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Vasco da Gama's Juninho Pernambucano retires

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War of words erupts as Brazilian football struggles with return to play

Real Madrid and Brazil defender Marcelo shows he hasn't lost his touch during the break.
Former Brazil captain Cafu recreates the skills he did vs. Pavel Nedved and Diego Simeone in Roma vs. Lazio.

It is only natural that the return of the Bundesliga has racked up the desire of some elsewhere in the world to get the ball rolling in their leagues.

But everywhere else is not Germany, with the coronavirus under relative control. Brazil is certainly facing a very different situation; the death toll is now well over 25,000, and rising at a rate that makes it more realistic to talk of a plateau rather than a peak. Are these adequate conditions for the safe return of football in the country?

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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro clubs get OK for June training despite rising number of coronavirus cases

Real Madrid and Brazil defender Marcelo shows he hasn't lost his touch during the break.

The Rio de Janeiro government told football teams on Monday they could resume full training in June despite coronavirus cases being on the rise in Brazil.

The city's mayor met with club representatives on Sunday and agreed that players can immediately begin gym work and physiotherapy, with full training to begin next month.

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As Brazil's coronavirus crisis worsens, top clubs play political football

Brazil's coronavirus death toll is rising alarmingly, with Tuesday the first day in which the 24-hour total topped 1,000, adding to a national total that is approaching 18,000 and increasing the strain on health systems, with some cities close to buckling. Only the United States and Russia have more confirmed COVID-19 cases than Brazil. 

But even as the numbers grow amid the pandemic, there remains a desire in some quarters for football to return, with President Jair Bolsonaro having made no...

Chaos as police fire grenades before Vasco da Gama vs. Fluminense

Brazilian football had another day of unprecedented chaos on Sunday when fans were allowed into the Maracana Stadium midway through the first half after a judge lifted a ban imposed when rival sides could not agree in which end their fans would sit.

The gates were opened around 30 minutes into a Rio state championship final to allow thousands of Vasco da Gama supporters, and a few from rivals Fluminense, into the ground.

Police had earlier fired pepper spray and percussion grenades in and around...

Bayer Leverkusen seal deal for Brazilian teenager Paulinho

Paulinho has signed for Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen completed the signing of Brazilian forward Paulinho from Vasco da Gama for next season in what the Bundesliga club called "a real coup."

The 17-year-old Paulinho signed a contract through June 2023, effective from his next birthday on July 15.

A transfer fee was not disclosed, but kicker magazine in Germany reported Leverkusen took advantage of financial problems at Vasco da Gama by having its offer of just under €20 million accepted -- €10m less than his release clause.