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Neymar should not try to replace Lionel Messi at Barca, says Juninho

The ESPN FC crew discuss Barcelona's recent performances without Lionel Messi, and what they might need to do in order to perform well in his absence.
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ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses Barcelona's defeat at the hands of Sevilla and whether Neymar and Luis Suarez can do enough in the absence of Messi.

Neymar should not put pressure on himself to fill the void left at Barcelona by Lionel Messi's injury, Former Brazil star Juninho says.

Messi was ruled out for two months with a knee injury in September, missing the Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen and the defeat to Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday.

But the former Lyon midfielder does not think it should be solely down to Neymar to shoulder the responsibilities because of Messi's absence at Camp Nou.

"Neymar's thoughts should not be: 'I am...

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Kaka replaces injured Philippe Coutinho in Brazil squad

Kaka has won 90 caps for Brazil.

Kaka has been called up to the Brazil squad to replace the injured Philippe Coutinho for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has announced.

Coutinho, 23, completed the full 90 minutes in Liverpool's 1-1 Premier League draw against Everton on Sunday but has since been ruled out of the Selecao's games against Chile and Venezuela. The CBF did not disclose details of the midfielder's injury.

Kaka, 33, featured in Brazil's friendlies against Costa Rica and...

Neymar ban appeal rejected by CAS, will miss Brazil World Cup qualifiers

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson reacts to the news that Brazil will not appeal Neymar's 4-game suspension.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Sport's highest court has rejected Brazil's attempt to overturn Neymar's ban from two World Cup qualifiers.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a fast-track verdict on Friday ahead of Brazil's away game against Chile on Oct. 8.

The ruling means Neymar will miss that game and the Oct. 13 home qualifier against Venezuela.

Neymar is completing a four-match sanction imposed at the Copa America in June. The Brazil captain confronted and verbally abused the referee...

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Brazil's Jose Maria Marin to pay €9m for Trump Tower house arrest - report

Jose Maria Marin has spent the past four months jailed in Switzerland.

Former Brazil federation president Jose Maria Marin will pay 40 million Brazilian Reals ($10m or €9m) to be transferred and kept under house arrest in his Manhattan apartment as he awaits a ruling for his alleged part in FIFA's corruption and bribery scandal, according to a report in Brazil.

Marin was arrested in conjunction with the U.S. Justice Department's case against past and present members and business associates of the world governing body last May, and has been held in Zurich, Switzerland...

Luiz Felipe Scolari pays €3m in back taxes to Portugal

Portuguese authorities say Luiz Felipe Scolari has paid his back taxes.

LISBON, Portugal -- Portuguese authorities say Luiz Felipe Scolari has paid €3 million ($3.4 million) in back taxes from when he was Portugal coach between 2003 and 2007.

The Criminal Investigation Department of the attorney general's office said an investigation concluded the Brazilian owed tax on his image rights.

A statement late Tuesday said Scolari agreed to pay the outstanding tax as...