In Brazil, soccer (or football as called in the rest of the world outside of the United States), is an amazing thing to behold. It's more than just a sport and a team, for Brazilians it's really like a second religion. It's taken very seriously and there are always huge expectations. Brazilian football has a greater history in global competition than any other country in the world. They have won so much, so often, and they have fielded some of the best teams ever to take the pitch and compete. With such a great history and so many championships, World Cups and so on, there is a great tradition and rabid, fervent fans.
Brazil soccer isn't workmanlike or ugly to watch, it's The Beautiful Game. They aren't just a soccer team, they are the Samba Kings. They play the game unlike any other team or country out there, and style and aesthetics are almost as important as winning. The list of great players to suit up for the Brazil football team is legendary. Going back to Pele and all of the greats of the past, to the dynamic players of more recent times like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka and on down the line from there, the players are fantastic and some of the best to play the game, period. In many countries throughout the world, many different sports are very popular. However, in Brazil, soccer is at the top of the list and nothing else even comes close. Because of that, all of the games and all of the matches take on extra meaning and significance, and any given game turns into a crucial performance and a must-win.
"Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pelé. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man." Pelé