Brazil - Country of Football | Cultural Friday

In the 19th century, the United Kingdom was responsible for bringing football to the Brazilians. In the beginning, football was only practiced by the most privileged strata of society, but it gained a popularity so expressive that it came to be interest of all.

One of the milestones of soccer was in 1920, when the poor and black population was allowed to participate in the championships. The matches were a moment of relaxation, much used as a moment of escape, often even for politics issues that the country was going thru.

Brazil had great names such as Pelé and Marta in their history. Brazil won 5 World Cups, in the years of 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. It was even adopted a commemorative date: July 19 is the National Football Day.