The 2014 World Cup officially kicks off in Brazil two months from Saturday. Off-the-pitch worries — massive protests and crime chief among them — are well-founded, to be sure. But when it comes to soccer itself and how Brazilians regard the beautiful game, Brazil is the World Cup’s one true home.
You’ll hear this over and over between now and June 12 — but forget all that vague pontification. We have firsthand proof.