Here’s why Brazilians are so good at soccer


Children play football in Rocinha, Brazil’s largest and most populous favela in Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone. (Giuseppe/Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s an obvious disparity between how kids are exposed to soccer in the United States and in Brazil. A previous conversation with former MLS player Davis Paul, he created this video for GoPro, shed some light on what the Americans might be doing wrong. This video shows what Brazil is doing right to ensure the future existence of homegrown Peles, Ronaldinhos and Neymars.

Pretty cool stuff.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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