The British Chamber of Commerce (Britcham) is planning to replicate the first ever football match played in Brazil exactly 110 years ago in 1895 in São Paulo between teams from the then São Paulo Gas Company (predecessor to Comgs) and the previous São Paulo Railway Company. This was immediately following the return of Charles Miller to Brazil following his education in England and was the start of the great Brazilian footballing tradition that we have today. Charles Miller was an outstanding all round sportsman who had played soccer in England for the predecessor team to modern day Southampton, and had also played cricket and rugby for well known teams.
The Britcham plan to hold the replica match at SPAC in Santo Amaro on 19 November with the full collaboration of the club who will provide one of the teams. The second team will be provided by Comgs. We would plan to try and have some celebrity players. We also intend to produce some football shirts and shorts typical of the period. Britcham will be filming the football match to obtain footage for the Britcham institutional film to be produced on DVD for the 2006 90th anniversary celebrations of the British Chamber and we also hope to attract a lot of media coverage.
The award to the winning team will be made at the match and also at the Britcham Ball on 25 November this being the Friday immediately following the match. The theme of the ball will be A Night With Charles Miller”.Focus on the Sponsor
The Britcham wishes to offer their sponsors the chance to participate in these events in a very special way, taking their names and logos to be viewed by executives, customers, members of various Chambers of Commerce and companies of diverse segments, as well as authorities and celebrities, generating new business-oriented opportunities in a light, fun, high profile environment.
These events will generate significant content that will be part of the Britcham institutional video, to be released in 2006 honoring the 90 years of its foundation. This project has attracted participants and sponsors that want to associate their images to the events and the video project, whose results will last for a long time.Other Involvement
Besides the associates and all the other friends of the British Chamber, also invited are the members of the Canadian, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, as well as representatives of all the Commonwealth Community in Brazil and other countries.
The Britcham Ball 2005 – A Night With Charles Miller will be an event, as always, of prestige, the presence of Ambassadors and their wives, as well as the presence of General Consuls and other authorities and celebrities, including the sports sector, that will brighten the event even more.
For both events, soccer players, especially veterans, will be stimulated to participate. Representatives of the São Paulo Federacy of Soccer and other sports entities will also be contacted to participate.
Members of the Miller family will be invited and we are counting on the presence of Charles Miller Jr. to “kick off” the game on November 19th.
The media in general (printed and electronic press, including the British press) will be informed and invited to cover both events. Place and Date
Game – November 19th, 2005, at SPAC (São Paulo Athletic Club / British Club) at Av. Robert Kennedy 1448, Santo Amaro, SP.
Ball – November 25th, at the Renaissance Hotel SP at Al. Santos, 2233, Cerqueira Cesar, SP.
Number of Participants
Game – around 200 people
Ball – around 300 peopleList of Names for the Tables
Your table can be named after Charles Miller, soccer teams, famous players of all times or the other items displayed in the list below, all related to the theme.
Check the list below and choose what brings up your interest
(If you prefer, make your suggestion)
Vrzea do Carmo (the place where the first ever soccer game in Brazil took place)
Braz, São Paulo (neighborhood and city where Charles Miller was born)
Southampton (city where Charles Miller lived and studied between the ages of 10 and 20)
Banister Court School (the school where he studied)
Liga de Football Paulista
Mala Real Inglesa (the British company that
Charles Miller represented in Brazil)
Miller Goddard Comp. Ilimitada (Charles Miller’s company)
John Miller (Charles Miller’s father)
Carlota Alexandrina Fox Miller (Mother)
São Paulo Futebol Clube
Santos Futebol Clube
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras
Sir Stanley Matthews (The first soccer player to be honored by the Queen)
Bill Shankly (Liverpool’s Coach)
Sir Matt Busby (Manchester United’s famous Coach)
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