Brazil urged to show "passion" at FIFA World CupListen /
The people of Brazil have been urged by a top UN official to demonstrate their "passion" for football as the country prepares for the month-long FIFA World Cup.
The world's biggest international sport competition is getting underway on Thursday against a backdrop of civil demonstrations against the government.
The Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, said he's pleased the World Cup is being held in Brazil.
"Show us the passion of your people for football. When I first heard some years ago that Brazil will be the host, I jumped into the air because I was so happy, because this I would call the motherland of football.”
The 2014 FIFA World Cup begins with the hosts, Brazil taking on Croatia
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.