Brazil

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

Real Madrid

Latest Kaka Injury Huge Blow For Brazil

Brazilian midfielder Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos Leite aka Kaka won’t be making his much awaited return to the Brazilian national team after a calf injury ruled him out of the Selecao’s upcoming friendlies against Gabon and Egypt.

The Real Madrid star who has been in fantastic form for Los Merengues these past few weeks will have to wait a little longer to play his first match for his country in more than a year.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday, Brazil coach Mano Menezes expressed his disappointment at not being able to have Kaka for the matches.

Premier League

Kaka Makes A Return To Brazil Squad

Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has been included in Coach Mano Menezes squad for Brazil’s  up coming friendlies against Gabon and Egypt in November. This sees the 29 year old  make a return to the Selecao after a 15 month absence.

Madrid’s past league matches have seen the  midfielder give vital performances that have resulted in wins that have taken them to the top of the La Liga table. Although, not quite at his best, the inclusion of Kaka in the Brazil squad will no doubt have a tremendous effect on the entire team.

World Cup

Ronaldinho Answers Critics

Brazil left it late to secure a 2-1 win over Mexico in an international friendly played at the Estadio Corona stadium in Torreón last night. Goals from play maker Ronaldinho and Marcelo were enough to give coach Mano Menezes the much needed win.

The night however, belonged to Flamengo striker Ronaldinho who scored a superb free kick that left Oswaldo Sanchez for dead then setting up team mate Marcelo 4 minutes later to effectively seal the Mexican’s hopes.

If the result is anything to go by, then Brazil could mount up one of the biggest challenges in 2014. What is even more surprising is the fact that Coach Menezes did not feild a full strength squad.W

Premier League

Brazil Drop To 7th Place In FIFA Rankings

2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil are slowly sliding down the FIFA/Coca Cola rankings at an alarming rate. The South American giants who have won the world title a record 5 times move are in position 7 according to the latest rankings released late last month by the world governing football body.

This drop could be an indication of the huge transition the team is going through, or it could be as a result of the increased competitiveness of traditional European strongholds like Germany, Netherlands and Spain.

News

Brazil Out Of Copa America

Paraguay shocked Brazil in a penalty shootout to advance to the Copa America semifinals today. In 24 hours both Argentina and Brazil have been knocked out of the Copa America on penalties.

Amazingly, Paraguay is yet to win a game in the tournament, but it will face either Chile or Venezuela, for the right to reach the Copa America Final.

The Paraguay game plan worked to perfection. They defended well and looked to hit Brazil on the counter-attack. It took until the 88th minute before Paraguay had its first shot on goal.

News

Brazil Held By Venezuela In Copa America

Argentina are not the only team to struggle in their opening match at the Copa America as Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw by Venezuela.

Venezuela are usually viewed as the weakest team in the tournament, but they had a good game-plan that the more talented Brazilian side could not break down. Too often it seemed like Brazil was relying on a piece of individual magic from Neymar, Robinho or Alexandre Pato to break down Venezuela, instead of attacking them as a team.

Anytime you play against a team with a defensive game plan the secret is to score early, and Brazil created some good chances, they just could not finish them.

News

Can Brazil Win Its 3rd Straight Copa America Title?

Lucas Leiva, Neymar and Ramires celebrate Neymar's goal 1One of the great soccer tournaments in the world kicks off Friday as Brazil will attempt to win its third straight Copa America title. The world’s oldest continental tournament, the Copa was first staged in Argentina in 1916 and has been graced by some of the greatest players in the game

The 2011 might be the most formidable Copa ever played due to the strength in depth of the South American national teams.

The favorite to win Copa 2011 is holders Brazil. The Samba boys have been in transition since the World Cup in South Africa. Gone are the likes of Luis Fabiano, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Adriano. Instead Brazil will turn to a new generation of stars like Neymar, Alexandre Pato, Lucas and Paulo Henrique Ganso.

News, World Cup

Can Brazil Keep The Momentum For Copa America?

Ever since Man Menzes was selectsed as head coach of he Selecao, Brazil have been in Impeccable form. In all 3 competitive fixtures that he has undertaken, Menezes has won with convincing victories.

His first test was a friendly against the USA in early August which Brazil won 2-0. He continued in similar fashion to lead Brazil to a 3-0 win against Iran in another friendly before completing his treble yesterday when they beat Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine 2-0.

Menezes did away with Dunga’s defensive coaching style to opt for a more free flowing approach. It is safe to say that it is working and has also given the fans something to celebrate about.

News

Another Brazilian Voted Player Of The Decade

Its a new year and with comes some exciting news. Former Brazilian international Ronaldo has been voted as the player of the decade by Goal.com readers. Ronaldo beat his former Real Madrid teammate and closest challenger Zinedin Zidane to emerge victorious.

This is the second Brazilian to be voted player of the decade the first being the ever-smiling Ronaldinho who was voted by British football Magazine World Soccer readers. This caps a decade that has seen some of the most entertaining football that i can remember in a long time. Each one of you probably has their own choice of players that should win these awards and neither Ronaldo nor Gaucho is one of them.

News

Ronnie In Brazil Squad For Italy Friendly

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Ronaldinho, dropped by Brazil last year following a loss of form, has been recalled by coach Dunga for Brazil’s friendly against Italy. The AC Milan forward had been left out of Brazil’s last three games following a dismal display in their goalless draw at home to Bolivia in September. 

Striker Adriano, banned for three domestic matches on Monday for punching an opponent during an Italian Serie A game on Sunday, was also called up.

The Brazil v Italy friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium on February 10, will be the first meeting between the two sides since a 3-3 draw in France in 1997.