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The centre-back has one cap for the national side

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England have moved up a place to sixth in the latest Coca-Cola Fifa world rankings.

'I'm happy at City' insists Robinho

Manchester City's record signing Robinho has ruled out an imminent return to Brazil with Santos.

Ronaldo and Ronaldinho overlooked by Brazil

Off-form Ronaldinho was left out of Brazil's squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup.

From endless plains to stunning ruins, Paraguay has a lot to offer

Agreed, Pa- raguay is not a mass-market destination. Indeed, some in the travel industry will tell you that no one goes to the landlocked nation at the centre of South America; that there's nothing to see; and that it's poor, corrupt and run down. But in fact Paraguay is full of natural and artistic wonders little known outside the country. So insist you want a ticket to Asunción.

President and ex-bishop hit by three paternity suits

More mothers may be waiting in the wings as saga stuns Paraguayans

Spain stay clear at top of world rankings

European champions Spain remained top of Fifa's world rankings for an eighth month with a shortage of international action resulting in no changes to the top ten.

Tevez sent off and dressed down

The Argentina and Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez faces a private lecture from the national coach Alfio Basile after being sent off for the second time in three international matches on Saturday.

Paraguay ends one-party rule

Leftist ex-bishop Fernando Lugo shoved aside Paraguay's infamous 61-year history of one-party rule as he took office yesterday with promises to end corruption and hunger in the poor South American nation.

Blackburn in Santa Cruz deal

Blackburn have signed the younger brother of Paraguay international striker Roque Santa Cruz.

Isabel Hilton: Latin America: the leaders change but the injustice lives on

They've seen off the US, for now, but their failure to change lives could lose them popular support

Leading article: Ballot-box revolutions

Across the length and breadth of Latin America, the old political elite classes are on the run. They have fallen in Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Peru, and yesterday in Paraguay, too.

'Red Bishop' of Paraguay set to oust world's longest-ruling party

Paraguay is on the eve of a historic political transition as a left-leaning former bishop promises to oust the world's longest-ruling party from power tomorrow. Fernando Lugo quit his job preaching liberation theology to the impoverished masses to tackle the entrenched power of the Colorado Party, which has ruled the Latin American nation for the past 62 years.

Pandora: Malik's final hustle

Hooray, a hat-trick! In the sporting world's most predictable result since Frank Bruno's 1996 obliteration at the hands of "Iron" Mike Tyson, Shahid Malik, the dishy International Development minister, has chalked up a third consecutive victory in the annual pool shoot-out in Annie's Bar at the Commons.

Destruction of rainforest accelerates despite outcry

The destruction of the Amazon rainforest has surged in the past four months, raising the prospect of 2008 being a disastrous year for the world's most important eco-system, a senior Brazilian government scientist has warned.

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