As of 2015, the most prevalent sport in Brazil is soccer. However, a recent rise in popularity among other athletic activities, such as basketball, baseball and football, has steadily been observed in this South American nation. These sports are typically associated with the United States.
Brazilians are internationally renowned as avid enthusiasts of soccer, where the sport is predominantly played throughout the country by the young and old alike or by amateurs and professional athletes. Famed for producing some of the best players in the world, Brazil is home to soccer legends like Cafu, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Dida. The country also holds the distinction of being a participant in all Soccer World Cup events, which is a multinational competition held every 4 years. As of 2015, Brazil has clinched five championships.
Soccer is clearly ingrained in the lives and culture of the Brazilian people, which is partly due to the country's tropical climate where practicing and engaging in the sport is conducive for most soccer fans. International soccer matches where the Brazil team plays are considered non-official holidays. Most natives from Rio de Janeiro take a holiday off from work to watch the games at home with their families. Some of the most popular soccer clubs in Brazil are Botafogo, Flamengo, Vasco and Fluminense. Aside from soccer, other major sports played in the country include foot volley, tennis, volleyball and motor racing.