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Real Madrid defender Marcelo sets sights on Botafogo swansong

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo has told Globoesporte he would like to play for Brazilian club Botafogo before retiring.

Marcelo joined Madrid from Fluminense as an 18-year-old in January 2007 and has since won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues, playing more than 400 games.

The Brazil international said he hoped to play for hometown side Botafogo "some day," adding: "It would be nice."

Botafogo quickly reacted by fixing up a No. 6 shirt with Marcelo's name on it and posting the image...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fan dies after violence prior to Botafogo-Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro

Botafogo play their home games at the Nilton Santos Stadium.

A supporter died following violence before Botafogo's meeting with Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Authorities announced that Diego Silva dos Santo, 28, died nearby Botafogo's Nilton Santos Stadium -- also known as the Engenhao -- and the club condemned the violence which preceded the match.

"The Municipal Health Secretariat informs that eight men were taken to the Salgado Filho Municipal Hospital as victims of the violence or gunshots in clashes near the Engenhao," the Secretariat said in...

Brazilian forward Jobson banned four years for alleged refusal of doping test

Botafogo forward Jobson has had a history of failed doping tests in his native Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian striker Jobson has been banned from football for four years for allegedly refusing to undergo a doping test while he played in Saudi Arabia.

The player had been suspended in Saudi Arabia but FIFA on Friday told his Brazilian club, Botafogo, that the ban is also valid in Brazil.

A Saudi Arabian anti-doping commission suspended Jobson last year saying the player refused to undergo a test while playing for Al-Ittihad, a claim the Brazilian striker denies.

Jobson's lawyer,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fluminense sack manager Cristovao Borges

Former Vasco da Gama manager Cristovao Borges' stay at Fluminense has come to an end.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian club Fluminense says it has fired coach Cristovao because of the team's poor performances in the Rio de Janeiro state championship.

Monday's announcement came two days after Fluminense's 1-1 draw with minnow Tigres at the Maracana Stadium. The traditional Rio de Janeiro club had already lost to another smaller club, Macae, in the previous round in the state tournament.

Fluminense is only fifth in the 16-team competition, outside the top four which will advance to the...

Brazil to dock points from clubs not paying players on time

Brazilian league teams will be stripped of points if they don't pay players' salaries on time.

SAO PAULO -- Brazilian league teams will be stripped of points if they don't pay players' salaries on time.

Clubs may lose three points for each match played while salaries are owed, the Brazilian Football Confederation said. The teams would keep losing points for as long as the debts persist.

Players will be entitled to denounce their clubs when payment delays reach 30...