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Our History: The Transfer of the Court to Rio de Janeiro

In 1808, under threat from Napoleon's army, Prince Regent Dom João transferred the Portuguese court to Rio de Janeiro, forever altering the history of Brazil and Portugal. This strategic move protected the empire and the royal family, and the court's move had a significant impact on the local economy, society, transforming Rio into a vital cultural and political center.

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The story behind the game: Who invented football?

Football dates back to ancient civilizations with variations of ball games. In medieval England, it evolved with local rules, becoming standardized in the 19th century. The Football Association, founded in 1863, established official rules, helping the sport's global expansion. The influence of indigenous cultures and other nations is essential in understanding current football, underlining the universality and cultural legacy of the sport.