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Neymar out until at least May 17, eyes ‘dream’ World Cup 

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Sao Paulo (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar said Tuesday that he won’t be back playing at least until the second half of May, when he is scheduled to have his final medical exam following foot surgery.

“There isn’t an exact date yet. I have the last exam, if I’m not mistaken, I’m not sure, on May 17,” the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward told a press conference in Sao Paulo.

Neymar out until at least May 17, eyes ‘dream’ World Cup 

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Sao Paulo (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar said Tuesday that he won’t be back playing at least until the second half of May, when he is scheduled to have his final medical exam following foot surgery.

“There isn’t an exact date yet. I have the last exam, if I’m not mistaken, I’m not sure, on May 17,” the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward told a press conference in Sao Paulo.

Pele confident Neymar can lead Brazil at World Cup

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Dubai (AFP) – Brazilian legend Pele says he is confident about Brazil’s chances at the upcoming World Cup and expects injured star Neymar to be fully fit to lead the side in Russia.

Speaking to AFP in Dubai, the 77-year-old, who has been in ailing health recently, put his faith in Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar’s ability to recover from a fractured foot in time to lead Brazil to a possible sixth global football title.

Brazil World Cup boost as Neymar to return in “two, three weeks”

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Bordeaux (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is convalescing in Brazil after surgery on his injured right foot, will be back “in two to three weeks,” the club’s coach Unai Emery said on Friday.

“I spoke with him this week, he’s good, relaxed,” Emery said.

Emery was speaking in Bordeaux where PSG, shorn of their biggest star, face Monaco on Saturday in the French League Cup final.

Jesus pushes Aguero for Man City starting spot

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus returns to Premier League action following a triumphant international outing with Brazil, uncertain over his starting place in a Manchester City side that could be just two games from clinching the title.

The 20-year-old forward scored the only goal of the friendly between Brazil and world champions Germany on Tuesday, suggesting that after spending the first two months of 2018 recovering from a knee injury, he could be about to enjoy a breakout tournament at the World Cup.

Jesus pushes Aguero for Man City starting spot

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus returns to Premier League action following a triumphant international outing with Brazil, uncertain over his starting place in a Manchester City side that could be just two games from clinching the title.

The 20-year-old forward scored the only goal of the friendly between Brazil and world champions Germany on Tuesday, suggesting that after spending the first two months of 2018 recovering from a knee injury, he could be about to enjoy a breakout tournament at the World Cup.

World Cup hopefuls Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany

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Paris (AFP) – Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee.

World Cup hopefuls Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany

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Paris (AFP) – Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee.

Below strength Germany serious for Brazil – Boateng

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Berlin (AFP) – Jerome Boateng insists Germany see Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil in Berlin as an important test despite coach Joachim Loew planning a string of changes.

Loew revealed that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen will be rested, leaving Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno to play a half each at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

‘Ghost’ of 7-1 Germany mauling still haunts Brazil: Tite

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Berlin (AFP) – Brazil coach Tite says the “ghost” of their 7-1 mauling by Germany at the 2014 World Cup still haunts the ‘Selecao’, as the teams prepare to meet on Tuesday.

Brazil suffered their heaviest home defeat when Germany hit four goals in six devastating first-half minutes of the Belo Horizonte semi-final nearly four years ago.

Brazil are better but will still miss Neymar – Germany’s Sane

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Berlin (AFP) – Brazil are one of the favourites for the 2018 World Cup, but injury to superstar Neymar still weakens the ‘Selecao’, Germany winger Leroy Sane said Sunday.

“Brazil aren’t as dependent on Neymar as they were in 2014,” said Manchester City winger Sane.

“They are better positioned and have a few new stars, but it still makes a big difference whether Neymar plays or not.

Brazil are better but will still miss Neymar – Germany’s Sane

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Berlin (AFP) – Brazil are one of the favourites for the 2018 World Cup, but injury to superstar Neymar still weakens the ‘Selecao’, Germany winger Leroy Sane said Sunday.

“Brazil aren’t as dependent on Neymar as they were in 2014,” said Manchester City winger Sane.

“They are better positioned and have a few new stars, but it still makes a big difference whether Neymar plays or not.

Brazil, missing Neymar, brush World Cup hosts Russia aside

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Moscow (AFP) – Five-time world champions Brazil showed no signs of missing Neymar as they fine-tuned preparations for this year’s World Cup with a confident 3-0 victory over tournament hosts Russia on Friday.

Inter Milan full-back Miranda scored the opener while Barcelona midfielder pair Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho scored one apiece at Moscow’s renovated Luzhniki stadium where the World Cup final will be played.

Russia test World Cup mettle against Brazil and France

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Moscow (AFP) – World Cup hosts Russia will test their World Cup mettle in two tough friendlies against Brazil and France that just might lift team spirits after a rash of bad injuries.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov lined up the trophy favourites to brace his men for the pressure of living up to Vladimir Putin’s expectations on home ground.

Russia test World Cup mettle against Brazil and France

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Moscow (AFP) – World Cup hosts Russia will test their World Cup mettle in two tough friendlies against Brazil and France that just might lift team spirits after a rash of bad injuries.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov lined up the trophy favourites to brace his men for the pressure of living up to Vladimir Putin’s expectations on home ground.

In the snow without Neymar, Brazil brace for Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Training between mounds of snow without Neymar, Brazil may be forgiven for feeling out of their element as they prepare to face hosts Russia in their penultimate World Cup warmup.

The most expensive football player on the planet is back home, celebrating his sister’s birthday with his famous right foot recovering from surgery in a protective boot.

Brazil suffer World Cup blow as Filipe Luis breaks leg

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Madrid (AFP) – Brazil’s World Cup preparations have suffered a blow with serious injury to Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.

He had been preferred over Juventus’ Alex Sandro in Brazil coach Tite’s squad released Thursday for the upcoming friendlies against France and World Cup hosts Russia.

Brazil suffer World Cup blow as Filipe Luis breaks leg

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Madrid (AFP) – Brazil’s World Cup preparations have suffered a blow with serious injury to Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.

He had been preferred over Juventus’ Alex Sandro in Brazil coach Tite’s squad released Thursday for the upcoming friendlies against France and World Cup hosts Russia.

Brazil experiment for friendlies without Neymar

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian coach Tite on Monday made the best of injured star Neymar’s forced absence by bringing new names into the national squad for friendlies against Russia and Germany.

Those games on March 23 and 27 will be Brazil’s last warm-ups before heading to their base in Sochi, southern Russia, for the World Cup starting June 14.

Brazil experiment for friendlies without Neymar

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian coach Tite on Monday made the best of injured star Neymar’s forced absence by bringing new names into the national squad for friendlies against Russia and Germany.

Those games on March 23 and 27 will be Brazil’s last warm-ups before heading to their base in Sochi, southern Russia, for the World Cup starting June 14.

‘Fighter’ Neymar will be fine for World Cup – Jesus

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London (AFP) – Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus backed Brazilian international team-mate Neymar to make a full recovery in time to lead his country’s bid to win a sixth World Cup.

Neymar underwent surgery in Brazil last week to repair a broken bone in his foot just over three months from the tournament getting underway in Russia.

‘Fighter’ Neymar will be fine for World Cup – Jesus

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London (AFP) – Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus backed Brazilian international team-mate Neymar to make a full recovery in time to lead his country’s bid to win a sixth World Cup.

Neymar underwent surgery in Brazil last week to repair a broken bone in his foot just over three months from the tournament getting underway in Russia.

For down-at-luck Brazilian football club, dreams live on

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Tiny Sao Cristovao Football Club gave Ronaldo “the Phenomenon” his start and a quarter century later manager Antonio Carlos Dias hasn’t given up dreaming that he might discover Brazil’s next superstar.

Viewed from the club’s weatherbeaten grandstand in a gritty part of Rio de Janeiro, Dias’ ambition might sound far-fetched.

Brazil superstars to hit the beach for World Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Brazil’s squad of superstars will spend the World Cup in luxury staying at an exclusive beachfront hotel built by Stalin for the Communist Party elite in the “Soviet Riviera”.

The five-star Swisshotel Sochi Kamelia is a gated property hidden from fans and reporters by the Black Sea on one side and a lush private park with firs and palm trees on the other.

South America

Chapecoense: New Away Kit Will Feature Colombian Flag As Thank-You To The Nation For Support In Aftermath Of Tragic Plane Crash (Photo)

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Brazilian side Chapecoense have revealed their new away kit will proudly sport the colours of the Colombian flag as a demonstration of their gratitude to the entire country for the love and support the club received in the wake of the tragic plane crash that nearly wiped out their entire team.

China Cup: Luis Suarez Wallops Away Opener Against Czech Republic, Becomes First Uruguay Player To Reach 50 International Goals (Video)

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With Wales kicking off the China Cup with a 6-0 rogering of the hosts on Thursday afternoon, the other two competing nations Uruguay and Czech Republic followed suit today.

Just eight minutes in, Luis Suarez went a-sprawlin' to win La Celeste a penalty before duly smacking the resulting spot-kick past Jiri Pavlenka from 12 yards.

‘I’m Not Proud Of It, But It Helped Me Relax’ – Ronaldo Reveals Cunning Strategy Behind World Cup 2002 Horror Hair

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To this day, it remains one of the most derided haircuts in World Cup history and now, 16 years on, Ronaldo has revealed the cunning plan behind that most dodgy of all barnets his incomplete crop at the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.

‘The Most Vivid Yellow For 20 Years’ – Nike Release New Brazil Home And Away Kits For 2018 World Cup (Photos)

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Nike have finally furnished us with the brand new togs Brazil will be wearing at the World Cup this summer.

The home kit features a new shirt which Nike assure us is rendered in the brightest and most vivid shade of yellow that the Selecao have sported for over 20 years.

Indeed, the designers took a trip to the Football Museum in Sao Paulo and used a colour swatch book to match the exact 'Samba Gold' hue of the shirts Brazil wore while winning the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

‘I Hope My Teacher Understands’ – Santos Wunderkind Rodrygo Skips School To Become Youngest Goalscorer In Copa Libertadores History

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There's a new 'New Neymar' in town and his name is Rodrygo Goes, the prodigious teenage sensation currently making a stir at Santos.

At just 17 years, two months and six days old, Rodrygo became the youngest ever player to score in the Copa Libertadores after finding the net in Santos' 3-1 win over Nacional of Uruguay on Thursday evening.

English Premier League

Arsenal keen to land discarded Chelsea winger in the summer

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Bayern Munich pave way for Arsenal to snag £50m-rated winger

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On This Day in Football: Mighty Plymouth stun Pele’s Santos

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On this day in 1973, Third Division side Plymouth Argyle beat Santos 3-2 in a friendly at Home Park.

Back then, Santos with players like Pele, Carlos Alberto and Edu in their ranks, embarked upon world tours to play friendlies with clubs as a means to make more money. The Brazilians were world champions, having won the World Cup in 1970 and Pele was the best player in the world.

Arsenal target says his ‘dream’ is to play elsewhere

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Germany

International Friendly Rewind: Brazil edges Germany, Spain trounces Argentina, and more

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International friendlies came to a close on Tuesday with many of June's World Cup sides in action. For most countries that qualified for this summer's tournament, this international break allowed coaches another chance to make decisions for their rosters. For teams that are did not qualify, it was a chance to start a period of transition as they look towards the future.

Where to find Germany vs. Brazil friendly on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. Brazil in a friendly, you’ve come to the right place.

After Germany’s 1-1 draw against Spain on Saturday and Brazil’s convincing win against Russia, the two soccer powerhouses face each other on Tuesday in what will be a must-watch game for soccer fans in the United States.

Where to find Germany vs. Brazil friendly on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. Brazil in a friendly, you’ve come to the right place.

After Germany’s 1-1 draw against Spain on Saturday and Brazil’s convincing win against Russia, the two soccer powerhouses face each other on Tuesday in what will be a must-watch game for soccer fans in the United States.

Russia

Monday Freedom Kicks: United and Spirit lose, Brazil outlasts Russia, and more

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Happy Monday folks. Because of my trip to North Carolina for the United States-Paraguay friendly, I'm rocking Monday this week. Thanks to Ryan, who was gracious enough to help me by switching Freedom Kicks this week. Now, let's kickstart the week with the news from the weekend:

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Where to find Russia vs. Brazil friendly on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Russia vs. Brazil in a friendly, you’ve come to the right place.

In Friday’s game at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Brazil will gain valuable experience in playing in Russia ahead of this summer’s World Cup tournament.

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The Rest

Wednesday Kickoff: Aguero unlikely to be fit by World Cup, Neymar ready for Russia and more

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The World Cup is coming into focus for several big stars.

Argentina Football Association doctor Homero D'Agostino says he does not expect Sergio Aguero to be fit for the start of the World Cup. (REPORT)

Neymar says he expects to be "better than I was before" by the start of the World Cup after missing extended time due to foot injury.

Stephen Hawking Once Scientifically Calculated England’s Chances Of Winning The World Cup – ‘They Couldn’t Hit A Cow’s Arse With A Banjo’

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While not the most ardent fan of the beautiful game, Professor Stephen Hawking did once enjoy a brief dalliance with the footballing world when he was asked to work out the chances of England romping to glory at the 2014 World Cup.

Hawking then set about analysing data from 45 England matches all the way back to 1966 data regarding tactics, psychological strain, penalty conversion rates, political climates in host nations and even the temperature and weather conditions in which the games were played.