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Brazil and Football

July 07, 2018

Brazil and Football

When football is mentioned, you should directly think of Brazil; the owner country of five cups in the World Cup and the most famous country in football. It is the most exporting country of players to all regions of the world. However, the question is how did this game cross the Atlantic and reach Brazil and it is the British native game?

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The British Charles William Miller is the one who introduced football to Brazil. Football has reached Brazilian territory through him, who was born in Brazil. However, he knew football and was fond of it during his study in Britain that lasted for nine years. He played there with several English teams and had a reputation as a good player.

In October, 1984, Miller returned to Brazil to Sao Paulo with a football in his bag and an air pump in addition to a booklet of football instructions. There, he began his journey to spread football.

At the beginning, Miller struggled in his attempts to spread football. Directly when he returned from Britain, he went to his club, Santos which was a cricket club at that time. He tried to persuade the club management to create a special section for football.

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It was a little bit strange to Santos' administration which tried to reject the idea but Miller's insistence and persistence on his position made the administration agree, providing Miller's total teaching and supervision to players. It ensured that he had to teach players everything related to football and all its laws. Miller gathered all his friends and relatives and formed the first football team in Brazil using the equipment he carried from Britain.

Then, this man gave himself to teach Brazilians the origins of football. After several years, he was able to establish his first championship in Sao Paulo and several clubs participated in this tournament where his team won.

After that, football began to expand in the states of Brazil. The year of 1905 had witnessed the birth of the first football league in Rio de Janeiro. Through this league, football had gained new lovers on the national level and the interest in the game had grown in Brazil.

In the same year "1905", the first European club arrived in Brazil. It is the English Corinthians team that played against Rio's team. This visit has been a great success and has contributed to increase love of football in the Brazilian community. However, it resulted in the establishment of the Corinthians Brazilian team, following the visiting team. After that, this team became one of the most important football clubs in Brazil.

Then, the player Arthur Oksar Friedenrich had appeared in Brazil. He is a Brazilian player of German origins. He is the player with the most number of goal records with 1321 goals. Oskar's account wasn't limited to goals but he has also fought against the racism that was practiced against black and colored players in soccer fields.

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Initially, football was seen as a game for rich white minority and was prevented for black players and people with colored skin to participate.  However, Friedenrich saw that lack of acceptance of black and colored players in Brazil was unfair so he called for the participation of these players, which was rejected at first.

Friedenrich efforts were part of a long struggle to give all Brazilians of all colors the right to participate in football teams. This struggle included the veteran club (Vasco de Gama), which was under great pressure to exclude some players either for their dark skin or for their poverty. The club refused to rule out the players, which made other clubs refuse to meet it and was excluded from the association of clubs. However, the efforts of this player in addition to the efforts of the club's management continued until the teams played against Vascoa de Gama team.

Inferiority towards the dark-skinned players has changed dramatically, especially with the victories which have been achieved by Brazilian clubs with their dark-skinned players. In addition, the political and social climate in Brazil was heading for more acceptance of Brazilians on their different backgrounds but the situation was not like that at the international level.

Participation of the dark-skinned players in Brazil was rejected at the 1930 World Cup. The result was Brazil's exit from the first round of the World Cup. The question of the involvement of the dark-skinned players in Brazilian football remained controversial until 1937. Brazil have accepted to include dark-skinned players within the national Brazilian team so it participated in the 1938 World Cup with dark-skinned players: Leonida Seada Silva and Domingo Soda Joya. Brazil then reached the semi-finals of the tournament.

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After that, football has developed in Brazil and the dark-skinned players became a pillar of the Brazilian team. The Brazilian team managed with the emergence of Pele, the star brown player, from winning the World Cup twice in 1954 and 1958. Pele brought the third title of World Cup to samba country in 1970.

Since the beginning, the performance of Brazilian team and its stars attracted European newspapers which made the Brazilians focus on football as a way to attract Europeans to them, using football as a source of income. Today, football accounts for 10% of the Brazilian economy's imports. Brazil is the most exporting country of football players who are known for their high skills and magic.

Brazil has introduced and still provides great players in football such as Zico, Socrates, Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Cafo, Roberto Carlos, Kaka and others. Those players were able to bring two more titles to Brazil in the World Cup in 1994 and 2002, to raise the number of the Brazilian titles to five as the world's most crowned team in the World Cup.

Brazil's achievements have not been limited to the World Cup but they have won the Confederations' Cup four times and the South American championship eight times.

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Thus, Brazil and football is a great story of love where Brazil has given a number of the greatest players in the world to football. Football united the Brazilian community.

So far, Brazil remains the only country in the world that has not disappeared from the World Cup. Are you going to be a fan of Brazil at the 2018 World Cup?