About the Event
FOOTBALL'S SPIRITUAL HOME
To call football an obsession in Brazil does not go close to describing the hold the beautiful game has on the nation.
Brazil has become the spiritual home of the game in the 90 years since the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) became affiliated to FIFA.
Since then, the national team or Seleção have won the FIFA World Cup™ five times and the Copa América eight times. In addition, there have been five FIFA U-20 World Cups, three FIFA U-17 World Cups, three FIFA Confederations Cups, five FIFA Futsal World Cups, four FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups and dozens of continental trophies.
In the process of collecting all that silverware, the country has laid down a legacy built on pure footballing talent – talent that has become a byword for audacious brilliance and that remains the model for playing the game the “right way”.
Brazil is far from being a one-trick nation, however. Brazilians are passionate about volleyball, basketball, tennis, Formula One and a host of other sports. The late, great racing driver Ayrton Senna, for instance, is revered as highly as any football player from any generation, while the country's passion for self-expression is never better demonstrated than when the spectacular carnival marks the beginning of Lent each year.
The largest country in South America, Brazil stretches over almost half of the continent, with its most densely-populated areas along the Atlantic coastlines, most notably in the two largest cities: São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Brazil has roughly 190 million inhabitants, making it the fifth most populated country on Earth.
The official language is Portuguese, although many Brazilians speak other languages according to their origins. German and Italian, for example, are fairly prevalent in the cities of the south - the other language shared by all Brazilians of course, is football.