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Around the world with Zé Maria: from Brazil to Parma, Inter, Kenya and back

Zé Maria has worked with Ancelotti, Adriano, Ronaldo, Romário, Mancini, Mourinho and more – and he has stories to tellBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballZé Maria has some stories to tell. So many, in fact, that it takes three video calls over…

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Juninho Pernambucano: ‘There are thousands of George Floyds in Brazil’

The former Lyon midfielder on racism, his country’s unravelling under Jair Bolsonaro and how Brazilians are taught to think only about moneyLike so many other footballers and former professionals, Juninho Pernambucano could easily stay silent and not d…

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Wendell: ‘Brazilian players have a higher value as we produce the best’

The full-back discusses Brazil’s long love affair with Bayer Leverkusen and how his club can overcome Bayern MunichBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballFor some Brazilians, the road to approbation in European football is bumpy. The most obvious…

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Zico: ‘I would not swap watching the Premier League for any other’

The Brazil legend reminisces about scoring against England, beating Liverpool and his days playing in Italy and JapanBy Bruno Freitas for Yellow & Green FootballZico has spent the last few months among his dogs and eight grandchildren in his beauti…

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Sandro: ‘It was a privilege to play for Spurs. Leaving is my biggest regret’

The Brazilian spent lockdown riding horses, playing guitar and reminiscing about his ‘sensational’ teammatesBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballAfter 10 years in Europe that took in seven clubs, a lot of ups and more than his fair share of dow…

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Sandro: ‘It was a privilege to play for Spurs. Leaving is my biggest regret’

The Brazilian spent lockdown riding horses, playing guitar and reminiscing about his ‘sensational’ teammatesBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballAfter 10 years in Europe that took in seven clubs, a lot of ups and more than his fair share of dow…

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Sandro: ‘It was a privilege to play for Spurs. Leaving is my biggest regret’

The Brazilian spent lockdown riding horses, playing guitar and reminiscing about his ‘sensational’ teammatesBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballAfter 10 years in Europe that took in seven clubs, a lot of ups and more than his fair share of dow…

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Razor sharp and revolutionary – Gordon Banks’s historic save at 50

The England legend, with one flick of his right hand, mystified Pelé a half-century ago and glamourised his craft from then onPerfection means different things to different people. To some, its pursuit invests life with rich meaning, nobility even, whi…

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My favourite game: Bobby Moore displays his brilliance against Brazil | Tony Paley

England’s captain went into the 1970 World Cup under a cloud but he was imperious against the eventual winners Our school’s football team coach was sure he knew why Bobby Moore was targeted in the infamous, and still unsolved, Bogotá bracelet incident …

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My favourite game: France v Brazil, 1998 World Cup final | Michael Hann

I don’t remember much about what took place at the Stade de France on 12 July but I remember most of what happened afterwards – it was epicIt would have been about five in the morning, Monday 13 July 1998. I was on a dodgem car in the Place de la Basti…

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My favourite game: France v Brazil, 1998 World Cup final | Michael Hann

I don’t remember much about what took place at the Stade de France on 12 July but I remember most of what happened afterwards – it was epicIt would have been about five in the morning, Monday 13 July 1998. I was on a dodgem car in the Place de la Basti…

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Brazil legends rebuke Jair Bolsonaro for ‘irresponsible’ Covid-19 policy

Raí and Mauro Silva won the World Cup together in 1994. Now they are standing together to oppose the country’s presidentBy Tom Sanderson for Yellow & Green FootballThe coronavirus outbreak has yet not reached its peak in Brazil, but firebrand presi…

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Bruno Guimarães was ready to quit football. Now he is a Brazil player

After rejections from Flamengo, Fluminense and Botafogo, Guimarães decided to call it a day. But his dad kept pushing himBy Josué Seixas for Yellow and Green FootballWhen Bruno Guimarães was considering a move to Europe, he was not short of options. Be…

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Jair Bolsonaro wants football to start up again despite Covid-19 deaths in Brazil

President calls for resumption of football despite crisisBrazil has more than 5,900 deaths due to the coronavirusBrazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro wants to see football competitions restart soon despite the country’s high number of coronavirus cases, a…

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Brazil v France: World Cup 1986 quarter-final – live!

Relive a world Cup classic from GuadalajaraDig into our As It Happened archive hereAnd you can email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 7.18pm BST For those of you who’ve invented the internet already, you can watch along here: 7.12pm BST So Brazil are unch…

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Italy v Brazil: 1982 World Cup, second round Group C – live!

Updates from the 1982 World Cup clash in BarcelonaWatchalong: view the whole match on Fifa TV Take a look back at our other nostalgic live reportsShare your thoughts below the line or email Rob 7.45pm BST Team news You know what they say: if it’s perfe…

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Italy v Brazil: 1982 World Cup, second round Group C – live!

Updates from the 1982 World Cup clash in BarcelonaWatchalong: view the whole match on Fifa TV Take a look back at our other nostalgic live reportsShare your thoughts below the line or email Rob 7.45pm BST Team news You know what they say: if it’s perfe…

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Carlos’s 1986 World Cup foul and the value of rethinking our villains | Jonathan Wilson

For years I thought I hated a goalkeeper for denying Bruno Bellone and it seemed a black-and-white case. Until I met himFootball can give you completely the wrong idea about people. One incident in one match can skew the perception. For years I thought…

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Ronaldinho granted house arrest in Paraguay amid fake passport flap

Brazil icon moved to four-star hotel as investigation continuesLawyer maintains his clients didn’t know documents were falseAfter just more than a month in a maximum-security prison, Ronaldinho was released and placed into house arrest by Paraguayan au…

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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…