Tag Archives: Brazil

Ecology, music and football

Itaquerao Stadium. “The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football," the show's artistic director, Daphne Cornez, told FIFA | AP

Itaquerao Stadium, Sao Paulo. “The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football,” the show’s artistic director, Daphne Cornez, told FIFA | AP

Simple and speech-free was the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 on the pitch of the Sao Paulo stadium this Thursday. The opening ceremony, the shortest in history of the event, was brimming with ecology, music and football.

Leave a comment

Filed under Soccer / Football

Eduardo Galeano, the World Cup and the corporatization of soccer

2014 FIFA World Cup[Introduction from TomDispatch] Over the next few weeks, we will see all that is beautiful and all that is damned in soccer at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Hundreds of millions will swoon at the sight of the gods of the global game — Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, Italy’s Andrea Pirlo, England’s Wayne Rooney — plying their exquisite trade across the newly built or expensively refurbished stadiums on which Brazil, according to the Wall Street Journal, has spent $3.6 billion over the last few years. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Soccer / Football

Elites use World Cup to solidify power: Analyst

2014 FIFA World CupPress TV has conducted an interview with Harry Brown, an author and lecturer at the School of Media, Institute of Technology, in Dublin, about mass demonstrations in Brazil against the Copa de mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup. This will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview, which however forms only part of an interesting discussion with a number of other guests. For the full video discussion, click here: Elites use World Cup to solidify power: Analyst

Press TV: The game of soccer, or football depending on where you live, has turned into this multi-billion dollar business, from the millions and more recently the tens of millions that are being paid to their players in terms of their salaries. Has money affected this sport? Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Soccer / Football

London 2012: Olympic spirit

”The Olympics are like the heralding of another possible world, the world of solidarity, in which humanity will live together like one great family.” The distinguished Brazilian writer, FREI BETTO, argues for a human-centred Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, which would demonstrate how the Brazilian people are assured of the basic rights of human beings such as food, health and education. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Olympics – Rio de Janeiro

Legacies: Lives lived / past progressive – Doctor Sócrates

Remembering Doctor Sócrates, who made the game beautiful

Corinthians fans held a banner that read “Socrates, rest in peace” before a match against Palmeiras in Brazil (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


BRASILIA (December 8, 2011) — A MOMENT of silence was observed in all of Brazil’s soccer stadiums, accompanied by much applause, during the last day of the National Football Championship in memory of the former player and doctor Sócrates, who died during the early hours on December 4 at 57 years of age, as a result of an intestinal infection. Players on the Corinthians team from São Paulo dedicated their fifth title to him with their right fists raised, just as he celebrated his goals as the celebrated captain of the national team during the World Cups of Spain ‘82 and Mexico ‘86. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Athletes, Soccer / Football

Doctor Sócrates: his career in pictures

We remember Sócrates, the midfield legend, one of Brazil’s most resplendent footballers, who has died aged 57.

Read also

Legacies: Lives lived / past progressive – Doctor Sócrates

Continue reading


Filed under History, Soccer / Football, Uncategorized

A written record

The eighth reflection on the Pan American Games

 Reflections of President Fidel Castro

MANY important events are taking place around the world. Some are related to Cuba. Sometimes the news that reaches our country is much more interesting than a simple reflection of mine aimed at creating awareness.

The BBC interview of Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, one of our Five Heroes, which was televised yesterday, had a profound impact on me; what human content, profundity and brilliance, qualities that could only come from a mind that has endured nine years of unjust psychological torture. We urge the Roundtable program to continue informing us about the historic process surrounding the fate of our historic compatriots. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Cuba, Pan American Games

Is Brazil the United States’ substitute?

The Fourth Reflection on the Pan American Games

Reflections by Cuban President Fidel Castro

A SHORT while ago I was saying about the brain drain that is disgusting.

A bit later, a good offensive player on the Cuban handball team showed up wearing the uniform of a professional Sao Paulo team.

Betrayal for money is one of the favorite weapons the United States uses to destroy Cuba’s resistance. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Pan American Games