An article on the Exeter City website caught my eye yesterday and got me scrabbling through the numerous shoe boxes in which I keep my collection of football programmes looking for my copy of Exeter City’s centenary brochure of 2004. As you can see they played a Brazil Masters XI, what a coup by Exeter City to get this team, including the likes of Careca, Dunga and Jorginho and officially sanctioned by the CBF, to travel over from Brazil especially for this game. Marvellous stuff, but why? Why would the greatest football nation on the planet take time to put an all-star team together and send them to play a lower-league English football club?
“Football is a sport made from spontaneity and discernment, luxury and freedom, and one that, I believe, is part of our most primitive genome, like dance. But football should also be a type of dance. A dose of peace.”—Sócrates Brasileiro - Preface to Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life