Mention sports in Brazil and only one thing can come to mind: Football. Brazil has regularly provided some of the best footballers and best football teams the world has ever seen and the sport, despite originating in Europe, has been dominated by Brazil for over 50 years.
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Brazilian Volleyball Team

Football isn’t the only sport, however. Volleyball is increasingly popular and takes its place as the second most popular sport in the country. Like football, Brazil dominate the world rankings regularly, having won 2 Olympic golds, 3 World Championships, 2 World Cups and 9 FIVB World League titles.
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=> Brazil, unlike many other countries, also has a professional volleyball league. Your most likely encounter with the sport, however, is likely to be on the countries beaches.
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Similarly, foot-volley is a sport you’ll find played on the country’s beaches. It is, as the name suggests, a blend of football and volleyball, wherein players must use their feet or head to get the ball over the net. A fine example of the Brazilian’s technical skills when it comes to football, watching a game on the beach is mesmerising stuff.
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Formula 1 has also gained in popularity recently, most probably thanks to the current successes of Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa. Though neither have one a World Championship, both compete at the top of the sport and are considered two of the finest drivers around at the moment. Chances are slim, however, that either will replace 3-time world champion Ayrton Senna in the hearts and minds of Brazilians. Though Senna was taken from the world at a young age, his legend firmly lives on and he was the subject of a recent documentary, detailing his turbulent career and his resilient character.
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Brazil also is an incredible destination for a wide variety of watersports, including snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. With its wide geographic variety, and ocean and wind conditions, with a little bit of research, you are likely to be able to find exactly what you're looking for.

If you are interested in surfing, both the north and the south offer some great destinations. In the south, head to Rio, the North Coast of Sao Paulo, or Florianopolis. In the north, meanwhile, you can't go wrong with Fernando de Noronha and Jericoacoara.

Windsurfing and kitesurfing are sports that are exploding in popularity in Brazil. With recent advances in techniques and safety equpiment, it is becoming a sport accessible to all age levels and athletic abilities, and Brazil offers numerous accredited locations to rent equipment and take classes. Jericoacoara and Florianopolis, with its amazing Lagoa da Conceicao, are ideal spots.

For diving and snorkeling the options are endless. Brazil offers over 5,000 miles of coastline, incredible opportunities for viewing marine life, and even a number of interesting shipwrecks. Top salt-water destinations include Buzios, Fernando do Noronha, and Florianopolis, while Bonito, in the western state of Mato Grosso do Sul, offers some incredible fresh-water diving, including aquatic gardens and underwater caves.

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Brazilian Football Team

For golf enthusiasts, Brazil has recently come into its own, with a growing number of public courses, and a much greater mass appeal for the sport. While golf is a bit pricy in most Brazilian cities, the courses are excellent, and include projects backed by Donald Trump and courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. Rio, Sao Paulo, Buzios, and Salvador all have excellent golf options.

And while Brazil is not typically renowned for hiking opportunities, it does offer some beautiful, and even challenging terrain. Rio de Janeiro, Bahia's Parque Nacional Chapada Diamantina, Fernando do Noronha, and Ilha Grande all offer delightful routes, suitable for all age-levels and hiking abilities.

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=> Finally, capoeira is something many people travel to Brazil to see. It’s an Afro-Brazilian martial art form that’s distinct thanks to it’s rhythmic, dance-like movements and fluidity.

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