Rio de Janeiro, May 23 (IANS) Mention Botafogo to most young Brazilian football fans and the likelihood is the word will conjure images of a battling club with a small, if passionate, supporter base and a sparse trophy cabinet. Forgotten is the fact that Brazil's 1962 World Cup-winning team comprised five Botafogo players, including the crooked-legged Garrincha, rated by many as the game's greatest player before Pele, reports Xinhua
Rio de Janeiro, May 23 (IANS) Olimpia raised hopes of an unlikely semifinal berth after holding Fluminense to a 0-0 draw in their Copa Libertadores quarterfinal first leg. The Paraguayan outfit was reduced to 10-men at the Sao Januario stadium in the 82nd minute Wednesday when midfielder Eduardo Aranda received his second yellow card for a foul on Rhayner, reports Xinhua. Despite dominating possession and creating a number of second-half chances, the reigning Brazilian top-flight champions were unable to find a way past Olimpia's Uruguayan goalkeeper Martin Silva
Rio de Janeiro, May 23 (IANS) Santos have rejected a 20 million-euro offer from Barcelona for Brazil star Neymar.
Quito, May 23 (IANS/EFE) The Ecuadorian Civil Space Agency issued an alert Wednesday about a possible collision of its Pegaso satellite, launched last month, with the wreckage of a Russian rocket. "ALERT: Possible collision of NEE-01 PEGASO and remains of Russian rocket," appeared Wednesday on the Twitter account of the space agency known as EXA. EXA's director, astronaut Ronnie Nader, published a notice from the Joint Space Operations Center about the possibility of such a crash.
The Hague, May 23 (IANS) Dutch football head coach Louis van Gaal has named four debutants in the squad for the friendlies in Indonesia and China in June. Heracles Almelo midfielder Lerin Duarte, Feyenoord leftback Miquel Nelom, Swansea City defender Dwight Tiendalli and FC Utrecht midfielder Jens Toornstra were included in the squad Wednesday, reports Xinhua. Ajax reserve goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who is yet to earn a cap, is part of the squad as well.
Rio de Janeiro, May 22 (IANS) Brazil international winger Osvaldo is reportedly a summer transfer target of Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk and Metalist Kharkiv. The 26-year-old has been in impressive form for Brazilian club Sao Paulo and has twice been capped by Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari this year, reports XInhua.
Rio de Janeiro, May 22 (IANS) Dutch veteran footballer Clarence Seedorf says he has no plans to leave Botafogo before his contract expires in July next year. The 37-year-old has been touted as a candidate to replace under-pressure AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri following the club's third place in Italy's Serie A this season, reports Xinhua.
Rio de Janeiro, May 22 (IANS) Brazilian striker Neymar has agreed in principle to join Barcelona, July 1. The 21-year-old striker is understood to have signed a deal last week to join the Spanish giants following the Confederations Cup in Brazil, reports Xinhua.
Rio de Janeiro, May 22 (IANS/EFE) Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer said Tuesday it reached a deal to sell 40 E175 passenger jets to US airline SkyWest for nearly $1.7 billion. The planes have a seating capacity of up to 76 passengers.
Rio de Janeiro, May 21 (IANS) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said that 4.13 million full jobs have been created since the beginning of her administration in January 2011. In her weekly radio show "Breakfast with the President", Rousseff said Monday the achievement was much more significant against the backdrop of the global economic woes, which had seen many developed countries struggling with rising unemployment. She said more than half a million jobs were created in the construction sector, while healthcare and education made a contribution of 437,000, reported Xinhua