Deco: the understated master of his time

“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible … I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves.” By the time he passed away in 2012, Oscar Niemeyer was one of the greatest architects in world history. The Brazilian’s unique designs, informed by his abhorrence for all things bleak and uniform,…

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Robinho: the legend we waited in vain for

Illustration by Charis Tsevis. View more of his work here The collective radar of world football is an enigmatic mechanism at the best of times. Sometimes it unearths tantalising treasures made to entrance the globe, other times it fails to penetrate deep enough to find anything of note. There’s really no specific formula to follow, and…

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Is another World Cup-winning Brazil squad on the horizon and is Tite the man for the job?

When Brazilians think of Belo Horizonte, a depressing image and scoreline crosses their mind, especially in recent World Cup memory. But as Dunga’s replacement, Tite, walked across the touchline last November in a World Cup qualifier against Argentina, things felt different. The team selection was slightly altered, and memories of the biggest humiliation in Brazilian…

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