THE ROADRUNNER

Butte College's Editorially Independent Student Voice

THE ROADRUNNER

Butte College's Editorially Independent Student Voice

THE ROADRUNNER

A newspaper by students, for students.
Fluminese vs Vasco at the historic Matacana stadium 
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Beyond the Top Five: A Journey into the Heart of Brazilian Football

from passionate fans to questionable on-field antics, discover what makes the Brasileirão a must-watch for any soccer enthusiast
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief April 17, 2024

Football, or soccer as some may call it, is without a doubt the biggest sport in the world. Not only is it by far the most watched sport, but many would argue it is the most entertaining as well.  From...

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“Cuca” the Pedophile Coach

Athletico Paranaense announce Alexi Stival " Cuca" as their new coach--only problem is that he is a convicted rapist.
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief March 6, 2024

March 4 marked a disgusting day for Brazilian soccer as Athletico Paranaense announced the signing of Cuca as their new head coach. The reason Cuca having a job is a shame for the whole country is because...

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Botafogo’s Road To Redemption

From a historical heartbreak to a hopeful horizon
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief February 29, 2024

From the depths of despair to the heights of ecstasy, Botafogo's journey over the last year reads like the script of an Oscar-winning drama.  The pain of Botafogo’s 2023 is still a shadow that looms...

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Beyond the Jersey

From Oakland to Dortmund, unraveling the true meaning of loving a sports team.
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief January 18, 2024

The concept of 'support' carries different meanings across different cultures. This difference is evident when comparing the world of European and South American soccer to the American sports scene. Recently,...

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A tribute to the old wolf

Brazilian legend Zagallo dies at age 92
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief January 6, 2024

On January 5, 2024, football lost one of its most iconic figures. We're here to mourn and remember Mario Zagallo, better known as the "Old Wolf," who passed away this Friday at the age of 92. Mario...

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Pixação in São Paulo 

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Pixo

Examining the 2009 documentary "PIXO" and how it demonstrates the contrast between Brazilian and American graffiti.
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief December 27, 2023

Graffiti is an illegal and rugged form of urban art. It can be found all over buildings everywhere from Rio de Janeiro to Sacramento. It's a visual language that tells a story about the places from which...

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Where Were You in 1999?

Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief December 23, 2023

Where were you in 1999? If you're reading The RoadRunner chances are you probably weren't even alive, so I’ll tell you a little bit of what the world looked like back then for two football teams in particular,...

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The Relegation Of Santos

2023: the year Pelé died, and it seems that his team has gone with him. 
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief December 19, 2023

One easy way to know who the soccer fan in the room it is by saying “Santos." That name probably makes most people think of George Santos, but any true football fan knows there’s only one true Santos...

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From Ronaldo to Richarlison: The Downfall of the Brazilian National Team

How did the creators of jogo bonito, the kings of soccer, drift so far from their throne? And how do they get it back?
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief December 4, 2023

The year is 2002. The world holds its breath as Brazil faces Germany in the World Cup final. Under the Yokohama sky, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho dazzle the world, and Ronaldo's redemption arc peaks...

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Fluminense Win The Libertadores

The tricolor Carioca finally exorcises the ghosts of their past and achieves what for so long has been their biggest obsession
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief November 4, 2023
The gods of soccer scripted an epic tale, a story that resembled an action-packed Marvel movie. The game had it all – skills, drama, fights, and overwhelming emotion. It was a true reflection of what the beautiful game means to South America, where football isn't just a sport but the essence of life. Click here to read all about the 2023 Libertadores final.
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Botafogo’s 2023 Coming to a Heartbreaking End

The Brazilian league is coming to a climatic end and the question arises, are Botafogo going to bottle it?
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief November 2, 2023
As we approach the climax of this unforgettable season, one can't help but wonder: will the underdogs, Botafogo, rise to the occasion and achieve the seemingly impossible? Or will they succumb to the plotting of the Brazilian Federation?
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Pelé

Celebrating the birthday of the greatest footballer of all time
Nathan Azevedo Espindula, Editor and Chief October 23, 2023
Pelé's impact on the world of soccer is unmatched, and on his birthday, we remember not just the man but the legacy, the inspiration, and the joy he brought to millions of hearts around the globe.
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