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 The Art of Brazil Soccer

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World Cup 2002 Collage

 

 

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Pacaembu Stadium    Sao Paulo

Pacaembu Stadium

Pacaembu Stadium    Sao Paulo

 

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Brazil soccer was born in the late 1800's. However, its explosion and supremacy began at the end of the 1950's. It was a time of intense romanticism. Soccer was mixed with samba, Carnival and to the innate joy of the Brazilian people that makes the football played in Brazil one of a kind.

From then on, it became a national fever, practiced with pleasure, passion and art by millions of boys from 5 to 60 years-old. It became one of the best examples of the Brazilian spirit: (1) ginga, joy, dance, improvisation and creativity.

In Brazil, soccer is played on the streets, beaches, squares, homes, courts, fields and, of course, the stadiums.

This is how Brazil began to produce generation after generation of extraordinarily talented players that came from all corners of the country. In the 1950's and 1960's there were Vava, Nilton Santos, Zito, Didi and the “King” Pele.

Incomparable talent

Up to this date, no other country has been able to create so many players of such a high quality year after year, in a never ending cycle. With such a vast crop of talent to choose from, Brazil's soccer teams have been able to dominate the world of soccer.

The world cannot catch up. This is one of the reasons we see so many brilliant young players scattered around the globe spreading the joyful magic of Brazilian soccer, while playing in other countries. This means they are now playing for their longtime rivals.Korea Japan Celebration

In 1958, in Sweden, team Brazil won its first World Championship. Four years later came the second title, in Chile. And in 1970, in Mexico, Brazil became the first nation to conquer the world title three times.

It was then we brought home the coveted Jules Rimet trophy forever. The emotion, the joy and the pride cannot be described, only experienced. Brazilian football was crowned “king”.

Two other titles came: in 1994, in the USA and in 2002, in the Korea/Japan championship. Five titles in the most celebrated and popular sport in the world places Brazil soccer in a unique position, with an edge difficult to surpass.

No other country has achieved this mark and no one will so soon, at least, until 2012. There is only one four-time champion - Italy, and one triple title holder - Germany. Italy will need another championship in order to equal Brazil and Germany needs two. Well, that could take some time.

Brazilian Soccer ShowCorinthians Flag 2005

It would be a shame to visit the land of soccer and miss the opportunity of seeing a live soccer game in a place where it is played as an art form. So, include a soccer match in your Brazil travel itinerary. It is a not to miss chance of seeing the masters of the game both young and old. 

All the while, you will be surrounded by loyal and enthusiastic fans as you eat your frozen fudge bar, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, fries and drink a coke. Or if you enjoy cerveja (beer), of course there will always be a vendor close by ready to sell you a fresh ice cold cerveja, in a paper cup of course.

Best of all, being in the crowd you become a part of the show yourself.

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 (1)  Ginga - is a Brazilian thing. It is the sway a player has in his feet and legs. It is a powerful way to lure the adversary and make a beautiful play. That's what Brazilian soccer is all about: sway and beautiful plays.

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Want to know more about Brazil Soccer History? Click here and see how it all began.

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World Cup in Germany 2006

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