23 Amazing Reasons To Visit Brazil This Year
Brazil. The land of soccer (or football, depending on your viewpoint). The land of samba, of party atmospheres, and of blue skies.
This is the largest country in South America – in fact, it’s so large that it takes up almost half the area of the entire continent. As such, I’m pretty sure that it’s one of the most diverse countries in the world. With thriving cities, dense rainforests and pristine beaches, this is a country that has something for everyone. If you haven’t visited yet, I can’t urge you to go enough. You simply don’t know what you’re missing.
Brazil is such a beautiful country that has so much to offer both tourists and the locals alike. If you’re Brazilian then below you’ll find some things which should make you proud of your country; if you’re from elsewhere in the world then here are a few facts to whet your travelling whistle!
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Famous Soccer Players
Soccer is one of the most popular sports which is both played and followed in countries all around the world. Arguably, few countries are more soccer-oriented than Brazil, which has bred not only one of the most successful national soccer teams in the world, but some of the world’s most talented players.
Pélé, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo are three of the best names to come out of Brazil in the world of sport. Together, these three players have achieved five FIFA World Cup wins, two entries into the Guinness Book of World Records, one win of the FIFA Player of the Century award, five wins of FIFA World Player of the Year and much, much more!
The Brazilian National Soccer Team
Brazil hasn’t just produced some of the most talented soccer players in the world – throughout history it has put them all together to create the ultimate dream team. This isn’t an exaggeration, because Brazil has consistently created the most successful national soccer team in the world.
For starters, the Brazilian team is the only national team to have participated in every World Cup. That is an achievement in itself, but they didn’t stop there. Brazil’s soccer team has won the FIFA World Cup more times than any other national team: their record currently stands at five wins (in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002).
Brazil might be well-known for containing the Amazon rainforest, but that isn’t the only plant life for which the country is famous. Believe it or not, Brazil is the largest producer of coffee anywhere in the world, so coffee bean growth and production makes up a large part of the Brazilian economy.
It’s estimated that around a third of all the coffee around the world comes from Brazil, so the next time you step into your local coffee shop, you’ll know a little more about the country from where your drink might have originated!
The Personal Stereo
Brazil is famous for many things; its sport, its culture and its landmarks to name just a few. However, Brazil is also the home to many inventions which are now used all around the world – although you’d never guess they originated in South America!
First up is the personal stereo. Contrary to popular belief, Sony were not the first to come up with the idea of a portable music player. A man named Andreas Pavel was living in São Paulo in the late 1960s when he came up with the idea, which he originally called the ‘stereobelt’. After long legal battles with Sony, he is now able to say that he invented the portable music player, and he even received a large amount of compensation from the audio technology giants. This story is proof of the fact that one person’s simple idea can grow exponentially into something that takes over the lives of millions of people around the world!
These days we all seem to be looking for the newest and the best superfoods which will transform our lives and turn us into super-efficient physical beings. One of the best known superfoods is called ‘acai’ – it’s a fruit which can be found in Brazil.
Acai berries are small and dark purple in color. Although they can be eaten on their own, they’re normally added to smoothies and fruit juices which make it easy to consume a large number of nutrients quickly. They also make delicious additions to desserts and sauces. Acai berries are high in antioxidants, meaning that they help to remove harmful toxins from the body. This leads to higher energy levels, improved circulation, better digestion, and many other benefits to overall health as well!