February 18, 2014


After winning the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, Neymar & Co. will hope to lift the World Cup trophy this summer on home soil, with the eyes of a nation upon them.
Bruno Magalhaes/AP
There may not be two names more synonymous with Brazil and its soccer culture than Ronaldo, left, and Pele.
Patrick Seeger/DPA/AP

I got my first taste of this not in Rio or São Paulo but in Lyon, France, where the dots of a year's study were joined by weekly five-a-side games with expatriate Brazilians and assorted others. It was on the unforgiving concrete of the local court that I first began to pick up Portuguese.

Brazil fans live and die with the fortunes of the Selecao, pouring emotion and passion into the game.
Fernando Llano/AP
Another Brazilian word will be introduced to soccer fans this summer: Caxirola - the official fan noisemaker of the 2014 World Cup.
Fabio Pozzebom/Agencia Brasil/AP

Jack Lang writes about football (mainly Brazilian) for a number of websites and publications, including The Mirror, Yahoo! Eurosport, When Saturday Comes, and UEFA.com. You can find links to all his articles on his blog, Snap, Kaká and Pop!

You May Like