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Charm Offensive: Independiente Hire Local Warlock Named Manuel To Bring Them Luck In Recopa Sudamericana Tie Against Gremio (Photo)

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Having drawn the first leg 1-1 last week, Independiente made the long trip to Porto Alegre, Brazil, for the second leg of their Recopa Sudamericana tie yesterday, complete with a special guest in tow.

That man was Manuel, an obsessive Independiente fan who just so happens to operate as a neighbourhood 'brujo' a shaman/wizard/warlock/sorcerer, depending on which translation you wish to abide by.

On This Day in Football: Argentina sink Brazil, Bonetti hit by a plate of chicken

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On this day in 1946, Argentina lifted their eighth South American championship trophy by beating Brazil 2-0 at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires.

Colombia, Peru and Ecuador had withdrawn from the tournament leaving Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay to decide the title.

On This Day in Football: Brazil defeat Argentina by record score

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On this day in 1945, Brazil beat Argentina 6-2 in the Roca Cup to record their biggest win over their South American rivals.

The Roca Cup was the idea of former Argentina president, General Julio Argentino Roca, and was contested between the two countries at irregular intervals between 1914 and 1976.

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Brazil: Vitoria v Bahia Clash Abandoned After Nine Players Sent Off In Red Card Carnage (Video)

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TheBrazilian Campeonato Baiano clash between Vitoria and Bahia was abandoned after nine (yes nine) players were sent off.

The explosion of sendings-off began early in the second-half, after visitors Bahia equalised courtesy of a penalty from Vinicius, who proceeded to celebrate in front of the opposition fans.

Retro Football: Six Glorious Minutes Of Garrincha Shimmying, Feinting And Dribbling Defenders Into Oblivion (Video)

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Not sure why, but we're having a bit of a Garrincha day here on Pies, so it's only right be bring you some moving pictures of the man in motion.

A progenitor of what we'd now recognise as fundamental wing play, Garrincha's fortitude was his imperious dribbling skills, perhaps aided by the asymmetric centre of balance his various birth defects combined to create.

The Black-And-White Years: 18 Fabulous Archive Photos Of Garrincha In His Pomp

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He may have been born with a crooked left leg and scoliosis of the spine, lost his virginity to a goat at the age of 14 and died a penniless drunk, but Garrincha definitely pulled it together for long enough to become, for many, thegreatest player to have ever taken to a football pitch.

A two-time World Cup winner with Brazil, Garrincha also spent the majority of his club career at boyhood side Botafogo where, in the space of 12 seasons, he won just about everything there was to win.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Pikachu Marks Copa Libertadores Debut With Goal As Vasco Da Gama Trounce Chilean Opposition (Photo & Video)

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Pikachu keeps his eye on the Pokeball (Photo: @VascodaGama/Twitter)

There were historic scenes in the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday night as the second round tie between Vasco da Gama and Universidad da Concepcion saw a honest-to-goodness real life Pokemon play in the tournament for the very first time.

Retro Football: Romario And Edmundo Release Anti-Violence Rap Collaboration Under Pseudonym ‘Dos Bad Boys’, 1998 (Video)

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Ex-teammates Romario and Edmundo have harboured an infamously volatile relationship over the years, with the Brazilian pair rarely seeing eye to eye as players but that wasn't always the case.

Long before Romario ignited a long-running feud between the pair by hanging an unflattering caricature of Edmundo on the door to the gents' toilets of his Rio de Janeiro bar back in 1998, they were actually friends.

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho Slaloms His Way To Solo Cracker As Reds Put Four Past Bournemouth (Video)

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Liverpool romped to a 4-0 victory away toBournemouth on Sunday, with Philippe Countinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all getting on the scoresheet,

However, it was Coutinho's opener which produced the game's high-point, with the Brazilian jinking his way into the Bournemouth box before firing past Asmir Begovic.

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.

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Rafinha looking for second chance at Inter

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Milan (AFP) – Injury-plagued Barcelona midfielder Rafinha said Thursday he was looking for a second chance at Inter Milan as he seeks to make his loan move to Italy permanent.

The Brazil international was unveiled on the day Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario was poised to complete his move to West Ham on loan, with Brazilian Gabriel Barbosa moving back home to Santos.

Rafinha looking for second chance at Inter

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Milan (AFP) – Injury-plagued Barcelona midfielder Rafinha said Thursday he was looking for a second chance at Inter Milan as he seeks to make his loan move to Italy permanent.

The Brazil international was unveiled on the day Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario was poised to complete his move to West Ham on loan, with Brazilian Gabriel Barbosa moving back home to Santos.

Robinho signs for Sivasspor despite rape conviction

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Istanbul (AFP) – Brazil forward Robinho signed on Tuesday with Turkish Super Lig side Sivasspor, the club said, even though he has been sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison in Italy for rape.

Sivasspor, based in the city of Sivas in central Anatolia, said the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester City player signed the one-and-a-half year deal in a ceremony at its stadium after passing a medical.

Robinho signs for Sivasspor despite rape conviction

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Istanbul (AFP) – Brazil forward Robinho signed on Tuesday with Turkish Super Lig side Sivasspor, the club said, even though he has been sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison in Italy for rape.

Sivasspor, based in the city of Sivas in central Anatolia, said the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester City player signed the one-and-a-half year deal in a ceremony at its stadium after passing a medical.

From obscurity to superstar status, Coutinho’s rise is complete

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London (AFP) – When Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool in 2013, the Brazil forward was so lightly regarded that his signing was overshadowed by the arrival of Daniel Sturridge at Anfield earlier that month.

But five years later, Coutinho has become such a formidable force that his departure will be mourned by Liverpool fans around the world if Barcelona complete their bid to land the Reds star in a blockbuster transfer that could reportedly be worth up to 160 million euros ($192 million).

Brazil’s road to redemption faces Euro resistance in Russia

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Madrid (AFP) – A rejuvenated Brazil looking to heal the wounds of home soil humiliation four years ago will lead the South American charge for the World Cup in 2018, but a slew of European powerhouses stand in the way of redemption in Russia.

Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 en route to becoming world champions four years ago and will also be comfortable with their surroundings, having added the Confederations Cup to their honours list in Russia earlier this year.

Chinese footballers come to Brazil for extra polish

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Porto Feliz (Brazil) (AFP) – Arriving in Brazil, Chinese footballer Long Yushuo took on the more easily pronounced name Thomas, but it’s the locals’ skills with the ball that he’s really hoping to adopt.

Thomas, 16, is one of a squad of youth players from Chinese team Shandong Luneng dispatched to polish their game at Desportivo Brasil club in Porto Feliz, near Sao Paulo, which Shandong bought in 2014.

Neymar ready to face Rennes says Emery

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar, who made a three-day trip to Brazil earlier in the week, should be ready to play for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 this weekend, manager Unai Emery said on Friday.

Neymar flew home to Brazil for three days because of a “family problem” and returned to France on Wednesday.

Neymar to miss PSG Cup tie after returning to Brazil

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain will again be without Neymar for their League Cup tie at Strasbourg on Wednesday, the club confirmed.

Coach Unai Emery confirmed on Monday that the world’s most expensive player had been allowed to return to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter.

Neymar to miss PSG Cup tie after returning to Brazil

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain will again be without Neymar for their League Cup tie at Strasbourg on Wednesday, the club confirmed.

Coach Unai Emery confirmed on Monday that the world’s most expensive player had been allowed to return to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter.

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.

English Premier League

Arsenal & Tottenham set to compete for Brazilian winger’s signature

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Arsenal prepared to table £35m to lure Alexis Sanchez’s replacement

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Chelsea and Manchester United showing interest in 21-year-old Brazilian

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Chelsea and Manchester United have joined Barcelona in keeping a watchful eye on Gremio midfielder, Arthur.

According to Daily Mail, the Catalan giants looked favourites to clinch the youngsters signature after he met with Barcelona officials – He was also pictured in their famous red and blue shirt.

Arsenal hoping to sign this technically gifted Barcelona player in January

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Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is looking for a move away from the Camp Nou due to a lack of first team opportunities, according to Spanish publication Sport.

Three clubs are believed to be ready to battle it out for the Brazilian during the January Transfer window.

The 24-year-old has found life difficult in recent years due to suffering a catalogue of injuries.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to join FC Barcelona in £142 million mega-deal

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It's been on the cards for over half a season but it now appears the saga is coming to an end. According to several well-sourced reports, Liverpool have finally agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho...

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Barcelona ready to pay £132M to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool

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Few can argue that football has gone absolutely mad nowadays, with the amounts being thrown around for players in transfer markets.

It seems like Barcelona aren’t yet satisfied with how they’ve splashed out the £198 million in transfer fees received for Neymar last summer. They spent £97 of those in bringing in Ousmane Dembele, the Borussia Dortmund man who certainly has a lot of talent but is miles away from being the finished product.

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Senhor Senator: Ronaldinho Reportedly Plotting Shock Move Into Politics With Run For Public Office In Brazil

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Having all but retired from competitive football some time ago, it appears Ronaldinho is now preparing a surprise move into the world of politics surprising because politics generally requires quite a lot of graft, a propensity for which the Brazilian isn't exactly renowned.

‘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.