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The centre-back has one cap for the national side

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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.

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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

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Paraguay ends one-party rule

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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

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'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

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