António Pires, special envoy to Hungary
The game was in conversation with a Portuguese fan who traveled to Hungary, where he took the opportunity to do business before the kick-off of the game, scheduled for 17:00.
It’s what you might call a fanatical supporter. Fanatical, of course, for Portugal and the National Team. His name is Carlos Brum, he was born in the Azores, but lives in the Algarve. For the Quinas team, it doesn’t look at the means. With a van decorated in the colors of Portugal, dressed to the nines and wearing a feathered hat in the colors of the national flag, Brum arrived two days before yesterday’s departure to Budapest. There were about 3200 km of road, a cost that he tries to pay off with the sale of scarves and Portuguese flags at a makeshift stand next to the Puskás Arena Stadium.
There is no sales license, he confesses, but in a typical Portuguese debacle, when he sees the police approaching a stall next door, selling food and drinks, he takes the initiative to offer the agents a glass of wine, which he promptly refused. Sure it worked, nobody bothered him and he can continue with the business calmly.
“We have to try to sell some things to help pay for diesel,” he explains, noting the profit: “I sell everything at ten euros, scarves and flags. It cost me five euros, it makes a good profit margin.” In a good mood and an authentic point of attraction for passing Portuguese fans, many of whom already know him from other carnivals – he has been following Portugal for about 30 years – he also draws the attention of the Magyars, some even take the opportunity to take selfies with these very fans. Special.
Confident of a good result from Portugal before the match, he would like “Portugal to play in the round of 16 in Budapest and then go to Baku”, given that the main objective is to reach Wembley Stadium, in London, on the 11th of July.