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Barcelona's Neymar developing into a better player as Brazil captain - Dunga

Philippe Coutinho retained his place in the Brazil squad, while Real Madrid's Marcelo and Santos forward Robinho both earned recalls.

Brazil coach Dunga says the extra responsibility of being national captain is helping Neymar to develop as a player.

Neymar, 23, was immediately named as skipper when Dunga took over the job following the huge disappointment of Brazil's failure to win the 2014 World Cup as hosts, and has responded by scoring seven of his side's 14 goals scored in six friendlies since.

The Barcelona attacker has again been named as skipper in Dunga's 22-man squad for the Selecao's upcoming friendlies against France...

Former Senegal midfielder Aliou Cisse appointed as new national team coach

Cisse was previously an assistant coach with the squad and recently coach of Senegal's 2012 Olympic team.

Senegal appointed former midfielder Aliou Cisse as coach on Wednesday, a rare chance for a black African to take charge of one of the continent's top teams.

The Senegal Football Federation (FSF) said Cisse, who captained Senegal to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002, has signed a four-year contract. His position will be evaluated in two years following the 2017 African Nations Cup, FSF vice-president Abdoulaye Sow said.

Cisse was previously an assistant coach with the national squad and most recently...

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Japan set to name Vahid Halilhodzic as new manager to succeed Javier Aguirre

Japan sacked Mexican coach Javier Aguirre on Tuesday due to his ongoing involvement in an investigation into match-fixing in Spain.
Bosnian coach Halilhodzic looks likely to succeed Javier Aguirre, who was sacked in February.

Ex-Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic is set to become Japan's new manager, according to the president of Japan's Football Association (JFA).

The Japan Times quotes JFA president Kuniya Daini as telling the CONMEBOL Congress on Wednesday that Halilhodzic -- who played for Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his career -- has agreed a basic deal which is set to be confirmed on March 12.

The Bosnian coach will succeed Javier Aguirre, who was sacked in February due to the ongoing match-fixing probe against...

Spitting incidents in football

Louis van Gaal and John Carver both claimed not to have seen or spoken about the spitting incident between Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle forward Papiss Cisse could be hit with Football Association charges after appearing to spit at each other during the Premier League match at St James' Park on Wednesday evening.

Following those ugly scenes which unfolded after the pair had clashed on the halfway line, here are a number of other high-profile cases of players spitting at their opponents.


Rijkaard Voller
Frank Rijkaard spat in the hair of West Germany's Rudi Voller.

Netherlands defender Rijkaard was guilty of more than one spitting offence...