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Kings of carnival | South Florida–based Brazilians make sacred time for futebol

Posted By John Turnbull On 28 February 2006 @ 21:09 In Brazil,Regions | No Comments

Link to Flickr Carnaval for more pictures of the 2006 event [1]Miami | Eyes turn toward Brazil when considering links between football and the pre-Lenten season. Rio and São Paulo clubs exist symbiotically with samba schools that parade to the sambadrome during the Rio Carnaval.

Yet a recent article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel makes even clearer, from talking with expatriate Brazilians in Miami, the strong cultural connections among carnival, the African-Brazilian martial art of capoeira and futebol. [2] Several thousand celebrated in Miami after the Brazilian victory in the 2002 World Cup finals, and carnival preparations are extensive among the some 200,000 Brazilians in the three-county area. Sunday-morning park football also provides a staple cultural activity for Brazilian men. Says Wagner Uchoa, founder of one of the area clubs, Boca Brazil Sports Club:

For them, it’s like church every Sunday. They can party all night long, but no one will miss it. It’s a passion. Soccer is inside your body when you are born. The first thing you get when you are a baby is a little soccer ball.

As for the Brazilian national team, its carnival festivities conclude tomorrow in Moscow, where they encounter Russia in an international friendly. Gametime temperatures of 9 degrees Fahrenheit are forecast.

Miami FC. Link to Miami Herald article. [3]Update: Miami’s Brazilian flair will find expression in Miami FC [4], featuring goal-scoring legend Romario de Souza Faria [5] and midfielder Crizam Cesar de Oliveira Filho, or Zinho, 38, both of the 1994 World Cup–winning national team. Romario was expected to make his debut on 5 May [6]. Miami FC also has an owner, Traffic Sports, with Brazilian backing. The team joins the United Soccer Leagues with a roster also featuring players from Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Honduras and Cuba. Says goalkeeper Chris Doyle:

We can’t fool Miami soccer fans. There is such a large Latino population here, so much diversity, culture and passion for soccer [3], that I can feel the energy already. I think if we win, people will buy into us.

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[1] Image: http://www.flickr.com/groups/carnaval/

[2] cultural connections among carnival, the African-Brazilian martial art of capoeira and futebol.: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-pp24brazilfeb24,0,4910961.story

[3] Image: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/14100704.htm

[4] Miami FC: http://www.miamifc.com/

[5] Romario de Souza Faria: http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/060131/1/5ysz.html

[6] make his debut on 5 May: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/14414046.htm

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