McGuinness opens Best show in Brazil
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and the First Minister Peter Robinson opened a George Best exhibition in the home of football artistry, Brazil, today.
The opening in São Paulo marks the first day of their week-long visit to Brazil, where they will meet political and business leaders, encourage university links and promote tourism.
The George Best Foundation’s exhibition is a display of George Best memorabilia, including his medals, awards, shirts, letters and photographs. The exhibition will run for a month at the Morumbi Football Stadium in São Paulo.
Mr McGuinness said: “As the sixth largest economy in the world Brazil is a particularly important country for us to build political, business and tourism links. There is no better place to start our relationship with the Brazilian people than through our shared passion for football.
“The great Brazilian footballer, Pele, said ‘George was the greatest footballer in the world.’ It’s a great honour to bring the George Best exhibition to an audience that holds him in such high esteem and to have this opportunity to support George’s family’s aims through the George Best Foundation.
“During 2013 we want to seize every opportunity to take our story to a global audience and demonstrate the north of Ireland is a great place to do business and a fun place to visit. Establishing mutually beneficial links, on this inaugural visit, is vital to form a long-term relationship with Brazil.”
The George Best Foundation was set up by George’s family after his death in 2008. It promotes and encourages a healthier lifestyle among young people and supports working with young people affected by alcohol and drug problems as well as funding research into illness associated with alcohol misuse.
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