Do National Soccer Identities Like Jogo Bonito and Catenaccio Still Exist?

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July 11 2014 11:04 AM

World Cup Dummy: The Myth of Jogo Bonito Edition

Howler’s World Cup podcast on the semifinals, national soccer identities, and FIFA’s policy on head injuries.

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On today’s episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi sift through the aftermath of the semifinals and probe the effect of the 7–1 loss on Brazilian soccer. They also talk about national soccer identities like jogo bonito, “total football,” and Catenaccio, and discuss whether they’re still relevant. This tournament has seen a few dangerous head collisions and possible concussions, including Javier Mascherano’s scary injury, and epic performance in the semifinals. The roundtable discusses FIFA’s response to head injuries. They then talk with Matt Negrin, freelance journalist and founder of the website Away and Home, about his experience covering the only indigenous professional team in Brazil. Finally, they hear a submission from their call for World Cup poems.

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Podcast production and edit by Matthew Nelson and Ryan Catanese.

You can email the Howler crew at hello@howlermagazine.com.

David Goldblatt was born in London; lives in Bristol, England; and teaches in Los Angeles. He is the author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer and Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer.

Danny Karbassiyoon is a former American soccer player who has suited up for Arsenal, Ipswich Town, and Burnley. He is currently an Arsenal scout and co-founder of SWOL.co.

George Quraishi is founder and editor of Howler, a magazine about soccer. During the World Cup he is editing soccer.fusion.net.

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