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Football: Neymar confesses to World Cup butterflies

With less than ten weeks to the World Cup on home soil, Brazil star Neymar has admitted to butterflies in his stomach. "I think it is an honour to wear the Brazil shirt in my country and to see my greatest childhood dream come true, but the nerves are starting to appear and I've butterflies in my stomach," Neymar said in an interview published Friday in Lance sports daily.

Neymar hat-trick as five-star Brazil cruise

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Neymar scored a hat-trick as Brazil crushed hosts South Africa 5-0 in a friendly at the venue of the 2010 World Cup final on Wednesday. The Barcelona striker took his tally for his country to 30 after Brazil, who changed their strip at halftime from their traditional yellow and white colors to an all-blue kit, took the lead through Oscar after 10 minutes at Soccer City.

Football: Judge indicts Barca over alleged tax fraud

A judge indicted Spanish football champions Barcelona on Thursday over alleged tax crimes linked to their signing of Brazilian star striker Neymar. Prosecutors accuse Barcelona, who currently have a narrow lead at the top of the Spanish league, of irregularities in the 86-million-euro ($118 million) deal -- charges which the club denies. Judge Pablo Ruz at Madrid's National Court indicted the club after seeing "sufficient evidence to investigate a possible crime against the public treasury", he said in a written ruling.

Football: Neymar blasts "false friends" amid Barca probe

Brazil starlet Neymar blasted "false friends" as he alluded Sunday to the strain of a tax probe into last year's money-spinning move to Barcelona. Brazilian and Spanish authorities are investigating last May's transfer from initially reported as costing 57.1 million euros ($78million). Recent weeks have seen various add-ons emerge to take the deal to a total 86 million euros -- including a reported 40 million for N&N, Neymar's family firm run by his father.

Football: Neymar blasts "false friends" amid Barca probe

Brazil starlet Neymar blasted "false friends" as he alluded Sunday to the strain of a tax probe into last year's money-spinning move to Barcelona. Brazilian and Spanish authorities are investigating last May's transfer from initially reported as costing 57.1 million euros ($78million). Recent weeks have seen various add-ons emerge to take the deal to a total 86 million euros -- including a reported 40 million for N&N, Neymar's family firm run by his father.

Football: Brazil grants DIS fund access to to Neymar sale details

Brazilian judicial authorities have ruled that holders of a 40 percent stake in the image rights of Brazil star Neymar should be allowed to see full details of his controversial transfer to Barcelona. A Sao Paulo civil court has called on judicial authorities in Spain to notify both Neymar, 21, and Barca they must hand the details to investment fund DIS, who launched a legal action in the lead-up to last year's transfer, A Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

Football: Brazil prosecutors probe Neymar transfer details

Brazil's state prosecution service said Wednesday it has called on tax authorities to probe the controversial transfer of star striker Neymar to Barcelona. The details surrounding the deal have already led to the resignation of former Barca chairman Sandro Rosell and sparked a judicial wrangle in Spain. The transfer cost an initial reported 57.1 million euros ($78million), plus a 2-million-euro bonus if the 21-year-old star makes the finals of the FIFA World Player of Year award.

Football: Barcelona reveal Neymar deal, deny lies

Barcelona's new boss declared Friday the club had "never lied" as he revealed for the first time financial details of a disputed 57.1-million-euro ($78 million) signing of Brazilian star Neymar, a deal that helped to topple his predecessor. "We never lied," 50-year-old club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu told his first news conference. A day after former president Sandro Rosell resigned because of a judicial wrangle over the Neymar deal, Bartomeu said the player's father had given permission for previously confidential details of the transfer to be made public.

Football: Neymar case puts spotlight on Barca president

Pressure on Barcelona president Sandro Rosell grew on Wednesday after a Spanish judge agreed to hear a case made against him by one of the club's own members for misappropriation of funds in the deal which brought Brazilian star Neymar to the club last year. Rosell has routinely insisted that the 21-year-old cost the club 57.1 million euros ($77 million), but refused to divulge how much money each of the parties to the deal received on confidentiality grounds.

Football: Spanish judge hears case over Neymar deal

A Spanish judge Wednesday agreed to hear a case lodged against Barcelona president Sandro Rosell over the signing of Brazilian striker Neymar. Judge Pablo Ruz of the National Court in Madrid issued a ruling accepting the case but adding that there was no "urgency or necessity" to hear Rosell's testimony at this stage. A member of the fan-owned club, Jordi Cases, lodged a complaint last month against Rosell alleging misappropriation because members do not know the "real destination" of 40 million euros ($54 million) supposedly paid to Neymar family business N&N.
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