Barcelona likely to have Dani Alves back for APOEL game
Barcelona likely to have Dani Alves back for APOEL game

Barcelona should have right back Dani Alves back for Wednesday`s Champions League Group F opener against Cypriot side APOEL, coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday.

After World Cup trauma, Dunga's Brazil re-start against Colombia
After World Cup trauma, Dunga's Brazil re-start against Colombia

It will be easier said than done but Brazil attempt to put their World Cup humiliation behind them when they start life under new coach Dunga in a friendly against Colombia in Miami on Friday.

Fernandes ready to consider Russia call

Russian CSKA Moscow`s Brazilian defender Mario Fernandes has said he is considering playing for Russia at international level in future.

Scolari formula to check Colombian striker Rodrigues

Luiz Felipe Scolari is renowned for keeping faith in the tried and tested. His preferred starting eleven during the World Cup has largely mirrored that of the team that won the Confederations Cup last year.

Brazil must improve against Colombia, says Luiz Felipe Scolari

Brazil’s players have Sunday off after an exhausting win over Chile but they will be back at work early on Monday when coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will start preparing for the World Cup quarter-final showdown with Colombia.

Alves attacks Shearer over Fred criticism

Brazil`s Dani Alves on Saturday hit out at former England star Alan Shearer for "moronic" comments that show a "lack of respect" to his team-mate Fred.

FIFA World Cup 2014: Hosts Brazil kick off campaign against Croatia

Brazil are desperate to make a powerful statement of intent in Friday’s World Cup opener against Croatia as they seek to relieve the suffocating pressure that has engulfed the team in the build-up to the tournament.

FIFA World Cup: Opening match as important as final, says Dani Alves

Brazil are looking to send a message to supporters and rivals in the World Cup`s opening match, right back Dani Alves said on Monday, raising the stakes for the clash against Croatia.

Brazil`s Scolari ``demanding more`` ahead of World Cup

Brazil turned on an impressive second half performance in their drubbing of Panama on Tuesday but have a ways to go before they are ready for their World Cup opener, according to manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

World Cup pressure giving Brazil`s Luiz sleepless nights

Brazil defender David Luiz says he is having sleepless nights worrying about the World Cup, while his team mate Dani Alves describes the intense pressure of being tournament hosts as "delicious".

World Cup pressure giving Brazil`s Luiz sleepless nights

Brazil defender David Luiz says he is having sleepless nights worrying about the World Cup, while his team mate Dani Alves describes the intense pressure of being tournament hosts as "delicious".

Bananas thrown at AC Milan players

Atalanta fans hurled bananas at AC Milan`s Guinean defender Kevin Constant on Sunday in the latest racist storm to hit European football.

Villarreal should face `heavier` sanction for banana slur

The Spanish government on Thursday demanded Villarreal face a heavier punishment after a fan threw a banana at Barcelona star Dani Alves.

UEFA calls for action against racist attacks in Spanish football league

European football`s governing body UEFA has blasted racist attacks in the Spanish football league and has called for action after footie fans subjected foreign league players to monkey taunts and banana-throwing.

Barca title hopes in tatters after Getafe draw

Barcelona`s slim hopes of retaining their La Liga title were all but ended after they were held 2-2 at home by struggling Getafe.

Fight racism with pride and belief - Thuram

When Lilian Thuram first went to Benin in 2006, he made an emotional pilgrimage to the coastal town of Ouidah, where black African slaves were forced onto ships, shackled and bound for a life of misery and servitude.

Saha calls for racism crackdown

Former France striker Louis Saha has called for football clubs to be punished with multi-million pounds fines if their fans are found guilty of racist abuse.

Alves slams "backward" Spain, wants banana-thrower shamed

Dani Alves has hit out at Spain for being "very backward" in its approach towards racism and believes the fan who hurled a banana on the pitch in Barcelona`s game away to Villarreal on Sunday should be publicly shamed.

Bananas creating wave to support anti-racism

The reaction by Barcelona`s Dani Alves, on the racist incident during Barcelona`s match against Villarreal, has created a widespread wave over the world.

Dani Alves shows how sarcasm trumps racist attacks

A section of Villarreal fans highlighted Europe`s carriage of racist attacks when a banana was thrown at Barcelona defender, Dani Alves. The Brazilian was quick to address the incident by sheer mockery