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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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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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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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Boateng and Muntari sent home by Ghana

Posted: June 26, 2014 at 10:52 am   /   Africa, The Buzz, World Cup

Ghana’s players departed the World Cup finals £1.7m richer after receiving the appearance money that they claimed they were owed, but with their reputations severely damaged following a series of controversial off-the-field events that overshadowed Thursday’s 2-1 defeat by Portugal. With Germany beating the USA in the other Group G fixture, a 2-1 victory would […]

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Pele talks about US youth soccer

Posted: April 21, 2014 at 10:31 am   /   Development

Pele is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player of all time. He developed his unparalleled skills playing against other shoeless kids on the dirt streets of Brazil with a ball made from old socks and newspapers. But now Pele says the best grass-roots soccer programs in the world are not in Brazil, but in the […]

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Black in Brazil

Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm   /   Brasil, Culture, Race

Great film, a little long but worth the education… Like UrbanStreetSoccer on Facebook. Follow UrbanStreetSoccer on Twitter @UrbanStSoccer

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And the 2014 World Cup Draw is Set!

Posted: December 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm   /   The Buzz, UrbanStreetSoccer, World Cup

Here’s the 2014 World Cup draw: Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia Group C: Colombia, Greece, Côte d’Ivoire, Japan Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic Source: Like UrbanStreetSoccer on Facebook. Follow UrbanStreetSoccer on Twitter @UrbanStSoccer

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The Brazuca

Posted: December 6, 2013 at 10:13 am   /   The Biz

With its reputation and millions on the line, Adidas has unveiled the “Brazuca,” the official soccer match ball of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. All eyes are on to see whether the company can avoid a repeat of the “Jabulani,” the ball it designed for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which was […]

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What’s Next for Freddy Adu

Posted: December 4, 2013 at 11:03 am   /   UrbanStreetSoccer

Can we all agree to stop calling Freddy Adu a washout? The news broke Tuesday that Adu will be released by his Brazilian club Bahia due to ‘technical deficiencies,’ when his contract runs out in December. Some might look at that news and consider it proof of Adu’s shortcomings, the final coup de grace in […]

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Pickup Soccer in Brazil Has an Allure All Its Own

Posted: October 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm   /   Brasil

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. It must be said: the ball has always had meaning, always resonated far beyond a foot and a goal and a game. […]

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