Racism In Brazilian Football

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The negativities do not only occur on the outside of the pitch, some cultural problems occur even while the players are preforming. Racism has plagued Brazilian football stars just as it affects the everyday civilians. Brazilian football has been an arena for reflecting upon the place of black and mixed-race people (AAA, 2014). Black players on the Brazilian nation team like, Dani Alves, have been subject of monkey whooping chants and he has even had bananas thrown at him. Dani Alves himself has taken a stand against racism and has even left the pitch in the middle of an international match because of how hurt he was by the chants. This racism is apparent in Brazilian culture off the pitch, with darker skinned people being marked as lower…show more content…
The transformation of football from an opulent diversion for society’s upper crust to eventually becoming a nationwide passion of mammoth proportions was a process fraught with the complex and charged components of race and class in Brazilian society. (Daflon & Ballve, 2004) The freedom of expression the people of Brazil show has many similarities with the play style of the best known Brazilian stars. For example, Neymar, who is a free-flowing, showboating football phenom, uses his style of play to express himself on the pitch. He uses fantastic turns, spins, and dribbling skills to outwit and beat his opponents. The people of Brazil show a similar way of expressing themselves. The undying support is normally seen through the face paints, costumes, and the electric atmosphere which the fans bring to the game (Wachelke, 2008). The football fans have helped in proving to people that this is also a stimulating game to be enjoyed by everyone. Football is considered as one of the Brazil’s people vehicle of expression (Wachelke, 2008). Football is in a relationship with…show more content…
The two are inter connected in a way that whenever one changes, so does the other. The Brazilian national football team, who arguably have the most aesthetically pleasing style of play, show a direct reflection to the beauty and attractiveness of the country. They also share the characteristic of letting their citizens and fans down. They appear bright and flashy on the outside but never live up to expectations. With the Brazilian national team crashing out of each tournament earlier than expected, and the government over spending on building projects which have a hand on the country’s slow decline into bankruptcy. In the economic context of Brazil, they both have instances of corruption, as well. The football selection has been known to select lower quality players in hopes to get them lucrative, high paying contracts with the upper echelon of European teams (Zimbalist & Renwick, 2011). The government is branded for their shady business when dealing with bids for sporting events (Muller, 2004). Fans, citizens, and even players on the Brazilian national team criticize and protest the acts of the governing footballing bodies and acts of the government itself. The fans and citizens protesting the building of new infrastructure for upcoming sporting events has led to the deaths of many (AAA, 2014). Even players like Dani Alves have protested against racism
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