Football in Brazil

Brazil's World Cup hopes resting on 'new Pele' Neymar

Neymar. Photo: EPA

Neymar, the latest diamond extracted from Brazil's mine of footballing talent, carries the hopes of a nation with one year to go to the World Cup, as well as the tag of "the new Pele" and rock-star status in his homeland.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 5:52am

Rio's revamped Maracana overcomes setback to host England friendly

Wayne Rooney (right) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Photo: EPA

After an embarrassing brush with cancellation, the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will host its first official match since an extensive renovation when Brazil tackle England today in a glamorous friendly.

2 Jun 2013 - 4:58am

Italy friendly against Brazil a warm-up for Confederations Cup, says Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon

In a match which also doubles as a pretext to Italy's 2014 World Cup qualifier away to Malta on Tuesday, the Italians, four-time World Cup winners, face the five-time champions on neutral territory in Geneva.

21 Mar 2013 - 3:50am

Short Soccer, March 9, 2013

Hearts defender Danny Wilson insists his side can put their off-field problems to one side and triumph in tomorrow's Edinburgh derby against Hibernian at Easter Road. 

9 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

Hodgson encouraged by England's young lions after win over Brazil

Roy Hodgson, England manager

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard saw England beat Brazil 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, as Hodgson's men kick-started the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations with an impressive win.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:43am

Neymar to stay at Santos until after World Cup

Neymar lines up with Brazilian legend Ronaldo for a "Match Against Poverty" earlier this month. Photo: AFP

Brazil star Neymar is to stay with Santos in his homeland until at least after the 2014 World Cup, according to his father Neymar da Silva.

Neymar Snr said his son did want to play in Europe to further his career development but said: "This is what he wants [but] he will do it in 2014."

30 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Old school buddies engineer a never-ending love story

For almost a decade, high school friends Kaka Cheng and Ray Kwan went their different ways. They reconnected at a friend's party and picked up more than just teenage memories.

'The minute I saw him, I was hit by a strange feeling,' Kaka said. 'It was like magic. After so many years, I met him again at the right time and in the right place.'

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Spain now guardians of 'beautiful game' says Zico

Time has not stood still for Zico. The Brazilian legend has packed on a few pounds, but at 57 still moves sprightly as he snaps pictures of the photographers clicking away at him at the APM Mall in Kwun Tong.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Money man

Robinho mastered soccer skills from a young age

'Robinho' Robson de Souza

Born: January 25, 1984

Chinese horoscope: Pig

Nationality: Brazil

Club: Manchester City

Previous clubs: Santos, Real Madrid

Position: Striker

Squad number: 10

Speciality: Great dribbling skills

14 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Tsang named as Caroliners coach

South China have appointed Tsang Wai-chung as their new coach, the first Hong Kong coach in the post for two seasons following the reigns of Jose Luis and Casemiro Mior. Tsang (pictured) quit the Hong Kong Football Association where he was responsible for technical and development programmes to take up the position.

25 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

'Discouraged' Nunes joins exodus of lightweights

Manoel Nunes has added to the riding roster woes by returning home to his native Brazil with his pregnant wife Alessandra.

Nunes, 32, confirmed yesterday he had resigned his position as a club jockey, and his departure date would only depend on when he can get two seats on a flight to his homeland, with all outward flights heavily booked.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

'Torcida' help to liven up drab day

They bared their bodies and sang their hearts out. The biting 10 degrees cold at the Hong Kong Stadium did not faze the 20 young men from Croatia as they made enough noise to ring around the mostly empty stands.

9 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Mior back - this time as coach for Eastern

Former champions Eastern are making a comeback to the First Division in the coming season, but with little illusion of repeating their glory days of the early 1990s, despite the arrival of top-ranked coach Casemiro Mior.

Mior, who steered South China to three trophies last season, returned to Hong Kong yesterday after he was offered a one-year contract with Eastern.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Cup finalists refuse to be distracted by prospect of Liverpool

For Happy Valley, it's a chance to finish the season on a high note. For South China, it's an opportunity to make a clean sweep of all three titles.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

Nunes does Macau proud with a treble

It couldn't have been more appropriate, as Sha Tin bustled with Macanese visitors on Hong Kong-Macau Trophy day that one of their own, two-times champion jockey Manoel Nunes, should take riding honours with a treble.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am