An Intro from the Founders’ Desk…
At Homefans, we view the world through our founding philosophy: Football is more than just 90 minutes. More often than not, it’s in that order. The nature of our trips makes us human-centric. It’s also the nature of who we are and what our trips are all about. We got into this business to bring people from all around the world together with one goal: To experience local football cultures beyond the 90 minutes.
Every season, we bring about 25 people together in any our handpicked destinations around the world to experience football off the beaten path, meet like-minded travelers, and build a global community of adventurists and fans.
They join Homefans on a football adventure in these destinations, and they bring their passion to these trips: they eat, sleep, and breathe football. Yes, we are obsessed with football. And so is our team. Imagine for a minute the type of person who is behind trips like these. They are often experts in our destinations, support their local team and love football just like you.
In a word, they are family, to the travelers and to us at Homefans HQ. Today, we share with you one of our team leaders, Pedro, who leads some of our Argentina and Brazil football trips. He’s from São Paulo has a lifetime of experience to bring to our trips there, including our next ones.
Our interview with Pedro Godoy: Trip Leader in South America
Q: What do you think makes football in Brazil different and unique compared to other South American countries? What attracts you to it?
In Brazil, we’ve got the best talents in the world. That means we are able to watch live young players from the beginning and start wondering which big club from Europe will buy them soon! In Brazil they are still raw, so we can enjoy the truly beautiful game like no other place. They are there to show their skills and magic, without much of a European commitment. And we love that!
Now the supporters. Football in Brazil is sacred and our clubs are the most important thing for at least half of the population. Picture yourself wearing flip-flops, light jerseys, having a pre-match at Copacabana Beach, 40 degrees Celsius, enjoying a local barbecue and about to head to the temple of football, Maracaña? It just can’t get any better than that! Then you add the drums, pyros, the party in the stands, huge flags and the supporters don’t stop singing for 90 minutes. This is heaven!
Q: The culture and hospitality in Brazil are extraordinary and it keeps getting better. Do you think that’s the general Brazilian spirit?
Brazilians are the warmest people on earth. We love to show to the world our beautiful country and make every single person extremely welcome here. We have the power to unite them. Our National Team stopped a war in different countries so fighters could have a break and watch the best football on the planet. We welcome everybody to taste our delicious caipirinhas, to samba in Carnaval, to play beach football in our famous beaches, enjoy our amazing landscape, and taste the best steaks in the world. We always say: Come and enjoy!
Q: Please share your favorite story from last year’s Homefans experience in South America. Something crazy? Fun? Bizarre?
I had the opportunity to host groups in some of the most amazing derbies in the world. Boca Juniors x River Plate and Flamengo x Fluminense. The first, it is just incredible to enter La Bombonera. The travelers were amazed and shocked, and even crying for being there. I would like to point it out the passion that South Americans have for their club and the way they support. Forget about watching the game seated, wearing scarfs and applauding a goal. People here either wear full clothes of the club or go to the pitch without the t-shirt to show their million tattoos in the body. We eat barbecue before the match. We don’t stop singing and it just not allowed (common sense) to seat while watching your club. You have to support the 90 minutes! The party is vibrant, warm, the stadiums shake every time. That is the difference. You leave there absolutely exhausted.
In Brazil, the best experience we had was to see travelers playing football at the worldwide famous Copacabana beach with tons of locals. It was a dream coming true for them!