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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  • I Met Lukas Podolski Once. He Wasn't Nice. 5 days ago Lukas Podolski loves Brazil. He learnt some Portuguese for the World Cup. He posted Instagram pics just for Brazilian fans. He writes on twitter using Brazilian hashtags such as #tamojunto and #énois. Ever since Germany won the World Cup, he has made a point of stressing how much Brazil means...
  • Jair Bolsonaro And The Rape Of Maria do Rosario 1 week ago On the same day the United States Senate reported on the horrific deeds performed by its agents – torture and rape first on a scandalous list – a Brazilian deputy stood up in Congress and gave a speech. Jair Bolsonaro is a popular right-wing demagogue who wants a return to the days of...
  • Brazil's Presidential Vote, Aécio Or Dilma - Why It Doesn't Really Matter Who Wins (Or At Least Not As Much As You Think It Does) 3 months ago In all the years I’ve been reporting from Brazil there is one subject I regularly tried to avoid writing about. That subject is politics and the reason is simple: Who gets elected president in Brazil doesn’t matter that much and for that reason Brazilian politics is rarely interesting to...
  • Unbelievable Things About Brazil's Elections 3 months ago Brazilians voted for a new president on Sunday night, with Dilma Rousseff coming out top in the first round ahead of Aecio Neves and Marina Silva. Dilma took 42 % and will face Aecio, who got 34 %, in a run off on Oct. 26. (See all results here.) It was a depressing moment for […]
  • Ending Racism In Football Isn't Easy, But Banning Clubs With Abusive Fans Is A Start 4 months 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...

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