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Tim Vickery

Tim Vickery is an English football journalist who has lived in Brazil since 1994. He currently serves as the South American football correspondent for the BBC, writing a weekly column for the corporation online. Vickery frequently writes for World Soccer and Sports Illustrated. He is perhaps best known for his work on The World Football Phone-in, which airs weekly as part of Up All Night on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday mornings. On the show Vickery is known as the 'Legendinho' or 'Vikipedia' for his vast knowledge of Brazilian football. As of 2008, Tim Vickery is South American correspondent for World Soccer Daily continues his role on World Football Daily, the video podcast that replaced WSD. Since May 2011, he published weekly news on Sambafoot.com website.


Tim Vickery Column: Farce of 2014 may take longer to recover from than tragedy of 1950

Tim Vickery Column: Brazil may want to look further afield in order to regain reputation

A depressing flashback, from seven years ago. Brazil have just won the 2007 Copa America. They beat Argentina 3-0 in the final in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Tim Vickery Column: Why David Luiz is evidence that Brazilian football has drifted away from the sound concepts of how the game should be played

Brazilian football has just hit a new rock bottom. A local TV channel – SporTV, where I make regular appearances and have plenty of respect for the journalists – have just announced their team of the 2014 World Cup; in the line up is David Luiz.

Tim Vickery Column: A look at Brazil’s capitulation against Germany and what now for Luiz Felipe Scolari

Confidence is rarely an abstract. It usually is a reflection of the level of belief in completing the task in hand. Brazil looked full of confidence when they went into the World Cup semi final against Germany.

Tim Vickery Column- Who will Luiz Felipe Scolari turn to in the absence of one of his key players?

Tim Vickery Column: Brazil improving but will face stiff opposition in the form of Chile

Tim Vickery Column- Scolari may turn to Ramires for stability against Mexico

Chelsea midfielder may be the right tactical call for Brazil's second Group A fixture.

Tim Vickery Column: 'Pele and the World Cup are synonymous'

On Monday I was on a BBC radio programme where a group of us tried to select an all time World Cup team.

Tim Vickery Column: You never forget your first World Cup

Memories of past tournaments stay with you as a fan forever

Tim Vickery Column: Fitness staff a crucial aspect of World Cup campaign

History would suggest that squad conditioning plays a very important role in the success of Brazilian sides at the tournament

Tim Vickery Column: The importance of coaches

Great players are usually natural talents, who work on an instinctive level. Many never get beyond that.

Tim Vickery Column: Some thoughts on the Brazil squad announced last week

This last time week Brazil’s World Cup squad was speculation. Now it is reality. Luiz Felipe Scolari has descended from the mountain and named his group of 23 players.

Tim Vickery Column: Scolari will name the players he trusts to win the World Cup

There is no messing around from Luiz Felipe Scolari, no preliminary list of 30 players to be whittled down later. It will be straight in on Wednesday with the naming of the 23 players who will represent Brazil in the World Cup.

Tim Vickery Column: How Corinthians' stadium change may challenge their identity clash with São Paulo

A football club is not primarily defined by the titles it has won, or even the great players who have worn its colours.

Tim Vickery Column: Where should Flamengo play their home games?

Flamengo are without doubt a national institution. As I have argued before in this space, this dates from a superb piece of marketing in the 1930s, when the club signed the three leading black players of the day - especially centre forward Leonidas da Silva, the Romario of his era. The club was thus able to rebrand itself; instead of being an elite association from Rio, they acquired the popular touch and became a national institution. Rio de Janeiro was still the capital at the time, and the glamorous new medium of radio carried Flamengo’s matches all over the land. A tradition was established – given a huge boost by the magnificent Zico side of the late 70s and 80s.

Tim Vickery Column: Could Nicolas Anelka be a success at Atletico Mineiro?

Where on earth is Nicolas Anelka? A week ago Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil announced on twitter than the veteran French striker was joining the club. But he has not turned up.

Tim Vickery Column: On the trail of Brazil’s 1982 team

This is a big week coming up; for the Brazilian teams in the Libertadores, for example. Gremio have already, and very impressively too, made sure of their slot in the knock out phase, and so have Atletico Mineiro – now re-enforced by Nicolas Anelka (more on that next week). Cruzeiro look to have saved themselves with last week’s win away to Universidad de Chile, but Atletico Paranaense, Flamengo and Botafogo are caught in a dogfight.

Tim Vickery Column: The politics behind Brazil’s 1970 World Cup triumph and how it shaped Brazilian sports journalism

Thirty four years ago, as those stunning images were coming in from the Mexico World Cup, some on the political left in Brazil were anxiously hoping their team would lose.

Tim Vickery Column: When early elimination is a good thing

In recent times there have not been too many Brazilian sides as influential as the Santos team that won the 2002 domestic title.

Tim Vickery Column- A look at what Brazilian clubs need to do to safely make the next round of the Copa Libertadores

The majority of Brazilian teams should escape Libertadores humiliation but why, with a huge financial advantage, is it even open for discussion?

Tim Vickery Column: That Brazilian conveyor belt of talent

Brazil continue to craft talented players week in, week out with Grêmio producing two fine defenders recently but can they find another with important Copa Libertadores matches coming up and how will the latest conveyor belt of youngster cope with expectation.

Vickery Column: Scolari's successful experiments leave him spoiled for choice

Last June and July, it all fell into place for Luiz Felipe Scolari. Starting with those friendly matches against England and France, continuing though the Confederations Cup, not only did he win the fans over and claim a trophy, he also ended the period with a firm idea of his first team.

Tim Vickery Column: Uruguay helped Brazilian football find its own path

Luiz Felipe Scolari seems so at ease in the post of Brazil coach, and has made so much progress towards building a settled side, that it is easy to forget all the furore that surrounded his appointment towards the end of 2012.

Some thoughts on Tom Finney, and on how Bangu lost out to the force of Flamengo

Last Saturday I gave a lecture in Rio where I was honoured with the presence of Juninho Pernambucano in my small audience.

Tim Vickery Column: Some considerations on Brazil's squad to face South Africa

This was the last squad before the 23 for the World Cup are named. So those on the outside who missed out this time (I’m thinking specifically of Kaka) need something very special to happen if they are going to force their way into the World Cup.

Tim Vickery Column: Can 2014 finally be Paulo Henrique Ganso's year?

On a radio show last week I was hit with a surprise question; who did I think would win this year’s Brazilian Championship?

Tim Vickery Column: Strength in numbers needed by Brazilian clubs in Copa Libertadores

Despite winning recent Copas, Brazilian club sides must do more collectively

Tim Vickery Column: One door opening for Clarence Seedorf closes another; we just wish it wasn’t so soon

In school more than 30 years ago I can vaguely remember studying an HG Wells short story entitled, if memory serves me well, ‘The Door in the Wall.’

Tim Vickery Column: Can Diego Costa's Spanish switch be justified?

During Atletico Madrid’s recent visit to Valencia, the home fans were quick to remind Diego Costa that he is not really Spanish.

Tim Vickery Column: The answer and the change occuring in Brazil ahead of the World Cup

This website might be called Sertanejo-foot. It would be an awkward name, but not inappropriate.

Tim Vickery Column: In the wake of the December 18th massacre, some thoughts on the essence of football

Tim Vickery returns to Sambafoot with his thoughts and views on the latest news in Brazilian football. This time, the lessons that can be learned from Santos' humbling at the hands of Barcelona.

Tim Vickery Column: Santos v Barca rounds off quite a year

Brazilian football correspondent Tim Vickery takes a look at the aftermath of Santos' humbling at the hands of Barcelona. What has this year told us about the state of Brazilian football?

Tim Vickery Column: Brazil v Barcelona

Ahead of next week's FIFA Club World Cup final, renowned Brazilian football correspondent Tim Vickery takes a look at the potential encounter between Santos and Barcelona, in particular how Brazilian football as a whole can learn from the Barcelona model.

Tim Vickery Column: Felipe rolls back the years, but he is not the only one

Renowned football expert Tim Vickery returns with his weekly Sambafoot column where he takes a look at the latest issues and events in Brazilian football.

Tim Vickery Column: Some thoughts on he friendlies against Gabon and Egypt

Renowned Brazilian football expert Tim Vickery returns with his weekly Sambafoot column. On the agenda this week:- Brazil's friendlies with Gabon and Egypt

Tim Vickery Column: Some flaws In Muricy Ramalho's way of thinking

Renowned Brazilian football writer Tim Vickery returns with his weekly column for Sambafoot. This time discussing Santos coach Muricy Ramalho's remarks about European coaches earlier this week.

Tim Vickery Column: A team from Chile gives me doubts about the Brazilian Championship

Brazilian football expert Tim Vickery returns with the latest installment of his weekly column for Sambafoot, in which he debates all the latest talking points in the Brazilian game.

Tim Vickery Column: Brazil's blind-spot

Monday, as ever, sees the return of the popular Tim Vickery column to Sambafoot. Tim Vickery is a leading authority on the Brazilian game and each week you can read all his current views on the state of Brazilian football.

Tim Vickery Column: Club vs Country, who is to blame?

Tim Vickery returns with his weekly Sambafoot column, this time looking at the problems of scheduling in Brazil and the CBF's lack of action.

Corinthians and Carlos Tevez

Everything has been very quiet in São Paulo since the Carlos Tevez controversy exploded.

Brazil need to start playing at home

The goalless draw away to Argentina two weeks ago was not a result or a performance that pleased the Brazilian media.

Ricardo Teixeira and the 2014 World Cup

Last week the milestone of ‘1000 days to the 2014 World Cup’ was passed. Not everyone was celebrating.

Argentina 0-0 Brazil: Tim Vickery's reaction

Modestly entitled ‘the super-classic of the Americas,’ the annual clash between Brazil and Argentina is back. The game in two weeks time in Belem may well be better, but the first match, a 0-0 draw in Cordoba, will not live long in the memory.

Tim Vickery on Brazil v Argentina

Tim Vickery gives his opinion before the match with Argentina.

Tim Vickery on Brazil's win over Ghana

Sambafoot writer Tim Vickery gives his opinion on Brazil's 1-0 win over Ghana at Craven Cottege.

Brazilian football's version of 'Arab Spring'

A kind of ‘Arab Spring’ is happening in South American football, with supporters taking to the streets and going to the stadiums to protest about the never-ending regimes of those who run the game.

Can Brazil's youngsters make it at senior level?

It may have been intentional. It may have been an attempted cross. Either way, Oscar’s extra time effort drifted in at the far post and ensured that Brazil won the 2011 World Youth Cup.

Zagallo at 80 - A legend of football

Last week Mario Zagallo celebrated his 80th birthday - a date that also serves as a celebration for Brazilian football.

Botafogo show that this is a fascinating moment to follow the Brazilian championship

It is great to come away from a stadium with the feeling that you have been positively surprised by the game you have just seen. That was certainly my sensation on Sunday making my way back from the Boathook -Vasco da Gama local derby in Rio’s Engenhao stadium. The match I saw exceeded all my expectations.

It was epic and historic...and it was not the World Cup draw

“Epic. Historic. Extraordinary. Magnificent. Brilliant. Marvellous. Incredible. Sensational.” These were the words on the front cover of Brazil’s sports daily ‘Lance!’ last week - and they had nothing to do with the World Cup draw.

Mano and his favourites

Maybe Jadson was not sitting up straight during the national anthem. There has to be some explanation, because his omission from the Brazil squad to face Germany seems to defy logical analysis.

Thoughts on Brazil's Copa elimination

Gerardo Martino, Paraguay’s ever impressive coach, was big enough to admit that Brazil deserved to beat his side in Sunday’s Copa America quarter final.

Fred highlights Brazil's need for a centre-forward

There are very few teams in the world who can operate without a genuine centre forward. Barcelona can, but Argentina clearly cannot – and nor, it seems can Brazil

The opening goal of the Copa America is scored by Brazil

At least one Brazilian has been on target in the first few days of the Copa America.

Mano's Copa squad is okay, but it wouldn't be mine

In victory, the credit all goes to the ability of the players. In defeat, the blame is thrown at the stupidity of the man who selects the side. It is how it is for the Brazil coach.

Neymar and the Paraguayan referee - a case of cruel to be kind

I was talking recently to a foreigner (part Rwandan, part Swiss) who had spent some time coaching youngsters in the Rio suburb of Pavuna.

Brazilian football is not dead, but things need to change

I well recall being in Londrina eleven years ago for the South American Under-23 Championships, which at the time served as the Olympic qualifiers.

Julio Cesar confronts his demons

Of all the games that are played, there are some that stand out, that can define a career or alter its course.

Farewell match is pointless for a man of Ronaldo's standing

The countdown is on to the first competitive test of the Mano Menezes regime - indeed, July’s Copa America is the most serious competitive test his new look Brazil side will have on the road to 2014.

Is a Selecão without foreign based players possible?

The State of Goais must have solved all of its problems of transport infra-structure, crime, public housing, health and education. That must be the only explanation for the fact that one of its elected representatives, Federal Deputy Jovair Arantes, has found the time to propose a bizarre new piece of legislation.

Organising the magic

There’s an excellent documentary film from Argentina called, I believe, ‘El Café de los Maestros’ that brings together some of the old greats of tango music. One moment in the film stood out for me. One of the old maestros explained the value of silence: “if you know how to do a good silence,” he said, “then you know how to do a good tango.”

Brazil is not for beginners


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