Ghana Brazil Football Rivalry by Kootsebi Sowah
Football played in Ghana is usually considered to resembles that of Brazil’s Samba. In this regard, it becomes expectantly exciting when both team meet. Most meetings between the two football powerhouses are at the Juvenile stage. During the raise if the game in Ghana and Ghana’s dominance in soccer in Africa during 1960s, Ghana was regarded as the Brazilians of African Football.
Ghana and Brazil both have a great history of rivalry they share in football which somehow has contributed to the diplomatic relationship between the two countries. Even though Brazil is more decorated than Ghana, debate on their rivalry is confidently defensive.
Ghana and Brazil without a doubt have made significant impact in the game in their respective continents and also the success of European Club Football. In Ghana and some African admirers of Ghanaian football societies, Pele who is the World and Brazil’s Greatest Player of All Time is equally compared to Ghana’s All Time Player Abedi Ayew hence the name ” Abedi Pele” even though the Ghana Mastro never participated in World Cup or even win the World Best Player of the Year.
Ghana won her first FIFA U20 World Cup against Brazil to become the first African country to win this juvenile world championship. Brazil won her first U17 World Cup trophy against Ghana. The Selecao Sub-20 denied Ghana first taste of the FIFA U20 World Cup in the 1993 finals. The scoreline was (2-1). But it was in 2009, Black Satellites took revenge in the finals which they won by 4-3 on penalties shootouts after a (0-0) draw. Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah won the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball of the tournament.
At the Under17 level, in 1995, Ghana beat Brazil (3-2) in the final to clich her second World Cup title. But was not long for Brazil take revenge against Ghana in a (2-1) win in the following edition’s finale to win their first title in 1997. In 1991, the Black Starlets knocks Brazil to advance to the Quarter finals of the FIFA U17 World Cup to meet Quarter and later in the finals Spain to win the the Trophy. In this match, Ghana’s Nii Lamptey scored an open goal with Brazil equalising in the 42’minute. Ghana came back after Gargo scored the winning goal in the early minutes of the second half.
Among the two nations, Brazil is the first country to win the Olympic Games Gold Medal while Ghana has only won Bronze which makes Ghana the first African country to win medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. On July, 1996 Brazil defeats Ghana in the Quarter Finals at the Olympic Games. An own goal from Ghana’s Duodu of Ghana put the Brazilians upfront but Ghana made a shocking led of 2-1 but Ronaldo(2) and Bebeto(1) knocked Ghana out.
Brazil is the most successful country in the Senior men’s World Cup winning the tournament on five occasions while Ghana’s best results is reaching the Quarter finals in 2010 edition. Both teams met in the 2006 World Cup in Germany where Ghana was eliminated in a 3-0 defeat. Ghana’s Michael Essien(a Ghanaian kinsman then) never played the match and never played any meetings between the two countries in later meetings. Brazil has played three friendlies with Ghana which they won all of it.
In the 2010 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, Ghana was eliminated at the Group stage but manage to get her only win (1-0) of the tournament against Brazil before coming home. This perhaps is the first female meeting between the two nations.
Again in 2010, Brazil knocked Ghana’s Black Challenge in the Qauter-Finales of the Amputee Football World Cup in a scoreline (2-0) in Argentina. The only meeting of the two countries in amputee football.
On 6th February 1969,Ghana’s Accra Hearts of Oak SC hosted Pele’s Santos in a friendly Match which resulted in a (2-2) draw. The Ghanaian Newspapers after the match questioned who is Pele in Ghana since Pele couldn’t disgrace Accra Hearts of Oak During this time Ghana football was at it apex.
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