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.