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Olé! Independiente Release Ravishing Retro Kit (Complete With Button-Up Front) In Homage To Legendary 1948 Championship Winners

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Argentinian side Independiente have released a simply ravishing new retro kit which pays directhomage to the club's legendary team of 1948.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the '48 vintage delivering El Rojo their third league championship, Puma have knocked out a scorcher of a limited edition strip, complete with an era-authentic button-up front.

Nick Knack: Boca Juniors ‘Furious’ After Carlos Tevez Suffers Calf Injury While Taking Part In Prison Kickabout

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Carlos Tevez has scored three goals in his first five appearances for Boca Juniors since returning to his boyhood club from a half-arsed sojourn in China.

However, despite the decent return, Boca are reported to be "furious" with their veteran striker after learning that Tevez recently sustained an injury while taking part in an unsanctioned prison kickabout.

Argentina: Lionel Messi Pays Surprise Visit To Man City Academy Under-7 And Under-8 Teams (Photos)

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With Argentina in town to play Italy in a friendly at the Etihad on Friday night, Lionel Messi took time out from his pre-match preparations to make a group of young kids' day.

After training at the Etihad Campus, Sergio Aguero escorted Messi to the indoor facility, where the five-time Ballon d'Or winner met and posed for photos with City's Under-7 and Under-8 academy teams.

Leaked Picture- New Argentina Away Kit World Cup 2018- Adidas Argentine Alternate Shirt 18-19

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Here is what Lionel Messi and co. will be wearing as their away kit at the 2018 World Cup as they seek to make up for their disappointment four years ago in the final in Brazil. Argentina's new 2018 World Cup away shirt has not been released yet, but will be done so later this [...]

Penarol Striker Lucas Viatri Ruled Out For ‘Several Months’ After Christmas Firework Stunt Backfires

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Penarol striker Lucas Viatri is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after a firework "accidentally" exploded close to his face during Christmas celebrations back home in Argentina.

Viatri's Uruguayan employers have confirmed that the 30-year-old forward could be missing for "several months" after the accident, which took place in his home city of Buenos Aires, during what sounds like some serious raucous festivities.

Brazil

Chapecoense: New Away Kit Will Feature Colombian Flag As Thank-You To The Nation For Support In Aftermath Of Tragic Plane Crash (Photo)

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Brazilian side Chapecoense have revealed their new away kit will proudly sport the colours of the Colombian flag as a demonstration of their gratitude to the entire country for the love and support the club received in the wake of the tragic plane crash that nearly wiped out their entire team.

‘I’m Not Proud Of It, But It Helped Me Relax’ – Ronaldo Reveals Cunning Strategy Behind World Cup 2002 Horror Hair

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To this day, it remains one of the most derided haircuts in World Cup history and now, 16 years on, Ronaldo has revealed the cunning plan behind that most dodgy of all barnets his incomplete crop at the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.

‘The Most Vivid Yellow For 20 Years’ – Nike Release New Brazil Home And Away Kits For 2018 World Cup (Photos)

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Nike have finally furnished us with the brand new togs Brazil will be wearing at the World Cup this summer.

The home kit features a new shirt which Nike assure us is rendered in the brightest and most vivid shade of yellow that the Selecao have sported for over 20 years.

Indeed, the designers took a trip to the Football Museum in Sao Paulo and used a colour swatch book to match the exact 'Samba Gold' hue of the shirts Brazil wore while winning the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

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.

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.

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.

Videos

The Man Who Saw Too Much: Lionel Messi Simply Gets Up And Walks Out After Watching Spain Score Sixth Goal Against Argentina (Video)

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Spain made mincemeat of Argentina in a friendly at Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano gaff on Tuesday night, with Isco in particular shining in a shock 6-1 demolition job.

Diego Costa opened the floodgates in the 12th minute with the home side surgically unpicking their hosts and running up a massive winning margin in the process.

China Cup: Luis Suarez Wallops Away Opener Against Czech Republic, Becomes First Uruguay Player To Reach 50 International Goals (Video)

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With Wales kicking off the China Cup with a 6-0 rogering of the hosts on Thursday afternoon, the other two competing nations Uruguay and Czech Republic followed suit today.

Just eight minutes in, Luis Suarez went a-sprawlin' to win La Celeste a penalty before duly smacking the resulting spot-kick past Jiri Pavlenka from 12 yards.

Fall Guy: Jean Meneses Produces Contender For Most Blatant Dive In History During Chilean Top-Flight Clash (Video)

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The Chilean top-flight produced one of the most appalling dives in the history of football a couple of days ago, withUniversidad de Concepcion forward Jean Meneses conning the referee and winning an ultimately match-winning penalty.

With the score 1-1 betweenUniversidad de Concepcion and Colo Colo, and just five minutes to go, the 25-year-old Meneses nicked the ball off a defender in the box.

‘I Hope My Teacher Understands’ – Santos Wunderkind Rodrygo Skips School To Become Youngest Goalscorer In Copa Libertadores History

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There's a new 'New Neymar' in town and his name is Rodrygo Goes, the prodigious teenage sensation currently making a stir at Santos.

At just 17 years, two months and six days old, Rodrygo became the youngest ever player to score in the Copa Libertadores after finding the net in Santos' 3-1 win over Nacional of Uruguay on Thursday evening.

Modern Football Is Rubbish: Burger King Ensure River Plate Goalkeeper Quite Literally Crowned ‘Man Of The Match’ Against Boca Juniors (Photo)

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River Plate goalkeeper Franco Armani earned his plaudits with a rock-solid performance in Wednesday night's derby victory over Boca Juniors in the Argentinian Super Copa.

Indeed, Armani and his defence kept all at bay for the entirety of the game as River ran out 2-0 winners on neutral turf in Mendoza.

Modern Football Is Rubbish: El Nacional Goalkeeper Johan Padilla Goes Down In ‘Agony’ After Being Gently Prodded By Referee (Video)

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After slogging through 89 minutes of the tie and finding themselves 4-3 up, Ecuador's El Nacional began to start running down the clock in their Copa Sudamericana first round match against San Jose of Bolivia.

Chief among the time-wasters was El Nacional goalkeeper Johan Padilla, who managed to get himself booked for taking an age over a freekick.

CONCACAF Champions League: Club America Goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin Pulls Off Superhuman Last Ditch Save To Keep Clean Sheet (Video)

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Club America of Mexico sounded thrashed Tauro FC by four unanswered goals in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday evening.

However, the Panamanian side did come perilously close to grabbing themselves an away goal in the final minute of the first half only to be thwarted by the superhuman efforts of America goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin.

Retro Football: New York Cosmos Submit ‘Final Proposition’ Of $1m Per Year To Tempt Pele Out Of Retirement, 1975 (Photo)

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Having retired from international football three years earlier, October 1974 saw the great Pele turn out for Santos for the 662nd and final time in a farewell match against Ponte Preta.

As far as he was concerned, the legendary Brazilian striker was retiring from professional football for good just a few weeks shy of his 34th birthday.

Retro Football: River Plate Send The Great Enzo Francescoli Off Into Retirement With Emotional Testimonial, 1999 (Video)

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Enzo Francescoli is unquestionably one of the most refined players to have ever graced a football pitch, and yet his name is rarely mentioned in relevant discussions.

This may be because El Principe ('The Prince') did his finest work at River Plate and for the Uruguayan national side, far away from European eyes, in an era when cross-continental coverage was nowhere near as immediate and accessible as it is today.

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.

Paraguay: Olimpia Fan Caught By TV Cameras Celebrating Goal With Big Old Snort Of Mysterious White Powder (Video)

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Club Olimpia got theirPrimera Division campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 away victory over Independiente on Monday night, with all three goals coming in the opening 22 minutes.

After Brian Montenegro opened the scoring for Olimpia with just six minutes on the clock, the television cameras cut to the travelling fans where one supporter was quite literally caught still gearing up for the match.

Fortaleza: Colombian Second Division Side Unveil New Kit Plastered In Giant Emojis (Photo & Video)

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Colombian second-tier side Fortaleza CEIF have knocked out three new kits that are plastered in giant emojis.

Before you go tutting about the world going to the dogs, we should mention that the kit has been designed as a nod to all the local children who support and play for Fortaleza, with the emoji motif supposed to "communicate in their language" and "bring them closer to the team" because, and we quote, "soccer is supposed to be fun".

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

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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.

All The Fun Of The Copa Libertadores: Oriente Striker Scores With First Touch, Climbs Into Car To Celebrate (Video)

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Bolivian side Oriente Petrolero kicked off their Copa Libertadores campaign with a decent 2-0 win over Peru's Universitario on Monday evening.

After entering the fray in the 79th minute, striker Maxi Freitas made an immediate impact by scoring Oriente's second goal with his very first touch just two minutes later.

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.

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.

‘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.

Transfer News and Gossip

Arsenal tracking Corinthians wonderkid Maycon

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Arsenal are plotting a move to sign Corinthians starlet Maycon, according to The Sun. The 20-year-old midfielder has reportedly been scouted by...

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Liverpool open talks to sign Luan

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Liverpool are in talks to sign Brazil international Luan from Gremio, according to Yahoo. The Reds have long been linked with the 24-year-old...

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Willian rejects Man Utd transfer rumours

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Transfers & Rumours

Carlos Tevez Jokes Botched Shanghai Shenhua Move Was ‘Seven-Month Holiday In China’ After Rejoining Boca Juniors

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Just as the prophecy foretold, Carlos Tevez returned from his worldwide wanderings to re-re-sign for boyhood club Boca Juniors earlier this month.

The Argentinian striker left Boca in December 2016 to sign for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in a deal worth around €40million per season, promptly contributing little of note for half-a-season before falling out with coach Wu Jingui over his general lack of fitness and application.

Uruguayan Legend Sebastian ‘Loco’ Abreu Sets New World Record By Signing For Audax Italiano, His 26th Professional Club

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Uruguayan striker Sebastian Abreu is remembered primarily, at least by the wider world, as the lank-haired assassin who scored that ice-cold Panenka penalty against Ghana in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup to settle the shootout and send La Celeste into their first semi-finals in over 40 years.

The Rest

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/14/18

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Union lose again, a preview for this weekend's MLS action, and South America back North America for the 2026 World Cup

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union squander chances, lose 2-0 to Orlando City
The Lions got revenge and a clean sheet Friday night in Chester.

South America talents reshaping Major League Soccer

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Los Angeles (AFP) – A new generation of South American players will be on display as Major League Soccer kicks off its 2018 season this weekend, highlighting the growing attractiveness of the competition as a destination for emerging talent.

More than a decade after David Beckham’s move to Los Angeles was followed by the arrival of several fading European stars, MLS teams are increasingly looking to South America to strengthen their rosters.

Botafogo Refuse To Let Flamengo Use Their Stadium After Being Upset By Vinicius Junior’s ‘Crybaby’ Goal Celebration

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Botafogo have thrown a wobbler and blocked Flamengo from using their stadium for an upcoming match after taking umbrage at Vinicius Junior and the goal celebration he performed after scoring against them at the weekend.

The two sides met in the Campeonato Carioca on Saturday night, with Flamengo winning 3-1 thanks to a 94th-minute cake-icer from Vinicius Junior.

Barcelona: Yerry Mina’s Entire Hometown Celebrate In The Streets While Watching Defender’s Camp Nou Unveiling (Photos)

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Understandably, Yerry Mina sported a permanent million-watt grin throughout the entire ceremony as he was introduced as a Barcelona player in front of around 8,000 fans at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.

The 23-year-old Colombian defender sealed a€12million move from Palmeiras earlier in the week, making him Barca's second signing of the January window after L'il Philly Coot-Coots.

Seismic Activity: Peru Fans Trigger Earthquake Alerts In Lima While Celebrating Momentous World Cup Play-Off Goal

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After waiting for over 30 years (36 to be precise) to reach a World Cup, it's perhaps understandable that Peru fans got a little boisterous in the wake of Wednesday night's play-off victory over New Zealand.

The 2-0 win in Lima sawLa Blanquirroja snaffle the final available qualification spot for Russia, with Peruvian fans seizing the long-awaited opportunity to celebrate in the neighbouring streets and the plazas all through the night.