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Facts & Figures

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  • Capital City: Brasilia
  • Population: 170m
  • Languages: Portuguese
  • Team Nickname: Auriverdes (The gold-and-green) or Los Canarinhos (The Little Canaries)
  • Official Team Web Site (in Portuguese)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002)
  • Best Copa America Performance: Winners (1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 2 (January 2017)
For a country that is so obsessed with football, it seems strange to learn that the national league was only established relatively recently. This was largely a logisitical problem; due to the size of the country and the transport infrastructure, travelling to away matches hundreds of miles away was difficult and expensive. When the national league was eventually set up, some of the established teams declined the opportunity to participate, preferring to remain in local or state leagues, which allowed one or two new, more forward-thinking teams to join the national league. Today there are two "pyramids"; the national league with Divisions A, B, C and D, and the state leagues.

Ideas for a Brazil Themed Party

Football in Brazil isn't a pass-time or a hobby - it's a national obsession. When the national team are playing, it's not unusual for many people to take the day off work to watch the match. Everywhere you go in Brazil you will see boys playing football in the streets. Football is everything to Brazilians. Well, almost everything. The other thing they love is partying - music, dance and carnivals are almost as central to Brazilian culture as football is. For this reason, some journalists and pundits refer to the Brazilian national team as "the Samba Kings" or "the Samba Boys".

Although the national team colours of yellow and blue are known and instantly recognised throughout the world, Brazil haven't always played in this strip. During the first half of the 20th century, they changed their colours many times, wearing (amongst others) white shirts, white shirts with green vertical stripes, red shirts, blue shirts, and yellow shirts with black stripes. The current colours were only adopted in the mid-1950's.

However, as far as party decorations etc are concerned, you don't need to worry too much about what colour the team's shirts were in 1924! For a Brazilian football themed party all you need is some loud samba music, some great Brazilian food and drink, Brazil football shirts, and the whole room decked out in yellow and blue... and fortunately, we have links to all this and more on this page!

Brazil Party Decorations

Food for a Brazilian Themed Party

Brazilian cooking has been influenced by many other nations and cultures. In addition to the cooking of the indigenous peoples, Brazilian cuisine has been heavily influenced by the Portuguese, who first colonised the area 500 years ago, and by the culture of the West African slaves that they brought with them.
Additionally, the style of cooking and the ingredients used differs by region in this vast country, although rice and beans as staples are consumed almost everywhere. In the north, close to the Amazon, fish is an important source of protein, and there is an abundance of fresh local root vegetables and fruit. By contrast, the central and western areas, much of which is open grassland, produce large quantities of beef, corn and pork.

Like their close neighbours and arch-rivals the Argentinians, Brazilians love to barbecue, and often a barbecue becomes an all day event, with mountains of beef being slowly barbecued throughout the afternoon, being gradually eaten slice by slice, washed down with cold beer. The beef is often simply salted and cooked - very little marination. The Brazilians claim to have been the first to introduce beef to South America, even before it arrived in Argentina. Whether that's true or not, beef is certainly always on the menu!

Try some of these next time Brazil are playing:

Starters

Barbecue Recipes Other Main Courses

Drink for a Brazilian Themed Party

Brazil's national drink is a cocktail called Caipirinha, which is made using the local spirit Cachaça . Cachaça is made from distilled sugar cane, and isn't widely available outside Brazil, but you can substitute good quality white rum or vodka instead. Click here for the recipe for Brazil's classic Caipirinha cocktail. Additionally, Brazil is rightly famed for its coffee, and locally brewed beer is also extremely popular. The best-selling brands are Skol and Brahma , and it is traditional in Brazil to serve lager beer with more of a head on top than would be expected in the UK, for example.

Theming your Brazilian party

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