Tears and Jeers for Neymar

Brazil’s World Cup hopes may rest with Neymar Jr but as he faces a race to recover from injury, not all his compatriots are sympathetic.

Neymar, Portrait of the Artist

He’s the darling of the Brazilian national team and the poster-boy for a host nation desperately in need of a World Cup good news story. In Europe, they question if he deserves the hype after a difficult first year at Barcelona but his personality is at odds with the reputation that preceded him. As we saw in last year’s Confederations Cup, Neymar Jr could be about to light up the tournament and live up to the legend that it seems has already been created for him.

Graffiti Artists Os Gêmeos’ Brazil Team Plane

Brazilian graffiti artists Os Gêmeos were commissioned to spray paint the national team’s airplane for use during the World Cup. Using 1200 cans, the twin brothers converted the plane that will carry Neymar and co. into a flying piece of art.

Happy Birthday Ronaldinho

PORTO Alegre is known as “Cidade Sorriso” or Smile City. It’s appropriate then, that it should export the most famous buck-toothed grin in world football. An odyssey that traversed three of Europe’s most renowned cities came full circle when Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronadinho, returned to his homeland where his career has continued to glitter. He celebrates his 34th birthday this week.

30 Goal Neymar Hails Little Pitch Invader

Neymar stopped stewards from ushering a little South African boy off the pitch following Brazil’s 5-0 win in Soweto. The video of the striker, who scored a hattrick, taking the child in his arms over to his team-mates has gone viral online. Neymar became the 12th Brazilian to score 30 international goals, and he did it in just 47 games.

Zico’s Birthday Marked by Carnival Tribute

In 1981, the legendary Zico almost single-handedly took Liverpool apart in the Intercontinental Cup final in Japan. This week, the Brazilian turned 61 and he could think of no greater honour than having an entire samba school pay tribute to his career during Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival.

The Emperor’s New Clothes: Adriano Returns

Here comes the story of a hurricane. Remember Adriano? After a whirlwind career of enormous potential went wayward, and with several failed comebacks, the Brazilian has put pen to paper once more, this time with ‘the Hurricane’, Atlético Paranaense.

Ronaldinho Remains and Eyes Seleção Return

Legendary Brazilian Ronaldinho will not be returning to Europe after all. According to reports, the two-time World Player of the Year was set to sign for Turkish side Besiktas, but has extended his stay at Atletico Mineiro with whom he enjoyed a stunning 2013. Having led his club to the Copa Libertadores title, the 33-year-old was recently voted South American player of the year in a fan poll, amid clamours for a recall to the Seleção in time for a World Cup swan-song.

Palmeiras Centenary Third Kit 2013/14

Brazilian outfit Palmeiras recently released a centenary third kit paying homage to the Seleção national shirt. Many believe the Adidas design was a statement of what the German sportswear giant could have produced for next year’s World Cup hosts.