In case you weren’t aware, Brasilians take their football pretty seriously. Not only a national sport, it’s a way of life, a religion, and this year’s World Cup is clear evidence that this game really rules the country. When the Seleção is centre-stage, the nation is at a stand still. As it will be again, within the next 12 hours, when Brasil faces off against an in-form Colombia to determine who will proceed to the quarter finals. Intense shit.
To highlight the depth of passion these players have, Nike have just dropped a moving short film, focussing on the story of defender David Luiz, as told by his obviously proud father, Ladislau Marinho, who used to be footballer himself. Having scored the first goal in the host nation’s last game, the Round of 16 thriller against Chile, Luiz has played an instrumental role for his country and all eyes will be on him again tomorrow.
There is literally nothing that doesn’t invoke all the feels for me in this one – a son making his papa proud, football in one of the biggest footballing nations, and the Brasilian Portuguese language. Watch the video above.