Month: December 2016

How to Choose Trail Mountain Bikes

We will quickly talk to you about how you can choose good trail mountain bikes. Mountain biking is the kind of sport where the quality and technical specifications of your equipment, in this case the bike, really makes a dramatic difference to how quickly you learn the sport and how well you excel at it.

Trail Mountain Bikes

Choosing between hardtails and full suspension bikes

Bikes that do not have any kind of suspension in the back are called hard tail mountain bikes. Though they might sound like an undesirable bike, the truth is that a hard tail mountain bike can actually be a great way for you to begin with trail mountain biking. Since you don’t have any suspension in the back, you will be forced to use your body to balance and control the bike, thereby allowing you to gain precision control over your bike, as you use it several times. Hard tails are also great because they are generally cheaper, by several hundred dollars, since suspension systems are quite expensive. You can essentially buy a Grade A hard tail bike for the same amount of money that you will need to spend on a Grade B full suspension trail mountain bike. In that way, you have great value for money when you buy the best hard tail bike.

Of course, some trails that have steep jumps will not be ideal for hard tail bikes, as suspension will become necessary. When you have reached an advanced level in terms of your mountain biking skills, you might want to look at full suspension mountain bikes that will allow you to take adventurous jumps and also generally ride for longer, without hurting too much.

Choosing a bike that will give you the best riding position

Trail mountain bikes come in a wide variety of styles, with each manufacturer incorporating a design element that is slightly unique. No two people have the same exact body. Hence, it is very important that you buy a bike that will offer you great riding position.

Here are a few tips that you can put to use while in the bike shop, when you shop for trail mountain bikes.

Stand Over height

The stand over height refers to the clearance that you have between the mountain bike’s frame and your butt, when you stand over the bike. Ideally, there should be at least 2 inches of clearance there.

Handlebar reach

When you sit on your saddle, your back should take on a 45 degree angle when you clutch the handlebar. It shouldn’t have you leaning forward or sitting too upright as it is very difficult to control a mountain bike in difficult conditions, if you are not at a precise 45 degree angle. If the bike’s reach doesn’t fit your needs right away, you can probably try to see if the handlebar stem can be adjusted to a better position, as most bikes will offer you that adjustment setting.

Pedal reach

Never buy a bike that will have you locking out your knees when you fully extend your legs. There should be at least a 10-15 degree bend at all times. Of course, easy seat adjustments will help you find this position quite quickly, when you shop for trail mountain bikes.

Before you roll out that brand new mountain bike from the store, make sure that the three riding position points mentioned above have been checked and ticked off.

Tips For Choosing The Right Pair Of Nursing Shoes

Although there are many choices for you in choosing a good pair of nursing shoes, you still have to suffer from some medical conditions like back pain. The important one you need is a good shoe that can properly support you as well as improve your posture. You can read this article to consult some tips for choosing best shoes for nurses. They can help you to deal with your conditions.

Try alternating between two different pairs of shoe

Some people said that alternating between two different pair of shoe or clogs when they work can help them to get the best balance between foot support and comfort. Especially, it can deal with your discomfort as well as some specific medical conditions during long work shifts so that you can find the balance throughout the day. Besides, with two pairs of shoes, you can also receive some rest periods to certain parts of the foot.

If possible, try wearing running or tennis shoes

Of course, you just can do it if your medical facility allows you to do it. You should check the rules in your area because some facilities allow more flexibility regarding the types of footwear when working. You can also ask your manager or human resources when you are not sure.

Tips For Choosing The Right Pair Of Nursing Shoes1

Get your feet looked at

It’s important for you to see a podiatrist or foot doctor. They will help to exam the shape of your feet and find any potential medical conditions you don’t know in order that you can both reduce back, leg and foot pain and improve your long-term health significantly.

If you don’t use a shoe that works well for your situation, you can feel pain and discomfort after several weeks when you walk around or stand on a hard floor. Therefore, you need to see a foot doctor. They can resolve these issues before your condition begins and gets worse.

Don’t be so concerned about the price of shoes

Not all expensive shoes provide you the best long term care or use. You should look at the benefits of the shoe you purchase will offer. A good pair of nursing shoes will provide you an excellent support last 3 to 5 years or more. So, you shouldn’t wonder if you have to pay much money for high- quality nursing shoes. When owing a good shoe, you can save money in terms of medical costs. Consider reviews of each of your choices and feedbacks of customers as much as you can before you make a final buying decision.


It’s not always easy to find the right shoe to match style with functions for nurses. You can choose a shoe that looks good but doesn’t suit your need at work. With these tips, we hope you will make your search easier in order to get a nursing shoe that is both fashionable and functional. Make sure that you choose the best shoes to make you feel good when wearing them.

Cheap Running Shoes For A Tight budget

Written about Roger Bannister, the first man to break the 4-minute mile, this quote, extracted from Neil Bascomb’s The Perfect Mile, aptly describes the pure essence of why we run. From the desire to keep fit, avoid weight gain and heart disease, all the way to the need to enjoy the natural scenery and blow off steam while collecting our thoughts, we all proffer a myriad of reasons when asked why we run. As far as keeping fit is concerned, running is certainly one of the cheapest ways we can achieve this goal. This is because it does not require any special gears and/or equipment: with suitable running shoes and perhaps, the right clothing, one is good to go.

Right from the early stages of human history when man practically moved about on barefoot, running shoes have evolved from the simple rubber shoes worn in the 1900’s to the modern day running shoes that are generally classified as neutral, motion control and stability running shoes. The first modern running shoes were pioneered by American sportswear manufacturing giant, Nike in the 1970’s with other reliable brands like Puma, Adidas, New Balance, Reebok, Asics, Brooks, Saucony, etc., also joining the fray over the years.

Before You Choose A Pair Running Shoes

These shoes come in different brands and designs at various prices. As a rule of thumb, it is advisable to change your pair of running shoes after every 300-500 miles of running in them. Hence, the need to consider cost when shopping for a pair of running shoes.  For the professional athlete, price is not of primary importance when compared to comfort and functionality. However, it is a different kettle of fish for the casual/recreational runner, especially one who is on a tight budget, as he/she is faced with the challenge of finding medium- to low-cost running shoes that are not only affordable, but also comfortable and functional.

As a general guide to the casual runner who needs to change his/her pair of running shoes from time to time, a good pair of running shoes should be well cushioned, lightweight and above all, durable. As a matter of fact, good running shoes do not have to be expensive. Below is a list, in no particular order, of some cheap running shoes (with prices less than $100) that you can get from some of the top brands.

The Top Brands

Adidas Climawarm Blast:

Designed for maximum flexibility, this shoe has a chunky outsole and a breathable air mesh on the upper part, all combining to produce a comfortable and flexible feel while running in them. Combined with the Climawarm technology to keep your feet warm while running in cold weather or cool when running in warm weather, this shoe is surely a good bargain at the price of approximately $70.

Brooks Green Silence:

available at an approximate price of $60, the Brooks Green Silence is an ideal choice for individuals who need cheap running shoes that are environmentally friendly (yes, shoes are capable of loving our environment!). Made from soy-based ink and other recycled materials, these shoes are capable of withstanding even the toughest terrains. Designed for high performance, these shoes are integrated with a layer of seamless mesh to keep your feet either warm or cold; and at the same time, dry.

New Balance 890v5:

New Balance 890v5

these shoes, which are an improved version of the New Balance 890v5, are designed to provide runners with the fluid, lightweight performance that most runners desire. Priced at a pocket friendly $99.95, a pair of these shoes is surely a good buy for the casual runner who doesn’t want to sacrifice quality, functionality and durability on the altar of low cost. Click to see New Balance 890v5 review

Asics Gel-Blur33 2.0:

designed with a gel and memory foam combination, these are one of the shock absorbent running shoes you can get in the market. With a beautiful lacy design, a pair of these shoes is a beauty to behold, and are comfortable to wear. The Asics Gel-Blur33 2.0 is a good bargain at the price of $72.95-$100.

Saucony Kinvara 3:

with an aesthetic, futuristic design, this shoe is an ideal choice for the fashion-conscious runner. It is light weighted, well cushioned, comfortable, and as well, highly shock absorbent. A pair of the Saucony Kinvara 3 comes at a pocket friendly price of $49.99-$90 and is packed with enough flexibility to make running in them a thrill.

The above list is by no means exhaustive, but whatever your choice of running shoes, be sure to buy one that is suited to your particular needs. Also try them on before you buy them to see that they are your exact size. All said, with due diligence, you can find cheap running shoes that are good for you and that can run the mile.

Mountain Biking Tips

If we were to go through all the possible mountain biking tips out there, we will probably need a few thousand pages. Since you probably don’t want to read though all that, let us look at some important mountain biking tips that might help you get started with the sport, right away.

General mountain biking tips

  • When you start out, you want mountain biking to be a fun activity where you just enjoy the outdoors and the joy or riding. Don’t get into competitive mountain biking until you have enjoyed the sport first
  • Mountain biking is always double the fun when you have a riding partner. See if your girlfriend or boyfriend of just friends wants to get into the sport. Chances are that you will invariably find someone who is just as enthusiastic as you
  • Though mountain bikes are expensive, you must spend as much as you can to buy a good quality mountain bike. A quality bike will give you good performance and safety and will also not give you many maintenance headaches when you ride

General riding tips

Though each trail will require a slightly different approach, you can try to follow these general mountain biking tips to better your riding

  • When riding, always look at a space in the path where you want to be at. The moment you anxiously start looking at obstacle, you are invariably setting yourself up on a crash course
  • Your grip on the handlebar should be a relaxed one. Most people hold the handlebar with a death grip, only to struggle when balancing becomes a challenge. The grip should be light enough to sort of move your fingers around just a little bit.
  • Tinker with the seat settings to find a position where you won’t lock your elbows or your legs out in 90 degree angles. There will always have to be a bend to at least a certain extent. If you can’t get into such a position on your current bike, you might just have to look for another one
  • Learn how to stand and ride your bike. Mountain biking will require you to spend a considerable amount of time off the saddle and your balance and ride quality should be just as good as when you are sitting and riding the mountain bike

Braking tips

  • You have to master the control over your front brakes. Though they have great stopping power, they can easily hurl you into a crash if you don’t use them right. Start going down trails with gentle descents and then try stopping your bike with just your front brakes, without skidding the wheels and without losing general control. Once you do that a few times, you will know just how well to use those deadly front brakes
  • Always use just two or even just one finger for braking. Clutching the brakes with all 4 fingers is a recipe for disaster as you will invariably take a tumble
  • You must also learn how to sort of pump your brakes in such a way that you use momentary brake presses to slow the bike. This technique will help prevent skidding


Several Brazilian footballers are officially known by a nickname, i.e. Garrincha (which means ‘The Little Bird’). Here is a list of non-official nicknames of players.


Full NameProfessional Name (Professional Name's Meaning)Nickname (Nickname's Meaning)
Adriano Leite RibeiroAdrianoO Imperador (The Emperor)
Adriano Leite Ribeiro Adriano O Imperador (The Emperor)
Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa
AlexO Tanque (The Tank)
Alex Dias de AlmeidaAlex DiasPantaneiro (Striker from the Swamp)
Marcos Evangelista de MoraesMoraes Cafu (Short for Cafuringa *)O Trem Expresso (The Express Train)
Anderson Luiz de SouzaDeco (Short for Anderson)O Mágico (The Magician)
Osmar Donizete CândidoDonizeteA Pantera Negra (The Black Panther)
Edilson da Silva ParreiraED'lsonO Capetinha (The Little Devil)
Edmundo Alves de Souza NetoEdmundoO Animal (The Animal)
Euller Elias de CarvalhoEullerO Filho do Vento (Son of the Wind)
Gilberto Aparecido da SilvaGilberto SilvaParede invisivel (The Invisible Wall)
Júlio César BatistaJúlio BatistaA Besta (The Beast)
Liedson da Silva MunizLiedsonLevezinho (Lighty)
Marcelo Pereira SurcinMarcelinho Carioca (Little Marcelo from Rio de Janeiro (city))Pe'-de-Anjo (Angel Foot)
Rafael Martiniano de Miranda MouraMiranda Moura Rafael MouraHe-Man (He-Man)
Rafael Augusto SóbisRafael SóbisO Beckham do Brazil (The Brazilian Beckham)
Luiz Rhodolfo Dini GaiotoRhodolfoO Jacaré (The Alligator)
Robson de SouzaRobinho (Little Robson)O Rei do Drible (King of the Dribble)
Romário de Souza FariasRomárioO Baixinho (Shortie)

New Kerlon


Roberto Rivelino did it. Johan Cruyff did it. Diego Maradona did it. That ‘it’ is, of course, invented or pioneered an outrageous piece of trickery. But now there’s a new kid on the block, who has added himself to this celebrated list.

His name is Kerlon, and he is the latest in a long line of incredibly gifted Brazilians, to stun the world of football with a magical piece of skill. His party piece – the aptly named ‘seal dribble’ – is, perhaps, even more flamboyant than those distinguished moves trademarked by the aforementioned legends.

Swiftly flicking the ball up from the turf onto his head, Kerlon then proceeds to glide past opponents, whilst bouncing the ball on top of his forehead. The speed, at which he travels when doing this, is mind-blowing, and the delicacy with which Kerlon connects with the ball, means that it stays remarkably close to his head as he advances forward.

Couple this with his unique ability to change direction as he runs with the ball above his nut, evading bewildered opponents, and it’s easy to tell why stopping him is nigh-on impossible. In fact, disillusioned opponents’ only response to the seal dribble has been, to resort to fouling its young exponent.

Kerlon’s piece of skill came to the fore, during the recent South American under-17 Championships in Venezuela – a competition in which he won both the top goalscorer and best player awards – creating a media frenzy in the process.

But it was years ago, that the unlikely trick was invented. The emerging teenager was enjoying an impromptu kickabout with his father Silvino, when his instant control and subsequent ability to keep the ball aloft using only his head, prompted his impressed old man, to encourage the development of a dribble using only his head to touch the ball.

Before long, Kerlon had astounded Silvino by perfecting this move, whilst running at pace and changing direction. And so it was. From then on, Kerlon began to use the seal dribble, with success, during training sessions at Ipatinga – the club he was then associated with.

Although established as his trademark, the player always intended to save use of the dazzling invention, until he made the breakthrough at professional level. However, he was unable to refrain from exhibiting his innovation during the youth event in Venezuela. “I couldn’t wait,” he conceded with a smile.

“It’s just a skill I have, though it’s not meant to be a mark of disrespect for my opponents.

The trick is beautiful and efficient. Sooner or later, defenders will find a way to stop me without conceding a free-kick. But until then, I can keep using the play to my advantage.

“Opponents say they will snap me. But this doesn’t scare me it just motivates me even more.”

But the seal dribble is not the sole reason why Kerlon is being tipped to go on to great things – one doesn’t inherit the number 10 shirt for Brazil, at any level, unless you’re a fine player.

Able to operate in an advanced midfield position, or as a forward, the 17-year-old is an expert dribbler and possesses wonderful ability to slip weighted passes in behind defences.

He is also a free-kick expert, and given the amount of fouls the seal dribble draws, this trait is made all the more beneficial.

Kerlon’s next objective is to convince Cruzeiro coach Levir Culpi, that he is ready to make the progression into the Raposa first team;

“This South American Championships came to change my life, my destiny. I am more mature and I want to be used in the Brazilian Championship. I’m just waiting for the call from Levir.”

wch gil

Although he is now an indispensable part of Arsenal’s midfield makeup, and was a key member of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup squad, it nearly never happened for Gilberto Silva. As a youngster with local club America-MG, his father retired from his job, leaving the 17-year-old as the sole provider for his whole family. Gilberto was forced to quit the game, beginning work in a sweet factory for around 50 a month.

Eventually he was persuaded to return to the sport, rejoining America in 1996. Playing mostly as a centre-back, he helped his club to promotion to Serie A in his first full season. Even when he transferred to Atletico Mineiro, one of the region’s giants, he broke his leg and missed a lot of football. It wasn’t until the relatively late age of 24 when he switched to a defensive midfield role that his career really took off.

From this point on his fame rocketed. By November 2001 he was an international, playing his first game against Bolivia. Expected to play only a bit-part role in the following summer’s World Cup, Emerson’s unfortunate injury led to Gilberto playing in every match of Brazil’s march to their fifth crown. He was described as the man who carried the piano for Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo to play their tunes on.

What a vital role his was, and it fully earned him the nickname the invisible wall  the man who is rarely noticed on the pitch but whose work is indispensable. After the tournament he was a hot property, wanted by clubs all over Europe. Arsenal eventually won the race to sign him, and his quiet displays alongside Patrick Vieira winning him a lot of praise, as well as the quickest goal in the history of the Champions League against PSV.

His second season with the Gunners was a roaring success, the London side going through the entire 38-match league season unbeaten. Gilberto played 32 of those games, and scored 4 goals. Although his 2004/5 season was hampered by injuries, he was back in fine form this season, helping Arsenal reach the Champions League final as well as adding to his total of international caps during Brazil’s qualification run for Germany 2006. Brazilian fans can rest assured that even if Emerson is unavailable, the invisible wall will be there to silently protect his defence.

Askalex 2003


26 January: What happened to Josimar from Mexico 86?

19 January: Congratulations on the site and the book. How successful has the book been in the UK? Did you have it translated into Portuguese?

12 January: I really like the way you describe Garrincha in your book and at last, I finally know a little bit about him. I have heard his name (the bent legs) before, but have found it very difficult to get any information on him. It sounds like he was a terrific player. It?s understandable how the Brazilian fans love him (Maybe a little bit like the emotion people get when they here the name George Best?). I forget just how big an influence Pele was at that time (and sounds like he still is). This is a hard thing to imagine but do you think Garrincha?s career might have been different if the Pele phenomenon had never happened?

05 January: Just finished your book, Ricardo Teixeira seems like a real character. Is he still running the CBF? (I hope not). Even the suggestion that Pele may be involved in some form corruption breaks my heart. I’m based in the US; the Enron, Arthur Andersen events are still a regular fixture in the media. Maybe it’s the timing?, but I am only just becoming aware of just how much corruption and poor club management exists in world football.


26 February: My name is Roger Clinton. I represent Sheffield FC – THE OLDEST FOOTBALL CLUB IN THE WORLD. We are only a small club here in England but are very keen to make contacts worldwide. What would be the best way to speak to the oldest club in Brazil?

25 February: Don’t know if you’ve ever met Kleberson? Why hasn’t he already been sold to a European club? What’s he been doing since the World Cup?

09 February: I am an Internacional (Porto Alegre) fan here in UK, we were nearly relegated this season. What teams are being promoted and what are the changes to next years club calender as I understand every team plays each other twice in the N.C.

02 February: I would like to know more about the Manaus Football tournament ‘the Big Kickabout’ (O Peladao). Where can I get info? When will it be the next time? Any websites or mail addresses available?


30 March: I am very keen to know who are the future stars of Brazilian football. I am aware of players like Robhino, Kaka and Diego but do you think there are others out there that have just as much promise?

30 March: re the Pele film mentioned in your interview with him. You say that unusual archive material has been found: do you know if this includes the Gol da Placa? I heard that film of Pele’s greatest goal was destroyed by fire many years ago. Have you seen it or spoken to anyone who has (apparently, it was used in a famous coffee commercial for a while).

22 March: As I read the brazilian papers on the web, there is one thing that appears rather strange. What is actually happening to the police investigations that(supposedly) follow the two CPIs? Brazilian papers say that the Ministerio Publico is investigating the cases, but there is never any information about how far these investigations have gone, or if any of the cases are brought to court. My questions are two-fold: 1. Are there any news of the post-CPI investigations performed by the police/MP? 2. Do you honestly think that any person criminalized by the CPI report will ever be punished?

15 March: What club did Gilberto Silva play for before he signed for Arsenal? I recently went to Brazil and although he is much loved, I got conflicting answers as to who he played for.

10 March: we went travelling around South America and used your book so by the time we reached our ultimate destination, Brazil, we could chat to people about the beautiful game and whether Garrincha was better than Pele (from the people we spoke to the answer still seemed to be Pele which was disappointed us as Garrincha sounds much cooler). Anyway on our trips to the Maracana we noticed the Flamengo fans fly Union Jacks with ‘Jovem’ written on them, we couldn’t find out what this was about could you help. Oh and can you tell Amin that Vasco suck.

10 March: Are you planning on adding a new chapter to the book covering the 2002 Japan Korea World cup? Even with the poignancy of focussing on Teixeira and the CBF, I feel it would be a fitting end to a fantastic book making it the ‘definitive’ book about Brazilian futebol.

04 March: Alex, what happened with the Gavioes da Fiel? I see they have a current website.

01 March: I enjoyed your book. I have a question about the story on pages 199-201 of the dog called Biriba that peed on one of the Botafogo player’s legs. Botafogo won the match and, thereafter, Botafogo’s president “demanded that before each match Biriba should pee on the same leg.” Botafogo subsequently won the 1948 state chamoionship. Question: how did Botafogo get the dog to pee on the player’s leg before every game?


30 April: Why was Eder left out of the Brazil 1986 World Cup team?

29 April: From where comes the name of the Copa Libertadores?

13 April: Which team in Brazil do you support? Did researching the book change any of your perceptions about certain clubs or fans?

06 April: Just reading your brilliant book, thank you for such a fascinating glimpse of Brazil. It really reflects what Simon Kuper wrote about football being one of the best ways to understand the daily life of a country. I have two enquiries. Firstly about Socrates – I have often heard the urban legend that he was a medical student here in Ireland. I’ve heard two versions of the story – in one he was studying for a time in the Royal College of Surgeons, asked one day if there was any football around and was sent out to play with Bohemians reserves. The other has him in my own alma mater University College Dublin and winning the Collingwood Cup, an inter collegiate football tournament while here. I would be very grateful if you could tell me if there is any truth to either story. Secondly, a common story here in Ireland is that Pele’s nickname derives from “peile”, the Gaelic for football (more usually the Gaelic version), which Irish nuns gave the young Edson. I know in the book you write that the origin of Pele is unknown, and I recall Pele in interviews saying he didn’t know himself, but just another theory you mightn’t have heard before. Finally, its only polite to tell you that I write occasional articles for the Irish medical press, I was thinking of maybe pitching a brief one about your book focusing on the Socrates angle.


26 May: I read your book and I thought it was superb. I am soon coming to Brazil to work in a rainforest preservation centre some 200 miles North-west of Rio. I just wondered if there was one particular football related thing that I should do or see while I’m in Brazil, besides the obvious? Also is Ronaldo’s R9 club in Leblon still open? Secondly is it worth going to?

19 May: We are all so used to Brazilians playing futebol in Europe but are there any Europeans playing in Brazil?? I have heard of Peruvian and Argentinean players playing there, but never Europeans? And how do the Brazilians view the foreigners playing in Brazil? are they protective like the European supporters initially were?

10 May: I first read your book last summer (2002) and found it fascinating and informative. I picked it up again the other day and as I flicked through I wondered what ever became of Messias Pereira, Marcelo Marcolino and Marlon Jorge. Are they still playing in the Faroes? Are any of them eligible to play for their adopted country (I seem to recall Marcelo saying he would like to)? And what of Robson? Has he resumed his football career?

04 May: Can you tell us some more about Hibs visit to Brazil in the 1950s. That trip introduced Hibs’ great forward line of the Famous Five to Brazilian clubs and led them to form teams with five attackers. I know Hibs were instrumental in creating the conditions for sides like Botafogo to put Garrincha, Didi, Zagalo, Quarentina and Paulo Valentim up front but anything more you can tell us about Hibs’ influence in making Brazil great would be welcomed.


29 June: After resignation in 1970 I have not hear a word about Joao Saldania? What he was doing? Is he alive? Where can I see his photo online?

22 June: The football club Vasco da Gama have the cross Patee as their club symbol. What is the history/reason behind their use of this symbol? Although there is info on the web about the cross patee and it’s origins i can find nothing (in English) about it’s link to the football club Vasco da Gama. Also, it would be helpful if you could explain the 6 stars often seen above the Vasco da Gama cross patee. One explanantion i have come across is that they represent the championship won in 1945 and the five since but it is unclear to me what championship is being referred to as i believe they have won the Brazilian championship only 4 times and the state championship 21 (not 6) times.

16 June: Could you tell me what happened to tour namesake alex who captained the olympic team in sydney?

08 June: Could you tell me which Garrinchas leg was shorter and how did that affect on his dribbling skills?

08 June: I will be traveling to Rio this August and would love to go to the Maracana stadium to see an exciting football match with my family. Does the stadium have a web site? where can i find the schedules and book tickets in advance?

01 June: What happened to Renata Alves after her involvement in the scandals regarding former national coach Luxemburgo ?? One would suspect that she now has her own talk-show and is a major figure in Brazilian public life….


27 July: I am a norwegian author writing a novel about a student. In a chapter he is wacthing a football match, which leads him into thoughts about this game. He then comments upon “the beautiful game”, the brazilian way of playing it (at least once), as Pele, and I qoute, “Football? It’s the beautiful game” said the Brazilian footballer, Pele ( quotations/quotefrom/football/), called it. However, I do not want the English translation, but the portugese/brazilian original for: the beautifull game. Hope you can help.

27 July: Having looked at your fixture list I see I’m in Rio when Vasco are playing at home (an evening game). Do you know if I can just pick up a ticket on the gate (I’m so used to English Premiership ticket only matches!).

21 July: Who was the first brazilian player to play in a foreign club?

13 July: Do you know what type of bird the Flamengo mascot is meant to be and whether there is any significance in its choice?

06 July: I heard that by the end of his career Garrincha played for Flamengo. How successful was he there? And one more: How successful was Garrincha- Joao Saldanha cooperation in Botafogo? Did he ever played for other teams too? – I heard he continued playing till 1982, is that true?


30 August: Why is there five stars on the flamengo top. And why is one of the stars gold and the other four white.

17 August: We will be in Rio for Carnaval ’04 and would like to catch a game at Maracana. This looks like it’s off-season would there be any pre-season game in Maracan in February (between the 15th and 25th)?

17 August: Some of the images used in your brilliant book are outstanding. Could you tell me where you got the image of Socrates with a packed stadium behind him? I’d love to get a copy of it.

10 August: What is the home city of the Brazilian national team?

02 August: The book is excellent. A friend and I have rented an apartment in Botafogo next Jan And Feb 2004 ( we live in New York City )My stupid question is what are the dates of the Brazilian soccer season.


21 September: What is the latest news on the greatest Brazilian forward in the last twenty years,” ROMARIO DE SOUZA FARIA”?

14 September: Alex – I am reading your excellent book on God’s own futebol country!! Do you have any other projects planned insofar as they relate to futebol brasileiro please?

06 September: I see on that you have written a book on Garrincha. Can you tell me about it?


19 October: I would like to know what `KAKA` means in Brazil. I am a fan of AC Milan, and KAKA. In Italy, CACCA means,,,,,,,,,,,,,,coco(in Brazil). This nickname has special meaning in Brazil? Is it Bird name?

12 October: I see you are talking at a conference in London. It looks really interesting but my mate thinks its 40 quid to get in. Can this be true? And if it is, can you get us in free?


22 November: Alex can you tell us anything about Charles Miller life in Brazil and when did he die, does he have family live in Brazil today and have any of his comment on Brazilian Football.

16 November: I would like to know more about the Ibis club from Recife. Whilst in Brazil I was regularly told that they were ‘the worst team in the world’. What have they done to deserve such a harsh judgment???

09 November: Are there any football matches at the maracana stadium in January 2004? How long does the football season last until in Brazil?

01 November: Who is the highest goal scorer for Fluminense?


28 December: Have Brazil ever capped a player born in another country?

26 December: Who is the leading goal scorer in the league now? What has happened to Alex of Palmeiras he showed a lot of promise but he no longer features for Brazil? What is the mail address of the Fortaleza football club?

14 December: Who was the first black player to play for Vasco da Gama?

07 December: I am writing an article about the CBF Nike. I have used your book as a source although my main source is the book by Aldo Rebelo and Silvio Torres. I lived in Belo Horizonte last year and interviewed some respected journalists but I was just wondering if you could recommend any other books or websites where I could find relevant and up to date information.

01 December: What is Autoball?

01 December: Is Gomes the goalie for the Brazilian national team?