Juninho: ‘I should not have left English football when I did’


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The little genius talks about his time at Middlesbrough, his vision for Brazilian football and his love of Heinz Baked Beans

By Yellow & Green Football for the Guardian Sport Network

It’s the morning after Brazil beat Peru in the Copa América final to lift their first major trophy in 12 years. In an airy, well-lit office at the headquarters of the CBF, Brazil’s football association, Juninho sits behind a grand, expensive-looking wooden desk. The man who left such an impression on English football during his time at Middlesbrough has been working here since April, when CBF president Rogério Caboclo recruited him to lead a newly created department in charge of developing the domestic game in Brazil. Yet, by the end of the day, Juninho will be packing up and moving on.

Despite Brazil’s triumph at the Maracanã the previous night, there are issues to be resolved at the CBF. Continue reading “Juninho: ‘I should not have left English football when I did’”

Brazil set out to win the Copa América final and the love of a nation


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Brazil have reached the Copa América final without conceding a goal, but the public remain unconvinced about the team

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Despite their tactical teething problems, Brazil got there in the end. At the Maracanã on Sunday, the Seleção will attempt to maintain their record of having lifted the Copa América every time they have hosted the tournament. Standing in their way are Peru, who have improved enormously since they were beaten 5-0 by Braz in the group stage a fortnight ago.

A victory for Brazil would mean a third trophy on home soil in six years, after they won the 2013 Confederations Cup and the gold medal they won at the Olympics in 2016. Such a run would be considered a golden period for many countries, but Brazil remains unconvinced. “In this period,” explains Breiller Pires, a football writer for Continue reading “Brazil set out to win the Copa América final and the love of a nation”

Brazil manager Tite is fighting for the Copa América – and his job


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Neymar is absent through injury but the hosts expect nothing less than glory in the Copa América

By Joshua Law and Tom Sanderson for Yellow & Green Football

The honeymoon has been over for a long time, but it is worth remembering the admirable speed with which Tite became the nation’s sweetheart when he took over from Dunga as Brazil manager three years ago.

The team were languishing in sixth in South America’s 10-team qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup and Brazilians were seriously considering the prospect of losing their record as the only country to have appeared at every World Cup. Yet the charismatic coach – who has been described as everything from a snake charmer to a televangelist for his unique and captivating press conferences – lived up to the high demands of his assignment. Brazil won eight qualifiers in a row and secured their place in Continue reading “Brazil manager Tite is fighting for the Copa América – and his job”