If Brazil refers to itself as “The Country of Futball” (or in Portuguese, “o país do futebol”), then home to the Maracanã stadium, Rio De Janeiro, is the capital of soccer.
One of the biggest stadiums the world has ever seen, the Maracanã was home to this 2014 game between Brazil and Uruguay during the Brazil World Cup, and fans spared no time trolling their South American contenders on the pitch. Go big or go home! Or at least get trolled while trying to win. This guy put in the effort. Did it work?
A Slogan for the Centuries
In 2008 UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) launched a media campaign dubbed "Respect." The campaign aimed to create an inclusive atmosphere around soccer towards unity and respect across gender, race, religion, and ability.
This photo was taken at the 2010 World Cup in a match between Brazil and North Korea and is a clear sign that the campaign was a success. After all, sports since the time of the ancient Greek Olympic Games have been a way to unify nations around a commonality that keeps the peace between all cultures. Let's keep the tradition going!
Anyone Can Be a Fan
The World Cup happens every four years and is an opportunity to unify nations internally. For a few weeks, there's a peaceful environment around the globe, making space for dialogue, tolerance, and positive change.
Fans unify around their home country and watch it compete against some of the best teams the world has to offer. Anything can happen, and the tournament is full of surprises. And there is no rule that forbids you from supporting a country you are not a native of. Just like this girl decided to be British for the day, so can you.
Enough Is Never Enough
Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Just a cup of coffee in some cities in the country could cost you an arm and a leg.
There are very few places that made it to the top ten list of most expensive countries in the world. You can bet the ticket to a soccer match between Switzerland and Portugal in the city of Geneva is no cheap day out with mom and dad. Still not enough for this young whipper snapper. Nope, he would like to go home with a jersey too.
A Two-for-One Deal
The global licensed sports merchandise market reached a value of US$ 29.9 billion in 2021. Looking forward, the market is projected to reach US$ 39.8 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.9% during 2022-2027.
These two girls seem to be trying their luck for some exclusive merchandise from their hometown stars. You can see the excitement on their faces. "What will you do with the money we make, Jenny? I'm gonna buy the biggest house ever, and no one will ever be able to say I didn't make it. They'll say, hey, that's Jenny's house. You know the girl who sold the gloves!"