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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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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...
It is 50 years since England’s lone FIFA World Cup win, which coincided with a moment when the nation’s youth were creating a musical soundtrack that swept the planet. Four years later it was the turn of Brazil.
Is there a connection between these two things – the footballing success and the cultural effervescence of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and so many others?  Yes and no. In the direct sense it is hard to find a link.  Football represented a ...
It has been 34 years since Peru graced the FIFA World Cup but unless something is done to reverse a shocking recent qualifying record on the road, the long wait is destined to continue.
I was just turning five in the build up to the 1970 World Cup – too young to really understand what all the fuss was about.  I do recall, though, some older kids nearby collecting the sticker album, and I can still remember going through a...
It is the best thing about what I do, the biggest privilege of covering South American football – that moment of joy when you catch an early sight of a little known youngster who may be destined for greatness.
In the 22 years I have been living over here there have been plenty of careers I have been lucky enough to follow from the start. The highlight, of course, is Lionel Messi Little known even by Argentina when he was called up for the South ...