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    NEYMAR has posted a gruesome picture of his swollen ankle. That’s as the Brazil star battles to save his World Cup by wearing a huge compression boot. 3Neymar has posted a gruesome picture of his swollen ankleCredit: Instagram @neymarjr 3The Brazil star is recovering with the help of a huge compression bootCredit: Instagram @neymarjr Neymar, 30, went off in tears during Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia this week. The Paris Saint-Germain star suffered ligament damage after being clattered by defender Nikola Milenkovic. And Brazil team doctors issued a worrying update afterwards after Neymar’s right ankle ballooned in size. It was quickly confirmed that the Samba Boys’ talisman would miss the remainder of the group stage. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Maddison RETURNS to full England training, Wales on brink of World Cup EXIT But Neymar has now issued a fresh update on his injury with a series of pictures on Instagram. Several snaps showed his ankle still looking red and swollen, which is sure to worry fans. But Neymar gave supporters hope as he flashed a cheeky grin -...
    BRAZIL have been dealt another blow after Antony missed training through illness. The five-time winners are already sweating on the fitness of Neymar, who limped off against Serbia on Thursday after injuring his ankle. 1Antony came on in the second half of Brazil's win against SerbiaCredit: Getty The PSG star was reduced to tears after being on the recieving end of a poor tackle from Nikola Milenkovic. According to Brazilian journalist Andres Onrubia Ramos, Neymar won't miss the rest of the World Cup, but might not play again in the groups. He said: "His participation in the World Cup is not in danger, although he may not return until the round of 16. Good news." But the South Americans have been handed another blow after a malaise forced Manchester United winger Antony to sit out training on Friday. read more on world cupQATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsApp According to Isabelle Costa, Antony was one of four absent players. Along with Neymar, West Ham's Lucas Paqueta and Liverpool star Alisson Becker also missed...
    NEYMAR will play again at the World Cup, according to reports. The Brazil star was taken off with an ankle injury against Serbia following a tackle by Nikola Milenkovic. 4Neymar suffered an ankle injury against SerbiaCredit: Getty 4Neymar looked upset as physios attended to his injuryCredit: Getty 4Neymar's right ankle was badly swollenCredit: Reuters 4The Brazil talisman limped as he left the stadiumCredit: Twitter @njnews10 Neymar initially continued before being substituted but he looked distraught on the bench as physios attended to him. The forward broke down into tears and covered his face with his shirt, fearing the injury was a serious one. Brazil fears were worsened when Neymar limped out of the stadium with a badly swollen ankle. The team doctor could not estimate the seriousness of the injury but according to Spanish outlet Sport the problem is not as bad as first feared. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsApp Neymar is set to miss Brazil's next game against Switzerland. And if Tite's side win he will...
    NEYMAR limped out of the stadium after injuring his ankle against Serbia. The Brazil talisman was forced off in the second half following a heavy tackle from Nikola Milenkovic. 5Neymar limped as he left the stadium in flip flops 5The forward walked very gingerly through the press mix zone after the match 5Neymar was forced off with an ankle injury against SerbiaCredit: AP 5The Brazil talisman looked distraught on the benchCredit: PA 5Neymar's ankle looked very swollenCredit: Reuters Neymar was visibly upset as he trudged off the pitch and broke down into tears on the bench. His ankle was massively swollen with the team doctor revealing the Paris Saint-Germain star had suffered "trauma". He added that they will need "24 to 48 hours" to assess the problem, though manager Tite was more optimistic. He said: “Don’t worry, Neymar will play the World Cup. He will keep playing, you can be sure about that.” READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUP QATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsApp Neymar was later spotted walking very gingerly as...
    NEYMAR was left with a worryingly swollen ankle after going off injured during Brazil's World Cup win over Serbia. The 30-year-old forward was chopped down several times during his side's 2-0 victory on Thursday evening - most notably by Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic. 3Neymar was brought down several times against SerbiaCredit: Rex 3He was in a great deal of pain as he made his way off the pitchCredit: Rex 3It was clear when he took off his sock that his ankle was badly swollenCredit: AFP And he was forced off with an issue in the 80th minute as Manchester United's Antony replaced him. He then appeared to break down in tears on the bench, before images showed just how bad his ankle looked. Now Brazil's team doctor has issued a rather concerning statement following the injury. He claims they will need "24 to 48 hours" to assess the problem but that he has suffered "trauma" to his ankle. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate to name UNCHANGED England side, Neymar in TEARS after injury However, Brazil manager Tite...
    NEYMAR broke down in tears after suffering injury in Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup. The 30-year-old forward limped off in the second-half with a suspected injury shortly after being caught on the end of a poor challenge from defender Nikola Milenkovic. 3Neymar had to ride a few heavy challenges from Serbia throughout the gameCredit: AP 3He was chopped down at the ankle in the second halfCredit: Rex 3Neymar appeared to be in tears after coming offCredit: Getty The star was subbed off with about 10 minutes to go and could be seen in the dugout looking distraught. He also had a bag of ice around his ankle in what was a worrying sight for Brazil fans. It is not yet known whether he will be fit in time for their next group stage match against Switzerland on Monday. They then face Cameroon four days later. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPRICH MAN'S WORLDIE Watch Richarlison score outrageous overhead kick for Brazil vs Serbia Neymar is just three goals away from overtaking Pele as Brazil's all-time...
    RICHARLISON eased Brazilian nerves with a brilliant matchwinning burst - but legend Neymar reignited anxiety by going off injured in tears. Tottenham striker Richarlison poached a 62nd minute opener then fired home an acrobatic volley to sink stubborn Serbia. 4Richarlison twists for the goal of the tournament so far ot double Brazil's leadCredit: Getty 4Spurs frontman Richarlison poaches the opener against SerbiaCredit: Getty Until then Serbia had frustrated a Brazilian side who increasingly got on top. Alex Sandro thundered a drive off the post shortly before Richarlison intervened - just as his national boss had predicted. Tite said beforehand that the former Everton hero smelt of goals. And his sharpness outshine PSG icon Neymar, who went off in the 80th minute late on, having operated in a deeper role. Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus came on for Richarlison as Brazil comfortably saw out victory READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate set to name UNCHANGED England side, Ronaldo scores in Portugal winBRAZIL BEAUTY Neymar's stunning sister Rafaella cheers on Brazil in World Cup clash FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW 4Richarlison hails his...
    NEYMAR's stunning sister Rafaella Santos has shown her colours as she cheers on Brazil and her brother at the World Cup. The Samba Boys had to wait a while to get their tournament up and running in Qatar. 6Rafaella was getting herself in the mood for Brazil's game against SerbiaCredit: Instagram @rafaella 6Rafaella was supporting her brother Neymar and Brazil in their bid for World Cup gloryCredit: Instagram @rafaella But they finally got to face Serbia in their opening group game tonight, four days after hosts Qatar kicked off proceedings. Rafaella took to Instagram to show off her support for her country, who are targeting their first World Cup win since 2002. The Brazilian beauty's snapped herself pouting at the camera as she prepared for the game against Serbia. Around her two men can be seen donning the Brazilian shirts and flag and colours. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate set to name UNCHANGED England side, Ronaldo scores in Portugal win In another picture, the model sits on the edge of the sofa with...
    Follow Sportsmail's live blog for the World Cup Group G clash between Brazil and Serbia.  Will Griffee Host commentator 20:35 Brazil look the business now 77 mins: Brazil are playing with the swagger that a two-goal lead can afford them now. Richarlison is on a hat-trick and looking full of confidence after that beautiful second to go with his predatory first.  20:32 GOALLL! Brazil 2-0 Serbia (Richarlison) Forget Neymar - Richarlison is the star of the show tonight. This goal is brilliant - an early contender for goal of the tournament. He pops it over his shoulder in the air, swivels and volleys past Milinkovic-Savic, who can only dive in vein. That was magnificent and completely justifies the selection. Game over you would think. Paqueta comes off for Fred. Rodrygo comes on for Vinicius.  20:28 Mad scramble in the Brazil box 70 mins: Another corner and this time the Brazilian frantically try to boot it away, it ends up being cleared off the line and...
    As Brazil prepares to face Serbia in their first group match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, an uneasy feeling looms over their fans. This year’s tournament has already seen two massively stunning upsets with Argentina losing to Saudi Arabia and Germany losing to Japan. With two of the usual favorites not meeting fans’ expectations, this Thursday’s match will leave Brazil fans sitting on the edge of their seats. Out of the 26 players selected for the national team, only 3 play in Brazilian soccer teams. The rest play in esteemed European teams such as PSG, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester United. This makes for a lack of connection between the players and the Brazilian population who, while they may follow those teams, do not root for them as passionately as they would for, say, Palmeiras or Flamengo. As a Brazilian myself, one of my favorite memories is sitting with my dad during the 1998 FIFA World Cup and knowing who was on my nation’s team from local games: Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Dunga, Taffarel,...
    THEY'VE had to wait patiently for their turn but tonight sees Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar kick off their World Cup quests. The pair are in action for Portugal and Brazil later today, with Betfair featuring them both in a cracking price boost for all customers! 1Ronaldo & Neymar to score | 7/2!Credit: Getty Ronaldo & Neymar to score | 7/2! You can get Ronaldo (vs Ghana) and Neymar (vs Serbia) to both score in their games at a boosted price of 7/2! Betfair have bumped that price up from the normal price of 3/1! Like those odds? It's available on the Betfair site by clicking here! New to Betfair? Well, their new customer offer might interest you... BETFAIR: GET £30 IN FREE BETS* Betfair World Cup price boostThursday's games Portugal vs Ghana Brazil vs Serbia Ronaldo and Neymar both to score today was 3/1 NOW 7/2 New and existing customers Click here to claim! BETFAIR: GET £30 IN FREE BETS* Signing up for a new Betfair account HERE* and staking £10, new customers will be rewarded with £30...
    NEYMAR and his Brazil teammates are looking to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start against Serbia later. William Hill have boosted the odds of the PSG talisman scoring the opening goal to a huge looking 9/2! 1Neymar to score first | 9/2!Credit: Getty Neymar to score first | 9/2! The normal price on site is 16/5 which represents a bumper boost! It's available to new and existing William Hill customers and you can claim it here! New to William Hill? Why not take advantage of their excellent sign-up offer too! New customers who register HERE* and stake £10 will be rewarded with £30 in free bets! Your opening punt could go on the price boost above and if Neymar does open the scoring, you'll win £55! GET £30 IN FREE BETS* Brazil vs SerbiaWilliam Hill price boost Neymar to score first was 16/5 NOW 9/2! New and existing customers Click here to claim! GET £30 IN FREE BETS* If it doesn't, you'll have the consolation of £30 to use on the rest of the bumper action...
    PRE-TOURNAMENT favourites Brazil start their quest for World Cup glory tonight when they face Serbia. And Sky Bet have boosted the odds of two of their main men up front getting on the scoresheet, with Vinicius Junior and Neymar both scoring at a huge 10/1! 1Neymar & Vinicius Jr both to score | 10/1!Credit: Getty Neymar & Vinicius Jr both to score | 10/1! That is a BIG price boost from the normal price of 7/1 on their site! The pair are likely to form part of what will be a formidable Brazilian front line. They've combined for a whopping 23 goals for their respective clubs so far this season. Neymar (10 goals) should play a more central role to allow Vinicius Jr (13 goals) to play on the left. Price boost sounding much better now? Sky Bet: Get £40 in FREE BETS!* Brazil vs SerbiaSky Bet price boost Neymar & Vinicius Jr both to score was 7/1 NOW 10/1 New and existing customers Add to bet slip here Sky Bet: Get £40 in FREE BETS!* Well...
    GHANA star Mohammed Kudus claims that he's as good as Neymar. The Ajax striker, 22, is set to kick off his maiden World Cup campaign when the Black Stars take on Portugal this afternoon. 3Mohammed Kudus is ready for his first World CupCredit: Getty 3Neymar's Brazil are a potential round of 16 opponent for the Black StarsCredit: AP Kudus isn't short of confidence going into the game, having previously gotten into it with Neymar during a friendly against Brazil in September. Speaking ahead of the World Cup, he told The Guardian of the Selecao's No10: "He’s not better than me. "He’s just a higher profile player, that’s all." On their tasty encounter a few months ago, Kudus added: "He was defending his country and I was defending mine. Read More World Cup StoriesQATAR LATEST Kane TRAINS after ankle scan while Maddison set to MISS out on USA clash "I wasn’t about to let him push me around. What makes him better, for now, is that he has achieved a lot. "I’ll get there soon." And on a potential round of...
    THEY'RE the most successful nation in World Cup history with FIVE trophies to their name. But Brazil haven't gone all the way since a Ronaldo-inspired success in 2002. 6 In fact, they've only ONCE made it past the quarter-finals in the 20 years since that day when they lost the third-place play-off to Holland in 2014 on home soil. This winter, Tite has a star-studded squad itching to go the distance. But before getting too ahead of themselves, Brazil must find a way to navigate a particularly tricky group, featuring Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon. Up first, it's potential dark horses Serbia - as SunSport takes a look at everything you need to know before the big game. READ MORE WORLD CUP STORIESQATAR LATEST Harry Kane TRAINS for England after ankle scan, Germany STUNNED by Japan How did they get there? Brazil: Topped the outrageously-tough South American table with 14 wins from their 17 games, drawing three with ZERO losses. Their clash with Argentina was scrapped after five minutes due to an incredible row over Covid. Serbia: Won a tricky European...
    BRAZILIAN model Bruna Biancardi Serbs up a real treat for her footballer ex Neymar. Bruna, 27, split with the Paris Saint Germain forward in August after a year together. 2Stunning model and influencer Bruna Biancardi poses in sexy photoshootCredit: CAPTURE MEDIA AGENCY 2Bruna split from Brazilian footballer Neymar, 30, in August - who is expected to play for his country in their first World Cup Group G match against SerbiaCredit: Capture Media Agency Neymar, 30, is expected to play for Brazil in their first World Cup Group G match against Serbia at 7pm today. Meanwhile, a Serbian boy went viral after confidently declaring on Brazil's live TV that his country will beat one of the tournament's favourites 3-0. He claimed Serbia are going to embarrass Brazil and make Neymar "cry like a baby" when they meet today. The boy told ESPN Brasil: "I think Serbia will win 3-0 against Brazil. READ MORE WORLD CUP 2022WALK THE WALK We're BETTER than ‘Golden Generation’ and have right to be arrogant - WalkerPLENTY OF DOHA I crashed Qatar sheikh’s £460m mansion…we got up to some...
    SERBIA are going to embarrass Brazil and make Neymar "cry like a baby" when they meet on Thursday. At least that is according to a Serbian boy, who went viral after confidently declaring on Brazil's live TV that his country will beat one of the tournament's favourites 3-0. Em entrevista à @ESPNBrasil, garoto prevê grande vitória da Sérvia em cima do Brasil, e provoca Neymar. ???? Reprodução/ESPN pic.twitter.com/ox92TUQYul— Sou Eu Na Copa (@soueunacopa) November 23, 2022 2A confident boy from Serbia expects his country to destroy Brazil in the World Cup 2The boy thinks Serbia will make Brazil superstar Neymar "cry like a baby"Credit: Rex The young fun gave the full picture of how he expects the two countries' opener to go down when they lock horns at the Lusail Stadium. The Serbia super fan expects Fulham star Aleksandar Mitrovic to score a brace in the first half before Juventus ace Dusan Vlahovic seals the win in the second half. The boy explained that Dragan Stojkovic's men will thrash the Selecao because he feels Tite's defence won't last against the...
    GETTING the measure of Lionel Messi is very hard work on the pitch - as many of the world's top defenders will testify. Whether leading a goal charge with Argentina in the World Cup or for PSG in Ligue 1, the mercurial forward always leads opponents a right song and dance. 5 Lionel Messi is one of the wealthiest players in world footballCredit: Rex The 35-year old from Rosario always makes it a tall order for even world class teams who struggle to contain him. And interest in the game is always heightened around the globe when he closes on goal.How tall is Lionel Messi? Actually, Messi is on the short side allowing him to make those amazing twists and turns as he sets of on a typical mazy run. The tale of the tape reveals him to be a shade under 5ft 7ins or, to be precise, 5ft 5.77ins. And this could explain why he doesn't score very often with his head. 5 Messi with wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their familyCredit: Instagram @antoroccuzzo88 5 Another game, another goal for...
    NEYMAR has been labelled "arrogant" for altering his Brazil kit ahead of the World Cup. The South Americans are seeking to win the competition for a record-extending sixth time in Qatar. 2Neymar has added an extra star to his Brazil kit ahead of the World CupCredit: Twitter 2Richarlison defended Brazil team-mate NeymarCredit: Twitter They currently have five World Cup wins to their name, meaning they also have five stars on their kit. But Neymar has shared a picture of his kit for the 2022 tournament... with SIX stars on show. The Paris Saint-Germain forward was subsequently labelled "arrogant" by German outlet BILD. It was a critique his Brazilian team-mate Richarlison was having none of. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Three Lions' record breaking World Cup win over Iran, Wales take on USA later And the Tottenham forward quickly hit back with an aggressive reply. He bluntly responded: "They are arrogant. We're just dreamers. "We are dreaming of this sixth star and we will pick it up, whether they like it or not. That reporter is an a**hole." Brazil...
    THE World Cup has kicked off but it's not too late to join Dream Team! We have a star-studded celebrity line-up who have their sides picked for battle and are looking to take YOU on! 6Dream Team is BACK for this winter's World Cup! There's also the small matter of £50,000 in the prize pot to be won! When building Mini-Leagues to take on your mates, why not join thousands of others who are looking to get the better of our team of celebs - including Piers Morgan, Jack Wilshere and Carol Vorderman! Just head to the League Hub when your team is picked and enter in the League Code attached with the celeb below. Here is our squad of famous faces and their team selections. PLAY OUR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP FANTASY FOOTBALL GAME TO WIN A SHARE OF £50k PIERS MORGAN League Pin: WCMORGAN 6 There are not too many surprises in Piers' selection, with a few Arsenal players making the cut. William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus are included alongside Gunners teammate Bukayo Saka. Luke Shaw is the...
    Brazil’s coaching staff will be anxiously waiting for the news from North London. How serious is the calf injury suffered by Richarlison playing for Tottenham against Everton on Saturday? 3Richarlison suffered a calf injury playing for Spurs that could threaten his World CupCredit: Getty He limped out of the game and cut a very worried figure afterwards when, on crutches, he talked briefly to the Brazilian press. While still with Everton he suffered a similar injury, which kept him out of action for two months - and that is too long for a competition that kicks off in just over a month’s time. The hope, then, is that the problem is not so grave this time round. Missing out on Qatar would be a huge blow to the player - and also a huge blow to his team, because in recent months Richarlison has made himself vital to Brazil’s cause. For most of last season, the team did extremely well without him. He paid the price for playing both the Copa America and the Olympic tournament in the middle of...
    THE debate around the greatest footballer EVER divides fans across the globe. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele and Diego Maradona are often the names touted as the best to ever lace up a pair of boots. 12Ronaldo and Messi have battled it out for more than a decade as two of the greatsCredit: Getty But there are also a host of other names in the conversation, including the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Brazilian Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Johan Cruyff and George Best. And what about other current players that are still active? Does Neymar make it into the top 100? What about Real Madrid legend Luka Modric? Here SunSport goes into detail reflecting on FourFourTwo's top 10 - with the more extensive 100 names listed further down. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLMessi talker Messi was ‘provocative and said unimaginable things’, Liverpool icon says 10) Ronaldo 12The "original" Ronaldo goes down as one of the best strikers to ever play the gameCredit: Action Images - Reuters Brazilian Ronaldo is one of the most lethal, devastating strikers to ever play the game. He scored...
    TUNISIA have been accused of trying to kick Neymar out of the World Cup by Brazil boss Tite. The two sides met in a feisty friendly match at Paris' Parc des Princes last night. 4Neymar was persistently fouled during the friendly matchCredit: Rex 4The Brazilian was unhappy with his yellow cardCredit: The Mega Agency If Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar thought he'd be receiving any home comforts, he was sadly mistaken. The forward was persistently fouled as Brazil thumped their North African opponents 5-1, with Neymar grabbing their third from the penalty spot. After the match, Tite fumed: "There was a Tunisian majority. "At various times I tried to find some of our fans and they were diluted. That created an atmosphere of a competitive match. READ MORE ON NEYMARMAR DRAMA Neymar hints at tension as he refuses to answer question on Mbappe relationship "On the pitch we knew it would be competitive, loyal, but I didn't imagine an action like the one that happened with Neymar, which was to take a player out of the World Cup. "The way it...
    Brazil did full justice to their status as World Cup favourites on Friday when they swept aside Ghana in fine style in a magnificent first half to win 3-0. It was a match where they unveiled Plan C; this Brazil side can now switch between three different formations, a process which showcases the versatility of recent West Ham signing Lucas Paqueta. 2Lucas Paqueta offers Brazil versatilityCredit: Rex The main formation features two wingers - Raphinha on the right and Vinicius Junior on the left, with Neymar floating as a false nine and Paqueta operating in his most natural position of an attacking midfielder. The system of play has done Brazil proud since losing the final of the Copa America to Argentina last year, and one of the stand outs has been the easy understanding between Neymar and Paqueta through the middle of the field. The first alternative is to include a centre forward, most likely recent Tottenham signing Richarlison. In this case one of the wingers misses out - probably Vinicius, though this would be a very big call in...
    NEYMAR is three goals away from breaking Pele's Brazilian record, according to FIFA. But the Brazilian Federation's statistics say the Paris Saint-Germain forward is still a huge 21 behind the three-time World Cup winner. 2Neymar is closing in on the Brazilian goalscoring recordCredit: Reuters 2Pele is widely regarded as Brazil's greatest ever playerCredit: Rex Neymar currently has 74 goals for his country, while Pele finished his international career with 77 Fifa-registered goals. Brazil take on Ghana and Tunisia in the next four days, so Neymar could theoretically break the record in those matches before the World Cup later this year. However, the Brazilian Federation insist Pele netted 95 times. This is because they count 18 goals he scored in friendly matches against the likes of Malmo, AIK, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Chivas Guadalajara, Leon, Bahia and Atletico Mineiro. READ MORE ON NEYMARFriends with benefits Inside Neymar's entourage of trusted pals who he pays $11k-per-month As a result, even if Neymar nets four times in Brazil's upcoming two matches, his home football association is still not expected to consider him their...
    NEYMAR will reportedly face trial in October for "irregularities in his transfer to Barcelona". The Paris Saint-Germain forward joined the French outfit in 2017 for a world record £200million. 1PSG star Neymar is facing trial over his move to Barcelona five years agoCredit: Getty But legal proceedings are now said to have been opened against the Brazilian forward and the trial will take place just FOUR WEEKS before his country's World Cup campaign gets underway. According to Fox Sports, former Barcelona presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu are also to be tried as they face allegations of "corruption and fraud" relating to Neymar's move from Santos to the Nou Camp in 2013. The trial will go ahead from October 17 to 31. And prosecutors are thought to be wanting a two-year prison sentence for the South American footballer. More to follow. Most read in Premier League'DEVASTATED' Mum's tribute to 'wonderful boy' after Brit, 22, killed by helicopter bladesBABY LOVE Kardashian fans go wild after Kourtney posts pic of Khloe touching her BABY BUMP'GROW SILENTLY' Hoda shares cryptic quote after...
    TOKYO (AP) — Brazil coach Tite has had the full four-year cycle to prepare for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, unlike 2018 in Russia when he took over in the middle of the cycle after Dunga was fired. Fresh from beating South Korea 5-1 on Thursday in Seoul, Brazil faces Japan on Monday in an international friendly in Tokyo. Brazil has not lost since falling 1-0 against Argentina in the Copa America final almost a year ago. Japan could be a good omen. Brazil’s under-23 team won Olympic gold last year in Tokyo, and Brazil’s last World Cup title came in 2002 in nearby Yokohama in a World Cup co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. “In a period of four years you can do a better job,” Tite said Sunday, speaking at Japan’s new National Stadium, venue for the Tokyo Olympics that were delayed by a year. “In that period you can see many mistakes, but many good things. You see a lot of players. And now we are seeing a new generation in terms of offense.” Neymar scored...
    SEOUL (AP) — A pair of Neymar penalties helped Brazil start its World Cup preparations with a comprehensive 5-1 win over South Korea in an international friendly on Thursday. English Premier League stars Richarlison, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus were also on the scoresheet. It was a chastening evening for the South Koreans with the five-time world champion too strong in all areas of the field. Richarlison silenced the 66,000 fans who filled Seoul World Cup Stadium to capacity after just seven minutes with an opportunistic strike. The Everton forward diverted a low shot from Fred high into the South Korean net from close range. South Korea will make a 10th successive World Cup appearance at Qatar later this year in a group with Uruguay, Portugal and Ghana. It struggled to get joint EPL golden boot winner Son Heung-min into the game but was back on level terms on the half-hour with a well-worked goal. Wolverhampton attacker Hwang Hee-chan found Hwang Ui-jo in the area and the Bordeaux striker turned Thiago Silva to fire a shot past the diving...
    SADIO MANE made a beeline to console Mo Salah after smashing in the winning penalty of the Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament built up to the ultimate final showdown between the two Liverpool heroes on Sunday night. 6Sadio Mane consoled Mo Salah after the Africa Cup of Nations finalCredit: EPA Mane was Senegal's hero, recovering from missing his early penalty to sink the pivotal spot-kick. But after the pile-on celebrations marking the West African nation's first Afcon win, the classy Reds No10 went and found the heartbroken Reds No11 to give him a hug. On Thursday night at Anfield - or Sunday afternoon at Turf Moor - they may well be celebrating together again as Liverpool take on Leicester and then Burnley in the Premier League. SunSports looks at five other times friends have been forced to become enemies in international finals... Jorginho vs Mount Last summer, Jorginho and Mason Mount lined up together as Chelsea lifted the Champions Leageue. But six weeks later they were on opposite sides as Jorginho's Italy - who also had...
    ARGENTINA take on Brazil tonight in one of the world's biggest international derbies. The match comes just two months after the return fixture in Brazil was bizarrely abandoned after an intervention from the Brazilian health authorities. 2Lionel Messi is looking to take the scalp of arch rivals Brazil for a second time this year.Credit: EPA 2Neymar will play no part in this match, but fortunately for him Brazil have already qualified for the World CupCredit: Getty Brazilian officials stormed onto the pitch as a result of four Argentine Premier League players - Giovani Lo Celso, Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Emi Buendia - entering the country without their permission. Fifa have yet to come to a decision on whether that match will be re-arranged or awarded to one of the two teams. Argentina are looking to join their fierce rivals at the World Cup in Qatar, with Brazil having qualified by beating Colombia 1-0 last week. A victory would also move the Argentines to within three points of the Selecao and keep them in with a chance of picking up...
    BIG names of world football have already booked their places at next year’s Qatar World Cup. The likes of England, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain and Belgium have already qualified for the tournament’s first visit to the Middle East. 2 That means stars such as Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will get their chance on the world stage once again - injury or loss of form permitting. England talisman Kane leads the line in the combined XI of nations who are confirmed for Qatar following the end of the qualifying group stages. He is joined up top in a 4-3-3 by Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe - stars of Brazil and France respectively. Behind them is a glittering midfield trio of France’s Paul Pogba, Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne and Brazilian workhorse Casemiro. Given the natural tendencies of Pogba and De Bruyne to get forward, the back four needs to be rock solid and experienced at the highest levels. Three Lions favourites Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw get the nods at full-back, with Shaw backed to rediscover his Euro...
    HOPES of an eagerly-anticipated international clash between superstar club mates Neymar and Lionel Messi today are over after the former was ruled out through injury. Brazil revealed their talisman Neymar is returning to his club Paris Saint-Germain with a thigh problem and will miss their World Cup qualifier with Argentina. 1Neymar and Messi are two of the superstars on the books at Paris Saint-GermainCredit: Getty But his PSG team-mate Messi has been given the all-clear for this evening's clash in San Juan after his recent return from knee and hamstring problems. Neymar started and finished a 1-0 win over Colombia last week and set up the goal as Brazil booked their place at next year's World Cup in Qatar. But he has picked up a knock since, with the Brazilian Football Confederation confirming: After the activities held on Palmeiras' Football Academy on this Monday morning, Neymar complained about feeling pain in his left thigh. "Neymar Jr. revealed insecurities about the situation. "And as a result of not having enough time to make complementary medical exams, Brazilian technical staff decided...
    NEYMAR landed himself in hot water by squaring up to the referee last night as Brazil beat Colombia to seal their qualification to next year's World Cup. Lyon's Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal of the game as Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 to guarantee their place at Qatar 2022, with Neymar providing the assist. 1Neymar angrily confronted the referee after a series of heavy tackles on his teammatesCredit: AFP But the Brazilian superstar, 29, was lucky to stay on the pitch after he angrily confronted the ref with just eight minutes on the clock. The PSG star shouted directly into the face of Chilean official, Roberto Tobar, before bumping into his chest in anger as he protested Tobar's decision making. Neymar was furious with Colombia's aggressive approach to the game, with several heavy tackles flying in early on, particularly on Leeds winger Raphinha. And the enigmatic Brazilian was lucky to go unpunished for his outburst, narrowly avoiding what would have been his fourth career red card. Neymar has been in outstanding form throughout Brazil's World Cup qualifying...
    BRAZIL and Argentina are amongst the South American nations that have confirmed they will not take part in a World Cup every two years. Arsenal’s legendary former manager Arsene Wenger is now head of Fifa’s chief of global football development and leading the charge in changing the tournament to every 24 months. 2Neymar's Brazil have decided to oppose holding the World Cup every two yearsCredit: Getty 2Lionel Messi's Argentina is also opposing the proposals by FifaCredit: Getty The potential move has been met with fierce backlash, and now CONMEBOL, the governing body for football in South America, have declared their 10 members are all against making it biennial. A statement from them said: “There are no reasons, benefits or justification for the change promoted by Fifa. “In view of this, the 10 countries that make up CONMEBOL confirm that they will not participate in a World Cup organised every two years. “The project in question turns its back on almost 100 years of world football tradition, ignoring the history of one of the most important sporting events on the planet....
    LEEDS UNITED star Raphinha had a night he will never forget as he scored his first goals for Brazil in a 4-1 rout of Uruguay. The winger, 24, was called up to the national team by manager Tite for the first time during the October international break. 2Raphinha celebrates his first Brazil goal with captain Neymar 2The winger described it as a night he will not forget after adding a second after half-time And after two substitute appearances Raphinha justified his selection with two goals against Uruguay. Neymar scored the opener after ten minutes before Raphinha put the game fully in Brazil's control. The Leeds ace then tapped in a rebound from a Neymar shot and celebrated with delight with his captain. And the pair linked up again with Raphinha pouncing on a through ball from Neymar to fire low past the goalkeeper. Luis Suarez reminded everyone of his talent with a well-taken free-kick before Gabriel Barbosa headed in for Brazil late on. But it was Raphinha's night and he shared his joy after the match. Most read in Premier...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar started the week facing criticism after a poor performance in a World Cup qualifying match and his suggestion that the next tournament in Qatar might be his last. But the striker helped erase many of those thoughts by providing key elements in all of the Brazil goals in Thursday’s 4-1 win against Uruguay. The 29-year-old Neymar, who had a disappointing performance in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Colombia in the previous round. arrived in the northwest Brazilian city of Manaus on Monday with dozens of fans in front of the team’s hotel. That would be the usual, were it not for a wave of criticism he has faced at home for months. Neymar scored the opening goal against Uruguay after dribbling past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. He then took the shot that allowed Raphinha to add the second. And then he provided two assists; one in a through pass to Raphinha and a cross that landed on the head of Gabriel Barbosa. Midfielder Fred, who assisted Neymar on his goal, said Brazil players felt the difference...
    Dance with somebody: The ultimate Whitney Houston playlist 7 Strategies for Frugal Urban Living What could the No. 1 team in the South American World Cup standings and No. 2 in the FIFA world ranking really use right now? How about another attacker? It found one in Raphinha, who scored two goals in his first start for the senior men's team, helping Brazi log its 10th win in 11 qualifying matches, 4-1 over Uruguay. The matchup between the two traditional South American powers was supposed to be the marquee matchup with the Uruguayans fielding big names Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani together in a bid to come away with points from the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus. But the visitors were thoroughly outclassed by the skill, speed and fluidity of the Brazilians, whose attacks were often spectacular in nature. Brazil barely broke a sweat by the time it found itself 2-0 up after 18 minutes. First Neymar latched onto a floated ball into the box over the top of the defense. He worked his magic and found a seam...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — A month ago, Raphinha feared Brazil’s national team might never again call on him to play in a World Cup qualifier — he and other England-based players were stopped from playing due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in Britain. But Brazil coach Tite was confident of the 24-year-old Leeds winger’s potential and decided to give him another chance. Raphinha won Brazilian fans quickly after two impressive performances coming off the bench in the latest two rounds of qualifiers. He first saved the team from embarrassment in the 3-1 victory at Venezuela and later stepped up again in a 0-0 draw at Colombia. Now the winger who was not among coach Tite’s first options is likely to be a starter in Thursday’s match against Uruguay in Manaus, playing next to Neymar and Gabriel Jesus. Raphinha is expected to give Brazil another powerful weapon; he plays on the left, but finishes with his right foot. Against Venezuela, Brazil struggled in creating chances until halftime. Midfielder Everton Ribeiro left for Raphinha and the impact was immediate — Raphinha took...
    Neymar has said that Qatar 2022 will probably be his last World Cup. He will only be 34 when 2026 comes round, but the mental strain is proving too much. There is an eerie echo of Pele in all of this. After falling to injury in the early stages of 1962 and being kicked out of 1966, Pele was adamant that he would not play Mexico 70. 5Neymar seems to be feeling the strain of Pele's legacyCredit: AP He relented, of course, and left the global stage on a high. He would have been approaching 34 at the time of the 1974 World Cup. But nothing, not musical pleas or government campaigns, would change his mind. Pele remains Brazil’s all time top scorer - a remarkable achievement. South American sides have had many more games since the current marathon World Cup qualification format was introduced in 1996. With the lone exception of Brazil, all of the South American top scorers are current or recently retired players. And Pele, too, will almost certainly be overtaken by Neymar - perhaps in the...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Not long ago, Argentina supporters didn’t have much affection for Lionel Messi. He was respected for all those Ballon d’Ors but considered cold-hearted in comparison to Diego Maradona. Meanwhile, Brazil fans felt represented by their star; Neymar was the soul of the Seleção because of his joyful style and goal-scoring hunger, another link to a long chain of Brazil greats. But the times have changed. Argentina is in love with Messi since the latest Copa America title, the striker’s first with his national team after a long history of disappointment. Beating Brazil 1-0 in the final in July ended a 28-year title drought for the Argentines, who saw their superstar in tears after lifting the trophy — a human touch many thought he wasn’t capable of. Messi’s performances in World Cup qualifying are cementing the fans’ adoration. He has six goals in 10 matches and Argentina is enjoying a less troubled campaign to reach Qatar than in previous qualifying runs. Last Sunday night, during Argentina’s 3-0 win against Uruguay at Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, the...
    (CNN)Brazilian footballer Neymar has said that he thinks next year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar could be his last. Neymar, who has played more than 100 times for Brazil over the past 11 years, is his country's second-highest scorer of all time after Pelé and featured at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. "I think it's my last World Cup," the 29-year-old said in a new documentary, Neymar & The Line Of Kings, produced by DAZN. "I see it as my last because I don't know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football anymore."So I'll do anything to turn up well, do everything to win with my country, to realize my greatest dream since I was little. And I hope I can do it."Having lost in the semifinals and quarterfinals of the last two World Cups, Brazil currently sits at the top of South America's qualifying group for next year's World Cup on 28 points after 10 games.Read MoreMore to follow.
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN hitman Neymar appeared to try and KISS Yerry Mina during Brazil's World Cup qualifier with Colombia on Sunday night. The Samba Boys' perfect start to their qualifying campaign came to an end last night as they were held to a 0-0 draw in Barranquilla. 4Yerry Mina kept close tabs on Neymar during Colombia's World Cup Qualifier against BrazilCredit: GETTY 4PSG hitman Neymar was left frustrated by Mina's roughhouse tacticsCredit: EPA 4And he tried to plant a smacker on the Everton defender during a heated exchangeCredit: AP But the game will be remembered for a bizarre interaction between Neymar and Mina. Following a meaty coming together which left both men on the floor, a frustrated Mina went over to the former Barcelona star to angrily exchange words. Neymar didn't take kindly to Mina's aggression, standing up and moving his face to the Everton defender's. And he then proceeded to pucker up and try to lay a smacker on the burly centre-back. The kiss, however, didn't make contact with Mina, who promptly walked away from the angry forward. Neymar, 29,...
    Jenna Johnson Gives Update on Family Plans With Val: Timing Is Everything Navy engineer, wife accused of espionage plot Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil's Neymar has revealed that he expects the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to be his last. Speaking with DAZN in the documentary Neymar Jr. and the Line of Kings, the 29-year-old confessed that he expects next year's event to be his last one in the tournament with the Selecao Brasileira at the age of 30. © Provided by CBS Sports "Man, I think it will be my last World Cup," said the $257 million man. "I am facing it like the last World Cup because I do not know whether I will be able, mentally, to endure more soccer. I will do everything possible to get there very well." Neymar, who is in action this Sunday against Colombia in Brazil's latest World Cup qualifier, also admitted feeling frustrated at a perceived lack of recognition for what he has done with his country on the international stage. "I will do all I can to win it...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil star Neymar says next year’s World Cup in Qatar could be the last of his career. The comments by the 29-year-old striker were made in the documentary “Neymar & The Line Of Kings,” produced by DAZN. An excerpt was published on the channel’s Twitter feed on Sunday. “Man, I think it will be my last World Cup,” Neymar said. “I am facing it like the last World Cup because I don’t know whether I will be able to, mentally, to endure more soccer. “I will do everything possible to get there very well,” he added. “I will do all I can to win it with my country and realize my dream, the biggest since my boyhood. I hope I can achieve it.” Neymar will play with Brazil later on Sunday at Colombia in a World Cup qualifying match. The Seleção leads the 10-team round robin competition with 27 points after nine games. The striker did not play in Thursday’s 3-1 Brazil win at Venezuela due to suspension. The match in Barranquilla will mark...
    Getty ASUNCION, PARAGUAY - SEPTEMBER 05: Radamel Falcao of Colombia applauds the fans after a match between Paraguay and Colombia as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 at Estadio Defensores del Chaco on September 05, 2021 in Asuncion, Paraguay. (Photo by Christian Alvarenga/Getty Images) Colombia will host Brazil in a Round 5 matchup in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers that will take place at the Estadio Metropolitano in Barranquilla. In this matchup, Colombia look to be able to get higher in the standings and stave off all comers while Brazil wants to make history.Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageIn the United States, the match (5 p.m. ET start time) isn’t on TV, but anyone in the US can watch Colombia vs Brazil and every CONMEMBOL World Cup qualifier exclusively on FuboTV. You’ll need to sign up for either the “Latino Plus” base package, or the “Fubo Starter” base package plus “CONMEBOL & More” add-on to watch: Watch on FuboTV Once signed up for FuboTV, you can...
    Olivia Munn Is Pregnant, Expecting First Baby With John Mulaney You Insure Your Car and Your Home – So How Can You Insure Your Financial Future? Brazil are back in action on Thursday and will hope to at least play and finish their game after the crazy scenes which saw their clash with Argentina abandoned after just a few minutes. Despite one less match played, Tite's men still lead the way in the qualifying table and Peru remain in difficulty with four losses already. © Provided by CBS Sports Here is how you can watch the match and what to know:Viewing information Date: Thursday, Sept. 9 | Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Location: Itaipava Arena Pernambuco -- Recife, Brazil TV and Live Stream: fuboTV  Odds: BRA -333; Draw +380; PER +900 (via Caesars Sportsbook) StorylinesO NEYMAR JR DEU UM CHAPÉU NO CAMERAMAN? É ISSO, PRODUÇÃO? ???? NEYMAR JR SKILLS! ????#neymar#neymarjr#njr#seleçãobrasileirapic.twitter.com/eBNR2Hn6rN— Neymar Jr Site (@NeymarJrSite) September 6, 2021Brazil: After the chaos of the Argentina clash, PSG's Marquinhos has been sent home as the Brazilian Federation are unsure if...
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