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Flair and parties, the exuberant world of Ronaldinho

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – The man who once lobbed England’s David Seaman from 40 yards, Ronaldinho has officially hung up his boots following a career of backheels, nutmegs, no-look passes, and Parisian party nights.

Tricks, flicks and stepovers, to watch Ronaldinho play in his prime was to savour a festival of the “jogo bonito” - the beautiful game in his native Portuguese - and that always with his goofy smile.

Flair and parties, the exuberant world of Ronaldinho

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – The man who once lobbed England’s David Seaman from 40 yards, Ronaldinho has officially hung up his boots following a career of backheels, nutmegs, no-look passes, and Parisian party nights.

Tricks, flicks and stepovers, to watch Ronaldinho play in his prime was to savour a festival of the “jogo bonito” - the beautiful game in his native Portuguese - and that always with his goofy smile.

Romario runs for head of Brazilian federation

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian former international star turned senator Romario said Wednesday he wants to run for the presidency of the country’s corruption-tainted football governing body.

Romario, a striker in the 1994 World Cup winning side, said he wants to clean up the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) after FIFA’s suspension of the current head Marco Polo Del Nero, who is accused of graft.

Romario runs for head of Brazilian federation

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian former international star turned senator Romario said Wednesday he wants to run for the presidency of the country’s corruption-tainted football governing body.

Romario, a striker in the 1994 World Cup winning side, said he wants to clean up the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) after FIFA’s suspension of the current head Marco Polo Del Nero, who is accused of graft.

Brazilian star Kaka announces retirement

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player Sunday, suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards.

“I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete,” the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner told Globo television.

Brazilian star Kaka announces retirement

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player Sunday, suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards.

“I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete,” the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner told Globo television.

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.

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.

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, 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.

Brazil recall Luiz for Argentina, Australia friendlies

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil coach Tite on Friday recalled Chelsea defender David Luiz to his squad for two upcoming friendlies despite his team having secured nine wins in nine games without him.

The former PSG defender last played for Brazil in March 2016 when Dunga was still at the helm and he was blamed for two errors in a 2-2 draw with Uruguay.

Brazil’s Chapecoense win first title after plane crash

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil’s Chapecoense football club, all but wiped out in an air crash last November, won their first silverware since the tragedy by taking the state championship Sunday.

Some 20,000 supporters packed the home stadium in Chapeco to watch their team win the Santa Catarina state title for the second year in a row - except this time with a new lineup.

Prosecutor urges Brazil ‘murder’ goalkeeper back to prison

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil’s top prosecutor on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to re-incarcerate a star goalkeeper recently released after partially serving a sentence for the gruesome murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot asked the court to reverse an earlier ruling that freed Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza in February, pending an appeal against his 2013 sentence of 22 years prison for his role in the woman’s slaying.

Neymar hails multi-million euro tax victory

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Barcelona superstar Neymar claimed “a great victory” on Thursday after seeing a 50 million euro fine imposed by Brazilian tax authorities reportedly halved on appeal.

Neymar, who has also been fighting a legal battle over his transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013, had argued that he was within his rights to have his family control his lucrative image rights.

Neymar hails multi-million euro tax victory

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Barcelona superstar Neymar claimed “a great victory” on Thursday after seeing a 50 million euro fine imposed by Brazilian tax authorities reportedly halved on appeal.

Neymar, who has also been fighting a legal battle over his transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013, had argued that he was within his rights to have his family control his lucrative image rights.

Massive overbilling for Rio’s Maracana stadium rebuild

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – The major refurbishment of Rio’s famous Maracana football stadium ahead of the 2014 World Cup was marred by millions of dollars in overbilling, a government watchdog says.

The renovation of the stadium cost about $500 million, more than double the original bid.

Inspiring quotes replace names on Swedish women’s football shirts

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Stockholm (AFP) – The Swedish women’s football team have replaced their names on the backs of their blue and yellow jerseys with quotes they hope will inspire and motivate girls, they said Friday.

“Believe in your damn self,” reads the back of midfielder Lisa Dahlqvist’s jersey, a quote from Swedish singer Zara Larsson.

Inspiring quotes replace names on Swedish women’s football shirts

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Stockholm (AFP) – The Swedish women’s football team have replaced their names on the backs of their blue and yellow jerseys with quotes they hope will inspire and motivate girls, they said Friday.

“Believe in your damn self,” reads the back of midfielder Lisa Dahlqvist’s jersey, a quote from Swedish singer Zara Larsson.

Shabby Maracana to reopen after dispute

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Rio’s mythic Maracana stadium, fallen into disrepair since taking centre stage at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, is due to reopen next month.

Left abandoned due to a political-legal dispute over upkeep Brazil’s legendary venue will stage its first game this year on March 8.

Brazil, Colombia play match for Chapecoense

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil and Colombia play a benefit match on Wednesday for the families of members of Brazilian team Chapecoense who were killed in a plane crash in November.

The team's plane went down on November 28 in mountains in Colombia as they flew to play Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the final of the Copa Sudamericana tournament.

Brazil, Colombia play match for Chapecoense

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil and Colombia play a benefit match on Wednesday for the families of members of Brazilian team Chapecoense who were killed in a plane crash in November.

The team's plane went down on November 28 in mountains in Colombia as they flew to play Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the final of the Copa Sudamericana tournament.

Top Rio football stadium in disrepair as firms quarrel

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) It is revered as a temple of the beautiful game but the footballing gods have forsaken Brazil's legendary Maracana stadium after the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

The grass of the pitch is yellowing, the stands are rusting and thieves have stolen seats symptoms of a legal mess that have left this Rio de Janeiro landmark abandoned.

Pele leads football tributes to plane crash victims

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil football legend Pele and Argentines Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi led numerous sporting tributes Tuesday to the Brazilian footballers killed in a plane crash in Colombia.

Players of the Chapecoense Real team were among 81 people on board the doomed flight that crashed into mountains in northwestern Colombia.

Pele leads football tributes to plane crash victims

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil football legend Pele and Argentines Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi led numerous sporting tributes Tuesday to the Brazilian footballers killed in a plane crash in Colombia.

Players of the Chapecoense Real team were among 81 people on board the doomed flight that crashed into mountains in northwestern Colombia.

Brazil pays tribute to Carlos Alberto

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Hundreds of people including Brazilian football greats gathered Wednesday at a Rio de Janeiro cemetery to pay their last respects to "eternal captain" Carlos Alberto, skipper of the 1970 World Cup champions.

Crowds of fans decked out in Brazilian yellow and green swarmed Carlos Alberto's casket as it was carried into Iraja cemetery, in a working-class neighborhood on the city's north side.

What happened to Brazil’s 1970 football team of glory

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) With Pele, Jairzinho and captain Carlos Alberto, who died on Tuesday, the Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup was one of the greatest ever.

The team of glittering talent ended up as businessmen, trying to get into politics, running charities or met a tragic end like Everaldo who died in a car crash.

What happened to Brazil’s 1970 football team of glory

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) With Pele, Jairzinho and captain Carlos Alberto, who died on Tuesday, the Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup was one of the greatest ever.

The team of glittering talent ended up as businessmen, trying to get into politics, running charities or met a tragic end like Everaldo who died in a car crash.

Brazil’s ‘eternal captain’ Carlos Alberto dies at 72

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Carlos Alberto, captain of the Brazilian 1970 World Cup-winning side considered one of the greatest teams of all time, died on Tuesday aged 72.

The right-back starred alongside Pele, Tostao, Jairzinho and Rivelino in the legendary Brazil team that beat Italy 4-1 in the 1970 final.

Brazil 1970 skipper Carlos Alberto dies at 72

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Carlos Alberto Torres, captain of the great Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup, died on Tuesday of a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 72, Brazil's Sportv, for whom he worked, announced.

Carlos Alberto starred alongside Pele, Tostao, Jairzinho and Rivelino in the Brazil team that beat Italy 4-1 in the final in Mexico and is considered as one of the greatest sides of all time.

Oscar out as Brazil name Real duo

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Chelsea star Oscar misses out but Brazil include the Real Madrid pair of Marcelo and Casemiro for the crunch clash next month with old rivals Argentina in World Cup qualifying.

Coach Tite on Friday named a strong 24-man squad for the games at home to Argentina on November 10 and away in Peru five days later.

New Schalke coach under fire after worst start

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Berlin (AFP) Schalke's Markus Weinzierl is under growing pressure ahead of Wednesday's Bundesliga clash at home to Cologne after becoming the first Royal Blues coach to lose his opening three league games.

With his side second-from-bottom in the table, Schalke host Cologne in Gelsenkirchen desperate for points following defeats to Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin, who beat them 2-0 on Sunday.

New Schalke coach under fire after worst start

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Berlin (AFP) Schalke's Markus Weinzierl is under growing pressure ahead of Wednesday's Bundesliga clash at home to Cologne after becoming the first Royal Blues coach to lose his opening three league games.

With his side second-from-bottom in the table, Schalke host Cologne in Gelsenkirchen desperate for points following defeats to Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin, who beat them 2-0 on Sunday.

Brazil confederation confirms Tite as coach

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil's football confederation (CBF) confirmed on Twitter on Monday the appointment of Tite as the new national team coach.

The news was first revealed by his former club Corinthians on Wednesday of last week.

"Tite is the new coach of Brazil," said a simple statement on the CBF Twitter account ahead of a press conference to introduce the 55-year-old.

Brazil confederation confirms Tite as coach

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil's football confederation (CBF) confirmed on Twitter on Monday the appointment of Tite as the new national team coach.

The news was first revealed by his former club Corinthians on Wednesday of last week.

"Tite is the new coach of Brazil," said a simple statement on the CBF Twitter account ahead of a press conference to introduce the 55-year-old.

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The Continuing Story Of A Bungling Brazilian: Adriano Is Now Living Among One Of Rio’s Most Notorious Favela Gangs

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It would appear that the continuing fable of one-time all-conquering Brazilian forward Adriano has taken yet another, bitterly disappointing downturn.

The last we heard, he had signed for FC Miami United in the fourth tier of the US football hierarchy.

Micale named as Brazil’s Olympic football coach

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil's under-20s coach Micale will handle the host nation's football squad at the Rio Olympics, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday.

It had previously been thought likely that former national coach Dunga would oversee the Olympic team, but he was fired after Brazil's shock first round exit from the Copa America.

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Pele Takes It Upon Himself To Record Special Song Inspired By 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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Pele has taken it upon himself to record his very own anthem for the 2016 Olympic Games, which are due to get under way in Rio de Janeiro next month.

The 75-year-old Brazilian legend has penned and recorded an unofficial anthem called "Esperanca" ("Hope") which he says was inspired by the "the feeling of hope and happiness" being created around the world by the Rio games themselves.