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Neymar Sr. says Santos 'going against an idol' with FIFA claim

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes addresses recent reports that Brazilian club Santos are asking FIFA to suspend Neymar for six months for what they're calling a non-compliance of contract terms offence, which occurred during the forward's transfer to FC Barcelona.

The father of Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar has accused Santos of "going against an idol" in the wake of the club's request for FIFA to suspend his son six months for breach of contract terms regarding his transfer from the Sao Paulo club to Barcelona in 2013.

The club are reportedly seeking the ban as well as €55 million in damages in their allegation Neymar violated Article 17 of the FIFA transfer rules regarding the consequences of terminating a contract without just cause.


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...

Corinthians, Palmeiras draw 3-3; Flamengo crush Fluminense 3-1

Dudu and Palmeiras were pegged back three times in a pulsating 3-3 draw with leaders Corinthians.

SAO PAULO -- Corinthians came from behind three times to draw with Palmeiras 3-3 in an intense clasico at Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

The draw kept Corinthians on top of the Brazilian league with 50 points, five in front of Atletico Mineiro, while Gremio are six back, with Sao Paulo the next-best club, 12 off the lead.

Palmeiras, playing at home, got goals from Lucas, Robinho and Dudu. Vagner Love scored the equaliser in the 78th minute for Corinthians with Guilherme Arana also scoring....

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Vanderlei Luxemburgo sacked by Cruzeiro after three months in charge

Former Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo was fired by Flamengo in May.

Former Real Madrid manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo has been sacked for the second time this season after Cruzeiro confirmed his dismissal on Monday afternoon.

The record five-time Brazilian champion was let-go a day after the Belo Horizonte club's disappointing 1-0 home loss to Santos, which dropped the two-time defending champs to 16th in the league table, one spot away from a relegation place.

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'Emotional' Ronaldinho arrives 48 minutes late to Fluminense unveiling

Ronaldinho has been forced to answer questions about his desire over the past few years.

An emotional Ronaldinho was eventually unveiled by new side Fluminense before the Rio de Janeiro club's derby against arch-rivals Vasco da Gama at Maracana on Sunday.

The former two-time FIFA World Player of the Year signed with the Brazilian club last weekend after being released of his contract by Mexican club Queretaro, where he'd been since September 2014.

The former World Cup winner, who has been forced to answer questions about his motivation over the years, arrived 48 minutes late to the...