International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Are there Opportunities for Blacks in Brazilian Sports Command? The Case of Football
Luiz Felipe Roque, Carlos Alberto Figueiredo da Silva

Although Brazil has built vital legislation to combat racism, this paper defends the thesis that practical actions have not effectively changed the scenario in the sports field. When we look at statistical data, we find a need for social movements to transform social policies. To present our conceptions, we surveyed to identify the representativeness of the black in the head coach positions in elite clubs of the Brazilian championship of male football. We conducted research to determine how many opportunities the black coaches received between 2008 to 2017. After the survey, we selected influential black coaches and conducted in-depth interviews. Findings show that black coaches occupied only 3.41% of the opportunities offered by elite clubs. About the interviewees, their responses contrast with the perceptions that black athletes and coaches have about racism and that we find in the reviewed literature. Despite the low representativeness and obstacles to black coaches in Brazilian football, respondents emphasized that affirmative action is unnecessary.

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