Brazil public gives Spain 1st taste of World CupPeople wait to enter the Atletico Paranaense training center to watch Spain's national soccer team practice session, in Curitiba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) -- Spain got its first taste of what the World Cup in Brazil has in store after nearly 1,000 people braved the cold to watch its training on Tuesday.
It was the world champions' first contact with the public since arriving at their training base at local club Atletico Paranaense on Sunday.
Locals waited for hours to access the free session, with some onlookers climbing nearby rooftops to get a peek at one of the tournament favorites.
Rodrigo Chiamulera, 27, who was accompanied by his 7-year-old nephew Eduardo, said ''it's really something to be proud about, to have the world champion here training in our city, and especially at the club I support.''
He added that ''I hope Brazil doesn't have to face them.''
Spain opens against the Netherlands on Friday.