Ana Rangel moved from Recife, Brazil to the United States more than three decades ago. The daughter of a professional soccer player, she's never missed a World Cup — not even in 1982, when she didn't have ready access to a television to watch her first Cup in the U.S. Now, she watches at Rio Steakhouse and Bakery in Marietta, Georgia, where thousands of Brazilians call home. On Second Thought producer Leighton Rowell joined Rangel and her family on Monday to watch Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in the World Cup semifinals, and brought back an audio postcard.
"Football means everything in Brazil. It's the number one sport. Doesn't matter if it's the World Cup, but every day in Brazil is football day," Rangel told On Second Thought. "I wish America was more passionate about soccer, about football like the rest of the world are."
Brazil meets Belgium when the round of eight begins Friday at 2 p.m. ET.