by Pedro Tolentino
It has arrived, there are only 14 days left before the start of the twentieth Football World Cup (Soccer World Cup for the North American readers). It is the most important event of the most popular sport in the world. The numbers speak for themselves, while the U.N. has 193 member states, FIFA (Football International Federation), has 209.
In its twentieth version, the World Cup is going to feel at home being played in Brazil. The Country is the most successful one in the tournament’s History. Sometimes referred to as “The Country of Football”, even though the British actually created the sport.
Brazil in the only country to have won five editions of the tournament, more than anyone else. It played the world cup final seven times (tied for first in this one with Germany). Also, the greatest footballer of all time (Pelé) is Brazilian. He has played in four World Cups, between those four Brazil won three, and in the two of them (when Pelé was able to play in the final match), he managed to score.