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Socrates: Football’s last intellectual

There are many iconic World Cup images; Bobby Moore and Pele embracing after the England and Brazil game in Mexico, 1970, Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal in 1986 and Marco Tardelli’s passionate celebration after his goal for Italy against West Germany in 1982. For many the image of headband-wearing, bearded, Brazilian midfielder, Sócrates, in […]

Remembering Romario

Some dates just pass us by, disappearing into the ether before we realise their significance. April 27th, 2005 was one of those. Romario de Souza Faria – simply Romario to us – took to the pitch for the last time in the Brazilian national team colours. Almost exactly a month before the “Miracle of Istanbul”, […]

Garrincha: The lonely star

An artist, technical genius and one of Pelé’s closest friends. But also, a man with a growing alcohol problem that grew larger during the years. This is the story of Manuel Francisco dos Santos, or simply “Garrincha”. Garrincha was born in Pau Grande to Amaro and Maria Carolina. Garrincha was Amaro’s fifth child with Maria […]

A brief history of Brazilian full-backs

Gianluca Vialli used to say the right-back is the worst player in every team. The theory goes like this: if this player was more solid defensively, he would become a centre-back, while if better on the ball, he would become a winger. So, according to Vialli, the full-backs are these weird in-between players that have […]

Playoffs of Libertadores Cup starts and the preview of 12 Round of Brazilian Championship

After two weeks away in the medical department, I’m back! And with me, the news of Brazilian Football wrote by a Brazilian! After eleven rounds of Brazilian Championship, the question is: Who can stop Corinthians? They are the leaders of the championship, 7 points ahead of Grêmio. In the Libertadores Cup this week we had […]

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