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11 World Cup Stories That Will Make You Smile (And Cry)

There are beautiful things happening outside of the field too.

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The staff of the website Impedimento gathered 10 examples of solidarity and camaraderie that have happened all around Brazil since the World Cup's opening day.

1. The American guy who wanted to have company for the opening game rather than sell his extra ticket.

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Eli, from San Francisco, had an extra ticket for the opening game: Brazil vs. Croatia. Instead of selling it, probably for a lot of money, he preferred to give it away to a guy who lived near the stadium — someone who never dreamt of being at the World Cup opener. They watched the game together. "I made a good friend for life," said the surprised guest.

2. The Ghana player who asked to visit the poor neighborhood surrounding the stadium (and gave away money).

Agência Alagoas/Divulgação

Sulley Muntari wanted to see the neighborhood of Rei Pele Stadium, in Alagoas, and said it reminded him of the place where he was raised. He took pictures, signed autographs and...gave away money.


6. The dozens — perhaps hundreds — of street matches happening across Brazil between locals and foreigners who communicate god knows how.

There was a nice one in Salvador, told by Segue o Jogo, and another in Curitiba, published by Impedimento.