This is THE year for modern Brazilian football, with the World Cup being presented on their home turf and the re-release of “Ginga, The Soul of Brazilian Football” which goes some way to show that their passion for the sport is as prominent as ever. The prime of Brazilian film-making (Fernando Meirelles, Hank Levine, Tocha Alves and Marcelo Machado) came together to make this documentary for Nike prior to the 2006 World Cup and with it they take us from Sao Paulo to Rio to the Amazon, مشاهدة مباراة from the privileged to the not-so-much but, always present, is the absolute glow on the parents’ faces when they talk about their children’s skill in the sport that has their country’s heart, whether they address the camera from a furnished living room, a beach hut or a sofa in the corner of a squat.
The diversity of Brazil was “one of the more important aspects of the concept” says Machado. The complexities of the country are not hidden as with some nations but part of the tapestry of Brazilian life and the thrill that “foreigners try to understand انا غزاوي by visiting the city of Sao Paulo, the Amazon jungle and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro”. Ginga dips it’s toe into all those places. In Rio, on one end of the poverty scale is “Romarinho” who blows everyone’s minds with his footwork as he struggles to get accepted to Flamengo and there is also slightly less modest Sergio from a plush apartment in the nice area of town. Then there’s Denilson from Campinas, Karine Duarte playing her version of beachball with her feet on the beach of Sao Paulo and Henrique from Sao Bernardo. Oh, and Robinho just before his legendary Real Madrid transfer, and Falcao, the world’s best Futsal (indoor football) player.
The appearance of legendary players before their success might seem like an unexpected thrill, but Machado puts it all in perspective: “during the research, Robinho’s coach introduced me to a 12 year-old boy who could have been a great character for يلا شوت the movie, that boy was Neymar. I made Robinho’s sequence but left Neymar aside”. It seems Brazil is swarming with incredibly skilled kids playing keep me up in bare feet and smiles, as the opening sequence displays. Or perhaps there is some truth in “Every Brazilian can play football”… that is apart from Machado apparently, though that didn’t stop him from trying: “I played a lot of football, but very badly”.
This ambition and playfulness for the sport, it seems, is what Ginga is all about. Not the “stars but the dream to become one of them” says Machado. It seems الهدف لايف only right that after 80 plus years, the ultimate competition in football is brought home to Brazil, where it is celebrated every day, not just every four years.
“Ginga, The Soul of Brazilian Football” is the perfect watch to get your World Cup fever hot.