LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The 2014 World Cup being in Brazil was both a dream come true and a nightmare for Arthur Alves.
The Brazilian native went to great lengths to get tickets to the globe’s most popular sporting event for he and friend Nate Yohannes, a D.C. resident.
“[Tickets] were extremely hard to get, impossible,” said Alvez, who valued the tickets at more than $1,000.
But Alvez’s joy turned to shock and disappointment just days before the tournament was set to begin when his tickets were nowhere to be found.
“You kind of stop and stare, ‘I don’t have my tickets.’ I’ve been waiting years to go to the World Cup in my home country of Brazil,” Alvez said. “Everything gets shattered. You know the tickets aren’t there; you start twitching, shivering.”
Alvez didn’t know where the tickets were, but he had a hunch they might be in a dark and dirty place.
“I told my wife, ‘I can’t find my World Cup tickets … and I have a feeling they are in the condo dumpster,'” Alvez said.
So, Alvez did what any rabid soccer fan would do and went dumpster diving for the tickets.
“I got on gardening gloves, old shoes, and had to go in,” Alvez said. “It was nasty, 85 degrees and sunny out, probably 100 degrees in the dumpster, and I could care less.
“I said, ‘I lost them; I have to find them.'”
After two hours of searching, Alvez found his treasure at the very bottom of the dumpster.
“I lifted them up like the World Cup trophy,” Alvez said. “It’s something you only see in the movies … I’m just happy there was a happy ending!”
Now, the goal is holding onto the tickets until game time.