It has now been a year since Brazil won the gold medal in men’s football at the Olympic Games. It was one of Brazil’s most significant footballing accomplishments in years, particularly since Olympic gold was the last mountain the Seleção had yet to scale. Continue reading
Here’s a special Christmas treat for you, courtesy of our own Zetona! Continue reading
Note from Black Matt: This is Part 2 of a guest article written by our own Lisgardfund. If you haven’t already, read Part 1 here. Thanks again to Lisgarfund for this wonderful look at one of the most dramatic Brazil matches of all time!
After an intense but scoreless first half, Brazil re-emerged from the tunnel firing on all cylinders. Continue reading
Note from Black Matt: Our own Lisgarfund has graciously contributed this amazingly detailed guest article about one of the most classic Brazil matches of all time. This is Part 1, which covers the first half. Part 2 will appear later in the month.
Take it away, Lisgarfund!
Whenever Brazil and the Netherlands meet, there always seems to be a feast of football. Brazil and Netherlands have met four times in the World Cup tournament and each time it has been a classic. Continue reading
Note from Black Matt: I haven’t been able to finish Part II of my “Brazil All-Time XI” series, so February is “Guest Article Month” here on the site. Kicking things off is our own Zetona, who gives us his thoughts on what Brazil need to do to make 2016 successful. Later in the month, we’ll feature a two-part “Seleção Classics” article from Lisgar.
So without further ado, take it away, Zetona!
2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Brazilian football. Of course, we said the same in 2015, and 2014, and 2013, and 2012, and 2011, and 2010, and you know what, maybe I shouldn’t start this article with the tiredest of clichés. But by my count, between eight World Cup qualifiers, the Olympics, and the Copa America Centenário, we could see some players putting on the yellow jersey over 20 times this year, more than any year since the 90s. The current side is a far cry from the glory days of the late 90s, and after the last two years of tournament disappointments and sub-par displays, there’s plenty of pessimism in the air. If the cards fall just right, though, this year could sweep those bad vibes away.
Here’s what needs to happen this year for it to keep us smiling. Continue reading
Note from Black Matt: this is the first guest article I’ve ever put up since taking over the Brazil World Cup Blog a few years ago. I’m thrilled that the author is our very own Zetona, who has become our resident expert on the Brazilian domestic game. (His overall knowledge of world football, of course, is equally extensive.)
True story: a few weeks ago, when Zetona sent me his first draft, I opened it up intending to just glance at it briefly, then return to it when I had more time. Fifteen minutes later, I had read the whole thing twice, having been hooked from the opening sentence. I’m sure you will all enjoy reading Zetona’s thoughts as much as I did.
So without further ado…take it away, Zetona! Continue reading