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Bebeto"s son gets first Brazil under 20 call-up

Bebeto's boy still rocks! Mattheus a step closer to emulating legend father with Brazil Under 20 call-up

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UPDATED:

10:54 GMT, 14 November 2012

It was an iconic moment in World Cup history, since replicated by goalscorers on park pitches the world over.

Bebeto had just fired Brazil two-up in their USA '94 quarter-final against Holland and celebrated with a carefully-choreographed cradle-rocking routine with teammates Romario and Mazinho in honour of his new-born son Mattheus.

Now, 18 years later and all grown up, that baby is a step closer to emulating the achievements of his legendary father after receiving his first Brazil Under 20 call-up.

Iconic moment: Mazinho, Bebeto and Romario rock the cradle in celebration after Bebeto's goal against Holland in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

Iconic moment: Mazinho, Bebeto and Romario rock the cradle in celebration after Bebeto's goal against Holland in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

Quick strides: Mattheus (right) has already played for his father's club Flamengo and is now being recognised at international level

Quick strides: Mattheus (right) has already played for his father's club Flamengo and is now being recognised at international level

Mattheus, by all accounts a prolific scorer, has worked his way through the youth ranks at Bebeto's old club Flamengo and now looks set for international recognition too.

The youngster made his debut for the Rio club in February this year in a 0-0 draw with Olaria, as his proud father watched on from the stands.

Bebeto, 47, is now a politician, having been voted onto the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro as a Democratic Labour candidate at the 2010 elections.

Nice moves: And on the evidence of this celebration, he has great celebration routines like his dad

Nice moves: And on the evidence of this celebration, he has great celebration routines like his dad

Mattheus said at the time of his club debut: 'I talk to my father all the time, because he had a great career and is an ideal example for me to follow.

'He has helped give me peace of mind by telling me not worry about expectations and just to concentrate on doing my best.'

And with this latest milestone, it seems he's a step closer to meeting those expectations.

VIDEO: Bebeto's iconic cradle celebration

Adriano signs for Flamengo

One more go… Adriano signed by old flame Flamengo and given pay-as-you-play deal

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UPDATED:

12:44 GMT, 22 August 2012

Former Inter Milan and Brazil forward Adriano has been given another chance to revive his flagging career after re-signing for Brazilian club Flamengo.

The Rio de Janeiro club said that the 30-year-old, who left Corinthians in March after failing to get match fit, had been given a contract until the end of the season and that it would be based on 'productivity'.

Once known as the Emperor, Adriano's career reached its height in 2004-05 when he was at Inter and was also top scorer for Brazil at the 2004 Copa America in Peru and the Confederations Cup in Germany the following year.

Deal: Adriano has been offered a contract based on productivity

Deal: Adriano has been offered a contract based on productivity

After that, he had a disappointing World Cup with Brazil in 2006 and his career has been going steadily downhill since.

Adriano – who has been beset by drinking, depression and weight problems in recent years – made only seven appearances in his one-year stint at Corinthians, scoring two goals.

Although his progress was interrupted by an Achilles tendon injury, Adriano was given several chances to lose weight amid reports that he had passed the 100-kilogramme mark.

The club eventually lost patience when he missed training in March and he refused to let the club doctor weigh him. His departure, officially by mutual consent, signalled what many thought could be the end of his career.

Comeback: Adriano's career looked finished but he has got another shot

Comeback: Adriano's career looked finished but he has got another shot

Flamengo, who earlier this year parted company with Adriano's former Brazil team mate Ronaldinho after he suffered a loss of form, have a soft spot for the player who was raised at the club and played there in 2009-10.

Adriano was the Brazilian championship's joint top scorer in 2009 with 19 goals as he helped Flamengo win the competition that year.

'I'm going to honour this shirt, which has always been mine, with a lot of goals,' promised Adriano, who has also played for Fiorentina, Parma, Sao Paulo and AS Roma.

'Thank you for everything. You can count on me.'

Tottenham want Clarence Seedorf

Spurs ponder shock free move for Seedorf after veteran's AC Milan exit

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UPDATED:

08:56 GMT, 8 June 2012

Tottenham have been linked with a surprise move for Dutch veteran Clarence Seedorf.

The 36-year-old is leaving AC Milan on a free transfer this summer and has six offers from across the football world.

Sources close to the player claim at least one English club are keen to sign him, with reports in Brazil naming Tottenham as making an approach.

Respect: Clarence Seedorf (left) with Pierluigi Collina in Warsaw this week

Respect: Clarence Seedorf (left) with Pierluigi Collina in Warsaw this week

Sportsmail revealed last year that Manchester City were keen to sign the midfielder, but he opted to stay at the San Siro for another season. The former Ajax man also has offers from USA’s MLS, the United Arab Emirates, China and Brazil.

One of the offers from Asia is believed to be worth a whopping 20million over three years, but Seedorf’s representative Deborah Martin has insisted that money alone is not decisive.

End of an era: Seedorf is leaving Milan

End of an era: Seedorf is leaving Milan

She has been in Rio de Janeiro for talks with Botafogo, who are increasingly confident that they can secure his signature.

Seedorf, who was born in the South American country Suriname, has previously spoken of his desire to play in Brazil and is exploring how to a move to Botafogo could incorporate social and business projects in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup.

But his advisers have expressed concern at the case of Ronaldinho, who rescinded his contract with Flamengo after allegedly going unpaid millions of pounds over many months.

London 2012 Olympics: Neymar, Sandro and Hulk carry Brazil"s hopes for football gold

Neymar, Sandro and Hulk carry Brazil's hopes for Olympic gold but Ronaldinho left out

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UPDATED:

18:00 GMT, 11 May 2012

Brazil coach Mano Menezes failed to
pick Ronaldinho on Friday for friendlies ahead of the London Games,
virtually ending the player's chances of making it to the Olympics
again.

Neymar, Alexandre Pato and Paulo
Henrique Ganso were among the 23 players selected for the friendlies
against Denmark on May 26, the United States on May 30, Mexico on June 3
and Argentina on June 9.

Samba star: Neymar could light up the Olympics

Samba star: Neymar could light up the Olympics

The players selected are expected to form the core of a squad which will try to lead Brazil to its first Olympic gold medal in football, and Menezes hinted that those not on the list likely won't be in London.

'It's correct to affirm that these 23 names are the base of the Olympic team,' Menezes said. 'It's unlikely we will make any changes. After making evaluations in the last few months, we think these are the names (for London).'

Only six players on the list are older than 23 – Chelsea defender David Luiz, AC Milan defender Thiago Silva, Barcelona defender Daniel Alves, Real Madrid defender Marcelo, FC Porto striker Hulk and Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson.

The Olympic tournament is played with under-23 squads but each team may use three over-age players.

Two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho had been regularly selected by Menezes despite playing poorly with Brazilian club Flamengo, but Menezes said it is time to try something different.

'If things are not going well, you make a change,' Menezes said. 'But you have to respect Ronaldinho, he is a world champion. He is they type of player who can rebound and surprise everyone.'

Fallen star: Ronaldinho has been left out

Fallen star: Ronaldinho has been left out

BRAZIL SQUAD

Defenders: Daniel Alves, (Barcelona),
Danilo (FC Porto), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Alex Sandro (FC Porto), Thiago
Silva (AC Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Bruno Uvini (Tottenham), Juan
(Inter Milan).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Sao Paulo),
Sandro (Tottenham), Romulo (Vasco), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Lucas
(Sao Paulo), Oscar (Internacional), Giuliano (Dnipro),

Forwards: Alexandre Pato
(Internacional), Hulk (FC Porto), Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Neymar
(Santos), Wellington Nem (Fluminense).

The 32-year-old Ronaldinho had been on the list of 52 players pre-selected for the London Games. He played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics at which Brazil lost in the semifinals to an Argentina team containing Lionel Messi and finished with the bronze.

Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar and midfielder Ramires, who helped Chelsea reach the Champions League final, were on that list but were also left out by Menezes on Friday. Real Madrid playmaker Kaka didn't even make the 52-player list.

Alexandre Pato will receive another chance in the team after missing several Brazil matches because of injuries while playing with AC Milan.

The 20-year-old Neymar will be the main player carrying Brazil's hopes in London, but other promising names included are playmaker Lucas and forward Oscar, who scored Brazil's three goals in the 3-2 victory over Portugal in the Under-20 World Cup final last year.

The Olympic tournament is the only significant football competition Brazil is yet to win. The five-time World Cup champions won Olympic silver in 1984 and 1988, and the bronze in 1996 and 2008. — Squad: Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Fiorentina), Rafael (Santos).