Archive for the ‘Brazil’ Category

Last week in São Paulo, Chilean playmaker Valdivia and his wife were victims of kidnapping express, a sort of crime that has annoyingly been occuring on a daily basis throughout Brazil. If it happened two or three decades ago, perhaps he would be set free for being a celebrity, but nowadays any one can suffer from […]


“Democracy is something new to South American nations, that were dominated by dictatorships until the second half of the last century” (Andrew Jennings, BBC reporter) Historical background Unfortunately, football has an intrinsic and strong link to politics in South America and what happens off the pitch ends up reflecting on the pitch. During the period in […]


Language can be a social barrier anywhere because one of its functions is to be a status symbol, as it allows someone to be labeled by their accent, by their idioms and so on. Portuguese is Brazil’s official mother tongue and is totally mastered by around 25% of Brazilians, usually by the ones who could […]


The Brazilian way – ‘jeitinho brasileiro’ in Portuguese – is an informal way of behaving widely accepted by Brazil’s society that relies on improvisation, flexibility, creativity, intuition etc, behind unexpected or complex situations. Although it isn’t founded on procedures or techniques previously set, it is an unethical system historically adopted that makes use of emotional […]


Renato “Gaúcho” Portaluppi was a successful Brazilian footballer in the 80’s and early 90’s. He played for the Brazilian National Team and for important sides both in Brazil (Grêmio, Flamengo, Cruzeiro, among others) as well as abroad (Roma). Also, he’s been working as a coach since 1996. Undoubtedly, the status of being a famous athlete […]


Brazil are going to play against the Netherlands next Saturday in Goiânia. Although the Dutch players seem to be more concerned about having a good time in Rio de Janeiro instead of focusing on the friendly match, that would be a great and rare opportunity for Brazilian football fans to appreciate a high-class European national […]