Brazil Football

 

It is particularly apt that Brazil whosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ as this nation currently holds the record number of victories in this tournament, 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. Throughout the world, there are more than 10 000 Brazilian sportsmen playing football on a professional level, testifying to the incredible talent being produced within these borders. The country also be hosted the 2013 Confederations Cup™.

Football is the most popular sport in the country, and is well respected and loved by the locals. In fact, some employees are even given time off to watch important World Cup™ matches when Brazil is playing.

Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho or Estádio do Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The national team has been nicknamed Canarinho and Verde-Amarela, in reference to the green and yellow colour scheme of the team. The Brazilian Football Confederation manages and administers the team. Football did not originate in Brazil, though, and was only introduced to the local people by a Scotsman who was living in Brazil in the late 1800’s. Players from England later brought equipment, skills and experience with them, creating a stronger and stronger football culture over the years.

In terms of the style of football for which it is known, Brazil is particularly agile and choreographed, playing a beautiful game that is rewarding and entertaining to watch. Brazilian players are especially creative with the way that they move, interact and handle the ball.

The national team is coached by Mano Menezes and captained by Lucimar Ferreira da Silva (usually better known as Lúcio). Pelé (Edison Arantes do Nascimento) remains the top scorer for the team, while Cafu (Marcos Evangelista de Moraes) enjoys the most caps.

Football is such a loved game in Brazil that it has actually formed a large basis of the local culture. It is a passion amongst young and old, men and women. Many of the locals have dubbed this South American country "o País do Futebol", which translates into "the country of football".

Women’s Football is not nearly as popular or wide-spread as men’s football. Most of the competitions for female players are organised on local levels and are fairly amateur. It will take an enormous amount of time, money and effort to get the women’s leagues onto the same level as the professional men’s leagues.

It is with great excitement that Brazil anticipates the next World Cup™ and all that such a grand international event promises, both for the football world and for the tourism and industry arenas.

Here is the Brazilian page on the FIFA web site: http://www.fifa.com

Here is the Brazilian Football Confederation web site: http://www.cbf.com.br/