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Meet Brazil’s total men

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th July 2009 03:00 AM

Let us not deny it. Watching the Brazilians display their fancy Samba football on the silver screen is enough to make many salivate. They even have a bigger effect on the women. I have known some to ogle and compliment the Brazilian players, leaving no d

Let us not deny it. Watching the Brazilians display their fancy Samba football on the silver screen is enough to make many salivate. They even have a bigger effect on the women. I have known some to ogle and compliment the Brazilian players, leaving no d

By Alex Balimwikungu

Let us not deny it. Watching the Brazilians display their fancy Samba football on the silver screen is enough to make many salivate. They even have a bigger effect on the women. I have known some to ogle and compliment the Brazilian players, leaving no doubt about what is on their minds. They imagine they could make passionate lovers!

For the sisters, it is only unfortunate that some of the greatest football stars to have donned the famous yellow shirts and currently on a tour in Uganda are staunch Born-again Christians. Handshakes and brotherly hugs should have you sorted.

The Alem Brasil (Beyond Brazil) team consists of famous names like Kaka, Lucio, Ze Roberto and Emerson. Not all of them have turned up, though. Much as we would want Ronaldo and Ronaldinho on the team, their religious convictions don’t follow the Alem values, which in my eyes makes the dup less total men.

However, the team that lines up against Uganda Cranes includes Emerson Perreira, Paulo Sergio (the captain), Bebeto, Giovanni, Ze Carlos and Silvao.

Others are Viola, Ricardo Rocha, Rai, Muller, Gilmar, Jorginho, Mauro Silva, and Mazinho. They will play matches branded A Game of Hope: One Game, One Nation, One People, to promote unity.

You don’t need to have lived in Brazil to know that football is its heart and soul.

For someone to have ever donned the Brazil jersey as a player is among the greatest deeds of valour. They are Total men. Between them, some of the five FIFA World Cups have been shared. They, along with others, have ensured that Brazil has never missed the World Cup. They are also the first to ever have played in East Africa.

Let’s not forget. It is perhaps only in Brazil where you will find politicians involved in picking the national team, parliamentary sessions being dedicated to discussing the national team’s football fortunes or coaches getting fired for winning trophies without flair.

In Brazil, it is not about goals but how they are scored! A package of flicks, tricks, step overs and scissor-kicks should be on show in our own backyard, though we expect no coach to be fired.

Tell me anywhere in the world where your boss will excuse you from work to watch the national team play? It is only in Brazil.

Interestingly, the Brazil general elections are usually held in the same year as the World Cup.

The Alem group might be here on an evangelical mission, but it shouldn’t shock you to learn that one or two of them were elected to legislative positions.

No offence to Ugandans who will turn up for the games, but as 1994 World Cup Winner, Paulo Sergio, leads his teammates on a mission, you know which side I will be cheering. The Gold of Brazil!

Meet Brazil’s total men

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