Chris Winterburn meets Fernandinho
Earlier this season I had the chance to briefly talk to Fernandinho about a range of topics such as this summer’s World Cup on Brazilian soil, life at new club Manchester City, his brand new Adidas Predator boots and just what travelling supporters can expect from Brazil this summer.
CW: It is a World Cup year as you know and Brazil are the hosts, just how important and special would it be for you to get into the Brazilian side and go to the World Cup and win it on home soil?
F: After my family it is the next most important thing in my life.
CW: Now onto the new Adidas Predators you are promoting today, they are certainly very colourful but can you remember the first pair of football boots you ever had, what circumstances you got them in and who gave them to you?
F: This boot [Adidas Predator] would be perfect for the Carnival Catwalk in Brazil. I remember the first boots I ever had, I was four years old and my father bought me a pair of boots which I remember were black and yellow.
CW: At Manchester City you are playing in the centre of midfield with Yaya Toure, how much do you think playing with an experienced International will help you improve aspects of your own game and then break into this summer’s World Cup squad?
F: I hope so, playing with top quality players can only help me improve however ultimately it is only me who can put in the work over the season. The results of the club matter in all competitions and I have to impress the coach [Scolari] it is he who has the final decision.
CW: With the World Cup this summer being in your home country Brazil, how excited are you by the country showing the positives they have to offer to a worldwide audience?
F: For Brazil it is exciting that we are going to be able to show the positive sides of the country, the World Cup is not just going to be in one city it will be in lots of different cities so you will be able to experience all of Brazil. The North of Brazil is totally different to the South of Brazil, central Brazil and the East and West, every side of Brazil is completely different. Outsiders have an idea of Brazil being about the Carnival and the beach but you will be able to visit Manaus where there is one of the most beautiful rainforests in the world with many different creatures, but it is completely different if you go to Campinas which if you like fishing is fantastic. There is a different side to Brazil, the nature and the culture will be able to be shown to the rest of the World.
This interview was conducted on behalf of FootballBoots.co.uk
Written by Chris Winterburn
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