|Born||25 May 1965|
Tim Vickery (born 25 May 1965) is a freelance English football journalist, who has lived in Brazil since 1994. He currently serves as the South American football correspondent for BBC Sport, writing a weekly column for the corporation online. Vickery frequently writes for World Soccer and Sports Illustrated and he is also an analyst on SporTV's main morning programme, Redação SporTV.
After leaving school, he took a series of jobs, ranging from menswear shop assisant, labourer, comedy writer, box office assistant and finally a theatre manager in London's West End Theatre land. There he met a series of international performance people, becoming fascinated with the Brazilian pre-occupation with football.
As a result, in 1994 having trained as a TEFL teacher, he left the UK and travelled to Brazil to teach English language, learn the local language and immerse himself in Brazilian football. Supporting himself through his TEFL income, he started writing a series of articles for various football fanzines.
Today he is perhaps best known for his work on The World Football Phone-in, which airs weekly as part of Up All Night on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday mornings (2.00-4.00 am UK, 9.00-11.00 pm ET). On the show Vickery is known as the 'Legendinho' or 'Vikipedia' for his vast knowledge of Football in Brazil and South America.
As of 2008, Tim Vickery is South American correspondent for World Soccer Daily continues his role on World Football Daily, the video podcast that replaced WSD. Since May 2011, he published weekly news on Sambafoot.com website. He occasionally appears on football discussion programmes on the Brazilian television channel SporTV.
Vickery cites as his main influences the “old style” of Brian Glanville, whose “international consciousness” always appealed, as well as the “social consciousness” of The Sunday Times’ Hugh McIlvanney. He supports Tottenham Hotspur F.C..
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- Tim Vickery's BBC blog
- Sports Illustrated Archive
- Tim Vickery's The World Game blog
- World Football Phone-in Podcast
- Sports Illustrated Archive
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