#25 Charles Miller

Posted on Jun 3 2013 - 7:52am by Beautiful Game

Charles Miller

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.


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