National Geographic : 2009 Nov
PHOTO JOURNAL | CARLOS CAZALIS In the moments before a match, forcados pray in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Alcáçovas. After the bullfight a far more bacchanalian ritual begins. The group will go to a local tavern or home, then spend long hours toasting their friendship and analyzing their performance. Following a match in Évora, costumed forcados meet and greet their supporters: friends, family, girlfriends, groupies. "Why do I date them?" one woman asked. "Because soccer and rugby players are boring by comparison." Most forcados are men 17 to 30 years old; few remain in the group once they marry.