Not much of a fan but we are being drawn into the atmosphere of nationalistism and minor mayhem. Fans of all genders, backgrounds and ages were out and about enjoying themselves while supporting this strong team and showing their pride in being a German.
President Merkel was in Brazil watching her team from the stands. The fans gave her applause each time she was briefly shown intently watching the game.
Certainly did not anticipate this sideshow during our month stay in this fascinating city of 3.3 million people. Quite enjoying it though as we took it all in eating felafel and tofu sandwiches which were smothered in sweet peanut sauce.