Brazil

The 20th anniversary of when Roberto Carlos bent time and space

This day in football history On 3 June 1997, Brazil managed a 1–1 draw with France in the opening match of the Tournoi de France thanks to one of the most celebrated goals in football history. Organized by the French Football Federation as a friendly in anticipation of the 1998 World Cup, the Tournoi de France featured …

Brazilian club uses shirt numbers to advertise supermarket deals

Sports sponsorship innovation from the Brazilian fourth division (Fluminense de Feira/Facebook) Football clubs are always looking for a new way to make some money, but few sponsorship schemes have been as creative as the one currently being utilized on the back of Brazlian Serie D club Fluminense de Feira’s shirts. The Bahia side has partnered with …

The birth of Zico

This day in football history (Flamengo/Twitter) On 3 March 1950, Brazilian playmaker and 1983 Player of the Year Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as “Zico,” was born Rio de Janeiro. A supremely talented dribbler and finisher, the midfielder has also been nicknamed “the White Pelé,” with Pelé himself saying “throughout the years, the one player that …

Brazil’s Copa Verde to feature actual green card

An abstract concept becomes a tangible part of the referee’s arsenal (CBF/Twitter) In 2016, Italian football introduced the concept of the green card—a positive counterbalance to the punishments of the yellow and red cards meant to recognize acts of fair play. Sadly, green cards were not actually produced, as they were only a “symbolic award” …

The birth of Marta

This day in football history (Marta/Facebook) On 19 February 1986, five-time World Player of the Year Marta was born in Dois Riachos, Brazil. A forward, she started her career at the age of 14 with Vasco da Gama, but the women’s team folded after her second season there, prompting her 2002 move to Belo Horizonte to …

When Argentina beat Brazil in the “Game of Shame”

This day in football history On 1 February 1937, Argentina won the South American Championship over Brazil with two extra-time goals from Vicente de la Mata. The precursor to the Copa América, the tournament consisted of six teams, with each one playing the others once and the winner decided on points. But Argentina beat Brazil in …