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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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There were real grounds for concern when the final of the men’s Olympic football tournament went to penalties. How often do the Germans lose a shootout? Winning the gold medal was much more important for Brazil - they were in front of their own...
And they had been the better side over a gripping 120 minutes - the Germans had probably shaded it in terms of clear-cut chances, but Brazil had exerted control for most of the game. But now it all came down to a shootout, the ultimate ind...
Season 2016-2017 promises to be a fascinating campaign in the career of our old friend, Everton centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori.
A year ago, when the Argentine centre-back crossed the Atlantic, I said that I thought he would not be good enough for the Premier League. Happily, I was wrong – it is always nice to be wrong when players turn out to be better than expecte...
The World Cup is the child of the Olympic football tournament, but one is now the greatest sporting spectacle on earth while the other is struggling to remain relevant.
Follow @TheWorldGame It all began when Uruguay arrived unheralded for the Paris Games of 1924 – and proceeded to cruise to the gold medal, filling those who watched with enthusiasm for a new type of balletic football.  Four years later in ...
For the first time in 25 years, the final of the Copa Libertadores will not feature a team from Brazil or Argentina. Instead, Atletico Nacional of Colombia will contest the trophy over two legs with Ecuador's Independiente del Valle.
It may well be nothing more than co-incidence, but the last two times the title did not go to a representative from one of the big two countries, it went to Ecuador (LDU of Quito won in 2008) and Colombia (whose Once Caldas had been victo...
It appeared that, finally, the stars had aligned and that arguably the greatest footballer of them all would claim a cherished trophy for his Argentina, but one wayward kick changed the course of history forever. But surely there is another...
Follow @TheWorldGame The first time in New York inevitably makes an impression. The band Prefab Sprout put that ‘wow factor’ to words and music a few years ago in their song ‘Hey Manhattan’. ‘Strolling Fifth Avenue,’ go the lyrics – ‘just ...
Eighty nine years ago ‘The Jazz Singer’ was in production, the Al Jolson vehicle that popularised ‘talkies’ – films with sound.
"Globally the effect was profound,” writes Bill Bryson in his wonderful ‘One Summer’ - an account of the many fascinating events that took place in the Unites States in the space of a few months in 1927.  "Moviegoers around the world sudd...
Early next week Chile, with a new coach and an ageing squad, will take on Argentina, who might be without Lionel Messi. Tim Vickery explains the hurdles both teams face as they attempt to win the 100th anniversary edition of the Copa America.
When Leicester City celebrated their recent Premier League triumph, was I the only one who could not help feeling a little sorry for them? This is not to belittle their extraordinary achievement. Quite the opposite. The problem is that th...
Why does one team beat another? Untangling the reasons for the outcome can be a fascinating business, because often three factors work together to form the final result; technical, psychological and plain old luck.
Take, for example, Sevilla’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the recent final of the Europa League.  While they were in the first half ascendancy, Liverpool could have been awarded one, or even two penalties. To this extent, luck was against the...
History is in the making. The Olympic Games come to South America for the first time, in little more than three months, and it will all happen in my adopted home of Rio de Janeiro - but before then a little tip back to London reinforce what being...
Follow @TheWorldGame The event will clearly leave some fabulous memories but in the short term it is creating something of a problem for football in the city. Rio has two principal stadiums – the world famous Maracana, and the Engenhao, bu...
When he played his first games for Argentine giants River Plate in April 2013, Eder Alvarez Balanta looked as promising as a centre back can possibly be.
Quick to move and quick to act, first to the ball and strong in the tackle, dominant in the air, passing well from deep off his left foot, breaking forward with pace and purpose, and a threat in the opposing penalty area. River Plate coach...