The beginnings of Brazilian football

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The beginnings of Brazilian football

The beginnings of Brazilian football
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When one thinks of Brazil it’s hard not to think of football.

It’s everywhere – from stadiums and halls to streets and beaches.

But where did it all begin for this football-mad country.

In 1894 Charles William Miller, son of a Scottish railway engineer and Brazilian mother of English descent, set up a team within the Sao Paulo Athletic club.

He had just returned home to Brazil from his studies in England but had brought back with him a football Federation rule book and lots of passion for the sport.

But Daniela Alfonsi of the Brazil football museum said Charles wasn’t the only one to get the ball rolling.

She said: “While Charles Miller brought the ball to São Paulo, there were other people who did the same thing in other cities. It was predominantly in port cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Porto Alegre. Football was initially introduced to the elite clubs which already existed in Brazil at that time. And also in the schools.”

Miller is widely considered the father of Brazilian football, though.

And little did he know at the time that his passion for the sport would eventually help transform an entire nation, its traditions and culture.

120 years on from when Miller returned home with the rule book Brazil will look to cement their status as the planet’s most successful national team.

And what better way to do that than at a World Cup on home soil.