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Beachside waiters in Rio de Janeiro swap aprons for cleats and take to soccer pitch

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 01:01

Oct. 16 - Soccer mad waiters in Rio get their game on at Copacabana beach after working late into the night. John Russell reports.

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Brazil's renowned passion for soccer and mounting excitement over the 2014 World Cup has everyone getting into the spirit - regardless of the hour. The wait staff at the Dom Camillo restaurant - situated along Rio's most famed beach, Copacabana - work until the late hours serving locals and tourists, but that doesn't stop them from hitting the soccer pitch as soon as work ends. Once the night is over and the chairs are stacked, most staff head to lace up their cleats and take to one of the lit fields close to beach. A waiter at Dom Camillo, Jonas Aguiar, said that soccer brings the staff together. SOUNDBITE Waiter at Dom Camillo, Jonas Aguiar, saying (Portuguese): "Soccer unites the gang. Soccer for me is something that is everyone together. Everyone comes to play together, the bus boys, barmen, maître, and waiters. Everyone comes together." In a country that adores soccer - possibly more than any other nation - witnessing night games like the one played by the staff of Dom Camillo is something locals are accustomed to seeing 24/7.

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Beachside waiters in Rio de Janeiro swap aprons for cleats and take to soccer pitch

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 01:01