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Locals and internationals snap up Brazil Argentina MCG tickets

Peter Rolfe, May 14, 2017 6:10PM Herald Sun

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A SOCCER blockbuster between world game giants Brazil and Argentina is a sell out a month before the MCG showcase.

Melbourne is on track to break new Australian soccer standards with up to 100,000 people expected for the international friendly*, many of them visitors from interstate and overseas.

Organisers say a large chunk of general admission ticket sales for the June 9 fixture have come from fans outside Victoria with a match between Brazil and Australia four days later also selling fast.

One diehard Brazilian expat* has bought almost 600 tickets to the matches to share with family and friends to ensure spectators from his homeland sit close enough together.

Brazilian drummer Alessandro Figueria has even convinced event organisers to overturn restrictions* on instruments being taken into the stadium so he can get the crowd dancing to a Samba beat on the night.

“It’s going to be amazing,’’ he said.

Brazil team before a match against Paraguay in Brazil on March 28. Picture: AFP media_cameraBrazil team before a match against Paraguay in Brazil on March 28. Picture: AFP

“I’m pretty sure it will be an atmosphere* different to what Melbourne has seen at the MCG for an Aussie rules match for example.’’

Of tickets sold, 49 per cent have been snapped up by sports fans from interstate including more than 27 per cent from NSW.

Almost 500 tickets have been purchased by people from overseas.

Visit Victoria major events general manager Damien de Bohun confirmed superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar would play in a match looming as one of the best played on Australian soil.

He said the match between “the two top ranked teams and the two teams with the most heritage in world football’’ would draw global appeal and pack city hotels, bars and restaurants.

The MCG. Picture: supplied media_cameraThe MCG. Picture: supplied

“We want people to come from Brazil and Argentina and we want them to stay for four days and in between we are going to make sure that they connect to a whole range of other activities,’’ he said.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said fans had voted with their feet.

“The clash with Brazil in Melbourne will be a fantastic occasion for Australian football and

Socceroos fans as we take on one of the world’s best teams,” he said.

A small number of Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) tickets are still available for the match.

GLOSSARY

friendly: a match played separate to a large competition

expat: person working in a country other than their own

restrictions: bans

atmosphere : feeling

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Tourist Dollars

Visit Victoria major events general manager Damien de Bohun was excited about the prospect of overseas visitors and said he wanted people from Brazil and Argentina to come and connect with other activities in the city.

Think about all of the goods and services visitors will spend money on in Victoria while they are here, such as accommodation, food, transport, other tourist attractions, souvenirs, etc.

Have a go at estimating how much you think a visitor coming to watch the Brazil v Argentina match would spend if they stayed in Victoria for four days.

Your estimate should be detailed and show a breakdown of money spent on each item.

If you are not sure how much things cost, do some research to get a rough idea.

Extension:

Choose one other activity or attraction you think visitors to Victoria should see while they are here for the soccer and draw a picture of it or write a paragraph explaining why it is great.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Mathematics, Critical and Creative Thinking

Activity 2: Two Teams

Find out and record these facts about the soccer teams from Brazil and Argentina:

– What do their flags look like?

– What are the names of the capital cities?

– How many people live in each country?

– What languages do most people speak?

– Who are the captains of the teams?

– What are some things that each country is well known for?

Extension:

Create a banner or chant that a supporter of either of the teams might take to or sing at the match.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

Punctuation Thief

You are the notorious Punctuation Thief! Your job is to choose a sentence, paragraph or section of the article and steal the punctuation. Do this by rewriting it without punctuation.

For example: think about all of the goods and services visitors will spend money on in Victoria while they are here, such as accommodation, food, transport, other tourist attractions, souvenirs etc.

When the punctuation has been successfully stolen, hand what you have done to a partner. Challenge them to identify what is missing and return the punctuation where it belongs. Once complete, check your answer by comparing with the article.

Extension: Write your own sentence or paragraph without any punctuation and challenge your partner to find what’s missing.

Time: Approx. 15 minutes

Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP

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