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Natanael Natanael | 12:27 UK time, Friday, 19 November 2010

Dear Friends,

It's me again and i know that i'm somewhat delayed but I had a weekend very rush due to the thesis of course that I finished last month, and also we had a holiday on last 15th and it was a good opportunity to close up this matter.

It was a good opportunity to clean up my house and to take a glance on some old papers and other things...

...and thinking about a theme for the my next post.

As you know, I have had some difficult to take pictures from the net due to the copyright. We have to have a strict concordance with the rules, and I'm trying to take my own pictures. Difficult, some times due to time. Anyway, I'm here again...

Today, we'll talk about passion (in Italian - passione) (In Brazilian - Paixão). Sometimes this felling make us to do some insanities (^_^).

I'd like to talk about a Brazilian Passion - The FOOTBALL.

It's really amazing how the people likes (LOVE) this game. It's more than a simple to like, it's a religion. It's into our soul. It's an indivisible thing for us (Brazil and Football).

Let's together on this trip.

No other sport as far as mobilizing the Brazilian football, as authoritative as a national passion. This involvement has always puzzled historians. After all, what were the factors that caused a game created in England became so popular in Brazil?

It has always been popular - It's amazing and it was a PhD thesis of Professor Leonardo Pereira from the UNICAMP (One of the most important University in Brazil), Pereira drops the thesis that in the early years of last century, soccer was a sport practiced only by the elite. The finding, surprisingly, was made through research in police documents. That's right. Was then required to notify the police desire to create a guild. "I identified dozens of small clubs, formed mostly by workers who were absent from the story usually told about football," says the professor. The explanation for this popularity is the ease of practice. "Of course, the exact mode of playing - with the correct size field, grass at some point ball with ideal weight - makes it an expensive sport. But how could they played small clubs," says Pereira. The historian notes that the sports in vogue at the time (rowing and horse racing) were exclusionary because they demanded money and structure. "On the street, even serving as an orange ball for those who wanted to play football. And so it was where the fans were also players."

Associated with fun - Another curious search of Mr.Pereira is the link with football fun. While the elite clubs like Flamengo (my heart club) and Fluminense, the concern of sports was linked to the appreciation of physical education to supplement the training (the idea of "healthy mind in healthy body" begins to gain momentum) in popular associations was a common mixing carnival and football. A club whose name was called particularly like Carnival Society Misery and Famine Football Club, "said Pereira. "In this local union did not seem a contradiction, because football and carnival were seen as ways like fun."

National representation - In 1934, the first time a black athlete, Leonidas Silva, is summoned to play a World Cup. This "permission" of the elite, which had hitherto kept blacks and african descent away from football official, stems from a change of mindset with regard to training hybrid culture of the Brazilian people: the mixing of races is now seen not as a problem and a burden but as an advantage. The culmination of this change is with the publication in 1933 of "Casa Grande e Senzala", by Gilberto Freire, who defends this positivity. "It is precisely at the time of the 1938 World Cup that national feeling is consolidated around the football.

Some images also crystallize in relation to black idols, as the Leonidas da Silva and Domingos da Guia, too. That is, the whole population comes to identify with a mixed selection, "said Pereira.

Conviction that Brazil plays "the best football in the world" - is in 1938 that the country is rooted in the feeling that Brazil plays soccer in a different way. "It is believed that Brazil has swings, football has the trickster, who values the dribble and that differentiates it from all other countries," he says. "This belief still exists. In the last Cup, Brazil was second in the competition - placing that would be cause for celebration for any country - but here we feel as a national tragedy."

Dear Friend, it's important to clarify that we made a little search about this theme, although I am a good "quarter back" (^_^).

We are very very happy to have a WorldCup here on next '14, and who knows...

...we'll meet here. You'll be welcome here!! (^_^)


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Natanael,

    another great post from you. It's amazing how you can fill your posts with lots of information. We always learn a lot reading them.
    Soccer is really a passion for us brazilians. I myself am not such a big fan. I guess it's due to the fact that I've never been a good player. But you must be aware of the football facts if you want to engage in everybody's conversation. This is a theme that will always be brought up. Lately not only in men's conversations as it used to be but also in girl's conversations too. Women are very interested in soccer nowadays, aren't they?
    And the number of girl teams is increasing a lot.

    Well friend thanks for this great post.

    See you around.

  • Comment number 2.


    I'm not Brazilian girl but i'm a big FAN of FOOTBALL! It's my real passion! I want to come to Brazil in 2014... It's my treasured dream. Thanks for you post. You made my day better!

    Good luck to everybody!

  • Comment number 3.

    Thanks for your words my dear friend Mauricio,

    In fact, you're right about football theme, but i think that it's good for everybody. It's a Brazilian features.

    Please keep in touch.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 4.


    You'll be very welcome...

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 5.

    I love football too ;)...I live in Poland and me national team is not so strong as Brazil but we beat Cote d'Ivoire (without Didier Drogba) 3:1 last Wednesday. Moreower in Poland will take a place european championship in football in 2012.
    Apart from national teams I like such football clubs as Manchester United and Real Madrid :D

    Take care!

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi.my name is Dani I'm from Brazil...I'm new here on the blog, and I hopefully learn a lot here ....I liked your post ...and I love football very much...


  • Comment number 7.

    It's me again ))) Hello!

    I just want to say a few words about Russian soccer team. You know, all Russian people have a dream... One dream to all of us. We dream our players would to play soccer ))) We just support our team because it's russian... it's patriotism which upset us usually. You're happy people to have such strong team.

    I'm waiting for your next post. I'm sure it will be very interesting
    Have a nice day

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi, I'm Carota from Italy, and, as you asked before, I would like to introduce a femminine point of view. Personally I'm not interested in soccer at all, but my husband does and he is more than a fan. Here in Italy football matches starts on saturday afternoon and ends on sunday in the evening. This means that if I want to do something or go somewhere during the weekend it isn't possible! At the beginning I was very puzzeled/disappointed by my husband's attitude to soccer, but now I've found that soccer matches saved my life. You can't immagine how wonderful is having such long time to spend with friends and most of all I have got all the time I need to go horse riding (my favourite sport!)
    Finally this experience tought me that is not usefull to get upset if your husband lies all the afternoon on the sofa watching the tv, women from all over the world just find out how use this time for yourselves!


  • Comment number 9.

    Dear Dani,

    Nice to have you here.
    You're welcome and pleade keep in touch.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Krypan11,

    Thanks for your participation.

    I have to confess that your name is dificult to speak. For us, latin citizen is dificult to speak words without o almost without vowel (^_^).

    Please keep in touch.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Carota.

    You're very funny !!! (^_^).

    It's important to talk just one thing. The Family is most important than the others things. The time is the most important thing that we have and we never ever to spend time on the less important things.

    The football is very good, and in Brazil is a "religion", but nothing is more important than the family. I love my football team, but my family (my wife and my daughter) is more important.

    At the end, I confess that football can be a male matter, but come on, i know that it's become a female thing, too (^_^).

    It's a pleasure to have you here.

    Cheers - Natanae - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Natanae, thank you for your warm welcome in the blog.
    I completely agree with you (and so does my husband ;-) ).
    I was just talking about non-special weekends, expecially in the winter, when outside is cold and grey. For me it's a pleasure to stay at home with a good book, insted he enjoyes looking at the football matches. I think that each one has to spend his spare time in the better way he can. Family comes first of course, but sometimes, we really need a special, personal "corner", some special moments...just for oneself. So I ride or read or do the gardening, he watches soccer...and it is all right!
    I just hope Juventus never loose...because in that days his mood became very blue!!! ahahahah
    As you can see football isn't a "religion" only in Brazil.
    Have a nice day

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Natanael and everybody

    Hope you are all well. I am still laughing about your post Carota - does this make you a soccer widow? At least your husband doesn't watch cricket - which goes on for days and days (one match!).

    I visited Manchester this weekend to have a look at the new BBC building in Salford. We stayed opposite the Manchester United stadium - Old Trafford. There were lots of football fans walking around after the match and the atmosphere was good.

    Where I grew up we lived near a local London stadium and our parents always told us to stay away from the park next door on match days. The atmosphere could get quite tense sometimes.

    Why do people feel so passionate about their teams? Is it really like a modern-day tribe?

    I have to be honest I've never really been interested - though please don't pounce on me for saying 'it's only a game!'

    All the best


  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Alice, nice to meet you.
    You wrote "at least your husband doesn't watch cricket which goes on for days"...and I answer...you don't need to see cricket matches when you've got SKY-SPORT to follow (in order) Italian championship (A and B league!)on saturday and sunday, Europa league on tuesdayand wednwsday, Champions league on thursday, Bundesliga (Germany)on friday, the Spanish championship ...and many others more!...so WHY should I have to follow cricket?
    I agree with you it is something like a tribe and what I hate most is when he asks me to sit next to him to make him company...awful!
    I'd rather prefer, in this occasions, going out with my friends, going shopping and so on leaving our husbands at home with a huge amount of beer and food.
    God bless soccer!


  • Comment number 15.

    Hi Natanael, Alice, Carota and the rest of the group: Can I add a comment to your posts? I´m not a football match fan but I admit the passion this popular sport inspire, enormous in most part of the world. In my family all the men (no matter the age) are fans of different popular teams, play amateur football as frequently as they can and above all that they can spend hours watching any match, team league, etc. etc. The "female members" of the family aren´t interesting in anything regarding football, except the World Championship, once in four years. But let me say I think that men prefer "the football world" something exclusive, unique, only or specially for them. They don´t need to share that passion with girls. Tell me, please, if I´m wrong. The best for everybody. Beatriz.

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi Natanael,

    Football is just crazy!! I can't imagine how Brazilians get mad about it, but it seems so.
    what are the main local teams in Brazil?


  • Comment number 17.

    Hi all the soccer fans! You may know I am not a fan and I do not have a husband but there is a school yard just tightly at the house where my flat is located. Men from the willage used even to work with shovels on winter-sundays in the past just they could play. Now, there is made a place with fake grass and evening lightening, too. During a winter time would go a man there with a small gear to clean the place from the snow and plays go on any weekday in the evenings,too. And, this spring little boys about 4-5 years old started the ´proffesional´ training there,too. Their boss is a skilled and strict at commanding the boys and it became a real fun to look down at them to run and fall to and fro incoherently in their enourmously big dresses. Last week was a day off work here in Slovakia and surprisingly I caught myself being dissapointed at realasing that no men came to play below my window. marianna

  • Comment number 18.

    Dear All,

    Carota, Alice, Sero, and Beatriz.

    First of all, please forgive me for my absence. I'm finishing a job here in my work, and finaly i'm about to finish it.

    Well, please i just to let you know, how the football is important in our "culture", and is not a man things. It's a good thing for us.

    I know that some wives hate it, and there are some exaggerated men.

    But for us, Brazilian, football is almost a religion.

    For Sero03. The main teams are Flamengo; Fluminense; Vasco; Corintians; São Paulo; Gremio; Internacional; Cruzeiro; Botafogo; Palmeiras; Santos (From Pele)between others.

    Take it easy. (^_^)

    I'll talk about the warm things in my next post. ok (^_^)

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 19.

    Hello Natanael! Thanks for your passionate post about football. i hate football. but i do know that it's a very sociable game which sometimes gets people together, and makes them happy and cheerful and sometimes absolutely furious,devastated and resentful.By the way, do you play football? what a shame if not! you should at least know how to dribble, otherwise you must resign from your nationality man! ^^
    p.s. i know how to kick a ball (*_^) , and i know how to punish my husband when he spends the night watching football with the man next door (*,^)!

    Thanks for your entry! you seem busy what's going on? how many days left from now to december? Come on man!

  • Comment number 20.

    Oi Natanael!

    What a warm post. That's absolutely true, football is probably in the veins of Brazilian people:). Our national game is Hockey but Cricket seems to rule over the hearts of Pakistanis more than hockey. I used to be a huge fan of cricket but now it's a bit fading away. I also like football and it's a very energetic game in my opinion and it also doesn't take long to finish.

    November is about to end and sadly, we have got to read few pots from you. Please try to find some time and write something more.

    All the best


  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Dommi,

    Thanks for your words... I'm trying dear, i'm trying.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Naheed,

    I know that we about to finish November, but i'll post some posting.. (^_^).

    Cheers - Natanael Rio de Janeior - Brazil

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Nat,
    are you still working or are you preparing your new post?
    We miss you, hurry up!
    Have a nice day


  • Comment number 24.

    Oi Natanael!
    As it does not look like I am going to be able to say goodbye on Tuesday, I am going to do it in advance. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and I wish you all the best and luck for everything. If there is the open blog, I hope we will catch up. Cheers!!

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi Carota,

    I'm here (^_^)
    I've just sent post. Please take a glance. Today, i'll send my last post... about me and my family.

    Please keep in touch.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Fillipo,

    Thanks for your words. It was a pleasure for me, too.

    See you around...

    Cheers - NATANAEL - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Natanael

    In case I don't get another opportunity - thank you for all your great posts this month. I feel I've learned a lot about Brazil and its passions.

    Best wishes


  • Comment number 28.

    Hi Alice,

    It was a pleasure to have a opportunity to meet you. You're great !!(^_^)

    Thanks for your words and just to let you know i left 2 posts.

    Once again thank you.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 29.

    I’m sorry said Ronaldo to fans of Corinthians. Today one of biggest soccer players of history said goodbye and closed his career. He was very emotional during interview and remembered and thanked all people that helped you along of these years. So, all Brazilian are very sad but much thanked by all he did, and we should to say thank you God because Ronaldo is Brazilian and many times gave us many joys.

  • Comment number 30.

    Everybody knows that one of biggest passions of Brazilian is football and that Brazil is one big producer of soccer players. Today is one day that will stay in history because Ronaldo said goodbye.


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