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Corinthians refuse to sign Juninho after fan complaints stemming from assault accusation

SAO PAULO -- Brazilian team Corinthians has decided against signing a 19-year-old striker accused of assaulting a former girlfriend after supporters complained.

The Sao Paulo-based club said in a statement that Sport Recife's Juninho would not be arriving "because of numerous protests by female and male fans."

Juninho was in Sao Paulo to conclude the deal when the club issued the statement. He is accused of assaulting and threatening a former girlfriend last year, but denies the claims.

Corinthians...

Ex-Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari returns to country to coach Palmeiras

SAO PAULO -- Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has signed a contract with Sao Paulo giants Palmeiras, returning home after three successful years at Guangzhou Evergrande.

Palmeiras made the announcement on their social media channels on Thursday. Scolari's contract is valid until 2020.

On Wednesday, the club fired Scolari's predecessor Roger Machado after a 1-0 defeat at Fluminense in the 15th round of the Brazilian championship.

The 69-year-old Scolari led Brazil to their record fifth...

Neymar moving to Real Madrid would help me adjust - Vinicius Jr.

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first press conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui.
The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first press conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui.
The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first press conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui.

Real Madrid-bound forward Vinicius Jr. said that he and Rodrygo would benefit from having Neymar, their fellow Brazilian, at the club.

Vinicius Jr. is due to link up with Madrid next month for preseason training, with FIFA rules having mandated that he waits until he turns 18 before finalising a €45 million transfer agreed last summer with Flamengo.

Rodrygo, meanwhile, agreed a €54m move from Santos for next summer, and Madrid president Florentino Perez remains keen on adding Neymar...

Real Madrid, Santos agree €54m Rodrygo deal for 2019

An emotional Julen Lopetegui discusses the pain of his sacking as Spain manager and the pride he has in accepting the Real Madrid job.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the tricky situation Julen Lopetegui finds himself in as he coaches Spain before taking over at Real Madrid.

Brazilian club Santos have announced an agreement to sell teenager Rodrygo to Spanish giants Real Madrid next summer.

Rodrygo will move in July 2019 in a deal that will cost the European champions a total of €54 million, sources have told ESPN Brasil. 

The 17-year-old had been linked with Barcelona for some months, with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain among the other clubs said to have been monitoring his progress.

However Madrid made the decisive move and have agreed a deal with...

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain want Rodrygo but must meet €45m clause - Santos

The FC crew answer your pressing Twitter questions regarding Bayern's summer plans, whether Guti is a good fit for Real Madrid and more.
The FC panel respond to reports of Cristiano Ronaldo's unhappiness at Real Madrid and discuss why this story doesn't seem to go away.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains why Cristiano Ronaldo's repetitive threats to leave Real Madrid are losing value.
Steve Nicol and Craig Burley defend Sergio Ramos for appearing unapologetic upon learning Loris Karius suffered a concussion in the UCL final.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid at exactly the right time after rumours suggest a rift with Florentino Perez.

Santos president Jose Carlos Peres says his club have received offers from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain for emerging star Rodrygo -- and any suitor will have to pay the 18-year-old attacker's €45 million release clause.

Rodrygo had been linked with Barcelona for some months, but after a spectacular nine minute hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Vitoria last weekend, Madrid are reported to have moved ahead in the race for his signature.

ESPN Deportes reports that the European champions...