Monthly Archives: February 2011

Brazil: Ronaldo Retires

If you are a soccer fan, you know the most dynamic player of the past twenty years, has been a gap-toothed Brazilian who hailed from a favela in Rio and goes by the single name Ronaldo.Fans around the world will remember Ronaldo’s first significant injury, while making one of his signature, freight-train runs towards goal while playing for Inter Milan.  Just outside of the opponent’s goal box, just as Ronaldo was completing his patented step-over move, just as he was preparing to humiliate yet another defender, his knee essentially exploded. The soccer world gasped in horror as the image was played over and over again.  We have never recovered.  Nor did Ronaldo. Ronaldo in his prime was unstoppable and undeniably fun to watch.  Both on and off the pitch, he was bigger than life.  He was a rock star.  He could party all night, and play all day.  The only thing that stopped him in the end was his own body.

In announcing his retirement, he told the world that he felt like he was experiencing his “first death”. For all of the soccer fans around the world who use to delight in watching him play, we know what he means, sort of.  Our “first death” was watching him fall to the ground in tears while wearing the Inter shirt.  Our “second death” happened on Monday.

He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Brazil: A SAMBA TO SOUTH FLORIDA

Suddenly, everything seems to be coming up Brazilian. President Barack Obama will visit Brazil during his first South American trip in March and Brazil is Florida’s top trading partner. But Brazilians are also snapping up beachfront luxury properties and downtown Miami condos, investing in everything from real estate to Burger King, and shopping voraciously. It’sContinue Reading

Florida and Brazil: Uneasy Love

Brazil’s economy is booming. Prices for its commodities are stellar and unemployment is at record lows, but panelists at a Miami conference said there could be some clouds on the horizon. Among concerns are a growing current account deficit, an overvalued real, and mounting inflation, which could top 6 percent this year; said participants at “Forecast 2011:Continue Reading

Brazil: Pursuit of Happiness

In a nation known for its jubilant spirit, massive parties and seemingly intrinsic ability to celebrate anything under the sun, is a constitutional amendment really required to protect the pursuit of happiness? Several lawmakers think so, and a bill to amend Brazil’s Constitution to make the search for happiness an inalienable right is widely expectedContinue Reading

Brazil Forces U.S. Shift

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union announcement that he will travel to Brazil in March, along with El Salvador and Chile, is recognition that a stronger relationship with Brasilia is a key to advancing our own foreign policy interests. Despite close cooperation on many issues and shared pronouncements of common interests and goals, Brazil’sContinue Reading

Florida and Brazil: Uneasy Love

Brazil’s economy is booming. Prices for its commodities are stellar and unemployment is at record lows, but panelists at a Miami conference said there could be some clouds on the horizon. Among concerns are a growing current account deficit, an overvalued real, and mounting inflation, which could top 6 percent this year; said participants atContinue Reading