BRAZIL

  • I'm now showing Brazil form with Barcelona, says Neymar 21 hours 12 minutes ago

    Neymar is reproducing his Brazil form with Barcelona because the forward said on Monday that he was now feeling more relaxed. Neymar had a difficult first 2013-14 season in Spain with injuries and turmoil over his transfer fee, which was initially said to be worth 57.1 million euros ($72.92 million) by...
  • Dunga delights in Brazil flexibility and brilliant Neymar 6 days ago

    Singapore: Brazil coach Dunga has made a perfect start to his second stint in charge of the national side and on Tuesday's friendly win over Japan offered him plenty of reasons to feel that July's World Cup nightmare could soon be forgotten. As hosts, Felipe Scolari's side bullied their way...
  • Neymar scores all 4 as Brazil beat Japan 4-0 1 week ago

    Singapore: Neymar scored all four goals on Tuesday to give Brazil a 4-0 victory over Japan in a friendly match. Playing at a neutral venue in Singapore, the Barcelona striker gave his team the lead in the 18th minute after running onto a through ball from Diego Tardelli. He got his second...
  • Diego Tardelli nets twice as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 October 11, 2014

    Beijing: Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued their defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversaries Argentina in a feisty friendly on Saturday. Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli scored once in each half, his first goals for Brazil, as former skipper Dunga...
  • Brazil's Dilma Rousseff, Aecio Neves race for support in election runoff October 7, 2014

    Sao Paulo: A tight runoff campaign for Brazil's presidency kicked off on Monday with leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff and pro-business rival Aecio Neves racing to win over supporters of the third-placed candidate after she was knocked out of the election. Neves, a centrist senator who had been widely written off until...
  • Kaka returns to Brazil national team October 4, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Kaka is back with Brazil's national team after an absence of more than 18 months. Coach Dunga on Friday called up the playmaker to replace injured Cruzeiro midfielder Ricardo Goulart for the match against Argentina on October 11 in Beijing and against Japan on October 14 in Singapore. The 32-year-old...
  • Nepal Prime Minister backs India's bid for permanent seat on UN Security Council September 27, 2014

    United Nations: Nepal gave its backing on Friday for India's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, saying it was needed to reflect the changed times and make it more effective. Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told the UN General Assembly on Friday that the UN, including the...
  • Swaraj discusses UN Security Council reform with counterparts September 26, 2014

    New York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of early reform of the UN Security Council during her meetings with counterparts from China and the IBSA and G4 blocs, saying that concerted efforts should be made to complete the reform process by 2015, coinciding with the 70th anniversary...
  • Zico says ISL will help Indian football grow September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: Brazilian legend Zico, the high profile coach in the upcoming Indian Super League, on Tuesday said the two-and-half month long league would help the 158th ranked India to improve their footballing skills and produce great talents in future. "Football has to go through a process so that it becomes successful...
  • India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    After not much action barring the 22 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 subcontinent teams are...
  • Germany still ahead of Argentina in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    Zurich: World Cup winner Germany are still No. 1 in the FIFA rankings despite losing to secondplace 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 September 18, 2014

    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 September 17, 2014

    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 September 17, 2014

    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 September 15, 2014

    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 21 lead over Spain in Davis Cup September 14, 2014

    Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo defeated Marc Lopez and David Marrero 63, 75, 75 to give Brazil a 21 lead over Spain in a Davis Cup playoff on Saturday, leaving the fivetime 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 September 14, 2014

    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 September 13, 2014

    Thomaz Bellucci rallied from two sets down and saved a match point in a 36, 67 (6), 64, 75, 63 victory over Pablo Andujar on Friday that helped Brazil level the Davis Cup World Group playoff against Spain at 11. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain's top player for the claycourt series in...
  • Brazil's Dunga says doors still open for Maicon September 11, 2014

    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 September 11, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Pele reminded Brazilians what they already knew, and were shown so obviously in the humiliating 71 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 10 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 wellrehearsed 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 tearyeyed 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 firsttime combination of...
  • Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia September 6, 2014

    Miami: A superb 83rd minute freekick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 10 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 34yearold, 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 22yearold 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 firstchoice goalkeeper Jan Oblak to Atletico Madrid, confirmed on their website that the 34yearold had signed a twoyear contract. Julio...