BYU-Idaho students from the Brazilian Association won the Student Association World C after beating the German Association with a score of 6-2.
Throughout the event, soccer players from different parts of the world in league with numerous student associations such as the Latino, Russian, German, Filipino, Chinese and African Heritage Associations competed in single elimination games at the per fields Oct. 18.
Many emotions were displayed among players as the African Heritage Association and Brazilian Association met in the semifinals. The Brazilian Association won 5-3.
Mark Eumu, a native of Uganda and a junior studying accounting, said he was a lone striker for the African Heritage Association team. He said the game was played belligerently. Last semester, the African Heritage Association defeated the Brazilian Association in the finals.
Brazilian Association players were running across the field dressed in yellow jerseys. African Heritage Association players wore green jerseys.
Emmu said that when the score was 2-2, he thought the Brazilian Association and African Heritage Association were going to end tying the game.
Brazilian Association players were shouting to each other in Portuguese, Spanish and English according to Mauricio Mora Ditzel, a native of Chile and a junior studying communication.
The players passed the ball around, trying to break through the African Heritage Association’s defense. Players on both teams were playing aggressively and crashing into one another. A student from the Brazilian Association then scored another goal and his teammates celebrated by dog piling on him.
When the score was 3-2, the African Heritage Association and Brazilian Association players were trying to steal the ball from each other. They would smash into one another. Some heated arguments ensued, but they were quickly ended with players from opposing teams hugging each other.
Eumu said that he enjoyed the good sportsmanship displayed.
“After getting all aggressive on each other and hurting each other, we’d still apologize and, you know, keep it a little friendly,” Eumu said. “So that’s one thing I like about it, which is very decent.”
Later on in the game, the African Heritage Association was able to push through the Brazilian Association’s defense and score another goal. The score was 4-3.
In the final moments of the game, the Brazilian Association ended beating the African Heritage Association 5-3.
Fillipo Madella Souto, a native from Goiás, Brazil, and a junior studying computer engineering, played for the Brazilian Association. He wore a yellow and green jersey with the name “Neymar Jr.” written on the back.
He said the African Heritage Association players were tough. “They are very strong,” he said. “They’re fast. They have a lot of, I would say just tactical discipline.” He said he felt the opposing team was strong because they had a lot of practice put in. Madella said he felt his team was lucky.
Eumu said he felt the African Heritage Association’s defense was a little porous in the game, and the opposing team played aggressively. He felt his team missed some chances to put in some good scores against Brazilian Association. Eumu said he felt some of his fellow players were physically worn out from the previous games.
Madella said communication between teammates helped the team’s play, and they had a good coach.
He said that most of the players at the world c were members of the LDS church and he felt players needed to behave well and be respectful while at the same time playing aggressively.
Madella said he felt it was not in the spirit of their their game to start contention because LDS players needed to be examples to nonmember players.
“Soccer is more of an African thing, you know,” Eumu said. “You grow playing it. A young kid just grows playing soccer. So it’s the first sport you learn.”
The first week he came to Rexburg, Idaho, Eumu met with some friends who invited him to the African Heritage Association. He said the African Heritage Association tries to unite students from Africa as well as those of African descent and other races with the association.
He said the African Heritage Association tries to show others what African culture is like. Members cook African food like Nigerian jollof rice so other people could taste it and appreciate African culture. Eumu has been in the US for nine months.
Markay Nascimento is a member of the Brazil Association and a junior studying English. She was a volunteer at the Associations World C as a referee. She her husband is from San Paolo, Brazil. Nascimento said the Student Associations provided more insight and perspective to BYU-I about different cultures. She said the culture of Brazil is very open and friendly.
“I mean, people want to share their cultures,” Nascimento said. “So this is one of these opportunities where people can share their cultures and also unite together and get to know other people from those cultures.”
Eliana Galbraith, a student coordinator over the Latino, African Heritage, Brazilian and French Student Associations and a junior studying communication, said Student Associations can conduct meetings however they please. They do movies nights, service activities and parties.
She said the Student Associations World C event happens every semester, and this semester the prize was $25 added to the winning association’s budgets. Galbraith said she felt the Student Associations World C event helped bring Students Associations together to have a good time.