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Analysis: 5 challenges Brazilian domestic football must overcome

In the underground boardrooms of the Hilton Hotel in São Paulo, Brazil’s top lawyers and businessmen convened for a two-day conference discussing the future of Brazilian football. Sports betting, fan violence, and NFTs were among the central items on the agenda for discussion at the CONFUT event, yet two words were almost certainly mentioned in every lift and every hotel corridor conversation: ‘SAF’ and ‘league’. 

Why did Brazil’s awful 2014 WC striker Fred receive a hero’s farewell to football?

Outside Brazil, Fred’s that lump who lost 7-1. But for Brazilians, Fred is the national league’s second highest top goalscorer ever, Fred is the man who stops to talk to his fans on the streets, Fred is the fox-in-the-box, instinctive striker, and, for Fluminense FC fans, the Superman-Rambo hybrid who is worthy enough of an extravagantly ceremonious farewell to football.  

Why is the next decade pivotal for Brazil?

Over the last 20 years, Brazilian football has seen itself limp behind the pace of European football. Brazil’s overall football landscape can only be rendered decadent, degenerate, and dire. But Qatar 2022 could be Brazil’s Italia 90 checkpoint. 

Solksjær’s belatedness

Solksjær’s belatedness

“There has been no proper explanation for the reason why tradition has been such a hindrance to Solksjaer’s progress. 20th century literary criticism on literary influence and tradition may prove to be an apt framework for the discussion of Solksjaer’s predicament.”

Reacting like a fan

Reacting like a fan

first posted on Footrace The ultimate substitution occurred last week when the Newcastle takeover by the PIF was completed. Prince Mohammed bin Salman on for Mike Ashley, Sports Direct off for PIF, and domestic workers’ rights abuses replaced by overseas…

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