There are no depths to where soccer is being played or watched during this World Cup in Brazil. Yahoo Sports proved that in its adventure deep into the Amazon rain forest to find this story.
A 90-minute boat ride up the Rio Negro River is where you’ll find the small village of Santa Helena Do Ingles. This small community of 73 people is one of 19 villages situated along the river that is participating in the “Riverside Cup”.
This tournament, which was inspired by the World Cup, features the neighboring villages playing games against each other every Saturday. This event will continue over the next year.
Each village faces the same logistical and financial challenges of traveling around through the jungle but does receive money to host their opponents. Nelson, the President of Santa Helena Do Ingles, says it’s an economic boast to his community.
But the most incredible thing we found in our journey there were the comforts of modern technology. We were surprised to see two flat screen TVs in the village showing live World Cup matches. They’ve only had electricity here for two years. Being able to see this year’s World Cup was the priority.
As technology continues to bring people closer together, as does soccer, it truly shows why the World Cup brings the world together.
— Alan Springer, Yahoo Sports