Tough competition: Brazilian men are pretending to be foreign to pick up girls


Brazilians may be known for their sex appeal but during this World Cup, some locals are losing out to the influx of foreigners.

So some Brazilian men are taking action: they are posing as tourists in popular night clubs to try to win the favor of Brazilian women.

According to a column for Folha de Sao Paulo, speaking in bad English or “Portunhol” (a mix of Portuguese and Spanish) or attempting basic greetings in French and Italian have become the pick-up weapons of choice to get Brazilian girls.

The challenge is staying in ‘character.’ And the ruse may not be working as well as it seems.

One woman, 21-year-old student Thais Iwanow, told Folha de Sao Paulo that she has been tricked by a fake foreigner. “I noticed he was faking because of a stupid detail! So I told him to get lost! Now I turn my back on any guy who approaches me speaking English!”

Brazilian women can take comfort in knowing there are only a few more weeks left of World Cup fans flooding the country.


Dutch team finds new way to motivate players


This might get the boys to give that extra 10 percent.

Starting what may soon become a trend across the European soccer landscape, Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen has come up with a special reward for its “Man of the Match” recipient — a personal car wash serviced by three bikini-clad beauties.

After a preseason friendly against La Liga side Osasuna, NEC’s first MOTM prize winner Victor Palsson promptly tweeted out a picture to make his teammates fume with jealousy:

The club is hoping that the idea will make a difference in the players’ performances. After finishing in 15th place last season, just four points above the relegation playoff places, any extra motivation would be deemed helpful.

But a car wash might not be for everyone, so just in case, we’ve come up with a few extra MOTM rewards that might galvanize your players to go the extra mile:

  • The Zlatan Ibrahimovic sweater - a real collector’s item.
  • A dinner date with Luis Suarez at a vegetarian restaurant, relax.
  • Seasons 1 and 2 of Breaking Bad on DVD - For those who were dumb enough not to have seen this show already.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography, “I Am Zlatan.”
  • Get your taxes done by Uli Hoeness for free.
  • One tin of Cristiano Ronaldo’s special secret hair gel.
  • Free acting lessons with Neymar.
  • A close shave from Fabien Barthez.
  • Two tickets to Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial match…wait, that already happened? Isn’t he still playing?
  • New $4,000 pair of Swarovski crystal encrusted boots.
  • A pet pig. On second thought, maybe not.