By Vince de Jong & Marijne Scherjon
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An important element in the culture of Brazil and its favelas is football. Favelas are known for their violence, gangs, and poverty, but also as a breeding ground for football (soccer) talent. Famous players, like Adriano and Ronaldo, developed their skills in the favela. Therefore, playing football is not only a means to have fun and forget about problems, but also . . .