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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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With Chinese-based Paulinho and Renato Augusto garnering regular selection for Brazil, a move to the Far East no longer signifies the end of a star player's international career - but how long can the drain to China last?
When Brazil lined up against Argentina in a World Cup qualifier towards the end of last year, teenage forward Gabriel Jesus was the only home based player in the side, and he was on his way to Manchester City. The rest of the line-up was d...
There is a famous photo from the early days of Jorge Sampaoli’s coaching career in a regional league in Argentina. Sent off for persistent complaining, he wandered out of the stadium, climbed up a tree and watched the rest of the match from his...
The story is an excellent example of the obsessive commitment which has taken him so far from such humble origins. And it also leads to a question; how high can he climb? Speculation currently links Sampaoli to the Barcelona job – and he w...
Now confirmed, the Argentina v Brazil clash at the MCG on 9 June should be a valuable occasion for both coaches.
Tite of Brazil and Argentina’s Edgardo Bauza were both rushed in to their current posts in the middle of last year, with little time to prepare for six rounds of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. They fared very differently. Tite put togethe...
Garrincha is one of the greatest players of all-time, but will his grandson follow in his footsteps?
The bare statistics do not even tell half of the story of Garrincha.  The great Brazilian notched up 12 goals in 50 caps – which on paper is slightly more impressive than the record of Ecuador’s left winger Jefferson Montero, who currently...
There is only one winner in the age-old battle between time and the human being. It usually does not end well for the former great who tries to keep it going for too long – no matter how much of a giant he once may have been.
Boxing proves it over and over again. Doctor Ferdie Pacheco jumped ship before the end of Muhammad Ali’s career. He had seen the signs, both in Ali and in others. Ali looked in good shape when he entered the ring to fight Larry Holmes in 1...
Brazil are widely known for their 'samba' attacking football, but it was actually their invention of the back four that led them to international glory - a defensive system that is still used today.
“Don’t score any goals today, lads. Let’s go home at the first opportunity.” Bobby Charlton recalls these words being spoken by one of the England squad during the 1962 World Cup in Chile – a homesick player anxious to head back as soon as...
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...