Category Archives: Brazil

The Brazilians’ fear of the goalkeeper

[*Blogpost title with apologies to Peter Handke.] Neymar aside, it’s very hard to work up much enthusiasm for the Brazilian XI in the World Cup. The general lack of confidence and guile on display almost reminds me of England. How about … Continue reading

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Another of my 20 essential Brazilian songs from the Sunday Times.  The playlist is on Spotify too.

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Brazil, Brazil

  In today’s Sunday Times [£], my list of 20 essential Brazilian songs, from João Gilberto to Carlinhos Brown, Maria Bethânia to Tom Zé. I’d assumed there’d be a feast of the country’s music on TV during the World Cup, but … Continue reading

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Copa do Mundo

I can just about remember watching the 1966 World Cup Final, but Mexico 1970 was the first tournament I followed all the way through. Lots of late nights, lots of fish and chips as my brother and I watched matches on our … Continue reading

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As well as being hosts,  Brazil must be favourites to win the national anthem World Cup. Yet again.

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Slowly, mixed-raced players started to filter through to the big clubs. They were made to feel ashamed of their colour. Artur Friedenreich, the son of a German immigrant and a black Brazilian,  looked white apart from his frizzy hair. Before … Continue reading

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In the footsteps of Stefan Zweig

My Indy review of George Prochnik’s superb biography “The Impossible Exile”: A New York intellectual whose own family fled Austria in the 1930s, he embarks on a journey retracing Zweig’s fretful search for a refuge, from London to Bath to … Continue reading

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Jogo bonito

The elevated highway in São Paulo that’s closed on Sundays to allow people to play the beautiful game. From Christopher Pillitz’s superb set of photos on football in Brazil.

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In memoriam: Tom Jobim

Saturday would have been his 87th birthday; 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of his death. To people who don’t know his music that well, Antonio Carlos Jobim will always be the man who immortalized the girl from Ipanema. There was … Continue reading

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Morning walk music

“O Samba e O Tango”, opening track from the mid-1990s concert tour recording “Fina Estampa Ao Vivo”. PS: I wrote about the experience of hearing these songs for the first time in a Times feature [£] this summer: I’d gone … Continue reading

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