In this final part of the series we uncover where we have played Brazilian sides in various parts of the world and when Spurs declined to tour the country while the team that took out place ended in jail.
There are also a number of links at international level while we also reveal another two players from that country who spent time at The Lane and the latest connection.
In the summer of 1985 we traveled to Australia to take part in an invitational tournament It was a round robin competition and we first played The Australian Soccer Federation and lost 0-1. Then we lost to Udinese 0-2. Our final game was against Vasco da Gama in Adelaide. Mark Falco scored our goal in a 1-1 draw. We then beat Udinese in the play-of for Third place with Vasco finishing second.
We would meet Vasco de Gama again in the summer of 1991 when we traveled to Japan. Where we played them in the Kirin Cup, the game which ended in a 0-0 draw taking place in Kobe. We would then beat Thailand before losing to Japan who won the competition with Spurs and Vasco both gaining three points but they had a superior goal difference.
Left - The programme for the four team tournament in 1991.
In 1914 the Brazilian FA had asked their English counterparts to send a team to tour during the summer. The FA approached the club who declined instead they went to Germany a decision they would later regret. Possibly the chairman Charles Roberts remembered the long sea voyage from the 1908 tour in making his decision.
The FA then approached a number of other teams including Nottingham Forest and Southampton before Exeter City finely accepted. City were then a mid table Southern League side described by the FA as a "truly representative side".
What happened next was on the morning after they arrived the whole side was arrested when their players went swimming on the beach at Santos where bathing was banned.
Sandro – moved to Spurs in August 2010. Upon signing he was quoted as saying, ’a club that is growing every year and that makes it a ideal club for me.’
His first goal was a 35 yard volley away to Chelsea. His third and last goal for Spurs was another long range effort in 2013 V Manchester United. In more than eighty appearances for Spurs he had earned the nickname with the fans of the beast.
In 2014 he moved to QPR and has since moved to play in Turkey. Above Suraj, the former India Spurs chairman and Sandro at Hotspur Way.
On the international front he played for the under 23 team in an Olympic qualifying competition and captained the side in the South American Youth competition. To date he has 17 full caps and one goal for his country.
A well liked member of the squad he will also be remembered for playing darts with professional (and spurs fan) Bobby George and for being seen driving the team bus on a trip to Chelsea.
The first meeting between Brazil and England was in 1956 a 4-2 win at Wembley. The first Spurs link came in the fourth meeting at the 1962 World Cup when Maurice Norman and Jimmy Greaves played in a 1-3 defeat, (1).
Left - Bobby Smith, for England V Brazil at Wembley.
The FA Centenary match with Brazil ended 1-1.
Two Tottenahm men have scored for England V Brazil the first was from Jimmy Greaves in 1964 in a 1-5 defeat in Rio. Gary Lineker is the other, in 1990, having already done so in his Everton days thus he remains joint top scorer for England in this fixture. He also captained England against them in 1992. There are sixteen other players that featured for England and three Spurs men have managed the side.
Other players who played for England V Brazil during their Spurs days are, Bobby Smith, Alan Mullery, Martin Peters, Clive Allen (debut) Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne, Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton, Sol Campbell (the first Spurs player to be booked against them). Paul Robinson, Ledley King, Jermaine Jenas, Jermaine Defoe, Peter Crouch, Tom Huddlestone (debut) and Aaron Lennon. While Alf Ramsey, Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle have all managed the team in this fixture.
Diego Bortolozzo was only a 19 year old when he was signed by manager Glen Hoddle after a trial and played in a number of friendlies but failed to make any first team appearances.
He had previously played for Estrela Do Norte in Brazil and Treviso in Italy before joining us as he had joint nationality. After he left Tottenham he played for a number of clubs and is currently playing in Germany.
The latest connection came in 2014 and the World Cup being held in the country. In 1950 we sent just four players in the England side this time we can find more than twenty connections covering sixteen of the countries, past present and future.
There are a number of player memories playing against the Brazilians in the Flying Down to Rio series , flight thirty, (2).
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2 - Flight Thirty - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/flying-down-to-rio-flight-thirty
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