Organizing a Meeting about Football and its Role in
Formulating the Brazilian Culture
The International Youth Exchange Program (Zajel) at the
Public Relations Department and the Office of the University
President Assistant for Graduate Affairs at An-Najah
organized an introductory meeting about Football and its
role in formulating the Brazilian culture. The meeting was
administered by Mr. Eduardo Muñoz from Brazil who delivered
a presentation about the game.
Mr. Muñoz is a geographer who obtained his degree from the
University of Rio de Janeiro; he is specialized in preparing
sport fields in municipalities. He has been working as urban
planner at the Rio de Janeiro Municipality since 2009; he
also works as a referee in professionals’ sport in Brazil
and is currently a volunteer in the World Council of
Churches in Palestine.
In his presentation, Mr. Muñoz said that football is
considered a basic constituent in the Brazilian culture and
that it has played a major role in forming a considerable
part of the culture in this country due to its significant
impact on the life of people in Brazil.
Moreover, he spoke about the different football clubs in
Brazil, how they were formed, their history, the
organization of international football championships in
Brazil, the work mechanisms of sport associations there, as
well as the preparations that are being made by the
Brazilian Government to host the World Cup in 2014.
Additionally, Mr. Muñoz familiarized the audience with the
history of football in Brazil saying that it was first
introduced to the country in 1898, and the first club was
established in 1900. Since then, Brazil has become one of
the main exporters of football players in the world which
yielded the country more income than any other natural
resources. The percentage of people who are interested in
football in Brazil is very high and one third of the
population is involved in this sport.
The Brazilian Government is currently working on encouraging
this sport in addition to other types of sports.