Sunderland’s only Brazilian students brings samba flare to World Cup kick-off

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SHE’S the only Brazilian at Sunderland University, but that won’t stop Débora Escudeiro bringing samba-style celebrations to the city for the World Cup kick off.

The 24-year-old may be missing out on the world’s biggest sporting event, which is being hosted in her homeland, but she plans to rock Sunderland, Brazil-style.

Débora won’t make it home for the tournament due to her studies.

She said: “Of course, I am going to miss the atmosphere and live matches of the World Cup back home, but I knew this exchange programme was a huge opportunity for me and couldn’t miss out on the chance to study abroad.

“This is also the first time I’ve ever been abroad, so to miss out on such a major event like the World Cup back home, where the nation is so passionate about football, is bad timing I guess.

“On the other side I won’t miss how crazy busy it’s going to become in the city.

“However, I’ll wear my green and yellow scarf and cheer on Brazil when they play. Of course, I’d love to see them play England in the final. But I know where my loyalties will lie.”

Débora is studying in Sunderland under the Brazilian Science without Borders initiative, a scholarship programme funded by Brazil’s federal government.

Débora chose to spend the 12-month programme studying the Interactive Media and Motion Graphics course at Sunderland as it complemented the Graphic Design degree, which she’s studying at AESO University in her home city of Recife, one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup.

“Having never been abroad before I was looking for a place where I could have new experiences.”

Débora hopes to work with multi-media for tablets and eBooks once she graduates, but for the time being she will be just like thousands of other Wearsiders come the World Cup kick off – glued to her TV screen.