"Brazil has won the Quidditch World Cup five times, but the nineties and early noughties were generally considered wilderness years for this once great side."
-- Ludo Bagman in the Daily Prophet, 2 July 2014 (Pm)
A young Brazilian team came close to success in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup:
- The team mascots were Curupiras.
- They flew Varåpidos brooms.
- Members of the 2014 team were Fernando Diaz, Alejandra Alonso and Gonçalo Flores (Chasers); Rafael Santos and Carlos Clodoaldo (Beaters); Raul Almeida (Keeper); and Tony Silva (Seeker) (Pm).
- The team manager was José Barboza.
- Their first match against Haiti was cut short at 100 points to 90, when the Haitians were disqualified after the illegal capture of the Snitch by Beater Jean-Baptiste Bloncourt.
- Their manager Barboza had made some unfortunate remarks about the Welsh side to the Daily Prophet’s Rita Skeeter before the tournament began and was subsequently threatened by the Welsh team’s manager, Gwenog Jones. Following their win over her team in the quarter-finals, Gwenog followed through on her threats. Fortunately, Barboza’s face was healed in time for subsequent matches.
- Their semi-final against the USA lasted for two days and featuring numerous pressure and fatigue-caused drops of the Quaffle and mis-hit Bludgers. Brazil won by 420 points to USA’s 310 after a thrilling race by the two Seekers for the Snitch.
- They ultimately lost to the Bulgaria by 170 points to 60 in an emotional match, which ended when veteran Seeker Viktor Krum caught the Snitch (Pm).
Although there are a lot of sports being played and watched in Brazil, there are not any wizarding sports listed on their Wikipedia page (Wikipedia).
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive
Harry Potter Wiki: Brazilian National Quidditch Team