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Alex Bellos

Alex Bellos

    Stephen Wolfram: Can he topple Google?
    Stephen Wolfram: Can he topple Google?
    The British scientist Stephen Wolfram has a clear vision for the future -- a vision that dates back to his childhood in the 1960s and 70s. In those...
    Parreira: A coach with African roots
    Parreira: A coach with African roots
    When Brazil played Ghana in the World Cup last month, the South Americans' coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, described the Africans as no longer a...
    Leave the beautiful game to the marketing men
    Leave the beautiful game to the marketing men
    "Joga bonito was invented by a sports brand," smirked Roberto Carlos, reliably the most indiscreet member of Brazil's squad. "You can't...
    Brazilian media scores goooooaaal
    Brazilian media scores goooooaaal
    Radio Marco Zero is a tiny radio station in Amapa, one of Brazil's remotest Amazon states. Yet its few thousand listeners in the state capital,...
    Swiss roll in to watch Brazil train
    Swiss roll in to watch Brazil train
    It had meant getting up at 5am and travelling for almost three hours across Switzerland, but for Maria da Silva Hasler the effort was worth it. "I...
    Lights! Camera! Goalmouth action!
    Lights! Camera! Goalmouth action!
    It may be the beautiful game, but until now football has proved to be resolutely uncinematic. Though sports such as baseball, horse racing and...
    Brazil return a favour for Exeter
    Brazil return a favour for Exeter
    The ancient Grecians (as Exeter are known) were figures of legend: the first professional team to play in Brazil and first opponents for the...
    Brazilians love the name game
    Brazilians love the name game
    What's in a name? Quite a lot, actually, and especially if you are talking about Brazil.