Though World Cups haven’t been the most fun for England fans since, erm, maybe 1990 (though we did exit via the penalty trap door then too), the prospect of Brazilian exuberance is tempting the nation to once again raise its collective hopes. To tie in with Rio’s celebration of Mardi Gras, the National Football Museum at Urbis is marking the 100 days leading up to the start of football’s most coveted competition. The start of this countdown promises a day of Brazilian-tinged entertainment to get you in the mood for some football via the medium of samba (pictured) and capoeira. Spend the afternoon with samba band Global Grooves, a Manchester School of Samba workshop, face painting, John Farnworth-led, Pelé-inspired freestyle performances and workshops, and capoeira master Valdir de Silva. Plus join Key 103’s Adam Catterall for the Home Run live from the museum with a chance to win a ‘World Cup at Home’ entertainment package worth over £1000. It’s a celebration of football and South America without the heartbreak of an early flight home.

Tue 4 Mar, National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG. Tel: 0161 870 9275, 1pm – 8pm, FREE,

Photo: Global Grooves

Tue 4 Mar
John Stansfield
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Mon 3 Mar 2014