Brazil: World Cup 2014

Written by Harold McNeill on September 23rd, 2013. Posted in Travelogue

Brazil: World Cup 2014

Brazil Girls Collage

Photos: These photos were taken by Chris Vaughn, a friend from Nanaimo and former publisher of the World Football Pages (a BC based Magazine that ran for several years).  Chris always had a keen eye for capturing the essence of our International Football Matches and, as you can see in this series, Brazil brought out some very colourful Canadian girls to support the Canadian Team.  

The two game series was played in 2006 when the Brazilian U20 Men’s Team challenged Canada in a warm-up to the 2007 U-20 World Cup. The teams split series at one game each.  Below is a photo of the teams on the field at Royal Athletic Park. 

(The collage was created using a freeware system, so, of course they put their name in the middle)

Are You Thinking of Heading to Brazil in 2014?

Having previously hosted the Brazilians in Victoria, it is easy to see why people get so excited about going to South America. The 223437_20941017528_8057_nstunning display of colours and costumes that always accompany the South American teams, is certainly worth a second (or third) look as evidenced by the cover photo.

Photo (2006):  Canadian and Brazilian teams line up at Royal Athletic Park for the second game in the two game series.

More recently, we have been communication with a friend from Sao Paulo and it seems that the cost of attending this event could certainly stretch the credit card of even the very well healed. Perhaps you know someone who might put you up for a few days or has an inside track to less expensive accommodation and perhaps even access to tickets at one of the outside venues.

That being said, Lynn has gained access to a limited number of tickets and hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro as noted below. The prices are in Canadian, per person and based on double occupancy and are for ‘Land’ only.  Please ask about flights.

The following include one Match game and accommodation at the Tulip Inn Copacabana– (Executive Room), in Rio de Janeiro (breakfast and Airport transfers included).

The prices do not include: International Airfare, Visa, Gratuities or optional excursions.

12-16 Jun   5 Days/4 Nights  From $4475pp    Match 15Jun 1900 Hr  F1 VS F2
16-19 Jun   4 Days/3 Nights  From $4475pp    Match 18Jun 1900 Hr  B1 VS B3
19-23 Jun   5 Days/4 Nights  From $4475pp    Match 22Jun 1900 Hr  H1 VS H3
23-26 Jun   4 Days/3 Nights  From $4475pp    Match 25Jun 1700 Hr  E2 VS E3
26-30 Jun   5 Days/4 Nights  From $4720pp    Match 28Jun 1700 Hr  1C VS 2D
30-05 Jul   6 Days/5 Nights  From  $5995pp    Match 04Jul 1300  Hr W53 VS W54
09-14 Jul   7 Days/6 Nights  From  $8330pp    Match 13Jul 1300  Hr W61 VS W62

Please email at or call me at 250 656-5441 or cell at 250 893-1033, if you would like more information regarding the above.


Lynn McNeill
Cruise & Vacation Specialist
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  • Andrew Dunn

    May 14, 2019 |

    Thank you so much for all your help thus far Harold, aka. Tractor guy! I could not have done without you!

  • Harold McNeill

    April 25, 2019 |

    I find it interesting to contemplate how a small community evolves in general isolation from the rest of the world. We have a similar situation in the northern communities in Canada to which access is limited. The inclusion of the world wide web and mass media has changed things, but these communities are still left pretty much to their own devices when it comes to personal interaction.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 19, 2019 |

    Hi Dave. Not that I am aware and I have a fairly comprehensive family tree for the McNeill side of the family. I will pull it up and scan. Cheers, Harold. Great chatting with you and I will give Ben a nudge.

  • Dave Cassels

    March 16, 2019 |

    Were you related to Guy McNeill who owned the Bruin Inn in St. Albert in the late 40’s or early 50’s? Guy was a close friend of my father-in-law who was the first President of the Royal Glenora Club. My phone number is 780 940 1175. Thank you.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 15, 2019 |

    So glad you found the story and enjoyed. Indeed, they were memorable times. I did a fair amount of searching but never managed to contact any of the Murffit kids. However, it was neat to make contact with the Colony and someone I knew from back in the day. I have enjoyed writing these stories from back in the 1940s and 50s and have made contact with a lot of friends from those early years. I will give you a call over the weekend. Cheers, Harold

  • Yvonne (Couture) Richardson

    March 7, 2019 |

    I enjoyed your story. I too, lived in Pibroch in 1951, as my parents owned the hotel there. I was a very close friend of Bonnie Murfitt at the time. I moved to Edmonton in 1952, however, and have not seen her since. I would like to be in touch with you to talk about your story. My email is listed above and my phone number is 780-475-3873.

  • Laureen Kosch/Patry

    March 5, 2019 |

    I grew up in Pibroch and would not trade those years for anything. “ Kids don’t know how to play anymore” Never was a truer statement made. During the summer we were out the door by 8am, home for lunch, and back when it got dark. For the most part our only toys were our bikes and maybe a baseball mitt. I will never forget the times when all the kids got together in “Finks field” for a game of scrub baseball. Everybody was welcome, kids from 8 to 18. I didn’t know it then but I guess I had a childhood most dream of. Drove thru town last summer. It all looked a lot smaller.

  • Harold McNeill

    January 13, 2019 |

    Well, my dear, it’s that time again. How the years fly by and the little ones grow but try as you may you will have a hard time catching up to your Daddy. Lots of love young lady and may your day be special
    Love, Dad

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Guess what? My response went to the Spam folder. Hmm, do you suppose the system is trying to tell me something?

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Thanks, Terrance. Your comment came through but went to the Spam folder. Have pulled it out and approved. Can you send another on this post to see if you name is now removed from Spam? I’m not sure why it does that. Cheers, Harold