Shanghai Expo pavilions ready for World Cup fever

16:51, June 12, 2010      

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Brazil Pavilion: The walls of the Brazil Pavilion, which are covered with green wooden blocks, remind visitors of the green color of football pitches, and even the pavilion ceiling is made from many footballs, basketballs and volleyballs. The pavilion takes full advantage of the reputation of Pelé, one of the greatest football players and the globally-recognized "God of Football," and has built a Pelé Coffee Bar and prepared Pelé footballs, Pelé football boots, Pelé schoolbags and other stuff printed with his name or photos. Outside the pavilion is a huge screen on which football videogame graphics are shown and football matches are broadcast. The pavilion organizer said that visitors can use their cell phones to participate in the interactive football game displayed on the screen to kill time when waiting in line.

Argentina Pavilion: Tango and football are two most representative activities in Argentines' daily lives. Couples tango in the Argentina Pavilion, and their dances are really charming. Under their feet is a big screen showing the scenes of talented Argentine football players such as Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi and the moving moments when Argentina won the World Cup. The Argentina Pavilion organizer said that wherever they are, Argentines just cannot live without tango and football.

U.K. Pavilion: The United Kingdom has too many football stars, and it is impractical to invite all of them to the Expo, but Wayne Rooney alone can represent U.K. football. The wax figure of Rooney at the door is a final surprise for tourists when they leave the pavilion. Without a doubt, it would be regrettable if the U.K. Pavilion had forgotten football.

Spain Pavilion: Resembling a giant, hand-woven rattan basket, the Spain Pavilion's theme is "Past and Future." The sport is considered one of the greatest inventions of mankind. Spaniards are really good at football, basketball, and tennis, and the Spain Pavilion has warmly invited the Spanish football team, some of whom are world-class players, to the Expo. Maybe they will come to China after the World Cup in South Africa ends.

South Africa Pavilion: The mascot of the 2010 World Cup Zakumi is surely the most fascinating item in the South Africa Pavilion. Many tourists are even willing to wait in line for two hours just to take photos with Zakumi. World Cup elements can be seen everywhere in the South Africa Pavilion, including a World Cup countdown clock, as well as an introduction of World Cup host cities, stadiums and schedules. Moreover, the South Africa Pavilion will hold many interactive football-themed games during the World Cup.

European Union Pavilion: The European Union pavilion is expected to invite many famous European football stars for the Expo European football week in mid to late September after the 2010 South Africa World Cup. The famous European football stars include Michel Platini, French football legend and current president of the Union of European Football Association, German football great Franz Beckenbauer, French football star Zinedine Zidane, and Portuguese football star Luis Figo. British football star David Beckham who was ruled out of the South Africa World Cup because of injury may also be invited.

Madrid City Pavilion: The Madrid City pavilion will invite Real Madrid to play a football match in Shanghai during the Expo, and lucky tourists will have the opportunity to take photos with Real Madrid football stars, attracting a lot of Real Madrid fans to come. Even though you may not be lucky enough to take photos with the football stars, you can still buy authorized copies of official Real Madrid souvenirs in the pavilion.

By People's Daily Online

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