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Cruzeiro dominate Brazil Team of Year

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian top-flight champions Cruzeiro have dominated the Campeonato Brasileiro's Team of the Year, with four players from the Belo Horizonte club selected for the accolade. Midfielder Everton Ribeiro, goalkeeper Fabio, center-back Dede and midfielder Nilton were named among the country's best 11 Brazil-based players on Friday. Marcelo Oliveira was also named as coach while Ribeiro was voted player of the season. The award for revelation of the season went to Atletico Paranaense attacker Marcelo.

Flamengo win third Copa do Brasil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Flamengo won their third Copa do Brasil title on Wednesday with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Atletico Paranaense. The Rio de Janeiro giants scored twice in the last seven minutes to clinch the second leg of the final 2-0 after last week's 1-1 draw in Curitiba.

Two dead in Brazil World Cup stadium accident

Two workers were killed Wednesday when a crane collapsed at a stadium set to host next year's World Cup opener, raising fresh doubts about Brazil's ability to finish work for the tournament on schedule. Andres Sanchez, operations director at the Arena Corinthians site, said the workers, aged 44 and 42, were crushed to death when a crane hoisting a 500-ton metallic piece to the top of the roof collapsed. He said the cause of the accident was not yet known but was under investigation. He insisted that the overall structure was not affected.

Two dead in Brazil World Cup stadium accident- police

Two workers were killed Wednesday when a crane collapsed at the stadium which will host the opening game of next year's World Cup, dealing a fresh blow to Brazil's troubled build-up to the tournament. Police in Sao Paulo said the workers at the Arena Corinthians stadium were crushed to death as they scrambled to meet a December 31 set by football's governing body FIFA to complete work at the venue. A third worker was rushed to hospital with injuries after the accident, which brought a shocked response from FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Two dead in Brazil World Cup stadium accident- police

Two workers were killed Wednesday when a crane collapsed at the stadium which will host the opening game of next year's World Cup, dealing a fresh blow to Brazil's troubled build-up to the tournament. Police in Sao Paulo said the workers at the Arena Corinthians stadium were crushed to death as they scrambled to meet a December 31 set by football's governing body FIFA to complete work at the venue. A third worker was rushed to hospital with injuries after the accident, which brought a shocked response from FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Brazil football federation urged to probe rigging claims

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Bahia State Football Federation (FBF) has demanded an immediate investigation by its national counterpart, the CBF, into claims of rigging against Campeonato Brasileiro champions Cruzeiro. The FBF sent a written request to the CBF on Tuesday amid the fallout from Cruzeiro's shock 2-1 loss to relegation-threatened Vasco da Gama on Saturday. Controversy surrounds television footage that appeared to catch Cruzeiro and former Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista telling opponent Cris to "hurry up and score another goal".

Football: Fluminense re-sign China-based star Conca

Brazilian club Fluminense have confirmed that Argentine star Dario Conca will make an emotional return to the club next year after inspiring China's Guangzhou Evergrande to the Asian Champions League title. Fluminense confirmed the return of Conca on their website, delighting fans of the skillful 30-year-old who reportedly became the third highest-paid footballer in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when he moved to China in 2011.

Football: Tite loses Corinthians spirit

Coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, nicknamed 'Tite', will leave Corinthians at year's end, despite his leading the outfit to the World Club Cup and Copa Libertadores glory in 2012. Club officials on Friday confirmed a parting of the ways with Corinthians muddling along in midtable a month from the end of the league season -- Cruzeiro wrapped up the title this week. "Tite took Corinthians to heights never seen before (but) nothing lasts for ever -- everything has a beginning, a middle and an end," said chairman Mario Gobbi.

Fans attack Botafogo players after poor run

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Botafogo fans angry at their team's poor form abused players when they arrived at Rio de Janeiro airport on Monday after their second successive league defeat. Several dozen supporters shouted abuse and threw eggs at the team bus, according to local news reports. The team's best-known player, Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf, was among those targeted as the players were returning from Rio Grande do Sul after losing 2-1 to Internacional on Sunday.

Football: Fluminense sack Luxemburgo

Former Real Madrid and Brazil boss Vanderlei Luxemburgo has been sacked as coach of 2012 Brazilian champions Fluminense, club president Peter Siemsen said in a statement on Tuesday. Luxemburgo, 61, who was appointed in July, will be replaced by former Flamengo and Vasco da Gama coach Dorival Junior, 51, who has been given a contract until the end of the year. Luxemburgo had overseen a run of nine matches without a win as the title-holders were hit by a string of injuries to some of their top players.
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