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Brazil has the biggest black population of any country outside Nigeria.

Over 10 million African slaves were shipped to Brazil, six times more than to the United States.

Slaves were prohibited from practising their own faiths. To avoid persecution they gave Catholic names and figures to all their African gods, giving birth to the Afro-Brazilian religion of candomblé.

Astero FC training with capoeira We all know about Brazil's football ability. They've won the World Cup five times. But is there something else in their culture that gives them an extra edge to produce all those world-beating skills? Capoeira, a martial art developed by the slaves, is a foot-fighting technique disguised as a dance. Alex discovers a football club who claim to have had huge success using capoeira in their training regime.

 

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  • ALMIR MONTEIRO, Football manager, Astero FC:

    A Inglaterra vencia o Brasil por um a zero e, de repente, o Ronaldinho, que era marcado pelo Cole, ele deslocou da intermediària para a proximidade da grande área. O Cole acompanhou. O Ronaldinho utilizou um lance que, no futebol, é uma finta, mas na capoeira se chama explosão. Ele passa o pé por cima da bola, deslocando o eixo pra fora, fazendo com que o Cole, ele num movimento perca o equilíbrio. E quando o Cole se recupera, o Ronaldinho já estava a dois passos a frente, e encontra Rivaldo em condições de fazer o gol.

    Aquele lance foi fundamental, mas é uma situação característica da capoeira.

    Conquistamos Taça do Estado da Bahia, conquistamos campeonato baiano de junior, conquistamos torneios internacionais, na França, nos Estados Unidos, na Argentina. Fruto do trabalho desenvolvido também com a capoeira, com a metodologia nova pro futebol.

     

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