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The other kind of 'football' is catching on in Brazil

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 - 01:31

Feb. 13 - Football enthusiasts in Rio de Janeiro are a sign that the popularity of U.S. sports is on the rise in Brazil. Jennifer Davis reports.

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If you ask someone to play football in Brazil, this typically isn't what locals would think of. But...times may be changing. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRUNO CALDA DA COSTA, MAMUTES TEAM COACH, SAYING: "In truth this boom is search for a new sport. People really like soccer but there is always a search for something bigger." Bruno Calda da Costa is the coach of Rio's local American football team, the Mamutes, or Mammoths in English. Their home field is the sandy beaches of Guanabara Bay in Botafogo. And he says while soccer will always be Brazil's main sport, major U.S. sports leagues are also seeing unprecedented growth. (SOUNDBITE) ( Portuguese) BRUNO CALDA DA COSTA, MAMUTES TEAM COACH, SAYING: "Currently, Brazilians are following bocce ball...ice skating. And American football is already a sport that began growing a lot, maybe because of determination, maybe because of a desire to play, for all the community." Some players say they like the level of teamwork American football requires. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) CARLOS FURTADO, PLAYER, SAYING: "This is a thing that day to day has transformed my life, my professional life, my personal life. The sport has made me behave a certain way, live with a kind of discipline in all respects." The beaches here aren't over-run by touch football just yet. American sports still remain a bit of a mystery to many observers, but their growing popularity is certainly a pleasant surprise to US major sports leagues.

The other kind of 'football' is catching on in Brazil

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 - 01:31

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