Brazil vs Haiti: Be there
I had to come all the way to Haiti to see Brazil play. Oh well, it's not like you can get tickets to see them play Argentina
Brazil to play Haitians for peace
Brazil is bringing its own brand of peacekeeping to Haiti
The Brazilian national football team is to play a friendly match in Haiti in August at which tickets will be offered in exchange for guns.
Brazil is leading the UN force keeping the peace in Latin America's poorest state since a civil conflict there in February left some 200 people dead.
Superstars like Ronaldo may be playing and Brazil's President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, may also be in town.
Brazilian troops who deployed this month handed out 1,000 free footballs.
The idea for a match to "alleviate tensions" was suggested by Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue in an interview in May with Brazilian journalists.
"A few Brazilian soccer stars could do more to disarm warring militias than thousands of peacekeeping troops," he was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
Brazil's Sports Minister Agnelo Queiroz said a fixture was being arranged provisionally for 18 August.
The match could give Haiti a rare burst of positive publicity
"Ronaldo's ready to go," he said. "They [Brazil's top players] want to help in Haiti's peace process."
The president, popularly known as Lula, hoped to find time to attend the match, the minister added.
It's a great idea. That's the kind of game Haitians will come from Miami to see. Watching Brazil is always cool, but this is special, especially when Brazil will have to help upgrade the stadium. Maybe this will get Haiti back into international games at home. As it stands, FIFA bands official matches because the stadium is a dump.
posted by Steve @ 7:44:00 AM