"The Game Before The Game"
This is a short film made by Beats By Dre about the World Cup. It features several dominant players and focuses on Neymar Jr. Neymar is a huge figure in Brazil. The film is excellent and a real surprise coming from Beats By Dre. It depicts players before the game; their routines, rituals and more. Along side the players getting ready for the game, the same is shown of the fans getting ready to support their teams. The film captures a real essence of how dedicated both the fans and the players are to their clubs and countries. Soccer, or futbol as it is known throughout the rest of the world, is almost like a religion in South America and European countries and the short film really captures that.
Also, the film shows depicts the favelas, or “slums”, of Brazil that rarely gets shown on ESPN or any other TV station. One of the big controversies that is following this years World Cup in Brazil concerns the favelas. Many Brazilians are upset that their government and country spent millions of not billions of dollars in hosting the World Cup and the Summer Olympics not long after. The money that was put into the building of huge stadiums, training facilities, living quarters and everything else necessary for gigantic world wide events could have been spent cleaning up the slums where gangs, drugs, violence, and poverty are the norm. There have been several riots during the World Cup that have pitted a love and almost saint like game versus the reality of the world that many Brazilians live in.
Anyways, this short film is excellent and I highly recommend watching it.