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 By Tim Vickery

Lack of continuity continues to plague Brazilian football

Gremio v Fluminese
Brazil's national league will start anew this Saturday to very little fanfare.

The Copa Libertadores quarterfinals kicked off on Wednesday night with an all-Brazilian tie between Sao Paulo and Atletico Mineiro, which proved to be a poor advert for the country's domestic game.

The match was abrasive and spiteful, constantly interrupted by fouls, generating plenty of heat but precious little light. There was little free-flowing football; the only goal came in the only manner it looked possible, from a Sao Paulo set piece. And even this set a new low point; in the celebrations...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Neymar missing as Brazil put seven young players on Copa America squad

The ESPN FC crew debate whether playing in the Olympics over Copa America makes sense for Neymar and Brazil.

Brazil's final 23-man squad for the Copa America is missing Barcelona star Neymar as expected but includes seven players who will also be eligible to play in the Olympics.

Selecao coach Dunga accepted the Catalan club's request to use Neymar either at the Copa America or at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August -- and the Olympics took priority.

The Copa America Centenario is a special edition of the tournament to be played at sites throughout June in the United States -- outside of South America...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Corinthians' Tite: I don't want to succeed Dunga as Brazil coach

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to the latest FIFA rankings, which see Argentina move to No. 1.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table and whether Ecuador can keep up their current pace.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Brazil's draw with Paraguay and the absence of Thiago Silva.
Uruguay's Luis Suarez speaks to his side's need to change their entire game plan following Brazil's two early goals in their 2-2 draw.

Corinthians manager Tite has said he would never negotiate to replace Dunga as Brazil coach, criticising the media for suggesting he take over. 

The pressure on Dunga has intensified after last month's round of 2018 World Cup qualifying matches brought draws against Paraguay and Uruguay.

The Selecao are sixth in the CONMEBOL qualifying table, but 12 matches remain in which to avoid the threat of missing a World Cup for the first time in their history.

They are currently one place outside the...

Shooting death prompts away fans to be banned from derbies in Sao Paulo

Palmeiras fans
Palmeiras fans -- and all other away supporters -- will not be able to attend city derbies for the rest of the year.

Sao Paulo police have banned away fans from attending city derbies until the end of the year after a bystander was shot dead on Sunday as Palmeiras and Corinthians fans battled ahead of their state championship game.

The decision was taken by the state's military police in conjunction with the Paulista State Football Federation and public prosecutors.

"This will avoid the need for the military police to escort organised fan groups, which will allow a reinforcement of policing around the stadiums,"...

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Report: Ronaldinho to play June matches for Peruvian side

The ESPN FC crew wish Brazilian star Ronaldinho a happy 36th birthday and review his career.
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss Ronaldinho's interest in the Australian A-League with the Brazilian star linked to five clubs.

Barcelona and Brazil legend Ronaldinho is set to play two exhibition games for Peru second-tier side Cienciano in June, according to the club's administrator.

The 36-year-old former Barcelona and AC Milan star has been without a contract since he played nine matches for Fluminense between July and September of 2015 after leaving Liga MX side Queretaro.

He was reported to be near a new deal with the Brazilian side, but his brother and agent, Roberto Assis, last week said the former two-time...