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November 12, 2013

Meet Sheldon Feingold who has lived in Brazil over 40 years. Read the following interview in which Sheldon tells us about some of his most memorable experiences and gives some useful advice to newcomers.

1. Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, what do you do etc.?

I’m an American from New York City, and my wife is Brazilian. I live in Recife and have been here since December 1970 – a long time, and so many people say that I’m now a Brazilian. As to my activity, I’m retired, although I would love to have something to do. I am a chemist and have an MBA in marketing and am fully bilingual.

2. When did you arrive in Brazil and what brought you here?

My first impressions of Brazil, so many years ago, were that Brazilians are basically very nice and friendly people – especially those from here in the northeast. I remember, as well, that I thought that all these crazy Brazilian motorists were out to kill this gringo.” After 43 years of driving in this country my opinion hasn’t really changed in this respect.

3. What were you first impressions of Brazil?

My first visit to Brazil was in 1961 when I came to work with an American author who lived in Rio and I was sent by my company to help him edit his book.

4. What do you miss most about home?

What I miss most about New York is the theater, the museums, and all the other positive things that the city has to offer.

5. What has been your most frustrating experience in Brazil?

My most frustrating experience has been getting things done when they are promised to be done… and not weeks and weeks later.

6. What has been your most memorable experience in Brazil (specific incident)?

Without doubt my most memorable experience in Brazil was the birth of my daughter. What can be more important than that?

7. What do you most like about Brazil (in general)?

What I like most about Brazil is the diversity of the people and the various cultures, from north to south and vice versa.

8. What is your favorite restaurant/place to hang out here?

I don’t ‘hang out’, but I do like many restaurants in many places.

9. Do you have any funny stories/incidents to tell about your time in Brazil?

No particularly funny stories to tell and of course the variety of climate is the most striking difference.

10. What difference between your homeland and Brazil do you find most striking?

My Portuguese is fine, thank you, and it should be after so many years.

11. How is your Portuguese coming along? What words do you find most difficult to pronounce/remember or are there any words that you regularly confuse?

My advice to newcomers is to learn the language ASAP – Brazilians, in the majority, don’t speak English.

12. What advice do you have for newcomers to Brazil?

There’s much to see and much to do in São Paulo as well as in the rest of Brazil. See and do as much as you can.

Are you a foreigner who has lived in, or is living or travelling in Brazil? Are you a Brazilian who has a lot of contact with foreigners and/or lived outside of Brazil? Are you interested in telling your story? If you would like to volunteer for our interview series, or if you would like to recommend someone, please send a blank email to with “Interview” in the subject. We will send you the interview questions by return email.

To read previous interviews in the Brazil Through Foreign Eyes series click below:

Vitor Salas – Portugal
Joseph Low – USA
Joo Ferreira – Portugal
Hunter Peak – USA
Priya Ferreira – UK
Ryan Griffin – USA
Rami Alhames – Syria
Maya Bell – New Zealand
Melanie Mitrano – USA
Rob McDonell – Australia
Jennifer Souza – USA
Scott Hudson – Australia
Bill Holloway – USA
Elaine Vieira – South Africa
Pieter Kommerij – Netherlands
Rich Sallade – USA
Robyn and Willem Van Der Merwe – South Africa
Michael Smyth – UK
Danielle Carner – USA
Chris Caballero – USA
Jaya Green – USA
Wiliam Stewart – USA
Andrew Dreffen – Australia
Meredith Noll – USA
Marcus Lockwood – New Zealand
Mike Smith – UK
Jonathan Russell – USA
Jan Hillen – Belgium
Jeff Eddington – USA
Arne Rasmussen – Denmark
Rod Saunders – USA
Don Fenstermaker – USA
Ken Van Zyl – South Africa
Angus Graham – UK
Anne Morddel – USA
Jessica Mullins – Switzerland
Evan Soroka – USA
Mary de Camargo – USA
Brendan Fryer – UK
Aaron Sundquist – USA
Jay Bauman – USA
Alan Williams – USA
Derek Booth – UK
Jim Shattuck – USA
Ruby Souza – Hawaii
Stephan Hughes – Trinidad and Tobago
Louis van der Wiele – Holland
Drew Glaser – USA
Barry Elliott – Canada
Joel Barsky – USA
David Drummond – Canada
Liam Porisse – France
Jim Kelley – USA
Max Ray – USA
Jeremy Clark – Canada
Don Fredrick – USA
Jase Ramsey – USA
Ben Pearce – UK
Nitai Panchmatia – India
Johnnie Kashat – USA
Jeni Bonorino – USA
Eric Jones – USA
Bill Martin – UK
Bernard Morris – USA
John Graves – USA
Deepak Sapra – India
Alison McGowan – UK
Brent Gregory – USA
R Dub – USA
Tara Bianca – USA
Jack Hurley – USA
James Woodward – Canada
Tony O’Sullivan – Ireland
Anna Belavina – Russia
Jim Kirby – USA
Linda Halverstadt – USA
Michelle Monteiro – USA
Chris Mensah – UK
David Sundin – USA
Stephanie Glennon – USA
Julien Porisse – France
Hans Keeling – USA
Jim Adams – USA
Richard Murison – USA
Will Periam – UK
Jan Sandbert – Sweden
Jim Jones – USA
Mike Stricklin – USA
Edward Gowing – Australia
Adrian Woods – USA
Kevin Raub – USA
Pierpaolo Ciarcianelli – Italy
Zachary Heilman – USA
David Johnson – Bermuda
Cipriana Leme – Argentina
Timothy Bell – USA
Patti Beckert – USA
Timothy Bell – USA
Paul James – USA
David McLoughlin – Ireland
Pat Moraes – USA
Richard Dougherty – USA
James Weeds – USA
Tom Sluberski – USA
Peter Kefalas – USA
Sylvie Campbell – UK
Kathleen Haynes – USA
Matt Bowlby – USA
Alan Longbottom – UK
Eric Karukin – USA
Eddie Soto – USA
Kieran Gartlan – Ireland
Bryan Thomas Scmidt – USA
Emile Myburgh – South Africa
Bob Chapman – USA
David Barnes – USA
John Milan – USA
Chris Coates – UK
Matthew Ward – UK
Allison Glick – USA
Drake Smith – USA
Jim Jones – USA
Philip Wigan – UK
Atlanta Foresyth – USA
Lee Gordon – USA
Carmen Naidoo – South Africa
Lee Safian – USA
Laurie Carneiro – USA
Dana De Lise – USA
Richard Gant – USA
Robin Hoffman – USA
Wayne Wright – UK
Walt Kirspel – USA
Priya Guyadeen – Guyana
Caitlin McQuilling – USA
Nicole Rombach – Holland
Steven Engler – Canada
Richard Conti – USA
Zak Burkons – USA
Ann White – USA
Monde Ngqumeya – South Africa
Johnny Sweeney – USA
David Harty – Canada
Bill McCrossen – USA
Peter Berner – Switzerland/Brazil
Ethan Munson – USA
Solveig Skadhauge – Denmark
Sean McGown – USA
Condrad Downes – UK
Jennifer Silva – Australian
Justin Mounts – USA
Elliott Zussman – USA
Jonathan Abernathy – USA
Steve Koenig – USA
Kyron Gibbs – USA
Stephanie Early – USA
Martin Raw – UK
Sean Coady – UK
Hugo Delgado – Mexico
Sean Terrillon – Canada
Jessie Simon – USA
Michael Meehan – USA
Thales Panagides – Cyprus
Tammy Montagna – USA
Samantha Tennant – England
Ron Finely – United States
Bob Duprez – United States
Peter Baines – England
Youssef Bouguerra – Tunisia
Van Wallach – USA
Lesley Cushing – England
Alexander von Brincken – Germany
Hank Avellar – USA
Ed Catchpole – England
Penny Freeland – England
Yasemin de Pinto – Turkey
Amy Williams Lima – USA
John Naumann – England
Marsye Schouella – Eygpt
Rita Shannon Koeser – USA
John Fitzpatrick – Scotland
Liam Gallagher – Northern Ireland
Lorelei Jones – England
Adam Glensy – England
Tommie C.B. DeAssis – Japan
Aaron Day – Canada
Graham Debney – New Zealand
Silke Tina Tischendorf – Germany
Tanya Keshavjee Macedo – Canada
Frank de Meijer – Holland
Carl Emberson – Australia
Kim Buarque – Wales
Damiano Pak – South Korea
Jonas Helding – Denmark
Pari Seeber – Iran
John Milton – England
Ken Marshall – Australia

November 12, 2013

The Copa Gringos project was realised by Stphane Darmani, a frenchman passionate about football, who has lived in São Paulo for 10 years. In 2009 he created a very original tournament, the Virada de Futebol, the only championship which occurs overnight in São Paulo, where 32 teams face each other from 10pm to 6am.

I&#145ve Created the Virada de Futebol because São Paulo is a 24 hour-city, it never stops. Likewise right now I am organizing the Copa Gringos, because São Paulo is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Over 70 nationalities are represented in São Paulo… in other words, the whole world is in São Paulo! With the World Cup coming up and making its debut in the state capital, the timing is ideal to provide a “world league for foreigners” of São Paulo.”

The event will start after Carnival, with a large get-together party among the 32 teams. A launch marked by the draw of 8 groups of 4 teams, just like the professionals.

“It will be a great gathering of the “gringos of São Paulo” that will end with the same ritual in major professional competitions: the drawing of groups, with the colored balls drawn by the innocent hand of the godfather of the event, a famous player whose name will be published at the end of the year.”

The type of football Will be “Futebol Society”, played on synthetic fields with 7 players on each side. From March to May, the teams will face each other within the same competition format as the World Cup: group stage (3 matches), round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.

The Virada de Futebol, with over 1,000 matches organized, brought us a lot of experience and a network of selected partners: referees, support, medical assistance, etc.

Saturday June 7th is the date for the grand final, followed by the closing ceremony of the event with the awards and trophies, just 3 days before the grand opening of the FIFA World Cup in Itaquero.

Stphane Darmani producer’s, La Vista, have the support of the French Consulate in São Paulo through the press office and the Consul, Mr. Damien Loras, who have communicated the event to more than 50 consulates present in the capital São Paulo.

The first step in the campaign is to publicize the event, inviting foreign players from São Paulo to assemble and register their team on the event’s website.

Beginning: 15/03/2014 – End: 07/06/2014
São Paulo (complex Futebol Society, to be defined)
32 teams in each category.
2 Categories : Adults (16 to 35 years) – Veterans (>35 years)
Registration: From September 1st

Contact : Stphane Darmani and Marcelo Sturar
Fone 9 8220 0088 –,

When? 23rd November, 6pm-2am
Where? Ciruolar De Militar
Cost? R$200 but that includes an open bar, dinner, ceremony and hours of dancing with a professional DJ
Attire? Black tie

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What? Quiz Night

When? Wednesday, 13th November @ 8pm

Where? Queen’s Head Pub at the Brazilian British Centre, Ground Floor, Rua Ferreira de Arajo 741, Pinheiros. São Paulo.

Why? Come and join us for a beer and some trivia. Well have lots of great prizes for the winning teams, but most of all, it will be an evening to visit with friends and meet new people. There will also be a raffle with proceeds to go to children’s charities in São Paulo.

How much? This one is totally free, so everyone can afford to come. No excuses!! No reservations needed, just show up on the 13th ready to play.

Please note: There will be a cash bar, and paid parking is available in the building.


Come join us at the second joint meet-up between and the hip SP Night Market crew on November 21, from 19h/7pm, at the very cool Bistrot de Paris, in Jardins. Make sure to RSVP to or join the Facebook event.

Venue: Bistrot de Paris
Address:Rua Augusta 2542, São Paulo
Entry: R$10