Rest In Peace, Captain
Today Portugal and Benfica bid farewell to one of their greatest captains, Mario Coluna.
Both on and off the field he was an exemplary leader, bursting with energy that a modern day Yaya displays, a passionate competitor, champion and gentleman. Born in Mozambique like his legendary teammate and friend Eusebio, who referred to Mario as his ‘older brother’ and called him ‘sir’, Coluna too is considered a national treasure.
The ‘Sacred Monster’ was a loyal Benfiquista competing in a total of 677 matches, scoring 150 goals and lifting 19 titles, which includes 2 European Cups, as well as losing 3 other finals. He’ll always be remembered as the club’s greatest captain as well as Portugal’s, where he wore the armband in the 1966 World Cup.
Descanse em Paz.
Produced in Canada and read in a café over in Lisbon, say hello to TIFO magazine
We’ve been blessed with brilliant magazines emerging in recent years, all of which have defined their own voice and perspective, thus rightfully earning a place in the AFR bookshelf. The latest to emerge is TIFO magazine and as always, we wanted to know more about the project so we caught up with the brains behind TIFO.
When Street Art meets Football, Pepsi MAX reveal “The Art of Football”
Ahead of a vibrant World Cup, Pepsi MAX produced bespoke artwork featuring their global stars celebrating the passion and energy for the beautiful game.
Already a great in Milan, what is Kaka looking for?
Even journalists asked for his autograph, the ultimate sin. Even the fans who make the most intimidating stadium in Europe stood and applauded for Kaka. He dashed across the field at Celtic Park in November like he did on that famous night in 2007 against Manchester United when two defenders ran into each other as he headed the ball by them.
What’s always present is his composure. Kaka stands tall and scans and navigates the field while running with perfect posture. (That’s all the more remarkable given that he was almost left paralyzed after slipping off a slide at a swimming pool.) Not all of the passes hit the target, although not much is hasty either. And when it’s just him and the ‘keeper, he often rolls the ball into the net, gently.
The legend I never saw - A Tribute to Eusebio, ‘O Rei’
By Dominic Vieira, writing from Lisbon
The amount of times I’ve walked to the Estadio da Luz from my grandmother’s apartment to watch a Benfica match is countless. The trip with my father and brother is always the same: a repetitive route with Benfica scarves wrapped around our neck all, where all we’d talk about was our club. At that time the heroes were Nuno Gomes, Karel Poborksy and Joao Pinto. It had been years since we’d won the league, and European glory was only sensed in black and white photos published in dusty books. I had no idea how great Benfica was. None at all.