Role of Soccer in Brazilian Society

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Whether it’s played on a sandy beach, or in the Estádio do Maracanã, a passionate love of soccer has always coursed through Brazil’s veins. The simple yet magical sport has woven itself within the countries culture and has been nothing less than an obsession since the late years of the 19th century when it started in Sao Paulo. Today, Brazil’s love affair with soccer intertwines itself in many aspects of society, including socially, economically and politically. Originally, futebol was a game reserved for elite private clubs full of athletic young men, but the game has grown since those times. Every class of Brazil’s society now enjoys the game, A smooth, rolling soccer ball does not discriminate between class, race, or religion. It does not care if you are wearing shining, new cleats or are left to kick with bare feet. It will not roll faster if you have a college degree, and it doesn’t care if you live in Rio’s favelas or a sky scraper in Sao Paulo. The fact of the matter is that futebol is a sport that brings Brazilians together. Whether it’s the passion shared when Kaka scores the winning goal, or playing a match with your good friends after school, futebol is an activity that can keep young people out of trouble, entertain adults, and unify to countries people With soccer being such a huge phenomenon in Brazil, many people look up to the players. Brazilian soccer players are important role models for children in Brazil. They prove that even those who come from poor families can make an honest living if they work hard enough. 1 out of 8 children in Brazil live on the streets, so role models like Ronaldinho, for example, are important. He is well-behaved, humble, patient, and very talented, and is a positive person for young fans to idolize. There is nothing quite as exciting for Brazilians as a good soccer match, and with the next FIFA world cup coming up in Brazil, the country is not only expecting people’s channels to be tuned to the matches, but a...
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