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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  • It's The Hypocrisy, Stupid 3 months ago Adidas launched two tshirts this month that were ostensibly about the World Cup but had a sexual connotation. Their message was clear: Come to Brazil for the football and you might get lucky. The tshirts were withdrawn from sale yesterday after the Brazilian government complained they were “a...
  • Dufry = Duty Free Rip Off 3 months ago In a country where almost everything is maddeningly expensive, one of the highlights of traveling is the stop at Duty Free on the way home. In Brazil that means Dufry, the company with the contract to sell duty free items at Brazil’s airports. I’ve long suspected that Dufry are ripping people...
  • World Cup Means Corruption, Incompetence and Waste; but Unforgettable Beauty, Too 5 months ago Lots of people ask me whether I think the World Cup will be a success and I usually answer in two parts. Yes, it will be great for a month and the people who come here will have a fantastic time. But when they leave, Brazilians will be left with the bill, the shocking lack […]
  • New Maracana, Old problems, Zero Planning 6 months ago The legendary Maracana stadium was modernised at a cost of more than 1 billion reais and now boasts room for 78,838 fans. A massive press area was set up for the Confederations Cup and thousands of journalists covered the FIFA-organised final between Spain and Brazil in June But now that the...
  • Football As A Matter Of Life And Death 7 months ago I’ve always loved the noise of a football crowd when a goal goes in. There’s something visceral and emotional about that roar, it’s a release like none other. That’s one of the reasons I absolutely love this video about Sport’s campaign to boost the number of organ donors in Pernambuco,...

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