The Ja-Brazil connection

Sunday, June 08, 2014

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With the World Cup kicking off in Brazil this week, many Jamaicans are backing the hosts to lift the trophy for a record sixth time.

Jamaicans have been taken with the flair of Brazilian football since 1958 when they won the tournament for the first time, inspired by a teenager called Pele.

In the early 1970s, Alan 'Skill' Cole, regarded by many as Jamaica's finest footballer, played professionally in Brazil for Nautica. Cole was a member of reggae star Bob Marley's inner circle.

In 1994, the Jamaica Football Federation appointed Brazilian Rene Simoes technical director of the country's football programme. They qualified for the 1998 World Cup in France, the first (and only) time Jamaica has made it to football's greatest showpiece.

Today, the Jamaica Observer's entertainment section looks at the musical ties between Brazil and Jamaica.





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