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From Maracana to the sambadrome, Rio honors Zico

Zico may have failed to lift the trophy in three campaigns, but the former football legend's legacy will be at the heart of Rio Carnival celebrations marking World Cup year in Brazil. The Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school will pay tribute to the former Brazil and Flamengo star, who also managed Japan and was nicknamed the "white Pele," when they perform on Monday. Zico starred in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 campaigns of the "Selecao," which saw entertaining teams miss out on glory. But the fans have not forgotten his silky skills.

From Maracana to the sambadrome, Rio honors Zico

Zico may have failed to lift the trophy in three campaigns, but the former football legend's legacy will be at the heart of Rio Carnival celebrations marking World Cup year in Brazil. The Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school will pay tribute to the former Brazil and Flamengo star, who also managed Japan and was nicknamed the "white Pele," when they perform on Monday. Zico starred in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 campaigns of the "Selecao," which saw entertaining teams miss out on glory. But the fans have not forgotten his silky skills.

Football: Santos fan killed in post-match violence - club

A fan of Brazilian side Santos died Monday after he was beaten up leaving a league match in Sao Paulo, which will host the opening match of the World Cup, his club said. The 34-year-old fan was attacked by some 15 fans, who beat him with metal bars at a bus stop following a match between Pele's former side Santos and Sao Paulo. Media reported another supporter, aged just 15, was in a serious condition after being attacked at a metro station. The club said it abhorred "acts of violence which, sadly, result in victims, one of them fatal" in this instance.

Football: Brazil add home-based trio to South Africa friendly squad

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday added three home-based players to his squad to face South Africa in a March 5 friendly in Johannesburg. Scolari, the man behind Brazil's 2002 World Cup success in Japan and last year's Confederations Cup triumph over Spain, added Fluminense striker Fred, Atletico Mineiro forward Jo and Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson to 16 foreign-based players. "Felipao" will Sunday take just 19 players to South Africa for the match at Soccer City.

Football: Brazil add home-based trio to South Africa friendly squad

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday added three home-based players to his squad to face South Africa in a March 5 friendly in Johannesburg. Scolari, the man behind Brazil's 2002 World Cup success in Japan and last year's Confederations Cup triumph over Spain, added Fluminense striker Fred, Atletico Mineiro forward Jo and Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson to 16 foreign-based players. "Felipao" will Sunday take just 19 players to South Africa for the match at Soccer City.

Football: Prosecutor seeks indictment over Neymar deal

Spain's public prosecutor sought Wednesday a criminal tax indictment against Barcelona football club over the signing of Brazilian star Neymar, a copy of the filing showed. Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell resigned last month over a judicial wrangle sparked by the signing of Neymar, which the club said cost 57.1 million euros ($78 million). str-elc/djw/nr

Football: Workmanlike Brazil can lift World Cup, says Zico

Legendary Brazilian Zico says he is worried about Lionel Messi's Argentina but makes his own nation favourites to lift the World Cup on home soil in July. Speaking exclusively to AFP, the star of Brazil's exciting 1982 World Cup side, which slipped up against eventual champions Italy, said today's side were his favourites. Even so, he said there would be pressure for the Selecao to perform before a fanatical home support.

Racist taunts from Peru soccer fans spark outrage

Lima, Feb 13 (EFE).- Peru's president on Thursday joined a growing chorus in condemning racist taunts directed at an Afro-Brazilian soccer player during a Copa Libertadores match between Peruvian club Real Garcilaso and Brazil's Cruzeiro. "A country that is as diverse as ours and which bolsters its identity with all its cultures should not accept racist reactions of any kind," Ollanta Humala wrote on Twitter.

Racist taunts from Peru soccer fans spark outrage

Lima, Feb 13 (EFE).- Peru's president on Thursday joined a growing chorus in condemning racist taunts directed at an Afro-Brazilian soccer player during a Copa Libertadores match between Peruvian club Real Garcilaso and Brazil's Cruzeiro. "A country that is as diverse as ours and which bolsters its identity with all its cultures should not accept racist reactions of any kind," Ollanta Humala wrote on Twitter.

Football: China move for Brazil's Paulo Andre

Brazilian defender Paulo Andre is leaving Corinthians to join China's Shanghai Shenhua, he said Wednesday. "The proposal arrived on Monday, it all went very quickly," said the 30-year-old, leader of the Brazilian Bom Senso FC movement which is pushing for improvements to player conditions in Brazil. He indicated he had signed a two-year deal at Shenhua, former club of stars including French veteran Nicolas Anelka and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba.
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