Brazilian National team


Neymar arrives at hospital for foot operation

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Belo Horizonte (Brazil) (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar arrived in hospital Friday for an operation to mend the broken bone in his right foot that has ended his season at Paris Saint-Germain and overshadowed Brazil’s World Cup preparations.

The world’s most expensive football player landed late in the evening at Belo Horizonte’s airport, then immediately drove with his entourage to the Mater Dei hospital, AFP reporters said.

Brazil waits nervously for Neymar’s foot operation

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Belo Horizonte (Brazil) (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar was due to fly into Belo Horizonte later Friday for surgery to mend a broken bone in his right foot, while an anxious footballing nation wondered if its World Cup build-up will also need urgent care.

Neymar, the world’s most expensive football player, struck a relaxed pose, putting up a picture on Instagram of himself in a wheelchair with his actress girlfriend Bruna Marquezine sitting on his lap and kissing him.

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.

Brazil Sack Dunga After Copa America Disaster

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So much for Federations not putting much importance on the Copa America results. Just two days after seeing his side losing 1-0 to Peru, Dunga has been sacked as the Brazil manager, a result that saw the Samba Boys fail to reach the knockout phase for the first time since 1987.

Dunga, who was sacked from his first spell in charge of the Selecao after their last-eight exit at the 2010 World Cup, said after the Peru game:

"The president of the federation knows what we do and how we work.

Goal Scoring Goalie?

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Perhaps unknown to soccer fans outside of Brazil, Rogério Ceni is somewhat of a legend in Brazil, especially to fans of São Paulo FC, the team he's played at his entire professional career (since 1993). Ceni is known for being extremely loyal to São Paulo: he holds the record for most matches played as captain of a single team (950), player who has most won with a single team (590 victories), and most matches played for a single team (1207).

Confederations Cup: Brazil vs Uruguay (Your Running Commentary)

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With emotions high inside and outside of the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the Brazilian National Team takes the field on Wednesday to face a nearby rival in Uruguay (3pm, ESPN/ESPN3) in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

In addition to regular meetings in World Cup qualifiers over the years, Uruguay defeated Brazil in the 1950 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro with 200,000 in attendance, something that the Brazilian people haven't forgotten about.

International Wrap: Photos From Brazil, Germany, France & Spain

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This week, Joey Barton's best friend -Neymar celebrated his 21st birthday with the Brazilian national team, one day before falling to a humiliating 2-1 defeat to England. As usual, he received a tiramisu cake from the chefs, which really is the best thing you can ever ask for on a birthday before hitting the gym, of course!

England Defeat Brazil 2-1 on FA’s 150th Anniversary

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The England team line up ahead of the International friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

England's iconic Wembley Stadium was quite a unique scene as both Ronaldinho of Brazil and Ashley Cole of England were honored for their 100th international caps.

Brazilian youth Lucas Moura joins PSG for €40 million in transfer blockbuster

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Lucas Moura of Paris Saint Germain (Getty Images and GoolFM)

French giants Paris Saint Germain look to have made the first massive deal of the freshly opened winter transfer window. According to ESPN on Jan. 1, 2013 the Parisians have signed 20-year-old Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura formerly of Sao Paulo for €40 million.

Brazil not holding talks with Guardiola over coaching vacancy

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If Pep Guardiola is to return to the sidelines some time in the near future, it apparently will not be with the Brazilian national team.

Guardiola is not in the running to take overas head coach of Brazil after the Selecao fired former manager Mano Menezes last Friday. Guardiola, who has taken a break from soccer since the end of last season, had been strongly linked to coaching the 2014 World Cup hosts but the Brazilian federation said he is not under consideration because he is not Brazilian.

POTD : Kaka, Neymar And Thiago Silva’s ‘Selecao Bootcamp’ Pose

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The Brazilian national team has arrived in Malmö, Sweden, to play their friendly match against Iraq tonight. Naturally, the "bedroom pose" featuring Neymar, Thiago Silva and Kaka had to be snapped, although from the colour of the training kit and Kaka's hair, you'd think this photo was from 2006!

Kaka Called Up By Brazil For Upcoming Friendlies

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A few hours after scoring a hat-trcik againstMillonarios on Wednesday,Kaká has been called up by the Brazilian national team coach, Manzo Menezes, for the friendlies that Brazil will play against Iraq and Japan on 11th and 16th October, respectively.

It would be Kaká's first appearance for the Brazilian national team since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Guest post: a preview of Domestic Brazil v Domestic Argentina (Weds night friendly)

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On paper at least, Wednesday's friendly between the two great South American powers of Brazil and Argentina has the distinct appearance of a mismatch. A cursory look at the squads of each nation speaks volume about the relative strength of ... Continue reading →

The View From The Selecao ‘Aquarium’ Ahead Brazil vs Argentina Superclasico

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What's it like being part of the Brazilian National Team.... in Brazil? Well, you're literally like fish in an aquarium. Everyone's looking in at you, trying to feed you with advice and criticism. Be warned, however, that your only true friends are the people in the same situation as you. Secondly, when you drown, not everybody is going to care about you and sadly, they may still continue to feed you with horrible food!

Olympics: Brazil Ready For Women’s Champs Japan and Great Britain’s “Greatest Night”

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The Brazilian women's team are set to face Japan in the Olympic quarter-finals tonight and it's a game the 'selecao feminina' can't afford to lose (uma tarefa grande!)

If luck is anything to go by, the girls will play at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, where they defeated Cameroon 5-0 and New Zealand 1-0.

Great Britain Football Team Pose In Candid Portrait and Brazil Squad’s Olympic Preparations

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Football and the Olympics never really got along in the past, perhaps because it was perceived as the sadder, forgotten cousin of the European Championships or The World Cup. Sadly in the Olympics, the glory and glamour factor often commanded by football has been whittled down to little bragging rights, a sad feat compared to events such as athletics and swimming.

Major League Soccer

SBI MLS Season Preview: Toronto FC

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Toronto FC's story is a much publicized one.

Since joining the MLS in 2007, TFC have never had a winning record and never made the playoffs. It has been a history of disappointment, failure and, to put it kindly, mediocrity.

2013 was more of the same for TFC.

Report: Brazilian goalkeeper Cesar linked with loan to TFC

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Brazilian National Team goalkeeper Julio Cesar is likely to leave Queens Park Rangers this spring in search of playing time, but the latest club he's being linked with is quite a surprise.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper, who is set to start for Brazil at this summer's World Cup, is being linked with a loan move to Toronto FC by Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte.

Rumors Continue to Swirl around Luis Fabiano and D.C. United

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While it seems ridiculous, rumors continue to swirl about D.C. United's interest in Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano.

Reports out of Brazil, first tweeted by Phil Schoen, are that MLS is negotiating with Sao Paolo over the acquisition of forward Luis Fabiano. While currently at Sao Paolo, he also played in 149 matches for Sevilla of La Liga, scoring 72 goals; he also has earned 44 caps for the Brazilian National Team, with 28 goals.

MLS Looking to Sign Luis Fabiano?

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Reports out of Brazil, first tweeted by Phil Schoen, are that MLS is negotiating with Sao Paolo over the acquisition of forward Luis Fabiano. While currently at Sao Paolo, he also played in 149 matches for Sevilla of La Liga, scoring 72 goals; he also has earned 44 caps for the Brazilian National Team, with 28 goals.

Lionel Messi

Tuesday Kickoff: Martino backs goal-starved Neymar; Ribery named France POY; and more

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With all the pressure that comes with being the star of the Brazilian National Team and a €57 million signing by Barcelona, it's understandable to expect that Neymar would pick up the scoring slack while Lionel Messi misses time with injury.

But the 21-year-old winger hasn't been banging in the goals at the same rate that he did for Santos or the Brazilian National Team, while Barcelona lost two matches in a row, at Ajax and at Athletic Bilbao.

Messi Break Pele’s Record Of 75 Goals In A Year

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Another game and another remarkable milestone for Barcelona's Lionel Messi. His two goals at the weekend, gave him 76 goals this calendar year, moving him ahead of Pele and within reach of Gerd Müller's record of 85 goals from 1972.

Of his 76 goals this year, Messi has scored 64 for Barça and 12 for Argentina.

Argentina 4-3 Brazil – Match Recap – Friendly – 9 June 2012

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Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Argentina edged Brazil in a heated friendly match. The match, which saw seven goals scored between the two sides, ended with Argentina's Levezzi and Brazil's Marcelo both being sent off.

Both players were involved in a scuffle as Levezzi kicked his counterpart while Marcelo hit the Argentine in the face.

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Chelsea and Barcelona Stars Headline Latest Brazilian National Team Selection

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Chelsea Football Club will have four players representing the Brazilian National Team in next month's international friendlies, while FC Barcelona will have two.

Oscar, David Luiz, Ramires, and Willian of Chelsea were all named to the 22 man squad that will take on Honduras and Chile in mid-November.

Friday Kickoff: Luiz reveals Barca rejection; Lambert to start vs. Moldova; and more

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All summer long, Barcelona were looking to sign a new central defender, as club legend Carles Puyol grows older and more fragile.

The club were reported to have made an offer to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz among others, and according to Luiz himself, the offer was made but he rejected it to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Friday Kickoff: Tottenham agree transfer for Paulinho; Monaco docked points for fan violence; and more

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Tottenham have completed one of the deals of the summer, bringing over Brazilian National Team midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians in a £17 million ($26 million) transfer.

The 24-year-old scored the game-winning goal on Wednesday against Uruguay to lead Brazil to the Confederations Cup finals, and since earning a regular place in the starting lineup of the Selecao, has decided it's time to move overseas.


POTD : Paris Saint-Germain’s New Winger Lucas Moura Celebrates With Birthday Cake

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If you've been a diligent Futbolitinha or Futbolitinho, you'd know by now that the Brazilian national team bakes the absolute BEST birthday cakes for their players. A few years ago, the chefs were understandably in 'experimental' mode as the likes of Lucio, Kaka and Elano only received simple fruit cakes for their birthdays!

POTD : Brazil Olympic Team’s Day Of R&R

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From relaxing in the pool to playing ping pong with team New Zealand, the Brazilian U-23 'selecao' has been relaxing after a well-deserved 3-1 victory over Belarus in Group C of the Olympics football tournament on Monday. And why not, really? If they keep up at their impressive performances, the elusive gold medal is surely on the way!


Mexico beats Brazil for men's Olympic gold

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Brazil came into the 2012 Olympics as the favorite to win gold, and they were expected to overwhelm Mexico when the teams met on Saturday in the Olympic final.

Mexico had other plans, and needed less than a minute to show that they weren't going to be content with Olympic silver.

Major Blues transfer gains momentum

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One of the biggest transfer stories of the summer has been the potential move of FC Porto superstar Hulk. The Brazilian striker has been strongly linked with a blockbuster deal to Champions League winners Chelsea, and as the summer wears on the rumors are gaining more and more momentum.

Now, Chelsea midfielder Ramires has even publicly discussed the rumors, putting added pressure on Roman Abramovich to front the money needed to secure the signing of the attacking powerhouse.


United States 1-4 Brazil – Match Recap – Friendly – 30 May 2012

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It was a decent start for the USA as the match was fairly even through about 10 minutes. In the 12th minute, there was some controversy as a penalty kick was given to Brazil for a handball on USA defender Oguchi Onyewu. Replays show that it wasn't deliberate and probably a bit harsh as Onyewu didn't even receive a yellow card.

United States 1-4 Brazil – Player Ratings – Friendly – 30 May 2012

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Below are player ratings for the United States in their 4-1 loss against Brazil on May 30, 2012.


Howard 7 Made some key saves and was solid

Cherundolo 6 Had a decent match but didn't have many chances to get forward

Onyewu 4 Looked slow at times and was responsible for the handball on the first goal (questionable call)

Bocanegra 5 Not a great match as he looked a bit slow like Gooch

Johnson 7 He continues to impress and will probably be the starting LB for WCQ

Jones 5.

The Rest

Houston Dash sign Brazilian defender

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Bruna Benites has signed with the Houston Dash.

Wednesday, the Houston Dash announced that they had added a defender to the roster. They signed 31 year old Brazilian Bruna Benites. As with pretty much the case with all international signings it is pending receipt of her International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

Philadelphia Union sign Brazilian midfielder Ilsinho

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After trialing, Ilsinho is officially on board for the 2016 season.

After freeing up an international roster spot with Vincent Nogueira receiving his green card, the Philadelphia Union signed Brazilian midfielder Ilsinho. Ilsinho has been on trial with the Union since the preseason started and fans have taken kindly to him.

30 Football Facts That Sound Like Lies

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30 Football Facts That Sound Like Lies - originally posted on

Facts are an indispensable part of the game of football. All the intrigue of the beautiful game is not merely captured by its motions; facts are the tools with which the game connects to its entities off the pitch.

Kaka recalled to Brazilian National Team for first time since March 2013

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After missing out on both the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, Kaka is back with the Selecao.

The Orlando City midfielder, who is currently on loan with Brazilian side Sao Paulo FC, has been called upto the Brazilian National Team by new manager Dunga as an injury replacement for midfielder Ricardo Goulart, the younger brother of LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho.

[Feature] "Hypersense: The Art and Science of Modern Football" by Nike

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(This entry is made possible by the arrangement of Zeno Asia, the PR agency for the event)

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When ten players in the Brazilian national team wore Nike football boots back in 1994 that eventually saw them went on to win the World Cup back then, people would think the American sporting giants' association with the world's most popular game only begun that year.

Soccer Science: Music to win to

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Quick - think back to the Brazilian national team circa 2002. Imagine them playing: storming across South Korea and Japan like Godzilla (is that politically incorrect? Maybe just lazy?) to win yet another World Cup. Picture Ronaldo: pre-beer belly, absolutely abusing defenders. Picture a young Ronaldinho: long hair flowing behind him like a cavalry's sigil as he staked his claim to the future of Brazilian soccer.

Futbolita Exclusive: Manchester City Preseason Snippets with Kun Aguero, Carlos Tevez & More

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After a fabulous time working with Arsenal last week, the Futbolita crew headed to Manchester City's preseason this week. We had exclusive chats with Kun Aguero (the topic of Maradona and Benjie included!), Carlos Tevez (who rarely ever stops to talk, ever, but made the exception for us high-five, folks!