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From The Brink: Peerless Lionel Messi Hat-Trick Drags Argentina To World Cup As Chile Miss Out On Goal Difference (Photos & Video)

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Timed for maximum dramatic impact, Lionel Messi produced an inspirational performance in Argentina's final World Cup qualifier to drag his nation from the brink of elimination and into the 2018 finals in Russia.

The Albiceleste began the day in sixth place, but a 3-1, last-gasp, Messi-powered victory over Ecuador saw them hurtle up into third, hence securing themselves an automatic qualification spot at the death.

World Cup Qualifying: Bolivia Striker Marcelo Moreno Joins Brazil’s Pre-Match Team Photo

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Eagle-eyed viewers of Brazil's World Cup qualifying match against Bolivia last night might have spotted a little unorthodox to-doing during the pre-match team photos.

This was because Bolivia striker Marcelo Martins ended up posing in Brazil's ensemble photo, a lone island of green amid a sea of yellow.

Brazil: Neymar, Dani Alves, Marcelo & Thiago Silva Enjoy Lively Game Of ‘Foot-Table-Head-Tennis-Ball’ In Dressing Room (Video)

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The Brazilian national team are currently congregated at the Beira Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, where the Selecao are limbering up for a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Friday evening.

After their morning session, several of the squad kept things ticking over by pairing off to take part in a little impromptu skill challenge in the dressing room.

Chelsea: Diego Costa Once Again Reiterates He Would Really, Really, Really Like To Return To Atletico Madrid If It’s At All Possible, Thank You

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Coming precisely one day after Diego Costa confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid, the AWOL Chelsea striker has re-confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid.

After being informed via text message a couple of months ago that he was no longer part of Antonio Conte's plans, Costa has hunkered down in his hometown of Lagarto, Brazil, where he apparently intends to remain until his demands are met.

Brazil: Santa Cruz Striker André Luis Injures Himself While Celebrating Opening Goal Against Criciuma (Video)

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Three days in and we've already witnessed the finest goal celebration of the week, courtesy of Santa Cruz forward Andre Luis.

Luis was Johnny-on-the-spot to put Santa Cruz ahead against Criciuma in the Brazilian second tier on Tuesday night, only to immediately do himself an extreme physical discourtesy while attempting to celebrate it.

Joan Gamper Trophy: Standing Ovations All Round As Barcelona Beat Chapecoense In Incredibly Emotional Friendly (Photos & Video)

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Chapecoense defender Neto (centre) weeps before the Joan Gamper Trophy friendly against Barcelona

Monday evening saw Barcelona play host to Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy, just nine months after the tragic plane crash that near-destroyed the Brazilian club.

As you might expect, emotions ran high throughout with the only three players to survive the disaster Jackson Follman, Neto and Alan Ruschel (all seen above) invited out onto the Camp Nou pitch before the match to perform a ceremonial kick-off.

Chapecoense To Wear Special Shirt With 71 Stars, One For Each Victim Of Tragic Air Crash, In Upcoming Friendly Against Barcelona

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As part of their collective rehabilitation, Chapecoense are due to play Barcelona in a friendly next Monday evening.

Of course, Chape saw their club decimated in November of last year when a plane carrying almost every member of their squad and staff crashed on the approach to Medellin airport in Colombia, killing 71 of the 77 people on board.

Horror Hair Hall Of Fame: Misty-Eyed Retrospective Of Neymar’s Most Ludicrous Looks, 2010-2013

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With Neymar about to make the second show-stopping enormo-move of his career, Pies thought we'd offer a timely glimpse back into his humble-ish beginnings at Santos.

Specifically, we simply fancied making fun of his old 2008-2013 hairstyles, almost all of which were astounding exercises in follicular folly.

Football Tat: Ronaldinho Launches His Own Line Of ‘Limited Edition’ Fidget Spinners (Photo)

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Already boasting his very own line of own-brand luxury condoms, it's perhaps only natural that Ronaldinho has now moved into the fidget spinner racket.

For the uninitiated, fidget spinners are basically faddy little gyroscopic-type gizmos that you spin, watch spinning, stop, then spin some more.

Brazil: Flamengo’s Paolo Guerrero Harnesses The Force To Send Bahia Defender Lucas Fonseca Flying From Several Feet Away (Video)

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"Good, good. Let the hate flow through you"

Bahia defender Lucas Fonseca managed to get himself sent-off in the early stages of his side's 0-1 defeat against Flamengo on Sunday, and in utterly ridiculous circumstances.

Having already been booked just moments before, Fonseca went leaping in on Flamengo striker Paolo Guerrero, leaving a sneaky foot in at hip height.

Who is the world’s most marketable footballer – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar?

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Lampe denies Brazil as Bolivia grab draw

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La Paz (AFP) – A superb performance by Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe frustrated Brazil here Thursday as the five-time World Cup winners were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw in their dead rubber qualification game.

With Brazil already assured of top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualification race, and Bolivia already eliminated from contention, neither side had much to play for in the thin air of La Paz.

Lampe denies Brazil as Bolivia grab draw

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La Paz (AFP) – A superb performance by Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe frustrated Brazil here Thursday as the five-time World Cup winners were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw in their dead rubber qualification game.

With Brazil already assured of top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualification race, and Bolivia already eliminated from contention, neither side had much to play for in the thin air of La Paz.

Falcao strikes as Colombia snatch Brazil draw

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Barranquilla (Colombia) (AFP) – Radamel Falcao scored a second half equaliser as Colombia snatched a 1-1 draw to halt Brazil’s remarkable run of nine consecutive World Cup qualifying victories on Tuesday.

Falcao headed home on 56 minutes to cancel out Willian’s superb opener for Brazil in a result which boosts Colombia’s hopes of qualification for next year’s finals in Russia.

Falcao strikes as Colombia snatch Brazil draw

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Barranquilla (Colombia) (AFP) – Radamel Falcao scored a second half equaliser as Colombia snatched a 1-1 draw to halt Brazil’s remarkable run of nine consecutive World Cup qualifying victories on Tuesday.

Falcao headed home on 56 minutes to cancel out Willian’s superb opener for Brazil in a result which boosts Colombia’s hopes of qualification for next year’s finals in Russia.

Brazil on top of S. America qualifiers as Chile, Argentina struggle

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Montevideo (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho shrugged off his transfer disappointment with a goal as Brazil beat Ecuador to guarantee top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race on Thursday while Chile and Argentina stumbled once more.

Liverpool star Coutinho, who had seen his hopes of a dream move to Barcelona dashed earlier Thursday as the transfer window slammed shut with no agreement, produced a scintillating second-half display in a 2-0 victory over Ecuador in Porto Alegre.

Brazil on top of S. America qualifiers as Chile, Argentina struggle

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Montevideo (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho shrugged off his transfer disappointment with a goal as Brazil beat Ecuador to guarantee top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race on Thursday while Chile and Argentina stumbled once more.

Liverpool star Coutinho, who had seen his hopes of a dream move to Barcelona dashed earlier Thursday as the transfer window slammed shut with no agreement, produced a scintillating second-half display in a 2-0 victory over Ecuador in Porto Alegre.

Pato dreams of Brazil recall after China career boost

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian star Alexandre Pato refuses to give up hope of a recall to the national side, saying he’s at the peak of his career following his move to China.

The 27-year-old forward is enjoying football and life again in the Chinese Super League, having signed for Tianjin Quanjian on an 18-million-euro transfer from Villarreal in Spain in January.

Pato dreams of Brazil recall after China career boost

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian star Alexandre Pato refuses to give up hope of a recall to the national side, saying he’s at the peak of his career following his move to China.

The 27-year-old forward is enjoying football and life again in the Chinese Super League, having signed for Tianjin Quanjian on an 18-million-euro transfer from Villarreal in Spain in January.

Neymar back to Brazil for World Cup qualifiers

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Neymar will rejoin Brazil for 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia in his first international duty since being transferred in a record setting deal from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, national coach Tite said Thursday.

Rested for the June friendlies - a 1-0 loss to Argentina and a 4-0 defeat of Australia - the 25-year-old striker will be alongside three of his new PSG teammates: Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Daniel Alves.

Neymar pledges ‘lots of trophies’ to PSG fans

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil superstar Neymar received a hero’s welcome from the Paris Saint-Germain faithful on Saturday as he vowed to win “lots of trophies” following his world record transfer.

The 25-year-old was presented to fans at the club’s Parc des Princes stadium ahead of their opening Ligue 1 match of the new campaign against Amiens.

Neymar pledges ‘lots of trophies’ to PSG fans

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil superstar Neymar received a hero’s welcome from the Paris Saint-Germain faithful on Saturday as he vowed to win “lots of trophies” following his world record transfer.

The 25-year-old was presented to fans at the club’s Parc des Princes stadium ahead of their opening Ligue 1 match of the new campaign against Amiens.

Neymar, the darling of starless Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian golden boy Neymar is riding high on a wave of unprecedented popularity at home where a year ahead of the World Cup news of his possible transfer has become an issue of national debate.

Reportedly pondering a 222-million euro ($256.8 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona, the Brazil captain showed this week why the French club would be willing to pay a world-record price to get him.

Neymar, the darling of starless Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian golden boy Neymar is riding high on a wave of unprecedented popularity at home where a year ahead of the World Cup news of his possible transfer has become an issue of national debate.

Reportedly pondering a 222-million euro ($256.8 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona, the Brazil captain showed this week why the French club would be willing to pay a world-record price to get him.

Coutinho to lead revamped Brazil against Australia

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Melbourne (AFP) – Diego Souza will replace injured striker Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho will lead rejigged Brazil in Tuesday’s friendly with Australia in Melbourne.

A replacement had to be found for Manchester City’s Jesus, who has returned home after suffering a fractured eye socket in Brazil’s 1-0 Superclasico loss to Argentina at the MCG on Friday.

Coutinho to lead revamped Brazil against Australia

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Melbourne (AFP) – Diego Souza will replace injured striker Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho will lead rejigged Brazil in Tuesday’s friendly with Australia in Melbourne.

A replacement had to be found for Manchester City’s Jesus, who has returned home after suffering a fractured eye socket in Brazil’s 1-0 Superclasico loss to Argentina at the MCG on Friday.

Transfers & Rumours

Official: Chelsea Confirm Diego Costa Is Free To Return To Atletico Madrid With Heartfelt 30-Word Statement

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It's over. It's finally... over.

Chelsea have announced that they've struck a deal with Atletico Madrid that will finally allow Diego Costa to return from whence he came.

The Blues issued a statement via their club website confirming as much, and incredibly touching it was too all 30 words of it.

Official: Barcelona Sign Tottenham Cast-Off Paulinho From Guangzhou Evergrande In €40m Wrangle

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Having just been relieved of one Brazilian superstar, Barcelona have gone and signed ex-Tottenham flop Paulinho for the princely sum of €40million.

Paulinho left Spurs to join Guangzhou Evergrande for £17million amid something of a career torpor back in July of 2015.

Any excuse to watch Paulinho's shot against Burnley again.

World Cup 2018

Where to find Brazil vs. Ecuador World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Brazil vs. Ecuador World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Brazil has the opportunity to finish top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group with a win against Ecuador. Brazil has already qualified for World Cup 2018, but Ecuador - meanwhile - are in danger of failing to qualify.

Where to find Brazil vs. Ecuador World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Brazil vs. Ecuador World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Brazil has the opportunity to finish top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group with a win against Ecuador. Brazil has already qualified for World Cup 2018, but Ecuador - meanwhile - are in danger of failing to qualify.

Videos

Chelsea: Diego Costa Spends Pre-Season Partying In Brazil While Wearing Atletico Madrid Shirt (Video)

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Diego Costa has provided us with further circumstantial evidence (if it were needed) that he won't be a Chelsea player next season.

The striker reportedly already has one foot out of the door at Stamford Bridge having seen his already fractious relationship with manager Antonio Conte dissolve to nowt over the past few weeks.

Man City: Gabriel Jesus Looks Supremely Awkward While Dancing On Crutches In Brazilian Music Video

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Not so very long ago, Gabriel Jesus was invited to make a special guest appearance in the video of anew Brazilian pop banger.

Sadly however, MC Nego Blue managed to time the shoot for his 'É Gol' video to coincide withthe Man City striker knackering his metatarsal.

Alas, the show must go on crutches or no crutches.

Keep It Tight: Brazil Score Against Australia With Just NINE Seconds On The Clock (Video)

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If it was Australia's intention to hold off Brazil for as long as possible in their friendly encounter in Melbourne, then the ploy was a resounding success ...for all of nine seconds.

Despite kicking off themselves, Australia immediately surrendered possession to Brazil with Guiliano playing in Diego Souza who steered a shot past Mitchell Langerak before the hosts even had time to realise what had happened.

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Where to find Brazil vs. Chile World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Brazil vs. Chile in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Brazil has already qualified for the World Cup, so all eyes will be on Chile who, as Copa America champions, faces the prospect of qualifying for the World Cup on Tuesday night.

On This Day in Football: Uruguay destroy Brazil, Liverpool return to Europe

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On this day in 1920, Uruguay smashed Brazil 6-0 in a Copa America match. The drubbing still remains the biggest defeat in Brazil’s history along with the 7-1 loss inflicted by Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Uruguay were two-time winners of the tournament which began in 1916.

‘It’s Okay To Dream About It’ – Watford Signing Richarlison Hopes Elton John Might Write ‘Special Song’ About Him Some Day

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Watford are hoping to capitalise on Richarlison and his famously low centre of gravity

He may have only been at Watford for five minutes, but Richarlison has already become something of a fan favourite at Vicarage Road.

The 20-year-old Brazilian striker scored the winning goal against Bournemouth on his debut last month, which is always a quick and easy way of lulling supporters into taking a instant shine.

Before Neymar: Five players who played for Barcelona and PSG

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USA v. Brazil, live stream: Time, TV channel, and how to watch USWNT online

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After a shocking loss to Australia in Seattle, the US needs a win over Brazil to stay alive in their own tournament.

Last week in the Tournament of Nations opener in Seattle, head coach Jill Ellis sent out a B-team that — outside of Megan Rapinoe, who was her usual creative and dangerous self playing in front of her home crowd — looked uninspired and toothless against a game Australia side.

Who Are the Early Front Runners for the 2018 World Cup?

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While the World Cup may still be a year away, we are already beginning to gain an understanding about who the front runners are likely to be.

The competition has come under even greater focus during the last week so, with the Confederations Cup offering a fascinating insight into how some of the early favourites are shaping up ahead of next years’ showpiece event in Russia.