How soccer or football, shapes Brazil and how Brazilian players have changed global football forever?
Brazil is the country of carnival and football. Without a doubt, it would be a difficult task to decide which one is more important. There is no Brazil without football, the country lives and breathes football every single day of the year. Soccer is taken seriously, not to mention, during World Cup, more than ever. The banks and most of the shops stay closed, people stop working to watch their beloved national team during the World Cup.
Football in Brazil – World Cup Champions
Since 1894, when football arrived in São Paulo, the sport has been affecting the country’s history. Brazil won more World Cups than any other country. 5 times World Champions. Here, football is more than just a game for the masses, it is a metaphor for social struggle. The huge, multicultural, multiracial nation struggled to find a common link. Until everyone started playing and watching the sport introduced by the British.
In Brazil, professional players are huge role models. People admire and look up to them from a young age. Players like Pele, Garrincha, Socrates, Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho Gaucho and Neymar Jr. – they are people that children aspire to be like. Great players in Brazil, for example, Pele, still have a great influence on the young boys.
The admiration for the Brazilian players is so high that when the greatest stars appear with a special hairstyle during the sports events, children, and many adults, comply with the hairstyle. Just like it happened with Ronaldo Fenomeno in 2002 and Neymar Jr. Everybody wants to be a soccer player or at least look like one. It gives them a sense of purpose.
Soccer isn’t just a sport here. It changes lives!
The 1982 World Cup in Spain, was a great encouragement to the Brazilian fans, with the historic team full of football stars such as Zico, Sócrates, Júnior, Falcão and Toninho Cerezo, with a `master` coach Tele Santana. ‘Canarinho’ team gained people’s support mainly with the sympathy, connection with the population and the beautiful soccer art never seen again. With the World Cup battle already happening and the remarkable national team going after the championship, the street decorations appeared. Especially in the poorest areas, where fans, up to this day make the famous ‘kitties’ to raise funds and buy chalk used as paint, with added ‘ colouring dye’ to make the green and yellow colours. They also hang national flags on the posts, trees and doorways of the houses.
Brazil attempted to win the World Cup in 1982, but the team got eliminated by the Italians in the semi-finals. The people considered this as a tragedy and it became a historical event in football. The same year Brazil auto-declared the “Moral Champion”. Finally, the fourth World Cup championship was won by the Brazilian team 12 years later, in 1994, in the USA, against the Italian team, led by Roberto Baggio, and again in 2002 in South Korea & Japan FIFA World Cup.
The biggest South American country has what it takes to be one of the most important football nations in the world. Brazilian football is unique. It is what united the nation like nothing else before and after. You can’t sort of ‘opt out’ because it’s part of what it is to be Brazilian. There is also something about the way that Brazilians move. They just dribble better than anyone else.