Brazil

  • India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings 2 hours 4 minutes ago

    After not much action barring the 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the lastest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany. India though can take solace from the fact that all the other sub-continent teams are...
  • Germany still ahead of Argentina in FIFA rankings 3 hours 33 minutes ago

    Zurich: World Cup winner Germany are still No. 1 in the FIFA rankings despite losing to second-place Argentina in a friendly rematch of their final this month. Colombia climb one place to No. 3 even though they lost to Brazil in a friendly, and trade places with the Netherlands which lost...
  • Hulk must earn Brazil recall, says coach Dunga 7 hours 16 minutes ago

    Rio de Janeiro: The absence of forward Hulk from Brazil's national squad is proof that no player is an automatic choice, says Selecao coach Dunga. Hulk, a regulator starter for Brazil for the past two years, was left out of Dunga's squad for friendlies against Argentina and Japan next month, reports...
  • Dunga picks Robinho for Argentina match 20 hours 36 minutes ago

    Rio de Janerio: Brazil coach Dunga has called up Robinho for the team's friendly matches against Argentina and Japan next month. The striker had been left out of Dunga's team for friendlies earlier this month against Colombia and Ecuador but was later added to the squad after Hulk got injured. Brazil will...
  • Williams can catch Red Bull, says Felipe Massa 23 hours 35 minutes ago

    Singapore: Brazilian Felipe Massa feels he has turned a corner after his first podium of the season in Italy last time out and is cautiously confident his Williams team can catch Red Bull in the constructors' championship. Massa, who joined Williams at the start of the season after eight years with...
  • Marin Cilic leads Croatia to Davis Cup playoff win, Spain out 3 days ago

    Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil. Less than a week after winning the US Open, Cilic snatched the crucial fifth rubber of Croatia's World Group playoff...
  • Brazil take 2-1 lead over Spain in Davis Cup 4 days ago

    Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo defeated Marc Lopez and David Marrero 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 to give Brazil a 2-1 lead over Spain in a Davis Cup playoff on Saturday, leaving the five-time champions in danger of dropping to zonal play for the first time since 1996. Brazil had key breaks late...
  • Baby registered in Brazil with two mothers and a father 4 days ago

    Brasilia: A judge in Brazil has ordered a baby be registered as born with two mothers and a father, a first in the South American country. The novel step had been requested both by the baby's biological father and mother, and the biological mother's female partner. Judge Rafael Pagnon Cunha...
  • Thomaz Bellucci helps Brazil level Davis Cup playoff 5 days ago

    Thomaz Bellucci rallied from two sets down and saved a match point in a 3-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Pablo Andujar on Friday that helped Brazil level the Davis Cup World Group playoff against Spain at 1-1. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain's top player for the clay-court series in...
  • Brazil's Dunga says doors still open for Maicon 1 week ago

    Brazil coach Dunga is not ruling out calling up Maicon despite dropping him from the squad because of indiscipline. The veteran defender was released on Sunday after failing to report back to the team's hotel by a time set by the coach. Players were coming off a rest day after a...
  • Pele reminds Brazil to play as a team 1 week ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Pele reminded Brazilians what they already knew, and were shown so obviously in the humiliating 7-1 loss to eventual champion Germany in the World Cup semifinals: Brazil must play as a team, not as individual stars if they have to win a sixth title. Years of growing anticipation...
  • Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador September 10, 2014

    Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in an international friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday with a first half goal from Willian enough to give coach Dunga his second successive victory. The goal came on the half hour from a well-rehearsed free kick. Oscar hit a short pass to Neymar who lifted a...
  • Fire in Brazil shantytown leaves 2,500 homeless September 9, 2014

    Sao Paulo: A huge fire destroyed around 500 homes in a shantytown - or favela - in Brazil's largest city, leaving about 2,500 people homeless, the fire department said on Monday. The blaze destroyed about 80 per cent of the rickety shacks making up Buraco Quente, a slum in southern Sao...
  • Veteran defender Maicon dropped from Brazil squad September 8, 2014

    The Brazilian football confederation says veteran right back Maicon has been dropped from the national squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Ecuador in the United States. The confederation did not explain why Maicon was dropped, calling it "an internal matter." Local media quoted Gilmar Rinaldi, the confederation official overseeing the national team,...
  • US Open champion Sania Mirza thanks fans for their support September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: New Delhi: Left teary-eyed after her Indianness was put into question just weeks back, tennis star Sania Mirza dedicated her US Open title to the country and the new state of Telangana, where her appointment as brand ambassador triggered a political furore. On Friday night, the first-time combination of...
  • Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia September 6, 2014

    Miami: A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday. Colombia played most of the second half down a man after midfielder Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 49th minute...
  • Ronaldinho signs for Mexico's Queretaro September 6, 2014

    Former Brazil and Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho, twice the World Player of the Year, has signed a two year deal with Queretaro, the Mexican first division club said on Friday. The 34-year-old, who has also played for Paris St Germain and AC Milan, became a free agent in July after cancelling his...
  • Neymar named Brazil captain September 5, 2014

    Miami: Brazil coach Dunga has confirmed Neymar will captain the national football team for friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador in the US. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Dunga confirmed the 22-year-old would replace injured defender Thiago Silva, who has captained Brazil since 2011, as reported. "It has already been confirmed....
  • Brazilian star Ronaldinho in talks with ISL's Chennai Titans: report August 29, 2014

    The Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Chennai Titans are in talks to bring on board the star Brazilian striker and former FIFA World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho. According to a report in The Hindu, the Brazilian superstar has been approached by the Chennai team. The player's brother, Roberto de Assis,...
  • 3 beheaded in southern Brazil prison riot August 25, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Three prisoners were beheaded and at least five other people were injured in a riot that erupted in a southern Brazilian prison, authorities said. Inmates of the prison in the city of Cascavel, took at least two agents and several other inmates hostage in the uprising, said military...
  • Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar joins Benfica August 20, 2014

    Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined Benfica where he will attempt to revive his career after an unhappy last season and a disappointing World Cup. The Portuguese champions, who recently sold first-choice goalkeeper Jan Oblak to Atletico Madrid, confirmed on their website that the 34-year-old had signed a two-year contract. Julio...
  • Silva could win Brazil vote after running mate's death: Poll August 19, 2014

    Brasilia: Environmentalist Marina Silva could unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in Brazil's presidential elections in October, a poll found on Monday, reflecting an altered political landscape since Silva's running mate was killed in a plane crash. Silva, a 56-year-old former environment minister, has moved into second place ahead of the October 5...
  • Brazil presidential candidate Campos dies in jet crash in Santos August 13, 2014

    Santos: Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, a contender to unseat President Dilma Rousseff in October, died on Wednesday when his jet crashed into a residential area, media network Globo said. Campos, a socialist who has been running third in the polls, was on board a jet that crashed into a...
  • Neymar returns to training after back injury August 6, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona says Brazil striker Neymar has returned to training after passing a medical exam as he continues his recovery from a fractured vertebra. Neymar fractured a vertebra in his back after a collision with Colombian defender Juan Camilo Zuniga during the World Cup quarter-finals last month. The Brazilian striker trained away...
  • I need a hug, says Scolari on Gremio return July 31, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Luiz Felipe Scolari said he needed a hug and some affection as the former Brazil coach returned on Wednesday to his favourite club Gremio after an 18-year absence. Scolari has endured three miserable weeks after his Brazil side crashed to an unprecedented 7-1 defeat by Germany in front...
  • India votes in support of UNHRC resolution on Gaza July 24, 2014

    Geneva: India along with BRICS countries on Wednesday voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel's offensive on Gaza. India joined Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to vote for a Palestinian-drafted resolution on "Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied...
  • New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning July 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga has vowed to instill "organisation and planning" in the country's national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time. The 50-year-old on Tuesday replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week following Brazil's failure to reach the World Cup final...
  • Dunga succeeds Scolari as Brazil manager July 22, 2014

    Brazil named Dunga as their manager for the second time on Tuesday, two weeks after they were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals which led to the resignation of former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. The 50-year-old Dunga, who captained Brazil to their fourth world title in 1994, was...
  • Brazil to name Dunga as coach: reports July 22, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Brazil are set to name their new national team coach, with reports suggesting Carlos Dunga is likely to return to the post. Brazil will announce a coach on Tuesday to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned after Brazil failed to win the World Cup - eliminated in a...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broaha's take on Modi's Brazil visit July 20, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Brazil to attend a summit meeting of the BRICS nations that will address regional crises and security threats to restore a climate of peace while advancing global economic stability. ...