Tuesday, February 18th 2014 - 05:34 UTC

Hague in Brazil for a three-day visit; includes the Manaus stadium where England will play its first Cup match

Foreign Secretary William Hague, currently on a three-day visit to Brazil, joined on Tuesday with England manager Roy Hodgson in Manaus to promote the Foreign Office’s ‘Be on the Ball’ campaign and FCO's preparations for World Cup 2014.

England coach Roy Hodgson (C) stands with British Ambassador Alex Ellis (L), Manaus Mayor Artur Neto (2nd L), Amazonas State Governor Omar Aziz, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague (R)

 The visit to the Amazonia Arena stadium in Manaus also highlighted preparations by the Foreign Office network in Brazil to provide consular assistance to thousands of travelling fans from the UK this summer.

“I am here in Manaus to discuss the preparations for hosting the England Team. I know that British fans will get a great welcome here. Many people may not know that looking after British nationals abroad is one of the main responsibilities of the Foreign Office“, said Hague at a joint press conference with Manaus mayor Amazonino Mendes and Amazonia governor, Omar Aziz.

“We help tens of thousands of people each year who get into some form of difficulty overseas”.

Hague added that in four months times “thousands of British nationals will travel to Brazil for the World Cup, possibly the largest number of British people to ever visit Brazil at one time, and I have no doubt that Brazil will host a fantastic World Cup, and we expect the vast majority of British visitors to have a trouble-free visit”.

Hague pledged that the Foreign Office will leave nothing to chance.

“Brazil is seven times the size of South Africa, the last country to host the World Cup. So we will have Foreign Office teams on the ground in every city where England has a game; we are reinforcing our Embassy staff with consular colleagues from around the region and have further staff on standby, including from our Embassy in Portugal”.

The Foreign Secretary also pointed out that “we have an excellent website providing World Cup Travel advice; we will be using social media to provide instantaneous advice and respond to queries; and we will work with the FA and the Football Supporters Federation to provide information on travelling in Brazil”.

Finally, “we want to help visitors prepare, so that they can enjoy their visit to this marvellous country and hopefully see England perform brilliantly as well”.

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1 Be serious (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 08:44 am Report abuse
Who cares, Football is a girls game. Can't be bothered with it.
2 paulcedron (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 11:57 am Report abuse
you dont care because you must be terrible playing sports.
3 Be serious (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 12:04 pm Report abuse
I bet you like sport but have to play with yourself most of the time.
4 paulcedron (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 12:56 pm Report abuse
luckily it is not my case.
and it is not the case of most argentinians.
you know, there are 13 women for every 10 men here.
and most of them are gorgeous.
it is not the same there in the islets, is it?
now i know those aberrant habits of you like sheep shagging.
5 ElaineB (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 01:13 pm Report abuse
@4 Oh, come on, that is the statement of a teenage boy. You are better than that.

It is true that the majority of Argentineans have European heritage and that seems to be the look everyone aspires to there. Just look at the advertising in Argentina; White and European.

It is a complete myth that the majority of women in Argentina are any more gorgeous compared to any other White and European community. Maybe you haven't travelled much but if you did you would see it is a marketing myth.
6 Conqueror (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 02:41 pm Report abuse
British citizens met at airport. Advised to return home. “TV is better”. Will the UK provide armed guards able to open fire on the slightest excuse? Not as though anyone would miss 400,000 or 500,000 latams. In fact, armed guards might not be able to carry enough ammunition. Best to gun down 5,000,000 or 6,000,000. Or more.
7 paulcedron (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 04:29 pm Report abuse
and who cares about the european look?
the good thing here is the mix of blood and heritages.
and that people, especially women, take care of themselves eating well, doing sports, etc.
guess you have never left the islands, but if you go to spain, italy, france, brazil, etc, you will see more or less the same
it is genetics and a different way of life.
no myths at all.
8 Briton (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 06:06 pm Report abuse
William Hague
First Colombia and visits by the royal navy,
Now in Brazil, and future visits are on the cards, and business opportunities are abound,

And apparently CFK is thinking of emigrating to china,.
9 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 08:32 pm Report abuse
4 paulcedron

“you know, there are 13 women for every 10 men here.”

Yup, and I bet that that you are so busy masturbating that you can't get any of them
10 paulcedron (#) Feb 18th, 2014 - 10:47 pm Report abuse
well, masturbating is good for body, spirit and mind
and the whole world masturbates once in a while.
the problem is when it is cronic
and taking in account the lack of women you have there (beautiful women i mean), no doubts you lot are suffering that problem miserably.

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