Brazil

  • Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho admits form slump 18-04-2014 10:14 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Ronaldinho has admitted to performing below expectations as he strives to earn a Brazil recall for this year's World Cup. The 34-year-old has not played for the Selecao since April last year and is considered a rank outsider to make Luiz Felipe Scolari's 23-man World Cup squad...
  • Tickets for two-thirds of football World Cup games sold out 16-04-2014 09:54 AM

    Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the football World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Five hours after sales opened on Tuesday on FIFA's website, tickets were available for only 20 of the 64 matches. FIFA put nearly 200,000 tickets on sale...
  • 100 most memorable football World Cup moments (80-71) 15-04-2014 04:57 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...
  • Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad 14-04-2014 11:32 PM

    Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 teams taking part in the football World Cup starting June, according to the Brazilian financial daily Valor. A sports analysis consultancy has reported that the Spain's squad is worth an estimated 486.9 million euros ($674 million), ahead of...
  • Time to erase bad memories of 1998 Football World Cup final: Thiago Silva 14-04-2014 04:45 PM

    Paris: He was not a part of the Brazilian World Cup team that was headed into submission by a Zinedine Zadane-inspired France 16 summers ago but Thiago Silva, who is expected to lead the yellow brigade this year, says he wants to erase the "bad memories" at the Stade de...
  • FIFA releases official World Cup song 09-04-2014 05:34 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Cuban-American rapper Pitbull joins Jennifer Lopez and Brazil's Claudia Leitte in the official World Cup football song released by the FIFA. The track, "We Are One (Ole, Ola)", featuring an acoustic guitar and an upbeat rhythm with lyrics promoting peace and unity, was released on Tuesday, reports...
  • Pele tells Neymar to stop diving 06-04-2014 11:05 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Pele has accused Barcelona forward Neymar of falling to ground in the hope of winning free-kicks. But the Brazil legend said the 22-year-old is better at keeping his feet compared when he arrived at the Camp Nou last summer, reported Xinhua. "I think Neymar looks to create...
  • Brazil army occupies shantytowns ahead of Football World Cup 05-04-2014 09:21 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: The Brazilian Armed Forces occupied a massive compound of slums north of Rio de Janeiro early on Saturday without firing a shot, securing a focal point of violent crime two months ahead of the Football World Cup. Wresting control of the area from drug gangs was a...
  • FIFA's Valcke on World Cup: We are not ready 03-04-2014 09:53 AM

    Johannesburg: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has again raised concerns over Brazil's World Cup preparations, saying "we are not ready" and that the stadium for the opening game is one of two venues that worry him most. Just two months before the showpiece tournament starts, Valcke told at a joint...
  • Brazilian plane makes emergency landing with no front wheels 29-03-2014 04:32 PM

    An Avianca Airlines passenger jet safely made an emergency landing in Brasilia on Friday after its front landing gear failed to deploy, authorities said. None of the 49 passengers and crew of five on the Fokker 100 jet were injured when the plane landed on its rear wheels before lowering...
  • 100 most memorable football World Cup moments (90-81) 26-03-2014 01:56 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...
  • World Cup hosts still using sex to sell football 24-03-2014 10:19 PM

    After a dire and goalless first half, the halftime entertainment in the recent Boa Esporte v Caldense Minas Gerais state championship derby was predictable enough. An announcer read scores from around the grounds. A giant owl mascot geed up the crowd. A stream of people bought beers and ice cream...
  • 100 most memorable Football World Cup moments (100-91) 21-03-2014 03:10 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...
  • Brazil won't feel World Cup pressure: Parreira 20-03-2014 12:36 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Hosts Brazil will not be burdened by the pressure of being favourites to win the 2014 World Cup, said assistant coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. In an interview published on Brazil's football confederation website, Parreira reaffirmed national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's assertion that the team will accept nothing...
  • Scolari backed to coach Brazil beyond Football World Cup 2014 19-03-2014 10:11 AM

    Sao Paulo: Luiz Felipe Scolari could remain Brazil coach beyond this year's World Cup. Brazil's football confederation vice president Marco Polo del Nero told news service Uol Esporte that the 65-year-old was the ideal man to continue in the role, irrespective of the Selecao's World Cup performance, reported Xinhua. "I...
  • Brazilian legend Rivaldo hangs up his boots 16-03-2014 08:17 AM

    Former Brazil and Barcelona playmaker Rivaldo announced his retirement from soccer on Saturday. The 41-year-old hung up his boots following a career in which he helped Brazil win the World Cup in 2002 and was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1999. He said he came to the...
  • Former Brazil star Rivaldo officially retires 15-03-2014 11:50 PM

    Sao Paulo: Former Brazil and Barcelona star Rivaldo officially retired on Saturday after a 24-year career that he said was built "upon a miracle" that allowed him to overcome financial challenges and disappointments. The 41-year-old midfielder, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, hadn't been playing at a top...
  • Temporary facilities pose World Cup headache for FIFA 14-03-2014 10:01 AM

    An unpaved area of 140,000 square metres around the Porto Alegre stadium is among FIFA's biggest headaches with three months to go until the World Cup in Brazil, secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Thursday. "The biggest challenge is to have all these temporary facilities, which are subject to a...
  • Brazil fired by Neymar hat-trick as Spain, France, Germany win 06-03-2014 08:50 AM

    London: Neymar's hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year's World Cup tested out their squads on a busy night of friendlies on Wednesday which also brought victories for Spain, Germany and France. Barcelona forward Neymar was unstoppable for tournament hosts Brazil...
  • Brazil celebrates 100-day mark to World Cup 05-03-2014 09:51 AM

    Sao Paulo: Brazil is commemorating the 100-day mark to the World Cup by lighting up tourist attractions with the green and yellow colors of the national flag. Some monuments, bridges, theaters and World Cup stadiums were lit up across the country Tuesday to celebrate the milestone. Among the stadiums illuminated...
  • World Cup stadiums will be ready: Ronaldo 05-03-2014 09:05 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Football great Ronaldo has tried to allay fears about the ongoing construction delays to Brazil's World Cup stadiums. Four of the country's 12 World Cup venues are yet to be ready despite a December 2013 deadline imposed by football's governing body FIFA, reported Xinhua. Ronaldo, an official...
  • Watch: Carnival season in full swing in Brazil 04-03-2014 11:30 AM

    Turquoise feathers, gyrating hips and nonstop samba. Carnival at Rio De Janeiro's Sambadrome is hard to beat. This is the way a lot of people get to the parade grounds. ...
  • Federico Delbonis wins 1st ATP title at Brazil Open 03-03-2014 09:57 AM

    Sao Paulo: Argentine Federico Delbonis won his first ATP title by defeating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Brazil Open final on Sunday. Delbonis broke Lorenzi's serve to start the decisive set and held on to close the match in 2 hours and 6 minutes after converting...
  • Haas retires with bad shoulder in Brazil Open semis 02-03-2014 10:55 AM

    Sao Paulo: Top-seeded Tommy Haas retired with a shoulder injury while losing 6-3, 3-2 to Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the Brazil Open semi-finals on Saturday. Haas said he "felt a lot of pain" in his right shoulder when he slammed his racket to the ground in frustration after losing...
  • The best photos from Brazil Carnival: Annual revelry begins with beer, free condoms and all night dance parties 01-03-2014 02:05 PM

    Carnival got under way across Brazil interspersed with simmering antigovernment protests and alongside preparations in 12 cities for the upcoming soccer World Cup. The festivities, which each year rouse millions to revel in nearly a week of parades and block parties, are the first since a series of mass demonstrations...
  • Haas beats Zeballos to reach Brazil Open semi-finals 01-03-2014 11:37 AM

    Sao Paulo: Top-seeded Tommy Haas came back to defeat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 to advance to the Brazil Open semifinals on Friday. Haas broke Zeballos' serve twice in a row in the decisive set to close the match and take a step closer to his second final...
  • Brazil to face Panama in pre-World Cup friendly 24-02-2014 12:32 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil will fine-tune their FIFA World Cup preparations with an international friendly against Panama June 3. The two teams will meet at the Serra Dourada stadium in the central Brazilian city of Goiania, Panama's football federation said on its official website on Sunday. It will be Brazil's...
  • FIFA: 2.3 million World Cup tickets allocated 22-02-2014 10:13 AM

    Florianopolis: FIFA said on Friday it has allocated 2.3 million tickets for the World Cup, with Brazilians and Americans receiving most of them. Football's governing body said the 2014 tournament is "the most successful World Cup" in terms of requests, with nearly 10 million people trying to get a hold...
  • It's all going Brazil's way for World Cup: Luiz Felipe Scolari 20-02-2014 07:17 PM

    Florianopolis, Brazil: Luiz Felipe Scolari is not hiding his optimism with Brazil's chance to win the World Cup title at home. The coach has been saying loud and clear that it will be Brazil lifting the trophy at the Maracana Stadium in a few months. Scolari says everything is going...