SEASON 1 | EPISODE 6
Hello and welcome to Brazilian English Podcast, I’m your host and teacher Derek Noble and in this podcast we talk about Brazilian culture and entertainment to help Brazilian students of English reach fluency in English and also to spread our values and beliefs worldwide. Every episode is full of rich vocabulary for all levels of English and also full of content related to a universe that, as we know, is enormous and interesting: I’m talking about Brazilian culture.
Yo, guys, what’s up? How are you doing today? I hope you’re feeling great like I am. In today’s podcast we’re gonna talk about football, or soccer, if you are in the USA.
A little bit of History. Football was introduced in Brazil by a Scottish2 man called Thomas Donohoe. He organized the first match in 1894, 6 months before another famous Scott named Charles Miller. I bet you have heard his name before, right? Our History is full of happy moments but also some sad ones, I would say. Brazil’s national team has won Fifa Worldcup Tournament 5 times: in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. And our team is the only one to participate in every World Cup competition ever held3.
Ou biggest soccer players of all time are Pelé, of course, Garrincha, Marta, Romário, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaká. Recently, our national team has suffered many defeats4, and the players are more accused of playing only for money than praised5 for their talent, I guess. The biggest defeat of our national team was in the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil. We lost 7-1 to Germany. And the whole nation was shocked and in a state of mourning6. It was even worse than the 1950s defeat to Uruguay, in a game known as the “Maracanazzo”.
Because Brazil is a big country, its football competions are divided according to it states. The regional competitions are crucial to players who envisage7 a future playing for a popular team or even to be hired8 by a team from another country. As of 1st of May, 2017, there were 1202 Brazilian footballers playing their trade outside Brazil. And 65% of these players are with clubs in Europe. It’s a considerable amount, I would say.
The most popular football clubs in Brazil are Flamengo, Vasco, Palmeiras, Corinthians, São Paulo, Cruzeiro, Grêmio, Internacional, Paysandu, Sport, Bahia, Vitóia, Ceará, Atlético Paranaense and Goiás. I’m sorry if I forgot to mention your favorite team, okay? These teams play tournaments9 in 4 series: A, B C and D. They also play the Brazil Cup, which grants10 the winner a participation in the continental tournament Libertadores da América. Wedsneday nights are football nights in Brazil.
My team is gonna play tonight, by the way. Is your team going to play tonight? What team do you support? Do you even like football? Let me know in the comments. I’ll talk to you later in another episode of Brazilian English Podcast, okay? Bye bye!
1 – gather – reunir-se
2 – scottish – escocês
3 – held – realizadas
4 – defeats – derrotas
5 – praised – elogiados
6 – mourning – luto
7 – envisage – vislumbram
8 – hired – contratados
9 – tournaments – torneios
10 – grants – concede