Why Indians love Pele’s Brazil?
When it comes to FIFA, Indians become Brazalians. This article explains the love of Indians for Brazil football and why they consider the likes of Pele, Zico, Socrates, Falcao, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and others as their very own?
As FIFA World Cup is here and now, Indian football fans are becoming Brazalians. Their support for the country which is more than 14 thousand kilo meters away is beyond any question. It is an unflinching love and devotion. They are not at all concerned that their own team is not playing in FIFA World Cup. Most of them would fully support football power house in the forthcoming FIFA World
Cup. Why Indians football buffs love Brazil so much when it comes to football? Perhaps we like classic skillful football than the power packed football that is played by the European sides.
Indians near religious support for Brazilian teams is going on since long.
Many of the current Brazilian fans in India are ones who started following the sport during one of the country’s salad days of Pele. And who can forget when Pele played in City of Joy in 1977. Old timers would still remember when Pele conquered Calcutta (now Kolkata). He was member of the New York Cosmos club that played an exhibition match against Mohan Bagan at the Eden Garden. The likes of Jyoti Basu, Satyajit Ray and Siddhartha Shankar Ray were among the spectators came to watch the legendary Pele.
And as years passed and times moves, Brazil had won the World Cup in 1994. They lost in the final to France in 1998. However, they won the following edition. That phase made Indians so close to Brazilian football. Players like Zico, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Kaka are like everything to them. When Ronaldinho visited Kerala in February 2016 to inaugurate the Sait Nagjee Cup, his fans thronged the stadium. And when Brazil won the 2002 World Cup, Brazil fans took out processions in Goa, Bengal, Kerala and other parts of the country.
While Indian fans do support the big clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea. But, but when it comes to FIFA their loyalty towards Brazil is complete and final. The support for Brazil has been not confined to one particular state. It is pan Indian. On last 7 October, when Brazil was playing Spain in the first match of the day in the FIFA under 17 World Cup, the attendance at Kochi's Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium was over 25 Thousand. The atmosphere was electric, they were cheering the Brazilian team. Later in the day, when Niger took on North Korea at the same stadium, the attendance was barely two thousand.
Three days later, when Spain faced Niger in Kochi, the attendance was just
about ten thousand. But by the time of Brazil’s clash with North Korea later in the day, the crowd had doubled. The life came to grinding halt when Brazil side was playing there. Schools and colleges were shut. Offices had very thin attendance. Almost everybody took sick or casual leave. Surprised Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu even said that they never knew that people in India love our side so much. “It's really important for us to have the
For many football fans supporting Brazil is a tradition that has been passed down generations. Many of the current Brazil supporters are fans of Neymar, Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Casemiro and Fernandinho. The fathers probably started the craze in the house by falling in love with players like Zico or Socrates. Of course, in 1986, Maradona awoke them to Argentina. Indian fans were mesmerized by the dribbling skills of Maradona.
crowd on our side. We want to give back the love that we received from you.”
Some believe that Indian football fans obsession for Brazilian football team began during the 1982 World Cup, when the team had the likes of Zico, Socrates and Falcao playing in their ranks. Those were the days when leagues like the Premier League and Lac Ligan were never shown on TO. Football was just a once-every-four-year’s event from World Cup to World Cup. But it gained the stature of a festival in football mad places like
Goa, Bengal and Kerala.
Hyped by Media
Indeed, the media too played a role in creating a craze for Brazil. They wrote extensively about the Brazilian team, which got people to start supporting them. Of course, the fact that Brazil played with a lot of flair and do not believe in foul play. However, the current Brazilian team is not the pale shadow of those Brazilian sides which had the likes Pele, Ronaldo, Romerio and Rivaldo. Yet, the support for them in India seems to be as unflinching as it always was.
For many football fans supporting Brazil is a tradition that has been passed down generations. Many of the current Brazil supporters are fans of Neymar, Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Casemiro and Fernandinho. The fathers probably started the craze in the house by falling in love with players like Zico or Socrates. Of course, in 1986, Maradona awoke them to Argentina. Indian fans were mesmerized by the dribbling skills of Maradona. They were equally impressed with the great free-kicks of Maradona. He singlehandedly won the 1986 world cup for his country. Yet the craze for Brazil endures.
Roberto Rivellino was a world-class midfielder who displayed his magic with Brazil through the 1970s.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal after shooting a penaltykick during the match against Spain.
Socrates, member of the most remembered Brazilian team that didn'twin the World Cup, the 1982 Brazil.
FIFA World Cup 2018.