The Beautiful Game in Brasil: Photography by Christopher Pillitz

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The Walls of Portugal x MrDheo’s Street Art

With the World Cup approaching, renowned Porto-based artist MrDheo already has one eye on the tournament. With a history of adding vibrant colours and portraits of club and country footballing heroes to otherwise bleak streets, MrDheo has recently captured Cristiano Ronaldo in the form of goal-sized mural. He has also created a work for Falcao and even presented a piece on pitch at an FC Porto match.

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Jonathan Reis: A Cautionary Tale for Would-be Ronaldos

By Kristian Heneage

For some players, their story is written on the pitch, hero or villain, infamy or inspiration, their career is defined by what they produce on the field. Brazilian striker Jonathan Reis has not been so fortunate. A player that seemed at one point destined to succeed compatriots Romario and Ronaldo as PSV Eindhoven’s star Brazilian, too much of his career has been spent trying to beat his demons rather than defenders. 

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Meet Tyroane Sandows. A promising talent rising through the ranks at São Paulo, except he’s South African.

São Paulo is one of the capitals of our beautiful game. This mega-city, boasting a population greater than 11 million, is home to Palmeiras, Corinthians and São Paulo, some of the nation’s most successful and popular teams. And it really is no surprise that we’ve seen a large amount of talent emerge from this part of Brazil, the likes of 2002 World Cup winning goalkeeper Marcos, Paulinho, Roberto Carlos, Luis Fabiano and of course Kaka, amongst plenty others.

This cycle will never stop and on this note, we introduce Tyroane Sandows, an 18-year-old attacker plying his trade with the São Paulo U-20 team. Unlike those illustrious names previously mentioned, Ty – as he’s called by his teammates – is not a local lad, having arrived six years ago from a city that is well over 7200km away, Johannesburg. Yes, Ty is South African.

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Dissecting Paulino - Barça’s first and the Philippines’ last goalscoring machine

By Gustavo Gutiérrez-Mercado 

He is, alongside Hidetoshi Nakata and Ji-Sung Park, one of the finest footballers the Far East has given to the world. Chronicles of that time describe him as a skilful forward; thin, but strong-legged. Paulino Alcántara, product of the marriage between a Spanish soldier and a Filipina, was born in Iloilo City, the Philippines, on 1896; two years prior to the independence of the archipelago from Spain and subsequent occupation by the U.S.

Although registers from the era don’t give away a precise date, Alcántara moved to Barcelona alongside his family at the beginning of the 20th century; being that same city where he started and ended his footballing career. But what’s so remarkable about him?

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Where Is Football this spring?

With the World Cup less than 100 days away, Brazil is not yet on our minds. A new season has begun, spring, bringing blue skies and greener fields to play the game we love. It’s also the time of year where domestic championships as well as the Champions League comes to life, the make-or-break point in the calendar. Oh, and MLS just started a new chapter.

As the sun starts to shine in London, pre-season begins for many German lower league clubs and the game continues to be played throughout Barcelona, our search for the global game continues.

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Lucas Moura, 14 months later

By Ross Mackiewicz

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150 grounds in Serbia, by Sasa Grujic

My goal is to visit as many grounds as possible. Why? Pure pleasure!”

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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.

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