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Today is my last day as owner and editor of this site and my last regular daily update. From tomorrow responsibility for BC Soccer Web rests in the capable hands of my friend Bill Currie. Click here for more about this transfer. Thank you to all my readers and advertisers for your much valued support through the years, it has been a lot of fun. The site will be undergoing maintenance over this coming weekend so if you have trouble please be patient and try again a little later.
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friday, april 17, 2015

Preview: Whitecaps FC look to bounce back Saturday vs Western Conference foe Real Salt Lake
After suffering their first loss in over a month, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4W-2L-1D) will look to return to their winning ways on Saturday night when they visit Real Salt Lake (2W-0L-3D) at Rinto Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT. The match will air live on TSN1/3 and TSN 1410 radio, including a pre-game show at 4:30 p.m. PT and a two-hour post-game show immediately following the match. Whitecaps FC

'Caps look for first-ever win in Utah in meeting with RSL
The Vancouver Whitecaps are on top of Major League Soccer's Western Conference after seven matches of the season, but they head to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday knowing a big improvement is necessary after producing their poorest performance of the season in a 1-0 defeat at San Jose a week ago. TSN

Whitecaps assess midfield options for Salt Lake clash
With Pedro Morales suspended, head coach Carl Robinson is considering several options for his captain’s absence when Vancouver visits Real Salt Lake this weekend. Goal

Whitecaps lose Morales appeal, will miss RSL game
An independent review panel has denied the Vancouver Whitecaps’ appeal to have a red card issued to midfielder Pedro Morales rescinded. MLS said Thursday  that a panel consisting of representatives from the USSF, CSA and PRO were not unanimous that the referee had made a serious and obvious error in the sendoff. Sportsnet

From the streets of Honduras to Major League Soccer: The remarkable journey of Deybi Flores From the streets of Honduras to Major League Soccer: The remarkable journey of Deybi Flores
It’s hard to fathom that Deybi Flores is only 18 years old, because he’s already been through more than many people do in a lifetime. Murders and gang activity, a devastating hurricane, and the deaths of close friends and family; growing up in San Pedro Sula, one of the most violent cities in the world, the Honduran midfielder has seen it all.

Kianz Froese “doing himself a lot of favours” with string of strong sub performances
When Kianz Froese made his MLS debut for the ‘Caps in front of 55,765 fans in Seattle in October, you knew there and then how highly Carl Robinson rated his young homegrown midfielder. To throw the 18-year-old on at half time in a red-hot derby atmosphere would faze many, but not Froese. AFTN

Carl Robinson hopes Vancouver Whitecaps can re-discover final pass after scoreless outing
The Vancouver Whitecaps offensive juggernaut came to an unexpected and sudden stop in San Jose on Saturday evening. Despite leading MLS in goals (9), shots (99) and shots on goal (37), the Whitecaps failed to muster even one attempt on target against the Earthquakes. Head coach Carl Robinson has now had time to analyze the game tape from Saturday's loss. MLS

Whitecaps FC to host first ever alumni match versus Whitecaps FC 2
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that they will host the first ever alumni match versus Whitecaps FC 2 at BC Place on Saturday, May 9 from 1:45 to 2:45 pm PT. The match will feature two 30 minutes halves and will take place prior to the MLS match against Philadelphia Union which is set to kick-off at 4 pm PT that same afternoon.

TFC's Perquis available vs Dallas, Caldwell out
It was a “good news, bad news” kind of day at Toronto FC practice on Thursday. Still dealing with a lingering calf injury that has sidelined him for just over a month, veteran defender Steven Caldwell has been ruled out of Toronto FC’s road game versus FC Dallas on Saturday. Sportsnet

Match Preview: Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas
Finally, it’s here. Toronto FC visits Frisco, Texas to take on FC Dallas on Saturday night at 8:30 PM ET. Catch the game on TSN 4. It seems like the last TFC match was many moons ago, long before the new Star Wars trailer and the Blue Jays home opener. Toronto FC

TFC II adds three players from the Academy
Toronto FC II added defenders Tarik Robertson, Gabriel Boakye & forward Malik Johnson to the TFC II player pool from the TFC Academy on Thursday. Robertson signed an Amateur Player Agreement while Boakye and Johnson signed Academy Player Agreements. Toronto FC

Sounders FC 2 falls to Tulsa Roughnecks FC in first loss of the season
In its first away match of the 2015 USL season, Sounders FC 2 (3-1-0, 9 points) fell to Tulsa Roughnecks FC (1-2-1, 4 points) Thursday evening by a final score of 4-3 in a game that saw five goals scored in the first 25 minutes. Tulsa’s Lucas Cordeiro scored the game-winner in the 77th minute, handing S2 its first loss of the season. Seattle Sounders FC

Sporting Kansas City's Marcel de Jong wins place in Peter Vermes' plans, but can he win over home fans? Sporting Kansas City's Marcel de Jong wins place in Peter Vermes' plans, but can he win over home fans?
Adjusting to a new club in a new league is challenge enough. Competing for minutes against a hometown guy who's been a fan favorite for years? That's another level of challenge entirely. MLS

New York City FC still looking to put together a complete 90 minutes after giving up more points late
The problem that plagued New York City FC for much of the season appears to be fixed, with the club flying out of the gate and playing a solid first half against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday night. But now there’s a new problem. MLS

American Soccer Is Surprisingly Huge Overseas
Did you know that, following the recent sales of foreign media rights, you can now watch MLS in more countries than Spain's La Liga? A number of factors, including MLS’ summer schedule, are making the league an increasingly attractive prospect for foreign networks. International Business Times

Pelé on what Cosmos must do to become relevant again Pelé on what Cosmos must do to become relevant again
Former New York Cosmos great Pelé believes his old club has some work to do in order to achieve its past success. The Brazilian forward spoke with the New York Post for a story published Thursday, in which he said the Cosmos may require a move to the “top league” – perhaps a nod to MLS – if they hope to return to their former glory. New York Post

FC Edmonton vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers - Preview
After last weekend’s 1-1 draw versus Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton will aim for their first North American Soccer League (NASL) victory of the season when they host Fort Lauderdale Strikers, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. MT. Presented by Boardwalk Rental Communities, this match pits the Eddies against last year’s team that knocked them out of a post-season position. 

Eddies can’t afford another slow start when the Strikers come to town
FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller knows that he doesn’t have to repeat the same messages. He doesn’t have to get angry during training. After all, his players are professionals; they fully understand just how sluggish they’ve been at the start of their first two games of the NASL campaign. The11

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs Minnesota United
It has been almost six months since Fury FC played at TD Place and when they kick-off their 2015 home calendar they will do so the same way they did the 2014 campaign – against Minnesota United FC. The two sides played three spirited and entertaining games in 2014 that saw last year’s regular season champs take victory on all three occasions. Ottawa Fury FC

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The Olympic Stadium is going to be rocking
Tickets for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final between the Montreal Impact and Club América at the Big O on April 29 have almost sold out. A Montreal Impact spokesperson told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday that the stadium’s capacity – over 58,000 for the occasion – is close to being reached. Montreal Impact

Enjoy the CONCACAF ride, Saputo tells Impact
Joey Saputo admits he’s superstitious. The owner and president of the Impact won’t be on the charter flight to Mexico City Thursday afternoon, when the team flies south to begin preparing for the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final against Club America. As passionate an owner as Saputo is, he’ll watch the first game, April 22 at Estadio Azteca, on television at his home. Montreal Gazette

the women's game

History of Women’s Soccer in Canada
In the early years, Canada participated in the 1988 Women’s Invitational Tournament in the People’s Republic of China, a 12-team tournament that served as a precursor to the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991. Soccer Politics

youth soccer

Whitecaps FC name Adam Day U-16 Residency head coach, Frank Ciaccia as Residency recruitment officer
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that Adam Day has been appointed as U-16 Residency head coach. The club also announced that Frank Ciaccia has been appointed as Residency recruitment officer.

Alex Morgan’s Advice to Parents: Be Supportive, Respect Boundaries
“My parents were very supportive and positive,” she said. “My mom [Pam] was always the super positive, supporting parent and my dad was the thinker who wanted me to see how I could make myself better and help the team. But at the same time, he would listen to me when I said had enough. inSoccer

the local game

West Van FC scores VMSL Cup double
West Van FC scored a pair of huge soccer victories recently, winning both the Vancouver Metro Soccer League's Imperial Cup and the U21 League Cup. Both West Van teams will now take part in the Provincial Cup tournament. North Shore News

Fuelling their Cup ambitions
The Provincial Cup presents a special kind of challenge for both the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves and Port Moody Lordco Gunners. Both premier-level clubs posted respectable but less than electric runs through their respective leagues, but each is eager to show they are capable of putting something magical together. The Now

Decorated Cowichan LMG set for provincials kickoff
A surprise trophy was on display at the Cowichan Valley Soccer Association clubhouse last Sunday as Cowichan LMG brought out the Jackson Cup and Garrison Cup for their fans to check out. The Cowichan Valley Citizen

Athletics win 4-0 in Keith Millar Cup
The glory continues for the Alberni Athletics, who defeated Port Moody on the weekend in the first round of the BC Soccer men's provincial B championships. Alberni hosted the PMO Titans, who play in the Fraser Valley Soccer League, on Armada Field at Alberni District Secondary School on Sunday. Arlin Gallagher assisted. Alberni Valley Times

Young Victoria goalkeeper eyes national team
The joy of playing and the drive to keep improving is what has kept a young Victoria woman passionate about playing soccer for most of her life. Emily Moore, 16, started playing soccer when she was five years old and has not stopped since. Victoria News

canada soccer

Hoilett still non-committal to Canada, says Floro
The "will he or won't he" surrounding Junior Hoilett's international career continues. The QPR winger is no closer to committing to Canada despite an open line of communication with Benito Floro, the coach said on Tuesday. Goal

FC Dallas's Tesho Akindele to decide international future in time for CONCACAF Gold Cup
Tesho Akindele is nearing a decision about his international allegiance. The Canadian-American dual national has been courted by both countries since taking home the 2014 Rookie of the Year trophy, accepting – then backing out of – a call-up for Canada’s friendly against Panama in November before participating in the USMNT’s annual January camp this winter. MLS

Canada M18 heading East
ith a camp and a tournament in Slovakia about to start, a new cycle is underway for 18 players hoping to become members of Canada’s Men’s U-20 Team competing in 2017. The group of players in this iteration of Canada’s Men’s U-18 Team, under the guidance of Head Coach Rob Gale, arrives in Europe on Thursday before getting three days of training before tournament action gets underway on Monday 20 April. Canada Soccer

fifa women's world cup canada 2015

50 days to go
The total number of goals that Nigeria have conceded in the history of the FIFA Women's World Cup™ is 50, while Japan and Canada are level on the next highest number each with 46 goals let in during the six previous Women's World Cup competitions. FIFA

Quebec says 'bonjour' to Trophy Tour
Following the spectacular launch event in Ottawa at the start of April, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola travelled east to the French speaking province of Quebec, to the cities of Montreal and Quebec City. FIFA

Canada set for biggest ever TV production in women’s football
As the countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ continues with just 50 days to go, FIFA is pleased to reveal plans for its biggest and most advanced broadcast production for a women’s football tournament. FIFA’s production will include top match directors, up to 22 state-of-the-art cameras and ultra-high definition visuals. FIFA

world football

Sepp Blatter favours extra World Cup spot for CONCACAF
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told CONCACAF’s congress that the region deserves an extra automatic qualification spot at the World Cup. To applause from the delegates. Baltter said: “If the World Cup will stay at 32 teams, then CONCACAF should have four teams.” World Soccer

Bayern Munich doctor blamed for Champions league loss quits
Bayern Munich team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt is stepping down after almost four decades at the club, saying in a statement Thursday that the club's "medical department was made primarily responsible for the defeat for inexplicable reasons." CBC

thursday, april 16, 2015

Looking at the ins and outs of RSL's new formation
What should Vancouver Whitecaps FC expect from Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium? For years, RSL was almost synonymous with its 4-4-2 diamond midfield. It was their tried and tested formation – and it worked. Whitecaps FC

More than 2,000 tickets sold for Sunday's inaugural WFC2 home match
“We’re looking forward to a fantastic atmosphere on Sunday as we celebrate another historic day for the local soccer community,” said Whitecaps FC chief operating officer Rachel Lewis. “Bring your family and friends as we pack Thunderbird and welcome our Canadian rivals Toronto FC II.” Whitecaps FC

WFC2 fall 2-0 to Sacramento Republic FC
Facing a stiff test against the defending USL champions, Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) fought valiantly but fell 2-0 to Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday. On a cool evening at Bonney Field, head coach Alan Koch mixed up his lineup from Sunday’s match against Orange County Blues FC. Whitecaps FC

Reds seek rhythm after multiple bye weeks
Toronto FC continues to prepare for yet another tough away game, this time heading down south to Texas on Saturday to take on FC Dallas. For Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio, the match – which comes one week after TFC's second bye of the young season – can’t get here soon enough.

After "difficult" rehab, injured Diego Valeri and Will Johnson nearing return with Portland Timbers
There have been some welcome faces in Portland Timbers training sessions the last couple of days. Playmaker Diego Valeri and captain Will Johnson began integrating back with the team last week and this week returned to drills and small-sided games as neutral players. MLS

EPL club Tottenham Hotspur announced as opponents for 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
Major League Soccer’s best and brightest are headed to the Rocky Mountains this summer, and they’re bringing Tottenham Hotspur with them. On Tuesday, MLS announced that the English Premier League club will take on the MLS All-Stars at Dick’s Sporting Good Park, the home of the Colorado Rapids, in the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 29. MLS

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Know your enemy: Club América
Club América is one of the most storied clubs in North American soccer history and will most definitely be the best team IMFC will have played on its historic Champions League run. But as the old expression goes, “to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best!”  Montreal Impact

south of the 49th

Bradley helps lead U.S. men past Mexico
The United States men's national team received goals from youngsters Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo in a 2-0 defeat of Mexico in a friendly match at the Alamodome on Wednesday. TSN

world football

UEFA not taking action over bite allegations against Real Madrid
UEFA are not taking any action against Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal over allegations that he bit Atletico forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal, first leg. Canoe

Dag & Red midfielder Joss Labadie banned for six months for biting
The Football Association has banned Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Joss Labadie for six months following a second biting offence by the player. Labadie was last month charged with violent conduct by the FA after he was accused of sinking his teeth into the hand of Stevenage defender Ronnie Henry during Dagenham's 1-0 win at the Lamex Stadium on March 28.

Statistical look at what relegation team looks like
It is a time of the year when managers put numbers on targets. As TSN's Kristian Jack writes, despite it being a tally often referred to by many Premier League bosses in the bid for safety, 40 points is an amount only three teams have reached and still been relegated in the last 19 seasons. TSN

wednesday, april 15, 2015

Real Salt Lake: RSL’s task: Slow Vancouver scoring machine Octavio Rivero
Luke Mulholland put on a decent poker face Tuesday when asked how Real Salt Lake planned to contain Vancouver's Octavio Rivero — Major League Soccer's leading scorer. Mulholland initially chuckled after being informed that the Whitecaps' shiny new striker already has five goals in seven outings. "That's a good start to the season," Mulholland said. "I'm sure we'll be talking about him a lot." Salt Lake Tribune

Whitecaps Training report: April 14
Onto the next one. After suffering their first loss in over a month, Vancouver Whitecaps FC returned to training on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s visit to Real Salt Lake. Robinson said he’s hopeful that Cristian Techera, the club’s recent signing, would get his paperwork sorted and join the team later this week. If that does happen, Robinson said they’ll “try to get him involved” on Saturday against Real Salt Lake. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps' Rosales, Mezquida eager to return Whitecaps' Rosales, Mezquida eager to return
Mauro Rosales didn’t even travel to San Jose last weekend, and Nicolas Mezquida didn’t get off the bench in the dreadful 1-0 loss to the Earthquakes. So untainted by the stench surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps worst game of the 2015 season, the two midfielders were understandably excited Tuesday about the possibility they could play key roles on Saturday. Vancouver Sun

Are the Whitecaps playing too rough?
A lot has been made recently about Vancouver Whitecaps FC's rough play. Are they being targeted? Are they playing that style? Whatever the reason, has it hurt the ‘Caps to play that way? Vancouver leads the league in both yellow cards (22) and fouls committed (107) and have already had three players suspended. 24 Hours

Preview: WFC2 take on defending USL champions
Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) are back on the field Wednesday as they travel to Bonney Field for their first ever match against defending USL champions Sacramento Republic FC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday and will be broadcast live on whitecapsfc2.com. Whitecaps FC

Kenny Cooper made it to Montreal
In town since Monday night, Cooper took part in his first training session as a member of the Montreal Impact on Tuesday. Questions on the move inevitably followed. “Financial considerations” led to the Seattle Sounders waiving Cooper on April 2. But Montreal announced that they had claimed him off waivers some 10 days later. Montreal Impact

Cheyrou emerges as a leader for TFC
Benoit Cheyrou has already made a big impression at Toronto FC. The 33-year-old midfielder joined the Canadian outfit in January after seven seasons at French powerhouses Marseille, and has since established himself as a key starter for the new-look Reds. Toronto FC

Across the league, many clubs are off to a strange start this season
Considering how many shots on goal Sounders FC had against the LA Galaxy, the result of Sunday’s match was a bit unusual. Only three other times in franchise history has Seattle hit the target on 10 of its shots, and each of those previous occasions resulted in at least three goals. Seattle Sounders FC

EPL club Tottenham Hotspur announced as opponents for 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
Major League Soccer’s best and brightest are headed to the Rocky Mountains this summer, and they’re bringing Tottenham Hotspur with them. Dick’s Sporting Good Park, the home of the Colorado Rapids, will host the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 29 with the English Premier League club becoming the 10th different international club to take on the MLS All-Stars. MLS

Harry Hotspur to Harry Kane: 10 things to know about 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star opponents Tottenham
The club was formed as Hotspur Football Club by students on September 5, 1882, with the prevailing theory on the name being that the club was named after the character Harry Hotspur in Shakespeare"s Henry IV, Part I, who in turn was based on Henry Percy, a famous English knight of the Late Middle Ages. MLS

Minnesota United to construct a privately-financed stadium for MLS
On the heels of being announced as the 23rd MLS franchise, Minnesota United FC will have their very own place to call home at no direct cost to the public, as the ownership will privately finance the team’s stadium. Minnesota United announced Monday that it would not be seeking public funding for the construction of their new soccer facility. SBI

Many MLS affiliates off to slow start in USL
Any fears that Major League Soccer would dominate the USL haven’t come to fruition nearly a month into the regular season. “It tells you that this league is no pushover,” Republic FC coach Preki said. “There are a lot of good teams in this league. There’s still a lot of soccer to be played, and I’m sure it is going to be very competitive. Nobody is going to get anything easy, not MLS teams, not us.” The Sacramento Bee

MLS app available via free download for iOS, Android, and Windows 8
The official app of Major League Soccer keeps you connected with the latest news, highlights, scores, standings, and analysis all for FREE. Download the latest update on your iPhone, iPad or Android phones and tablets or Windows 8. MLS

the local game

B Cup Preliminary Round battles get the 2015 BC Provincial Cups underway
One of AFTN’s favourite times of the year is with us again as the 2015 BC Provincial Cup kicked off this past weekend. This year’s action got under on Saturday and Sunday with eight Keith Millar B Cup preliminary round matches. AFTN

canada soccer

Canada’s Men’s National Team to face Dominica on 16 June in Toronto
Coming off a strong start to its 2015 campaign, Canada’s Men’s National Team will begin its journey towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ in front if its home crowd and look to secure a spot in the next round of the CONCACAF Preliminary Competition when it hosts Dominica on Tuesday 16 June at BMO Field in Toronto, ON. Canada Soccer

Canada manager Benito Floro: FC Dallas' Tesho Akindele close to representing Les Rouges
With a massive summer ahead of them, Canada might be about to get a goalscoring boost from the reigning MLS Rookie of the Year. According to Canadian head coach Benito Floro, FC Dallas striker Tesho Akindele is "99.9 percent" committed to representing the land of his birth in international play. MLS

Akindele “99.9 per cent” committed to Canada; Floro unhappy with double standard applied to his call-ups and Klinsmann’s call-ups
Even though he needed the aid of a translator — and some of the answers were not delivered in perfect English, Benito Floro let us in the media see some of the frustrations he experiences in coaching the Canadian national team. He’s not happy that there seems to be one set of rules in MLS (and other leagues, too) when it comes to releasing American players for national-team duty and another set of rules when it comes to releasing Canadian players. The11

LeBlanc urges youth of Dominica to dream big
Canada international Karina Leblanc returned to her childhood home in Dominica last month, inspiring local youth to ‘dream big’. LeBlanc is a UNICEF Ambassador for the ‘No Child Too Far’ initiative and visited projects, conducted football clinics and met with Dominican government officials. BoxScore

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52 days to go
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ Final, which will be played in Vancouver on 5 July, is match 52 of the tournament, and it is the first time in the history of the competition that 52 matches are being played. FIFA

Sasaki: Japan are stronger than four years ago
Japan coach Norio Sasaki earned worldwide fame in 2011 when he led the Nadeshiko to unexpected glory at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™. "think I have a better team now than I did in 2011. But the truth is that many other international teams have also greatly improved the level of their football," said Sasaki

US roster for the Women's World Cup set
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis thinks her World Cup roster includes a good mix of veterans and newcomers. Among those on the 23-player squad announced Tuesday were Christie Rampone, preparing for her fifth World Cup, and 22-year-old Morgan Brian, getting ready for her first. TSN

south of the 49th

Playing soccer on temporary grass is always a terrible choice
Artificial turf is bad. It is evil. It causes injuries, makes for bad soccer and you have no idea what it’s going to do. So if turf is terrible, then what does that make temporary grass? Once again, people’s phobia of turf has led them to lay down temporary grass. And once again, that temporary grass is causing more problems than turf would. Fusion

world football

Webb gathers his federations for congress as new era readies for new challenges
Thursday marks the annual CONCACAF Congress, the third held under President Jeffrey Webb. With Webb running unopposed for another term as president of the confederation, how has CONCACAF changed during his short time in charge?  Inside World Football

Australia kick off 2018 World Cup campaign in Perth vs. Bangladesh
Asian Cup champions Australia will play its first home match of its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in Perth, Western Australia on Sept. 3 against Bangladesh. Football Federation Australia announced on Wednesday that it will be the first Socceroos match in Perth in 10 years and Australia's first home match since winning the Asian Cup in January. ESPNFC

PSG appeals Ibrahimovic's four-game ban
Paris Saint-Germain has appealed to the French Olympic Committee against the four-match ban handed to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic was suspended last week by the French league's disciplinary commission following his criticism of a referee. TSN

Brazilian teams on alert because of dengue fever outbreak; Peruvian striker still in hospital
Brazilian teams are on alert because of a dengue fever outbreak that has already affected some of the country's top clubs. Three players were diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease this week, including Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero. New Europe

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