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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  • 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) 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 1 month 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 3 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 3 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...

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