The countdown clock marked "World Cup 2014" ticked down into its final year yesterday, prompting no little excitement around the world and a pang of dread for those among us who adore Brazil but fear the potential for samba-soundtracked organisational chaos.
To mark the occasion I have started a new series over at SKP's sister blog, Games Against Nature. Every day until the big kick-off (or at least until my not-always-lengthy attention span expires) I will post an old photo of a Brazilian footballer. Some will be familiar, some may not be, and some will be accompanied by a poem or something similarly frivolous.
Here's the first instalment.