Category: Favela

Football in Brazil

What an amazing World Cup!

It’s been a fascinating TV spectacle for the past month, showcasing the world’s finest footballing talent (and England) and gripping audiences running into the hundreds of millions.

We’ve also been treated to the marvellous atmosphere of Brazilian stadia. The self-styled “Kings of football” have entertained us, thrilled us and stunned us with their passion, liveliness and unrivalled enthusiasm – it was just a shame their team didn’t quite live up to it!

The Maracana catches your eye even from some distance away

The Maracana catches your eye even from some distance away

As the World Cup ends though, I am taken back to my time watching football in Brazil eight years ago, when a visit to the Maracana did not have quite the same international profile, but undoubtedly had the same raw intensity.

It was pretty hot in the stands

It was pretty hot in the stands

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The favelas of Rio de Janeiro

Over the past few weeks and months, the eyes of the world have been turning towards Brazil where the game of football was made magical and the sound of samba and celebration echoes through the streets.

There has been a great enthusiasm for the delights of the country – from the beauty of the Rio skyline to the mystery and depth of the Amazon rainforest. It is a country of marvellous contrasts, wonderful vistas and friendly people.

But it’s also a country of dark contrasts. Most markedly between rich and poor.

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