On one side of the pitch, the World Cup’s deadliest attack, with ten goals and a striking force made up of the very experienced – and efficient - Robben and Van Persie. On the other side of the field, the defence that has conceded the least number of goals (only one) in the group stage, as well as goalkeeper Ochoa, who stopped Brazil's powerful attacking force. The scene is set for a great game between Holland and Mexico this Sunday at 01:00pm, at the Castelão Arena in Fortaleza. The match is a round of 16 match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
According to the Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal, as well as Mexico's Miguel Herrera, Fortaleza's heat may have an impact on the game's pace. Indeed, the Mexicans have an advantage when the subject is the climate, as their weather is similar to Brazil's. “Humidity and heat may have an effect on both teams. But we may have a small advantage because of the climate. Physically, the team is well and I hope that the climate favours us”, stated Herrera. “The Mexicans are much more used to the heat that us. I hope the referee stops the game so players can have a drink of water", said Van Gaal.
Current World Cup runners-up Holland takes to the pitch with the best attack in the tournament and as a favourite to win the title. On the other hand, Mexico fights to get to the quarter-finals and match their best performance in World Cups (they reached the quarter-finals the two times they hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986). In order to achieve this, they rely on a solid defence that uses a lot of marking in the midfield.
The Dutch fans will put on an orange coloured party this Sunday (29.06), which will start at 07:00am at Iracema beach in Fortaleza. The party is being organised by the Ons Oranje and KNBV Orange Club supporters club, in partnership with the Dutch Consulate, the Dutch Football Association and the Extraordinary Secretariat for the World Cup in Fortaleza (SECOPAFOR).
Supporters will meet at Rui Barbosa Avenue. Around 10:00am, they will go to the stadiums, using special buses that will be put into operation to go to the stadium. Fortaleza City Hall expects at least 2 thousand Dutch visitors to come to the party at Iracema beach.
Record of tourists
The match between Holland and Mexico is set to break the record of the number of tourists at World Cup matches at the Castelão Arena. According to data from the Ceará State Tourism Secretariat, out of the 60.5 thousand tickets sold for the game, 44 thousand were bought by tourists - 18 thousand Brazilian and 26 thousand foreign visitors. More precisely, tickets were sold to 7.2 thousand Mexicans, 3.6 thousand Dutch, 3.3 thousand Americans, 3.1 thousand Chileans and 1.8 thousand Australians.
In order to get to the Castelão Arena this Sunday, 300 buses will start operating at 07:00am free of charge, leaving seven car parks spread out through the city - Iguatemi Shopping Centre, Via Sul, Parangaba, the Jockey, UFC’s Campus, Cambeba and UNIFOR.
In addition to these, special lines will leave the Pinto Martins International Airport and the Abolição Avenue, making six stops between the Barão de Studart Avenue and the express way. The hotel sector (in the Beira-Mar region) will also have two lines in operation, taking people to the car park at the Iguatemi Shopping Centre.
Ten mini-buses will take fans with reduced mobility to the stadium, after they get to the arrivals area. To make their way back from the stadium, fans should board the buses where they stopped on their way to the ground. They should also pay attention to the lines' names, as they will make the return journey to the car parks. The buses will operate up to four hours after the match has finished.
Fans coming from Maracanaú and Pacatuba, in Fortaleza’s metropolitan region will be able to use the metro system free of charge until the Parangaba station, right in front of a car park from where the special buses leave. The metro, which is undergoing tests, will operate from 11:00am to 09:pm.