History of football Brazil

History of football Brazil
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Armando Nogueira
Author, Brazil
Football has the capacity
to make people delirious without alienating the public. This explains the continued appeal
and universality of football, of this empire in which the sun never sets. Narrated by Terence Stamp When he arrived here,
nobody played football at all. Carlos Miller
Charles Miller’s Grandson
It was he who started
teaching the rules of the game, explaining the dimensions of the pitch… In short, everything about how to play football. Luiz Mendes
Commentator, Brazil
The first photos of football games show us supporters in the stands. The women were dressed
as if they were off to a party, the men wearing ties and straw hats. These people were not ordinary people, They were the elite. They were the first club to accept blacks. It was a scandal,
the others didn’t want to play them. They were racist. But nobody knew the wake-up call these blacks were to give our football,
to make it what it is today. The French press
was the most important in Europe as far as football was concerned. They considered Leônidas
and Domingos as gods, especially Leônidas. That made us very proud. We Brazilians said “Finally Europe
is seeing us in a different light.” Not because of the good nature of its people, nor for its art, nor for its music, but because we had the best footballers,
and they were black. The Brazilian player is good at dribbling, but even better at going round men
using his body more than the ball. It’s a bit of capoeira,
showing the African influence. This mixture of three races resulted
in the creation of a true dancer – the Brazilian footballer. Brazilians have combined this
with technique and intelligence. Zico
Brazilian International
The Brazilian has the advantage of living in a country
where dance is integral to life. It was a very active time in politics. All the presidential candidates came to see us. Zizinho
Brazilian International
On the day of the game,
we were having our meal, and twice we had to go
and listen to their speeches. To them we had already won, whereas
we were thinking “What’s going on?” “We’ve still got to go out there and win it.” We had a good first half,
with a number of chances to win the game. So when we scored,
our immediate thought was “We’ve done our duty.
We’ve played our part.” But that was it. From then on, no matter how much we
were trying to encourage each other, we felt helpless to respond. I was commentating on the game on
the radio, going along quite normally. “Ball to Ghiggia on the right wing, round Bigode.
who comes back and tackles him.” “Ghiggia goes forward,
keeps going, shoots…” Then “Uruguay have scored!” Just like I normally would. But then I realised. Eight minutes from the end,
we were losing the World Cup final. It suddenly dawned on me. “Uruguay have scored?” “Yes, Uruguay have scored.” “Ladies and gentlemen,
Uruguay have scored.” I said it in nine different ways. Alcides Ghiggia
Uruguayan International
There was such a silence that if a mosquito
flew past you, you would hear it. After that people were left crying,
some even committed suicide. Such fanaticism. There was a wind passing through the stadium. It was a cold wind, a wind full of sadness, a wind that reflected the hearts of all Brazilians. There really was this ridiculous theory
blaming the black team members. Remember, in the Uruguay team
there were as many blacks as in the Brazil team. That alone cancels out this hideous theory against the black race. What I really remember about that period was the enormous growth of industry in Brazil. Pelé
Brazilian International
in particular the establishment
of car manufacturing in São Paulo. But what really struck me
was the building of the Maracanà, and the World Cup of 1950. TO KING PELE Didi
Brazilian International
Mazzola took a throw-in, which I chested down. I saw Pelé and headed the ball to him, expecting him to play a one-two with me. The Welsh players followed me,
and that left Pelé free. He juggled the ball over the defender
and scored. Brazil won, and Pelé scored
the first goal of his career, his first goal in the World Cup. The tension amongst the players
was enourmous. We were under huge pressure,
but we were confident. We had seen Sweden’s earlier games and believed that we could win. But we were up against the home team
and all their supporters. That made us tense and worried we might lose. At the end of the final, Brazil 5 Sweden 2. with Brazil the champions, he went over and put his head
on the goalkeeper’s shoulder and cried. The films show him crying.
With that he won the hearts of everyone. A young, black 17-year-old, a great footballer,
crying on a team-mate’s shoulder. Hideraldo Bellini
Speaking in 1958 lt is with great emotion
that I touch down on Brazilian soil again. I would like to say that this title does not belong only to the players
and managers of the Brazilian team, but is dedicated to all sports clubs of Brazil. The great emotion I am living now
makes me speechless. That event is as curious
as the Renaissance period, when at one time so many painters,
writers and composers appeared. Orlando Duarte
Author, Brazil
In Brazil, football stars
like Djalma Santos, Nilton Santos, Zito, Didi, Garrincha and Pelé
appeared at the same time. It was a good crop to make a fine wine. These players cametogether
in the 1958 World Cup, and Brazil showed the world
a new and brilliant style of football. HOME oF MANÉ GARRINCHA Sir Bobby Charlton
English International Garrincha was the best player
in the tournament – for everything that he did. Mario Zagallo
Former Brazil Coach
He scored goals with his head,
goals with his right foot, left foot, and he dribbled as he always did. Fantastic football. Medici used and abused
the image football was creating Prof. Sebastião Witter
Author, Brazil
to become a more popular man, especially amongst
the lower classes of society. Dario
Atlético Mineiro
“Everyone wants Dario.
including the president.” Medici could not understand
why I was not part of the national team. João Saldanha was a communist.
He didn’t like the dictatorship, so he said “He chooses the ministers
and I choose the national team.” The president said “I am the president,
Take this man away and get another one.” There were several problems
that led to his leaving. One of them involved Pelé. He said he was blind
and therefore couldn’t play. It was front-page news at the time. Roberto Rivelino
Brazilian International
The team worked as a whole,
and Pelé was part of that. Of course, the fact that
he was a genius made a difference. But he didn’t make a point
of being part of every play, and he wasn’t the deciding factor
in all of the games. We never depended on Pelé,
or Jairzinho and Gerson. It was a marvellous group
that worked well together. Zagallo came into the dressing room,
screaming and swearing at everybody. “We’re going to lose if we carry on
playing like this. We’re the better team.” “Wake up! Come on, let’s play. What’s
going on? What are you worried about?” He was furious after that first half! I knew that Italy played man-to-man, closely following the players. I said to the players that there would be times when they could create new space for attacks. Especially with Facchetti, who followed
Jairzinho everywhere on the pitch. That opened up space
for Carlos Alberto Torres. For me, the best team I have seen is Brazil 1970. The team of 1970 was simply fantastic. The team of 1958 had a few reasonable
players, but they weren’t as good. Washington Rodrigues
Commentator, Brazil
They did have exceptional players
such as Pelé and Garrincha, but the team of 1970 was the best.
I’ve never seen a team better than them. Why do people choose 1970? Because
television broadcast all of the matches. But compare the two teams. Just Fontaine
French International
You can compare the two forward lines, but the defences? There is no comparison. If I had to choose between the two, to take one with me to a desert island. I would chose the team of 1958. This team was more cohesive, with greater technical ability. It also has a virtue
that the team of 1970 doesn’t have: it was the first to win the World Cup. It is like the first kiss which one never forgets. That gives it a certain aura,
something mystical. Juca Kfouri
Journalist, Brazil
When God created the world,
he started with Europe – countries like Italy,
England, Germany and Spain. After God created South America, he said “I will give this place I now call Brazil
the best football players in the world.” Listening to this, the English,
Italians, Spanish and Germans complained to God
“Why should Brazil have the best players?” “Stay calm, because I will also give to
them the worst football administrators.” Santos were considered
the best team in the whole world. We were ambassadors for Latin football. I think Santos did more
to promote Brazil than any other team. Wherever we went, the Brazilian flag was there. It was a great era. Today, most of the Brazilian teams
have financial problems. The time is long overdue
to organise football properly. Brazil no longer has a team
that simply beats everyone else. If we don’t take action very soon,
football in Brazil will die. São Paulo has changed a lot.
It is now a concrete jungle. When I was young,
there were lots of spaces to play football. In this region where I grew up,
there were three or four football fields. lt’s a shame,
because that’s where good players come from. Football is becoming
a sport of the middle class, where children play football
in special schools. A great part of the Brazilian population
does not have access to schools. and if they do,
the schools don’t teach football. There is a gradual whitening
of Brazilian football, and that is very bad from a talent point of view and for integration. Ronaldo
Brazilian International
For me it was a very important step. Playing in European football, I have learnt a lot. I knew what I wanted to do, and that was to be part
of the Spanish or Italian leagues. I prefer ‘futebol arte’ –
football for goals, offensive football. After all, the main purpose of football
is to score goals. A means of representing our culture Sócrates
Brazilian International
is essential to us. In the time I have been involved in football, Telê Santana is the coach who has
always searched for the best way for Brazilian football
to express the culture of its people. Telê Santana
Former Brazil Coach
I think that football played in this way – ‘futebol arte’ – I think it is better than ‘futebol de resultados’. Football has to be played in a style where all the players are involved, and not just one or two. Brazil didn’t play European-style football. Carlos Alberto Parreira
Former Brazil Coach
We were still a Brazilian Brazil,
with one extra concern: not about defending, as many people say,
but recovering the ball. We worried about recovering the ball
because we were only good with possession. The team was not a defensive team –
it knew how to defend in an organised way. There was a tactical package. We always played four in a line, marked in
zones, and didn’t start attacks with long balls. When we had the ball, it was Brazilian football. When we didn’t, it was organised football.
not European football – we never marked man-to-man,
we marked in zones, we marked the space. This is characteristic of Brazilian football,
it is characteristic of the Brazilian school. Aimé Jacquet
Former France Coach
What motivation! What natural motivation! Even in the pre-match preparation! One hour before the match, it is
announced that Ronaldo is not playing. “No, that is not possible. It is not possible.” Laurent Blanc, who was with me helping
because he was suspended, said “Coach, he is going to play.”
We knew he was going to play. Nothing could unsettle our preparation
because of the spirit of the team. We were totally focused on the game.
and at midday I got up and had lunch. But I didn’t feel well, my body felt strange. I went to the clinic for some tests
and then went to the stadium. I was assured that everything was fine
and that I could play. He said “Zagallo, I’m OK.
Five or six hours ago I wasn’t feeling well.” “But now the tests have been done,
I feel OK. Don’t stop me from playing.” In that game,
the inexplicable thing was the apathy. It was as if the team had taken a sleeping pill. Not a single reaction. There was a pact not to tell
what really happened, and that prevails, because none of the players tell the story. It is said that there was a fight involving
several players in the changing room. That destroyed the team’s attitude, and, coming onto the pitch,
they were emotionally destabilised. There will never be another Pelé. Because God created one Pelé,
one Beethoven, one Michelangelo. But there is another reason also. There will never be another Pelé
because my parents closed the factory. You understand what I mean? ENGLISH

49 thoughts on “History of football Brazil

  1. I'm a bit annoyed at things like when they say "whites" or "blacks"…specially when they say "blacks brought a different feel to football" when, even though it's technically true, it has nothing to do with them being black. It's about their african culture, not their skin…but that's me just nit-picking like a prick.

  2. I am America, says that all worldly barcelona is better and such, I do not think think Brazil has much more skill in football than messi''''

  3. subtitles were terrible. still didn't understand. i don't know who wrote them, but they didn't make much sense. very cryptic

  4. Leonidas Zizinho Pele Garrincha Vava Didi Amarildo Rivelinho Tostao Carlos Alberto Jeirzinho Zico Socrates Falcao Eder Junior Romario Bebeto Dunga Ronaldo Rivaldo Roberto Carlos Cafu

  5. Dumbasses… Did the makers of the documentary not know that a lot of people don't speak portuguese? There were important matters explained that weren't translated later, like the whitening of brazilian football because the best players mostly train white kids, because most middle class kids are white or mixed rather than black. Although I disagree with him that a majority white brazilian team is bad and talentless… The 1982 team was pure magic and a majority were white and middle class, legends like Eder, Zico, Falcao, Socrates and many others. And it's considered by many the most artful team in the history, and actually in that team the black players weren't good, Serginho sucked totally and being black did not really help him and many brazilians will agree that the comment he made was prejudiced about whites not having talent. There's no place for racism today. And same goes for racism against blacks, whites or any other human being for the matter….  Among todays Brazilian football whites make up 46% of the players eligible for the team, many are amazing, like Nathan, Boschilla and Mosquito who is mixed but light-skinned and Marcos is a good goalkeeper too and he is white, so you can't apply that racist logic to Brazil, because many white players are as equally poor as the black and mixed ones many times too. Also if you observe the Futsal team it's very white and even has blonds and redheads just as the male volleyball ones and they are the best at what they do. And Futsal is not an elite sport at all as many brazilians know.

  6. I still don't what caused the downfall of Brazilian football. Why isn't it the same as it was when pele played?
    Was it due to European leagues scouting?

    I barely understand Portuguese (I speak Spanish and get some words in this doc)

  7. As one legendary Brazilian soccer player once said:"The rest of the world play football,Brazil play Samba"!.You know what,I agree wholeheartedly.Samba has long gone,modern Brazil is not worth talking about anymore.

  8. Brazil is the rainbow nation? Hardly signs of racism?? Would be ridiculous if it wasn't so frighteningly untrue!

  9. to all the non-potuguese speaking viewers…..the film has english captions…..jus turn on the caption feature in youtube and u will get it…….

  10. esses gringos acham que só existe times cariocas mau sabe eles que o futebol paulista que domina o Brasil

  11. very simple brasil has the produced and will give world most of tge greatest players. they are the best and will continue being the best. they will win a world cup in the near future. they have a great generation of great players.

  12. Of all the national football sides across the world, arguably, the most famous of all is Brazil. No team, on the world stage, can have made quite the same impact as successive Brazillian teams have since their first appearance in front of a world-wide football audience with their success at the 1958 World Cup finals. Up until that point the Brazillian's had represented, to those versed in the European flavour of the game, just another South American side playing a pragmatic style of football similiar to that of Argentina and Uruguay.

  13. My one complaint about this documentary is that it would have been really awesome if when interviewing players such as Pele, Maradonna, Alfredo Di Stefano if you had either done 1 of two things, had a translator or given us subtitles.  I am sorry my Spanish that I learned from high school is very rusty.  By not translating, the transition to Terrence Stamp's narration can be lost at times.  One particular player will give you some sort of insight into some big match or incident than happened and Terrence comes back as if you the viewer understand what Pele just told you.  Other than that, Mr. Stamp is pretty good relating the history of the game and the only episode that was watchable and quite fascinating was the first, because it was about the origins of the game.  Next time you put together a documentary about soccer and you interview foreign players you need to think about translating it.  Sorry I don't know German, I don't know Dutch.

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