- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari got some laughs out of Neymar and journalists in a packed news conference at the Itaquerao Stadium on Wednesday.

Asked if he was expecting a good night of sleep before Brazil’s World Cup opener Thursday, he didn’t hesitate to say he was at peace. At least with the football side of things.

“I always sleep well,” he said. “I don’t know if I do other things well, but I do sleep well. I’ll sleep well tonight, you can be sure of that.”

Sitting next to Scolari, Neymar looked a bit surprised with the answer, but laughed when the coach started smiling.

Neymar also made Scolari laugh when he was told by a reporter to ask the coach a question.

After thinking for a bit, the Brazilian star said: “Will I play tomorrow?”

- By Tales Azzoni - www.twitter.com/tazzoni



SAO PAULO (AP) - Some Ecuadoreans who came to Brazil to watch the World Cup were taking on a side job to try to make extra money.

Freddy Tenorio said he came to Brazil with a group of about 15 people to see Ecuador play, but in between matches they will be selling World Cup-related products in front of stadiums.

The 30-year-old Ecuadorean on Wednesday was in front of the Itaquerao Stadium, where Brazil will play Croatia in the tournament’s opener Thursday. He was selling everything from Brazil hats to scarves to flags.

Tenorio and his group don’t have tickets for the opening match but were taking advantage of the huge Brazilian crowd expected at the venue.

He and friends will travel to the nation’s capital of Brasilia, where Ecuador plays its first match Sunday against Switzerland.

“Hopefully sales will be better there. So far it hasn’t been very good here in Sao Paulo,” he said.

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