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

'New Ronaldinho' has trick up his sleeve for Arsenal

The Brazilian enclave in Ukraine keeps getting bigger. When the naturalised Croatian Eduardo arrived from Arsenal in the summer, he became the seventh Brazil-born player at Shakhtar Donetsk. The policy of the coach, Mircea Lucescu, is simple: eastern Europeans at the back, Brazilians at the front. The effectiveness of the plan is hard to dispute: Shakhtar won the Uefa Cup in 2009 and stand five points clear at the top of their domestic table.

Robinho: 'I would never protest against being on the bench'

AC Milan striker Robinho insists he is willing to spend time on the bench with three other high-class forwards challenging for a starting role in Massimiliano Allegri's side.

Ibrahimovic and Robinho predict AC Milan success

New AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is confident the club can land success on the domestic and continental fronts this term.

Robinho 'very happy' as he secures City exit

The curtain finally fell on the chaotic and fleetingly brilliant Premier League career of Robinho yesterday, when Britain's most expensive player concluded a move to Milan for €18m (£14.9m), with a possible €4m (£3.3m) in appearance-related add-ons.

Don't expect the beautiful game as Ramires aims to get 'stuck in'

When Roman Abramovich acquired Chelsea in 2003 and was buying new players with indecent haste, he set his heart on bringing the flamboyant talents of Ronaldinho to Stamford Bridge and said as much to the then manager Claudio Ranieri.

Recycling: Profit that takes a lot of bottle

The use of discarded plastic to make everything from chic furniture to World Cup kit shows that eco-friendly design is more than greenwash, says George Walker

Are Brazil kicking beautiful game into touch?

There was an interesting diversity of opinion about Brazil's opening game and their opening goal against North Korea. Their first match at a World Cup is always eagerly awaited, and a combination of freezing weather at Ellis Park and disappointment with the preceding matches, heightened the rather desperate hope that we would see something special. Many of us were convinced in the end that we had at least seen some football well above the previous standard. Yet those who regularly follow the boys from Brazil felt it was well below par. They should be so lucky.

Dunga's men face a leap into the unknown

Preview: Brazil v North Korea, Today, 7.30pm, ITV1

James Lawton: Kaka's challenge: to deliver on the promise that once wowed the world

The World Cup's Great Players: Kaka is far from the average Brazilian footballer. He never knew the squalor of the favela or had the fever to play the game as an escape

Robinho revels in double delight as Brazil stroll on

Tanzania 1 Brazil 5

Welcome to the world's toughest job, Mr Capello

Italian is worth all of his money if he can shrug off losing his captain.

Matt Gatward: Rooney's worst nightmare becomes an adman's dream

View from the Sofa: World Cup advertising, ITV 1

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Five-time winners Brazil have omitted Ronaldinho (below) from their 23-man squad for the World Cup. The 30-year-old Milan midfielder, two-times Fifa's World Player of the Year, has impressed for the Serie A side this season but was left out by manager Dunga. Wolfsburg striker Grafite was preferred ahead of Adriano and Alexandre Pato, while Spurs goalkeeper Heruelho Gomes is included.

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