It’s always nice to #score a goal, especially when you can score them as beautifully as Neymar.
In his young career Brazil’s Neymar has already scored many spectacular goals, not the least of which was the goal vs Flamengo which won him the 2011 Puskas Award for the “most beautiful” goal of the year.
And if the 2013 Confederations Cup is any indication, there will be many more beautiful goals to follow.
Yesterday, his strike was the winner as Brazil defeated Mexico and his previous goal vs Japan was a sweet volley into the top corner that will be remembered as one of the best of the tournament.
Neymar was beautiful enough in a Santos jersey and will forever be beautiful in a Brazil jersey but there is something especially beautiful about him in a #Barcelona jersey.
It could be any big team really. Today Neymar signs with Barcelona, tomorrow your boy signs with Manchester United.
It’s all the same.
It’s about the dream. And the dream team.
And there is nothing better or more beautiful than signing with that dream team.
Except of course #winning with your dream team
For as we all know, #winningisbeautiful.
The story of Charles Miller is an especially beautiful one.
Charles Miller is the father of Brazilian soccer, or as it is known there: futebol.
Miller was born in Brazil (Sao Paulo), the son of a Scottish railway engineer and Brazilian mother of English descent.
In 1884 he was sent away to boarding school in Southampton, England where he learned to play the new game of football
He returned to Brazil in 1894, with two footballs and an FA rule book and proceeded to set up the São Paulo Athletic Club (SPAC) team and the Liga Paulista, the first football league in Brazil.
Imagine – just two footballs and one rule book from England – and oh of course the special passion for the game of one Charles Miller – and greatest soccer country ever was born, producing 5 World Cup winners and the most beautiful brand of football the world has ever seen.
Beautiful story, the story of Charles Miller, the Brazilian Englishman.
There’s #scoring a goal. And then there is scoring a goal at the #maracana.
That’s what Fred and Paulinho did for the home team yesterday in a friendly vs England and it must have caused them great joy to have done it wearing the #golden yellow of Brazil at the legendary stadium.
But imagine what it must have felt like for England youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored in the 67th minute and for veteran Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has accomplished a great deal already in his great career but you can bet he won’t soon forget scoring the go-ahead 2-1 goal, curling a wonderful shot into the top corner of the net in the 79th.
His team may only have walked away with a 2-2 tie in the end but the goal will no doubt remain a beautiful memory for a player who used to be referred to as the White Pele.
And perhaps that goal and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s are a wee reminder to locals that it was an Englishman by the name of #Charles Miller who brought the game to Brazil all those years ago…
The jersey of the Brazilian national team has become so iconic in the world of soccer that now no one really notices the crest, or the green trim or the numbers or the names or even the blue shorts. All they see is a colour: yellow. Or as writer Alex Bellos more specifically says in Futebol: Soccer: The Brazilian Way: “golden yellow”. Or in Brazillian: “amarelinha”.
Originally the national colours were white and blue but after the trauma of their 1950 World Cup Final defeat to Uruguay at the #maracana, the people of Brazil sought some form of change to exorcise the demons which arrived with the final whistle.
The colour of change was yellow.
And it is while wearing yellow that Brazil has since decorated the history of soccer with 5 World Cups and a brand of football which has electrified stadiums and brought joy to fans around the world.
To some the Barcelona jersey is the most beautiful in the world of soccer, alongside the golden yellow shirt of the Brazilian national team.
Beautiful jersey, beautiful team. Winning team.
Founded in 1899 by “a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper” the club first wore its iconic blue and red colours in 1900 and have since that time been affectionately known as the “Blaugrana”.
In recent years FC Barcelona have been widely thought of as the best team in the world and even been considered the best club team ever. Lionel Messi’s number 10 jersey has symbolized this period of world domination and soon the young Brazilian star #Neymar will don his own jersey and try to keep the winning beautiful in Catalonia.