Sport Ronaldinho with Scolari

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

Blackburn Rovers: potential summer transfer targets

Following the takeover of Blackburn by the Venky's group, there's been a lot of talk of big-name signings arriving at Ewood Park.

Ronaldinho 'party-hotline' has former World Player of the Year back on form

A brace of inspired performances from Ronaldinho has given fans of Flamengo every right to celebrate.

Scotland eye upset against Brazil

Charlie Adam has urged Scotland to do themselves justice when they come face to face with Brazil this weekend.

Star names sit out Scotland friendly

Ronaldinho and Robinho have been left out of the Brazil squad for the international friendly with Scotland later this month.

Online exclusive: Grafite speaks to The Independent

The performances of Wolfsburg’s greedy goal getter Grafite could not prevent the axe falling on Steve McClaren. In this exclusive interview, the Brazilian international tells Tim Sturtridge how to get the best out of Edin Dzeko, what next for Neymar and how he keeps the lead in his pencil...

Flamengo fans greet Ronaldinho debut

Over 40,000 Flamengo fans packed the Enganhao stadium yesterday to greet Ronaldinho on his debut for the club with a mosaic that said "Welcome R10."

Steve keen to make name for himself with marquee signing

The cars outside the training ground seem to give some indication of the balance of power at Blackburn. There is El-Hadji Diouf’s chrome-plated Mercedes, worth £420,000, next to Michel Salgado’s Aston Martin while further along stands a modest BMW 3-series belonging to their manager, Steve Kean.

Hold The Back Page: 15/01/2011

It's a big weekend for...

Incongruous Derbies

Having three of the Premier League derbies spread across tomorrow lunchtime is interesting enough in itself, but two of them come to in forms far removed from what we are used to.

20,000 fans welcome Ronaldinho to Brazil

Ronaldinho was given a welcome even bigger than Brazil great Zico when he was officially unveiled as Flamengo's new signing to a samba beat on Wednesday.

Ronaldinho snubs Blackburn and signs for Flamengo

Brazilian side Flamengo have confirmed the signing of World Cup winner Ronaldinho from AC Milan.

The sporting week ahead (09/01/11)

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Kean clings to hope of Ronaldinho deal

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Blackburn Rovers' caretaker manager Steve Kean maintains that Ronaldinho could still become an acquisition at Ewood Park this month.

Blackburn retain hope of signing Ronaldinho

Blackburn manager Steve Kean today insisted the club's chase for Ronaldinho is not over despite reports in Brazil suggesting he is set to sign for his old side Gremio.

Benjani reads last rites for Hodgson's sad reign

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Ronaldinho set for talks to seal Brazilian return

Ronaldinho was travelling to Rio de Janeiro from Porto Alegre last night to meet with officials from Milan and will seek to extract himself from his contract with the Serie A side, freeing him up to join his home-town club, Gremio, where he started his career in 1998.

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