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News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the Brazil national football team.

Tickets, World Cup

Premier League And FIFA Dispute Rumbles On

The impact of COVID and travel restrictions is beginning to impact Premier League sides as nine clubs refused to allow players to travel to South America for the recent World Cup qualifiers. A clear violation of FIFA guidelines.

Fifa can ban players not released in an international window for a period of five days after the window ends and Wolves, Newcastle, Watford and Blackburn will all lose players this weekend after complaints from the Chilean, Mexican and Paraguayan associations.

The big issue is what happens to the six Premier League clubs who refused to release players for Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers.

Tickets, World Cup

Premier League clubs will not release players for international games in red-list countries

World Cup Trophy

The Premier League says its clubs have “reluctantly but unanimously” decided not to release players for matches in red-list countries during September’s international break.

Under current UK government rules, players would be forced to miss several games because of the 10-day isolation period required on return to the UK.

The Premier League said “extensive talks” had taken place with the Football Association and government “to find a solution” but that “no exemption had been granted”.

It added that it “strongly supported” the move made by top-flight sides, which “will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries”.

News

Copa America Moved To Brazil

Copa America 2021

The 2021 Copa America will be hosted by Brazil, after Argentina was stripped of the tournament just two weeks before it starts.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said Argentina was removed as host because of the “present circumstances”. Argentina is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

“Conmebol thanks the president @jairbolsonaro and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation for opening the doors of that country to what is today the safest sporting event in the world. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars!” Conmebol said on Twitter.

World Cup

Brazil Sack Dunga After Copa America Disaster

dunga-firedSo much for Federations not putting much importance on the Copa America results. Just two days after seeing his side losing 1-0 to Peru, Dunga has been sacked as the Brazil manager, a result that saw the Samba Boys fail to reach the knockout phase for the first time since 1987.

Dunga, who was sacked from his first spell in charge of the Selecao after their last-eight exit at the 2010 World Cup, said after the Peru game:

“The president of the federation knows what we do and how we work. When you work for the Brazilian team, you know very well that the criticism will intensify when results do not come.

Chelsea, Ligue 1, World Cup

David Luiz Says He Is Over World Cup Implosion

david-luiz-psgDavid Luiz was formally introduced to the press on Thursday as a Paris Saint-Germain player, after the French club overpaid by at least £25 million in signing the Chelsea defender.

The press did not care about the £50 million transfer fee, or how the deal has handicapped PSG from signing other players this summer. Instead all they wanted to ask about was Brazil’s collapse in the World Cup this summer. After scoring a sensational winning free-kick in Brazil’s quarter-final victory over Colombia, Brazil imploded against Germany in the semifinals with Luiz drawing heavy criticism for his performance as he captained Brazil to a humbling 7-1 thrashing.

World Cup

Brazil Destroyed By Germany In World Cup Semi-Final

brazil-fans-tearsIt started so well for Brazil. A rousing national anthem had the stadium in Belo Horizonte rocking and a national stood waiting to take its expected place in Sunday’s World Cup Final at the home of soccer, the Maracana stadium in Rio.

But then the referee blew his whistle to start the game and a ruthless German side ripped the heart out of the Brazilian side on their way to a 7-1 victory. Germany were up 5-0 inside the opening 30 minutes and the only reason the score wasn’t higher was because they took their foot of the pedal in the second half.

Barcelona, World Cup

Neymar Out Of World Cup

Neymar-Brazil-4The World Cup took another twist and turn on Friday as Brazil and Barcelona stat Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup after Brazil’s team doctor confirmed he suffered a broken vertebra in the quarterfinal victory against Colombia.

Neymar was involved in a late collision with Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga in the 88th minute. Neymar appeared to take a knee in the back, and as the medical staff came out to attend to the forward, they decided to stretcher him off the field.

World Cup

World Cup Day Six: Favorites Struggle

Ocho-MexicoOn Tuesday we got to see two of the favorites for the World Cup in action as dark horse Belgium played their first game of the tournament against and Algeria and host nation Brazil entertained Mexico.

Whether it was first game nerves,or the pressure of being their so called “golden generation: Belgium were not impressive at all against Algeria, and went behind after 23 minutes when Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen pulled back Sofiane Feghouli in the box.

Premier League

Confederations Cup Draw: Brazil v Italy and Spain v Uruguay

The draw for next summer’s Confederations Cup was made in Sao Paulo today and it set up some interesting matches.

The Confederations Cup takes place in Brazil on 15-30 June 2013 when hosts Brazil line up in Group A with Japan, Mexico and Italy. While Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti will be joined in Group B by the champions of Africa, whose identity will be revealed after next February’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations final.

The first match for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil side will be against Japan on 15 June at Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional.

News

Brilliant Messi Stars In Thriller In New York

The Argentina v Brazil game at MetLife Stadium yesterday had been billed as a battle between Lionel Messi and Neymar. But it turned into the Messi show as the Barcelona star dazzled the 81,994 in attendance with an incredible halt-trick as Argentina beat their bitter rivals 4-3.

This was Messi’s last game of the season, and what a historical season it was as he scored an unprecedented 82 goals for club and in 2011-12.