The World Cup has ended and, as we’re all aware, the Germans won. Don’t tell me you didn’t see it coming!
Of course, as a Brazilian, I’ve seen better days. And those days are what the short film above, crafted by British agency Mother London, is all about. Pentacampeão (meaning “five-time champion”) uses footage from the five times Brazil won the World Cup (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) and reaches out to soccer fans on Brazilian streets to try and answer this question: Why does the country take soccer so seriously?
It spans from the shock of 1950’s “Maracanaço” (when Brazil, absolute favorite, lost the final game to Uruguay at the nation’s soccer temple, Maracanã Stadium) to the energetic 2002 victory orchestrated by Ronaldo and company, touching on Brazil’s celebratory nature and desire to be recognized as links between the country’s sport and its people. The soundtrack is gorgeous, and most of the talk in the short (12-minute) documentary takes place at soccer fields and bar tables. As Brazilian as can be.
I’m sure someone out there is already planning a short film about the historic 7-1 goleada Brazil suffered in the semifinal against Germany. But I’ll stick with this one. After all, we’re still the only five-time champion in the world!