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.