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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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The phone rang about 4 o’clock in the morning, with the news that plane carrying the Chapecoense football team had gone down. A couple of hours earlier I had been talking about them on the radio, about their extraordinary rise and the big game...
The modest Brazilian club had become the first team from their country to qualify for a continental final in three years. They were on their way to fulfil a dream against Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of the final of the C...
After the drama and excitement of FIFA World Cup qualification in South America, it is hard to flick the switch and focus once more on the domestic club game.
One reason is time.  In Brazil, especially, there is no real opportunity to reflect on the recent two rounds of qualifiers, to check the fixtures for the next rounds in March and work out the permutations.  The national team were in action...
A tribute to the recently passed Carlos Alberto, who scored the defining goal at the first FIFA World Cup to be viewed around the world.
If you want a 30-second resume of why Brazil’s 1970 FIFA World Cup team were so great, then all you need to do is watch the last goal they scored in the tournament. The one that sealed their 4-1 win over Italy in the final. The team had be...
There is a special feel about a football-mad city on the day of a big game.
You can sense it in the streets hours before – people starting to gather wearing the colours of their team, an electric surge in the air, extra happy volume in mobile phone conversations. All of this was present in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday...
A couple of weeks ago, new Brazil coach Tite was asked to make a choice - did he prefer the FIFA World Cup winning team of 1994, or their predecessors from twelve years earlier, the 1982 side that lost to Italy and failed to reach the semi finals?...
This is not to attack the 1994 team. Indeed, Tite paid tribute to the work of then-coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who moulded a well balanced side which won Brazil’s first world title in 24 years.   The long term value of that triumph, tho...
“We have to learn how to play both with and without Messi,” says Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza.
International football should be grateful that the first part of his phrase still applies. Lionel Messi, of course, announced his retirement from playing for Argentina after a penalty shoot out defeat to Chile in the final of the Copa Cent...
Europe’s main event is the UEFA Champions League, the competition where the top players from all over the world congregate, seeking to win the trophy and each other’s respect.
Strictly speaking, South America’s equivalent is the Copa Libertadores. But club football in the continent has been so gutted by player sales that a different comparison can be made. The closest that South America gets to the Champions Lea...
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 ...