Brasil Decime Qué Se Siente: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Argentinian fans are invading Brazil’s World Cup cities in their thousands as the nation cheers on Lionel Messi and Co. on their World Cup 2014 crusade. Camper fans are parked all along Brazil’s Copacabana beach with Al-Jazeera referring the Argentinian presence as an “invasion.” Throughout the tournament, one song has been dominant among the fans, the hugely offensive (to Brazilians anyway) “Brazil, Decime Que Se Siente.”

Here’s what you need to know about this song and this great rivalry:

1. The Argentina Team Is Now Singing It

What's Argentina's fan chant


The first lyrics of the song, Brasil, decime qué se siente, tener en casa tu papa, asks Brazilian people, “How it feels, to be bossed around in your own home?” It then goes on to state that Brazil will play Argentina and Lionel Messi later in the tournament. Ending with the statement that Diego Maradona is better than Pele. Check out the video of the Argentina team singing the song in the locker room after Round of 16 victory over the Swiss:

2. Argentina/Brazil Is One of the Biggest Rivalries in World Soccer

There isn’t really a rivalry like it in soccer. The two nations last played each other in a World Cup game at Italia ’90, with Argentina coming out on top that time. They do play each other regularly in the Copa America and in World Cup qualifying but a World Cup game is something different. Brazilian fans have been responding to the controversial chant on social media, mainly invoking the fact that Brazil is the all-time World Cup champion with five victories. Argentina have only twice, the last coming in 1986.

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3. Argentina Fans Are Accused of Causing Trouble in Brazil

Argentina fans copacabana


The fans of the Argentina fans have been accused by sections of the media and Brazilian police of causing riots and robbing fans in the cities of Belo Horizonte and Porto Allegre. It’s estimated that 100,000 Argentina fans have crossed the border into Brazil.

4. Argentina Can Only Play Brazil in the Final

Argentina goals World Cup 2014


Due to the paths that both countries have created in the World Cup, both won their respective groups, it’s only possible that the two teams play in the final. A game that would be one of the biggest in the history of the game. Brazilian soccer commentator Fabio Piperno told Al-Jazeera about what that would mean:

To lose to Argentina in Brazil would be an eternal pain – a blow that Brazil would truly never overcome,” Piperno said. “It would be the biggest blow, not only in football, but in the history of Brazilian sport. It’s hard to imagine, but it would leave a huge emotional trauma.

5. Here Are the Full Lyrics to ‘Brasil Decime Que Se Siente’

Argentina fans beaches brazil


Brazil, Tell Me How It Feels

To Be Bossed Around In Your Own Home

I Swear That Even If Years Pass

We Will Never Forget

That Diego [Maradona] Out-Skilled You

That Cani [Claudio Caniggia] Surprised You

You Are Crying Since Italy [World Cup 1990] Till Today

You Are Going To See Messi

The World Cup Will Be Ours

Maradona Is Greater Than Pelé

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  1. That’s not what the song says. Get your facts right instead of taking them from The Independent – who are wrong too btw.

  2. This is a heavily sanitised version of the lyrics, I guess everyone who has been in a football game understands it is way more offensive than that

    • In Argentina it is very common that a team is called “Daddy” (Daddy) from another team when usually wins most times against the other. No other implication. It’s like a joking way to say that Argentina usually win against Brazil.

    • English version
      “Brazil, tell me how it feels,
      to have daddy in your home.
      I swear that even as the years go by,
      we’ll never forget.
      How Diego dribbled,
      and Cani[ggia] stuck you*.
      You’ve been crying since Italy until today,
      you’ll see Messi,
      bring the cup back to us.
      Maradona is greater than Pelé.”

      * — “stuck you,” as in, with a needle, or as in, a sexual slur, referring to Caniggia’s goal against Brazil in Italia ‘90.

  3. “Papa” has a double meaning. Papa means daddy or Pope.
    Argentinians are chanting how does it feel to have your daddy/Pope in your home.

    The bring up the Pope as a reminder that he is Argentinian & Brazilians are very religious and admire the Pope.

  4. Argentinos como vocês se sentem/estar na casa do papai/ jaaa teeem vinte-quatro anooos/ que não passam das quartas de finais. Na África vacilo! Alemanha te detono! copa América tomo em casa doUruguaiiiii. Fale comigo cheh! me diga como eh que eh! ter uma copa menos que o peleeeeee

    This is the response from brazil

    • che, bastante floja la respuesta. primero, copias una cancion. Que poca inventiva! segundo, pele no tiene 3 copas, eso es un mito. Tiene una y media. Gano una, en otra fue suplente, y la otra no la jugo por estar lesionado. Pero Jesse, cuando brasil gane tantas copas internacionales como argentina, veni de nuevo que te escucho.

  5. Argentina wants to have a rivalry with brazil. There is no rivalry – at least not any more. Example; I’m 28 and I’ve only seen Argentina win 2 Copa Americas (1991 and 93). I’m too young to remember the 1990 World cup when they lost in the final, so the furthest I’ve seen them go in a WC is the quarter final (which is as far as I’ve seen the USA go). Maybe they will beat Belgium and reach at least a semi again. In that same span, I’ve seen Brazil win two world cups (94/02), 4 Copa Americas (97,99,04,07), and 4 confederations cups (97,05,09,13). 2 of those Copa Americas and 1 of those confederations cups were actually finals wins against Argentina. So there’s a good reason it is mostly Argentina you see pushing this so called rivalry, because for my generation in brazil, Argentina is not a rival.

    • The fact that you are a prepubescent girl does not take away from the FACT that Argentina have always had it over Brazil. Of course Argentina is not a rival, it’s your DADDY

      Brasil decime que se siente

    • Jessy, you are right, there is no rivalry because Brazil is quite behind Argentina. Argentina defeated Brazil more times than the other way around. Argentina has way more international titles than brazil, both at the national team level and the clubs level, and Argentina does not lose 7-1 semifinals. But hey, Brazil is still a decent mid level team!

  6. This is not what the song says mate, completely wrongly translated….Get an argie with a good english level to translate it

  7. The rivalry between Germany and holland is probably more fierce. It also has to do with the Second World War and it’s deeply rooted in Dutch and German society.

    Oh and it’s football by the way.

    • It’s fiercer only because you have more exposure to German and Dutch football. The rivalry between Argentina and Brazil also has cultural and historical roots.

  8. Brazilians are happy about losing to Germany, because for them it is worse to lose in the final with Argentina. and considering the bad team they have surely would lose

  9. the first to sing this song was San Lorenzo, with another liryc, below is a link where people sing this song, in a game that San Lorenzo lost and people left in the stadium singing, because in Argentina, We are crazy for footbol !!!!!!!

    • Regardless, Brazil will ALWAYS be better than the arrogant assholes that are Argentinians. This is coming from an American who works surrounded by tourists and has never seen so many rude hispanics coming from one country before. You USED to be good. Just like Brazil used to be good as well. But now, both teams just got lucky to get so far in the cup this year. The past means nothing when you can’t own up to it. As for Cani”s goal, that was ONE GOAL GET OVER YOUR PRIDE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. Who seriously goes out of their way to write a song that talks crap about another country. That’s sad. P.S. Sorry you all are so bitter about getting so close to the cup and having Germany take it away from you.

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