On the buzz of the World Cup, we also could not let it go unchallenged. First of all because I love football, the whole month I’ve been here fighting with sleep to watch the World Cup in the freezing early mornings of New Zealand. Second, because being Brazilians we cannot really not talk about football. And thirdly, because NPLH is a globalized site and the world loves football.
Ok, maybe someone here and there is not that interested in the most popular sport on the planet. But in general what we saw along our wanderings is that yes, the world does love football.
Proof of that is the phrase-title of this post. This was probably the phrase we heard the most along our whole trip around the world. It usually began like this:
They: Where are you from?
They: Braaaziiil! Ronaldo!
Seriously, sometimes we thought it couldn’t be true. It was exactly the same thing, really identical, in big cities or tiny villages. In Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and even India, which is actually another planet, but there it happened only one time.
Maybe if this happened today, people would say “Brazil! Kaká!” or else “Brazil! Robinho!“. No matter the player, truth is that Brazil is synonymous with football all around our beautiful blue planet.
Some knew very little and the conversation ended right there, others knew a bit more and loved to talk about how was the sport in their own country, what team they supported, etc.. But the most surprising one was a lamps seller in Morocco, who spoke from Ronaldo to Garrincha with a knowledge that would make many Brazilians evious, including myself!
The nicest thing is seeing the smile that opens on people’s faces when they start talking about it. Sometimes we got ourselves thinking “oh no, here we go, all over again…“, but all the excitement with which they spoke and all those smiles just made us happy to repeat the same story again and again.
All this gives us a hell of a pride of our national sport, which in addition to cardiac arrhythmias also gives hope and joy to so many people in and out Brazil.
Look at the faces of the Thai couple that we met in Koh Phangan, wearing the Brazilian jersey, on the photo above.
Brazil is the only country that has participated in absolutely every FIFA World Cup. Today Brazil exits one of them already dreaming of the next one. 2014 will be special. We’re going to open our home for the rest of the world to see, and it’ll be our great pleasure.