Tim Vickery

Tim Vickery
Born (1965-05-25) 25 May 1965
London, England
Occupation Football journalist
Years active 1994–
Employer Freelance
Notable credit(s) BBC Sport, World Soccer, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Redação SporTV

Tim Vickery (born 25 May 1965) is a freelance English football journalist, who has lived in Brazil since 1994.[1][2] He is the South American football correspondent for BBC Sport, contributing to the corporation's output online, on TV and radio.[3][4] Vickery frequently writes for World Soccer, ESPN and Sports Illustrated and he is also an analyst on SporTV's main morning programme, Redação SporTV.[5]

Early life

After leaving school, he took a series of jobs, ranging from menswear shop assistant, labourer, comedy writer, box office assistant and finally a theatre manager in Brazil's favelas.[6] 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, 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 Brazilian football fanzines.


Today Vickery is perhaps best known for his work on The World Football Phone-in,[7] which airs weekly, hosted by Dotun Adebayo, 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[8]). On the show Vickery is known as the 'Legendinho' or 'Vikipedia' for his vast knowledge of football in Brazil.

Vickery starred in the 2006 UK TV show 'International Football factories' with Danny Dyer, a documentary about football hooligans in Brazil.

As of 2008, Vickery is Brazilian correspondent for World Soccer Daily and continues his role on World Football Daily, the video podcast that replaced WSD. Since May 2011, he published weekly news on Sambafoot.com website.[9] He occasionally appears on football discussion programmes on the Brazilian television channel SporTV.[10]

Vickery appeared as a pundit on the BBC, throughout their coverage of the 2014 World Cup during which time saw his number of Twitter followers double in size.

Vickery cites as his main journalistic influences the “old style” of Brian Glanville, whose “international consciousness” always appealed, as well as the “social consciousness” of Hugh McIlvanney, formerly of The Sunday Times.[11]

Personal life

Originally from Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, Vickery lives with his girlfriend and two stepdaughters in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to his native English, he is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish. Vickery has supported Tottenham Hotspur F.C. since childhood.


  1. "The Tim Vickery Interview- The Answers are In !!!". CrickeTime. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  2. "Blog Archive » Tim Vickery on Brazilian Soccer". Culture of Soccer. 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  3. "Tim Vickery". BBC. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  4. "Tim Vickery column: Brazil braced for more World Cup protests". 19 May 2014 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. "World Soccer Brazil Dispatches". Worldsoccer.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  6. "FWA Q&A: Tim Vickery - Football Writers' Association". www.footballwriters.co.uk.
  7. "Podcasts - 5 live's World Football Phone-in". BBC. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  8. "Radio 5 live Programmes - Up All Night". BBC. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  9. "Brazil is not for beginners". Sambafoot.com. 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  10. Vickery, Tim. "Brazil is not for beginners". Sambafoot. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  11. http://the-trawler.com/2012/01/30/trawlermeets-the-legendinho/
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