The top sports in Brazil

Thanks to their warm and pleasant climate, Brazilian people are deeply involved in sport. There is great variety of activities but some of them are widely played. Sport is a major part of their culture. Brazil is real power and when comes to sport almost everybody practices some of it. Which sports are the most popular?

Football is like a love story in Brazil. It is a religion there and according to research, there are more soccer fields than temples in Brazil. Every boy in Brazil dreams to become a famous player one day. And most of them receive a ball for their birthdays. More than 10,000 people play professional football in the country and 60,000 more around the world. Brazil has produced some of the most iconic players such as Pele, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho. With 5 FIFA World Cups, Brazil remains the only country in the world with so many titles. The football-loving nation is most famous for it.

Volleyball is played every day. They literally have a court on every beach. Volleyball is Brazil’s second most popular sport. Both men and women participate on Olympic level but the Brazil’s women national team is ranked number 1 in FIVB World Rankings. Volleyball is especially popular in the coastline cities and the country is a world champion in Beach volleyball.

Basketball. The Brazilian National Basketball Team has been a member of FIBA since 1935. In the period from 1956 till 2016, the team has won 12 gold and 3 bronze medals. On the territory of the Americas (North and South America), the Brazilian National Basketball Team is the most successful one. Brazil hasn’t missed a World Cup since 1950. Anderson Varejao and Leandro Barbosa are among the Brazilians who have become NBA champions.

Motorsport is also pretty big. Brazil has won 100 Formula One races. Iconic names in the history of the motorsport will remain those of Ayrton Senna, Felipe Massa, and Bruno Senna.

The Brazilian Grand Prix will be moved in 2020 to a new circuit in Rio de Janeiro named after Ayrton Senna who is regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time.

Brazil also has traditions when it comes to the Moto GP. Some of the most well-respected names come from this country – Alex Barros, Adu Celso, Eric Granado, etc.

Surfing. Brazil is home of gorgeous beaches and perfect sea waves for surfing. With 7,000km of coastal line, Brazil offers some excellent conditions for surfers. The country also is the dream destination for all lovers of surf sport. Some of them are Arpoador (in Rio) on the curve between Ipanema and Copacabana, Santa Catarina Island and Fernando de Noronha with the best waves in Brazil. The name of Maya Gabeira, Gabriel Medina and Carlos Burle will remain the most recognizable in the world of surf.

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art with elements of dance and acrobatics. It is accompanied by music and simulates combat movements. In 2014 Capoeira was added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Betting is also very present in Brazil, as the presence of “codigo promocional bet365” attests.