Edu at Arsenal: why Brazil’s general manager arrives with baggage in north London

Edu Arsenal technical director

In mid-July 2000, Edu Gaspar arrived at Heathrow airport alongside his compatriot Sylvinho to sign for Arsenal from Corinthians. After an 11-hour flight to London, he was exhausted and didn't want to go through the immigration line for non-EU members.

Instead, he decided to leave his Brazilian passport – which he'd used to check in for the flight – inside his suitcase, and use his Portuguese one to avoid spending much time waiting.

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Marcus Alves

Marcus Alves is a freelance journalist based in Lisbon and has written for FourFourTwo since 2012. He can also be found at BBC Sport, the Telegraph, Kicker and Yahoo. A former ESPN reporter, he covered 12 games in 15 days during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but can barely remember any of them. He blames cachaça for that.