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Brazil’s Carnival Atmosphere

carnival Few love a party as much as the Brazilians and with the fiesta of music, dance, and colour in full swing this weekend, the nation besotted with football indulges in its other great passion, Carnival. And yet, there are more than a few links between the country’s two great loves. Continue reading →

Corinthian Spirit

corinthians jpg It was a 1910 tour to Brazil by English side Corinthian FC which inspired the creation of Sao Paulo giants Corinthians, by enthusiastic locals. 105 years later, the English outfit’s modern-day descendants Corinthian-Casuals returned to South America to commemorate that first game in front of 26,000 fans Continue reading →

Adidas Brazuca Final Rio

10329014_10154307820740551_4898998667338599455_n Adidas’ official match ball of the World Cup final has been updated. The Brazuca Final Rio will be used only once in the last game of the competition when Germany face Argentina on Sun 13 July, in the Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading →

Brazil’s Hooligans, The Dark Side of the Beautiful Game

uchida 8 Forget what newspapers say about Brazilian hooliganism. I’ve seen and been living it for years. I didn’t need to read or hear about it. Nobody had to tell me how it is to be in a train or a bus with your mates when rivals attack, I myself have already lived it. For many times I also had to run from police even though my photographer card was on my chest. Brazilian photo-journalist Gabriel Uchida explores the dark side of the beautiful game. Continue reading →

Neymar Loss Causes Outbreak of Emotion

neymar baby The loss of their star player is hitting all Brazilians, both young and old. It was all a bit too much for this little baby with the news that Neymar was in hospital. Meanwhile, the player himself issued an emotional rallying call to his teammates to fulfill his dream of becoming a World Cup champion. Continue reading →

Mondiali Impossibili – World Cup Time Travel

7Messi-marte Every World Cup tournament causes us to recall finals gone by. With Brazil giving us one of the most memorable competitions in recent history, new Italian online magazine Marte.com has transported some of the protaganists of the current World Cup into classic iconic pictures from past editions with the help of digital artist Antonella Iozzolino. Continue reading →

Neymar’s Hospital Arrival

Brazil v Colombia: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Brazil’s World Cup hopes have been rocked with the news that Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after a serious back injury. The striker’s arrival at the hospital in Fortaleza was met by large numbers of Brazilian fans. The Selecao themselves were accused of rough-house tactics in their win over Colombia but David Luiz won back some admirers telling James Rodriguez in a post-match interview “You are already a world champion.” Continue reading →

One Centimetre From Glory, Pinilla’s Tattoo

tattoo Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla has had an image of THAT shot which struck the crossbar against Brazil tattooed on his back. In the final minute of extra-time, the strike from the edge of the box crashed off the bar saving the hosts from elimination. Pinilla also missed a penalty in the shoot-out defeat but it was the last drama of extra-time that will remain with him. The inkwork is accompanied by the line ‘One centimetre from glory’. Continue reading →

The Beautiful Game Of Thrones

tumblr_n6xmv5IcDW1taahkjo2_1280 Every four years, the bravest warriors from all the corners of the Seven Kingdoms converge to battle for The Throne. Watch the strongest showcase their skills on the battlefield MAracana in the Land of Reos. Valar morghulis, winner takes all. thebeautifulgamers.tumblr.com Continue reading →

Neymar, Portrait of the Artist

neymar art He’s the darling of the Brazilian national team and the poster-boy for a host nation desperately in need of a World Cup good news story. In Europe, they question if he deserves the hype after a difficult first year at Barcelona but his personality is at odds with the reputation that preceded him. As we saw in last year’s Confederations Cup, Neymar Jr could be about to light up the tournament and live up to the legend that it seems has already been created for him. Continue reading →

O Canarinho: The Most Iconic Shirt in History

10294412_10152501176183767_209850273929590421_n Known ‘O Canarinho’ The Little Canary, it is one of the most iconic images in sport. Yellow flashing with blue on bronzed skin, dancing, darting, with a ball moving like paint strokes. Zig-zags, turns, pass, pass pass. Brazil. The cradle of football. Movers. Masters. The jersey of the Selecao epitomises soccer and the World Cup, and when the tournament kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12, millions will wear the beloved shirt in a nation besotted with the beautiful game. And yet, the garment wouldn’t exist – certainly not in its current form – without the devastation of Brazil’s loss in the 1950 World Cup final and the subsequent imagination of a 19-year-old from the city of Pelotas. Continue reading →

Cesc on Cesc

fabregas puma Cesc Fàbregas believes the Spanish national team can repeat its success from 2010. How does a team get over a first match defeat, what other opponents are to be looked out for and why is Spain not scared to face Brazil? Find out and see the most intimate interview Cesc has ever given as he interviews himself. Continue reading →

F#ck FIFA, Brazil’s Graffiti Messages

FuckFiFa3 We’re unlikely to see marches on the same scale as last year’s Confederations Cup though violent demonstrations have been increasing in Brazil in recent weeks. But a more peaceful form of protest is still as noticeable – and perhaps just as powerful – throughout the World Cup host nation brought about by Brazil’s graffiti artists. Continue reading →

Mario on Mario

balotelli puma What happens when Mario Balotelli has to face himself for an interview? Find out why Mario has always believed in himself, where he watched Italy win the tournament in 2006 and who is the coolest guy in the Azzuri squad. Continue reading →

ESPN World Cup Posters

Argentina - Imgur crop ESPN have released a series of illustrations for all participating nations at the FIFA World Cup. The 33 posters were created by Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueria in collaboration with Wieden + Kennedy, New York, featuring star players from each of the teams pictured in goal celebration mode. Continue reading →

Maracana History Repeating Itself

Maracana brazil series The Brazil Series, a collection of articles inspired by the world’s greatest footballing cradle, Póg Mo Goal looks at the storied past of the iconic ground that holds a special place in the heart of all Brazilians. It’s ironic that the reopening of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium with Brazil vs England was overshadowed by accusations that the venue wasn’t ready. It’s merely a case of history repeating itself. Continue reading →

Top 5 World Cup Golden Boot Hopefuls

41a5ae5bb26b1dd55d5549f9b23f99b0 The World Cup kicks off in less than two months, at which point the eyes of the world will be on the action in Brazil. Right now there are a handful of heavy favourites to hoist the trophy-Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and the defending champions Spain-followed by a large pack of major underdogs of varying intrigue. While it seems inevitable that one of those favoured teams will win the tournament (since 1970 only those four countries, France, and Italy have won the competition), less certain is the identity of the Golden Boot winner. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Felipe Scolari

scolari Brazil coach Felipe Scolari has placed restrictions on the sideways samba at the World Cup this summer. ‘Big Phil’ will allow his players to partake in nocturnal exercises with their wives and girlfriends, as long as it’s not of the ‘acrobatic’ variety. The Selecao boss was responding to a question in Portugal as he continues preparations to win the World Cup on home soil in the summer. Continue reading →