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Memórias do Chumbo – O Futebol nos Tempos do Condor

The documentary "Memórias do Chumbo – O Futebol nos Tempos do Condor", an investigation spanning 4 countries, exposed how the dictatorial governments that ruled South America from the 1960s to the 1980s infiltrated football and used it for their purposes.

João Havelange. (Photo: Nationaal Archief Fotocollectie Anefo)
João Havelange. (Photo: Nationaal Archief Fotocollectie Anefo)

It was a few years ago, but Lúcio de Castro's TV documentary has lost none of its topicality. The 4 parts (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile) are intended to exemplify the investigative, narrative and documentary power that our team unites.

In this investigation, Lúcio managed to confirm what had previously been a rumor: that João Havelange, then FIFA president and IOC member, had heeded the request of a Brazilian ambassador to secure the release of a son imprisoned in Argentina in 1978, in exchange for guaranteeing the hosting of the World Cup in that country that year. In the Brazilian chapter, he demonstrated with ample documentation how the military forces infiltrated soccer and the four-time world champion national team in 1970, even with the presence of players and officials in torture centers as accomplices. The documentary toured the world and received awards at various film festivals.

Part 1 Brazil

Part 2 Argentina

Part 3 Chile

Part 4 Uruguay