Travelling in Brazil, world class beyond football

Published on Friday, 4 July 2014

A country that is apparently dependant on Neymar and the fate of the seleção. Which after 64 years is once more hosting the World Cup and has the world's eyes on it, not only because of football. Brazil gives the impression that it's playing the extra time of a match, like  the ones we often see in this year's championship.  The last issue of Oxygen magazine explores the thousand faces of this green and golden universe, discovering a nation that is strongly present in everyone's imagination, but that few people really know well.

Envied for the economic growth it had achieved over the last few years, while the Western world was immersed in the economic crisis, today Brazil is undergoing a period of adjustment amid strong uncertainties, great expectations and persisting paradoxes. In his opening article, Enel CEO Francesco Starace wrote that this country "wants to show that its model of development and inclusion still is, despite the recent critical issues, the driver that will restart its growth and that it's one of the world's leading countries".

Brazil's numbers are impressive,starting from its 200 million inhabitants. Oxygen reviews all sorts of data regarding this Latin American giant, including its GDP and exports, daily life costs and growth of the inflation, the abundance of minerals that are found on the never-ending Brazilian ground, and its often poor but always creative and fanciful people.

Cities and characters, images and statistics. Oxygen is like a kaleidoscope containing all the images of Brazil, accompanying its readers on a trip from Rio de Janeiro to Curitiba, from Fortaleza to the State of Pernambuco. The country's icons are all there, including Socrates and Lula, and the stories regard innovation, literature and the "science of football".

In 2014 might be the year of Brazil's deliverance and the magazine looks into the bright and dark sides of a race that, after the finals of the world championship on July 13, will have as target the 2016 Olympic games. Brazil is engaged in a match, which according to Oxygen is played  on a "full-sized pitch".