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Brazilian legend improves his chances of making the Brazil squad by securing Turkish move

Socrates’ Brazil of 1982 are still considered the best team never to have won the World Cup

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From Pele's triumph in 1970 to Socrates' despair in 1982, no other nation comes close to matching Brazil's unbridled passion

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Ronaldinho eyeing World Cup success with Brazil

Former Barcelona player has returned to the squad

Phil Jagielka

Phil Jagielka relishing 'high stakes' friendly against Brazil

England play the South Americans on Wednesday

Ashley Cole has reportedly agreed to sign a new contract with Chelsea

Roy Hodgson prepares to name England squad for Brazil friendly

Ashley Cole likely to reach 100 caps

Ronaldinho

Brazil select Ronaldinho for match against England

Match takes place at Wembley next month

Wayne Rooney struggled in the defeat by Cluj

Kevin Garside: Alex Ferguson desperately needs to roll out Wayne Rooney of old – if he still exists

He did not want for effort, but the Manchester United striker is utterly disconnected from his mojo

Front page news: Ronaldinho's Flamengo exit has dominated the Brazilian press

Brazilian clubs shun Ronaldinho after contentious Flamengo exit

Ronaldinho's chances of continuing to play football in Brazil have diminished significantly following his high-profile departure from popular club Flamengo.

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A case of evolution rather than revolution as EA look to enhance the FIFA franchise once again.

Steve Kean in footage posted on YouTube yesterday

Sam Allardyce starts legal action against Blackburn Rovers successor Steve Kean

Move comes after footage is leaked of Rovers manager questioning his predecessor's abilities

Brazil's Neymar reacts after scoring in the friendly against Bosnia on Tuesday

Menezes sets Brazil quest for old style

Battling 2-1 victory over Bosnia shows signs of coach's plan to reverse 20 years of negative tactics

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While Blackburn struggle this season both on and off the pitch, one of the few positives at Ewood Park has been the performances of central defender Chris Samba. The Congolese has been a rock at the back for Rovers and is easily Blackburn's most saleable asset. With the club reportedly in dire financial trouble they must be tempted to cash in, although it's rumoured they've put a price tag of £15m on his head. That's unrealistic, but so is the bid of £5m they received recently from QPR. Somewhere between the two could see the 27-year-old move, and with Redknapp a confirmed admirer, it could be to White Hart Lane.

Chris Samba tears into Blackburn owners, claiming they 'don't understand' English football

Blackburn defender Christopher Samba has hit out at Indian owners Venky's, claiming they "don't understand" English football, as he continues to push for a move away from Ewood Park.

Blackburn fans protest against the owners and manager

Revealed: How Blackburn have collapsed into chaos

From Venky's bizarre notion that £3m a year could keep Rovers competitive, to the dismantling of the board – not to mention Steve Kean's absurd 14-hour trips to India, where Mrs Desai pulls the strings, 'The Independent' tells all

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Steve Kean. Again.

While Mr Kean prepares for more abuse when Blackburn entertain Swansea this afternoon, his bosses have been working to bring big signings to the club.

Ronaldinho scores hat-trick as Flamengo beat Santos

Ronaldinho scored a hat-trick as Flamengo overcame a three-goal deficit to beat South American champions Santos 5-4 away in an extraordinary Brazilian championship match.

Brazil's economic boom attracts big names back

Proposed Tevez deal shows how their leading clubs now have the cash and sponsors to compete with Europe
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