Wednesday, March 4, 2009

soccer museum

the new soccer museum in sao paulo, underneath the bleachers of the art deco pacaembu stadium, is world class. amazing use of technology, curators who deeply understand the ties between soccer and brazilian culture, and tremendous design and architectural work. so powerful that tears formed in my eyes several times while i was there yesterday, especially in front of the huge screens of cheering fans. pure intensity. here's a photo of garrincha, one of brazil's greatest players ever. he had two crooked legs, was illiterate and a drunk, but played with such a light-hearted style that his dribbles were humorous, jesting and dazzling. i like this photo because it expresses a sense of pure joy that you often see in brazil, a vibe that makes is such a special place.
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