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Brazil's Lula makes sports commentator debut in messages from prison

Rio de Janeiro, June 19 (IANS) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made a debut as sports commentator for a television programme from his prison cell and said the national team should not belittle the Costa Rican squad in the next game. We are going to prepare for Friday's game without belittling Costa Rica. In the end everyone knows that one day little David beat the gi...

2 days ago
Fluminense coach Braga quits

Rio de Janeiro, June 17 (IANS) Brazilian football giants Fluminense on Sunday said Abel Braga has resigned as head coach. I think the time has come to rest, to take some time (off) ... I have no regrets about anything because I always did everything with my heart and with the highest level of professionalism, but the day to day wear and tear has been very big. I just want to thank everyb...

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Neymar: Messi, Ronaldo are from another planet, so I'm world's best

Rio de Janeiro, June 16 (IANS) Brazilian striker Neymar has said that he is the world's best player, given that Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo are from another planet. Modesty aside, I think that I am the world's best player, Neymar quipped in an exchange with the hosts of Desimpedidos, a Brazilian YouTube channel. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are from another p...

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Santos confirms transfer of Rodrygo to Real Madrid in record deal

Rio de Janeiro, June 15 (IANS) Brazilian football club Santos confirmed Friday that it had reached a deal to send 17-year-old star forward Rodrygo to Real Madrid for a record transfer fee. This is the biggest deal ... for a club in the entire history of Latin American soccer, the club said in a statement, without specifying the figures, reported Efe. Santos said that under the te...

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Vinicius Junior prepares to join Real Madrid

Sao Paulo, June 14 (IANS) Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior, who was recently sold by Flamengo to Real Madrid, played in what was likely his last match in Brazil before joining the Spanish football club. Vinicius had several opportunities to score against Palmeiras in Sao Paulo's Allianz Parque during the 90 minutes he was on the field on Wednesday, although none came to fruition, report...

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Santos forward Rodrygo on Real Madrid radar

Rio de Janeiro, June 13 (IANS) Real Madrid are in talks with Santos to sign Brazil under-20 forward Rodrygo, the Brazilian club's president has said. The 17-year-old didn't travel here for Santos' match against Fluminense in Brazil's Serie A championship on Wednesday amid expectations of an imminent deal, reports Xinhua news agency. We are in negotiations, though nothing has been...

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Over half of Brazilians say they have no interest in World Cup

Rio de Janeiro, June 12 (IANS) Some 53 percent of Brazilians say they have no interest in the World Cup, which starts this week in Russia, an extremely high level of disinterest in a country known for being passionate about football, a Datafolha survey published Tuesday shows. Just 18 percent of the respondents said they had a high level of interest in the World Cup, which begins on Thur...

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Brazilians expected to spend less on World Cup celebrations

Rio de Janeiro, June 12 (IANS) Some 24 per cent of consumers plan to buy products over the next few weeks to celebrate the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, well below the 50.1 percent who spent money on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to the results of a survey released Monday by the Brazilian Business Confederation. In addition to there naturally being less enthusiasm among the pe...

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Pele may not attend Russia World Cup opening ceremony

Rio de Janeiro, June 11 (IANS) Brazilian soccer icon Pele's presence at the inaugural World Cup match on June 14 remains a suspense as his scheduled trip to Russia has been cancelled due to ill health. He is feeling ill. He has problems in his legs, his spokesperson told reporters, adding the situation would only be clearer by Tuesday, Efe news reported. Edson Arantes do Nascimen...

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Injured Fred, Renato appear in Brazil team photo ahead of World Cup

Rio de Janeiro, June 9 (IANS) The Brazilian national football squad have published their official FIFA World Cup photo, which shows injured players Fred and Renato Augusto, dispelling speculation that they might be dropped. The photograph -- which was posted on the Brazilian Football Confederation's official website -- was taken early on Friday at the Tottenham Hotspur training complex i...

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60,000 football fans from Brazil to travel to Russia

Rio de Janeiro, June 8 (IANS) At least 60,000 citizens of Brazil will travel to Russia to support the national team during the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes said. At least 60,000 Brazilians have already bought tickets. This is way above the average annual figure of 1,500, the Globo TV quoted the Minister as saying on its website. Brazil wi...

12 days ago
Zika's effects on newborns persist even in adults: Study

Sao Paulo, June 7 (IANS) Scientists have discovered that Zika virus infection that can lead to birth defects and other complications such as seizures and long-term deficits in brain structure and behaviour, also persists in adulthood. In the study, a team of neuroscientists from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, infected three-day-old infant mice with the Zika virus and...

12 days ago
Will Russia 2018 bring Brazil World Cup redemption?

Rio de Janeiro, June 7 (IANS) The wounds inflicted by the worst defeat in Brazil's proud football history began healing on July 29, 2014, three weeks after the side's apocalyptic 1-7 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semifinals and seven days after 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga was named national team coach for a second time. It was also the day that Adenor Leonardo Bacchi decide...

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Brazil to strengthen power supply during FIFA World Cup

Rio de Janeiro, June 7 (IANS) Brazil's Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE) announced special operational measures to ensure that the country will not have problems with its energy supply during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which begins on June 14, official sources said. One of the measures announced by the CMSE, which evaluates the conditions of electricity supply throug...

13 days ago
Jorginho replaces Zé Ricardo as Vasco da Gama coach

Rio de Janeiro, June 6 (IANS) Jorge de Amorim Campos, better known as Jorginho, has been hired to replace Zé Ricardo as the coach of Brazilian football league club Vasco da Gama, the management said on Wednesday. Jorginho is the new coach of Vasco da Gama. Paulo Cesar Gusmão takes over as technical coordinator, Vasco da Gama management said in a Twitter post, reports Efe. The 5...

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Pele denies knowledge of alleged Rio Olympics vote rigging

Rio de Janeiro, June 6 (IANS) Brazil football great Pele has denied knowledge of a cash-for-votes scheme allegedly used by Brazilian officials to secure Rio de Janeiro's hosting rights for the 2016 Olympic Games. The 77-year-old testified before a judge in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, having been cited as a defence witness for former Brazilian Olympic Committee president Carlos Nuzman, rep...

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Ex-Brazil defender Jorginho named Vasco coach

Rio de Janeiro, June 6 (IANS) Former Bayern Munich and Brazil international full-back Jorginho has been named coach of Vasco da Gama for a second time. The 53-year-old replaced Ze Ricardo, who stood down following the club's 1-2 defeat to Rio de Janeiro rivals Botafogo in Brazil's Serie A championship on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency. Vasco announced the appointment on soc...

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Lula denies knowledge of vote-buying to gain 2016 Olympics

Rio de Janeiro, June 6 (IANS) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has denied having any knowledge of a vote-buying scheme to secure the 2016 Olympic Games for Rio de Janeiro. In a video declaration to a federal court, he said on Tuesday that while he had asked certain African countries to support the bid, no agreements had been made and no bribes had been paid to his kno...

16 days ago
Vasco da Gama coach Ze Ricardo quits

Rio de Janeiro, June 3 (IANS) Vasco da Gama have announced the resignation of coach Ze Ricardo after the club's 1-2 loss to Botafogo in Brazil's Serie A football championship. The result at Vasco's Sao Januario Stadium left the Rio de Janeiro side 12th in the 20-team standings with 11 points from eight matches, reports Xinhua news agency. We tried to change his mind. We weren't e...

17 days ago
Tite revives Brazil's beautiful game

Rio de Janeiro, June 2 (IANS) Given their proud history and superb recent form, it comes as little surprise that Brazil will be among the favourites to win the FIFA World Cup when the tournament begins on June 14. It seems unfathomable that two years ago the five-time world champions were in danger of missing football's showpiece event in Russia, reports Xinhua news agency. Their...

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