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Bolivia 0 Brazil 4 – match report: Neymar scores two goals in friendly

Bolivia 0 Brazil 4: Scolari off the mark as Neymar double leads rout in friendly

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

23:19 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:19 GMT, 6 April 2013

Neymar scored two goals as Brazil beat Bolovia 4-0 in a friendly to give Luiz Felipe Scolari his first win since returning as national team manager.

Brazil fielded a strong team captained by Ronaldinho and Bolivia were no match for them in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Leandro Damio opened the scoring as early as the third minute after getting on the end of a cross from Jean.

Double: Neymar scored two goals as Brazil beat Bolivia 4-0

Double: Neymar scored two goals as Brazil beat Bolivia 4-0

Off the mark: Luiz Felipe Scolari earned his first win since returning to manage the national team

Off the mark: Luiz Felipe Scolari earned his first win since returning to manage the national team

Neymar then got in on the act as he found the target twice to extend Brazil's lead to 3-0 before half-time.

Former Milan striker Alexandre Pato came off the bench in the second half and Brazil competed their rout when Leandro scored his second goal in injury time.

Brazil's last round of fixtures saw them draw 2-2 against Italy before being held to a 1-1 draw by Russia at Stamford Bridge.

Leader: Ronaldinho captained a strong Brazilian team for the friendly in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leader: Ronaldinho captained a strong Brazilian team for the friendly in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leader: Ronaldinho captained a strong Brazilian team for the friendly in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

James McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland – Nigel Worthington

EXCLUSIVE: Worthington reveals McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland

qualifier against Italy in Pescara and now, almost 18 months after handing the reins to Michael O'Neill, he admits he would return.

'If the opportunity ever came up again, I wouldn't think twice about taking it,' he said.

'I loved every minute of that job. I loved working with the squad and the people behind the scenes were always terrific.'

While
those supporting Worthington in post are fondly remembered, he failed
to leave much of a legacy among the fans, who complained at his
'negative' tactics.

'Some
people will remember sections of the supporters having a go at me
towards the end of my time but I wouldn't say a bad word against them.

'They
were fantastic, loyal and passionate throughout my time in charge and
there is no better sight in football than seeing 13,500 people inside a
bouncing Windsor Park.'

Doni suffered heart-attack during time as Liverpool goalkeeper

I almost died! Former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni reveals he suffered a heart attack last year

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

20:51 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 1 February 2013

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni shockingly revealed he suffered a heart attack in the summer which led to his long absence from football.

The 33-year-old Brazilian, whose last match for the Reds came on the final day of the 2011/12 season in May, has not featured in any squad since.

Liverpool, who refused to comment on
Doni's revelation, said it was for personal reasons but, after securing a
deadline-day move back to his homeland to join Botafogo, the goalkeeper
has explained the circumstances, which began while he was undergoing
medical tests at the club.

Revelation: Doni said he suffered a heart attack for 25 seconds

Revelation: Doni said he suffered a heart attack for 25 seconds

'I almost… I almost ended up on the other side. I had a heart attack for about 25 seconds,' the former Roma player told calciomercato.com in Italy.

'I've been to one of the best doctors in Europe who looked at me carefully. He's asked me to stop for a few months.

'Now I have to stay put until April, then I can return to the field, I want to play in the 2014 Paulista championship.'

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Doni also told Brazilian broadcaster Globo: 'I always had an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and during some tests in Liverpool suffered a cardiac arrest.

'I carried out checks across Europe and I had to extend my period of absence from the field.'

Sergio Aguero in line for Manchester City return against Fulham

Aguero boost as City striker is back in training… and he could play against Fulham

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

16:08 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:24 GMT, 16 January 2013

Manchester City have been boosted today by the return to training of star striker Sergio Aguero and he has an outside chance of playing against Fulham on Saturday.

Aguero has not featured for the Barclays Premier League champions since injuring his hamstring against Stoke City on New Year’s Day.

Training day: Aguero was pictured in his kit at Carrington on Wednesday

Training day: Aguero was pictured in his kit at Carrington on Wednesday

Training day: Aguero was pictured in his kit at Carrington on Wednesday

Training day: Aguero was pictured in his kit at Carrington on Wednesday

But it is understood that the Argentine – who spent time with a specialist in Italy in a bid to make a quick recovery – took part in a light session today and has an outside chance of being ready for a return to action at the Etihad on Saturday.

A City source said: 'Sergio is back and looks good. He didn’t train fully with the first team so we won’t know until maybe Friday whether he will make the Fulham game yet.

On the mend: Aguero limped off against Stoke on New Year's Day

On the mend: Aguero limped off against Stoke on New Year's Day

'But he came through everything okay today and the signs are good.'

City manager Roberto Mancini will not want to rush Aguero back in to action, especially given that his team have tougher games than the Fulham one on the horizon.

England and Italy fight for Sheffield United striker Diego de Girolamo

England face fight with Italy for the future of United, City and Arsenal target De Girolamo

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08:18 GMT, 20 December 2012

England are locked in a battle Italy over the future of one of Europe's most talented youngsters.

Sheffield United striker Diego de Girolamo was born in Chesterfield, but qualifies for the Azzurri through his father, who enjoy a top flight career in Italy with Napoli.

The 17-year-old was watched closely by the likes of Arsenal and the two Manchester teams last season after some show-stopping performances for Sheffield United Under 18s.

Pedigree: Blades striker Diego de Girolamo is wanted by England and Italy

Pedigree: Blades striker Diego de Girolamo is wanted by England and Italy

Talks planned: Noel Blake

Talks planned: Noel Blake

However, despite firm interest from some of the country's biggest clubs, De Girolamo signed a three-year professional contract at Bramall Lane.

And now he has another big decision to make with England U18s coach Noel Blake and Italian counterpart Alberigo Evani both seeking talks

A source told the Sun: 'Italy believe they are favourites to persuade Diego to play for them and are confident of winning the battle for his allegiance.

'They have some U18 games coming up shortly and they could force the issue by calling him up.'

De Girolamo took the latest step in his career when he was handed a first-team debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The situation is similar to that of Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, who Sportsmail revealed two years ago had slipped under England's radar. The talented playmaker was eligible for the Three Lions through his father, but was picked first for Germany, the country of his birth.

Alex Cuthbert signs new contract at Cardiff Blues

Wales wing Cuthbert rejects French overtures to sign new three-year deal at Cardiff Blues

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09:26 GMT, 20 December 2012

Wing wizard: Cuthbert has put pen to paper

Wing wizard: Cuthbert has put pen to paper

Wales wing Alex Cuthbert has resisted the temptation of joining several of his international team-mates in France by signing a new three-year contract with Cardiff Blues.

Cuthbert, a star performer in the Test match arena this year, has bucked the trend of top Wales players moving to France, with Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate both set to join the exodus next season.

Mike Phillips, Gethin Jenkins, James Hook and Luke Charteris already play in the French Top 14, while prop Paul James is in his first season at Aviva Premiership club Bath.

'I had a lot of decisions to make, but I am glad I've got it sorted and this is the place I want to be to take my rugby career forward,' Cuthbert, 22, said.

'I did have some good offers from other clubs, but I wanted to stay with the Blues.

Dragon: Cuthbert has scored five tries in 13 Tests for Wales

Dragon: Cuthbert has scored five tries in 13 Tests for Wales

'I've certainly seen the progress on the pitch, although we may not be getting the results right now. We are just losing by narrow margins, and you can tell it's coming.

'Hopefully, we will get some quality players in next season and those close losses will turn into wins for us.'

Cuthbert scored tries against Scotland, Italy and France during last season's RBS 6 Nations title and Grand Slam-winning campaign, and he transferred that form into the recent autumn Tests, claiming a try against New Zealand.

Room for improvement: Cuthbert is only 22

Room for improvement: Cuthbert is only 22

Blues rugby director Phil Davies said: 'Alex is 22. He has a fantastic future ahead of him, not just at the Blues but in the game in general. He is a vital part of our squad.

'Alex is a great try-scorer, but he is still young and developing all the time.

'His work-rate is phenomenal and his defence and reading of the game is improving considerably. Hopefully, he will get better and better over the next three years.'

Bradley Wiggins wants to defend next Tour de France despite Chris Froome being Team Sky"s lead man

Wiggins wants to defend Tour de France title despite Team Sky claiming Froome would be lead man

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 13 December 2012

Bradley Wiggins has revealed he wants to retain his Tour de France title next year – despite Team Sky suggesting Chris Froome will lead the British team in 2013.

The 2012 winner said Team Sky will have to ‘service both mouths’ and could even have two leaders.

Team Sky director Dave Brailsford said last month that Froome would focus on the Tour de France with Wiggins focussing on the Tour of Italy, although the plan had not been ‘completely signed off’.

Taking the lead again: Bradley Wiggins said he wants to win the Tour de France

Taking the lead again: Bradley Wiggins said he wants to win the Tour de France

Froome, 27, rode in support of
Wiggins as the 32-year-old became Britain’s first winner of Tour de
France, but it had been expected the roles would be reversed next year.

Wiggins told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I
don’t know what the situation is in terms of leadership. As it stands
I’m probably going to try and win a second Tour de France.

‘Maybe we’ll have two leaders, which
is more unlikely I guess. How that will work with the team I don’t know.
That’s more Dave Brailsford’s problem to worry about that, really.

Second fiddle Chris Froome had been touted as the lead man for Team Sky

Second fiddle Chris Froome had been touted as the lead man for Team Sky

Olympic stars: Wiggins (centre) and Froome both enjoyed a fantastic London Games

Olympic stars: Wiggins (centre) and Froome both enjoyed a fantastic London Games

‘It’s just how we service both
mouths. That’s more the problem for Dave to figure out. My goal is to
win the Tour next year, whether that’s realised or not I don’t know.’

Wiggins, however, said he would
accept the team’s decision if the team decide Froome has a better chance
at glory. The 100th edition of the Tour de France, which will take place
from June 29 to July 21 next year, is likely to favour climbers such as
Froome, who impressed in the mountainous stages this year.

Wiggins, speaking from a training
camp in Mallorca today, continued: ‘Whatever the team strategy is, we’ll
support that, because you don’t take the start line (if that’s not the
case).

‘There’ll be someone else that’s
willing to fulfil that job, so you do what is asked of you on the day
really, whatever that decision is.’

Duo: Wiggins with his team-mate Froome

Duo: Wiggins with his team-mate Froome

Reflecting on a remarkable year,
Wiggins said it would be difficult to top riding into Hampton Court last
summer to win his seventh Olympic medal with gold in the men’s time
trial.

The cyclist, the favourite to win the
BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday night, said: ‘That
was the highlight of my career and I don’t think it will get any better
than that. I can probably achieve other things but most of us, as
British Olympians, will never experience anything like that again. It
was a phenomenal day.

‘We reset the goals, try and do other
things, maybe try and win a second Tour de France, but you’re never
going to replicate those circumstances in your home Olympics.

‘It will probably never be topped,
but I accept that and I’m happy with that really, because you can’t have
too many occasions like that in your career.’

Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello tells court he tried to fix match

Napoli in the dock as shamed stopper Gianello tells court he tried to fix match

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19:21 GMT, 10 December 2012

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UPDATED:

19:21 GMT, 10 December 2012

Napoli went on trial for match-fixing on Monday and could be docked points after its former goalkeeper confessed to arranging the result of a game three seasons ago.

Matteo Gianello confessed to prosecutors that he attempted to fix the match between Sampdoria and Napoli in May, 2010.

Sampdoria won the match 1-0 with a goal from current AC Milan player Giampaolo Pazzini in the 51st minute.

Confession: Gianello admitted that he attempted to fix a game

Confession: Gianello admitted that he attempted to fix a game

It was the final weekend of the season and the victory secured Sampdoria fourth place and a spot in Champions League qualifying.

Current Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro and defender Gianluca Grava were also on trial in front of the Italian football federation's disciplinary committee for allegedly failing to report the fix.

Both players, along with Napoli, deny any wrongdoing. Cannavaro is the younger brother of former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro.

Arsenal want to sell Andre Santos despite Brazil defender pledging future

Santos heading for Arsenal exit despite Brazilian pledging his future to the club

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 4 December 2012

Arsenal want to off-load Andre Santos, despite the defender insisting he wants to stay.

The Brazilian only joined the club in 2011 for 6million but has come under fire this season for a string of below-par performances, as well as asking for Robin van Persie's shirt at half-time of their 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Samba snub: Andre Santos is likely to be moved on by Arsenal

Samba snub: Andre Santos is likely to be moved on by Arsenal

But speaking to Globo Esporte in his homeland, the 29-year-old said: 'I received calls from interested clubs in Brazil, Turkey and Italy, but it is just speculation. Nobody handed me anything.

'The coach, who is also a manager, never said anything to me. I know he is very transparent and I am focused on staying at Arsenal, winning a title, doing well in the Champions League, and I have three more years of muy contract. I'm happy here.

'I hope to play more and more opportunities. I'm at a top club in Europe, living in London, my family is well structured, and I'm well adapted.

'I have much to give at Arsenal and I will still run after that. I have many goals in his career.'

Under 21s European Championships draw: England handed dream group

Pearce demands focus after England U21s handed dream draw for Euros in Israel

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UPDATED:

18:33 GMT, 28 November 2012

England’s hopes of winning next summer’s Under-21 European Championship have been given a massive boost after they were handed the dream draw.

Stuart Pearce’s side will contest Group A in Israel with the host nation, Norway and Italy. Group B contains the countries Pearce would have been hoping to avoid – Spain, Germany, Holland and Russia.

England became the first nation to qualify for four successive tournaments when they saw off Serbia in their play-off last month and the have been rewarded with the easiest of all the possible assignments they could have faced.

Easy Stuart Pearce hopes that his players will not get copmplacent after being handed a dream group at the Euros

Easy Stuart Pearce hopes that his players will not get copmplacent after being handed a dream group at the Euros

Though the venues and dates of games have yet to be confirmed, it is most likely England will begin the tournament against Israel in Tel Aviv on June 5 and, with that in mind, Pearce was quick to stress that qualification from Group A will be no foregone conclusion.

‘I thought the draw would only serve to underline what we already knew – that we will have to be at it from the off to beat the very best young teams in Europe if we are to succeed in this tournament,’ said Pearce.

‘We are in with the hosts and they'll be backed by some great home support. Norway we know all about and there was very little between us in qualifying. Italy are technically very difficult to break down and we have experience of them in the past.

‘On paper it might look easy, but it never works that way. We are excited by it.’

Pearce may point out that the task is not straightforward but privately he will be delighted. England beat Norway twice during qualification – 2-1 in Drammen last October and 1-0 in Chesterfield this September – while they hammered Israel 4-1 in a friendly at Barnsley 14 months ago.

Between the sticks: Jack Butland is likely to deputise in goals

Between the sticks: Jack Butland is likely to deputise in goals

GROUP A

Israel

England

Norway

Italy

GROUP B

Spain

Holland

Russia

Germany

Though they were beaten 1-0 by Italy in a friendly in Empoli the last time the two countries met in February 2011, England will be odds-on to qualify for the knockout stages and improve on the anti-climax they endured in the last tournament in Denmark when falling at the first hurdle.

‘We shouldn't forget that, as much as we're looking around at other teams and talking about their qualities, they'll be looking at us and probably talking in the same terms about our qualities,’ said Pearce, whose side were runners-up to Germany in Sweden in 2009.

‘After all, we are a team that has just gone through a calendar year unbeaten and without conceding a goal – few can boast a record as solid as that. That is credit to the players.

'This will be our fourth tournament, and we'll bring great experience with us in the summer, especially within my staff.

'That doesn't guarantee success of course and we'll need a strong squad, who are fit and in form. We are coming to Israel to win it.'