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Robinho in Brazil squad for Chapecoense fundraiser vs. Colombia

Chapecoense unveiled 27 new players ahead of the new Campeonato Brasileiro season with crash survivor Helio Neto hoping to return this season.
Thousands of supporters paid their final respects to the Chapecoense players, coaches and staff.
Chapecoense's Alejandro Martinuccio aims to carry the legacy of his teammates following the club's tragedy.

CHAPECO, Brazil -- Veteran forward Robinho has been called back into Brazil's national team for Wednesday's friendly against Colombia -- a match that will raise funds for the families of the victims of the Chapecoense team air crash.

The former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan player has not played for Brazil since the 2015 Copa America. The 32-year-old Robinho is now at Atletico Mineiro.

Brazil coach Tite chose a squad made up of locally based players for the fundraiser match. Nineteen...

 By Tim Vickery

48-team World Cup could negatively affect South American qualifying

Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

On the website of CONMEBOL, the South American Confederation, there is an article entitled: "From 13 teams in Uruguay 1930 to 48 in the 2026 World Cup."

It is a neat way of reminding everyone of one of the great trump cards of the South American game: its fabulous tradition. This is the continent where the World Cup began and which has won nine versions of the tournament, divided between Brazil (five wins) and Uruguay and Argentina (two apiece).

The big three has provided Barcelona with the "MSN"...

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Brazil-Colombia friendly to benefit Chapecoense set for Jan. 25

Chapecoense memorial
The families of victims from the Chapecoense crash will receive the proceeds from the friendly.

Brazil's friendly against Colombia to benefit the victims of the Chapecoense air crash has been set for Jan. 25 at the Engenhao stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

When news of the friendly broke earlier this month, spokesman Douglas Lunardi said the Brazilian federation (CBF) will donate about $1.5 million to the families of the Chapecoense players and staff involved in the disaster.

Because the friendly does not fall on a designated FIFA date, Brazil's team will consist only of players from Brazilian...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA gives Chile and Romania stadium bans, fines many Latin American FAs

Poland's Robert Lewandowski was caught in the explosion of fireworks in a game at Romania last month.

Chile and Romania have received stadium bans from FIFA, as the world governing body issued fines to a number of national football associations on Monday, including many for anti-gay chants in Latin America.

FIFA ruled that Chile will not be allowed to play their next two World Cup qualifiers at their home stadium in Santiago, while also giving out fines to Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and Panama "for various incidents involving unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants...

 By Chris Wright

This Rene Higuita outfit at a fancy dress party = Best. Costume. Ever.

What you're about to see is definitely, without the faintest shadow of a doubt, the finest football-themed fancy dress costume ever assembled.

Paying homage to that famous night at Wembley in 1995, this intrepid chap cobbled together a bundle of era-appropriate kit, a tousled wig and moustache, and a swathe of "turf" to recreate Rene Higuita's career-defining moment of ingenious madness.

Without further ado, behold the very finest Scorpion Kick costume you're ever likely to witness...