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Where does Gabriel Jesus fit in Manchester City attack?

Steve Nicol assesses how Man City might utilise the young Brazilian forward after he officially registered with the club.
In his first interview as a Manchester City player, Gabriel Jesus explains how Pep Guardiola convinced him to join the club.
Tottenham held Man City goalless in their last encounter, as a City own goal and Dele Alli propelled Spurs to the 2-0 win.
Pep Guardiola shares details of his training regimen at Manchester City.
The FC crew criticise Pep Guardiola's inflexibility to adapt his tactics to suit his club as well as the Prem style.
The guys respond to your tweets about defensive-midfield duos, Real Madrid and Shaka coming out of retirement.

Manchester City finally completing the registration of Gabriel Jesus was some much-needed good news for Pep Guardiola, still reeling from Sunday's 4-0 defeat to Everton.

The Brazil international is in contention for a place in City's squad for Saturday's crucial clash with Tottenham Hotspur as they try to get back into the Premier League's top four.

Jesus will add another attacking option at the Etihad and Guardiola must now decide where he can get the most from the £27 million signing from...

 By Tim Vickery

Maracana fate in limbo as post-World Cup politics threaten iconic venue

The FC panel weigh the pros and cons of an expanded World Cup as FIFA prepares to finalise a 48-team format for 2026.
Maracana wide view Rio
One of world football's most famous venues, the Maracana, is being left for dead in Rio.

It is one of the greatest sights on the planet for football fans -- emerging from the underground station and gazing across the ramp at the Maracana stadium, it looks as if some giant UFO has come to land to the north of Rio de Janeiro's city centre.

But if it really is a flying saucer, then the aliens would appear to have given up and gone away, leaving the stadium to the roaming cats. This great icon of the global game, built for the 1950 World Cup and rebuilt expensively for the 2014 edition,...

 By Tim Vickery

48-team World Cup could negatively affect South American qualifying

Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

On the website of CONMEBOL, the South American Confederation, there is an article entitled: "From 13 teams in Uruguay 1930 to 48 in the 2026 World Cup."

It is a neat way of reminding everyone of one of the great trump cards of the South American game: its fabulous tradition. This is the continent where the World Cup began and which has won nine versions of the tournament, divided between Brazil (five wins) and Uruguay and Argentina (two apiece).

The big three has provided Barcelona with the "MSN"...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Germany's Toni Kroos trolls Brazil with excellent New Year's Eve tweet

What's the only thing more painful than losing a World Cup semifinal 7-1 in front of your own fans? That would be the constant reminders of such a brutal thrashing.

Yes, Brazil may never fully get over the humiliation suffered in the Mineirazo, and it doesn't help that Germany will never let them forget it!

A Twitter meme recalling the famous scoreline made the rounds on New Year's Eve and getting in on the fun was Toni Kroos, who bagged a brace for the Germans in the historic match. The midfielder...

 By Tim Vickery

Palmeiras seek return to continental glory without manager Cuca

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For reasons not entirely known, Cuca resigned from Palmeiras after leading them to the Brazilian league title in 2016.

After protracted negotiations, Palmeiras of Brazil have announced the signing of Venezuelan attacking midfielder Alejandro Guerra, one of the most effective players in South American club football this year. Guerra now leaves Copa Libertadores champions Atletico Nacional of Colombia to head south and join the newly crowned champions of Brazil. But he will not be working with Cuca, the coach who took Palmeiras to the league title.

One of the most interesting of the current crop of Brazilian coaches,...

 By Chris Wright

Opposition defender begs Neymar to go easy on him in charity game

Thursday night saw an entire constellation of Brazilian stars descend on Sao Paulo for a charity game organised to help raise funds for victims of the Chapecoense plane crash.

A team stuffed full of Neymar's footballing pals took on a Robinho select XI in a match that produced 22 goals, with the former side running out 13-9 winners on the night.

However, the moment of the night came when beleaguered defender Fred (not that Fred) quite literally got down on his knees and begged Neymar for mercy.