How Brazil became the Land of Football

50 years ago today, the greatest football team of all time won the 1970 World Cup. We tell the full story in this three-part series

Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1970, the greatest national football team of all time won the World Cup in Mexico. Far from being merely an impressive win on the soccer pitch, Brazil’s victory in 1970 changed how we think about and watch football, and it changed Brazil. The country came into the tournament as a talented developing nation, with two World Cups under its belt already, but by the end of 1970, Brazil was known around the world as the Land of Football.

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On this episode:

  • Tim Vickery is a freelance English football journalist, who has lived in Brazil since 1994. He is the South American football correspondent for BBC Sport, contributing to the corporation’s output online, on TV and radio. Vickery frequently writes for World Soccer, ESPN and Sports Illustrated and he is also an analyst on SporTV’s main morning programme, Redação SporTV.
  • Andrew Downie is a Scottish journalist and the author of “Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend.” His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian, GQ, Reuters, and Esquire, among others.

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  • Euan Marshall, script and interviews. Euan is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics, and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.
  • Gustavo Ribeiro, sound engineering. Gustavo is editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.

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