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 By Tim Vickery

Jair Ventura's criticism of Flamengo's new boss Reinaldo Rueda unwarranted

Flamengo is looking to Reinaldo Rueda to infuse new ideas into the club.

Rio de Janeiro rivals Flamengo and Botafogo are about to meet in the Brazilian Cup semifinal of (first leg on Wednesday, return game a week later). Extra spice has been added to the rivalry after Flamengo appointed a new coach and their choice would not appear wholly to the liking of his Botafogo counterpart.

On Monday Flamengo presented Reinaldo Rueda, who last year led Atletico Nacional in his native Colombia to triumph in the Copa Libertadores. Rueda's impressive experience includes taking Ecuador...

Chapecoense fall to Japan's Urawa Reds after late penalty decision

Chapecoense complain to the referee after he awarded a late penalty.

Yuki Abe scored a penalty with two minutes left to give J-League side Urawa Reds a 1-0 victory over Brazil's Chapecoense in the Suruga Bank Championship on Tuesday.

Referee Kim Jong Hyeok awarded the spot-kick after judging that Chapecoense captain Grolli took down Zlatan Ljubijankic.

Chapecoense protested the call and Grolli said after the match that he did not foul Ljubijankic.

Chapecoense were playing its first competitive match overseas since all but three of their players were killed in a plane...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Flamengo hire ex-Colombia, Ecuador manager Reinaldo Rueda

Reinaldo Rueda led Atletico Nacional to the Copa Libertadores crosn last year.

Flamengo have appointed former Colombia, Ecuador and Honduras boss Reinaldo Rueda as the club's new manager.

Rueda replaces Ze Ricardo, who was let go by the Rio de Janeiro giants last week after a little more than a year in charge.

The 60-year-old Colombian most recently led South American powerhouse Atletico Nacional, where he won a Copa Libertadores and two league titles in his three years at the helm.

At national team level, Rueda managed Colombia's youth teams from 2002-04 before taking over...

Paulinho's transfer to Barcelona confirmed by Guangzhou coach Scolari

The FC crew look at Barcelona as underdogs against rivals Real entering their two-legged showdown in the Spanish Super Cup.
Raf Honigstein suggests Ousmane Dembele moving to Barcelona is no guarantee, and explains Dortmund's looming predicament.
Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu criticises Neymar's move to PSG and maintains no player is bigger than the club.
Ernesto Valverde insists Barcelona have no choice but to look ahead following Neymar's departure.
While Zinedine Zidane believes that Neymar was an incredible talent to lose, he is still wary of Barcelona's firepower.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed Paulinho's departure from Guangzhou Evergrande for Barcelona, claiming the Brazilian's switch to La Liga reflects positively on the Chinese Super League champions.

Barcelona have activated Paulinho's €40 million buyout clause after two failed attempts to sign the 29-year-old, who has excelled for club and country so far this year.

"Paulinho is a player with high individual quality, he is an outstanding player, both for his club and for the national team,"...

Real Madrid-bound Vinicius Junior celebrates first senior Flamengo goal

Vinicius Junior is off the mark in senior football.

Future Real Madrid player Vinicius Junior has told ESPN Brasil he is happy to have scored the "historic" first goal of his career for Flamengo.

The strike came in a 5-0 Copa Sudamericana second round win over Chilean side Palestino.

In May, Madrid announced that they had signed Vinicius, with a reported €45 million transfer effective when the Brazil youth international turns 18 in July next year.

At that point he had not played a senior club game, but he has been eased into the setup and struck...