Currently, football is the number one sport. The largest championships are constantly under the scrutiny of the press. Television contracts are worth billions of dollars. Fans admire the skill of their idols, demanding from them entertainment. It seems that there is one country that knows how to enjoy the game better than others, and to give it to the fans.
It is no coincidence that Brazil is considered the most powerful football power, and its players are called just like “magicians of the ball.” People worship idols from this South American country, hoping to see miracles on the field. Meanwhile, in this case it is worth saying that such expectations are often overstated.
The image of Brazilian football is created, thanks to myths and legends. And they should be debunked, because the national team of this country is not accidentally five times the world champion. And only one beautiful game can not achieve such a result.
All Brazilians learn to play football on the beach.
Many commentators explain the skill of the players by the fact that they started playing on the beach. There, in difficult conditions of a viscous surface, the technique was sharpened. This is one of the most common myths about Brazilian football. In fact, the Primorye Territory has historically been always removed or inaccessible to people from poor or working families. A large number of potential Pele were either born, or grew up in small towns, away from the ocean and its beaches. Boys in Brazil kick a ball or bound in its form rags on the streets. Another option for the game is a closed room. Futsal develops technology even better than beaches. Of beach football in the national team made his way through only one, the champion of 1970 Paulo Cesar, and Ronaldo, Romario and Ronaldinho have a futsal past. Specialists believe that the style of play grafted there improves dribbling and ability to play a pass. According to the legends “Rivelino” was invented in the hall “elastic dribbling”.
With such brilliant players, anyone can lead the team.
Strange as it may seem, this myth turned out to be harmful. His victim was the Brazilian coaches. Their successes are underestimated, it is believed that the players did everything themselves to achieve the result. Trainers from this country find it difficult to prove themselves abroad, including because of the language and cultural barriers. In fact, it’s true that Brazil is blessed with gifted players, but to deny the work done by the coach is also stupid. The legendary team of 1970 was created exactly by the coach. He managed to collect on the field a team that was considered unviable at home. For example, coach Mario Zagalo found a place for Tostao, making him a “false nine”.
Brazilian footballers are deprived of tactical discipline.
After a shock to the whole country of defeat from Italy with a score of 3-2 (this happened at the World Championships in Spain in 1982), the Brazilians showered accusations. Critics believed that the beautiful game of the team of Santana was hidden by the inability to defend himself. That’s just the team missed just six goals in five matches. And at the time when Paolo Rossi scored the decisive ball, the Brazilians on the field were only 10. Victory at the World Cup in 1994, when the team conceded only 3 goals for the entire tournament, finally dispelled this myth. At the stage of the playoffs the national team won with a difference of one goal, coolly holding the minimum advantage.
The Brazilian military influenced the 1970 team.
Between 1964 and 1985, the country was ruled by a military junta that wrote one of the darkest pages in the history of Brazil. The generals used football as a political tool. This entailed a boom in the construction of stadiums, which was repeated in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. There is a legend that the president of the country, and concurrently the chairman of the federation of football, Emilio Medici, decided to fire coach Joao Saldanju a few months before the World Cup. But was there more politics or sport here? The reason for the dismissal was the reluctance to include in the striker Tostao.But could a ruthless dictator even appoint Saldanju as an open communist coach? In those years, the left was openly persecuted by the regime. Yes, Saldanja did not really fight against Tostao, but behind Pele, who could be hampered by a one-sided competitor.
In 1998, due to the conspiracy of Nike, Brazil lost the chance to win.
The American sports giant has made great efforts to sign a historic contract with the Brazilian Football Federation. In 1996, Nike paid $ 200 million, rumored that in return the company had even the right to choose the composition for friendly matches. It was advantageous for her to participate in the maximum number of sponsored players. According to the myth, it is Nike who is responsible for including Ronaldo at the last moment before the World Cup finals in 1998. But he was convulsed and obviously was not ready. In fact, the reason for this decision lies in the terrible management of the team of coaches, and not the lobbying of the interests of the main sponsor. And there was no evidence that representatives of Nike that day somehow contacted the team.
All Brazilian football players are glamorous stars.
It seems that once a person has chosen the profession of a football player, then he leads a rich life and spends time at parties. And although from 2003 to 2011 the turnover of money in the first division increased by 300%, huge salaries for most players and did not dream. The Brazilian confederation said that more than 70% of professional football players receive no more than $ 600 a month.
Pele boycotted the 1974 World Cup, protesting against the dictatorship.
This myth appeared, thanks to Pele himself. And how not to believe the King of football? In fact, his close friends denied this statement. The thing is that Pele did not have any special political predilections that would force him to boycott the championship. After the termination of the international career in 1971 Пеле has received the offer from president Ernest Gejzelja to return to a national team. However, Pele signed a profitable contract for himself with “Pepsi”. He was afraid of his break. In addition, the footballer’s friends explained to him that everyone would blame Pele if Brazil could not win his fourth title. This is exactly what happened – Holland and Johan Cruyff stood on the way. But Pele himself had nothing to do with it.
Football in Brazil appeared, thanks to the British.
There is a clear start date for the history of Brazilian football. February 18, 1894 Charles Miller, born in Brazil the son of a Scottish railwayman, returned from studying in Southampton with two footballs. And although Miller also organized the first official league in Brazil, this game was already known here. Sailors of different nationalities, arriving at ports, chased the ball with a view to a fun pastime. And football was even part of the curriculum in some Jesuit schools. So do not attribute the opening of the game to Brazil to one person. Moreover, consider it a purebred Englishman yet it is impossible.
In Brazil, there have never been strong goalkeepers.
It is believed that all the problems of Brazilian teams are associated with the poor performance of local goalkeepers. And in the leading European championships there are not so many representatives of such a role. Goalkeepers always stand on the market less than field players. The names of the Brazilian goalkeepers are not always audible. Of the recent examples, you can recall Julio Cesar, who reached all heights with his “Inter”. Dida with AC Milan twice won the Champions League. Yes, and Claudio Taffarel is considered one of the main creators of victory in the 1994 World Cup, winning a penalty shootout in the final. And at the next championship in the semifinals, Taffarel repeated his feat.
In Brazil, everyone is literally obsessed with football.
It is believed that Brazil is the most soccer country in the world. This is said at least a record five titles of world champions. Yes, and Brazilian players in recent decades are always in sight in the best clubs.However, the Brazilian championship in terms of attendance is comparable with the 1980s. Currently, the game comes on average about 15 thousand people. At this level, Brazilian football is comparable to the American MLS.
In Brazil, they always play soccer.
There is no doubt that at all times attacking Brazilian players were valued in international football. The main legends are concentrated in the line of attack: Pele, Ronaldo, Garrincha, Zico, Leonidas, Romario, Vava and many others. It is the forwards that ultimately brought glory to Brazilian football. But experts in Brazilian football know that it is not only well attacked, but also defended. In recent years, the style has become much more pragmatic than in the 60’s. And who, if not the Brazilians, became revolutionaries in tactics, increasing the number of defenders to the detriment of precisely the attack. It happened in 1958, that championship was won. And in 1962 – a new revolution from Brazil, this time the attack was weakened by the middle line. And victory was won again! Just the level of the Brazilian strikers, their imagination and artistry gave birth to such a myth. And the phrase: “You will score as much as you can, but we – as long as we want” only reinforced the confidence about the Brazilians’ focus exclusively on the attack.
Brazilian football players are not very hardy and avoid tough fighting.
The style of the game of the best Brazilian flank defenders who are wearing the whole match in their brow, has become a classic. It is possible to mention at least Roberto Carlos and Cafu. These Brazilian defenders had time to attack and defend, insure, pass. Would the Brazilian national team win five times the World Cup if it evaded the struggle and could not stand the pace of the whole match? In fact, local football players know how to do everything – to fight, to pass, to effectively complete the combinations. Just remember not rolling, but goals.
There have always been weak defenders in Brazil.
Today there are few comparable in level and rigidity to such defenders as David Luiz and Tiago Silva. And the attackers do not shy away from rough work. In the history of Brazilian football were not only the legendary attackers, but also no less famous defenders. Today it is believed that these players are defending no worse than the classics – Italians and Germans. The Brazilians are well built, athletic, aggressive, well played by the head.
All Brazilians have a problem with discipline. It has long been known that football players from this country have problems with the regime. In Brazil, everyone loves carnivals, dances and parties, which has left its imprint on football players. It seems that the feast is in their blood. Fly away to his homeland on vacation, a football player will almost certainly come back late, preferring to pay a fine. In fact, in Brazilian football there are a lot of regimen and professionals with a cold mind. You can remember at least about Pele, Zico, Kaka, Dunge, Zagalo. These players no one could blame for indiscipline. So the myth is only half true.