Match made in paradise? Why Taylor Swift is the unofficial mascot of a Brazilian soccer team | Taylor Swift


Last name: Taylor Swift’s rule.

Age: 14.

Appearance: Like hundreds of thousands of screaming Brazilians.

Oh no, she’s no longer culturally appropriate, is she? Hopefully not. You will be happy to know that Taylor Swift is not directly involved in the Taylor Swift rule.

So who is? The Brazilian football club of the Corinthians.

In which way? Swift has become an unofficial mascot for the team.

Like Kingsley, Partick Thistle’s hideous mascot of the scowling sun? No. Again, you’ll be happy to know that at no point is anyone running around the field and jumping with a massive Taylor Swift header.

So what is it? The Corinthians never lose when Swift releases an album.

Really? Really. The streak dates back to 2006, when Corinthians won matches directly before and after the release of Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album. This lucky streak continued for all nine of her album releases. The team has never been defeated immediately before or after the release of any of their albums.

That’s a lot of wins. Now there is a difference between “always winning” and “never losing”. The 1989 and Lover outings were relatively difficult for the club, with all four matches on each side ending in draws.

And Evermore, his last? Not a bad result in any case. Prior to the album’s release, they had a 0-0 draw with Fortaleza; after that, they beat São Paulo by just one goal.

Weird that anyone notices this. Corinthians usually lose all away games a Swift album release window? On the contrary, they are actually quite good. Since Swift started releasing music, they have won Serie A three times, Campeonato Paulista five times, Copa do Brasil, Copa Libertadores, Recopa Sudamericana and the FIFA Club World Cup.

So it would be easy to invent other new coincidences? So easy. For example, around the same time, the Corinthians haven’t won any matches that took place directly after the release of a Paul McCartney solo album.

Which makes McCartney… That’s right, a cursed figure in the Brazilian soccer world of the Southeast. By right, they should start booing him whenever he thinks of releasing new music.

But no Fast. No, Swift is loved. Online football supporters don’t just use Photoshop kits on just anyone, you know.

A Fast commented So? No. But it’s Swift, remember, so there’s a good chance her fans will hysterically read an oblique lyric about it on the internet at some point.

Say: “The Corinthians win every time Taylor Swift releases an album.”

Do not say: “But they lost right before she appeared in Cats.


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