Football fever in Brazil

Brazilians love sports and football is one of the nation’s favorites. There are more than 10,000 Brazilians playing football professionally around the world.

The game has become popular in Brazil since the mid-period of the 19th Century when a British immigrant’s son returned to Brazil after playing for a famous amateur football club in England. He brought some equipment as well as all the knowledge he’d gained and created a football team in São Paulo.

After that, the Brazilians have developed their own football style, with dribbling being an important part of it. Brazil is also the country which has invented football variations such as futsal, footvolley, and beach football.

The men’s national football team of Brazil is currently ranked as one of the best in the world by FIFA. Particularly, they have won the FIFA World Cup a record five times (in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002).

An F1 destination

Brazil is one part of the annual F1 racing schedule and the Brazilian Grand Prix is one of the last of the years.

The Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo hosts the annual race and in 2013, its contract was extended until 2022.

Brazil is also home to many of the best F1 drivers such as Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet,  Felipe Massa, and Emerson Fittpaldi, each of whom won the race in Brazil twice.

The history of the Brazilian Grand Prix

Brazil has only hosted the F1 racing event since 1972. Although it is one of the newest circuits in this event calendar, it’s hosted the event consistently ever since.

The F1 event was firstly hosted at Interlagos. However, the drivers complained of its rough surface. Therefore, the event moved to Rio in 1978, then returned to Interlagos, which had upgraded facilities for the 2 following seasons.

The population in São Paulo had dramatically risen by 1980. However, the track was run-down and deemed unsafe after some cars were damaged on it. The event was moved to wealthier-looking Rio again.

By 1990, São Paulo city had improved the Interlagos circuit once again. The event moved back to its native track and stayed there ever since.