OK, it isn't exactly spring (as previously promised) - midsummer, in fact, in northern Europe - but More Than a Game finally begins our Brazil 2014 blog today. Why has it taken so long to start blogging about Brazil? After all, the ongoing nation-wide protests in Brazil were certainly one of the biggest global talking points of 2013 to date. And then there was the Brazil-hosted Confederations Cup and this week's visit by the new pope. Well, the explanation is that we continued to focus our efforts on our Sierra Leone project, which took us right through until the end of June...while the last month has been all about enjoying the much-shorter-than-we-would-wish-it-to-be northern European summer.
More Than a Game has also been prompted back into action this week having been asked by numerous individuals in the space of a few days 'what are your plans are for Brazil?' Will you still be going? What project does MTAG have planned? How long will you be there?
Mael Griffon, recently returned from a stint living in Tolyatti in deepest Russia, was the most recent person to ask me about our plans; yesterday, in fact, at football training. Mael is planning to travel to South America early next year and has already kindly offered to get involved in our 2014 project. Jeffrey Young, Johan Nordby and Michael Finch are three other friends who have recently expressed a strong commitment to getting on board in Brazil.
Yes, we are still planning to travel to the 2014 Brazil World Cup - God willing - and we will definitely have a project in place that we really hope will help improve the lives of others in some way; and raise awareness of some worthy causes. Just what the project will be and when it will start is still uncertain but we are at least finally sitting down and brainstorming ideas. And, yes, the Brazil 2014 blog has finally begun today...
...oh yeah, and, by the way, if you are planning to go to Brazil please drop us a line and let us know about your plans. Maybe you can help More Than a Game's project - when it is announced - in Brazil next summer, or meet up somewhere on the road for a cold sundowner beer.