AS THE excitement builds towards the World Cup in Brazil next month, the News is launching a campaign to find a fan living in Bracknell who hails from one of the participating nations.
This week we are featuring fans from the Netherlands and Italy, who are now both Bracknell residents.
Italian Piermario Bonomi, moved to Easthampstead in September 2009 from Italy and the 33-year-old will be supporting his home nation at this year’s footballing showpiece.
The international HR manager at Hewlett Packard, based in the Western Industrial Area, predicts Italy will reach the semi-finals but thinks that England will fall at the second round.
Both teams have been pitted against each other in Group D at the World Cup, along with Uruguay and Costa Rica, and Mr Bonomi thinks the Italians will come out on top 3-0, courtesy of a hat-trick from their star striker Mario Balotelli.He said: “I am a huge fan of football and I always look forward to the World Cup. You are not Italian if you’re not obsessed by football.
“I am really looking forward to the England v Italy game – it will be very interesting and I can’t wait for the whole tournament.” Mr Bonomi, originally from Brescia, added he thinks Spain will defend their crown and defeat hosts and favourites Brazil 3-2 in the final after extra time.
He would also like to see large TV screens installed in and around the parks and green spaces in Bracknell.
He said: “In Italy we have big screens in all the towns and parks during the World Cup. You don’t see that much here but perhaps it’s something that could be introduced this summer. We should make the most of our green spaces.” Netherlands fan Marjolein Willcock has lived in England for 10 years but moved to Crown Wood from Lightwater six years ago.
The 38-year-old, who works as an assistant manager in purchasing at Samsung in Weybridge, regularly supports the Netherlands during their World Cup and European Champion-ships campaigns.
Mrs Willcock, who is originally from Utrecht, believes the Dutch team will reach the semi-finals before being knocked out and agrees with Mr Bonomi that England will fail to get past the second round.
She added she hoped the Dutch can beat Spain, to whom they lost in the 2010 World Cup final.
“Let’s hope we can get some revenge against Spain. We have quite a young team so I’m not so sure but I am quietly optimistic about our chances,” she said.
“I think England will only reach the second round but I would like to be proven wrong.” Mrs Willcock predicts that Brazil will justify their hype as pre-tournament favourites and win the competition and she thinks they could face either Germany or rivals Argentina in the final.
She added: “I am just hoping that there will be some nice football. I am not entirely sure what will happen so I think we will just have to wait and see.
“It would be great to have some outdoor screens in Bracknell to watch the football on.” If you orginally hail from one of the countries involved in the World Cup, then please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0118 955 3310.
The 32 qualifiers for the World Cup are: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bel-gium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzer-land, United States and Uruguay.