Brazil

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 …

Milene Domingues: The Juggler Queen

The unique footballing life of one of Brazil’s greats Sao Paulo has been home to some of Brazil’s biggest stars—Rivaldo, Kaka and Socrates, to name a few—but rarely has a player tapped into the heart of Brazilian football culture in the same way as Milene Domingues, the Juggler Queen. In 1999, Ronaldo was the biggest name …

The founding of Cruzeiro

This day in football history (Rafael Pena/Cruzeiro) On 2 January 1921, a group of Italian immigrants founded the Sociedade Esportiva Palestra Itália in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Now known as Cruzeiro, it has since become one of the country’s most successful clubs. The club identified strongly with Italy, originally open only to Italians and even adopting their …

The birth of a Brazilian king

This day in football history On 25 December 1944, Brazil star Jairzinho was born in Rio de Janeiro. He helped lead them to World Cup victory in 1970, becoming only the third person in history to score in every one of his team’s matches in the tournament. He spent the majority of his career with his …

Arena do Grêmio: The Happiest Place on Earth

A mix of overdue achievement and a rival’s historic failure creates an incomparable cocktail of joy (Gremio) On December 11, 2016, Disneyland looked like a dreary post-Communist apartment bloc in a hailstorm compared to the true Happiest Place on Earth: the Arena do Grêmio in Porto Alegre during the last round of games for this season’s …

Juan Cazares does what Pele couldn’t

Atlético Mineiro didn’t win the Copa do Brasil, but they did have the best consolation goal It’s the cup final and your team’s already down 3–1 from the first leg. You’re the key playmaker of the team, but you’re left out of the starting XI for the second leg. You only get on halfway through …

The passing of Socrates

This day in football history On 4 December 2011, former Brazil captain Socrates passed away from complications related to food poisoning. He was 57. One of the most inventive and dynamic players of his generation, the towering 6’3″ midfielder started his career with Botafogo in 1974. He spent the majority of it with Corinthians, for whom …