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Excitable transportation announcements in Rio inspired by World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO--As the subway begins to slow, the next stop is announced as if it were a game-winning goal.

"Everyone get up on your feet, it's coming! The best in the world — the Maracanaaaaaa," bellows the voice over the public address system as the train pulls up to the station serving Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium. "Get ready to exit on your left. Everyone get up. It's coming, it's coming, it's here! Ma-ra-ca-naaaaaaa!"

The boisterous advisory was developed by Rio's subway system for the World Cup to spread a little soccer joy during the monthlong tournament and capture the attention of passengers whenever a station popular with tourists is approaching.

The voice belongs to Luiz Penido, a well-known soccer commentator from Rio's Radio Globo.

But for all of Penido's flash and zeal, it wasn't enough to shake many weary office workers from an end-of-the-week slumber Friday afternoon. Either that, or they were still recovering from the late-night partying that followed Brazil's 3-1 victory over Croatia a day earlier.

Rio's metro is the main means of transport for fans attending matches at the Maracana. An estimated 80,000 straphangers are expected to ride its rails on match day.

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