ISLAMABAD - Ambassador of Brazil to Pakistan, Alfredo Leoni, on Thursday said though the Pakistani team might not be featuring in the FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil but their presence would be in shape of Sialkot's soccer balls being used in the mega event.
The Ambassador said this at a press conference held here at a local hotel. In continuation of the activities held by the Embassy of Brazil in Islamabad in order to kick off the 2014 Football World Cup celebrations, the Ambassador of Brazil, Regional General Manager Marriott Hotels Pakistan, Hartmut Noack, Senator and chairperson of the women's wing of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Ms Rubina Irfan and PFF president Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, inaugurated a photo exhibition ‘Football’ here at a local hotel. Also present at the opening of the photo exhibition were all members of the Pakistani street child team, who got the bronze medal at the Street Children World Cup, held in Brazil, last April.
The exhibition will be opened to the public from May 24 to July 13 and presents works of the Brazilian sports photojournalist Jorge Rodrigues, who has been covering the world of Brazilian football for the last two decades. Rodrigues was born in Rio de Janeiro and has a journalism degree. He has worked for some of the most important Brazilian newspapers and sports magazines throughout his career.
Rodrigues has been present at many Brazilian and International Football Championships. He will be photographing the 2014 Football World Cup, to be held in Brazil, from June 12 to July 13.
The Ambassdor said: “Brazil is considered the ‘Land of Football’ and the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil will be the most festive of all times.”
The PFF chief said that there was also a federation's member in the FIFA disciplinary committee which was also an honor for Pakistan.