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World Cup memories: Brazil 82

Brazil 1982: the best team never to win?

The Brazil team of Espana ‘82 were arguably one of the best attacking teams Brazil had ever produced. Defending was a different matter…


Mon, November 6th 2006

Ronaldinho heads FIFPro poll of 40,000 players

Italians and French dominate best eleven

Barcelona and Brazil’s Ronaldinho has been named the world’s top player for the second time in succession in FIFPro’s poll of over 40,000 players worldwide.

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Mon, June 19th 2006

Harry Kewell could miss Australia’s crucial Group F game against Croatia after being charged by Fifa with insulting referee Markus Merk.

From: BBC


Merk gave 25 free-kicks to Brazil, compared to 9 to Australia, and the Australian squad felt before the game that the Brazillians had exaggerated the Socceroo’s combative style of play by demanding protection by referees before the tornament began. Brazil won the game 2-nil, but again looked unconvincing, and for a spell the Australians looked capable of creating scoring chances at will.

Post-match Kewell went on to defend the referee, saying: “It was a hard match to referee, and he did a good job.” 


Wed, June 14th 2006

The stage was set for Ronaldo to make history when Brazil took on Croatia in Berlin on Tuesday night.

The Real Madrid striker needed just one goal to surpass Pele as Brazil’s leading World Cup goalscorer.

Instead, he cut a forlorn figure as he was substituted after 69 minutes following a lacklustre and lethargic performance.

From: BBC


Related: Marking Ronaldo was easy.

There is no denying that Ronaldo looked heavy and his running looked laboured. His performance, though, has probably protected Adriano who also had a poor game.



Tue, June 6th 2006

Ronaldo is suffering from blisters after wearing new Nike boots.

The Brazil superstar moaned: “It’s not just one blister — it’s several on both feet. One is from an open wound and I am already using ointment to accelerate the healing process.

“I have to be sure to treat myself well so that the blisters do not interfere with World Cup preparations.”

Ronaldo, 29, was given new boots in the build-up to the finals.

From: The Sun



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