What Does Nascido Para Jogar Futebol Mean in Translation?

Have you ever wondered what that phrase on your Brazil football shirt meant? Find out here.

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Nascido para jogar futebol is a phrase often found on Brazilian football (or soccer, for Americans) shirts. You may have seen it printed on the inside of your shirt and wondered what it meant.

Nascido para jogar futebol is a Portuguese phrase which means “born to play football.” As you probably know, Brazil’s official language is Portuguese (and not Spanish as is commonly thought.)

The phrase “born to play football” is very apt for Brazilians as they have had phenomenal success in football and particularly in the World Cup and have won more times than any other nation. Indeed, Brazilians seem to have an almost natural aptitude for football and it seems almost as if they really were born to play football.

Brazil is the host of the 2014 World Cup and they are sure to do well, so brush up on your Portuguese if you’re heading over to Brazil, and feel free to tell a Brazilian that you think they are nascido para jogar futebol!

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  1. Posted March 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Keep in mind that, when portuguese and brazilians refer to SOCCER as “futebol”. When they say that, they arent talking about football, its about soccer. The refer to football as “futebol americahno” or something like that.

  2. Posted March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Okay, thanks…the World Cup is what I would call football, as I’m British. I’ll keep in mind to write for an international audience next time. :]

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