It’s not a secret that I am a Brazil fan… I was a Brazil fan before I even knew what futbol was… My mom spent a good few years in Brazil before marrying my dad so the love for Brazil in our family comes from before the family existed. Thankfully throughout my life I’ve had the opportunity to live in Brazil during two different periods of my life (lower school and 3/4 of high school). Those who know me personally, know that I like to blend in, learn local languages, cultures, mentality, etc… And even though it may sound corny, while living in Brazil I was the most Brazilian foreigner most people ever met. It would shock people when I told them I wasn’t Brazilian. Why am I saying this? Because It’s easy for someone to criticize something from the outside, but I’m not “on the outside”. I’ve seen almost all of what being a Brazilian means, for better and for worst.
When you hear Brazil being the country of parties, it’s no joke. The Brazilian people (even the poorest of the poor) always find a way to celebrate anything and be happy… They’re happy people (at least most of them).
When Brazil was elected to host the 2014 World Cup, I knew things we’re going to get VERY bad… Brazil has a funny way of getting things done, the “jeitinho Brasileiro” (the Brazilian way), is a mixture of corruption and goal oriented actions. The people know how corrupt their country is… most are just as corrupt… But what happened a year before this world cup (and from then until even now) is a story that most of you will think I made up, but I (as well as MANY others) saw it coming for miles…
Ever since I can remember Julio Cesar, he never disappointed… Even though he was placed as reserve to Dida and Rogerio Ceni, Julio Cesar (for me) was never a disappointment.
His career might not be the gold shinning star you’d expect, but even with the struggles, he’s always managed to establish himself as the teams first-choice goalkeeper anywhere he went.
Yesterday in the first game of the “Round of 16″, Julio Cesar made a mistake that cost Brazil their lead and while the commentators egged on him, every reporter had their headlines all geared up to smear and bash him, the truth was that it wasn’t solemnly his fault… After all, there was another mistake that led to his mistake.
For some reason, the soccer world (especially Brazilians) loves being VERY UNFORGIVING when it comes to mistakes made by Brazilian professionals… Win or loose, words like “washed out” are used left and right without giving it a second thought. From coaches to midfielders, defenders, strikers, subs, goalkeepers, when the Brazilian National Team looses, someone’s head is going to spin… Even when the team wins, someone gets criticized and scrutinized negatively (while someone else becomes a hero)… In yesterday’s match, If anyone’s head should have rolled, my vote was on Fred (who’s done NOTHING VALUABLE this world cup so far).
Without a doubt in my mind I am who I am today because of what I’ve experienced in Brazil. As a foreign resident I’ve had the opportunity to attend both a Brazilian school for a few years in elementary school and the American School of Rio de Janeiro in high school.
Those that know me, know that I am a person that adapts really quickly to my environment and manage to “mask” myself as a local within a very short period of time. Unlike most foreigners I met in Brazil, I consider part of myself being Carioca. From going to the Maracana watch Flamengo play to the sambodromo for the “Desfile das Campeãs”, Globo na praia to the post-beach açaí to the crazy “night”, A I had the chance to experience a lot, meet all kinds of people, and the one conclusion I reached was that it seems that Brazil just doesn’t care.
Brazil operates mainly under one principle: “Jeitinho Brasileiro” translated purely means “the little Brazilian way”. What does it mean? many things… but among the things it means, some of the ways things happen are more known as corruption, thievery and selfishness.
Here are three basic cases of things I know as a FOREIGN individual (who’s mixed himself among Brazilians) which most citizens know about but do NOTHING:
- December is the time where you’ll get pulled over for anything just because the cops want a Christmas payoff.
- If you know a higher ranked in the army, you don’t need to worry about ANYTHING regarding your military duties, which exist by the way.
- Politicians hire even their newborn babies(exaggeration for any family member, friend, etc…) for bogus positions just to funnel government money.
Gol Linhas Aereas, or Gol Air Lines (NYSE: GOL) in English is the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America which operates flights to South America, the Caribbean and the US. Lately, GOL has been experiencing losses mainly due to landing fees in Brazil and fuel costs. So why am I predicting a 50% profit on the current price ($3.75)?
Gol’s Price History