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Tim Vickery

Tim Vickery is a freelance football writer who covers the South American game for the BBC, World Soccer and ESPN, as well as being an analyst for SporTV. He has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for over 20 years.

Twitter: @Tim_Vickery

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Articles by Tim Vickery


Who will replace Dani Alves as Brazil's first-choice right-back at the World Cup?

As Brazil coach Tite prepares to name his 23-man World Cup squad on Monday, reserve right-back looked like being one of his more difficult decisions &...


Quintero finds form and fitness at just the right time as Colombia prepare for World Cup

One of the world’s most talented players may have found form, fitness and focus at just the right time to book a place on the plane to Russia. ...


Peru should not be written off even if Guerrero is absent

Peru’s captain, centre-forward and perhaps their one genuinely world-class player finds himself in the middle of a legal gun fight this week. L...

Julio Cesar

Julio Cesar, a man who experienced the difficulties of being Brazil's World Cup goalkeeper, retires from football

Brazilian football said farewell to one of its 21st-century stars on Saturday. Rio giants Flamengo were at home to America in the second round of the ...

Lionel Messi

Why Barcelona's early elimination from the Champions League is good news for Argentina

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli badly needed a boost. He received a huge one on Tuesday, and Saturday was not bad either.


Why defending deep, as is common in South American club football, could spell disaster for Peru

Peru have given themselves what they hope will be a morale-boosting send-off before heading to their first World Cup in 36 years. In late May they wil...