and fathers-in-law are coaches for international teams.

I woke up this morning to two Facebook messages from old friends in Japan to tell me that there is going to be a pre-games friendly between Australia and Croatia, right here in Salvador, although NOT in the World Cup stadium, the snappily named Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova. (Named after a local beer, I found out today, not some gorgeous native word)

Salvador's new World Cup stadium

Salvador’s new World Cup stadium

Tickets are apparently R$60, (or around £15/$25), which sounds like a bargain to see two (great) teams I may not get a chance to see during the World Cup, and to cheer on ex-Spurs players like Luka Modrić and Niko Kranjčar, and see the man who helped break Benfica’s hearts in the Europa Cup Final, Ivan Rakitić.

Not to mention meeting an old friend, (and former manager of my beloved Oita Trinita), again for a coffee or beer…or maybe a caipirinha!

Oita forever...

Oita forever…

Who’s joining me?

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