This trajectory starts with Charles Miller, who brought football to Brazil at the end of the 19th century, and goes to the beginning of the sport professionalization and the acceptance of black and mestizos athletes in football teams in the 1920s. One of the big aces of this period was Arthur Friedenreich, a player from São Paulo who was grandson of Germans. The images show from coffee barons to the most humble people who conquered football… and reinvented it!
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23 - The long mustache was Charles Miller’s trademark, the Brazilian who studied in England, the cradle of football, and, in 1894, at 20 years old, returned to Brazil with two balls, a hand pump to blow them up, football boots and a book of rules for the sport. He was the founder of Liga Paulista de Futebol [São Paulo Football League], and a referee. In the image, Miller with his friends from the São Paulo Athletic
145 - The first stadium in Brazil was Laranjeiras Stadium, where the semifinals of the 1919 South-American Championship took place. Brazil defeated Argentina 3-1 with players from São Paulo such as Neco (Corinthians) and Friedenreich (Paulistano). Rio de Janeiro, 1919.
123 - Bathers at the Flamengo beach. Rio de Janeiro, 1910.
124 - Son of British and an exchange student in a Swiss school, the young Oscar Cox is recognized as one of the introducers of the first football matches with official rules, ball, and field in the State of Rio de Janeiro. In 1900, he participated in the two meetings between the “associations” Rio Cricket and Paisandú. In addition to being the founder, he was the first president in the history of Fluminense Football Club, in 1902.
24 - Santos Dumont with the 14-Bis. He made the first powered flight in History at the Bagatelle field, Paris, 1906.
74 - The records say women’s football started in the UK at the end of the 19th century. The Scotch announced in the “Glasgow Evening News,” in April 1881, a match between women’s teams from Scotland and England in the Hibernian Stadium, in Edinburgh. Another important reference is this 1895 poster, the same year in which the first official match took place in Brazil (organized by Charles Miller).
119 - The Rio de Janeiro team that participated in the 1934 Brazilian championship, at the beginning of football professionalization in Brazil.
111 - Pão de Açúcar and Morro da Urca. In the foreground, the construction of pavilions for the Exhibition of the Centenary of the Opening of Ports. Rio de Janeiro, 1908.