Day 252 – Camburizinho to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Day 252 – Camburizinho to Sao Paulo, Brazil      04/30/11       Mileage: 0

After a leisurely morning it was back in the car to Sao Paulo. I could have stayed there for days, but we had to be back in Sao Paulo this afternoon for a soccer match. But, not just any soccer match, we got tickets to see Sao Paulo vs Santos (the team Pele played for back in the day) in the league semi-final match! Catching a pro soccer game was high on my list of things I wanted to do, and to see these two teams play in an important match like this was amazing!

Gisa’s son Nikki and her husband Guto’s son Fernando were going with us…or…actually we were going with them!

Guto also gave me a great Sao Paulo jersey to wear…thanks Guto! The crowds of fans are famously rough here, particularly when they are playing their biggest rivals. And, of course we had to sit in roughest section of the stadium!

To prevent what would be almost certain bloodshed, the Santos fans arrive by bus under police escort and are seated in a cordoned off section of the stands not accessible to Sao Paulo fans. Kind of makes the Eagles/Giants rivalry look tame by comparison.

The game was good but Sao Paulo fell to Santos 2-0. Despite the loss we had a great time and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to see the match.