The people of Rio simply love samba and Brazilian soccer. Brazilians start playing futebol or Brazilian soccer from a very early age developing into world class players which is the main reason why they always stay on top of the game.
The Brazilians love this sport and the hype can be felt during the months of May to December wherein the national league games are held.
The state championships are held during January to April so there is clearly no month that Brazilians don’t play soccer. Even if majority of home grown talent pursue their careers in Spanish, English, and Italian clubs, some of the best players still stick with the Brazilian league.
A lot of the games are held during the Rio Carnival weekend which adds to the excitement of everyone joining the fun.
Maracana – the home of Brazilian Soccer
There is no other place to feel the passion of soccer in Brazil than in the Maracana stadium.
Watching a game at the Maracana ignites all your senses which make a game at the Maracana one of the most unforgettable things you will ever get to experience in your life.
The roaring cheers of the fans across the stadium and the deafening screams of all the spectators’ transports you into a different world, the world of Brazilian Soccer. The top four soccer teams in Rio namely the Vasco da Gama, Flamengo, Botafogo, and Fluminense all play home games here.
Currently, the Maracana is undergoing some renovation to meet the standards of FIFA.A trip from Copacabana using the subway will take you directly to Maracana but can get extremely full during game nights, so it’s best to ride the subway earlier.
Prices of the soccer game range from $30 to $100. Tourist can also join guided tours which are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on regular days and 8:00 am to 11:00 am on game days.
Brazilian Soccer – the lifeline of the locals
The locals in Rio love to play soccer, this is evident as you stroll along the streets of Rio.
You will find Brazilians of all ages engaged into a serious game of soccer which is usually surrounded by curious onlookers also in love with the sport.
Try asking every little boy you meet on the street about their goal in life, and almost all of them would want to be soccer superstars.
Playing soccer with no boundaries
Brazilian soccer definitely has no boundaries, as long as the locals find a wide area and a ball, they will definitely play soccer.
Aside from soccer itself, there are other variations of the sport such as foot volley or beach football. Unlike regular soccer, beach football requires an added skill since it’s harder to move the ball around in the sand.
Beach football competitions are always held in Ipanema, Copacabana, and other famous beaches in Rio. Aside from beach football, futebol de salao or more commonly known as futsal is another variation to the sport.
Futsal is an indoor soccer game which is more commonly played in clubs.