Blog 4: What is a Top Hat and how does soccer explain the survival of such? (Chapter 5 How Soccer Explains the World)   

In chapter 5 “How Soccer Explains the Survival of the Top Hats” of How Soccer Explains the World, top hats are sometimes referred to as the Cartolas. Top hats are fraudsters who work for the Brazilian soccer teams. The top hats claim they receive no pay for their contribution to the clubs. They profess that they work for the teams for the sole purpose of supporting their favorite club. The Cartolas put up the caring and selfless facade to cover up that they are stealing the soccer club’s money to pay for their own personal selfish needs and wants. Their scams do not end with them stealing money from their soccer club, but they also use clever tricks to convince people into giving donations to their made up organizations. Top hats are despised and considered untrustworthy by many people in Brazil, but sadly they run and control much of the country due to their influence with the Brazilian soccer clubs. Violence has broken out due to people agreeing and disagreeing about the way the top hats run the Brazilian soccer clubs. The Cartolas have caused corruption to spread all over Brazil. Due to the violence and corruption, Brazilian players are leaving to join any foreign country teams that will take them. Brazilian players will take pays that were less than their pay in Brazil just so they don’t have to go back to the corrupted and violence ridden country. It is sad to think that the players have to leave their home country in order to escape the corruption and violence going on in their country.


One thought on “Blog 4: What is a Top Hat and how does soccer explain the survival of such? (Chapter 5 How Soccer Explains the World)   

  1. It really is sad though, isn’t it? To think that the organization of their soccer leagues is so corrupt that they would take significantly less pay to get away from it? Honestly though, I see that even in my own office. I sometimes offer people less money than they’re making currently but they are willing due to their desire for a better work environment.


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