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How South American football is helping battle the coronavirus

Lionel Messi, Carli Lloyd and more join in a message to the world to advise on Coronavirus and how best to beat it.

The South American confederation has found a new reason to celebrate the best goal scored the last time the World Cup was staged on the continent. One of the great moments of Brazil 2014 was the strike by Colombia's James Rodriguez against Uruguay, taking the ball down on his chest and unleashing a magnificent volley hit on the swivel that clipped the underside of the crossbar on its unstoppable path into the goal.

Rodriguez received the ball between the lines of the opposing team -- and it has...

Europe's top clubs plan emergency meeting over summer transfer window - sources

Wembley Stadium displays blue lights on its arch to support for NHS workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The European Club Association (ECA), which consists of football's most powerful clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United, has scheduled a board meeting on Friday ahead of emergency talks with FIFA over the potential disruption to this summer's transfer window caused by the coronavirus pandemic, sources have told ESPN.

Every major football competition in Europe, with the exception of the Belarussian Vysheyshaya Liga, has been forced to suspend all fixtures as a result of spread...

Barcelona agree €1m first refusal for Sao Paulo's Maia

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Barcelona have agreed to pay €1 million to secure the first refusal on Sao Paulo's teenage striker Gustavo Maia this summer, the Brazilian club's director of football Alexandre Passaro has confirmed to ESPN Brasil.

Barca will have to pay an additional €4m at the end of June to complete the deal for the Brazilain forward.

Maia, 19, was one of a number of players spotted by Barca scouts on a trip to South America last year, sources have told ESPN. Coritiba right-back Yan Couto was also...

Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus says he has positive coronavirus test

Botafogo players become the latest to wear masks in protest, unveiling a "coronavirus: Protect yourself" banner.

Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus has tested positive for coronavirus and is under quarantine in Rio de Janeiro while doctors perform a second confirmatory test, he and his club said on Monday.

"It's true that my test came up positive and it's also true that I feel normal," the Portuguese coach said on Instagram. "I feel exactly the same today as I felt a month, a year, two, three years ago. I have no symptoms but the test was positive."

"I am going to stay under quarantine. I think that in a week or...

Man City's new right-back Yan Couto can be Brazil's new hope

Craig Burley lauds Man City's ability to make numerous changes and still capture the Carabao Cup title.

It might seem strange, given their commitment to attacking and flair, but the platform for the golden age of Brazilian football was provided by a defensive change. In the 1950s, Brazil dropped an extra player into the heart of defence, creating the modern back four.

As a result, more cover in the middle allowed Brazil's full-backs to push forward and enjoy the space in front of them. Thus, the attacking full-back was born -- a vital part of the Brazilian mix ever since Nilton Santos scored an unexpected...