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 By Tim Vickery

Brazil recall for in-form Fred would be bizarre for long-term World Cup plans

Atletico Mineiro kept their Copa Libertadores hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Santa Fe.
Fred is in fine form, but a recall would surely make little sense. Brazil, after all, have no short-term needs.

Almost three years have passed since that surreal afternoon in Belo Horizonte when Brazil collapsed in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup. Germany were five goals up at the interval. The home crowd had plenty of time to try to deal with the extraordinary event and as the second half painfully unfolded, they chose their scapegoat.

The crowd in the Mineirao stadium turned on striker Fred, playing in his home state. He was taken off in the second half. As the camera picked out his image on the...

 By Tim Vickery

Copa Libertadores pits Brazil vs. Argentina in intriguing last-16 ties

Robinho and Atletico Mineiro are fancied to beat Racing but the Copa Lib is known for its unpredictability.

On Wednesday the knockout phase of the Copa Libertadores really gets serious: three games, five former champions and two big clashes between clubs from Brazil and Argentina. It's perhaps surprising that all of this is coming so soon, in the round of 16 rather than in the quarterfinals. Come the end of next week, some major challengers will have left the competition.

The day kicks off with one of those Argentina-Brazil confrontations. In Buenos Aires, Racing play host to Atletico Mineiro, the 2013...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Former Arsenal and Brazil midfielder Gilberto Silva announces retirement

Gilberto Silva's impact at Arsenal proved something of a catalyst for his Brazilians players.
Gilberto Silva played for sides including Brazil, Arsenal and Atletico Mineiro.

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has confirmed his retirement.

Gilberto, 39, had been without a club since leaving Atletico Mineiro in 2013.

He told a news conference: "As of today, I have ended my career as an athlete. It's a difficult decision.

"Worldwide, we do not ask to be born. When we are born, we do not want to die. I've heard a phrase that says footballers die twice. I disagree. I think the football player dies once, and makes a transition from the field to a new stage. For me,...

Elias, Gil, Renato Augusto score as Corinthians extend lead; Atletico draw

Corinthians now sit seven points ahead of second-placed Atletico Mineiro.

SAO PAULO -- Corinthians increased their lead atop Brazil's first division with a 3-1 victory Sunday at Figueirense.

The win, coupled with second-place Atletico Mineiro's 2-2 draw at Joinville, gave the Sao Paulo giants a seven-point margin with 10 rounds to play.

Recent Brazilian national team call-ups Gil, Elias and Renato Augusto scored for Corinthians, and Leonardo Silva got the only goal for Figueirense.

Before only 7,500 at Joinville, Thiago Ribeiro and Luan scored for Atletico Mineiro, with...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Brazil clubs create Liga Sul-Minas-Rio, eye Premier League structure

Fans in five of Brazil's southern states will likely have a new league to watch in 2016.

A competition meant to be the precursor to a Brazilian Premier League has been officially formed after a meeting by member clubs in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

The statute for the "Liga Sul-Minas-Rio," a regional tournament consisting of clubs from five states in Brazil's south, was signed by its 13 founding members -- Flamengo and Fluminense of Rio, Internacional and Gremio of Rio Grande do Sul, Atletico-MG and Cruzeiro of Minas Gerais, Coritiba and Atletico-PR of Parana, and Joinville, Chapacoense,...