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Employees 
Celebrate World Cup Soccer Mania

Volkswagen employs people from all around the world. Many of them can hardly wait until the soccer World Cup begins in Russia in the middle of this month. inside has been to plants in some of the participating countries to hear all about what our ­colleagues there think about their national teams. 

"A strong collective."

Waldir Ribeiro de Abreu Filho


BRAZIL
Plants: Anchieta, Taubaté, Sã Carlos, Curitiba
Employees: 15,400

Who will win the World Cup?

Brazil! We have a strong collective with outstanding individuual players who have the ability to change the outcome of a match ­single-handedly. Coach Tite, whom I played with once in the 80s, 
has formed a team capable of winning the World Cup. In the qualifying round, our team already put on an outstanding performance.

Who is your favorite player – and why?

Neymar. He has an incredible ability to upset the balance of a game. He is our most important player, and the whole of Brazil is placing its hopes on him.

How will you watch the World Cup?

I will watch the games at home with family and friends.

"We will 
always score 
one goal more!"

Piotr Baran, Polkowice plant

POLAND
Plant: Polkowice
Employees: 1,300

Who will win the World Cup?

Since I was a child, it has been my dream that Poland will win the World Cup. This year, the dream could finally come true. I am hoping that in every game, we will score at least one goal more than our opponent.

Who is your favorite player – and why?

Robert Lewandowski, by a mile. He is the best player in the world.

Where and with whom will you watch the World Cup matches?

I would have liked to go to Russia, but I didn’t get any tickets. So I’ll watch the games with my family and friends at home on the TV.

"Messi is godlike!"

Eder Galdeanoi Arrastia, Pamplona plant

SPAIN
Plant: Pamplona
Employees: 4,900

Who will win the World Cup?

Spain! Our national team seeks possession of the ball and plays beautiful soccer.

How will the Spanish team perform in the World Cup?

Like I said, we will win! I have no doubts about that.

Who is your favorite player – and why?

Lionel Messi. He does things that no one else can. Simply godlike. It’s like he’s from another world.

"I was in awe of 
Figo."

Fernanda Victoria, Puebla plant

MEXICO
Plants: Puebla, Silao
Employees: 14,790

Who will win the World Cup?

Although I obviously hope that Mexico wins the cup, I think that ­Germany has the best chance. They simply have a great team with ­exceptional players.

How will the Mexican team perform in the World Cup?

I think that our team can be successful if 
everyone pulls together.

Who is your favorite player – and why?

My favorite player on the Mexican team is defender Miguel Layún. In the past, I was a big fan of Luís Figo. As a child I was in awe of how he played for Real Madrid. He first sparked my passion for soccer.

"Ronaldo is the best!"

Paul Evangelista, Palmela plant

Who will win the World Cup?

For me, Spain and Brazil are the top favorites. 
Both 
teams got off to an excellent start in the qualifying round.

How will the Portuguese team perform in the World Cup?

As a Portuguese native, I obviously hope that 
our team will 
make us proud.

Who is your favorite player – and why?

Cristiano Ronaldo. I find it very remarkable 
how hard he works on himself every day in order 
to get 
even better.

Cláudia Armada, Palmela plant

Who will win the World Cup?

Portugal! After all, we already won the European championship two years ago.

Who is your favorite player?

Christiano Ronaldo, of course. He is the best player in the world.

How will you follow the World Cup?

I will watch the matches together with friends on one of the many big screens in the city. I’m on night shifts three weeks in a row, so I will start work shortly before midnight. That means I can watch the games before I drive to work.

Ricardo Teodoro, Palmela plant

PORTUGAL
Plant: Palmela
Employees: 5,700

Who will win the World Cup?

I think that our team has the potential to win.

Who is your favorite player?

My answer is probably not very surprising. Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s a privilege to come from the same generation as such as phenomenal player. He makes us Portuguese so proud and happy.

How will you follow the World Cup?

In the pub with friends. We will eat Portuguese petiscios, a kind of tapas.

"Unfortunately, Italy is not in the game."

Marina Savateeva, Kaluga plant

Who will win the World Cup?

My husband is betting on France. I would have supported Italy, 
but unfortunately they didn’t qualify.

How will the Russian team perform in the World Cup?

I hardly dare to say it, but I don’t have much confidence 
in our team.

Who is your favorite player – and why?

The Italian player Francesco Totti. I find it admirable that he has always remained loyal to one club, AS Roma, throughout his career.

Boris Belous, Kaluga plant

Who will win the World Cup?

Brazil and Germany are the top favorites, from my perspective. France and Argentina have a pretty good chance too.

How will the Russian team perform in the World Cup?

I fully believe the team will win the group stage. After that, it remains to be seen how they will fare in the knockout stage.

Who is your favorite player?

Lionel Messi.

Where and with whom will you watch the World Cup matches?

Thanks to Volkswagen Russia, I will watch one match live in the stadium. The other games I will watch with my circle of family and friends.

Anastasija Yakuschkina, Kaluga plant

Who will win the World Cup – and why?

The defending champion, Germany, is my favorite to win. It’s a young and yet strong and experienced team. Brazil, Spain and Belgium are also on my list.

How will the Russian team perform in the World Cup?

The Russian team is not having a good time at the moment. The team doesn’t have any star players. I’m afraid we will be knocked out in the first round.

Who is your favorite player – and why?

I like charismatic players like Zinédine Zidane, Michael Ballack, Gianluigi Buffon, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Igor Akinfejew.

Where and with whom will you watch the World Cup matches?

One of the matches I will watch with my husband at the stadium. We are traveling to the beautiful city of Kazan especially for the match. The other matches we will watch with friends at a sports bar.

Dmitrij Litvinov, Kaluga plant

RUSSIA
Plant: Kaluga
Employees: 4,300

Who will win the World Cup?

Many teams play at an extremely high level in today’s soccer. My favorites to win are Brazil and Germany. I would find it interesting if a country like Senegal or Egypt were to win. I can’t even imagine what the reaction in those countries would be. But that’s a Utopian dream.

How will the Russian team perform in the World Cup?

I don’t have much confidence in our team. The squad is not particularly strong. Nevertheless, I will support them wholeheartedly.

Who is your favorite player – and why?

Zinédine Zidane, because he is a soccer genius. I still remember his two goals in the World Cup final of 1998.

Where and with whom will you watch the World Cup matches?

Most of the matches I will watch at home with friends. I think it’s great how many details you can see on the television.

"We’re only good enough to make 
the semi-final at best."

Robert Nakielski, Pacheco plant

ARGENTINA
Plants: Pacheco, Córdoba
Employees: 5,500

Who will win the World Cup?

Brazil or Germany. The Seleção is playing the most beautiful soccer right now. Meanwhile, the German team will benefit from its great youth 
work. They are a formidable opponent.

How will the Argentinian team perform in the 
World Cup?

Messi should really win us the 
World Cup. But the way we have been playing recently 
is only good enough to make the quarter or semi-final at best.

Who is your favorite player – and why?

Without a doubt, Lionel Messi. He has been playing 
at the highest level for a decade. 

When he is on form, he can win 
a match 
single-handedly.