Football in Brazil:
Football is the most popular Sport in Brazil. The Brazilian national football team has won the FIFA World Cup tournament a record 5 times, in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002, and is the only team to succeed in qualifying for every World Cup competition ever held, and to be among the favorites to win the trophy every time the competition is scheduled. After Brazil won its 3rd World Cup in 1970, they were awarded the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently.
Pelé, one of the most recognized footballers in history, led Brazil to 3 of those championships and is the top scorer of all time in the sport. All of the contemporary talents in the national team prominent in the football world include Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, and Kaká in the men's game, as well as Marta in the women's game. Some of these players can be considered super-stars, achieving celebrity status internationally and signing sports contracts, as well as advertisement and endorsement contracts, in the value of millions of euros.
Football is taken very seriously in Brazil with anything less than a win considered practically worthless and a complete waste of time and effort. During the World Cup workers pause from their duties to watch their team in action. Banks shut down three hours before matches to allow their workers prepare for the game.
The governing body of Football in Brazil is the Brazilian Football Confederation. Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup.