Sports in Brazil


Several sports are practiced in Brazil: tennis, diving, golf... However, the main sport remains football.

Brazil is best known around the world for its national football team. Football is actually the main popular sport among Brazilians. The country has many stadiums and football fields meeting international standards. You can join a club if you play football. You can as well attend matches which are regularly held throughout the country, especially on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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The FIFA World Cup will be held in 2014 in Brazil. Preparations, which are underway, already look like those of a national festival.

Volleyball and basketball

Other sports such as volleyball and basketball are also very popular in Brazil. These sports are practiced both by men and women regionally and nationally. Matches are usually held on the beaches and in gyms. If you want to play volleyball or basketball, you can register with a club.

Furthermore, tennis, Formula 1, golf and trekking are also quite widespread in Brazil. Water sports such as diving, surf, kite surfing, are especially practiced on the East coast. Surfers across the globe have an annual meeting on the beaches of Paracuru Jericoacoara and Barra Grande.

You could also opt for relaxation techniques such as yoga, Zumba or martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Gracie Ju-Jitsu. Classes are available in most major cities. You can sign up according to your availabilities.

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Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art. It consists of both a combat sport and African dances which were performed at the time of slavery in Brazil. Capoeira mainly involves acrobatic moves with several body parts: hands, elbows, knees, head to the rhythm of African songs and music.

Note that this sport is practiced throughout the country through a sports federation. Championships are regularly organized.

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