The match took place in Barcelona, specifically at Espanyol’s stadium with a capacity of 40,000 spectators, where Vinicius, aged 22, and his Real Madrid teammate Rodrygo led Brazil’s forward line.
By Johnson Atoukudu:
In a display of solidarity against racism, Brazil made a significant change by discarding their iconic yellow and green shirts and instead opting for an all-black kit during their friendly international match against Guinea on Saturday. This powerful gesture was prompted by the numerous racist attacks targeted at Vinicius Junior, the renowned striker from Brazil’s Real Madrid team, throughout the season.
The match took place in Barcelona, specifically at Espanyol’s stadium with a capacity of 40,000 spectators, where Vinicius, aged 22, and his Real Madrid teammate Rodrygo led Brazil’s forward line. This historic occasion marked the first time Brazil’s team donned an all-black outfit, excluding the goalkeepers.
The Brazilian Football Confederation spearheaded this initiative, accompanied by the slogan “Com racismo nao tem jogo” (With racism, there is no game). This move was a response to the global condemnation of the mistreatment faced by Vinicius Junior.
Furthermore, earlier in the week, the Spanish and Brazilian football federations jointly presented a plan for a friendly match scheduled for March 2024 at Santiago Bernabeu, aimed at combating racism and its pervasive effects. This proposal emerged following widespread outrage over the abuse suffered by Vinicius Junior.