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European Football
Everton Soares' Copa America performance opened UEFA doors
17:00 Saturday 13th July 2019

Major tournaments make for the best shop windows. The World Cup, Euros and Copa America all have global appeal. The African Cup of Nations is growing more influential. A relatively unknown player at a comparatively small club can attract…

International
Copa America knockout rounds: No continent for old men?
08:01 Wednesday 26th June 2019

Despite more credible showings than the two Conmebol teams eliminated from the Copa America, the guests have gone home and South America can get down to the business of deciding its champion for 2019. Bolivia and Ecuador looked more like rank…

International
Can Coutinho shine at Copa America?
08:00 Tuesday 18th June 2019

Barcelona had one of the biggest capitulations in recent Champions League history when losing 4-0 away at Liverpool. It was a game which needed Blaugrana's most high-profile players to step up. Lionel Messi usually shows…

International
Should you be watching Uruguay at the Copa America?
17:00 Sunday 16th June 2019

The Copa America kicked off on Friday. Hosts Brazil knocked off Bolivia handily, 3-0. The Selecao, along with Argentina, began as many people’s tournament picks. That's usually the case although la Albiceleste now have it all…

International
Will Fabinho, Lucas Moura snubs come back to haunt Tite, Brazil?
08:00 Tuesday 11th June 2019

Copa America, CONMEBOL’s international football tournament, returns for its 46th edition in a matter of days, with South American giants Brazil hosting for the first time in thirty years. The home nation head into…

European Football
Nations League: Is it a major trophy if England win?
17:00 Tuesday 4th December 2018

As Susanna Hoffs would sing, it was a Manic Monday in football terms. The day began like too many Mondays when Southampton sacked manager Mark Hughes. It ended on a sweeter note when England drew the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League draw.…

World Cup
World Cup Round of 16: Brazil and Mexico throw a party; everyone should come!
08:30 Monday 2nd July 2018

The Samara Arena will host a colourful encounter on Monday afternoon when Brazil met Mexico for a place in the World Cup quarter-final.  Given Brazil's inexhaustible talent pool, no team wants to play them this early. Mexico,…

World Cup
World Cup Group E: With or without Neymar, Brazil must handle Costa Rica
08:30 Friday 22nd June 2018

Brazil wasn't at destructive best against Switzerland. Talisman Neymar was most culpable. Philippe Coutinho took up the mantle, but his superbly curled effort proved not enough. The Selecao will be out to show their opening draw with…

World Cup
World Cup Group E: Brazil v Switzerland could be magic
12:30 Sunday 17th June 2018

With the tournament already underway, Brazil and Switzerland play their first game at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don. The 7 pm UK start is the second contest in Group E. Costa Rica and Switzerland will have completed their afternoon match.…

World Cup
Can South America's finest wrestle the World Cup from Europe?
17:00 Tuesday 12th June 2018

There is not much longer to wait now. The Fifa World Cup is almost here. In two days' time, hosts Russia will kick-off proceedings against Saudi Arabia.  Although the World Cup is a 32-nation global event, the Europeans have dominated…

World Cup
Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Group E
12:30 Tuesday 12th June 2018

Group E could be the most enthralling group in the competition thanks to the diversity of the four teams involved. Brazil's technical wizardry, Costa Rica's relentless fight, high-flying Switzerland, and defensively sound Serbia, who…

World Cup
Has Brazil benefited from hosting the 2014 World Cup?
08:30 Monday 11th June 2018

Grieving is a long, arduous journey. It has been four years since the death of Brazil’s dream: World Cup glory on home soil. Yet the Brazilians appear to have entered into the final chapter of the grieving process, namely acceptance.…

World Cup
Roberto Firmino or Gabriel Jesus: Who should Brazil opt for in the World Cup?
08:00 Saturday 9th June 2018

There are only five days to wait until the World Cup begins. As five-time champions, Brazil is under pressure to meet high expectations after producing a horror show on home soil in 2014, hammered 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final. Manager…

Football
The smiling legend Ronaldinho retires
09:30 Saturday 20th January 2018

There are footballers who come from a different planet. Their mission: to leave us in awe every time they step on the pitch. When these footballers quit playing, the game misses them dearly. One such footballer was Ronaldinho…