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A Fan's World Cup Diary to be published on 1st October
John Ellis' trip to the World Cup in Brazil and his experiences with so many different fans.
John Ellis decided to go to the World Cup in Brazil at the very last moment, less than a fortnight before the first game. At the same time he decided to keep a diary, which he faithfully recorded every night during his trip.
The result is stunning.
A helter-skelter trip full of highs and lows, taking you through the emotional feelings of not just John Ellis, particularly with his troubles getting flights, tickets and accommodation, but also those of the fans he meets, from so many different countries and cultures.
This is a wonderful record of the World Cup, and it shows it from the ground up. Not the carefully orchestrated and PR beautified World Cup of FIFA and the media, but the reality of the ground floor, the fans. Stories of desperation to get tickets, how to avoid forgeries, touts, fan fests, friendships across boundaries.
The one thing that comes across stronger than anything else is the massive feeling of cameradie between the fans of the different countries. Well, perhaps not so much between Argentina and Brazil! People of different countries getting together to have a good time and to laugh and to enjoy the football.
And the people of Brazil. Opening their hearts to the foreign fans, helping out, joining in the laughter. Considering the number of visitors, the dearth of crime and violence and preying on the Gringos.
For John was adopted by many different people - he became 'their' gringo, to be shown the best of their country.
And now he is able to share his journey with the world.
Even if you are not into soccer, this is a fantastic account, one that will move you to petition FIFA to move the next World Cup from Russia back to Brazil ;)
El Gringo's Once in a Lifetime, ISBN 978-1-909359-