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Messi and Ronaldo: The view from home

Argentina vs. Portugal 4 days ago

Firmino ready to take his chance

Brazil Nov 12, 2014

Assessing the state
of two old rivals

Argentina vs. Brazil Oct 10, 2014
3 days ago

After Thiago Silva's outburst over captain Neymar, Brazil tensions calm

Dunga speaks about the current issues of the Brazil captaincy between Thiago Silva and Neymar.

Surely Brazil could have done without one of their most experienced players throwing a childish tantrum. However, before attacking Thiago Silva for creating some unneeded controversy ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Austria in Vienna, let's think again.

On Sunday, a couple of days after Brazil's straightforward 4-0 drubbing of Turkey in Istanbul, Silva, returning to the squad for the first time after the World Cup, had some harsh words following his demotion as captain.

Asked about his feelings...

4 days ago

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo -- the view from Argentina and Portugal

ESPN FC's Santiago Solari believes the only friendly will be between Argentina and Portugal but not Ronaldo and Messi.

When Argentina and Portugal meet in Manchester on Tuesday, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo go head-to-head in the colours of their national teams for just the second time.

Ahead of the Old Trafford friendly, Nicolas Baier and Andy Brassell discussed the "view from home" of Messi and Ronaldo.

How are Messi and Ronaldo viewed in their home countries by fans of the national teams?

Nicolas Baier: Messi is regarded as the best player in the world and the biggest star of the team. In time,...

5 days ago

Thiago Silva on the comeback trail for club and country

Thiago Silva's return to training is some sorely needed good news for injury-depleted PSG.
Since his return from injury, Thiago Silva has made a tangible impact on PSG in terms of authority and organisation.

Since he made his return to action for Paris Saint-Germain this past month, the French champions' captain, Thiago Silva, has had a considerable impact. In the five games the Brazilian international has played since returning from a hamstring injury that kept him out since early August, PSG have conceded just once and have managed four clean sheets in all competitions.

Although summer signing David Luiz and young compatriot Marquinhos fared remarkably well in Silva's absence, the 30-year-old has...

 By Tim Vickery
Nov 12, 2014

Stakes are high in South American friendlies as players look to impress

Brazil's Rafael Cabral, Uruguay's Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Peru's Carlos Ascues all have the chance to stake their claim for a national team spot in the coming weeks.

As the Copa America (next June and July in Chile) draws nearer, the stakes rise for South America's national teams. For the moment, the teams are just playing friendlies, but the competitive matches are coming closer: the next set of World Cup qualifiers get going soon after the Copa.

In 2015 there is only one set of FIFA dates before the real stuff starts. Over the next few days, then, some interesting experiments will be carried out with coaches wanting to take a long, hard look at some of their...

Nov 12, 2014

Brazil seek brighter future with Firmino eager to be at forefront

Brazil coach Dunga surprises many with call-ups for Roberto Firmino and Anderson Talisca.

Brazilian football has produced some talented players who have sent the transfer rumour mill into overdrive but not even the likes of Neymar, Lucas Moura or Oscar have managed to get the gossip merchants going as much as Roberto Firmino.

Google the name of Hoffenheim's attacking midfielder and he is linked to no less than 12 clubs. In England there have been reports of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United being interested in his services. This is even more remarkable to some Brazil fans who...

Nov 10, 2014

Off-field troubles cast an uncertain shadow on Jo's future

Atletico Mineiro football director Eduardo Maluf explains the team's decision to release Brazilian international Jo.

Even by the standards seemingly set by owners and directors of Brazilian clubs, the announcement last week that Atletico Mineiro had released a trio of players, including former Seleçao forward Jo, looked curious given that they were just 48 hours away from playing a decisive return match against Flamengo for a place in the Brazilian Cup final -- after losing the first leg 2-0. Atletico's move was vindicated by a thumping 4-1 win that set up a mouth-watering clash against local rival Cruzeiro,...