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Ground From Above - Terrão de Cima by Renato Stockler "A...

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Ground From Above - Terrão de Cima by Renato Stockler

"A ‘terrão' (earthen field) is an oasis in the urban landscape. The reddish tone of a soccer field turns into a stage for resistance of popular soccer.

Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer’s...

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Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer's Guide

Words and Photography by Ryu Voelkel

It's been a while. So forgive me.

Brazil vs. Germany, without Brazil Brazil didn’t show up...

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Brazil vs. Germany, without Brazil

Brazil didn't show up against Germany. So, naturally, here are Germany's seven goals against Brazil in an alternate universe where Brazil literally didn't show up.

More Than Just a Flag The World Cup is often portrayed as an...

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More Than Just a Flag

The World Cup is often portrayed as an event that brings a diversity of countries together, but it's not just the teams, so much as the diverse people who make up each of those countries.

Regardless of color, creed, or orientation, we're all fans, and we're all family.

The Game Before The Game Every four years, as we lick our chops...

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The Game Before The Game

Every four years, as we lick our chops and zealously await the arrival of another World Cup, we get our new kit together, plan parties, and dream about all the various possibilities that one magical month can hold.

Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World...

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Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World Cup

While the protests that took place during last summer's Confederations Cup were overwhelming and affecting, recent news out of Brazil suggests that what we saw last year might have only been a precursor to a larger movement set to convene just as the World Cup looks to kick off in less than two weeks.

A First Person Lens of Futebol in Brazil If you want to see the...

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A First Person Lens of Futebol in Brazil

If you want to see the biggest tournament in any sport, go to the World Cup. If you really want to explore the country hosting the World Cup, visit it before the tournament kicks off.

Thought Trails: Copa América is coming to the United States in...

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Thought Trails: Copa América is coming to the United States in 2016. What does it mean?

"American fans would get to see the U.S. playing against teams like Argentina, Colombia, and Brazil in a tournament that matters. It's huge, and shows some real 21st century thinking for the two regional federations to come together like this for the good of the game.

The Walls of Portugal x MrDheo’s Street Art With the World...

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The Walls of Portugal xMrDheo'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.

Meet Tyroane Sandows. A promising talent rising through the...

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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.

Dissecting Paulino - Barça’s first and Philippines last...

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Dissecting Paulino - Barça's first and Philippines last goalscoring machine

ByGustavo Gutiérrez-Mercado

He is, alongside Hidetoshi Nakata and Ji-Sung Park, one of the finest footballers the Far East has given to the world.

150 grounds in Serbia, by Sasa Grujic “My goal is to visit...

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150 grounds in Serbia, by Sasa Grujic

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

Sasa Grujic is on a mission to visit the most grounds in his native Serbia and accompanying him on this journey is his camera.

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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.

When Street Art meets Football, Pepsi MAX reveal “The Art...

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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.

The One Love Project, by Levon Biss Over the course of 2 years,...

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The One Love Project, by Levon Biss

Over the course of 2 years, London-based photographer Levon Biss visited 28 countries across 6 continents to document local football, from children playing in city parks, to professionals playing at the highest level.

The legend I never saw - A Tribute to Eusebio, ‘O...

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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'sapartmentto watch a Benfica match is countless.

100 faces, 100 talents, 100 names to remember Our friends over...

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100 faces, 100 talents, 100 names to remember

Our friends over at IBWM have launched their annual 100 - an analysis on their thorough selection of 100 youth players fromacrossthe globe.

Warning: Hours will be lost, but it will absolutely be time well spent.

Let the games begin.

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Let the games begin.

The World Cup Draw Survival Guide With only hours until the...

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The World Cup Draw Survival Guide

With only hours until the World Cup draw that we've waited years for - the World Cup draw which will effectively decide your team's fate next summer - we thought it was a decent idea to offer a few tips that could come in handy while you struggle to maintain your composure.

Brazil’s kit for the World Cup has arrived The 32 nations...

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Brazil's kit for the World Cup has arrived

The 32 nations are now confirmed, but one was never in doubt. The hosts have been waiting.

Speaking about the new design, Nike Football's Creative Director Martin Lotti said,"The Brasilian home kit is like a national flag; it symbolizes the country and its people.

Football in the Favelas by Laurence Griffiths With the World Cup...

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Football in the Favelas by Laurence Griffiths

With the World Cup kicking off in only a matter of months, it's becoming increasingly clear how different the pristine stadiums are from the heart of the game in Brazil. After receiving an Editorial Fellowship from Getty Images, photographerLaurence Griffiths was ableto document footballfutebol in Brazil and what it means to the people in the favelas.

The Immortal Fan Campaign While it’s tempting - and easy -...

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The Immortal Fan Campaign

While it's tempting - and easy - to focus on the negative aspects that plague the modern game, it's important to remember the positive social change that soccer can bring; a fact that was made clear with the overwhelming success of a recent organ donation campaign that targeted Brazilian fans.

Sócrates by Dan Leydon He was a doctor, “O Doutor" even....

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Sócrates by Dan Leydon

He was a doctor, "O Doutor" even. He was a world class footballer, and a world class revolutionary who was the heart of soul of Brazil's 1982 World Cup side. He also brought democracy to his club Corinthians, which had an echo effect throughout the country.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Brazil fights its way into the...

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Through Ryu's Lens: Brazil fights its way into the final

The beautiful game was put on hold; there were more important things at stake. With protests still at large and the nation on the cusp of chaos, a loss for Brazil could have been devastating.

Lisbon in flames / A Chama Imensa This is a new one for us. A...

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Lisbon in flames / A Chama Imensa

This is a new one for us. A few nights ago, a leader of Benfica's ultras dropped us an email. The Benfica Ultras arethese guys, as a reminder.Benfica's road to Amsterdam, the home of this year's Europa League Final, continues in Turkey tonight againstFenerbahce, home of sone of the most passionate and devoted fans in the world.

Brazil

All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special All good...

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All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special

All good things must come to an end, even heart-stopping endlessly entertaining World Cups. It's time for the pod to sign-off for the summer too. We've recorded over 45 shows this season and few will be sweeter than this – the chance to reflect on a tense, emotionally draining but ultimately fulfilling World Cup final.

It’s time. - AFR Voice’s World Cup Preview It’s...

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It's time. - AFR Voice's World Cup Preview

It's almost here. The wall chart is up, the office sweepstakes have been drawn, and all social engagements for the next month have been put on hold. After four years of waiting, Brazil 2014 is about to kick off.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of the greatest tournament of them all, this week's show sees us delve deep into its underbelly.

The Beautiful Game in Brasil: Photography by Christopher...

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The Beautiful Game in Brasil: Photography by Christopher Pillitz

Forget World Cuphype for a moment.Let's go back 120 years.

Football came to Brazil in 1894 when Charles Miller, the son of an expatriate Scottish railway engineer, disembarked in Santos carrying two balls.

Jonathan Reis: A Cautionary Tale for Would-be...

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Jonathan Reis: A Cautionary Tale for Would-be Ronaldos

ByKristian 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.

Lucas Moura, 14 months later By Ross Mackiewicz Paris...

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Lucas Moura, 14 months later

By Ross Mackiewicz

Paris Saint-Germain's sixth consecutive victory over Olympique Marseille at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night was significant for a number of reasons.

Already a great in Milan, what is Kaka looking for? By Anthony...

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Already a great in Milan, what is Kaka looking for?

ByAnthony Lopopolo

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.

Thought Trails: A World Cup with 40 Countries? "We need more...

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Thought Trails: A World Cup with 40 Countries?

"We need more African and Asian [countries in the World Cup]. But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams. We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American, one Oceania and one from Europe.

What did we learn from Brazil’s dress rehearsal for the...

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What did we learn from Brazil's dress rehearsal for the World Cup?

By Anthony Lopopolo

The player of the tournament was Neymar, but the smell of tear gas was just as unmistakable. Even though the actual gas did not pass into the stadium, one person wore a mask and real FIFA officials at the start of the Confederations Cup final scrambled for cover.

Brazil’s Forgotten Son By Gordon Fleetwood One of the...

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Brazil's Forgotten Son

By Gordon Fleetwood

One of the characteristics of the Brazilian national team's reconstruction during the present World Cup cycle is the uneven distribution of quality. There is significant depth in defense (especially in the center) and in defensive midfield, but the pool becomes drastically more shallow as one goes further up the pitch.

Where Is Football

Where Is Football this spring? With the World Cup less than 100...

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Where Is Footballthis 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.

Where Is Football this year? Just over a year ago we embarked...

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Where Is Footballthis year?

Just over a year ago we embarked on one of our most exciting journeys at AFR, when we began searching for the game from every corner of the earth.

The Rest

We’ve waited four years for this weekend - AFR Voice And...

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We've waited four years for this weekend - AFR Voice

And then there were two. With two equally compelling semi-finals from the opposite ends of the footballing spectrum now complete, we now know that it'll be either Germany or Argentina taking a 6.1kg, 36.8cm high World Cup souvenir back home with them.

Book Review: Futebol Nation

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Futebol Nation by David Goldblatt Published by Penguin 2014, £9.99 [I]n a very modest afterword to his new book Futebol Nation, David Goldblatt, author of that all-encompassing and well-nigh definitive history of the sport itself, The Ball is Round admits that the outcome is in many ways but ‘an exploratory essay' and with that admission, he confirms the opinion of this reader at least.

The Fly In The Ointment

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Recently, while killing an afternoon wandering around my local library, I came across a DVD called FUTEBOL, which contains a fairly comprehensive history and social commentary of "The Beautiful Game" in the world's 5th largest country. Sadly, while the librarian was searching for the aforementioned title, there were 2 of the 4 discs which couldn't be found.

Rest In Peace, Captain Today Portugal and Benfica bid farewell...

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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,burstingwith energy that a modern day Yaya displays, a passionate competitor, champion and gentleman.