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The FIFA 2014 World Cup

The trip to Brazil is already in full heat. And intense focus will be on the best team on the planet in my opinion: those little magicians from Spain who have even mesmerized fans of the team for which the term "the beautiful game" was probably invented by disgraced BBC sport broadcaster Stuart Hall. But a more positive bit of history - relatively speaking - is referred to in the cited article about Spain's 2-1 triumph over Uruguay: Isabelino Gradin was the first player of African descent selected by an international team when he was chosen for Uraguay's contingent to the inaugural Copa América in 1916 which was played in Brazil where slavery had only officially ended less than three decades earlier in 1888. Gradin was consistently cheered by Brazil's blacks even when he played against their own team. It is also worth noting that Uruguay's best player - again my opinion - is Luis Suarez who has been accused of racism on more than one occasion. This will make the upcoming game between Uruguay and Nigeria, to take place in mostly African-descent Salvador, an interesting game indeed. I wonder if they will interrupt their protests against social disparities long enough to take notice.
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