Exeter Metropolis return to Brazil 100 years after particular journey

By | July 18, 2014


Exeter City v Brazil 1914
Exeter Metropolis performed towards Brazil simply two weeks earlier than the beginning of World Warfare One

It nearly appears unthinkable {that a} century of samba soccer was borne out of a bunch of Devon boys, a misjudged skinny dip and a pair of knocked-out enamel.

How Exeter Metropolis, who completed simply 5 factors exterior the League Two relegation locations in 2014, helped type the primary ever Brazilian aspect is little identified, to these in each South America or south-west England.

But it surely all occurred when, en route dwelling from their 1914 pre-season tour of Argentina, the Grecians stopped off in Brazil, after Nottingham Forest and Southampton turned down requests to make the journey.

Regardless of a want for them to additionally journey to Sao Paulo, Exeter selected solely to play in Rio de Janeiro, forcing the invention of a workforce with a combination of gamers from the 2 largest soccer states, and thus creating the ‘Selecao’ (the choice), which to at the present time stays the Brazilian nationwide workforce’s nickname.

With England being the birthplace of soccer, the pictures held in Brazil had been that the English had been the gods of the game and it left the locals anticipating a match akin to the flowing, lovely soccer they had been used to watching.

Exeter City Football Club 1914
The 1914 Exeter Metropolis aspect included goalkeeper Dick Pym, who lifted the FA Cup with Bolton in 1923

However catastrophe struck earlier than a ball had been kicked, when Exeter’s gamers selected to go for a dip within the sea and located themselves in a spot of hassle as they had been charged with gross indecency.

The gamers did make it onto the pitch, nonetheless, and the three,000 followers that had been packed into the Estadio das Laranjeiras had been shocked with the roughness of the guests’ play.

The pure flare of the rapidly put collectively Brazilian XI shone via and though their star participant, Arthur Friedenreich, misplaced two enamel within the battle, the South American aspect ran out 2-0 winners – Oswaldo Gomes and Osman each discovering the again of the web – towards the professionals they’d believed to be unbeatable.

Now, a century later, Exeter are returning to South America to mark the centenary of the extraordinary historical past they share with the nation and their nationwide soccer aspect.

Estadio das Laranjeiras
The Estadio das Laranjeiras remains to be owned by Fluminense however the Brazilian league aspect now play on the Maracana

Newly appointed Grecians membership captain, Scot Bennett, says that he has spent the previous few weeks studying articles in native newspapers to know a greater understanding of their journey to Brazil.

“I do know ins and outs,” Bennett informed BBC Sport. “I’ve learn loads within the newspapers just lately, studying what the sport was all about, with Exeter taking part in Brazil 100 years in the past and being the primary workforce to do this.

“I do know that there’s a lot of historical past there and I believe that each the membership and the gamers are going to be an enormous a part of Brazil’s historical past for a very long time.”

Within the 100 years since that match the fortunes of the 2 sides have drastically differed. Brazil have featured in all 20 World Cups, successful soccer’s high accolade a file 5 occasions, and reached the semi-finals of this 12 months’s competitors held in their very own nation.

Exeter, in the meantime, have by no means performed above the third tier in English soccer and can now start their third consecutive marketing campaign in League Two in August, having beforehand spent 5 years within the Convention between 2003 and 2008.

Brazil 1914
The 1914 Brazil aspect consisted of seven gamers from sides in Rio and 4 gamers from groups in Sao Paulo

However that Grecians supervisor Paul Tisdale and his males have been to flown over to Brazil and can play three matches over per week is proof of the excessive regard the membership are nonetheless held in by all these on the high of the Brazilian recreation.

Fluminense, certainly one of Brazil’s hottest and profitable home golf equipment, will cowl a big a part of the associated fee, alongside various different contributors from Brazil, and can play Exeter of their opening pre-season pleasant on the well-known Estadio das Laranjeiras on Sunday, 20 July.

The four-time Brazilian Serie A winners often play their soccer on the Maracana, the venue of this 12 months’s World Cup last, and have boasted sides with notable gamers reminiscent of Brazil legend Rivellino, free-kick specialist Branco, Paris St-Germain defender Thiago Silva, present membership captain Fred and midfielder Dario Conca.

For Exeter academy graduate Bennett, handed the captain’s armband on a full-time foundation simply previous to the journey, the that means of main out his aspect towards Fluminense just isn’t misplaced on the 23-year-old.

“It’s one factor to steer your workforce out on a matchday,” he mentioned. “If you find yourself over there and are a part of one thing so massive, popping out in a giant stadium and towards such a giant workforce, there’s all the time going to be an added emphasis on that.

“It is undoubtedly added to the thrill for me and round 160 followers are travelling over and making a giant effort to come back over. Hopefully we will placed on present for them.”

Following the commemorative match, Exeter’s gamers and workers will wa
tch their opposition tackle Santos on the Maracana in a league match later that day, earlier than occurring to face Tupi on Wednesday, 23 July and Rio Cricket and Athletic Affiliation on Friday, 25 July.

It will likely be a becoming solution to do not forget that Exeter Metropolis had been accountable for kick-starting one of many biggest footballing dynasties the sport has ever identified, and a century later Bennett is aware of he’s reaping the rewards of his Exeter predecessors’ labour.

“As a younger boy you dream you’ll be able to play in massive stadiums, full stadiums, towards good sides, however whenever you’re taking part in in League Two it doesn’t occur week in, week out,” Bennett mentioned.

“Going over to Brazil, the place the World Cup has simply taken place, is certainly going to be a dream come true for me and the entire lads.”


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