Pele signs life-long image rights deal with Santos, on his hospital bed

PeleBy Ricardo Setyon
December 15 – The recent illness of Pele that kept the Brazilian nation anxiously watching their news bulletins, was also the opportunity for the football legend to announce his latest image rights deal.

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Asprilla forced to leave town after gangsters threaten family at gunpoint

Faustino AsprillaDecember 12 - Memories of the cold-bloodied murder 20 years ago of Colombian World Cup star Andres Escobar have come flooding back following the latest harrowing tale of intimidation, this time involving Faustino Asprilla, who won 57 caps for the country.

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Argentinian Franco Nieto brutally beaten to death after league match

Franco NietoDecember 5 - Argentine football has been stunned by another shocking fatal tragedy after a player was brutally attacked. Franco Nieto (pictured), captain of regional club Tiro Federal was struck on the head following a third-tier match against rivals Chacarita Juniors in the town of Aimogasta, in north-west Argentina.

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Brazil's Corinthians; a club to live and die with

Corinthians cemeteryBy Ricardo Setyon
November 24 - They came, they saw, they conquered. And now they can die in peace. Corinthians fans now have their own special resting place – perhaps ironically for a club that has suffered the rollercoaster of life's highs and lows.

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More Chilean racism as domestic fixture is suspended

file 20141030103801Another incident of racism has struck at the heart of Chilean domestic football, this time prompting the referee to take the players off.

O'Higgins, who won Chile's Apertura league championship last year, already face sanctions after fans made racist chants and gestures towards San Marcos de Arica's Venezuelan striker Emilio Renteria during a first division match.

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Brazilian clubs in crisis as wages unpaid and debts rocket

Brazil Serie ABy Ricardo Setyon
November 23 - Just four months after the biggest football event on earth took place in Brazil, the country has lurched into a new crisis with as many as 50% of current professional players and officials unpaid. Estimates say that the wage crisis has hit up to 90% of the professional clubs in the country.

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Chilean FA calls for maximum penalty for O'Higgins racism

OHigginsNovember 11 - O'Higgins, who won Chile's Apertura league championship last year, face sanctions after fans made racist chants and gestures during a first division match.

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Exclusive: Mayne-Nicholls says Nov-Dec 2022 must be a non-starter

Harald Mayne-NichollsBy Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent
November 5 - The man who led the official FIFA inspection team that evaluated the credentials of 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar says November-December must be ditched as a possible date for a winter tournament, warning it would cause untold chaos for the international calendar.

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Palmeiras endure a roller-coaster ride in Centenary celebration season

PalmeirasBy Ricardo Setyon
November 4 – Currently in their Centenary season, Palmeiras is the Brazilian club with the most deeply rooted links to Europe. But its 100th birthday is proving an unhappy one as it battles out of relegation danger, conflict with contractors over its new stadium, and poor finances that require a continual bail-out from its owner.

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