Brazil's World Cup
Brazil's World Cup
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BRAZIL midfielder Emerson saw his World Cup dreams shattered but defended the outgoing champions from accusations they had not prepared properly for the tournament.
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RONALDO is hungry - but it's goals and glory on his mind - not a portion of his favourite beef carnitas.
THE memories of the 1998 World Cup final between France and Brazil remain fresh as the teams prepare to meet again today in the quarter-finals of the same competition in Germany.
BRAZIL midfielder Juninho has warned the World Cup quarter-final clash with France should not be seen as a personal battle between Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.
RONALDO became the leading scorer in World Cup finals history when he struck early in Brazil's last-16 match against Ghana in Dortmund yesterday.
THE ONLY man outside of Japan who had a reason not to enjoy Brazil's return to free-flowing football in Dortmund last Thursday had one of the best seats in the house.
BRAZIL'S Ronaldo will become the highest goalscorer in World Cup finals history if he finds the net against Ghana this afternoon.
FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho believes Brazil need to speed up their game if they are to beat Ghana in Dortmund tomorrow for a place in the quarter-finals.
RONALDO proved an old adage at the World Cup. Form is temporary, class is permanent.
BRAZIL 4 Ronaldo (45, 81) Juninho (53) Gilberto (59)
BRAZIL manager Carlos Alberto Parreira admits he cannot guarantee his players are finally ready to illuminate the World Cup with a samba-style victory over Japan.
BRAZIL manager Carlos Alberto Parreira admits tonight's game against Japan is little more than a run-out for his players - but insists the match that follows will shape the favourites' World Cup destiny.
BRAZIL 2 Adriano (49), Fred (89)
FOR a man who has been feted his entire adult life, Ronaldo had a tough week. The Brazilian striker is not used to criticism and the comments and abuse thrown his way after his lacklustre performance in the 1-0 win over Croatia were unusually direct.
IT WAS one of the traditional building blocks of world football. For decades, we all knew that when the World Cup came to Europe, the Europeans would dominate. Yes, Brazil had won it in 1958, but that was the time of Pele's extraordinary emergence, and the defenders were cruelly under-prepared for his young genius.
RONALDO insists he is fit to play in Brazil's next World Cup game - the Group F clash with Australia in Munich on Sunday - despite being taken to hospital after complaining of dizziness and headaches.
BRAZIL striker Ronaldo was taken to a clinic last night complaining of dizziness and headaches but "no abnormality" was found.
INSIGHTFUL comments from Ian Wright are almost as unusual as igloos in the Sahara, but for once the BBC pundit got it absolutely right on Tuesday night.