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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.

Heaven Is Five Uninterrupted Minutes Of Diego Maradona Scoring Loads Of Fantastic Goals (Video)

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Hey, you kids ever heard of Diego Maradona? Back in the 1970s and 80s, he was kind of like Lionel Messi if Lionel Messi had a predilection for acting the giddy goat and gorging himself senseless on Class A narcotics.

Undoubtedly more spontaneous and playful than Messi, the man they callThe Golden Child was the best footballer in the world and arguably the most naturally gifted player ever to take to a pitch in anger.

Brazil Coach Tite Makes Neymar Cry While Gushing About His ‘Big Heart’ In Post-Match Press Conference (Video)

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Things took a turn for the emotional shortly after Brazil comfortably saw off Japan in Friday's tea-time international friendly kick-off.

Having opened the scoring with a 10th-minute penalty, Neymar then missed another just a few minutes later before eventually being replaced by Douglas Costa for the latter stages at Lille's half-empty Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Moron: Colombia Midfielder Edwin Cardona Aims Racist Gesture At South Korean Opponent During Suwon Friendly (Video)

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Two goals from Tottenham's Son Heung-Min saw South Korea register a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday, but the friendly in Suwon has become a point of discussion for an altogether different reason.

Indeed, Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona is at the epicentre after the substitute was caught making a moronic "slant eye" gesture at South Korean right-back Choi Chul-Soon behind the referee's back.

Video: Heung-min Son nutmegs Davinson Sanchez to score for South Korea vs Colombia

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Tottenham Hotspur forward Hueng-min Son got the better of club-mate Davinson Sanchez to open the scoring for South Korea in today's friendly...

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Impact Sub: Argentinian Midfielder Picks Up Two Cautions 10 Seconds After Coming Off Bench, Sent Off Without Touching Ball (Video)

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Nestor Martin Alegre may very well be the proud owner of a new world record after managing to get himself sent off without touching the ball during a recent Argentinian lower league match.

Alegre entered the fray as a substitute for Madariaga against Tiro Federal last weekend, only to be shown an instant booking for entering the field of play before his teammate had left it.

Video: Rhian Brewster’s hat-trick goal for England U17 vs Brazil U17

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England are through to the Under-17 World Cup final for the first time ever. A hat-trick from Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster his second...

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Video: Rhian Brewster scores his and England’s second goal in U17 World Cup semi-final

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England have regained the lead in their Under-17 World Cup semi-final against Brazil in India. Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster scored his and...

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Retro Football: Diego Maradona Turns Out For Tottenham In Ossie Ardiles’ Testimonial, 1986 (Photos & Video)

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Seeing Diego Maradona holding a Tottenham shirt aloft at Wembley on Sunday instantly brought memories flooding back for fans of a certain vintage.

Of course, Maradona has previous when it comes to Spurs the only English club he ever played for during his career, and even then in a non-competitive capacity.

Colombia: Radamel Falcao Might Be In Trouble With FIFA For Allegedly ‘Discussing Beneficial Scorelines’ With Peru Players In Last Few Minutes Of World Cup Qualifier (Video)

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Colombia captain Radamel Falcao has admitted that he discussed scoreline permutations with opposing Peru players during the latter stages of Monday night's World Cup qualifier between the two sides.

With the score stood at 1-1 and roughly five minutes left to play, Falcao was seen nattering away with several Peruvian players individually.

Video: Gabriel Jesus double helps Brazil to 3-0 win over Chile

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Brazil rounded off their World Cup qualification campaign with a 3-0 win over Chile. That result, along with a win for Argentina and a draw between...

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Video: David Ospina howler costs Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez his place at World Cup

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Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is partly to blame for his team-mate Alexis Sanchez missing out on next summer's World Cup. Ospina's...

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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.

Chilean Primera Division: Everton ‘Keeper Eduardo Lobos Drops Almighty Clanger, Concedes Stinker Against Audax Italiano (Video)

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Everton de Vila found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat when they travelled to Audax Italiano in the Chilean Primera Division a few days ago.

The away side were already a goal behind when, shortly before half-time, veteran goalkeeper Eduardo Lobos (a sheep in wolf's clothing) dropped an industrial-sized clanger to let a second goal slip in calamitous circumstances.

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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.

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Willian rejects Man Utd transfer rumours

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek reacts to injury

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Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek says he is staying positive after picking up an injury during England's 0-0 draw with Brazil last night....

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Chelsea’s Willian and Man City trio start for Brazil vs Japan

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Three Manchester City players have been named in the starting lineup for Brazil's friendly against Japan. Right-back Danilo, midfielder...

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Gustavo Vieira: Chelsea and Liverpool tracking Uruguayan wonderkid

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Chelsea and Liverpool are chasing Uruguayan starlet Gustavo Vieira, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. The 16-year-old striker is...

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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.

Boca Juniors Fan Attempts To Sneak Into Bombonera Stadium Through Small Hole In Perimeter Wall, Gets Stuck (Photo)

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Flying high at the top of the Argentinian Superliga, Boca Juniors sauntered to a 4-0 drubbing of Belgrano on Sunday evening in front of a packed house at the Bombonera stadium.

Alas, there was at least one staunch Boca supporter who didn't manage to witness the victory, largely because he tried to sneak into the ground through a small gap in the perimeter wall and quickly became lodged there.

Chile: One Solitary Die-Hard Puerto Montt Fan Makes 3,000km Round Trip To Watch Side Play Against Coquimbo (Photo)

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CD Puerto Montt tussled their way to an impressive 2-1 away win over Coquimbo Unido in the Chilean second tier on Sunday, no doubt roared on by their travelling support.

We are, of course, talking specifically about the one and only hardy Puerto Montt ultra who made the gargantuan 3,000km round-trip to watch the match at Coquimbo's Estadio Bicentenario all on his lonesome.

World Cup

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.

No Italy, no Holland, no Chile, no problem – Why a 48-team World Cup is still bad for football

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Willian reacts to Brazil’s win over Chile

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Tweets and Photos: Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez celebrates World Cup qualification

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Argentina: Drab 0-0 Draw Against Peru Leaves Lionel Messi And Co. In Serious Danger Of Missing 2018 World Cup

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Argentina are getting perilously close to missing out on the 2018 World Cup after a drab 0-0 draw with Peru on Thursday evening left their qualification hopes dangling by a gossamer thread.

Lionel Messi and the chaps carved out a succession of decent chances but failed to make anything stick in front of a cacophonous Bombanera crowd, as Peru 'keeper Pedro Gallese kept all and sundry at bay.

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.

Football Ink: Diego Maradona’s Infamous ‘Hand Of God’ Immortalised In Wonderfully Creative Tattoo Form (Photo)

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While it still rankles with many an England fan (and player), Diego Maradona's nefarious dalliance with divine intervention at the 1986 World Cup has itself become deified in football folklore.

Indeed, one of the most infamous swindles in the game's entire storied history is apparently now venerated enough to warrant a tattoo tribute.

This Week's Soccer on TV

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It may be an international break, but there's still a lot of exciting soccer to watch this week.

The later stages of World Cup Qualifying take center stage and the highlight matches are in South America. Brazil is the only CONMEBOL team with a guaranteed place in Russia, and with three and a half more spots up for grabs the competition is fierce.

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Football: 2018 World Cup South America qualifying table

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Montevideo (AFP) – Final standings from 2018 World Cup South American qualifying competition (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points)

Brazil-q 18 12 5 1 41 11 41

Uruguay-q 18 9 4 5 32 20 31

Argentina-q 18 7 7 4 19 16 28

Colombia-q 18 7 6 5 21 19 27

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Peru-x 18 7 5 6 27 26 26

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Chile 18 8 2 8 26 27 26

Paraguay 18 7 3 8 19 25 24

Ecuador 18 6 2 10 26 29 20

Bolivia 18 4 2 12 16 38 14

Venezuela 18 2 6 10 19 35 12

q-qualified for World Cup

x-qualified for intercontinental playoff against New Zealand

Football: 2018 World Cup South America qualifying table

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Montevideo (AFP) – Final standings from 2018 World Cup South American qualifying competition (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points)

Brazil-q 18 12 5 1 41 11 41

Uruguay-q 18 9 4 5 32 20 31

Argentina-q 18 7 7 4 19 16 28

Colombia-q 18 7 6 5 21 19 27

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Peru-x 18 7 5 6 27 26 26

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Chile 18 8 2 8 26 27 26

Paraguay 18 7 3 8 19 25 24

Ecuador 18 6 2 10 26 29 20

Bolivia 18 4 2 12 16 38 14

Venezuela 18 2 6 10 19 35 12

q-qualified for World Cup

x-qualified for intercontinental playoff against New Zealand

The Rest

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.

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.

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.

Alan Guimarães: Arsenal join race for Brazilian starlet

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One Of The Actual Copa America Centenario Trophies Is Currently For Sale On eBay, Bidding Starts At $75,000

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If you've ever fancied treating yourself to a bona fide piece of South American football memorabilia, then you may be interested to know that the actual Copa America Centenario trophy is currently being flogged on eBay.

The Centenario tournament was staged in 2016 in celebration of the 10oth anniversary of the inception of the Copa America.