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3 days ago

Roberto Carlos: Ronaldo the best in the world

The former Brazil international believes it's Cristiano Ronaldo who now holds the title as best in the world.

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 By Tim Vickery

San Lorenzo's Club World Cup win exposes dearth of Brazilian ideas

San Lorenzo's Emmanuel Mas says the team take great pride in reaching the Club World Cup Final, in which they will play Spanish giants Real Madrid.

For all the intensity of their footballing rivalry, there was little Brazilian pleasure to be taken from the problems of Argentina's San Lorenzo in the semifinal of the Club World Cup -- where the unimpressive Libertadores champions needed extra time to squeeze past semi-professional Auckland City of New Zealand.

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There are two reasons for the lack of Brazilian schadenfreude. The first is that in the 10 year history of this competition, every club from Brazil has struggled with the semifinal. Two...

 By James Young

The problem with Brazilian football coaches? Try the culture around them

Muricy Ramalho partly blames his recent health problems on managing in Brazil. He might have a point.

"I've never had heart problems before ... [the doctors] said that it was caused by stress. My heart was beating in a strange way. It was frightening ... it made me wonder whether all this madness is worth it."

Those were the words of Muricy Ramalho, the Sao Paulo coach who was hospitalised in September and diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia, during an interview with Brazil's "Esporte Espetacular" TV show back in October. Ramalho, who was one of the candidates to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as...

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3 days ago

Roberto Carlos backs Brazil to reach former heights

Roberto Carlos has backed Brazil to return to the pinnacle of international football after struggling since winning two World Cups between 1994 and 2002.

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Carlo Ancelotti backs Marcelo as world's best after Dunga's criticism

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has praised his squad for their performances in 2014 so far.

Carlo Ancelotti has come to the defence of Marcelo, calling him "definitely the best full-back in the world," after Brazil coach Dunga criticised the Real Madrid player this week.

Dunga has not called up the former Selecao captain since taking over after the World Cup, choosing Chelsea's Filipe Luis instead at left-back.

In explaining the Marcelo's exclusion, Dunga said he pushed forward too often.

"How many times did Marcelo go on the attack in the World Cup? Twenty times," he told O Globo. "How...