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Soccer and Brazil: A Love Story

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the soccer countryWhen Brazil hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it was the culmination of a long-standing love affair between the people of this football-obsessed South American country and the sport they love.

With five national victories, Brazil currently holds the record number of victories in the World Cup tournament. It’s also the only national team to qualify for every single World cup in the tournament’s history.

Brazilian Soccer Players Rule the World

Thre are more than 10,000 Brazilians playing professional soccer in major leagues in Europe, the US, South America and all over the globe.

And arguably the most famous soccer player of all time, Pele, was born and raised in Brazil.

The Biggest Sport in Brazil

While Brazilians love all kinds of sports, soccer remains by far the most popular. The country sometimes comes to a virtual halt when the major matches are being broadcast on television, such as during the World Cup or when the national team — nicknamed the Canarinho and Verde-Amarela after the team’s green and yellow colors — is playing.

Football also is played at every level by people of all ages in Brazil. While football wasn’t invented in Brazil, it was introduced to its citizens very early on by a Scotsman who traveled to the country in the late 19th Century.

British soccer players brought equipment, skills and experience to Brazil, feeding the football frenzy that continues to this day.

A Distinctive Style of Play

Over the years, Brazil has developed its own style of playing soccer, which is characterized by an agile, choreographed and almost dance-like game that is exciting and rewarding to watch.

Brazilian players have earned an international reputation for the way they move, interact and handle the ball.

Soccer is such a huge part of Brazil’s culture that it is followed passionately by the old and young, men and women, alike. In fact, many Brazilians refer to their homeland as “o Paid do Futebol”, or “The Soccer Country”.

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