What was given by the people, and then taken from them
(This is the original text in Portuguese. I want to thank Thiago Arantes for letting me translate and reproduce his text in this small blog. This piece also translates the feelings of some Brazilians towards the World Cup)
Brazil will be the greatest loser in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Forget about tactical schemes, technical analysis, call-ups, goals or refereeing. This defeat won’t come in a surprise loss against Belgium in the round of sixteen, in an epic quarterfinals duel against Italy, in a distressful semifinal against Spain or in a reloaded “Maracanazzo” against Argentina.
This defeat has already come. Brazil has lost the 2014 World Cup. Continue reading
Repercution after ISL bribes
João Havelange was one of the biggest faces in football history from 1958 to 1998, time he spent in his cameos as CBD (CBF’s old name) and FIFA president. Much of the sport’s development not only technically but also economically was during his 24 years reign under the major governmental body FIFA, after beating Englishman Stanley Rous to become their 1st non-European president. After building such a respectful reputation, it was obvious that he’d receive many honors: stadiums named after him, a position at FIFA as honorary president as well as with his heart club Fluminense, and many more.
But it seems that it’s all going to fall apart, after the Swiss Justice revealed that him and his former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira were involved in ISL’s bribing schemes back in the 90’s.
Oscar is number 10
Today, FIFA released the name of every player that will participate in the Olympic Games this month, along with their shirt numbers. One of the highlights in the Brazilian squad is Oscar being handled the #10 shirt, while Ganso, who is disputing the AMC spot with him, earned #16.
The full list after the jump. Continue reading