A plucky disagreement with dad changed the course of his life forever, but such burning ambition has already made Bruno Fernandes a United hero. Taking in Italian escapades and lunacy in Lisbon, this is his remarkable story so far
Arsenal The former midfielder has agreed to return to north London – but what can Gunners expect from their new (old) man?
Kerlon Moura Souza He began as an online sensation for his mid-match trickery, and won a high-profile move to Europe with Inter Milan. Then he disappeared. So where did the Brazilian trickster go?
Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham’s in-form forward has enjoyed a fine start to the season in north London, but controversial opinions on social media have landed badly in his home nation, writes Marcus Alves
Alisson Becker On his way to Anfield as the most expensive goalkeeper ever, Alisson elicits the highest of praise from his Brazil coaches. Marcus Alves delivers the lowdown...
Philippe Coutinho Neymar gets the headlines, but Philippe Coutinho is the player Brazil can't be without. Marcus Alves digs into the roots of his relationship with Brazil manager Tite
Neymar Neymar may be Brazil's leading man at this World Cup, but a war is brewing between the country and its star striker, writes Marcus Alves
Ruben Neves Marcus Alves explains how super-agent Jorge Mendes works to keep clients and clubs happy – by ensuring everyone has a place at the table
Roberto Firmino His gifts have gradually become appreciated in England, but 'Bobby' has previously been labelled “the new Afonso Alves” in his home country. Marcus Alves explains all...
100 Best Teenagers Looking for some bright young things to lead your future in FM 2018? Marcus Alves runs down the finest U20 players from South America, all featured in our list of the 100 best teenagers in the world
Philippe Coutinho Philippe Coutinho is desperate to leave Anfield for the Camp Nou – but he’s far from the first Premier League player to crave a move to one of Spain’s Big Two. Marcus Alves explains an ingrained fascination
Philippe Coutinho The Brazilian is looking increasingly likely to be a Barcelona player. FFT contributor and Brazilian journalist Marcus Alves broke the story yesterday that Coutinho had asked to leave Anfield – and this is how it all went down
FFT 100 Greatest Football’s most iconic player, revered from South America to Europe, from the USA to Africa... it’s O Rei – the king himself
FFT 100 Greatest O Fenomeno had every quality a striker could want. Only injuries and fitness could stop him
FFT 100 Greatest Brazil’s two-time World Cup winner is remembered even more for his wonderful trickery than his many triumphs
FFT 100 Greatest Brazil’s great entertainer and goalscorer is the closest thing the nation had to a second Pele
FFT 50 Managers The successful Brazilian club manager has enjoyed an instant impact with the national side, rebuilding confidence after a string of major tournament disappointments
FFT 50 Managers It’s not been a smooth year for the man labelled the Guardiola of South America (quite apt, then), but Gallardo’s achievements still mark him out as special
The Big Interview Was Ronaldinho's goal against England a fluke? Was winning the League Cup better than the World Cup? And how did he play two games in one night?! Your questions answered in August 2015...
The Big Interview Was it tough being ‘the next Pele’? Why did his move to Chelsea fall through? And did he really get the bus around Manchester? Your questions answered in March 2017...
Brazil That 7-1 crushing by Germany is long gone: Brazil are the first team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and are No.1 in the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years. Marcus Alves explains why they’re a side transformed
Manchester City Do footballers make good scouts? FFT spoke to former Chelsea defender and West Ham scout Emerson Thome about the transition from playing to unearthing talent.
Dribbling The Barcelona and Brazil forward talks about how small-sided games influenced his playing style
Filipe Luis The Atletico Madrid defender tells you to put in the hard yards this summer or risk paying the price next season
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