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Brazil court requests Pele's son's arrest for trafficking

 

A Brazil court is seeking the arrest of Pele's son.

A Brazilian court has requested the arrest of Pele's son, Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, for association to drug trafficking and money laundering. 

Edinho, as the son of the former footballer is known, has yet to be arrested after Friday's ruling.

The Sao Paulo state court decided that Edinho's previous sentence of 33 years in jail should be reduced to 12 years.

Edinho played for years as a goalkeeper at Santos, his father's former club. He retired in 1999.

The former goalkeeper was sentenced...

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Neglected Maracana to reopen in March after falling into disrepair

A view from above shows the poor state of the Maracana pitch.

The Maracana stadium is due to reopen next month after falling into disrepair following the 2016 Olympic Games.

The legendary Rio venue was caught in a political dispute over maintenance following the games, but that has now been resolved.

It means the Maracana will host a match between Flamengo and Argentine club San Lorenzo in the Copa Libertadores on March 8.

But much work remains to be done before then, with the pitch in need of attention and repairs needed in the stands.

The stadium, which...

Australia to face Brazil in friendly at the MCG in June 2017

Australia
The Socceroos will take on Brazil this summer.

Australia will meet football powerhouse Brazil at the MCG in June in the lead-up to the Confederations Cup.

The Socceroos will meet Brazil on June 13 in a friendly, with the South American giants in Melbourne for a blockbuster clash with Argentina four days earlier.

Australia will be coming off a World Cup qualification match against Saudi Arabia on June 8.

Brazil have no shortage of world superstars, with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Oscar and Dani Alves expected to draw thousands through the gates.

Australia...

Brazil federation sacks gold medal-winning Rogerio Micale as youth coach

Brazil coach Rogerio Micale
Rogerio Micale led Brazil to the country's first Olympic gold medal last summer.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's football confederation has fired the coach who led Neymar and company to the country's first Olympic football gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.

Confederation spokesman Gregorio Fernandes confirmed on Monday that youth division coach Rogerio Micale was removed after Brazil failed to qualify for the next Under-20 World Cup.

In nine games in the South American U20 championship, Brazil won three, drew four, and lost two, ending in fifth position.

Micale started with Brazil U20s...

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Brazilian game called off at last moment due to TV rights dispute

Coritiba fans in Brazil
Fans from Coritiba and Atletico Paranaense were left disappointed after the late postponement of their game.

A dispute over television broadcasting rights saw a match in the Brazilian Campeonato Paranaense on Sunday called off at the last moment.

The game between Atletico Paranaense and Coritiba was due to be broadcast via Facebook and YouTube after dissatisfaction with the amount that broadcaster PRC was willing to pay the clubs for the TV rights.

But referee Paulo Roberto Alves Jr was told to postpone the game just before kickoff after the competition's ruling body Federacao Paranaense de Futebol...