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Soccer was also played on the beach that was right next to the Sugar Loaf of Rio

Today the quarterfinals of the Brazil World Cup and, with Spain outside, I will see them quietly at home. I remember the tension of these moments in the 2010 World Cup, or the 2008 and 2012 Euros ... And I miss it. I like football and tennis alike, but I have to recognize that the former is a universal language.

In my trips with the backpack around the World on more than one occasion football has become the vehicle through which I have been able to meet local people that perhaps I would not have entered in any other way in my life. Here you have some of these stories:

With friends on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro

How not In Brazil football feels like few, or nowhere else in the world.

On my trip to South America between November 2008 and May 2009 I began my journey through the country of Rio. In Rio de Janeiro we rent an apartment about 100 meters from the beach of Copacabana and, almost the first thing we did was buy a soccer ball to play on the beach. As soon as it got dark, we went down every afternoon to play a game in the Copacabana arena. That is how we met some Argentine and Brazilian kids with whom we began to put pachangas fixed.

Our night football field: Copacabana

On the third day we started with the third time and some good ones fell caipirinhas after the bath in the sea and the relevant shower. A pity that a couple of years later we lost contact, but it was great Brazilian nights that we spent together.

Bagan's football fisherman in Myanmar

One of the most beautiful experiences I have had during my travels occurred in the city of temples par excellence of Myanmar (and all of Asia, I would say): Bagan.

There I met Sooleuy, a humble fisherman who did not reach the thirties that was part of my life during the 72 hours I spent in Bagan and I never forgot him.

I went with my bicycle to the area they call New bagan, where people live and tourists do not arrive. There the families bathed in the river, washed the clothes ... The children laughed and rioted ... I was getting dark and I had to meet my girlfriend and some Israeli girls in a pagoda from which the sunset could best be seen.

With Sooleuy ... I hope he is very happy wherever he is ...

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