World

Soccer Stars Decorate Haiti’s Minibuses

In this May 22, 2014 photo, the Haiti license plate of a tap-tap passenger bus is surrounded by World Cup paintings in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The brightly painted Haitian minibuses known as tap-taps are getting a bit more colorful in the lead up to the World Cup that starts in June in Brazil. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
In this May 22, 2014 photo, the Haiti license plate of a tap-tap passenger bus is surrounded by World Cup paintings in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The brightly painted Haitian minibuses known as tap-taps are getting a bit more colorful in the lead up to the World Cup that starts in June in Brazil. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The brightly painted Haitian minibuses known as tap-taps are getting even more colorful in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Although their national team did not qualify for this year’s World Cup in Brazil, Haitians are fervent soccer fans and often identify with and root for the Brazilian team. So it’s no surprise they are painting the portraits of some of their favorite players on the sides of tap-taps, which are characterized by bright colors and lavish designs, and usually include religious slogans and the portraits of famous people.

Several Haitian artists have spent hours in a Port-au-Prince bus garage decorating the vehicles with the faces of well-known players such as Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona, who will play for his native Argentina in the World Cup, and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who will play for Portugal.

Saintus Dieunor, a 24-year-old artist, used a photograph of Messi’s young son Thiago to paint the likeness of the little boy on the side of one tap-tap.

The likeness of FC Barcelona’s Neymar, a Brazilian forward, is another popular subject. Brazilians are pinning their hopes on Neymar for the success of their national team at the tournament, just as Argentines are counting on his Barcelona teammate Messi to lead their national team to victory.

Also featured among the portraits is Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The top scorer for Paris Saint-Germain has expressed profound disappointment he won’t be able to attend the World Cup after Sweden lost to Portugal 3-2 in a qualifying match late last year. Ronaldo scored all three of Portugal’s goals to Ibrahimovic’s two.

But Messi seems to be the most popular. His visage smiles out from the back of one of the private taxi shares, providing a splash of bright color on a gray Port-au-Prince street when the bus stops at the top of the hill to let a couple of young schoolgirls get on.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

My News Matters to me - Washington Informer Donations

Be a Part of The Washington Informer Legacy

A donation of your choice empowers our journalists to continue the work to better inform, educate and empower you through technology and resources that you use.

Click Here Today to Support Black Press and be a part of the Legacy!

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker