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Pele on individuality 

“I think that a young person can belong to a group and yet retain their own individuality, not be a follower.”
— Pele

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Smile, it’s Ronaldinho

Before there was Portuguese Ronaldo, there was Ronaldinho. The first time I saw him play was in World Cup 2002 against England. He scored this goal.

The first time I saw him play live was in summer 2009 when his AC Milan team played a friendly against Chelsea in Baltimore. He wasn’t the fastest player on the pitch by that time, but he was still the most skillful.

Ronaldinho played with freedom and flair. He had a bag of tricks ready to be deployed at any moment. And he smiled, a lot, feeling fortunate to entertain.

“There was a period in Ronaldinho’s time at Barcelona where he was almost unplayable. Effortless, relaxed, always with a smile on his face, he’s a genius with the ball. I love Brazilian football and he is one of the best ever players from that country.” David Beckham

He scored two goals in a dominating performance against Real Madrid in 1995 and received a standing ovation from the Madrid fans. That never happens, even to Messi, whom Ronaldinho inspired for greatness before leaving for AC Milan.

Ronaldinho got lazy near the end of his career. He wasn’t hungry anymore. But he always enjoyed the game of soccer. And if this most recent India Futsal game is any reminder, it’s that his class is permanent.

Such a good read: Ronaldinho and the eternal journey to joy

Oh, and he could Samba.

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My soundtrack to World Cup 2014 via the great DJ Gilles Peterson.

BrasilBamBamBam

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This is the ultimate, minimalist World Cup calendar. Pick your team, and save all the dates.

Check out brazilfourteen.com/.

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Autocracy is less sustainable than ever. Democracies are more prevalent than ever — but they will also be more volatile than ever.

Thomas Friedman, on the rise of Majoritarianism in the digital age
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Where Orwell got it wrong

If we don’t trust the Turkish government’s account of events in the streets of Istanbul, we can turn for the truth to thousands of cellphone videos or tweets from the people themselves. SMS, Twitter and Facebook have become the means for citizens to organize resistance to abusive government power, and for the rest of the world to witness it. No wonder Prime Minister Erdogan recently declared Twitter and its ilk “the worst menace to society.”

Those at the top are always detached from the truth.

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Accept your contradictions. Learn how to live with them. Because they aren’t curses – they are blessings.

Paul Coelho, The Alchemist
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How does Brazil Develop Its Soccer Players?

Constriction forces you to be more creative:

futebol de salão:

This insanely fast, tightly compressed five-on-five version of the game— played on a field the size of a basketball court— creates 600 percent more touches, demands instant pattern recognition and, in the words of Emilio Miranda, a professor of soccer at the University of São Paulo, serves as Brazil’s “laboratory of improvisation.”