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Brazil, Shakhtar player Fred's doping ban extended worldwide

Already banned for one year by CONMEBOL, Fred's doping ban has now been extended by FIFA, which rules him out four months for Shakhtar Donetsk.

ZURICH -- FIFA has extended Brazil midfielder Fred's doping ban worldwide, ruling him out of four months of matches for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fred tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide last year during the Copa America in Chile. The South American confederation imposed a one-year ban in December -- backdated to June...

Uruguay plans to guard against Zika virus for Brazil match

Uruguay say they will take cautions against the Zika virus when they play Brazil next month in World Cup qualifying.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- Uruguay's team director says "we have no qualms" about playing a World Cup qualifier next month in Recife, Brazil, the city at the center of the outbreak of the Zika virus.

Uruguay will face Brazil on March 24 in the northeastern city.

Eduardo Belza, the team's sports director, says players have been told to "to use mosquito repellents,...

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Barcelona star Neymar would 'love to work with' Pep Guardiola

Philipp Lahm says Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola are focused on the present and winning the treble.
The ESPN FC panel react to rumours that Pep Guardiola held a secret meeting with Manchester United.
The ESPN FC crew answer your Twitter questions and discuss who they'd like to be stuck on an island with.

Barcelona forward Neymar says he would love to play under former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola coached the Catalan club before Neymar's arrival from Santos in 2013. Last month he said he will join a Premier League side at the end of the Bundesliga season with Manchester City reported to be his favoured target.

Asked if there was one manager he would particularly like to work with, Neymar told Red Bull: "Yes, there is one: Guardiola is a guy who I really admire...

Pato eyes redemption at Chelsea amid lowered expectations, but will it work?

Alexandre Pato arrives in London ahead of his Chelsea medical, where he cannot wait to begin.
With Alexandre Pato making the switch to the Premier League, here's a glimpse at a few highlights from his time in Brazil.

There was a time where the news of Alexandre Pato joining Chelsea would be exciting for more reasons than simply the rare arrival of a Brazilian forward in the Premier League. It doesn't seem like it's been 10 years since news broke in Brazil of Pato's coming of age, a prodigy so promising that Internacional resorted to only deploying him behind closed doors in order not to deny European scouts a glimpse of his talent. A boy named "duck" in Portuguese because of his birthplace, a Southern city...

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Barcelona star Neymar fined for unpaid taxes in Brazil

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says he is happy with his squad with the January transfer window to close next week.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first-legs that saw Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid draw with Celta Vigo.

Barcelona star Neymar and his father have been ordered by court in Brazil court to pay €100,000 as a fine for unpaid taxes during 2007-08, according to a report.

Neymar is expected to appeal, his lawyers told Brazil site UOL on Wednesday.

The fine corresponds to back-tax payments that Neymar and is father made per order of the Brazilian IRS back in 2012. However, Neymar Sr. had appealed the fine in 2014 and the appeal was pending. 

Now the federal court in Sao Paulo has determined that...