How exciting is this World Cup. All of the heavyweights in world soccer are battling it out. I have a interest in one team in particular, Brazil.
I lived in Brazil for several years when I was younger. That is where I gained a great appreciation for the “Jogo Bonito” or beautiful game as we would say it in English. The Brazilian people are infatuated with this game. That is all that they do, eat, sleep, and think soccer. There is a saying in Brazil that the kids learn to kick a soccer ball before they even learn to walk. I found that to be true. On days when there was a game being played, especially at the international level, everything shuts down. Nothing is open and do not even think about interrupting someone in the middle of the game. That is taboo, you do not bother anyone during a game. I learned that the hard way. I became accustomed to the way that they followed soccer and I got drawn into it also. We would play soccer every chance that we had. Sometimes we would play with a deflated volleyball because we couldn’t find a real soccer ball. The little kids in the streets would challenge me and a couple other “Americans from the North” to play a game. We would only agree to if we could play a quick pickup game of basketball afterwards. We figured the 12 year old kids would waste us in soccer so we needed some revenge in a game that we called “our” own.
The way that Brazil has grown into the power house of world soccer doesn’t surprise me one bit. The way they adore the game and live it only gives credence to the place that they stand in world soccer. That place is number one, as it should be. I have never seen such fanatics about a sport than the Brazilian people are about soccer. They are so focused and have a swagger about them that they know they are going to win, and thus we see that they are doing just that in this world cup.
I have grown to love the sport of soccer and recognize the “Jogo Bonito” that the Brazilians have learned to master.
Brandon Wright is Administrator of http://www.BNLSport.com .