CHAPECOENSE FANS GATHER FOR MEMORIAL

The bodies of the dead 71 people killed in the plane crash in Columbia are being returned home.


The Brazilian football team’s hometown is preparing for a memorial service in their honour. The planned memorial’s venue is the team’s stadium in Chapeco where more than 100,000 people are expected to attend.

Chapecoense had a fairy tale route to a regional final where they were flying to before the accident. Only six people survived the plane crash near Medellin – the venue for the final match. Top dignitaries in football will be at the memorial. President Michel Temer of Brazil is expected to be at the airport as the bodies arrive but is believed would miss the event at the stadium as rumours of a protest circulate. FIFA president Gianni Infantino and top football faces are expected at the event.

Hundreds of people lined up on the road, paying their final respect amidst free flowing tears as the bodies were taken to the airport in Medellin on Friday. Series of flights have been planned to the different countries of the victims.

Supporters of the Brazilian side held a vigil ahead of the memorial service. The bodies of the vctims are poised to be carried during a funeral procession through the city before ending up at the ceremony at the stadium. (more…)

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Ronaldo believes that Neymar can inspire the Brazil team

Ronaldo believes that Neymar can inspire the Brazil team to victory at the Olympics


Brazil legend Ronaldo believes that Neymar can inspire Brazil to a first victory at the Olympics football tournament. Despite its success at World Cups, Brazil has never won the gold medal at Olympics football, and Ronaldo believes that they can make it this year.

The Olympics will be held this year in Brazil, and Ronaldo believes that this will be an advantage for the team. Indeed, Brazil will want to put the humiliation they suffer at their own World Cup behind them and ensure that they won a gold medal in this tournament. The media is already putting pressure on the team especially with the poor run of results that the team is having in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, Ronaldo believes that the quality, as well as the experience of Neymar, should lift the team and help them win the gold medal for the first time in their history. (more…)

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BRAZIL SET TO DROP FIRMINO

Brazil is set to drop Liverpool star Roberto Firmino from the provisional players set to partake in the Olympic Games in Rio. Firmino who is just 24 years old was believed to be among the over-aged players that are permitted to play for the tournament. Liverpool are now set to get a boost ahead of the coming season as the player will not be included.

The Olympic Games would hurt the plans Liverpool have ahead of the coming season but the exclusion would hand the Reds a boost. Firmino missed out of Dunga’s squad that was knocked out of the Copa America in the United States. He was believed would be picked with Neymar and another over-aged player for the 18-man squad. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was speculated to be among the likely three for the tournament that the country will be hosting. (more…)

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