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In Brazil, we all watch the World Cup
By James Young
It is a Thursday night in a bar on Avenida Amazonas in downtown Belo Horizonte, the day after Atlético Mineiro have beaten Independiente Santa Fé in the Copa Libertadores.
“What about that pass from Guilherme to set up Jô’s goal?” I say to Thiago.
“Pure class. And Berola’s bicycle kick at the end!” says Thiago.
“Magic,” I say.
We both turn to Rafael, who is watching the girls go by.
“You’re very quiet,” I say to Rafael.
“I don’t like football,” he says.
“Not at all?”
“Not at all. In fact, I hate it.”
“Can’t be much fun, hating football in Brazil.”
“It’s not. It’s all anyone ever talks about.”
I turn to Thiago and get back to talking about football.
But Rafael is not alone. Although Brazilian history and football are inextricably intertwined, the idea of Brazil as “o país do futebol” does not always stand up to serious scrutiny. The average crowd in Serie A last year was just under 15,000, lower than MLS and only slightly higher than (gulp) the Australian A-League. Although clubs such as Flamengo and Corinthians point to market research surveys and boast of their 25 million or more fans, only a tiny fraction of those “supporters” have the means or the motivation to commit to regularly attending their team’s games.
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Greenpeace vs Gazprom: The Conclusion - Part 5
A tactical analysis of the utilisation of environmental tifosi to combat Arctic drilling in the Champions League’s most important fixture. Read the whole series here.
By Jake Cohen
With regards to quantifying the success Greenpeace has achieved thus far, I asked Ian Duff if Greenpeace had specific figures on how many donations the organisation received as a result of the Champions League campaign, but Greenpeace doesn’t track donations like that.
Greenpeace vs Gazprom: Executing the Protest - Part 3
A tactical analysis of the utilisation of environmental tifosi to combat Arctic drilling in the Champions League’s most important fixture.
By Jake Cohen
In order to successfully pull off sneaking into, and then hanging a massive banner at a stadium or in a press conference, quite a bit of logistical and tactical preparation needs to be done beforehand. More than anything, I was particularly interested in how Greenpeace volunteers and employees are able to first acquire the skills necessary, and then utilise those skills to successfully execute these operations.
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Goal of the Week even though you lost 1:6 isn’t bad.
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