Tag: sao paulo

Denílson and the mercurial talent of a lost legend

Flying down the wing, the ball at the end of his toe, movement in his hips and flair in his soul, Denílson was the quintessential Brazilian winger. Any who had the pleasure…

The tricks, trials and tribulations of Michel Bastos

IT WAS LESS than a decade ago that Michel Bastos was setting French and European football alight with his mix of thunderous power and Brazilian style. He was one of Lyon’s brightest…

The glory of Careca at Napoli

Antônio De Oliveira Filho was born in the city of Araquara in the Brazilian state of São Paulo on 5 October 1960. His nickname, Careca – which roughly translates as ‘bald’ – came…

The other La Decima: Brazil’s favela-focused Copa da Paz

Any mention of ‘La Decima’ immediately leads to memories of Real Madrid’s lengthy quest for its long-elusive 10th European Cup, landed in 2014 in one of the most dramatic and emotionally draining…

Rogério Ceni: the goalkeeper who scored 132 goals

ON 27 MARCH 2011, São Paulo took on Corinthians in one of the biggest and most heated derbies in South American football. São Paulo hadn’t won any of their last 11 games…

Kaká: a footballer of rare substance

The year was 1966; the month, November. American singer-songwriter Little Richard had just performed a brief but energetic gig at L’Olympia in Paris. In the surroundings of one of the French capital’s most…