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Brazil

Messi and Ronaldo: The view from home

Argentina vs. Portugal
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 By James Young

The problem with Brazilian football coaches? Try the culture around them

Muricy Ramalho partly blames his recent health problems on managing in Brazil. He might have a point.

"I've never had heart problems before ... [the doctors] said that it was caused by stress. My heart was beating in a strange way. It was frightening ... it made me wonder whether all this madness is worth it."

Those were the words of Muricy Ramalho, the Sao Paulo coach who was hospitalised in September and diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia, during an interview with Brazil's "Esporte Espetacular" TV show back in October. Ramalho, who was one of the candidates to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as...

Despite Dunga's criticisms, Marcelo is a key member of Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe discusses the gap between Barcelona and Real Madrid this season.

Carlo Ancelotti will have been secretly smiling inside when he offered a stern defence of Marcelo following derogatory comments made toward the Real Madrid full-back by Brazilian national coach Dunga this week.

The former Brazil captain, who returned to coach the national side in July following their failings in the World Cup, has largely turned a blind eye to the 26-year-old, instead opting for Chelsea's Filipe during his short reign in charge so far. He also deemed the Madrid star too attacking...

 By James Young

The Copa Sul-Americana: Brazil's sides are on the outside looking in

Sao Paulo head coach Muricy Ramalho described his team's Copa Sudamericana exit to Atletico Nacional as the most unfair result of his managerial career.

As Atletico Nacional of Colombia and Argentina's River Plate prepare to square off in the Copa Sul-Americana final (to use the competition's Portuguese title), Brazilian clubs and their fans will experience what has become an increasingly common feeling: that of sitting on the outside looking in.

First up, there was this year's Copa Libertadores, which saw only one Brazilian club make it as far as the quarterfinals (where Cruzeiro lost to eventual winners San Lorenzo) and featured a semifinal lineup...

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...

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,...

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...