Saturday October 24, 2020

Funeral reflected the old days, but the country has moved on

Last Tuesday, the samba drums kicked-off as soon as Ronaldinho’s angelic face beamed out from the big screen. The genius licked his lips - a sure sign of dry mouth. The world’s best footballer was nervous.

17th June, 2006

It was Brazil’s first game and the fans demanded a team performance to match their own, which was by now in full swing. As the tanned girls in yellow and green bandanas started to move their hips, the whole bar swayed effortlessly on cue.

Screams of Braaazil, Braaazil rang out - even before kick off; flags waved, arms were raised in the air, the capacity crowd expected style, imagination, flair and of course,...

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