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REPORTAGE | Pourquoi le Brésil est le pays du football

France Bleu dimanche 22 juin 2014 à 9:10

La plage de Copacabana accueille tous les jours des matchs de foot improvisés
La plage de Copacabana accueille tous les jours des matchs de foot improvisés © Radio France - - Germain Arrigoni

Inventé dans sa forme actuelle par les Anglais, le foot est pourtant toujours associé au Brésil. Pourquoi ce sport est-il devenu une religion au point de devenir en un siècle le pays du "futebol" ? Reportage.

C’est la terre sainte du ballon rond. Il n’y a pas une ville, une favela, une rue du Brésil où l'on ne joue pas foot. Dans l’imaginaire collectif, cette nation est "o pais do futebol" : en français, "le pays du football".

Et pourtant, le football a bien été inventé en Angleterre, au 19ème siècle. Il n'est arrivé au Brésil qu'en 1894.

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