"Physical activity is important regardless of your age; for children, young people, adolescents, for adults, old people, for grandfathers, grandmothers, mums and dads." We are living in uncertain times filled with conflicts and global crises. The world is divided. Thanks to the power of football, the FIFA World Cup™ brings down borders and joins people together to celebrate the beautiful game. Football Unites the World is a global movement that inspires, unites and spreads through football. FIFA Legends have been sharing their stories of how football united their respective countries during uncertain times. After the first few days of action at Qatar 2022, Cafu tells us about the power of the game to make the world a better place.
Cafu is the only player to have played in three FIFA World Cup finals. He was on the winning side -- after coming on as a substitute for the injured Jorginho early in the game -- as Brazil beat Italy on penalties in 1994 after a 0-0 draw and captained the team that beat Germany 2-0 in 2002. In between, he was on the losing side in a 3-0 defeat to France in 1998. A FIFA Legend, he won a record 142 caps for Brazil and played in 20 FIFA World Cup games, also a record for his country. Since retiring, he has dedicated much of his time to humanitarian work, in Italy, Mozambique and the Sertão, the semi-arid region of Brazil's north-east. In doing so, he has come to appreciate football's ability to transform people's lives.
"Football is one the best tools for social inclusion that exists in the world. If there is something that can unite people, different cultures, it is football," he said. “The football has magical powers. You can see that the whole world now has stopped to watch football, so we have to take advantage of this." "Thanks to the humanitarian work I do, I can see how much football can bring to people," he added. "Only those of us who do this type of work, social work, know how much football can transform peoples' lives."
One of the campaigns which are being run by FIFA, in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO), is #Bringthemoves, aimed at getting young people to do more exercise. With inactivity becoming a health problem around the world, Cafu emphasised the importance of everyone doing some sport on a daily basis, no matter what their age. "Physical activity is important regardless of your age; for children, young people, adolescents, for adults, old people, for grandfathers, grandmothers, mums and dads," he said. "Today, children are getting more and more lazy when it comes to practicing sport...... Sport has to be a daily thing, everyone has to put it in the diary to practice sport, especially children."