IN RECENT years, the reputation of “football’s greatest-ever player” has been somewhat tarnished, and it is now widely pre-supposed that there’s nothing he won’t lend his name to, whether that’s FIFA’s improbably diverse list of the world’s greatest living players … Continue reading The greatest goal Pelé ever scored
IN THE end, we were spared 30 minutes of what might have been tedious extra time, thanks to a wonderful goal totally out of character with the rest of the Copa Libertadores final in Rio de Janeiro. Palmeiras scored it, … Continue reading Copa Libertadores: When a crowd might have made a difference
TWO old rivals from São Paulo face each other in the 2020 Copa Libertadores final in Rio de Janeiro, yet another big football match played in a supporter-free stadium. Brazil has had 8.8 million cases of covid-19 and over 200,000 … Continue reading Copa Libertadores Final: Brazilian derby in an empty Maracanã
BRAZIL is the biggest exporter of footballing talent – the Brazilian can be found plying his trade in all corners of the world and in every continent. The national team, despite its ups and downs, is always considered among the … Continue reading Brazilian domestic football – the great untapped market?
“I compare the Santos 62 team with the national team of Brazil in 70. These are the two best football teams I have ever seen.” That was the view of Benfica and Portugal’s Antonio Simoes, who witnessed, first-hand, the power of the Sao Paolo-based team that was arguably the best in the world between 1962 and 1963. Santos gave us Pele. They have given us Neymar, who may or may not go on to become a true great. They were ambassadors for the Brazilian game and they also laid the foundation for the Brazil 1970 team that has been the … Continue reading South American Way: Santos – the club that started the legend