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My favourite game: Italy v Brazil, 1982 World Cup

Two classic teams in two classic kits played out a classic match with John Motson’s excitement a perfect accompaniment“Socrates scores a goal … That sums up the philosophy of Brazilian football!” Even during John Motson’s mid-80s pomp, I was always mor…

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Luiz Felipe Scolari: ‘Everything I did as a manager, I learned as a teacher’

Big Phil chats about his tussles with England, winning the World Cup with Brazil, Ronaldinho’s cross, the 7-1, why it did not work for him at Chelsea and why he loves English fansBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballAsk any of the footballers w…

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How it feels when you score two goals against Brazil on your England debut

Colin Grainger was trembling with nerves on his way to Wembley. By the time he left the pitch, he felt like he belongedBy Colin Grainger for The BlizzardI joined up with the England squad at Lancaster Gate on Monday 4 May 1956, five days before the mat…

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‘Will we have to strike?’ Football in Brazil continues despite coronavirus

Some matches in Brazil have been called off but the response to the pandemic has been slow and inconsistentBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballOn Sunday morning in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, Grêmio players and coaching …

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Ronaldinho: from World Cup champion to Paraguayan prison football star

The former Brazil and Barcelona star once graced football’s grandest stages. So how did he end up playing futsal in jail?Football in South America is all but shut down as the Covid-19 outbreak spreads across the continent, but one Brazilian star is sti…

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How a football shirt number is being used to oppose homophobia in Brazil

The number 24 has often been shunned in Brazilian culture, but a new generation of players are changing old attitudesBy Tom Sanderson for Yellow & Green FootballEven though it has been banned in 25 of Brazil’s 26 states for the last 74 years, jogo …

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Ronaldinho questioned by police in Paraguay over alleged fake passport

World Cup winner has travelled to Asunción with his brotherProsecutor claims passport numbers belong to other peopleThe former Brazil forward Ronaldinho is being questioned by authorities in Paraguay, after entering the South American country with what…

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‘I am good’: Pelé dismisses his son’s claim that he is depressed and reclusive

‘Keep the ball rolling … I have good days and bad days’80-year-old is working with British director on documentaryFormer Brazil striker Pelé dismissed talk he is depressed and reclusive on Thursday and assured fans he is doing well and maintaining a bu…

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Tactical review of 2019: Re-emergence of Brazil and a judicious high press

Tite has transformed the way the seleção play but 2019 was mainly about Liverpool and their very modern footballThis year has been all about Liverpool. It is not just that they are European and world champions, or that they are well set to win the Prem…

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Tactical review of 2019: Re-emergence of Brazil and a judicious high press

Tite has transformed the way the seleção play but 2019 was mainly about Liverpool and their very modern footballThis year has been all about Liverpool. It is not just that they are European and world champions, or that they are well set to win the Prem…

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Rodrigo Caio: ‘A final against Liverpool. It would be so special’

Caio watches his Brazil teammates in the Premier League every week. Now he hopes to play them in the Club World Cup finalBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballRiver Plate were winning 1-0 and the Copa Libertadores final seemed to be drifting awa…

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Santos forward Marinho performs VAR celebration after scoring – video

Santos’ Marinho celebrated a long-range strike against Botafogo by imitating the referee making a VAR decision. The player could be seen miming the VAR signal, holding his hand to his ear, and pretending to listen through an earpiece before pointing to…

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The making of Roberto Firmino, by his earliest mentors in Brazil

A teammate, a coach and a teacher reflect on how Firmino left ‘a dangerous reality to conquer the world through sport’By Josué Seixas for Yellow & Green FootballOn a mundane Monday in 2001, Adriana Leite was sitting in her classroom in Maceió, a ci…

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Brazilian footballers protest oil spill with custom-made shirts and gloves – video report

A football league match in Brazil was met with protests after an oil spill contaminated the country’s northeast coastline. Both sides demonstrated against the government’s lack of response to the damage. Bahia wore a jersey with several black marks acr…

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Black football managers join forces in Maracanã to condemn racism in Brazil

Marcão and Roger, the only black managers in Série A, stood together to oppose the prejudice they see in Bolsonaro’s BrazilOccasionally football acts as a springboard for conversations that affect society as a whole. That happened in Brazil at the week…

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Brazil’s Lucão scores spectacular volley in World Beach Games football – video

A driven long-range volley was the pick of the bunch in Brazil’s 9-3 victory over Russia at the World Beach Games in Doha. After a bobbling effort from Russia, Brazil’s Lucão chipped the ball up from deep inside his own half before striking it into the…

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Dani Alves: ‘If you win without effort, you triumph with no glory at all’

Alves reflects on 17 years in Europe, what he learned from Pep Guardiola, his experiences of racism and why he’s back in Brazil By Joshua Law and Tom SandersonDani Alves has won more major trophies than any footballer in history. He spent 17 years play…

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Héber: from partnering Firmino in Brazil to replacing David Villa in NYC

Heber played alongside ‘Alberto’ Firmino in his teens before spells in Armenia and Croatia earned him a move to New YorkBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballHéber didn’t have to think twice. He had received a phone call from Srecko Juricic, spo…

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Inside the Grêmio academy, home of Brazil’s brightest young footballers

Grêmio have reached the Copa Libertadores semi-finals for the third year running thanks to a core of youth productsBy Joshua Law and Tom SandersonWhen Everton arrived at Grêmio in 2012, he was a 16-year-old who wanted to be a footballer. He is now a Br…

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Brazilian football match halted due to nearby wildfire – video

A third division football match in Brazil was paused after it was interrupted by heavy smoke caused by a wildfire. The match between Atlético Acreano and Luverdense in Serie C was stopped in the sixth minute before resuming seven minutes later. Accordi…