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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Chinese company comes to the rescue of Brazil's Santos

Santos and HuaweiBy Mark Baber
October 30 - Santos have announced the signing of a major sponsorship deal with Chinese technology firm Huawei through to the end of 2014, with the option of an extension.

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Politics and football: A Brazilian love affair

Ronaldo and NevesBy Ricardo Setyon
Ocotber 27 - A pornstar called Stick Kid. The only ever Brazilian astronaut. A series of sexy women that adopted artisitic nicknames of fruits (Pear Maria, little strawberry), all linked to their body formats. A Hollywood-based plastic surgeon, born in Brazil. A blind comedian. Three Big Brother reality TV Show winners. Five or six local country singers. A Volleyball World Champion and a famous boxer. And 12 ex-football players and coaches. They all have two things in common: they are famous and they all failed to get enough votes to be winners in the recent elections in Brazil.

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Brazil's Santos suffer World Cup blues as accounts bleed red

RobinhoBy Ricardo Setyon
October 23 – Santos, one of the world's most iconic football clubs and the home team of Pele and more recently Neymar, is facing the battle of its life, perhaps even for its life. Expensive player acquisitions, dwindling attendances and 2015 TV money already spent, the club is in a desperate financial position despite currently sitting 7th in the Brasileirão.

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