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Carlo Ancelotti backs Marcelo as world's best after Dunga's criticism

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has praised his squad for their performances in 2014 so far.

Carlo Ancelotti has come to the defence of Marcelo, calling him "definitely the best full-back in the world," after Brazil coach Dunga criticised the Real Madrid player this week.

Dunga has not called up the former Selecao captain since taking over after the World Cup, choosing Chelsea's Filipe Luis instead at left-back.

In explaining the Marcelo's exclusion, Dunga said he pushed forward too often.

"How many times did Marcelo go on the attack in the World Cup? Twenty times," he told O Globo. "How...

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 ESPN Staff
Dec 9, 2014

Pele discharged from hospital

Brazilian football icon Pele thanks the medical team who treated him for a urinary tract infection before his discharge from a Sao Paulo hospital.

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Pele leaves hospital, says illness was a 'scare'

Pele thanked his well-wishers from his hospital room in Sao Paulo, Brazil with a video message where he plays guitar and invites everyone to head to Brazil ahead of the Olympic games.

SAO PAULO -- Pele said he went through a scare when he had to be hospitalized with a urinary tract infection.

The 74-year-old Pele was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, two weeks after being admitted.

In a news conference broadcast live on Brazilian TV, the football great said he has "recovered," and joked that he will be ready to play for Brazil at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Doctors say Pele will continue his recovery process at home.

He spent several days in an intensive care unit...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 9, 2014

Neymar goes for a Rally Car spin

Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar Jr goes for a ride with two-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier in Montserrat.

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