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The World Cup and Ramadan

Posted: July 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm   /   Culture, World Cup

On June 28, two noteworthy global events begin: the second round of the World Cup and Ramadan, the Islamic month observed by fasting. For some of the dozens of Muslim players on Algeria, France, and Germany, this will pose a problem: having to play world-class soccer after having abstained from food and water since sunup. […]

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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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Keisuke Honda: A Japanese football fashion icon

Posted: June 9, 2014 at 11:11 am   /   Culture, Fashion, Lifestyle

There’s no arguing that the game of soccer oozes style with its fancy footwork, dyed hairdos and the sheer number of trend-setting men in the sport (do we even have to mention that one pretty Englishman?). The Japanese Internet seems to think it even beats that other Japan-favorite sport — baseball — by a laughable long-shot. […]

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Barras Bravas Argentina

Posted: June 9, 2014 at 1:28 am   /   Culture, UrbanStreetSoccer

Barras Bravas… the first time the term was used was in the 60’s by a Argentinian newspaper, La Razón, to name the group of people that in an organized way go to a football match. Normally, the words Barras Bravas are followed by words like violence, mafia, hooligans.. But who are the Barra Brava ? 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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Brasil: Not Only Known for the Beautiful Game

Posted: May 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm   /   Brasil, Culture

Of course Brazil is known for its Jogo Bonito (Beautiful Game). However, it’s also one of the most beautiful places, with rich culture. From the beautiful day and night views of Arpoador Beach and Iguaza Falls to the northern city of Olinda, which is known as the Historical and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity, and then […]

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Dream Town: Trailer

Posted: May 7, 2014 at 11:05 am   /   Culture

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