There is no Brazil without football, winter, and samba. Brazil is often said to be the nation of football due to the leading sport with world famous players and millions of followers.  Brazilians from all walks of life stretch their heart and soul during football games. In Brazil, the entire industries and traditions are completely devoted to football that made it one of the most vital parts of country’s culture. Regardless of age and gender, Brazilians have strong connection and affiliation with local and national teams to support and follow. Children are also taught to support their parents’ teams that can be seen in numerous events of local championships. From the 1960s, Brazil shared common culture for football and take it as a national tradition and a symbolic practice that also produced tangible impact. In the World Cup of 1970, held in Mexico, Brazil achieved a 3rd brilliant victory that secured nationwide coverage of the football games. It was for the first time when Brazil built a comprehensive telecommunication infrastructure just to create an image of football nation globally.

Brazil has three major local teams with the largest number of supporters such as Flamingo, Corinthians, and Sao Paulo. Amidst, Flamingo team has 32.6 amount of followers in the whole country. It is also best known as the team of Rio de Janerio that won six Brazilian National Championships and one intercontinental Cup. The next popular team with 23 million supporters is Corinthians that won Brazilian national championship for four times and FIFA World Cup once. Last but not the least is Sau Paulo team with 15.3 million supporters. The team is considered as the third most popular team in Brazil and won Brazilian National Cup six times, three world titles, two intercontinental championships, and one time FIFA World Cup.

Brazil has also produced most iconic players of football in sports history of the world. Commencing from Pele to Garrincha, Ronaldo, Kaka, and the list goes on. This country has back to back catalog of football stars that is rarely available anywhere else.  No other nation can match the potential, enthusiasm, status and   footballing power of Brazil players. With a recall, we can easily figure out the widely popular players in the context of great footballing in Brazil during 1958, 1970, and 1982. After winning the world cup in 1994 and 2002, Brazil pushed a punch at star radar of football. If we individually rank, then the first name must be Pele who won three world cups for Brazil. He was declared as Player of the century in 2002. He made the record of scoring 77 goals in 92 games and overall he scored 1243 goals in his career.

After Pele, the best player in Brazil team is the Ronaldo, handsome, delicate, skillful and dribble, Ronaldo is powerfully inventive and defensive player of Brazil team and best distinguished for his winning strikes.

Moving further, Ronaldinho is another professional football player in Brazil. He is famous for impossible strikes and considered as much skilled as Pele due to his known experience. In Brazil, Ronaldinho is often related as God of football due to the long list of his achievements. Another, star of Brazil team is the Zico who is also listed in one of the world’s best players. Though he did not win any world cup but his skill in passing and control is 2nd to none. Zico is also famous as football beast of all times inside the Brazil.

Ricardo Izecsin dos Santos Leite, mostly famous as Kaka is also a professional footballer in Brazil team. He played in major leagues of football such as Orlando City SC and Brazil National Cup. It is often said that Messi is good but Kaka is fantastic due to the frequent simulation of both players. Garrincha is another legendary player of Brazil who not only won the world cup in 1962 when Pele was injured but also played an important part in 1958 too. No one can ever dribble like Garrincha even though his left leg was shorter than his right leg. Last but not the least, Neymar da silva who is very young, talented and fast football player of Brazil. He is also well known for his tricks, speed and dribbled in football after Ronaldinho and Ronaldo. Currently, he is the captain of the national team and played as a forward winger.

Though widely diffused support for local games, but the real value of football in Brazil can be seen only in international games such as FIFA World Cup and World Olympics. In these events, entire country came together under one flag to support their national team. During 2010 World Cup, Google did a survey about football queries on its search engine and resulted with no surprise that Brazilian showed huge dig during football games. Brazilian are well known to stop everything for football. Schools, offices, and shops get closed earlier to follow all the events of football. Companies provide televisions in office to watch live broadcast of football games. If team forward further in games, life become more block in Brazil. In all the cities of Brazil, you will watch big concerts, shows, and huge screen displays during international football games. Each and every Brazilian become a veteran football coach during international games and give their advice about games and performance of players. Brazil’s passion for football demonstrates the significance of football in their culture, particularly during Football World Cup. It is believed that Brazil is as successful and passionate as it collects five titles of football per year.

In 2014, when Brazil was selected to host World Cup, it was like a dream come true for each Brazilian though it was not their passion only but also give a boom to economy and travel industry. Brazil began large-scale expansions and renovations at stadiums and airports in the cities where games were held. Hotel and shopping centers of big cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sau Paulo were re-built that exhilarated the event and revealed Brazil as the most inspiring country of football in the world.

Altogether, football is a lifestyle and a religious ritual in sport, not just a sport. Hence, if you ever wants to feel like Brazilian or a part of its culture then you may have to attempt this sport for once, whether watching it on TV or playing it at any beach of Brazil.

Mehnaz Mughal is an enthusiast travel writer with the passion to explore most dynamic and diverse places of Earth.

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