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Fluminense fire coach Luxemburgo as relegation looms

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Fluminense fired coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo on Monday after a nine-game winless run left the Rio club in danger of becoming the first league champions to be relegated the following season. Fluminense have lost has four of their last five games and patience with former Real Madrid boss Luxemburgo has ran out. "President Peter Siemsen decided that coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo will no longer remain as manager of Fluminense," the club said in a statement on their website.

Rio denies protests a factor as football forum nixed

The Soccerex global football convention in Rio de Janeiro was canceled Tuesday as authorities denied the move was linked to a fresh round of public unrest. Brazil has been hit by repeated waves of street protests that began in June during the Confederations Cup, the dry run for next June's World Cup, sparking worries about the country's ability to ensure security. But a Rio state government spokesman said the decision to withdraw support for Soccerex was not linked to the ongoing social turmoil -- flatly contradicting organizers.

Embarrassment for Rio as Soccerex is canceled

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - This year's Soccerex Global Convention which brings together major decision makers in the sport has been canceled with the two sides involved in the dispute giving different reasons for the event being called off. The Rio State Government said the cancellation was related to finances, while Soccerex directors said official support was withdrawn because of the fear of civil unrest.

Football: Brazil calls off Soccerex over Rio unrest

Organisers on Tuesday called off the Soccerex global football convention in Rio de Janeiro after the state government withdrew support amid ongoing civil unrest, scuppering a meeting of some 4,000 of the sport's top decision makers. "It is with great disappointment that we must confirm that the final Soccerex Global Convention in Brazil will now not be taking place.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Soccer-Soccerex Global Convention in Rio cancelled

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - This year's Soccerex Global Convention has been cancelled following the withdrawal of support from the Rio de Janeiro State Government, organizers said on Tuesday. The Rio government did not immediately confirm whether it had withdrawn its support for the Convention, a meeting of 4,500 of football's most senior decision makers.

Football: one million World Cup tickets go on sale

FIFA on Tuesday put more than one million tickets on sale via the internet for next year's World Cup in Brazil, as some Brazilian fans complained about the high prices. The chase for tickets began at 1000 GMT, even though World Cup qualification is far from over and the draw for the final phase does not take place until December 6. A FIFA statement said over one million tickets were requested by more than 163,000 applicants within the first seven hours of ticket sales.

Football: One million World Cup tickets go on sale

The first batch of one million tickets for next year's World Cup in Brazil went on sale on the internet on Tuesday, with some Brazilian fans complaining about high prices. The chase for tickets began at 1000 GMT, even though World Cup qualification is far from over and the draw for the final phase does not take place until December 6. At least 300,000 of the tickets that went on sale are reserved for "those over 60 years old, students and recipients of the Bolsa Familia family grant", the International Football Federation (FIFA) said on its internet site.

FIFA to start World Cup ticket sales on August 20

World's football governing body announced here Friday that it will begin selling tickets for next year's World Cup in 12 Brazilian host cities on August 20 via its www.fifa.com website.

Keep your shirt on, Brazil's Maracana stadium tells fans

Brazil's Maracana football stadium, one of the sport's most hallowed and raucous grounds, has some new rules of etiquette: remain seated during games and please wear a shirt. Another: no musical instruments such as drums or bamboo poles to wave flags. The code of good conduct at South America's largest stadium was devised after the home team Fluminense signed a contract to play there another 35 years, stadium officials said Thursday.

Football: Paulinho says he's heading to Tottenham

Brazil international Paulinho is leaving Corinthians for English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, he announced late Monday. The 24-year-old, who was part of the Brazil side that won the Confederations Cup, told a news conference in Sao Paulo that Corinthians had accepted a 20-million-euro ($26 million, £17 million) offer from Spurs. Paulinho has played 167 times for the Brazilian club over the last three seasons and scored 34 goals.
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