Andrew Downie's Brazil Blog

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Andrew Downie's Brazil Blog
My name is Andrew Downie and I am a foreign correspondent based in Brazil. News and comment about the stories of the day from Brazil
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  • Ending Racism In Football Isn't Easy, But Banning Clubs With Abusive Fans Is A Start 1 week ago Brazil’s Superior Court of Superior Court of Sporting Justice kicked Gremio out the Brazilian Cup on Wednesday after some of their fans racially abused Aranha (pictured below), the goalkeeper with rival club Santos. It was the heaviest penalty ever imposed on a Brazilian football team for racist...
  • Cup's Success Down To Reduced Expectations 2 months ago If you invite people to a party and tell them there will be champagne, caviar, limousines to take them there and back, and a pool in which to frolic, you can’t celebrate how great the party was if you make them take the bus and then offer them warm Coke and a bag of crisps. […]
  • We Lose, Therefore We Are 2 months ago More than a day later and the overpowering sense is still one of disbelief. Marcelo and Maicon looked lost on the flanks, David Luiz’s inability to concentrate was so bad it was almost laughable, Dante was a boy against men, and midfielder Fernandinho, the worst of the lot, put in one of the...
  • An Ode To David Luiz 2 months ago This is an ode to David Luiz. I’ve interviewed a few footballers in my time and even the polite ones can’t hide the fact that they’d rather be somewhere else. Sometimes, when they’re faced with a scrum of reporters asking stupid questions and quite literally fighting for every inch of...
  • My World Cup Memories, Part 6 (1994) 3 months ago The 1994 World Cup was strange for many reasons. It was the first without Scotland for 20 years. (Seems strange nowadays, but true back then.) And I was living in Haiti. (Which was strange. Period.) Living in Haiti was always exciting but it was never easy. Normally we got about eight hours of...

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