Samba beat comes to capital as fans gather for Group F match
Dateline: Berlin, 13 June 2006
Date: 06/13/2006 01:46 PM
1. Tilt of painting on wall featuring members of Brazilian football team
2. Brandenburg gate, with massive football sculpture in foreground
3. Brazilian fans holding a banner
4. SOUNDBITE, (English) Brazilian fans:
Woman (not in shot): "It is just formality..."
Man: "To do, to play it, but we will win today"
Woman: "But it is nice to play against them because they really want to win so it will be a nice match to see."
5. Two Brazilian fans and one Croatian fan walking away together, pan to massive Brandenburg gate football
6. Various of Croatian fans singing
7. Various of Brazilian fans singing
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Croatian fans:
"Last game was nil-nil I think so this is the time to beat them I think."
(Reporter: "You really think you have a chance?")
"Yes we have a chance, this is football, you never know."
9. Various Brazilian fans singing and playing guitar
The mood was festive and colourful on Tuesday morning as Brazilian and Croatian fans gathered in the German capital, Berlin, ahead of their teams' World Cup Group F clash later in the day.
Brazil are five-time champions and heavy favourites to win a record sixth world championship.
The Croats, third in the 1998 World Cup in France, have admitted a draw would be called heroic.
The match, scheduled for 9pm (19:00 GMT), is the first in the tournament to be played at the Olympia stadium.
A big screen has been set up at the Brandenburg gate for those fans not lucky enough to get tickets for the game .
Early on Tuesday morning fans of both teams wrapped in their nations' flags sang and danced in the sun while waiting for the game to start.
A Croatian fan said he thought his team stood a chance against the current champions, whilst Brazilian supporters appeared more optimistic about success.
"This is a formality," said one Brazilian fan.
Brazil's coach has said he expects Group F to be decided only in the final round.
Australia, Brazil's next opponent on Sunday, beat Japan 3-1 on Monday in their debut in the group.
Brazil and Croatia drew the only two times they played, including 1-1 in a friendly last year.
Both sides will be at full strength for Tuesday's match at the Olympiastadion.
Keyword-world cup 2006