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'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.

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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

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Robinho revels in double delight as Brazil stroll on

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

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World Cup Countdown: Ronaldinho left out by Brazil

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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