SEFFNER — Romildo San-ches, of Seffner, former professional soccer player and founder of Player’s Club of Tampa Bay, and his 9-year-old son, Ronaldo Sanches, will travel to Brazil to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“The U.S., if they come alive, will go far,” Sanches said. “I believe they can beat Ghana, and if they win against Portugal, they can afford to lose to Germany. They’ll end up in second place in their division and go on.”
He said, “You can never rule Brazil out. They’ve won the tournament five times.”
He thinks his native country, Brazil, can win the whole thing, especially since they have home-field advantage.
“I’ve been in the stadium with 60,000 people singing the Brazilian national anthem, and it’s something amazing,” he said. “That would inspire even a player like me, who hasn’t played at that level in many years, to play very well.”
He has high expectations for visitors to Brazil, too.
“I think people who are going down there should not worry about anything,” he said. “Soccer is a major game there, and Brazilian people are very accommodating, friendly people. The Americans, Europeans, South Americans, they all are going to have a wonderful time during the World Cup.”