Monday, September 9, 2019

Nostalgia of Soccer (Football) Magazines Project-Part 8

In my continuing collaborative series with @1888Letter, I will ask the experiences of Brazilian Journalist Mr. Caio Alves of

Name: Caio Alves
Twitter: @CaioalAlves
Personal Description:  Caio Alves, 26, Brazilian Jounalist and love football in general.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: At what age did you become a Football fan and how long after did you start reading Football Magazines?

Response:  At six and seven, I started to follow some games with my father. I remember the 1998 World Cup games a lot. But it was during the 2002 World Cup that I started reading newspapers and some magazines, such as the competition guides and Placar.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: What was the first Soccer (Football) magazine that you read as a new young fan of the game?

Response:  I think they were the guides for the Brazilian Championship and the World Cup 2002. But before I read newspapers, in the sports and soccer part.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Were there other local magazines that you also read?

Response:  I read a lot of Placar! and Lance! guides.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Describe the general format of these particular magazines? What was your favorite section(s) of these said magazines?

Response:  Placar was the main Brazilian publication about soccer. In addition to great materials, profiles, I really enjoyed seeing the part with the scores and lineups. At that time, with scarce information, I was excited to see so many clubs around Brazil and around the world.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Was the coverage of Football mainly local or was International Football news covered as well in a meaningful way?

Response:  The focus was on national football, but we had a lot of information about European football, especially the big leagues, like Spanish and Italian Football.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: In general on a typical newsstand, how many choices were available for reading Football?

Response:  Magazine were usually two. We had two newspapers too.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Do you remember foreign Football publications at your newsstands as well? If so did you read any?

Response:  No. Only after I was able to see and buy through Ebay. A few years ago.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: I will ask this from everyone, one of my best memories as a young football fan was the anticipation of the day when new issues were available on newsstands. It was a weekly ritual that would stay with me for decades. In your own words, can you explain your memories of these days?

Response:  My anxiety was with the competition guides. I always waited and asked at newsstands about these magazines.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Did you enjoy your magazines for the scores/league tables, etc or did you prefer the writing? Or was there an evolution as when you aged you started to appreciate the deep written analysis more?

Response:  I have always enjoyed seeing and writing. Nowadays, I follow both ways. I like to write too.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: How has the quality of your favorite magazines changed (for better or worse over the years)?

Response:  The market practically emptied completely in Brazil. The contents are now online.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Looking back what was the best era for your favorite magazines?

Response:  80s and 90s i think.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: The daily newspapers play a big part in the coverage of the game. Can you compare these daily papers to a magazine like ‘Placar’?

Response:  The daily newspapers play a big part in the coverage of the game. I love daily newspapers. They help build the scenario. The basic difference is the big subjects. In the magazine, you can delve into a subject.

 Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Has your taste in magazines changed over the years or do you still read your favorite magazines?

Response:  I still read. I always try to see foreign ones.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Looking back, do you feel these magazines kept you sufficiently informed about the events of the game as a whole?

Response:  Yes. Was amazing.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: You grew up in an era when internet football coverage was readily available. Which medium did you follow more for your football news?

Response:  Until last decade, were the newspapers and magazines.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Are there publications that have since been defunct that you miss?

Response:  Don Balon and Trivela.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Getting back to my earlier question about anticipating the release of magazines. Given that now many receive their magazines on PDF, do you feel that a level of excitement has been lost as a result?

Response:  Of course. It’s different. Now, we have a lot of options.

Soccernostalgia/@1888Letter Question: Once again thank you for taking the time in participating in this project.


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