The World Cup has drawn more than rabid soccer fans to Brazil. A team of filmmakers are on the ground in Rio de Janeiro documenting the science behind the games, including an exoskeletal kick-off, the genetics of competition, and even the biochemistry of diehard spectators.
Here's Imagine Science Films' take on Temple, the latest mini-documentary in their "Field Work: World Cup" series:
Imagine Science Films teams up with Christopher Gaffney, an expert on the history of soccer stadiums in Rio de Janeiro, to explore the impact of stadiums on Brazilian culture.
As screaming soccer fans sport bright team colors and strained vocals as a badge of honor, the stadium itself transforms into a hub of national identity. Gaffney even documents his life in four year segments.
“I was born between Brazil playing Uruguay in the 1970 semi-final and them playing Italy in the 1970 final,” says Gaffney, “I know exactly where I fit in the football universe.”
But how did the stadium evolve to become an arena for cultural identity?
In the 50’s, the construction of the Maracanã Stadium in Brazil was a reflection of the aspirations of the nation. With an open space, fans came together on the same playing field, literally, without class divide. The stadium was even constructed to make the surrounding beauties of Rio visible, creating a sacred temple that generations enjoyed.
Since the reconstruction of the Maracanã Stadium, it still continues to embrace the rich and complex cultural history of Brazil today.