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Futebol Brasileiro

Pele backs Blatter's bid for 5th term

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 By Tim Vickery

Brazil bag biggest victory since 2014's World Cup disaster

Goals from Neymar and Luiz Gustavo led Brazil's second-half charge as the Selecao overcame France on their way to a 3-1 victory.
International Friendly: Neymar goal (57') France 1-2 Brazil
International Friendly: Raphael Varane goal (21') France 1-0 Brazil
International Friendly: Oscar goal (40') France 1-1 Brazil
International Friendly: Luiz Gustavo goal (69') France 1-3 Brazil
International Friendly: Jefferson save (7') France 0-0 Brazil

In itself, that Brazil have preserved a 100 percent record since the World Cup does not tell us very much.

After all, their record going into the tournament could hardly have been much better -- nine straight wins, 30 goals scored, just two conceded -- but it did them little good when the real stuff started.

The seven consecutive victories under Dunga, then, need to be placed in context. The time for hard-and-fast judgments comes later.

But there is no doubt that Brazil can take great heart from...

 By James Young

Historical Brazil state championships a drag on rest on of league season

Empty stadiums are the norm during most clubs' state championship campaigns, especially in Rio de Janeiro.

The steep, cramped stands of the Independencia stadium in Belo Horizonte, home of Atletico Mineiro, commonly known as Galo, have witnessed more than a few stirring moments over the past couple of seasons.

There was 2013's thrilling Copa Libertadores run, which included a last-minute, game-saving penalty stop by goalkeeper Victor against Mexico's Tijuana in the quarterfinals, followed by a penalty shootout win over Newell's Old Boys in the semis. And then there was the feverish 2-0 win over hated...