World Cup divides couple’s loylties

Sao Paulo -Nely Lopes Cachocira is Brazilian. Her husband, Vlatko Zaimovic, is Croatian.

The couple from Montes Claros had a few mixed emotions about Thursday's World Cup opener at Itaquerao Stadium.

Nely Lopes Cachocira, of Montes Claros, Brazil, shows off her handmade shirt decorated with Brazilian and Croatian flags, in tribute to her Croatian husband Vlatko Zaimovic, as she waits to enter Itaquerao Stadium for the World Cup opening soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez). Credit: AP

Lopes Cachocira sported a homemade beaded yellow tank top with half of each country's flag on front.

So, the debate: Who would win?

“Croatia,” Zaimovic said.

“No, Brazil!” she shot back.

Meanwhile, one soccer fan who traveled from afar jumped right on the Brazil bandwagon.

David Hunt, 55, of Cardiff, South Wales, made his first trip out of Europe to attend the World Cup. He decked himself out in Brazil gear from head to toe.

Literally. His socks featured the Brazilian flag.

“Because I like Brazil,” he said Thursday morning. “Everybody loves my socks.”

And, of course, he was predicting a sixth championship for the proud home country.