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Brazil, 1970 and the most beautiful football in history

Football is not wanting of phenomena. There have been phenomenal players, phenomenal tricks, goals, passes, plays – we have seen it all. Phenomenal teams have packed stadiums throughout history, leaving masses numbering…

The World Cup Series: 1970 and 1974

Join host Jim Hart and World Cup experts Gary Thacker and Steven Scragg as they analyse what many consider to be the two greatest World Cups - 1970 and 1974. From the…

Pelé: the Brazil legend yet to be toppled

Illustration by Federico Manasse There may never be another footballer as supreme as Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé. The argument of who truly deserves the title of ‘Greatest Footballer’…

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…

Why the Premier League is still waiting for a Brazilian icon

THE SIGHT OF A BRAZIL TEAM in full samba flow invokes something in football supporters that can’t be replicated by any other team. People marvel over Spain’s fluid passing and Germany’s ruthless dynamism…

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…

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…

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…

How football and race shaped modern Brazil

England may have created football, but Brazil made it an art form. Since the arrival of football in the South American country at the turn of the 20th century, Brazil has won…