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The Equalizers

For these Brazilian footballing legends, competitive play wasn’t a diversion from societal ills, but a means to redress them. by Kurt Shaw

July 11, 2014
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Brazil has won more World Cup titles than any other country, but the nearly 200-year old South American host nation has a legacy of competitors as valiant off the field as on it—so much so that it is possible to imagine a player at every position on the soccer field whose life displayed an abiding commitment to rallying against social inequality. 

Illustrations by Filip Peraić and David Schwen

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The Equalizers For these Brazilian footballing legends, competitive play wasn’t a diversion from societal ills, but a means to redress them.