World Cup Fever

Clara Akemi
For football enthusiasts, the ball is running on the field at the World Cup in Qatar, bringing together the best players of 32 national teams. It is estimated that close to 5 billion fans are watching the games from their home worldwide.

And obviously, Brazilians are within this statistic. When the Brazilian National Team plays, everyone stops doing whatever they can just to root for them, gathering in bars, restaurants, streets, beaches and parks.

In fact, it sounds like Brazilians are born yelling: "goal!" instead of crying. As fanatical football fans, they usually criticise the coach, making guesses about the game plan and the line-up of the team; suffer due to all moves and when the ball hits off the post; curse the referees for showing yellow or red cards, fouls, offside position and penalties. 

Be that as it may, each match of Brazil is a great torture that lasts 90 minutes which seems an endless. It gets worse in a tied match into injury time, going to extra time. However, everybody shouts with happiness and relief when the forward scores such a screamer goal. That is awesome!

By the way, football was brought to Brazil in the late 19th century byCharles Miller, a sportsman who was born in São Paulo, son of a Scotsman and a Brazilian, of English descent. At the age of 10, Miller went to study at the Banister Court School in Southampton, southern England, where learned to play football. In 1894, after graduating, went back to our country, bringing in his baggage two balls, a pair of cleats, uniforms, a ball pump and a book with England's football rules; since then, it got popular among Brazilians. Currently, the men's national team is one of the great powers in the world.

Who will win the World Cup this year? Which team are you rooting for? In all honesty, it doesn’t matter. The coolest part is getting together with friends and family around the event, sharing all the joys and even the disappointments of every match.
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