brazilian football team, whose Brazilian president recently announced that he will resign to become the president of Mexico, has been dubbed the nation’s “super hero” by a leading Brazilian journalist.
“It was really, really, the most amazing moment of my life,” said Jérémie de Moya, a columnist with the newspaper Folha de São Paulo.
“I was born in the first days of the year, so I could see the whole world through my window,” he told a conference on Friday.
“We were all in a state of shock, so it was a bit surreal,” de Moyas daughter, Lilian, added.
Jérémy de Moysa, a Brazilian journalist who has covered the football team since it was founded in 1988, described the team as “a team of heroes”, describing the way it “kicks up the morale” of players and fans.
“They are the greatest, because they are so talented,” de Mesas, who is also the president’s son, told a Brazilian news conference on Thursday.
“When they play, they feel like a king.
When they go out, they are invincible.
We are a country that loves football.”
Brazil’s team has won the most matches in the history of the competition, but the team has struggled to find its footing amid the recession and a series of domestic scandals, which have forced the president, Joao Goulart, to step down in December.
The team has also been accused of racism in recent weeks, after players were photographed wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan “Cape of Shame” and a picture of an American football player holding a knife to a man’s throat.
Brazilians have been rallying behind the team, with some holding banners that read: “The future is ours” and “Football is our future”.
De Moya said he was happy to see the team “getting more attention and more respect”, but added that “there are still many problems in Brazil”.
“In Brazil, football is still an issue, and I hope this moment will help them move forward,” he said.
“The only thing I would like is to have a stronger relationship with the president and the Brazilian people.”
De Moysas daughter Lilian added: “We want to see this team in the Olympics, because this is the first time in history that Brazil has won an Olympic football tournament.”
This is something that we hope to see in Rio in 2020.
“De Mesas said he had not been surprised by the outpouring of support, with many Brazilians expecting the team to compete in Rio, the city of which he is mayor.”
There are a lot of people who were watching the game [at the stadium], and we saw them cheering.
They were really happy and they were proud of the team.
“I think they have an amazing opportunity to show Brazil that they are a national football team.”
He also said he did not think Brazil’s team was in danger, despite the scandals that have engulfed the team in recent months.
“In the last few days, it is not surprising to see more and more Brazilian people say that Brazil is a great country,” he added.