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BRAZILIAN SERIE A

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
11 Bahia 12 12 14 48
12 Fluminense 12 9 17 45
13 Corinthians 11 11 16 44
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Chapecoense, Brazilian giants Fluminense, Vasco da Gama all mired in tight relegation fight

After the horrific tragedy of two years ago, Chapecoense's first-divison fate will come down to the final game of the season.
After the horrific tragedy of two years ago, Chapecoense's first-divison fate will come down to the final game of the season.

It is precisely two years since the Chapecoense plane crash, when almost the entire team and coaching staff of the little Brazilian club lost their lives.

In such circumstances, it seems crass in the extreme to state that Chapecoense are fighting for their first-division survival this weekend. Such metaphors lose all their meaning when measured against true tragedy.

Nevertheless, there is a connection. Because all of the emotion engendered by the disaster needs to be channelled somehow. And the...

Copa Libertadores an all-Argentina affair but Copa Sudamericana spotlights Brazil, Colombia

The dramatic Copa Libertadores semifinal between reigning champions Gremio of Brazil and Argentine giants River Plate went to a third leg.

After the first two, in conventional home and away format, River Plate had scraped into the final. Aggregate scores were level at 2-2. But River's late penalty gave them the extra away goal, and a place in the final against historic rivals Boca Juniors. Until, that is, Gremio lodged a complaint.

During the first leg, River coach Marcelo Gallardo was found guilty...

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Crystal Palace sign former Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri

Diego Cavalieri worked with Roy Hodgson at Liverpool.

Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri has joined Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

Cavalieri, who worked with Palace boss Roy Hodgson during his time at Liverpool, joins as a free agent after leaving Brazilian club Fluminense at the end of last year.

The 35-year-old former Brazil international has been added to Palace's squad after a successful trial spell with the Eagles.

"I am very happy to be here and have been training with the guys for some time now," he told the official Palace website.

"The...

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Crystal Palace in advanced talks for keeper Diego Cavalieri - Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has revealed Crystal Palace hope to imminently conclude the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri.

The 35-year-old has been training with Hodgson's squad following his release from Fluminense, and has been in talks over signing a permanent contract to provide a further option in a position the manager has long felt he lacks cover.

A knee injury suffered by Julian Speroni means that Wayne Hennessey remains Palace's only fit, senior goalkeeper. While Cavalieri is not expected...

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Minnesota United reaches loan deal for Luiz Fernando of Fluminense

Luiz Fernando comes to Minnesota United from Brazilian side Fluminense.

Minnesota United has reached an agreement with Fluminense for Brazilian midfielder Luiz Fernando, the club announced on Thursday.

The 22-year-old will join United on loan for the 2018 season, with the MLS club holding an option to buy him at the conclusion of the campaign.

"He'll bring strength, athleticism and obviously talent," MNUFC coach Adrian Heath said. "[Fluminense] is one of the big clubs in all of Brazil. We've watched him over the last few months and we think he'll be a really good...