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Football fans modify their cars for the World Cup

04/07/2014 from:SNTV


Football followers in Brazil have been decorating their cars for the 2014 World Cup.


This car, decorated in the yellow and green of the Brazilian flag, is Josias Vital's passion.

An ardent Brazil football fan, he bought the 1982 vintage Volkswagen Beetle, rebuilt and decorated it just in time for the World Cup.

Vital drives it along the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro.

He says he does it to spread a little happiness, but also to inspire people to support the Brazilian team, and his daily outings have raised plenty of eyebrows among tourists and football fans.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Camilo Porras, Colombia fan:

"The car is amazing. It's surprising how many Brazilians, and not only Brazilians, we have seen Chileans and also Argentines with different cars, how they decorate them, how they paint them for the World Cup."

He has some competition, though.

Dutchman Ben Oude Kamphues drove his adapted Chevy truck all the way to Rio de Janeiro from San Francisco to see the Dutch side playing in the World Cup, clocking up 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometres) on the six-month journey.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ben Oude Kamphues, Netherlands fan:

"In 2010 we played Spain in the final. That was three times in the final and in that three times we lost. So in 2010 when we lost again from Spain I cried, and I said to my son Sean, I said, hey I'm driving old Nelly, I'm driving to Brazil to make sure that we win the World Cup one time."

Kamphues will be hoping that the Netherlands beat Greece in their next game, so he doesn't have to drive home before the final.

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