Saturday, October 11, 2008

More from Brasilia

U.S. Referee Jason Krnac is representing the United States at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil. He's blogging about his experience from Brasilia.

Thursday, October 9, 2008
The last day of First Round matches which decide the last 4 teams to qualify for the next round out of Groups C and D. There is much anticipation and nervousness within the group of referees. All decided to travel to the arena to either work the last two games or be a spectator in the lively crowd. None of us know if this is our last trip to the arena and no one wants to miss any of the action.

After the matches, a short sight seeing and shopping tour was organized. The bus made several stops where we could see and learn a little history about Brasilia. On one stop, we were able to see a complete miniaturization of the city. Unfortunately, I could not capture the entire city in one photograph and the photos that did come out were too dark to post.

As a group, we spent about an hour in a flea market atmosphere which is located under a large tower. I did take a trip up to the observation deck of the tower and was able to capture some great photos of the city.
When we returned to the hotel, we preceded with our individual interviews in front of a four person panel. The scene was like American Idol, one by one, we went before the panel. The group greeted you upon your exit from the room; showing the support that all of us have for each other.

My news…. I am staying in Brasilia to work games in the Second Round. I am excited and honored to have been selected to continue to represent CONCACAF and U.S. Soccer by being a part of the next stage in the FIFA Futsal World Cup.In the evening we took a break from the usual meal at the hotel restaurant buffet. We all traveled to a local restaurant, Porcao - a Brazilian churrascaria, for an amazing dinner. It was nice to able to spend one last evening all together as a group before the seven depart for their homes, as well as the three who will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro to work games there.
1.View of Brasilia from the tower
2.Another view of Brasilia from the tower
3.JK Memorial (initials for the individual who had the vision to build and make Brasilia the Capital of Brazil- Juscelino Kubitschek)
4.National Congress Building
5.Group Photo at entrance of Porcao