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Ronaldinho Nonchalantly Scores From Inside Own Half During Brazilian Exhibition Match (Video)

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While not officially retired from professional football, Ronaldinho is mainly keeping his eye in these days by playing futsal and taking part in endless exhibition matches.

On Sunday afternoon, the 37-year-old Brazilian icon turned out in a benefit match at the Pacaembu Stadium in Sao Paulo, where he once again delighted the punters with an effervescent cavalcade of skills and finesse.

Brass Neck: Veteran Brazil Winger Denilson Lights Up Friendly Game With Cheeky Improvised Dribble (Video)

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A player who famously never quite lived up to his 1998 billing as the world's most expensive player when he signed for Real Betis, Denilson was still a fantastic player.

Now 40, the 2002 World Cup winner is still a wizard with the ball, as shown by some dazzling skills during a recent star-studded Brazilian friendly game.

‘I Think It’s Over’ – Lanus Defender Jose Luis Gomez, 24, Considering Retirement After Error Leads To Gremio’s Opening Goal In Copa Libertadores Final

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Gremio won their first Copa Libertadores title in 22 years after beating Lanus 2-1 in the second leg of the final on Wednesday evening, thus tying up a 3-1 overall victory.

Both of the Brazilian side's goals came early, with Fernandinho and Luan striking before the half-time break before Jose Sand eventually pulled one back for the Argentinian hosts with a 72nd-minute penalty.

Brazil: Roberto Carlos Admits His Famous ‘Banana’ Freekick Against France In 1997 Was A Wind-Assisted Fluke

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Like arriving at the stark realisation that the middle-aged man doling out Kinder Eggs and cuddles in the back of his boarded up Transit van probably wasn't the Easter Bunny after all, Roberto Carlos has delivered a thundering hammer blow to Pies' already faltering grasp of all we assume to be true.

Brazil Coach Tite Makes Neymar Cry While Gushing About His ‘Big Heart’ In Post-Match Press Conference (Video)

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Things took a turn for the emotional shortly after Brazil comfortably saw off Japan in Friday's tea-time international friendly kick-off.

Having opened the scoring with a 10th-minute penalty, Neymar then missed another just a few minutes later before eventually being replaced by Douglas Costa for the latter stages at Lille's half-empty Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

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Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Neymar’s Brazil confident ahead of World Cup draw

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil are full of confidence ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw in Russia - and it’s not all just about Neymar.

Coming back after the mother of all humiliations in that 7-1 defeat to Germany while hosting the tournament in 2014, Brazil are once more among the top contenders.

Neymar’s Brazil confident ahead of World Cup draw

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil are full of confidence ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw in Russia - and it’s not all just about Neymar.

Coming back after the mother of all humiliations in that 7-1 defeat to Germany while hosting the tournament in 2014, Brazil are once more among the top contenders.

Former Brazil keeper Cesar leaves Benfica

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Lisbon (AFP) – Former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has left Portuguese champions Benfica after his contract was ended by mutual agreement on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old had served as second-choice last season to the now-Manchester City keeper Ederson Moraes, but slipped below Bruno Varela and Belgian teenager Mile Svilar in the pecking order this term.

Former Brazil keeper Cesar leaves Benfica

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Lisbon (AFP) – Former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has left Portuguese champions Benfica after his contract was ended by mutual agreement on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old had served as second-choice last season to the now-Manchester City keeper Ederson Moraes, but slipped below Bruno Varela and Belgian teenager Mile Svilar in the pecking order this term.

Brazil striker Robinho given nine-year term in Italy for rape

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Rome (AFP) – Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports Thursday.

The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when the Brazilian was playing for Milan in Serie A.

Brazil striker Robinho given nine-year term in Italy for rape

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Rome (AFP) – Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports Thursday.

The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when the Brazilian was playing for Milan in Serie A.

Brazil striker Robinho handed nine-year term for rape

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Rome (AFP) – Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy on Thursday after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports.

The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan in Serie A.

Brazil striker Robinho handed nine-year term for rape

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Rome (AFP) – Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy on Thursday after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports.

The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan in Serie A.

Gremio edge clear in Copa Libertadores final

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Porto Alegre (Brazil) (AFP) – Substitute Cicero scored the only goal as Brazilian side Gremio defeated Argentina’s Lanus 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday.

A stormy encounter in Porto Alegre was settled seven minutes from time when Cicero pounced on a headed knockdown by Jael.

Gremio edge clear in Copa Libertadores final

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Porto Alegre (Brazil) (AFP) – Substitute Cicero scored the only goal as Brazilian side Gremio defeated Argentina’s Lanus 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday.

A stormy encounter in Porto Alegre was settled seven minutes from time when Cicero pounced on a headed knockdown by Jael.

Brazil’s scouts search for future Neymars

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – At a trial for youngsters at Rio de Janeiro’s Vasco de Gama football club, Vanessa Dias pushed through the bushes to glimpse her 12-year-old son Caua, nervously hoping that he’d just taken his first step to the big time.

About 200 other children aged nine to 17 were taking part in the trial on a basic football pitch in northern Rio under the watch of scouts from the club, one of Brazil’s biggest.

Brazil’s scouts search for future Neymars

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – At a trial for youngsters at Rio de Janeiro’s Vasco de Gama football club, Vanessa Dias pushed through the bushes to glimpse her 12-year-old son Caua, nervously hoping that he’d just taken his first step to the big time.

About 200 other children aged nine to 17 were taking part in the trial on a basic football pitch in northern Rio under the watch of scouts from the club, one of Brazil’s biggest.

Young England stifle Neymar’s Brazil

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London (AFP) – Neymar and his Brazil colleagues were held to a frustrating goalless draw after a spirited display by a callow England team in Tuesday’s friendly match at Wembley Stadium.

Brazil coach Tite was able to name a first-choice starting XI, but despite the presence of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho in the visitors’ line-up, they tested England goalkeeper Joe Hart only three times.

Young England stifle Neymar’s Brazil

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London (AFP) – Neymar and his Brazil colleagues were held to a frustrating goalless draw after a spirited display by a callow England team in Tuesday’s friendly match at Wembley Stadium.

Brazil coach Tite was able to name a first-choice starting XI, but despite the presence of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho in the visitors’ line-up, they tested England goalkeeper Joe Hart only three times.

England among World Cup favourites, says Brazil’s Tite

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London (AFP) – Brazil coach Tite views England as one of the favourites to win next year’s World Cup and believes the cosmopolitan nature of the Premier League has benefited their national team.

England manager Gareth Southgate successfully blooded several new players in Friday’s 0-0 friendly draw with Germany and will again be obliged to field an inexperienced team against Brazil on Tuesday due to injuries.

Southgate ponders captaincy change against Brazil

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate is considering changing captain for Tuesday’s friendly international against Brazil as he looks to increase his side’s stock of leaders ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Southgate has been happy to rotate the leadership during his time in charge of the national side, with Eric Dier becoming the sixth England captain of his tenure during an encouraging goalless draw in a friendly with world champions Germany at Wembley on Friday.

Southgate ponders captaincy change against Brazil

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate is considering changing captain for Tuesday’s friendly international against Brazil as he looks to increase his side’s stock of leaders ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Southgate has been happy to rotate the leadership during his time in charge of the national side, with Eric Dier becoming the sixth England captain of his tenure during an encouraging goalless draw in a friendly with world champions Germany at Wembley on Friday.

Japan coach laments ‘naivety’ in Brazil loss

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic rued his team’s “naivety” after losing to Brazil but insisted there were plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next year’s World Cup.

First-half goals from Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus condemned Japan to a 3-1 defeat - their 10th in 12 meetings with Brazil - in Lille despite a much-improved display after the interval.

Japan coach laments ‘naivety’ in Brazil loss

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic rued his team’s “naivety” after losing to Brazil but insisted there were plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next year’s World Cup.

First-half goals from Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus condemned Japan to a 3-1 defeat - their 10th in 12 meetings with Brazil - in Lille despite a much-improved display after the interval.

Brazil, France impress, England in Germany stalemate

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar starred as Brazil ramped up their World Cup preparations with a 3-1 win over Japan on Friday, while France saw off Wales 2-0 in Paris and a new-look England held Germany 0-0 at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku became his country’s equal all-time record goalscorer as Belgium played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Mexico in Brussels.

Brazil, France impress, England in Germany stalemate

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar starred as Brazil ramped up their World Cup preparations with a 3-1 win over Japan on Friday, while France saw off Wales 2-0 in Paris and a new-look England held Germany 0-0 at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku became his country’s equal all-time record goalscorer as Belgium played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Mexico in Brussels.

Neymar, Brazil roll aside Japan with video help

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Neymar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil signalled their intent ahead of next year’s World Cup by outclassing Japan 3-1 in Friday’s international friendly in Lille.

The Paris Saint-Germain star rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick following consultation with the video assistant referee, although Neymar saw a second penalty saved shortly after by Eiji Kawashima.

Neymar, Brazil roll aside Japan with video help

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Neymar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil signalled their intent ahead of next year’s World Cup by outclassing Japan 3-1 in Friday’s international friendly in Lille.

The Paris Saint-Germain star rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick following consultation with the video assistant referee, although Neymar saw a second penalty saved shortly after by Eiji Kawashima.

Stars on show for Brazil in Japan test

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian stars, including the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, face Japan in Lille on Friday as both nations ramp up their preparations for the 2018 World Cup.

Brazil were the first team - aside from hosts Russia - to clinch their place at next year’s finals after romping through South American qualifying, while Japan will make a sixth straight appearance at the global showpiece.

Brazil’s Marquinhos at home ahead of Japan clash

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil’s Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos admitted he felt “very emotional” after training with his international teammates at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday ahead of their friendly against Japan.

The Brazil squad are using the Paris club as their headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday before heading off for Friday’s international friendly at Lille, in northern France.

Chapecoense

‘United By Fate, Friends Forever’ – Torino Will Pay Tribute To Chapecoense By Wearing Special Green Shirts Against Atalanta This Weekend

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Almost exactly a year to the day, Torino have announced that they plan to honour the victims of the Chapecoense plane crash during their Serie A fixture this coming weekend.

Some 71 people lost their lives when Chape's team plane went down in the hills outside Medellin, Colombia on 28th November, 2016, leaving just six survivors.

Chapecoense ‘Keeper Jackson Follmann Takes Part In First Training Session Since Losing Leg In Devastating Plane Crash (Photo)

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Jackson Follman was one of just six survivors of the devastating air crash that claimed the lives of 71 people when a plane flying the Chapecoense first team into Medellin airport went down in the rural hills outside the Colombian city.

The Brazilian club was near-decimated, but immediately came fighting back from the brink, fulfilling (and winning) aCopa Libertadores fixture just three months later with two of the survivors defender Neto and winger Alan Ruschel – named in the match-day squad.

England

England: Dominic Solanke Admits It Would Be ‘Crazy’ For Him To Play Against Brazil At Wembley

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Dominic Solanke has admitted it would be "crazy" for him to play for England against Brazil after being drafted into Gareth Southgate's squad as injury cover.

Solanke played for the Under-21s in a friendly against Ukraine on Friday, only to be called into the senior side the following day along with fellow newbies Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook to help offset a raft of drop-outs.

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

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

England and Brazil have already qualified for the World Cup next summer, so Tuesday’s sold-out match at Wembley Stadium in London will be a perfect opportunity for both teams to build their confidence ahead of Russia 2018.

Tottenham’s Eric Dier to captain England vs Brazil

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier will captain England in tomorrow's friendly against Brazil at Wembley. Dier skippered Gareth...

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Liverpool’s Dom Solanke joins England squad to play Brazil

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Liverpool striker Dom Solanke has been added to the England squad for the friendly against Brazil. The former Chelsea youngster, aged 20, had been in...

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On This Day in Football: Bournemouth striker sets Cup record, Socrates returns

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On this day in 1971, Third Division club Bournemouth thrashed Southern League side Margate 11-0 in the first round of the FA Cup with nine of the goals coming from Ted MacDougall.

MacDougall scored five of his nine goals of the game in the first half which prompted Margate manager to jokingly request his Bournemouth counterpart to substitute MacDougall for the second half.

Timothy Weah chosen as part of select PSG youngsters to train with Brazil National Team

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A young American star was gifted a unique opportunity on Monday.

American youth international Timothy Weah was one of a select few Paris Saint-Germain players that trained with the Brazil National Team ahead of their friendlies against Japan and England.

Weah was joined by PSG reservesColin Dagda and Claudio Gomes as well as two players from the under-19 team, Moussa Sissako andLoïc Mbe Soh.