Brazilians are staking a claim in Florida’s soccer teams – and it cannot be long until they begin to make similar moves in the rest of the country. While this may not be the type of product to attract investors in Brazil, it certainly makes the game in the USA look very appealing indeed.
Winning in pragmatic fashion has always been the cornerstone of Dunga’s philosophy, and it will be no different at this year’s Copa America in Chile.
Corinthians were founded in 1910 by a group of factory workers, the growth of the club reflected the explosion of the city around them, as Sao Paulo was transformed from sleepy outpost into the continent’s concrete metropolis. Traditionally, it had been the club of the outsiders, with a working class ethic of sweat and sacrifice. The election of Lula as Brazil’s president 12 years ago changed all that. A factory worker from a trade union background, Lula was a Corinthians fanatic. Suddenly the club seemed to symbolize a new establishment. Government funds were made available for Corinthians to achieve the decades-old dream of its own stadium, Sao Paulo’s 2014 World Cup venue out to the east of the city in Itaquera.
Brazil and football have always been synonymous. Brazil stands for the beautiful game and its players excel virtue of technical superiority, tactical refinement and natural improvisation. The history of Brazilian football at international level is rich and illustrious: five world cup wins have provided numerous legends such as Leonidas da Silva, Garrincha, Pele, Zico and Socrates, and unforgettable moments.
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