How Brazilian soccer came to Haiti and Haitian soccer came to Brazil

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Photo: Vitor Madeira/The Perles Noires


James Young | VICE Sports
January 2016 | 7-minute read


Following the Brazilian government’s decision to send 1,200 soldiers to lead the 2004 UN intervention into Haiti (at the time wracked by violent civil unrest following the ousting of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide), interim Prime Minister Gérard Latortue suggested to journalists that “a few Brazilian soccer players could do more to disarm the militias than thousands of peacekeeping troops.” Brazil’s President Lula promptly accepted the challenge, arranging for the Seleção to play a match in Haiti.


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