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Conmebol Level/News-Stories 2006

Just like the one for last year...Here we go again 2006 !!!!

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Three brothers arrested in Becerra killing

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Authorities arrested three brothers Wednesday in connection with the nightclub killing of former Colombian national soccer team forward Elson Becerra, the attorney general's office said.

Following a tip, police agents arrested Erick, Dairo and Eder Lambis during raids of several homes in Sucre state, located south of the seaside resort city of Cartagena where Becerra and his friend, Alexander Rios, were shot dead while dancing at a discotheque on Jan. 8.

The brothers gave false identification cards to arresting officers, but photographs and fingerprints identified them as the suspects police were seeking, the statement from the attorney general's office said.

Police said they are still looking for two other suspects, including another Lambis brother.

The 27-year-old Becerra played for Colombia when it won the Copa America in 2001, and also played in four games for the national team in 2003 during early qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup, according to the FIFA Web site.

Most recently, he played for a club team in the United Arab Emirates

In 2004, Albeiro Usuriaga, who helped Colombia qualify for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, was shot and killed when several gunmen opened fire in a nightclub in Cali.

After the 1994 World Cup, Andres Escobar was shot dead outside a Colombian bar days after scoring an own-goal in the first round against the United States.

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Parreira Still Trusts Dida... For Now

After a few jaw-droppingly bad mistakes between the AC Milan sticks – and the ensuing appalling reviews the player received in various Italian newspapers – Dida is still the seleção first choice goalkeeper as far as Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is concerned...for the moment.

The latest slip-up occurred during the 1-1 draw that Milan ended up handing to Sampdoria after Dida clumsily failed to meet the grade. “I’m not worried by the bad patch that Dida is going through at the moment, but it’s obvious that if things continue like that up until the World Cup....” indicated the Brazilian boss, trailing off with barely hidden meaning.

Parreira remembered that Dida had already gone through a similar wretched patch of teeth-grinding mistakes at Milan before, the recovered his name and prestige under Parreira at Corinthians. This is used by the Coach to justify his continued trust in the Bahian keeper, and Parreira is most definitely a man who relies on the tried-and-tested.

“In a short tournament like the World Cup, experience really counts for a lot. I’ve known Dida since we coincided at Corinthians, and I know exactly how he trains and prepares himself in general. Everybody is subject to ups and downs in their performance, and I’ve seen that Dida is a highly dedicated professional who’ll do all he can to play his best game” added Parreira.

Dida has also received support from his Coach at Milan, Carlo Ancelotti, as well as retired seleção keepers such as Félix, Taffarel and Gilmar Rinaldi. Palmeiras’ Marcos – Felipão’s choice in 2002 – is waiting in the wings as Inter Milan keeper Júlio César still fails to convince Zagallo and Parreira.

With Roberto Carlos and Cafú also going through wobbly phases, jokes have already begun to circulate, saying that the front line ‘Magic Square’ (Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Kaká and Adriano) is all fine and well, but Brazil also has a ‘Bermuda Triangle’ at the back with the backfiring threesome of Dida, Roberto Carlos and Cafú. Cruel or accurate?

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Corinthians: Nilmar Wants Seleção Place

Currently enjoying a purple patch at Corinthians, young striker Nilmar has been under scrutiny for a potential place in the Brazilian national squad (seleção), recommended by Antônio Lopes and a personal favourite of Carlos Alberto Parreira’s long-term workmate Mario ‘O Lobo’ (The Wolf) Zagallo.


Nilmar currently stands proud in the Paulistão top scorers table, level pegging with Carlitos Tevez after netting five goals in the first six games. This efficiency hasn’t been lost on Parreira, currently in doubt over who’s best to replace the injured Ricardo Oliveira in the seleção front line reserve, but narrowing down his provisional choice to either Nilmar or Fred (Lyon).

"I think that Nilmar has now matured into the sort of player who deserves to be called up, which does pose something of a dilemma for Parreira and Zagallo. If he finally is called up for World Cup duty then it’ll be the result of his hard work and efficiency in front of goal," explained Timão Coach Antônio Lopes.

Nilmar’s contract with Corinthians lasts until mid-2006 – the fruit of a loan agreement Kia Joorabchian reached with Lyon, who have the player under full contract until 2009. If The Parque São Jorge team wants to keep the player for longer in an Alvinegro shirt, then MSI will have to fork out 10 million Euros to the French league leaders.

"I opted to return to Brazilian football in order to get more playing minutes and raise my profile. It was a great choice – I’m very happy here at Corinthians and would be glad to stay on, but the final decision isn’t up to me as I’m under contract with Olympique Lyon until 2009,” explained Nilmar.

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Argentina's Rising Stars

www.goal.com 's Gregory Sica presents you with some of the rising stars in the Argentine league.




BOCA JUNIORS

Rodrigo Palacio

Date of Birth: 05/02/1982 (23)-Bahia Blanca.

Height: 1.75m.

Weight: 66kg.

Position: Striker.

Since arriving at Boca Juniors this year from Banfield Palacio has become one the best strikers in Argentina. He is Boca’s leading scorer in the Apertura Championship with 5 goals, and on the weekend drilled in a brilliant strike against Racing. The ‘Jewel’, as he is called by the Argentine press has won himself a place in Boca’s starting line-up this season, beating the likes of Boca idol Guillermo Barros Schelotto, and Marcelo Delgado. Palacio represented Argentina in a World Cup Qualifier match against Bolivia in March, and his recent outstanding form could lead to another call up.



Federico Insua

Date of Birth: 03/01/1980 (25)-Buenos Aires.

Height: 1.79m.

Weight: 76kg.

Position: Midfield.

The former Independiente idol signed for Boca in the pre-season, and after a slow start has become one of the best midfielders in the Apertura. Insua is what people call a ‘different’ player, as his technique, dribbling ability, leadership skills, and eye for goal can be compared only with the best in the world. At the young age of 25 he has already had a spell in Spain (Malaga), and has represented the Argentine national team. It is very likely that he will become a key player for Argentina in the future, and coach Jose Pekerman will keep a close eye on him before selecting his squad for Germany.



Daniel Bilos

Date of Birth: 03/09/1980 (25)-Buenos Aires.

Height: 1.94m.

Weight: 86kg.

Position: Striker.

Bilos played an important role in helping Banfield finish second in the Clausura, and reach the quarter finals of the Copa Libertadores; a remarkable achievement for the club. His best qualities are his heading ability, and the remarkable runs he makes on the flanks. His good form led to Boca snapping him up in the of-season, and the player has lived up to his reputation. He has been in stunning form, and Jose Pekerman has suggested that Bilos might be chosen in the squad for Argentina’s final World Cup Qualifiers. Bilos is more than likely to be selected to represent Argentina in the World Cup.



Neri Cardozo

Date of Birth: 08/08/1986 (19)-Mendoza.

Height: 1.72m.

Weight: 62kg.

Position: Midfield.

Cardozo plays an important role in the Boca midfield, and when he isn’t setting up goals he is scoring them. His vision and eye for goal have caught the attention of various European clubs, but he is happy to stay at Boca for now. Cardozo played a key role in helping Argentina win the World Youth Cup earlier on in the year, and it is likely that he will become an important member of the senior squad in the future.



Jose Calvo

Date of Birth: 15/07/1981 (24)-Buenos Aires.

Height: 1.75m.

Weight: 72kg.

Position: Side Back.

Calvo is a talented player that can play both left and right back, although he prefers to play on the right. He looked almost certain to sign for Spanish club Atletico Madrid in the pre-season, but in the final stages of the transfer the deal broke through. Calvo works well as both an attacking and defensive player and one of his main qualities is his precise passing.



Fernando Gago

Date of Birth: 10/04/1986 (19)-Buenos Aires.

Height: 1.78m.

Weight: 65kg.

Position: Midfield.

Gago is a creative midfielder that became a regular in the Boca team almost as soon as he made his debut for the first team, after playing for Boca’s youth categories. Gago has been compared to Boca idol Juan Roman Riquelme, and former Argentine superstar Fernando Redondo. One of his main attributes is his great ability to intercept passes. After robbing the ball from the opposition he can set up goal scoring opportunities with his good vision, and quick feet. Another of his qualities is his pin-point passing accuracy that has been compared to the best by the Argentine press. He played a key role in helping Argentina win the World Youth Cup in July, and is likely to represent the senior team in the future.



RIVER PLATE

German Lux.

Date of Birth: 07/06/1982 (23)-Santa Fe.

Height: 1.86m.

Weight: 77kg.

Position: Goalkeeper.

Since Franco Costanzo moved to Alaves in the pre-season, German Lux has become River’s number one goalkeeper. He is a young goalkeeper with lots of experience, having represented Argentina as a starting goalkeeper in the 2004 Olympic Games, as well as in the more recent Confederations Cup. He is one of Jose Pekerman’s preferred goalkeepers, and is likely to be selected in the squad next years World Cup. He is a high quality goalkeeper that should become Argentina’s starting goalkeeper in the next few years.



Gaston Fernandez (Now of Monterrey-Mexico)

Date of Birth: 12/10/1983 (22)-Capital Federal.

Height: 1.70m.

Weight: 70kg.

Position: Striker.

Fernandez is a pacey striker that is likely to follow the footsteps of former River great Javier Saviola. He is a player that tends to get past defenders with relative ease, and has proved that he is worth a starting role at River Plate. At the young age of 22 he has already made 59 appearances for River in the league, scoring 12 times.



Rubens Sambueza.

Date of Birth: 01/01/1984 (21)-Zapala.

Height: 1.74m.

Weight: 73kg.

Position: Left Midfield.

Sambueza is a classy left midfielder with great ball control, and his good performances early on in the year have made him an important part of the squad, although he has not been guaranteed a regular first team place. One of his best qualities is his ability from dead ball situations. When he is on the park he is River’s first choice free-kick taker, and he scored a cracker against Junior of Colombia in a first round Copa Libertadores match.



Gustavo Oberman.

Date of Birth: 25/03/1985 (21)-Florencio Varela.

Height: 1.76m.

Weight: 77kg.

Position: Striker.

After a great Clausura with Argentinos Juniors, he caught the eye of several of Argentina’s top clubs. He played a key role in Argentina’s successful World Youth Cup campaign earlier on in the year, and was signed by glamour club River Plate. Although River’s Apertura campaign has gotten of to poor start Oberman has stood out from the rest, and he is a future prospect for Argentina.



VELEZ SARSFIELD

Lucas Castroman.

Date of Birth: 02/10/1980 (24)-Buenos Aires.

Height: 1.75m.

Weight: 73kg.

Position: Striker.

His performances for Velez this year have been absolutely brilliant, and it is fair to say that at the moment he is the best player in the Argentine league. He played a key role in helping Velez win the Clausura Championship, scoring 8 goals, and this season he has scored 3 times in the league. Castroman is a player that always seems to score vital goals. His 3 goals in the league all counted for 1-0 wins, and he scored twice in the 2-0 Copa Sudamericana victory over Cruzeiro. He has recently stated that he will love to be part of Argentina’s World Cup squad, and coach Jose Pekerman has suggested that if he keeps up the good form it will be almost impossible not to select him. Castroman played in the Serie A for 4 years, representing Lazio, and Udinese.



Leandro Gracian.

Date of Birth: 06/08/1982 (23)-Capital Federal.

Height: 1.72m.

Weight: 70kg.

Position: Midfield.

Gracian is a talented playmaker that like Castroman played an important part in Velez’s successful Clausura campaign. He is a naturally gifted player that controls his sides rhythm of play with his great vision, technique, dribbling ability and goal scoring ability.



INDEPENDIENTE

Nicolas Frutos (Now of Anderlecht-Belgium)

Date of Birth: 10/05/81 (24)-Santa Fe.

Height: 1.93m.

Weight: 78kg.

Position: Striker.

Frutos is the top scorer of the Apertura Championship with 9 goals, and is likely to be a regular for the Argentine national team in the near future. The tall striker’s greatest qualities are his aerial strength, and his shot accuracy. His good form last season impressed various European clubs, when he scored 10 goals to finish as the third top scorer in the league, and it was likely that he would emigrate to Spanish soccer, but finally he decided to stay at Independiente. Argentina coach Jose Pekerman is looking at his progress very carefully, and if his good performances continue he may be included in Argentina’s World Cup squad.



Sergio Aguero.

Date of Birth: 02/06/1988 (17)-Capital Federal.

Height: 1.72m.

Weight: 74kg.

Position: Midfield.

Aguero is a gifted young midfielder that has caught the Argentine press by surprise. His greatest qualities are his technique, his vision, and his awesome dribbling ability. The young striker recently scored a breathtaking goal in the recent 4-0 drubbing of arch-rivals Racing Club, when he won the ball in his half, beat a number of defenders with brilliant skills, and drilled the ball home. After that goal the Argentine press was comparing him to Diego Maradona, and Pekerman has recently stated that even though he is very young his good form may earn him an Argentina call up.



SAN LORENZO

Walter Montillo.

Date of Birth: 14/04/1984 (21)-Buenos Aires.

Height: 1.71m

Weight: 68kg

Position: Midfield.

Montillo is a gifted attacking midfielder with an eye for goal. His greatest quality is his amazing dribbling ability. This allows him to get through defences with relative ease, and it is likely that he will follow the footsteps of other Argentine greats, such as Pablo Aimar and Ariel Ortega. Although he has been restricted to appearances from the bench in recent weeks he has demonstrated that he has what it takes to start from the kick-off. On the weekend he was the inspiration in helping San Lorenzo come from behind to defeat Racing Club 2-1.





NEWELL’S OLD BOYS

Fernando Belluschi.

Date of Birth: 10/09/1983 (22)-Rosario (Santa Fe).

Height: 1.71m.

Weight: 68kg.

Position: Right Midfield.

Belluschi is a midfielder with great vision, whether he is setting up goals or scoring them himself. He has brilliant ball control, and along with Ariel Ortega has become one of the most important players in the Newell’s squad. At such a young age he has already made 65 appearances in the Argentine First Division, scoring 11 goals. Belluschi represented Argentina at an under 20 level, and has also represented the senior team. Earlier in the year Argentina coach Jose Pekerman suggested that Belluschi might be in his plans for the World Cup, but Newell’s recent poor form may play a part in his exclusion of the squad.



ROSARIO CENTRAL

Pablo Vitti.

Date of Birth: 07/09/1985 (20)-Rosario (Santa Fe).

Height: 1.78.

Weight: 74kg.

Position: Striker.

Vitti is a young striker with a very bright future. Last season he scored 5 times, but has not demonstrated the same form this season, although he has only started from the kick-off on two occasions. He was on the verge of signing for Spanish club Atletico Madrid, but Central president Pablo Scarabino urged the striker to stay at the club for at-least a year more. Vitti was part of the Argentina squad that won the World Youth Cup in July, and it is likely that he will represent the senior squad in the near future.



Paulo Ferrari (Now of River Plate)

Date of Birth: 01/04/1982 (23)-Rosario (Santa Fe).

Height: 1.67m.

Weight: 67kg.

Position: Right Back.

Ferrari is a quick side back that was likely to move to Real Betis of Spain during the off-season, but negotiations between the clubs broke down. He also came close to signing for River Plate to fill in the position left by Carlos Diogo, who signed for Real Madrid but finally accepted to stay at Central to fight for the Apertura and Copa Sudamericana. Ferrari is an influential player that has over 140 First Division caps behind him, and often finds the back of the net, but generally from the penalty spot.



Emanuel Villa (Now of Atlas-Mexico)

Date of Birth: 24/02/1982 (23)-Rosario (Santa Fe).

Height: 1.70m.

Weight: 72kg.

Position: Striker.

Villa is a talented striker that was snapped up by Central in 2004 by former Uruguayan national team coach Victor Pua. One of his most important attributes is his incredible positioning ability that allows him to finish off many of Central’s attacking moves, whether with his head or feet. He has found the back of the net 4 times in the Apertura and scored 14 times in the last two short seasons. He is a proved dead ball specialist, and his goals will prove the difference as to whether Central will improve on their miserable campaign that sees them positioned in mid-table. Daniel Guzman tried to lure Villa to sign for Mexican club Atlas in the off-season, but they did not come to an agreement due to financial differences. Villa also rejected an offer from a Dutch club, but it is likely that he will wait for a more lucrative deal before emigrating.



ARGENTINOS JUNIORS

Leonardo Pisculichi (Now of Mallorca-Spain)

Date of Birth: 18/01/1984 (21)-Buenos Aires.

Height: 1.78m

Weight: 77kg

Position: Striker

There is no need for guessing who is Argentinos’ star player; Leonardo Pisculichi wears Argentinos’number 10 jersey that was once worn by the great Diego Maradona.

Similarities don’t end there Pisculichi also has a magical left foot and is a free-kick specialist. The young striker has played a key role in Argentinos’ terrific season that has made them title contenders. ‘Piscu’ is a very quick creative player that strives at setting up goal scoring opportunities. He also has an eye for goal, having found the back of the net 5 times this season. An off-season move to River Plate or Boca Juniors looked imminent, but he finally stayed at the club from the Paternal.



RACING CLUB

Gustavo Cabral

Date of Birth: 14/10/1985 (20)-Buenos Aires

Height: 1.82m

Weight: 75kg

Position: Centre Back

Having lost their last five league matches Racing languishes in an embarrassing 16th position in the Apertura standings. When it seems that things can not get any worse Racing can look to the positive side as they have brought up a talented defender in Gustavo Cabral. The young centre back has established himself as an integral part of the Racing squad since emerging from the clubs youth ranks, and he promises to be a star of the future. At such a young age he has already made 39 appearances in the Argentine First Division, and played an important part in Argentina’s victorious Youth Cup campaign, although he was suspended for the final.



QUILMES

Miguel Caneo

Date of Birth: 17/03/1983 (22)-Rio Negro.

Height: 1.76m

Weight: 73kg

Position: Midfield.

The former Boca Juniors midfielder moved to Quilmes on loan to get some more playing time, and has proved to be an important part of the squad. He is a hard worker in the midfield, intercepting plays and breaking down attacks, but can also switch forward in an instance with some of his menacing runs, creating havoc for opposing defences. He participated in the 2005 Copa Libertadores, and has obtained enough experience to become an integral part of the Boca Juniors squad, but it is likely that Quilmes may want to buy his pass, after having already extended his loan at the club.



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Uruguay promises tough action after fan is murdered

MONTEVIDEO, March 13 (Reuters) - Uruguay promised drastic measures on Monday to find and punish the murderers of a soccer fan who was beaten to death at a bus stop following a matchat the weekend.

The crime shocked the country and prompted the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) to call off the rest of the weekend's programme.

"I've ordered every police chief in Montevideo to do everything in their power to get to the bottom of this unjustifiable act, this horrendous crime," Interior Minister Jose Diaz told a media conference.

"We'll take all the measures we can to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Cerro supporter Hector da Cunha, 35, was waiting at a bus stop with his wife and son near Montevideo's Centenario stadium on Saturday when he was surrounded by a group of 10 to 15 supporters from rival club Penarol, police said.

He was attacked and beaten to death by the Penarol supporters, who took his Cerro hat as a trophy.

AUF president Eugenio Figueredo said the local championship would be suspended until further notice.

"There's no safety anywhere," he said in a radio interview. "I feel totally helpless to find a solution at these moments and not playing football seems like a good move."

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Brazilian player draws 120-day, four-game suspension for racism

March 17, 2006

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A Brazilian soccer player was suspended for 120 days and four more games for making racist insults against an opponent.

The Sports Justice Tribunal of Rio Grande do Sul state punished Juventude defender Antonio Carlos for violent play and for "moral offenses" against Gremio's Jeovanio in a state league game on March 5.

Antonio Carlos was expelled for the foul, and TV videotape showed him shouting "monkey" as he left the field and rubbing his hand over his skin, apparently alluding to Jeovanio, who is black.

The tribunal said it suspended Antonio Carlos for 120 days for violent play, and for an additional four games for "nonsporting attitude."

Jeovanio protested that Antonio Carlos got off with a light sentence. The court could have suspended him for 540 days.

"From what I can see, you'll do better if you punch a player in the face than if you're a victim of discrimination," Jeovanio said in a televised interview.

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3/18/2006

Colombia: Better Than the Real Thing?

After years of their pitch being considered the worst in the Colombian first division, Atlético Bucaramanga’s plan to replace it with synthetic grass is being opposed strongly.
In a move that would be considered revolutionary in the South American nation, the installation of synthetic grass is not a clear-cut success. The director of Intersantander (Departmental Institution of Sport and Recreation), Eduardo Rodríguez Rojas, approved the 600 million pesos (US$ 265,000) for the project in addition to extra funding that will go towards remodeling the Alfonso López stadium, which was built in 1941 and has been home to the leopardos since 1949.

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Agronomist Carlos Fernando Barón argues that this is not the way to go because of the consequences that the synthetic surface can have on the tropical ecosystem. “It is grotesque what they are planning on doing with the pitch. With the techno-agricultural treatment that I proposed we would have natural grass and rid the ground of any toxicity.” Barón also talks about the financial burden that it places on the department in order to maintain the pitch. This money can also be used for a modern irrigation and drainage system.

Rodríguez Rojas does not agree, stating that the new turf will save the department of Santander over 100 million pesos (US$44,286) per year in field maintenance alone. This would free up money for other projects that could be proposed in the future.

Injuries/Players
Another opponent of synthetic pitches is Colombian national team doctor, Hector Fabio Cruz. His main argument is based on the fact that this alternate surface causes an excessive friction on the players. This along with the tendency for players to have their legs “caught” in the turf increases the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

Bucaramanga manager Nelson Reyes states that injuries will occur on their existing home pitch because they have “the worst pitch in the country”. He also mentions the fact that players will have to use a different type of shoe on this surface, which to him is a minor adjustment. This adjustment will allow for a higher level of play “...Because of its evenness…the ball moves better and faster.”

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Players and police brawl at the Maracana

By Brian Homewood

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 19 (Reuters) - Riot police used pepper spray against brawling players after the Vasco da Gama-Flamengo derby ended in a pitch battle at the Maracana stadium on Sunday.

Television pictures also showed a policeman with his arm around a player's neck during the fight which followed Vasco's 2-1 win in the Carioca championship match.


Reporters and photographers who went on to the field to film the incident were also seen wiping pepper spray from their eyes.

The fight was sparked by a clash involving Vasco midfielder Morais and rival Diego Souza.

A pushing match developed and, within seconds, police, security men and reporters ran on to the field. At one stage, there were at least one hundred people on the pitch.

When the trouble died down, Morais and Souza were both sent off.

However, trouble flared again on the final whistle when referee Edilson Soares was surrounded by furious Flamengo players, led by midfielder Renato.

Riot police ran on to the field to protect the official and used pepper spray when the players lashed out.

A superb individual goal by Morais early in the second half won the game for Vasco, who were without veteran striker Romario after he failed to turn up for training on the three previous days.

The result meant that both teams failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the championship's second stage, while Fluminense and Botafogo, considered the other two big teams, also missed out.

BUS DELAY

Cabofriense and Americano went through from Group A while Madureira and America qualified from Group B.

Sunday's matches were all scheduled to start at the same time but Cabofriense's game with Madureira kicked off half an hour later after the visitors said their bus broke down on the way.

A 0-0 draw sent both teams through.

The eventual second-stage winners will face first-stage winners Botafogo in the final.

Santos, under former Real Madrid and Brazil coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, stayed top of the Paulista championship with a comfortable 2-0 win over Ituano, Luiz Alberto and Leo Lima scoring in the first 25 minutes.

Santos have 34 points from 15 games, two more than Palmeiras who came from 2-0 down to beat Ponte Preta 4-2.

Ponte Preta striker Almir scored twice in the first 27 minutes but Palmeiras fought back with three goals in 11 minutes before halftime from Marcinho, Edmundo and Washington.

Marcinho Guerreiro headed the fourth in the 89th minute.

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Three arrested over murder of Uruguayan fan

MONTEVIDEO, March 21 (Reuters) - Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a fan of first division club Cerro following a match 10 days ago, a judge said on Tuesday.

Judge Julio Olivera Negrin said the three men, who are being held in custody, were suspected of being accomplices in the incident.

He told reporters that police were still searching for the main culprits.

The Uruguayan championship has been indefinitely suspended following the attack outside the Centenario stadium, where Cerro were playing Penarol, on March 11.

Hector da Cunha, 35, died in hospital after being attacked by a gang of around 15 Penarol supporters while he was waiting at a bus stop with his wife and child.

Police said the Penarol supporters made off with his Cerro hat as a trophy.

In a separate incident, a 17-year-old Penarol supporter was stabbed by Cerro fans.

Penarol have since been deducted 12 points and Cerro three.

The government and the football authorities have both called on each other to do more to curb soccer violence.

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Brazil president backs 2014 World Cup bid

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 3 (Reuters) - Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promised on Monday to back the country's bid to host the 2014 World Cup.

"Football is the greatest passion in the country and it deserves to host the World Cup," he said after a meeting with Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Ricardo Teixeira in Brasilia.

"I will give all the backing necessary to Ricardo Teixeira so that, 64 years on, we can hold the World Cup in Brazil."

"It's unbelievable that a country which has won the World Cup five times and which, during decades, has had the best team in the world, has not brought another World Cup here."

Brazil, five-times winners of the World Cup, have only hosted the competition once, in 1950.

South America is due to host the 2014 World Cup under FIFA's rotation system, which begins in Africa in 2010, and Brazil is the only country on the continent which has said it wants to hold the event.

In 2003, the football federations of the other nine South American countries voted at a meeting in Asuncion to back Brazil as their only candidate.

However, successfully hosting a World Cup would require a huge amount of work.

Brazil's stadiums, mostly dating from the 1950s and 1960s, are generally in a decrepit state while domestic football suffers from chronic financial difficulties, sometimes chaotic administration and crowd violence.

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Independiente: Falcioni "Best Campaign In Three Years"
Independiente Coach Julio Falcioni is convinced that the Avellaneda club is enjoying the best campaign for the past three years.
"We’ve already done well this year by pulling ourselves out of the ‘promoción’ [play-off positions that determine relegation to the second division]”

Falcioni, despite his declarations, isn’t popular with a large swathe of the Independiente faithful, who booed and insulted the tactician last Sunday and want to see him out of the ‘’Rojo’.

“Within a week we’ve changed course completely after the great victory over Vélez that gave us such a shot in the arm with the Estudiantes defeat, it’s true” admitted the Coach.

For Falcioni the lack of home wins at the Libertadores de América stadium was the key factor in what many would call a disappointing Clausura.

"This Clausura was the polar opposite of last year, where we were able to create a fortress at home. This year we’ve had better luck away".

The ex-Vélez Sarsfield, Olimpo and Banfield Coach wouldn’t say if he plans to stay with Independiente: "I don’t know what’ll happen after June, I’m just concentrating on getting us up into international competition positions in the table”.

Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy are due to drop in on Friday s the fifteenth round of the Clausura kicks off, although centre-back Eduardo Domínguez and strikers Eduardo Bustos Montoya & Osvaldo Miranda are all out of the running.

Falconi is slated to choose the following first eleven: Oscar Ustari; Marcelo Méndez, David Abraham, Fernando Cáceres, Lorgio Alvarez; Martín Fabro, Mariano Herrón, Lucas Biglia, Emiliano Armenteros; Sergio Agüero and César Pereyra.

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Riot halts match in Argentina after disputed goal

BUENOS AIRES, April 23 (Reuters) - Rioting fans caused Velez Sarsfield's home match against Boca Juniors to be abandoned on Sunday after the visitors scored from a twice-taken free kick to go 3-2 ahead late in the game.

Furious home fans threw assorted missiles onto the field and one hit a linesman, forcing referee Sergio Pezzotta to call the match off in the 88th minute.

Pezzotta was at the centre of the controversy for awarding the free kick in the first place and then ordering it to be retaken.

Pezzotta judged that Fabian Cubero had fouled Boca midfielder Fernando Gago on the edge of the area, although Velez players claimed that no contact was made.

Daniel Diaz took the kick and sent his effort into the wall but the linesman raised his flag as rival players clashed in the wall and the referee ordered a re-take.

Diaz's second effort was stopped by goalkeeper Gaston Sessa who could not hold the ball and Daniel Bilos snapped up the rebound.

Velez had gone ahead after two minutes when Cubero laid the ball into the path of Sebastian Ereros, who fired past Roberto Abbondanzieri.

A mistake gifted Boca an equaliser in the 26th minute when Velez defender Franco Razzotti played the ball straight into the path of Martin Palermo and he slipped the ball past Sessa.

Matias Silvestre put the visitors in front in the 39th minute when he headed in from a corner but Velez hit back in the 61st minute when a mistake by Juan Krupoviesa set up a counter-attack finished off by Mauro Zarate.

Although the game did not finish, it is standard practice in Argentina for the winning team to be awarded the points in such cases, provided it was the losing team's fans who caused the trouble.

As a result the result is included in most official standings, giving Boca 34 points from 16 matches in the Clausura championship and a four-point lead over River Plate and Lanus with three games each to play.

River Plate's challenge faltered when they were held 2-2 by lowly Argentinos Juniors, who equalised in stoppage-time with a superb free kick from Nicolas Pareja.

River looked set for victory after former Argentina forward Marcelo Gallardo came off the bench to put them ahead with a long-range effort in the 81st minute.

Colombian midfielder Jairo Patino had opened the scoring for River with another shot from outside the area early in the second half, only for Diego Rivarola to break clear of a static defence and equalise on the hour.

Lanus, meanwhile, caught up with River by winning 3-1 at Colon and Newell's Old Boys dropped to fourth, a further point behind, after drawing 1-1 at home to San Lorenzo.

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World Cup tickets for Brazil deposited in German bank

FRANKFURT, April 26 (Reuters) - A travel agent has deposited 12,000 World Cup tickets for Brazil matches in a vault in a German bank for safe keeping until their owners arrive for the tournament that starts on June 9.

The coveted tickets, which were transported in an armoured car to Cologne, will be kept in the vault of Sparkasse savings bank. They belong to fans who booked their World Cup travel and tickets through a Brazilian tour operator.

The fans, who will be based in Cologne, will receive their tickets upon arrival in Germany, Cologne's Tourist Board said on Wednesday.

Defending champions Brazil expect to have more than 5,000 fans based near them in their campaign to win a sixth title.

Even Brazil training sessions are a hot ticket. More than 45,000 tickets to watch Brazil train in Switzerland before the World Cup quickly sold out within hours on Tuesday.

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Meeting of the South American football leadership in Munich

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Paraguay accused of selling tickets for England game to touts

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LONDON (AFP) - Paraguay, England's first opponents in the World Cup, have been accused of selling nearly half of their tickets for Saturday's match to touts who are charging fans up to 645 pounds (1,200 dollars) a seat.

At least 1,500 of the Paraguayan FA's allocation of 3,300 tickets for the Group B opener have disappeared amid claims that they have been passed on to black-market ticket agencies in Britain and Europe.

Four travel companies in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion were chosen to sell most of the tickets.

But one of the firms Siboney said that while they had received between 200 and 300 tickets for Paraguay's other games, against Sweden and Trinidad et Tobago, it got just 40 for Saturday's fixture in Frankfurt.

"Someone obviously decided that doing something would be good for him without taking anyone else into account," Luis Ullon, Siboney's sales manager, told the Observer on Sunday.

Ester Mendoza, sales manager at Amitour, another of the Asuncion firms, said the Paraguayan FA had offered no explanation for the shortfall of tickets.

"They just told us they were sold out. We have no way of knowing what really happened, but it's strange that with the other two we got all the tickets we wanted but not with the England game."

Noone from the Paraguayan FA was available for comment.

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