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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...

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Brazil legend Romario wants to be mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Former World Cup winner Romario has an eye to further his political career.

Brazil legend Romario has stated his desire to become mayor of Rio de Janeiro.

The former World Cup champion is currently a senator for the state of Rio de Janeiro and told Brazil's Placar Magazine of his mayoral ambitions.

"There exists a big difference between the legislative and executive," expressed Romario, who is a Rio native. "To be mayor of Rio de Janeiro is a heck of responsibility. It's the most appealing political office. I want to be mayor of Rio. There's a possibility that I come in...

Brazil introduces plan to renegotiate club debts, force fiscal responsibility

Fans of the Brazilian domestic game have had little to celebrate given the clubs' poor management over the years.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's government wants to let football clubs renegotiate $1.2 billion in debts but in the process force them to start spending more wisely.

The measure signed by President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday gives Brazilian clubs up to 20 years to pay what they owe to the federal government. In exchange, they must manage their finances more professionally.

Congress still has to approve the measure.

In order to take advantage of the government's favorable conditions, clubs have to commit...

 By Ian Holyman

Thiago Silva tips Elivelton, Marlon and Samir as Brazil's future stars

Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has named three young Brazilian defenders he believes will follow in his footsteps to star in Europe.

After an injury-hit start to the Ligue 1 season, Silva has recently recaptured the form that earned him as reputation as one of the world's best defenders.

Though the 30-year-old remains a formidable barrier to opposing strikers, Silva can already see those coming through the ranks back in his homeland.

"Brazilian football has changed a lot as far as defenders...

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Flamengo fans allegedly rush dressing room, injure opposing goalkeeper

Two people were taken into custody after allegedly invading a team dressing room and attacking a player before the start of a Brazilian state league game between Flamengo and Macae on Saturday.

Members of an unidentified Flamengo fan group allegedly stole belongings, cleats and fruit from the Macae club's dressing room and assaulted goalkeeper Ricardo Berna, who played Saturday's game with a bandage on his chin, the director of competitions for Rio de Janeiro's football federation, Marcelo Vianna,...