Brazil Football History. O futebol é a paixão nacional.

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Today we’ll learn about Brazil football history.

Brazil Football History

The Brazil Football History is dated back to 1898 when the first football team was created, at Mackenzie school, in São Paulo. Thanks to Charles Miller motivation, many other football teams were formed and, short after that, there were already several football teams in cities all over the country.

Charles Miller

Charles Miller was responsible for bringing football to Brazil. Being more specific, in 1894, Charles brought two footballs and some books, which explained the rules of the game, after living his own experience as a soccer player in an English football club.

Origin of the Brazilian football. Charles Miler foi o responsável por trazer o futebol para o Brasil

The first matches between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo took place in 1901. In 1902, the first Paulista (native of São Paulo) championship occurred, but it was in 1906 that Brazilian football has been shown to the world: Paulista football team had its first official international match. The game was at home, in São Paulo, and the Paulista football team has lost to the South-African football team on a 6-0 match. In 1925, Brazilian football owned its space in Europe winning 9 out of 10 matches played.

After Brazilian victories overseas, CBD (Confederação Brasileira de Desportos) was created. However, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) recognized CBD only nine years later.

Football became the most popular sport in Brazil, a national passion and, Pelé, the king of football, is considered a national hero. Besides him, Brazil also produced the best players players that are very famous around the world, names such as: Romário, Zico, Ronaldo and many others who helped winning important titles as our five World Cups and building our great reputation in therms of football. They also built the Brazilian image of the land of Futebol Arte (Art Football). A different and technical style where players can show different dribbles and skills that are unique here.

Now we understand why Brazil is the country of football.

Brazil Football History Timeline

1894 – Charles Miller brings two footballs and some books of rules to Brazil.
1898 – The first football team is created at Mackenzie school, in São Paulo.
1901 – The first matches between Rio and São Paulo take place.
1902 – First Paulista Championship.
1906 – Brazilian football is shown to the world.
1925 – Brazil participates on 10 football matches in Europe, and wins 9 of them.
1930 – First World Cup organization by Jules Rimet, In Uruguai.

Brazilian Tournaments

Besides participating in World Cups, Brazil has their own championships. The interesting thing is that our country is divided in states, and each state has its own regional tournament. Here they are:

  • Campeonato Brasileiro: National League. The best teams compete every year and it’s the most important tournament in the country.
  • Copa do BrasilBrazilian Cup. Each state selects the teams  with better results in the state tournament to represent them.
  • Campeonato Carioca: A tournament only with teams from Rio de Janeiro.
  • Campeonato Paulista: A tournament only with teams from São Paulo.
  • Campeonato Gaúcho: A tournament only with teams from Rio Grande do Sul.

World Cup Titles

The first World football championship was organized in 1930, in Uruguai, by Jules Rimet. The World Football Championship that takes place every four years is known as World Cup. An interesting fact is that Brazil is the only country to participate in all World Cups and also the only to win the championship five times. Take a look at them:


Brazil Football History. Títulos do Brasil em Copas do Mundo

Now, we know a little more about Brazil and the origin of Brazilian football.
Our national passion!

So long, guys!

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