Monday, July 03, 2006

The beautiful lame

In a country where managers tend to be either neanderthal sergeant majors who openly champion negative football or weak-willed officials there just to follow the orders of their chairmen, Brazil manager Carlos Alberto Parreira is a rare beast: an intelligent coach who has studied the game at all its levels both inside and outside Brazil, and a man who is both sophisticated and polite.

But right now, it is hard to feel sympathy for him.

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