Brazilian Soccer

Understand The Brazilian Passion For Football.

Soccer and samba are the essential elements of Brazilian culture. Brazilians have a strong connection with soccer or futebol, as the locals call it, which is why they have always been among the top in the world. While many of their top players pursue their fortunes in English, Spanish, and Italian clubs, the Brazilian league still has more than its fair share of talent. While the Brazilian soccer state championships are held from January to April, the national league games are held from May through December. Many of these games are held during the Rio Carnival, which is an excellent time to experience the true carioca spirit with which the game is played.

Maracana – the heart of Brazilian soccer

Maracana - The heart of Brazilian Soccer

The Maracana stadium is one of Rio's most prominent locations and a popular attraction at the very heart of Brazilian soccer. Listening to the resounding roars from thousands of cariocas at the Maracana is an experience you will never forget. Just one match is enough to realize the passion that cariocas have for their national game. Rio's four biggest soccer teams which include Flamengo, Botafogo, Vasco da Gama, and Fluminense play their home games at the Maracana. In order to meet FIFA standards as part of the preparations for the 2014 World Cup, the Maracana is under renovation and will only reopen in late 2014. However, guided tours to the stadium are still available although entry to the pitch is not permitted. The subway from Copacabana takes you to Maracana, which can get rather crowded on a Brazilian soccer game night. Tickets to games are available at the entrances to the stadium and vary in price from R$ 30 up to R$ 100, depending on the game. Guided tours are available during the day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on game days.

Soccer everywhere in Rio

Undoubtedly, Brazilian soccer is the lifeline of the cariocas whose dexterity at the game extends from the football turf to every beach and street corner as well. You will find a bunch of cariocas involved in an intense game of soccer in every alley, ever eager to show off their inherent skills to onlookers and visitors. Ask any young boy what his ambition is and it will definitely be something to do with a Brazilian soccer star.

From green turf to concrete and sand – Brazilian soccer has no boundaries

Beach football or foot volley as the locals call it is also an integral part of Brazilian soccer. On any day of the week you will find young cariocas gathering for a game of beach football. The sport requires a great deal of skill since it is difficult to pass the ball along the ground in the sand. However, the players are ever willing to let tourists join in the fun and games. Alternatively, there are always competitions held at Copacabana, Ipanema, and other beaches around Rio, which you can get to enjoy from the sideline. Futsal or futebol de salão is another type of indoor Brazilian soccer that requires plenty of footwork. You can catch a game at a club or learn from one of the cariocas on the street. They will be happy to teach you a thing or two about the game.

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