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Valencia, Brazil goalkeeper Diego Alves has torn ACL, out six months

Diego Alves will not be able to travel with Brazil during the Copa America this summer.

Valencia's worst fears have been realised with goalkeeper Diego Alves set to be sidelined for at least six months with a serious right knee injury.

The Brazil international was hurt during his team's final game of the season, a 3-2 triumph at Almeria on Saturday, and will have to go under the knife.

A statement from Valencia read: "Tests done have confirmed that Diego Alves has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn external meniscus in his right knee.

"The player will have to undergo surgery."


Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as coach of Gremio in Brazil

Former Brazil national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is out as Gremio coach.

SAO PAULO -- Luiz Felipe Scolari is resigning as Gremio's coach after a poor start in the Brazilian league.

The club said on Tuesday that Scolari asked to leave because he was unable to improve the team. Gremio opened with a 3-3 home draw against recently promoted Ponte Preta and then lost 2-0 at Coritiba.

Before the Brazilian league started, Gremio struggled in the Rio Grande do Sul state championship, losing the final to rival Internacional.

Gremio president Romildo Bolzan said Scolari "did a...

Brazil says squad selection done solely by coach, not marketing partners

Orlando City midfielder Kaka discusses his inclusion in Brazil's Copa America squad, where he was recently named among the seven alternates.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Brazilian Football Confederation says a marketing company that pays $1.05 million for the commercial rights to each international friendly match does not have the power to select the team.

The CBF responded on Monday to a report in the Estado de S.Paulo newspaper that gave details of a contract with a Cayman Islands-based marketing company.

The contract stipulates a 50 percent financial penalty unless top players like Barcelona striker Neymar are on the field -- or others of...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Brazilian national team's squad selection sold to firm, alleges report

The Brazilian national team's squad selection has not entirely been in the hands of its coaches since 2012, alleges a report out of Brazil.

In a shocking exposé in Saturday's O Estadao, the newspaper reveals Brazil's football federation, CBF, entered into a multimillion dollar secret contract with marketing firm ISE in 2006, and since the deal's renewal in December of 2011, has given powers of player call-ups to the Cayman Islands-based company and its business partners.

According to the paper,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has Brazil dream - Julio Sergio

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola says he is counting down to a well-earned rest at the end of the season after his title-winning team were beaten 2-1 by Freiburg.
The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Pep Guardiola inherited great teams in Barcelona and Bayern Munich or if his coaching was what led to their success.

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola dreams of taking over as Brazil coach in the future and would do so "without thinking," ex-Santos and Roma goalkeeper Julio Sergio has told ESPN.

Sergio, who worked with Guardiola at the Bundesliga champions earlier this year as he prepares to begin his own coaching career, said he had told him he would have liked to have led Brazil in last summer's World Cup -- and believes he would have won it.

Guardiola was linked with the position after Mano Menezes was dismissed...