10 teenage players died in a fire at the Flamengo youth team training centre this month (BBC News). How could this possibly happen? Why does it happen so often? And why is hardly anything done about it? Beyond the actual facts of this specific case, there’s a few things to bear in mind when

This picture caught my eye on Twitter this week*. It shows how some basic things we take for granted – like taking a corner in a football match – have to be adapted to different realities. There’s lots of sadness behind it: that a player has to be protected by police shields to, well, play

I still remember when, about seven years ago, the MD of a British nursery goods company told me at a trade show in London that he wouldn’t target Latin America because “they don’t have money there – after all, don’t they all live in favelas?” *big sigh* Where do I start? Let’s give

I was recently on business in Costa Rica and Panama, two countries blessed with the most wonderful fruit in the world. Yet, the evident levels of obesity were difficult to ignore, as well as the overwhelming number of American-style fast-food restaurants. My European friends and colleagues are

If you are a frequent business traveller, you will know how to pack to almost every destination. Here I share with you five things that might not be so obvious, but that could come in handy when packing for Latin America… 1- Photo ID And I don’t mean just your passport. If you have a national

If you have done or intend to do business with Latin America, you will know that business in the region is “slow”. So I wanted to dig a little deeper for our readers and work out how “slow” is “slow” with a few real-life examples and some valuable snippets of information. The reasons

As you might know, I’m a big fan of Uruguay’s ExpoPrado – the largest agricultural show in Uruguay. And that’s partly because the show is so much more than that: it’s also the largest consumer show in the country, and a great place to test or launch products, network