The failed Team America experiment

LONG BEFORE A TEAM OF ANIMATED PUPPETS decided to take on the world under the banner of Team America, a hodgepodge collection of superstars and NASL underlings joined together in 1976 to take on Brazil, Italy and England in a one off tournament called the American Bicentennial Soccer Cup. As the name suggests, the tournament was…

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The birth of Brazil at World Cup 1958

BRAZIL CAME TO SWEDEN IN 1958 with a great deal of expectation behind them. It was the sixth incarnation of the World Cup; the Seleção had played in every previous tournament, but had not managed to lift the famous trophy. There had been every kind of exit: first-round, quarter-finals, semi-finals and defeat at the final…

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How Pelé and the New York Cosmos changed soccer

“The New York Cosmos were the best and worst of American soccer,” Rodney Marsh once said. It’s often rare that one sentence can sum up every argument you want to make; Rodney Marsh does that though. The New York Cosmos truly were the best and worst of what American soccer was. The extravagant celebrity lifestyle dominated the…

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The Santos FC Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way WHEN THE TITANIC HIT AN ICEBERG AND BEGAN ITS DESCENT into the punishingly icy waters off Newfoundland on 14 April, 1912, the world’s most ostentatious symbol of luxury and power was doomed before it had completed its maiden voyage. By rights, it should have gone on to…

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