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Football: Echoes of the past surround Brazil

The world champions open their campaign today burdened with the task of living up to an illustrious heritage

Paths cross long after Craig Brown's school days

His side have been written off both at home and abroad.

Football: Beauty and the beastly

Andrew Longmore sets the scene for a show already beset by rumour and rancour; As the big kick-off looms, more doubts are raised about team spirit in the camp of the world champions

France '98: A Lesson Born In Brazil

Jon Culley reports on a British teacher who travelled afar to discover the real origins of the beautiful game

Football: History on the side of samba

Scotland 0 Brazil 1

Music: Futebol - or dancing as it's called in Brazil

The Latin passion for the beautiful game has inspired a whole new club concept - the Batmacumba World Cup Special.

Football: England at the World Cup: 1970 Mexico - Banks illness undermines England's title defence

Alf Ramsey arguably had a better squad than in 1966 but, as Ken Jones recalls, fate dealt a blow to his hopes of more glory

Futebol crazy

For the children of a Brazilian shanty town, football is their life. Here, in words and pictures, they show us their beautiful game

Books: Better contrast would help picture of poignant past

Book of the week: Reliving the Dream: The Triumph and Tears of Manchester United's 1968 European Cup Heroes By Derick Allsop (Mainstream, pounds 9.99)

Football: Pele gives backing to Johansson

THE Brazilian football legend Pele has endorsed the candidacy of Lennart Johansson to become the next president of FIFA, world football's governing body.

Football: FA yet to decide on Shearer case

THE Football Association's chief executive, Graham Kelly, will hold high-level talks at Lancaster Gate this week to see if Alan Shearer has a case to answer over allegations that he kicked Leicester City's Neil Lennon in the face.

FOOTBALL: Pele, Giggs and Billy the goat

Guy Hodgson on the opening of Old Trafford's pounds 4m state of the art museum

Football: Coaching the best out of the next Pele

England Schoolboys 0 Brazil Schoolboys 0

Football: Pele expects Brazil World Cup bid

BRAZIL are likely to bid to host the 2006 World Cup, according to Pele. The double World Cup winner and Brazilian sports minister, visiting Hong Kong on business and to attend a coaching school, said that if Brazil did not bid for the tournament then he would support an African bid. He said: "Brazil, Argentina, a lot of countries who are in the World Cup will probably bid."
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