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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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Some seventeen and a half years ago in Rio’s Maracana stadium Ange Postecoglu’s South Melbourne played in the Club World Cup.
Watching the game alongside then-Scotland coach Craig Brown, I asked what he thought of the way South Melbourne were set up with three centre backs? “The problem,” he replied, “is that all three of them can be taken out with one pass” – as...
It is worth recalling that when Tite was appointed as coach, Brazil were lying sixth in FIFA World Cup qualification and running the risk of failing to make it to Russia 2018.
It seems a long time ago.  Brazil, of course, have already booked their place in the World Cup after eight consecutive wins in qualification. In all, they have now played eleven games under the new coach – and the only blemish was the defe...
Brazil's 1-0 loss to Argentina at the MCG, the first under new coach Tite, has prompted many questions for the five time world champions. Questions that could be answered by the match with the Socceroos on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s game at the MCG just got more interesting. That 1-0 defeat to Argentina means that Brazil coach Tite has now lost his 100% record.  That is not a problem. It had to go sometime – and far better in a friendly than a competitive ma...
The upcoming blockbuster MCG clash between Brazil and Argentina may have Australian football fans giddy with excitement but Brazil coach Tite admits his side would rather not be playing the match.
Before his recent sacking as Argentina coach, Edgardo Bauza also made it clear that he was not thrilled by the prospect of travelling all the way to Melbourne to meet Brazil on June 9th. “Because it comes after the club season the players ...
With the recent international fixtures out of the way, the countdown is now on towards the FIFA Confederations Cup, where Australia will close their group programme with a game in Moscow against Chile.
Chile were of course the side the Socceroos opened their 2014 World Cup campaign against in Cuiaba, Brazil. It is striking to look at the Chile line up for that game and notice how little has changed. The side that won that thrilling, hard...
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...