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Letter to the Editor, by Benjamin Parkin

Professional football wasn’t always about corporate sponsorship, big business and money. With the upcoming World Cup mired in controversy about greed and corruption, and FIFA looking ever more reactionary and out of touch with the Brazilian people, it seems wise to turn back to another tradition of Brazilian football – where footballers were political activists and social critics.

Represented by the legendary Socrates, Afonsinho and many others, these were players for whom football had to . . .

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