Brazil’s goalkeeper Julio Cesar takes a break during a training session in Teresopolis this week. Photograph: Reuters.

It all ended in tears, but in a good way: before travelling to play in Kansas the Toronto FC players cooked up a grand farewell for their on-loan Worl(...)

 Robinho is another Brazilian footballer for whom religion plays an important role.  Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

In the corridor of souvenir shops near the vast, red-brick hangar of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, just down from the (...)

The hot favourites Brazil (as reported in the following day’s Irish Times), who were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, left-right: Barbosa, Augusto, Danilo, Juvenal, Bauer, Ademir, Zizinho, Jair, Chico, Friaca, Bigode. (Photograph: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

It was Zico, of all people, who turned to the elephant in the room and not only acknowledged it, but spread before it a sumptuous array of grass, leav(...)