The World Cup is ominously close! So that you aren't caught offside (they have that in soccer, right?), we're previewing all the participants, bringing you Four Things You Don't Know About Them. If you have a tidbit, send it along to tips@Deadspin.com. Today: Brazil!
And for World Cup previews that are even better than ours, check out That's On Point, who helped us with these as well.
• 1. We're Not Worthy! No discussion about Brazil can begin without the king of the worldwide endorsement, the man with the drug dealer son, man of the Cosmos, the Black Pearl, simply genius; Pelé. Unlike some immortal athletes, (cough, cough Michael Jordan), you cannot overstate Pelé's greatness. In an international career that spanned 91 games from 1957-1971, he scored 77 goals and won three World Cups.
• 2. Pulp Fiction. Barcelona striker Brazilian Ronaldinho, twice chosen FIFA's Player of the Year, has achieved a goal matched only by the great Pelé; he's now a comic book hero in Brazil. If we did this in the U.S., Barry Bonds would be the best evil mastermind ever! — (thanks to Mark McShane).
• 3. By The Numbers.You probably wouldn't think it, but here are the latest demographics on the population of Brazil: white 53.7 percent; mixed race 38.5 percent; black 6.2 percent. Brazil has: 1. Played the most WC games (87); 2. Scored the most goals (191).
• 4. Bermanisms Await. Yes, Brazil features a player named Kaka; wait 'til the yucksters at ESPN SportsCenter get ahold of that. Hilarity awaits. (Of course we doubt Neil Everett is married to a sweet 18-year-old Brazilian student/socialite; those are surely falling out of the trees in Bristol.).
(Monday: South Korea)