Giacomini rooting for Brazil in World Cup

June, 23, 2014
Jun 23
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- When Brazil takes on Cameroon today at 3 p.m. ET, there will be one New York Jets player with a heavy rooting interest.

Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini speaks fluent Portuguese after his parents arrived in the United States from Brazil in 1985, before he was born. He's spent time with his extended family, who lives about four hours away from Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais, where one of the World Cup stadiums have been built.

"I want them to win," Giacomini said. "I've had some exciting past World Cups with them, so good memories there, but I want the U.S. to go far."

Giacomini has visited Brazil many times over the years.

"Growing up I was there all the time," Giacomini said. "My most recent trip was for my non-profit, we threw a football camp there."

The foundation, American Football without Barriers, teaches that other football to kids all over the world. Giacomini has taken contingents to China and, in February, back to Brazil. There, Giacomini was able to watch a soccer game in Rio de Janeiro.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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