Sports betting in Brazil is very popular, with over 200 million fans. In the past, the government has imposed several laws banning the activity. However, on recognizing how huge sports betting could be for the economy, legislators passed a bill in December 2018 legalizing sports betting.
Brazil has the 5th largest population and the 9th greatest economy in the world. With these two statistics in its favor, Brazil would be among the top ten sports betting markets, not for government restrictions. BetGold managed to penetrate the market in 2019 and is now a popular and trusted bookie in the country.
So what are these sports that have Brazilians betting behind the government’s back? The top 5 favorite games in Brazil include;-
Brazilians are enthusiastic about football, and it is no wonder it is their most favorite sport. Wherever you go, everyone, no matter their age, is playing soccer, with international matches drawing huge crowds. Currently, there are over 10,000 Brazilians playing football professionally across the globe.
The country has hosted two World Cups, qualified for every World Cup Tournament, and brought it home five times. Players from the National Team are all high-flying in the football world, endorsement deals, and contractual records.
On every Brazilian beach, you will find both males and females playing volleyball, either for fun or professionally. That makes it the second most widespread and popular sport in the country, with several contests on a global scale. The national team is recognized as a world champion in beach volleyball and competes in Olympics, Volleyball World Cup, and Volleyball World Championship.
Invented by Octavio e Moraes in the 1970s, footvolley is a thrilling game that involves the use of your feet and head to hit the ball above and across the net to the competitor’s side. Initially, five players each side took part, a number that was later on slashed to two members on each team. Thanks to its fascinating and attention-grabbing nature, it has grown to be one of the most popular sports across Brazil, played on almost every beach in the country.
Probably due to the national team’s success in the sport, basketball is now one of the favorite games in Brazil. The team has six medals from the Basketball World Championship, with two of them being gold. Plus, they have nine trophies from the FIBA America’s Championship, with three of them being wins. Experts predict the sport’s popularity is yet to fully blossom, having observed an increased interest in 2019.
Capoeira is a form of martial arts characterized by skilled nimble movements, distinctly influenced by the African culture. The sport began back in the 20th century, and enthusiasts perfected its art, it became an internationally recognized sport. Due to its agility and acrobatic character, music often plays in the background.
There is no denying that Brazilians have a love of sport, so not let the top five misguide you into thinking those are the only games they play. Maybe it is their great genes, or simply the love of the game, evident in their turn up during sports events and sports betting.