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Tim Vickery

British-born Tim works as a journalist and has lived in Brazil since 1994 and provides unrivalled knowledge of South American football. Follow @Tim_Vickery on Twitter.

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Which is preferable, the quality with predictability of the European club game, or the fluidity with mediocrity of the South American?
Buenos Aires giant River Plate won its third Copa Libertadores title earlier this month, beating Tigres of Mexico 3-0 on aggregate in the two-legged final. Some in Europe were gripped by the fact that this triumph came only four years afte...
Brazilian great Zico has entered the race to become FIFA president – and may well have made a mistake. Unfortunately, he looks to be compromised right from the start.
When he first raised the possibility of running a couple of months ago, he said that he would only enter the race if the rules were changed.  There was no chance of becoming a candidate with the current obligation to be nominated by five ...
With a twist of irony, Alcides Ghiggia passed away on the 65th anniversary of the day that he became a football immortal.
On 16 July 1950, he scored the decisive goal as Uruguay came from behind to beat Brazil 2-1 and win the fourth edition of the World Cup.  The crowd gathered in Rio de Janeiro’s newly opened Maracana stadium may well have been one of the bi...
Both Argentina and Chile are desperate to win the 2015 Copa America final, for vastly different reasons. With the firepower at the disposal of both teams, we're in for a classic match.
So will Chile finally have something to put in its trophy cabinet? Or will Argentina win its first senior title since 1993? There is plenty at stake, then, in the final of the 2015 Copa America. Many treat this tournament as a warm up for ...
The real Copa America is the continent’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers – where all 10 nations play each other home and away. The introduction of this marathon format in 1996 has brought about a dramatic improvement in playing standards of the less...
These days, the Copa America tournament serves as a warm-up for the qualifiers.  Of course, once the Copa kicks off, everyone wants to win.  There is always pressure on Brazil and Argentina to go home with the trophy, and that is especiall...
Home advantage or home disadvantage? It’s a question that is looming large over the Copa America, which kicks off later this week.
In the 99-year history of the world’s oldest continental competition, 37 of the 43 titles have been snapped up by Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Other than the traditional big three, Bolivia has won it, Colombia has won it while Paraguay ...
You can hardly blame me for having occasional pangs of jealousy when I think about the journalists on the other side of the Atlantic who cover the UEFA Champions League but an impending battle in South America's equivalent has me thanking my lucky...
They get to see the best players from the four corners of the globe, in the arena where it really matters – where they want to prove their class to themselves and their peers.  All of this takes place in magnificent stadiums in an atmosphe...
The inclusion of Robinho in Brazil’s squad for next month’s Copa America has raised a few eyebrows around the world.
Back home, though, this was not seen as controversial at all. Robinho was a leading light in the Santos team that just won the Sao Paulo State Championship, the most prestigious of Brazil’s regional competitions. He has been consistently n...
There are times in the development of a football culture, moments of growth and opportunity, when things take shape and long term identities are formed.
Maybe – and I speak from a position of curious ignorance – the Australian game is going through one such moment with the successful launch of the A-League, qualification for FIFA World Cups, the move to Asia and hosting of this year’s AFC ...
It ranks among the most ugly sights in football when the fans turn against a member of their own team.
A footballer, says the great Argentine coach Cesar Luis Menotti, is "a privileged interpreter of the dreams of many people." It is a wise and beautiful line. Not so beautiful, though, are those situations when many of the crowd would rathe...