Greetings from Sao Paulo, as World Cup approaches

USA at Sao Paulo FC. (By Steven Goff -- The Washington Post)
USA at Sao Paulo FC. (By Steven Goff — The Washington Post)

My first story from Brazil sets the scene from the U.S. training base at Sao Paulo FC.

The Post’s Dom Phillips writes about Mostra Futebol BR, which “aims to show the central, unifying role that soccer has in Brazil, and how it is played everywhere — from the Amazon river basin to the dirt fields in South America’s most populous city.”

From the science beat, Brian Palmer explains the aerodynamics of Brazuca, the World Cup ball.

Dave Sheinin reports from Portugal camp in New Jersey.

How to stream World Cup matches.

In-flight video on the Dulles to Sao Paulo flight:

“The Class of 1992,” a documentary about David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, and Gary and Phil Neville, whose rise through Manchester United’s academy to the first team launched the club to European glory. Cameos by Eric Cantona, Zinedine Zidane, Tony Blair, Danny Boyle, Oasis and the Stone Roses.

“Brasil: a Nation Expects,” the official film of Selecao.

First dinner in Sao Paulo: $30 pizza, $3 Brahma Chopp pale lagers.

John Oliver slams FIFA:

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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