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Why do they call Brazil “la canarinha”?


Does Brazil arrive at the World Cup as the great winning candidate? 1:30 (CNN Spanish) – Brazil is, once again, one of the favorite teams to win the next men’s world championship to be played in Qatar. And it is that not only does history support this team —five world championships won to its name—, but also its current status, since it had the best numbers in the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) qualifiers, even with one less game —the pending against Argentina, which will no longer be played—. Soon we will see thousands of Brazilians in the streets of Qatar supporting their national team, and millions following the World Cup from home to cheer on the canarinha. To all this, have you ever wondered why they call the Brazilian team canarinha? The canary yellow shirt is part of the characteristic uniform of Brazil. (Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images) Although there is no official history on the matter, everything seems to go back to the 1950s, which included soccer tragedies and glories for the Brazilian team. Let’s start with the tragedy. In the 1950 World Cup, Brazil was the host and it was expected to be crowned at home, but the so-called “Maracanazo” happened, the game that Uruguay beat the Brazilians to be crowned world champions in rival territory. In said World Cup, Brazil did not play with the traditional yellow clothing that we know them. At that time, the Brazilian team wore a “predominantly white with blue details” uniform, as explained in the article “Conversa com Aldyr Schlee (part I): local soccer and border narratives”, published in the scientific journal FuLiA / UFMG, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. In 1953, a year before the next World Cup (Switzerland 1954), a contest was launched for Brazilians to submit their design proposal for a new uniform, since white with blue “did not express the vitality of the country,” he adds. the article, which cites the call for said contest. The contest was organized by Correio da Manhã, a newspaper from Rio de Janeiro, and received support from the Brazilian Sports Confederation. The only requirement for the design was that the four colors of the Brazilian flag be used: yellow, green, blue and white. Aldyr Schlee —writer, journalist, translator, teacher, academic and designer—, who was 19 years old at the time, decided to participate and later his design would win: a shirt with canary yellow as the predominant color that Brazil would wear for Switzerland 1954. This uniform It would become the characteristic of the Brazilian team and continues to be so to this day. “Since then, Aldyr Schlee’s canarinho — a Portuguese word that means “canary” in Spanish — has become a strong symbol of Brazilian identity,” the article adds. Hence the origin of the canarinha (selection). In Switzerland 1954, Brazil was not champion, but apparently the yellow uniform was destined for victory, because glory would not be long in coming. In the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the Canarinha would win her first World Cup; Curiously, the Brazilians would win the final of that championship wearing blue, since the rival team, the host Sweden, played in yellow because they were local. Brazilian striker Pelé (centre) congratulates his teammate Vava (number 20) after he scored a goal as Swedish goalkeeper Karl Svensson looks down on June 28, 1958 in Stockholm during the World Cup Final between Brazil and Sweden. Vava and Pelé each scored two goals as Brazil won their first world title by defeating hosts Sweden 5-2. (Photo: STAFF/AFP via Getty Images) But Brazil lifted the other four World Cups dressed in yellow: in Chile 1962, in Mexico 1970, in the United States 1994 and in Korea-Japan 2002. The ‘canarinha’ is a hallmark of the greatest World Champion.



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