Brazil legend Cafu is enjoying the festive atmosphere in Qatar during the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.
A two-time FIFA World Cup winner and the only man to play in three consecutive finals, Cafu was full of praise for the host country.
The former Seleção captain and Qatar Legacy Ambassador is also encouraged by Brazil’s start to the tournament after Tite’s men defeated Serbia 2-0 in their opening match at Lusail Stadium.
How have you found the World Cup atmosphere so far in Qatar?
It’s fantastic. It’s a wonderful atmosphere. The atmosphere at the matches and the FIFA Fan Festival has been especially fantastic. I’ve been following the progress of things here for many years and it’s great to see everything come together. I am sure everything will get even more exciting as the tournament continues.
What have you made of the FIFA Fan Festival?
I’ve been to many fan festivals over the years and I want to say congratulations to Qatar for staging a such a fun event. I’ve been a few times already and watched some matches there. I would highly recommend it and encourage everyone to visit.
What have you made of the spirit between different sets of fans?
It’s wonderful to see all the fans mingling together and enjoying each other’s company. As an ambassador, this is what we have been working towards for so many years. Football brings everyone together.
What did you make of Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia in their first match?
It was a wonderful result. It’s always great to start a World Cup with a victory. It’s a positive way to begin and move forward in the competition because there will be tougher games ahead.
What is your prediction for Brazil’s next group match against Switzerland at Stadium 974 on Monday?
It’s going to be much more difficult than the first match because now we have two teams that have both won their first matches. Switzerland showed they are a good team and Brazil will need to be ready to compete, so we will wait and see what happens.