"Villa-Lobos found that his concerts were often poorly attended because of the public's preference for soccer, this led him to denounce the sport violently. One of his phrases became famous: 'Soccer causes human intelligence to detour from the head to the feet!' The Brazilian soccer fans responded vigorously to the challenge. In one town they bombarded the touring musicians with rotten eggs, and the threat of similar treatment caused the group to leave another town in the early morning hours."
E. Vassberg, "Villa-Lobos as Pedagogue: Music in the Service of the
State," Journal of Research in Music Education, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Autumn,
1975), p. 165
No matter what Villa-Lobos thought about the game, I'm cheering big for A Seleçao!