It sounded too good to be true. Thanks to the Olympics, Rio’s trash-ringed, sewage-contaminated Guanabara Bay would transform into a pristine watershed as the premiere venue for rowing and sailing. But the cleanup effort never materialized in earnest, and earlier this year, the city said it would actually take 20 more…
Just before every Olympics, looming doubt starts to surface. Are the cities ready? Has the host country accepted its geopolitical consequences? Will people come?
Writing in the Harvard Public Health Review, University of Ottawa professor of population health Amir Attaran makes a persuasive argument that the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil is so dangerous that the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics—scheduled to kick off in 84 days—should be postponed, moved, or cancelled:
The gruesome stomping out you see above was just one instance of fan violence that occurred during this weekend’s CSA vs. CRB rivalry match. After the game ended 0-1 in favor of CRB, which won them the local state championship at stake, dozens of opposing fans streamed onto the pitch and started fighting:
It seems like we see one of these at least once every couple months: two players converging on a ball, one going for the slide while the other keeps a foot in to scoop the ball away, and the latter coming out the other side with a flapping tibia. You probably don’t want to see this, but here’s a gif:
Remember Alexandre Pato? Once one of the most heralded young strikers in the world, the former AC Milan forward has spent the past few years back in his native Brazil, seeking to rekindle some of that old spark and prove to bigger clubs that he’s fit and in form enough to earn another crack at the big leagues.
In his over two decade career, Rogério Ceni scored 131 goals in 1,256 matches for club and country. A goal once every 10 games or so would be a piss-poor return if Ceni was a striker, but he wasn’t. He was a goalkeeper.
For months now, the AP has been valiantly searching for a stretch of Rio water that’s not contaminated by trash, sewage and flesh-eating bacteria and so far—nothing.
Life is hard, man.
Watching Ronaldinho in his prime—nipping the ball around defenders with moves you’d either never seen someone pull off in real life or at least never, say, against some of the world’s best defenders, in the middle of the sport’s fiercest rivalry, in front of 80,000 opposing fans, with supporters so moved that they…
Gabriel Murta, the intrepid Brazilian referee who saw fit to break out the strap in order to deal with some violent players, is being defended by the local referee governing body. They explain that while bringing a piece to the pitch may seem extreme, refereeing in Brazil’s lower levels is often so wild that pulling…
Mascots are traditionally meant to bring joy and levity to sporting proceedings, which you’d think would be especially true of O Vovô (the Grandpa), the mascot for Brazilian team Ceará. This guy couldn’t keep his cool after seeing a Ceará goal disallowed though, and blew a gasket.
In most minds, at least in the English-speaking world, David Luiz is more of a punchline than a real player with strengths and weaknesses like any other.
Holy shit. Holy shit! Brazil are out of the World Cup! Australia are through to the quarterfinals!
Yesterday, we lamented the preliminary two-match suspension handed down to Neymar because of his actions at the end of the Brazil-Colombia game. We now know for (almost) certain that we have seen the last of Brazil’s stud for the Copa América, as his suspension has been increased to four games.
Colombia toppled France. Norway drew Germany. Cameroon, well, Camerooned. This year’s Women’s World Cup group stage was undoubtedly the most thrilling of the modern era. There were upsets and Cinderella stories, agony and ecstasy. No more do the Goliaths automatically rule over the Davids.
Colombia beat Brazil 1-0 last night in the Copa América, Los Cafeteros’ first win over the South American giants since 1991. But instead of the impressiveness of the feat (and Brazil’s continued struggles) taking center stage, the kerfuffle that broke out after the final whistle has overshadowed the game.
A fundamental part of the marvel that is LeBron James is the sheer madness of his journey. Here is a man who was on the cover of national magazines and playing in front of millions on cable TV as a high schooler, who by the time he was eligible to vote was already being hailed as the successor to quite possibly the…
Nilmar plays a crafty give-and-go to put Internacional up 1-0 on Corinthians in Brasileirão action.