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Roberto Carlos' free kick, 20 years on

 By Jack Lang

Older, wiser Jo enjoying renaissance as Corinthians' leading striker

Jo's arc from Premier League joke to reborn striker has been nothing short of fun at Corinthians.

For the longest time, it looked like it would be one of those days.

Corinthians threw everything they had at Botafogo, but it just bounced off: goalkeeper Roberto Júnior "The Little Cat" Fernández lived up to his name and then some. Rodriginho and Marquinhos Gabriel were denied; a penalty was clawed around the post.

There is something about Corinthians in moments such as these, however, a prize fighter's ability to grind out a victory on points even when not at their best. That was...

 By Chris Wright

Neymar, Dani Alves can't resist competing even when on the beach

As the summer rolls on, both Dani Alves and Neymar are looking relaxed, honed and ready for the new football season.

The Brazilian internationals paired up to take on a couple of chums in a friendly game of futvolei on the beach and proved to be a dynamic team.

"Quase é tua moleque PV" 🤣🤣🤣 #goodcrazysinthahouse😎💣🎬

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Nicely done chaps. Lovely measured assist from Alves and a brilliant disguised finish from Neymar.

Perhaps an extended career on the professional football volleyball circuit beckons for both of them?

 By Chris Wright

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford meets 'the king' Ronaldinho in Miami

After bumping into Jesse Lingard in Miami on Saturday night, Ronaldinho managed to tick another big one off his bucket list this week.

The Brazil legend scored a chance meeting with Lingard's Manchester United teammate, Marcus Rashford, as the two dined out in a Florida restaurant.

"Nice to sit down and chat with the...

 By Tim Vickery

Sampaoli off to winning start but World Cup battle ahead for Argentina coach

Gabriel Mercado scored the only goal as Argentina beat Brazil in Jorge Sampaoli's first game in charge.

Argentina may have arrived late at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for their friendly with Brazil, but a 1-0 win to kick off the Jorge Sampaoli era ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifying battle was a big boost.

Sampaoli has taken over a team struggling badly in the race to Russia -- fifth in the standings and facing the prospect of a playoff unless they turn their campaign around.

Beating Brazil, then, provided a morale lift. Just as importantly, with next to no time on the training ground, the outgoing...

 By Tim Vickery

Confident Brazil to face Sampaoli's under-pressure Argentina in Australia

Tite says games against Argentina can never be described as friendly as the two sides meet for an exhibition match in Australia.
Jorge Sampaoli was unveiled as the new manager of Argentina where he discussed the importance of World Cup qualification.
Alejandro Moreno evaluates whether Jorge Sampaoli is the man to lead Argentina forward.
Brazil World Cup winner Roberto Carlos believes Brazil need to produce more world-class athletes to compete against the best.

A year before the 2014 World Cup, hosts Brazil won the Confederations Cup and felt they were on the right lines in terms of preparation. A few months later, almost bubbling over with confidence, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari declared that "we've done the hard point. We've found our team."

When the squad assembled at the end of May 2014, Scolari's vastly experienced coordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira, himself a World Cup-winning coach, said that the team "already had one hand on the trophy." The story...

Roberto Carlos' free kick: The physics behind 'impossible' strike, 20 years on

Brazil World Cup winner Roberto Carlos believes Brazil need to produce more world-class athletes to compete against the best.

Twenty years ago, Roberto Carlos impressed the world with one of the most spectacular free kicks in football history.

On June 3, 1997, the former left-back scored the most famous goal of his career: a beautiful free kick for Brazil in a 1-1 tie against France in the opening game of the 1997 Tournoi de France.

The kick left goalkeeper Fabien Barthez perplexed, as the ball apparently was headed to the corner flag. However, it curved back, glanced the edge of the post, and stopped only when it hit...