Brazilian soccer fan wears team colors for 20 years
Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 01:36
Jun. 5 - Nelson Paviotti, ardent fan of Brazil's soccer team, has worn the nation's colors for 20 years straight. Jeanne Yurman reports.
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In sports there are fans...and then there's Brazil's Nelson Paviotti.
For the past 20 years this superfan of the country's soccer team has dressed in...decorated his home with...and even painted his cars, with the colors of Brazil's flag: yellow, green, blue and white.
Paviotti's devotion to this technicolor life started in 1994 with an oath that if Brazil won the World Cup that year he would wear the country's colors forever.
You can guess who won.
(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZIL FAN, NELSON PAVIOTTI, SAYING:
"I feel like a patriot who loves his Brazil that loves his land that loves his people that is full of hope for a greater future for Brazil, a future more delightful, more promising, a future with a better life."
The canary-colored fan is an attorney, and much beloved by the people in his home city Campinas as a human symbol of Brazil.
Bruno da Silva is one of them.
(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) STUDENT, BRUNO DA SILVA, SAYING:
"Amazing, look everything yellow, and the boxers? What colour are the boxers? "The boxers are even yellow!"
The World Cup will kick off on June 12th with Brazil playing Croatia in Sao Paulo.
After two decades of committed support, Paviotti will be more than ready to cheer on his nation's team.
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