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Pablo Armero departs AC Milan for Brazil giants Flamengo

Pablo Armero has not found significant minutes at AC Milan this season.

Brazilian giants Flamengo have signed Colombia left back Pablo Armero on loan from Udinese until the end of the year.

The 28-year-old defender had been playing with AC Milan, also on a loan.

He had been looking for a way out of Milan after struggling to break into the first team.

"I'm not one of those who likes to talk much about what goes on within a club, but the situation is pretty difficult at Milan because [Milan manager Filippo] Inzaghi said: 'Come here because I need you,' and I thought he...

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Flamengo's Vanderlei Luxemburgo protests ban: 'I won't shut up'

Flamengo manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo denounced Rio de Janeiro's state football federation on Friday.

Flamengo manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo covered his mouth in tape to protest the Rio de Janeiro state football federation during a Friday media session.

"I won't shut up," the former Real Madrid coach said just before fastening the gag and walking out on the gathered media.

Luxemburgo had received a two-match ban last week for stating "we need to beat up FERJ" (Rio de Janeiro's football governing body). He later criticised the organisation for being dictatorial in their attempt to censor players and...

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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...