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Brave girl dares to wear rival's jersey at Rio derby

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Brazil select battle-tested Copa America squad as host nation expects Selecao victory

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Ale Moreno share the same sentiments that Neymar's rainbow vs. Angers was both filthy and unnecessary.

It was a huge talking point in the Brazilian media: Would Neymar be dropped from Brazil's squad for the Copa America after lashing out at a fan after the French Cup final?

Last year Tite left Juventus winger Douglas Costa out of a squad in punishment for spitting at an opponent during a Serie A match. Would the same criteria apply to the captain?

The answer, of course, was "no." There is much more at stake now. Tournament hosts Brazil are under huge pressure to win the Copa, which kicks off...

Neymar's petulance puts Brazil coach Tite in difficult position over Copa America

Julien Laurens explains what sort of punishment Neymar faces for an alleged swipe at a spectator and whether it affects how PSG fans perceive him.

When Neymar flung out an arm in the direction of a supporter on Saturday, on the other side of the Atlantic, the heart of Brazil coach Tite must have sunk.

Neymar was involved in the altercation with a fan after Paris Saint-Germain's shock loss to Stade Rennes on penalties in the Coupe de France final. 

This was his captain -- publicly showing the excesses of petulance which, at the age of 27, still shows no sign of going away.

Tite is now in an awkward position. Last September winger...

Selecao's return to white kits a timely reminder of Brazil's past

Roberto Firmino equalized and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning brace to give Brazil 3-1 come-from-behind victory against the Czech Republic.
After Brazil's draw against Panama, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Gab Marcotti delve into where the weaknesses lie for the 5-time world champions.
The crew weigh up Neymar's level after he fell outside the top 10 in ESPN Brazil's poll of greatest post-Pele players for the Selecao.

Just under two months from now, Brazil will take the field for the opening game of the Copa America wearing their traditional white shirts.

That might seem like a strange way to end a sentence, but it is true. From their first match in 1914 (against Exeter City) and for almost four decades afterwards, Brazil wore white.

A change was forced by the trauma of losing the 1950 World cup on home ground beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in the decisive game in the giant, newly built Maracana stadium.

A competition...

Vinicius models new, white Brazil jersey nearly 60 years after infamous WC loss

Real Madrid striker Vinicius Jr. was in Brazil on Tuesday, but not because of some emergency international duty. Well, not on the field at least.

The rising star from Brazil was back in his native country to "re-debut" a very special jersey of sorts that the national team will wear as their second jersey at this summer's Copa America.

The white jersey -- in stark contrast to the Selecao's iconic yellow jersey -- is an homage to the 1919 Copa America team, who won the country's first...

Brazil, Uruguay clear Copa America favorites amid CONMEBOL's widespread instability

Roberto Firmino equalized and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning brace to give Brazil 3-1 come-from-behind victory against the Czech Republic.

South America flips the switch very quickly from international football back to the club game. In some places, domestic football even continued as normal during the FIFA dates -- Brazil's regional championships, for example, which are starting to reach the business end. In others the focus swiftly alters. The Argentine title could be decided in the weekend's penultimate round, and the Copa Libertadores is back in full swing next week.

That said, it is worthwhile to pause to reflect on what the national...

Brave Brazilian girl dares to wear away jersey in home crowd at big Rio de Janeiro derby

One image from last Sunday's Rio de Janeiro derby between Fluminense and Flamengo -- otherwise known as "Fla-Flu" -- went viral in Brazil, but it did not come from the pitch. It's a curious image of a little girl in the stands of the Maracana stadium. 

The young fan, Lais de Oliveira Nascimento, emerges from a sea of Flamengo supporters proudly wearing Fluminense colours as she sits on the shoulders of her grandfather -- who, by the way, is a Flamengo fan. It's certainly a striking image of...