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Football: Atletico take third despite Ronaldinho red card

Atletico Mineiro had Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho sent-off but still struck in the last minute to snatch third place at the Club World Cup with a 3-2 win over Guangzhou Evergrande on Saturday. Ronaldinho had pulled his team level at 2-2 in the dying moments of the first half with his second spectacular free-kick of the tournament. But the 33-year-old World Cup winner was then red-carded in the 87th minute for a foul on Zhao Xuri.

Football: Confident Scolari says Brazil must aim high

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Wednesday his charges must aim high and target the title when they host next year's World Cup. "I took on the national side to be champion -- do you think I am going to say anything else?" asked Scolari rhetorically in an address to the Footecon football trade fair in Rio. Having overseen the Selecao's fifth World Cup success in Japan in 2002, Scolari took the reins once more a year ago and promptly secured a resounding Confederations Cup success over world champions Spain last June on home soil.

Champions of FIFA Club World Cup

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Following are the champions of the previous nine editions of the FIFA Club World Cup: Brazil 2000 - Corinthians (Brazil) Japan 2005 - Sao Paulo (Brazil) Japan 2006 - Internacional (Brazil) Japan 2007 - AC Milan (Italy) Japan 2008 - Manchester United (England) UAE 2009 - Barcelona (Spain) UAE 2010 - Inter Milan (Italy) Japan 2011 - Barcelona Japan 2012 - Corinthians

Brazil president condemns fan violence before World Cup

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Shocking violence at a Brazilian championship match this weekend is not an indication of what can be expected when the South American country hosts the World Cup next year, FIFA said on Monday. At least 30 people have been killed in incidents in and around Brazil's stadiums this year, one expert said, after three people were seriously injured when fans fought running battles at the Atletico Paranaense versus Vasco da Gama match.

Ronaldinho prepares for Club World Cup with brace

BELO HORIZONTE, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Ronaldinho scored a brace on his return from injury as Atletico Mineiro rallied from behind to end the Campeonato Brasileiro season with a 2-2 draw against Vitoria on Sunday. The two-time FIFA world player of the year struck with a curling free-kick in first-half injury time before equalizing with an 89th-minute penalty at the Mineirao Stadium.

Football: Brazil fired up but not complacent - Scolari

Luiz Felipe Scolari said his side would not be complacent following a World Cup draw Friday which put the hosts in Group A with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. The five-time champions, desperate to win the trophy on home soil for the first time -- they lost out to Uruguay in 1950 in the final match in Rio and only broke their duck eight years later in Sweden -- will meet the Croatians in the June 12 opener in Sao Paulo.

Carlos Alberto warns Brazil over misplaced confidence

By Andrew Downie COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (Reuters) - Carlos Alberto Torres, the captain of arguably Brazil's greatest side, fears the current crop are worse than previous World Cup failures and the soccer-mad nation is overcooking expectations. Favorites Brazil are bidding to win a record sixth trophy on home soil in June and July next year but misplaced confidence could be their biggest threat.

Football: Brazil vow to be ready as FIFA prepares World Cup draw

On the eve of Friday's draw, and amid lingering doubts all the venues will be ready in time, a trio of Brazilian legends on Thursday vowed their country will host a successful World Cup. As FIFA readied the 32 balls representing each qualified team to be distributed across eight groups of four in the northeastern resort of Costa do Sauipe former champions Ronaldo, Bebeto and Mario Zagallo insisted Brazil will meet the challenge of hosting the event for the first time since 1950.

Fit-again Ronaldinho set for return

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Ronaldinho will return from injury for Atletico Mineiro's final Campeonato Brasileiro match of the season against Vitoria next Sunday. His availability provides a timely boost to Atletico as they prepare for the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco later this month. Ronaldinho has not played since rupturing the adductor muscle in his left groin while training in September. "We are going to have him (Ronaldinho) for our next match," Atletico coach Cuca said. "But we don't know yet if he is going to be able to get through 90 minutes."

Brazil return to FIFA top 10

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Five-time World Cup winners Brazil have returned to the top 10 in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. Friendly victories over Chile and Honduras earlier this month were enough to lift the Selecao to 10th, one place higher than last month. Brazil dropped out of the top 10 in June for the first time since the FIFA rankings system began in 1993. The biggest movers were Portugal, who rose nine places to fifth following their World Cup qualifying playoff victory against Sweden.
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