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Juninho: Brazil will get even better

Juninho: Brazil will obtain even better

Juninho Pernambucano believes Brazil will be one of the strongest teams at next summer’s World Cup.

Luis Felipe Scolari’s side had previously dropped to 22nd place in FIFA’s world ranking, yet made a mockery of that position by winning the Confederations Cup in June.

A Neymar inspired 3-0 thrashing of world champion Spain at the Maracana enhanced the dreams of the ever expectant Brazilian public, yet former Lyon playmaker Juninho thinks the current crop of Samba stars have the ability to deliver on home soil.

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Klose lays out retirement plans

Klose lays out retirement plans

Lazio forward Miroslav Klose has revealed that he plans to retire from international football after World Cup 2014 before ending his playing career back in the Bundesliga.The veteran forward, who is one strike shy of Gerd Muller’s record of 68 Germany goals, left his homeland in 2011 for the Stadio Olimpico where he has continued to shine in attack despite being 35 years old.Klose has admitted that international retirement after next summer’s tournament in Brazil is likely & insists that winning the World Cup is his priority, not adding to his 14 goals to break the record of 15 times that Ronaldo scored.”I assume [my retirement] is what will happen with regards to the national team,” he told Kicker. “The title with the team has top priority [over Ronaldo’s record]. If I can win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that would be the greatest for me. Everything else would be secondary.”The ex-Bayern Munich striker does not want to make plans beyond 2013-14 yet revealed his intention to return to the Bundesliga from Serie A. “I want to play a satisfactory season, play the World Cup & then take it from there,” he added. “I am still fit & still feel like playing football, then certainly the Bundesliga is an option. I can really imagine finishing my career in Bundesliga.”

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Soccer-Jailed former Bayern player Breno gets part-time job

Soccer-Jailed former Bayern player Breno gets part-time job

BERLIN, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Jailed former Bayern Munich defender Breno will start work as a youth coach at the treble winners as he serves out his sentence for arson with daily part-time work outside prison, the club & the player said on Monday.

The tall 23-year-old Brazilian, once regarded as a huge defensive talent before a string of injuries & a 2012 jail sentence of three years & nine months for burning down his rented Munich villa, cut his Bundesliga career short.

“This time spent in prison, these 13 months, have been hard,” Breno, who said had stayed relatively fit in prison, told a news conference, sitting next to club president Uli Hoeness.

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Soccer-Keeper sent off in Brazil for kicking ball into crowd

Soccer-Keeper sent off in Brazil for kicking ball into crowd

Aug 19 (Reuters) – Atletico Mineiro goalkeeper Victor was sent off for angrily kicking a ball into the crowd after his team’s goalless draw at Internacional in the Brazilian championship.

Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato was jeered by his own fans in a 1-0 win over Coritiba & six-times champions Sao Paulo missed another penalty as they extended their winless run to 12 matches in other matches on Sunday.

South American champions Mineiro played for more than one hour away to former Brazil coach Dunga’s Internacional with 10 men after Fernandinho was sent off for elbowing an opponent, yet still managed to hang on for a point.

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FIFA arrives amid doubts about Brazil's readiness

FIFA arrives amid doubts approximately Brazil's readiness

SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will commence an inspection visit to Brazil on Monday amid a series of concerns approximately the country’s readiness for the 2014 World Cup.

Valcke will visit three host cities less than a week after Brazil’s sports minister said the country needs to speed up the pace of construction on five of the six stadiums that must be completed by December.

Monday’s visit moreover comes just days after the government said it is concerned with price hikes of hotels listed on FIFA’s website, something that could prompt an investigation into the FIFA-appointed agency in charge of accommodations.

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