Brazil’s most-popular soccer club Flamengo won’t be pushed to do anything “stupid” in its negotiations to return to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium, a senior executive said.
Australia scored with seven minutes remaining to beat Iraq 1-0 and secure one of Asia’s final three direct berths at next year’s soccer World Cup alongside Iran and South Korea.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Nine days after getting sent off in a soccer World Cup qualifier, Italy striker Mario Balotelli left the field to a standing ovation following his winning goal in his team’s Confederations Cup opener.
World champion Spain beat Uruguay 2-1 in its opening game at soccer’s Confederations Cup.
Italy beat Mexico 2-1 in soccer’s Confederations Cup at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.
Neymar needed just three minutes in the opening match of the Confederations Cup to end concerns over whether a nine-game goalless run was eroding his confidence.
Brazilian soccer player David Luiz described the faltering national team’s relationship with its fans to that of a child who can’t always please his parents.
Anticipation in Brazil for next year’s World Cup is being subdued by concern over what to do with many of the 12 stadiums hosting matches after soccer’s biggest tournament ends.