7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SOCCER IN BRAZIL

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, especially in Brazil. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies. This amazing sport is well respected and loved by the locals. In fact, some employees are given time off to watch important World Cup matches when Brazil is playing. The Brazilian national soccer team has won the FIFA World Cup tournament five times, the most of any team, in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002, and is the only team to succeed in qualifying for every World Cup competition ever held. Brazil has also won an Olympic Gold Medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Furthermore, soccer has a major effect on Brazilian culture. Brazilians say that Brazil is “o país do futebol” (the country of soccer in English). Soccer is everywhere in Brazil, in the streets, at the beach, even at home. Brazil plays a very non-fundamental and distinctive style. For example, dribbling is an essential part of their style. They are known for playing what people call “the beautiful soccer” or “joga bonito” in Portuguese. Brazilian soccer is fun to watch and here are 7 things you should know about it.
Brazil’s Hernanes celebrates with Neymar, right, after Neymar scored his second goal on a penalty kick during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Left is Brazil’s Dani Alves. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

1. You choose your soccer team when you are really young.

Unlike United States, where most of people start choosing which soccer team to cheer for as teenagers, in Brazil it does not work like that. Brazilians have their teams in their hearts since the day they are born, and from that moment forward they support those “colors” like a badge of honor. In many cases, you actually tattoo that badge of honor to your arm, back or chest to prove your devotion. This is the influence and importance of football (soccer, futbol, futebol, joga bonito) in Brazil.

2. The effect soccer has on Brazilian culture.

 Soccer permeates the daily life and the imagination of Brazilians in general, even those who do not appreciate and do not follow the sport. The history of soccer is the history of the Brazilian people. So many were the creators of this art that is practiced in the country. Heroes, idols of several generations that were predominant for the formation of this culture. Everyone in Brazil loves this sport. It is the passion of both the young and old people. Soccer brings people together. No matter where you are or how old you are, all you need is a ball at your feet. I guess this is why I have so much love towards its history, and how every country relies so heavily on its love for that ball.

3. The Legend.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is a former Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder, considered the greatest footballer in history. Pelé was born in Três Corações, MinasGerais, Brazil, the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born João Ramos do Nascimento) and Celeste Arantes. In Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero for his achievements and contributions to football. He is also known for his support in politics to improve the social conditions of the poor, including dedicating his thousandth goal to poor Brazilian children. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national football team at 16.During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, being the only player ever to do so. Pelé is the all-time leading goal scorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 91 games. At club level, he is also the record goal scorer for Santos, and led them to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores.

4. Important teams in Brazil.

 
The most important teams in Brazil are from Rio de Janeiro and Säo Paulo. The teams from Rio de Janeiro are Vasco, Flamengo, Botafogo, and Fluminense. Teams under Säo Paulo are Palmeiras, Santos, Säo Paulo, and Corinthians. They are considered to be the biggest and most popular in the country.  Stadiums are full and bars are crowded when these teams play. Everyone stops what they are doing to watch they play, the popularity of these soccer teams and their players is huge in Brazil. They also have more titles and more money than the rest of the teams in Brazil; that does not mean they always win championships, soccer is a very unpredictable sport, which makes it one of the most interesting sports to watch.

5. Titles.

This nation currently holds the record number of victories in the FIFA World Cup (the biggest and most important championship in the world), at an impressive five. In fact, Brazil is the only country or national team to qualify for every single World Cup competition since the inception of this tournament, a truly remarkable achievement for any nation. Brazil has also won 4 Confederation Cups, 1 gold medal in the 2016 Olympics, and 8 Copa Américas. The Brazilian national team is the most successful soccer program when it comes down to winning championships.

6. A Way of Living.

Great soccer players in Brazil like Pelé have influenced the young boys. Becoming a professional soccer player can give you a lot of money. Poor kids all over the country pursue the dream of becoming a soccer player for the passion and to provide for their families. Their drive for this game shows that one can become a world soccer player. It is a dream come true to many of the young talented boys. Most of the poor kids play soccer so they can bring their family something to eat at the end of the day. Kids who dream about playing professional soccer in Brazil think about soccer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I played youth soccer in Brazil, and I competed against those kids. Their grind and the look in their eyes is evident. It shows how much they want to play soccer for the rest of their lives, and they fight hard for it. Something beautiful to see. I play soccer since I was 4 years old. Entered soccer school around that time and did not stop. I would wake up,go to practice, play some more soccer with my friends later in the day, watch soccer on TV after that, play soccer video games, and go to bed. That’s the reality of most of the kids in Brazil. A way of living.

7. Playing Style.

Brazil is known internationally for having the gift of playing soccer. Brazil is well-known for its dribbling skills. Their playing is more choreographed, playing a clean game that is entertaining to watch. Some say that the ability to play soccer was accumulated by the practice of capoeira” (a very popular dance in Brazil). The dance of samba that prepared the bodies of the players.Concluding, football is such a loved game in Brazil that it has actually formed a large basis of the local culture. It is a passion among young and old, men and women. With so many registered soccer players across the globe, it’s not surprising that soccer has more fans worldwide than any other sport. Soccer unites people, No matter what religion, ethnicity, or color. It brings them together in ways that one wouldn’t expect. And thus, is able to bring in moms, aunts, grandparents,every single age group/gender into the picture. Being on that soccer field is a feeling that will forever be indescribable. 
I will provide a link to show how Brazilian soccer looks. In the video, Neymar (a famous Brazilian soccer star) shows why he is the best “dribbler” in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek41K1n5v2k

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