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“In Sao Paulo we have…the football club of the Germans, of the English, of the Portuguese, of the international and even of the Catholics and the Protestants, but a club that might be composed exclusively of Italian “sportsmen,” and our colony [is] the largest in the state, [yet] still nothing […]

Champions again – Palmeiras, Brazil’s grand Italian footballing dynasty


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This coming weekend sees the end of the season for Brazil’s top tier. In a normal time the focus would be on this year’s champions, Palmeiras, who have won their first league title for 22 years. In a normal time, the press and fans would be analysing each team’s success […]

Chapecoense: Brazil’s tragic underdogs


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All around the world, it seems, the left is lost. In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn finds his leadership under attack by the bulk of his own party. In France and Germany, once strong left wing movements look beleaguered. Faced by angry and disillusioned electorates the world over, the left seems incapable […]

Trying to understand Brazil’s political crisis



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In the early 2000s, DJs at a club based in a former cutlery works in Sheffield started blending house tracks with speed garage. The style they developed, known as Niche, 4×4 and, finally, bassline, became a phenomenon. The scene’s most famous clubs became legendary while the genre’s leading artists took the sound […]

Garage goes to Yorkshire: The story of bassline


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As anyone who has even the most passing interest in new music will know, UK grime is enjoying a major resurgence. Once regarded as little more than a short lived scene that produced a few great records and then faded into obscurity, a new wave of MCs have made the […]

Novelist: Grime’s most enigmatic young star


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Schoolboy Q is the court jester of LA’s resurgent rap scene. An exuberant presence frequently seen joking around (and getting high) with fellow rappers, his easy going persona disguises a past caught up in South Central gang violence and drug addiction. His label debut, Oxymoron told the story of his journey […]

Schoolboy Q: LA hip hop’s maverick ready for round two



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  A$ap Ferg’s impressive debut elevated him from A$ap Rocky’s mate to star in his own right. His new album, Always Strive and Prosper, is a schizophrenic effort torn between a chart friendly sound and raw thuggery that never quite reaches the same heights but is saved by some highlights amongst […]

Review: A$ap Ferg – Always Strive and Prosper


Anthony Joshua is the golden boy of boxing. A photogenic, English speaking Olympic champion with aspirations of dominating prizefighting’s glamour division, many see him as the potential saviour of a sport crying out for a crossover star. Fresh from his IBF title victory, Joshua is loudly celebrated in the media […]

The golden boy and the gypsy king: a clash of ...


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For fans of the Premier League, this year has seen one of the most exciting title races in years. But if you can tear yourself away from Leicester’s logic defying tilt at the title for a moment, you might want to take a look at another Championship campaign gearing up […]

NBA play-offs 2016 preview



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Cuba has produced some of the most technically dazzling fighters currently active in professional boxing. Experts marvel at the skills of the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Erislandy Lara and Yuriorkis Gamboa. They praise the natural rhythm, ring generalship and outstanding defence evident in the Cuban style. But for all their […]

Forgotten champions: the struggles of Cuba’s pro boxers