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Neymar collaborates with Jordan Brand

Posted: June 1, 2016 at 8:12 pm   /   Brasil, Lifestyle, The Biz, UrbanStreetSoccer

Nike has announced that FC Barcelona star Neymar will be the first soccer player to collaborate with their Jordan Brand. The Brazilian striker will be wearing his own signature boot featuring the number 23 and iconic Jordan “Jumpman” logo. Like UrbanStreetSoccer on Facebook.

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Why Brazil’s youth turned against the World Cup

Posted: July 12, 2014 at 1:13 am   /   Brasil

The streets of Rio de Janeiro have been Michel Oliveira’s workplace for almost a decade. The 23-year-old has never set foot inside an office or had a boss. At the age of 15, Oliveira dropped out of the city’s public school system to earn money selling sandwiches and snacks on Rio’s famous beaches, Ipanema and […]

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Special Brasil Kits

Posted: July 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm   /   Brasil, Fashion, Lifestyle

Nike launches special kits for its Brazilian Clubs. In a gesture to honor the Brazilian National Team, Corinthians, Internacional, Santos, Coritiba and Bahia.  The teams will wear the special kits that mix the classic yellow worn by the “Scratch” with each team’s own traditional colors. These unique third uniforms will all embody this historic moment […]

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Residents Wonder How New Stadiums Will Benefit After Cup

Posted: July 10, 2014 at 12:25 am   /   Brasil, The Biz, World Cup

NATAL, Brazil — From her crumbling house with the leaky roof, across a new highway from a new World Cup stadium, Maria Ivanilde Oliveira heard everything. Notes of the national anthems floated through the humid air into her living room, where her black vinyl couch was losing its stuffing and a metal bookshelf was secured […]

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Brasil: Capoeira

Posted: July 4, 2014 at 10:36 am   /   Brasil, Culture

Capoeira is a martial art infused dance, which is thought to have originated in the 16th century in Brazil. Although today capoeira has become somewhat omnipresent with the booming popularity of street acrobatics such as parkour, its history remains mysterious. Discover the story of this 500 year old martial art, and explore the best places […]

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Pickup Soccer in Brazil

Posted: July 1, 2014 at 12:16 am   /   Brasil, Culture

RIO DE JANEIRO — In Brazil, the ball is always moving. It moves on grass and on sand, on concrete and on cobblestone. Sometimes, during the rainy season, it even moves on water. Organized soccer, the kind the Brazilian national team will play next year in the World Cup, is known as futebol (pronounced FOO-chee-ball) […]

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Japanese Brazilians celebrate mixed heritage

Posted: June 30, 2014 at 10:15 am   /   Brasil, Culture

Nearly 1.5 million Japanese descendants live in Brazil, and two-thirds of those live in Sao Paulo state. Sao Paulo, Brazil – The room was a mixture of Brazilian green and yellow and Japanese red and white, as more than 200 members of the city’s large Japanese community turned out to watch the country of their […]

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Black identity in Brazil

Posted: June 28, 2014 at 11:26 pm   /   Brasil, Culture, Race

Before teams representing their countries from around the world arrived in Brazil, the country’s president, Dilma Rousseff, took the opportunity to label 2014 the “anti-racism World Cup.” The declaration came after a wave of racist incidents in soccer around the world targeting Black players, many of whom are Brazilian. While it’s a well-intentioned gesture and […]

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Brasil: Samba and the Samba Schools

Posted: June 27, 2014 at 12:35 am   /   Brasil, Culture

It all started in the end of the XIX Century in what was then known as Little Africa (Pequena Africa), the residence of the tias baianas. These were ladies who came from Bahia, and made a living selling food delicacies around town in their typical white dresses with big round skirts. They were also the […]

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Beyond samba and soccer: Riots in Brazil

Posted: May 30, 2014 at 11:37 pm   /   Brasil, Culture, World Cup

Only 22 years old, the footballer known simply as “Neymar” is far more than the “face of Brazilian soccer“. Since donning the iconic, canary yellow and blue kit for the first time, Neymar has sidestepped defenders as if dancing the samba, and raced up and down the pitch with the cavalier and carnival spirit definitive […]

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