In this part of Brazil there are two soccer teams which people cheer for, International and Gremio. In time I will have to choose which team I will root for but prior to choosing a team I have told everyone that I will need to visit each of the stadiums and experience what it is like to be a fan. Visiting Estadio Beira Rio, Riverfront Stadium, was a great experience for me.
The rivalry between the two teams is very serious and both fan bases are very passionate about their teams. I don’t really know what to compare it to except for the Giants and Dodgers baseball rivalry in California. Both fan bases believe that their teams are the best and don’t like the other team.
Going to the stadium was an experience. I didn’t know that you could sell more tickets than seats for each game. It turns out that you can purchase season tickets and get an ID card to use when you enter each game. I am glad that I was able to experience the game with Roberto and Bladimir.
One of the things that really stood out to me was the passionate rooting of the fans at the stadium. I was told that passionate soccer fans are called hooligans and it was amazing to see them standing up and chanting the entire time that the team was on the field. I had never seen a group of fans stand for the entire first half chanting and waving their arms.
I have lots to learn about the game of futbol or soccer. I still do not understand what they are doing at all times and what the players are trying to accomplish with their formations but I want to learn. The best way to learn is to watch and ask questions.
Before everyone thinks that I have chosen the side, I want to say that I have not decided on a side yet. Once I choose a team I will write a blog about that but before I choose I still need to visit the Arena do Gremio.