Workmates? Not when the World Cup is now up for grabs
COLLEAGUES will become friendly football rivals in an office where more than a dozen different World Cup nationalities are hoping for glory.
Excitement is at fever pitch at Dell in Cherrywood, Co Dublin, which employs staff from more than 64 different countries.
And 13 of those are represented at the World Cup which kicks off in Brazil tomorrow – meaning plenty of banter among the 29 staff who turned up in their country colours yesterday.
Fernando Nunez Caban from Spain has been living in Ireland for eight years and he is confident that his side will defend their title.
"We are going to do well and get our second crown. It is a done deal – it is just a formality that we have to show up. Brazil will give us a little bit of a challenge, but it will be okay," he said.
Brazil fan Maria Augusta disagrees and thinks the hosts have the best chance to win, but she is enjoying the rivalry with work colleagues.
"The fans are going mad," she said. "The flags are all out and it is good to see everybody cheering on their teams. It is pretty exciting. Everybody is talking about it and asking who is going to win."
England are seen as a weak link by their opponents in Group D. Maricela Escribano thinks her nation, Costa Rica, can beat them on the road to World Cup victory.
Meanwhile, Italian fan Marco Rosi thinks his side can tap into the experience of Euro 2012 to get a good opening result in the competition.
He is expecting to have a relatively quiet World Cup, however, following the birth of his son. "I have a six-week-old baby so I do not get to have a choice," he said.
"Sean Daniel is his name – but he will be supporting Italy," added Marco.
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