Football: Bebeto the Real focus of attention

Bebeto could hardly have picked a better debut match for his reappearance in Spain, as his new side Seville play Real Madrid tomorrow.

But the return of the Brazilian World Cup striker - who was greeted by 7,000 Seville fans on arrival - will not be the only point of interest in a game that brings together teams with a tradition of swapping both players and coaches.

Jose Antonio Camacho, the Seville manager, is a former Real stalwart, while Real's leading goalscorer, the Croatian striker Davor Suker was until last season the darling of the crowd at Seville's Sanchez Piz-juan stadium.

The euphoria surrounding the signing of Bebeto has produced 3,000-strong crowds at Seville training sessions in scenes reminiscent of Diego Maradona's ill-fated season at the club in 1992-93. Bebeto, who spent four highly successful seasons with Deportivo La Coruna, had made no secret of his desire to return to Spain. "I and my family feel very happy here." he said.

Another Brazilian international, the Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos, is full of praise for Bebeto. "He scores goals, and what's more he has ability and intelligence. For me, he's the perfect player," he said.

Roberto Carlos was one of several Real players who defended the Real coach, Fabio Capello, during the week after consecutive goalless draws at home. "We're to blame if we don't produce spectacular play," he said.

Real's problems worsened on Tuesday when Alvaro Benito was badly injured in Spain's Under-21 game against Slovakia. The striker will miss the rest of the season, increasing the likelihood that Capello will look for reinforcements when the Spanish transfer market reopens in December.

For the Seville game Capello welcomes back the Balkan strike-force of Davor Suker and Predrag Mijatovic, who scored for Croatia and Yugoslavia respectively in World Cup action last weekend.

Suker has promised he will not celebrate if he scores against his old club on Sunday, taking a leaf out of the book of Gabriel Moya - who seemed to beg the forgiveness of Seville fans after getting on the score-sheet for Valencia earlier this season.

Camacho also found himself in need of clemency after beginning his career at Seville with just one win in nine games. But he has turned things around with three consecutive wins and will be hoping for a repeat of last season's encounters with Real.

Then managing Espanyol, Camacho humiliated his old team with categorical victories in both league and cup which prompted the end of Jorge Valdano's time in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Uruguay have sacked their national coach, Hector Nunez, in the wake of a defeat by Chile which left them struggling in the South American World Cup qualifying competition. "They didn't give me specific reasons. They told me it was over. Because of the results, I believe," Nunez said.

Nunez's dismissal came on the same day that Venezuela parted company with their coach, Rafael Santana, although in that case it was not clear whether Santana jumped or was pushed.

Tuesday's 1-0 defeat in Santiago left Uruguay seventh in the South American group, from which the top four teams qualify for the World Cup finals. They have won two games and lost three, the results including a shock home defeat by Paraguay. But the contest is close and Uruguay are only two points behind fourth-placed Argentina.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Teeth should be brushed twice a day to prevent tooth decay
Bryan Cranston as Walter White, in the acclaimed series 'Breaking Bad'
footballChelsea 6 Maribor 0: Blues warm up for Premier League showdown with stroll in Champions League - but Mourinho is short of strikers
Those who were encouraged to walk in a happy manner remembered less negative words
Arts and Entertainment
Princess Olga in 'You Can't Get the Staff'
tvReview: The anachronistic aristocrats, it seemed, were just happy to have some attention
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones
Life and Style

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

There have been various incidents of social media users inadvertently flouting the law

Life and Style
Stack ‘em high?: quantity doesn’t always trump quality, as Friends of the Earth can testify
techThe proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
footballCSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2: Premier League champions let two goal lead slip in Russia
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

IT Project Manager

Competitive: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Chelmsford a...

Business Intelligence Specialist - work from home

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...

Business Intelligence Specialist - work from home

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...

IT Manager

£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

Day In a Page

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London