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Soccer in Brazil – statistics & facts

Jogo bonito is a nickname believed to be given to soccer by the most successful Brazilian player, Pelé, back in the 50s. Directly translated as "beautiful game", the name reflects Brazil's beloved sentiments for the sport. Soccer –also known as football– is the most followed sport in this South American country and a source of national pride. In the history of the most important soccer tournament, the FIFA World Cup Championship, Brazil is yet to be beaten based on the number of titles won: five in total. The national team –commonly referred to as La Seleção– first emerged on the global stage as an unrivaled powerhouse during Pelé’s times. It has since become renowned for decades of top games and star players like Garrincha, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Sócrates, Careca, and Zico, among many others. In more recent years, however, La Seleção had some struggles, dwindling to its lowest during FIFA World Cup in 2014, in which, playing as a host, the team experienced its worst-ever loss.

A broad soccer landscape – beyond the field

Since its introduction by the Scottish in the late 19th century and its global premiere at the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930, soccer for Brazilians has been more than just a sport. For some, its global notoriety represents economic opportunities. In 2020 alone, nearly two thousand Brazilian footballers played professionally abroad. Additionally, the sport provides a sense of community for others. According to a 2020 survey, four out of ten Brazilian teens and adults followed soccer to socialize with friends, while six out of ten children do so for a similar reason. Like the country's diverse culture and geography, Brazilian soccer depicts a multifaceted picture.

No corner left untouched by the coronavirus

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, soccer did not escape its harsh economic and health effects. During the first wave of the pandemic, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) postponed both the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana to prevent the contagion across the region. Similarly, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) canceled professional soccer events at the beginning of the pandemic. In the second half of 2020, the championships resumed without fans’ presence, despite the large disapproval for restarting soccer events among Brazilians. As the second wave of coronavirus infections hit the South American country, 1.7 percent of male footballers who participated in the Brazilian soccer championships tested positive for COVID-19.

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Soccer in Brazil – statistics & facts

Jogo bonito is a nickname believed to be given to soccer by the most successful Brazilian player, Pelé, back in the 50s. Directly translated as "beautiful game", the name reflects Brazil's beloved sentiments for the sport. Soccer –also known as football– is the most followed sport in this South American country and a source of national pride. In the history of the most important soccer tournament, the FIFA World Cup Championship, Brazil is yet to be beaten based on the number of titles won: five in total. The national team –commonly referred to as La Seleção– first emerged on the global stage as an unrivaled powerhouse during Pelé’s times. It has since become renowned for decades of top games and star players like Garrincha, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Sócrates, Careca, and Zico, among many others. In more recent years, however, La Seleção had some struggles, dwindling to its lowest during FIFA World Cup in 2014, in which, playing as a host, the team experienced its worst-ever loss.

A broad soccer landscape – beyond the field

Since its introduction by the Scottish in the late 19th century and its global premiere at the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930, soccer for Brazilians has been more than just a sport. For some, its global notoriety represents economic opportunities. In 2020 alone, nearly two thousand Brazilian footballers played professionally abroad. Additionally, the sport provides a sense of community for others. According to a 2020 survey, four out of ten Brazilian teens and adults followed soccer to socialize with friends, while six out of ten children do so for a similar reason. Like the country's diverse culture and geography, Brazilian soccer depicts a multifaceted picture.

No corner left untouched by the coronavirus

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, soccer did not escape its harsh economic and health effects. During the first wave of the pandemic, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) postponed both the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana to prevent the contagion across the region. Similarly, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) canceled professional soccer events at the beginning of the pandemic. In the second half of 2020, the championships resumed without fans’ presence, despite the large disapproval for restarting soccer events among Brazilians. As the second wave of coronavirus infections hit the South American country, 1.7 percent of male footballers who participated in the Brazilian soccer championships tested positive for COVID-19.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 32 most important statistics relating to "Soccer in Brazil".

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