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Why nobody outshines Neymar in Brazil

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 By Mark Lovell

Rafinha targets Brazil World Cup spot and regular starting spot with Bayern

Bayern Munich's new signing Corentin Tolisso regrets not winning any silverware with his former club Lyon but vows to win in Germany.
Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol examine the latest transfer rumours including Bayern Munich's interest in Alexis Sanchez.
Steve Nicol ranks the careers of the five footballers who will be retiring after the 2016-17 season.

Rafinha has his sights on a place in the Brazil squad for the 2018 World Cup and said he will fight Joshua Kimmich to become Philipp Lahm's successor at right back for Bayern Munich.

Rafinha, 31, made his comeback for the Selecao after a break of three years earlier this month, appearing as a second-half substitute in Brazil's 1-0 defeat to Argentina, and started in the 4-0 win over Australia.

"I'm very grateful to Tite for giving me this chance," Rafinha told kicker after earning caps three and...

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Diego Maradona calls Dani Alves 'an idiot' after Hand of God criticism

Diego Maradona scored the opening goal of the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal with his hand.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has dismissed Dani Alves' criticism of him, describing the Juventus and Brazil right-back as "an idiot" and criticising his passing ability.

Alves told Brazilian TV channel "Canais Esporte Interativo" there could be no comparison between Lionel Messi and Maradona because of the latter's infamous "Hand of God" goal in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England.

"You want to compare Messi to Maradona? You can't compare them," Alves said.

"I would not be proud to...

Man City's Gabriel Jesus fit for start of season despite injury - sources

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Gabriel Jesus was taken off on a stretcher during Brazil's loss to Argentina.

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is expected to be fit for the start of the new Premier League season after suffering a fractured eye socket while playing for Brazil last week, sources have told ESPN FC.

However, Gabriel's status for City's International Champions Cup games in the U.S. remains uncertain after he was hurt in a collision with City teammate Nicolas Otamendi as Brazil lost 1-0 to Argentina in Australia on Friday.

Medical staff at City, having spoken to their Brazilian counterparts...

Tom Rogic not overawed by Brazil, vows strong Socceroos' performance

Celtic and Australia midfielder Tom Rogic hit home this powerful left-footed winner against Saudi Arabia.
Tomi Juric feels relieved to have helped Australia get the points over Saudi Arabia with his headed goal.
Australia manager Ange Postecoglou believes their second-half display saved them as they scraped past Saudi Arabia in Adelaide.

Australia's clash with football heavyweight Brazil may be a friendly on paper, but the Socceroos are treating it as a real opportunity to test themselves against the world No. 1-ranked side.

Ange Postecoglou's Asian Champions showed tremendous heart to down Saudi Arabia 3-2 in Adelaide last Thursday and keep their 2018 World Cup aspirations alive. But they face a much sterner challenge on Tuesday night when they host the five-time World Cup winners.

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