Second Coming: Of FIFA World Cup, the Southern Century and Modi’s football diplomacy

Second Coming: Of FIFA World Cup, the Southern Century and Modi’s football diplomacy

[Second Coming is a regular column during the 2014 football world cup dedicated to my late brother] Brazil had prepared 22 gold medals with the names of the Brazilian players printed on them. FIFA chief, Jules Rimet, had prepared a speech in Portuguese to deliver after the final match. All Brazil […]

 

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