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Assessing the state
of two old rivals

Argentina vs. Brazil Oct 10, 2014
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 By Tim Vickery
Oct 15, 2014

Reviewing the results of CONMEBOL teams since the World Cup

With his comeback from suspension close, Luis Suarez has come to terms with his actions, which saw him sent home from the World Cup in disgrace.

After the FIFA dates of September and October, how have the South American national teams progressed as they warm up for next year's Copa America followed by the 2018 World Cup qualifiers?

ARGENTINA: Won 4-2 away to Germany, lost 2-0 to Brazil and beat Hong Kong 7-0

New coach Gerardo Martino has built on the work of predecessor Alejandro Sabella but has also made a tweak. The base formation remains 4-3-3 (which Sabella's Argentina abandoned in the World Cup due to injuries), but with a difference.

Instead...

 By John Duerden
Oct 14, 2014

Japan and Aguirre taught tough lessons as Neymar dazzles for Brazil

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre has one eye on the Asia Cup as they prepare for their international friendly against Brazil.
Neymar scored all four of Brazil's goals against Japan.

It was not a great night for Japan in Singapore as Javier Aguirre's side were beaten 4-0 on Tuesday. Below are five things the Asian champions learnt against Neymar and co.

1. Aguirre gambled but was left leaderless

It was hardly a surprise that much of the local media's attention was focused on the five-time world champions and the talented Neymar, who scored all four goals; that's just the way it is. With the concussion suffered by Shinji Kagawa in a 1-0 victory over Jamaica on...

Oct 14, 2014

Four-goal Neymar reminds Selecao fans what they've been missing

Neymar led Brazil with confidence and class against Japan, another step on the Selecao's road to recovery.

The numbers suggest nothing has really changed. Once again, Neymar carried Brazil, didn't he?

He scored all four goals in their 4-0 victory over Japan on Tuesday, increasing his tally to 40 in 58 outings for the Selecao. The Barcelona striker is now the fifth-most prolific marksman in the history of the team, having overtaken 1994 World Cup winner Bebeto. With nine more, Neymar will also leapfrog none other than Zico. And he's only 22 years old.

Still, his impressive display against Japan was...

Oct 14, 2014

Three Points: Neymar sensational as Brazil rout Japan in Singapore

Neymar's four goals vs. Japan make him Brazil's fifth-highest scorer of all time.

KALLANG, Singapore -- Brazil came away with a 4-0 victory over Japan, though both sets of players put on a strong audition for their new coaches -- Dunga and Javier Aguirre -- at the Sports Hub in Singapore.

Here are three quick thoughts.

1. He came, he saw, he conquered

In the 88th minute of their World Cup quarterfinal match against Colombia on July 4, 202 million Brazilians held their breath as Neymar collapsed following a challenge from Juan Camilo Zuniga. Three months later, the golden boy...

Oct 13, 2014

Dunga's Brazil looking to continue revival against Japan in Singapore

Brazil head coach Dunga praises his team's performance against Argentina in a 2-0 victory at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing.

Brazil rolled into town right on cue, strutting onto the pitch at the Sports Hub in Singapore on the eve of their international friendly against Japan on Tuesday.

There is a new confidence about a team that had appeared to be at rock bottom after the nation's dream of winning the World Cup on home soil was brought to such a brutal end in the summer.

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Now, with Dunga having replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, the change has been immense. Since the 1994 World Cup-winning captain's return to the helm, Brazil...

Oct 11, 2014

Brazil's win over Argentina should boost morale

Argentina manager Tata Martino rues his team's missed opportunities in a 2-0 loss to Brazil in Beijing.

Friendlies are tricky business; excessive excitement or deflation could prove exaggerated when the competitive games come. Things could have gone either way for Brazil in their displaced derby against Argentina in Beijing, but, after 30 minutes that could have resulted in a score almost as impressive as the infamous German rout in July's World Cup semifinal, the Seleção settled in and managed to claim an encouraging win.

The win gives massive bragging rights to manager Dunga, who has never...