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US football fan's World Cup odyssey

Gareth Leonard left his job in 2009 to explore South America for five years, aiming to wrap up the tour at the World Cup in Brazil.

In 2009, Gareth Leonard left his career in the US behind to go on an adventure and live in South America.

He had a five-year plan, and at the end the goal was to be in Brazil for the World Cup.

He succeeded and in the past weeks Leonard travelled to all World Cup host cities to get a first-hand view of the preparations and the feelings of the locals toward the big tournament.

The question remains - whom does he root for?

For the BBC's Franz Strasser met Leonard in Rio. He publishes his reports on his blog Tourist2Townie.

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Produced by the BBC's Franz Strasser