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 By Tim Vickery

Gremio manager Renato Portaluppi's nonchalance belies a canny tactical mind

There is no doubt about the outstanding club performance of the week in South America; in the Copa Libertadores, reigning champions Gremio cruised to a 5-0 win over Cerro Porteno of Paraguay.

Most would probably have predicted a win for the Brazilians -- but not by such a big margin. The Paraguayans went into the game on a record in the competition of two wins and a draw, the latter a hard-fought 0-0 with Gremio in Asuncion two weeks earlier.

There were no freak circumstances, no early red cards...

Vinicius Jr.: I dream Neymar and I will play together at Real Madrid one day

Two first-half goals from Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral helped a much-changed Real Madrid side narrowly defeat Leganes at the Bernabeu.
Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral got on the score sheet as Real Madrid topped Leganes while resting several key players for the Champions League.

Future Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr. told the Guardian it is his dream to play together with Neymar at the club.

Vinicius, Brazil's underage star, had yet to make his senior professional debut with Flamengo when he agreed to join Madrid last summer, with the €45 million transfer effective once he turns 18 in July.

Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain forward, is a longtime target of Madrid president Florentino Perez, and regular speculation remains that a deal to bring him to the Bernabeu could...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Flamengo superfan gets full club jersey tattooed on his body

A football fan in Brazil has taken his devotion to his favorite team to a whole new level.

Maurício dos Anjos, a life-long supporter of Flamengo, has made the remarkable decision to cover his entire chest and back with a tattoo of the team's jersey.

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"A lot of people told me that I'd feel a lot of pain on my ribs and armpits," he told Vice.

"The ribs hurt, but the spine was the worst -- that was just terrible. My neck and stomach hurt pretty bad, too, but the rest was fine."

Ouch. You've got...

Bayer Leverkusen seal deal for Brazilian teenager Paulinho

Paulinho
Paulinho has signed for Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen completed the signing of Brazilian forward Paulinho from Vasco da Gama for next season in what the Bundesliga club called "a real coup."

The 17-year-old Paulinho signed a contract through June 2023, effective from his next birthday on July 15.

A transfer fee was not disclosed, but kicker magazine in Germany reported Leverkusen took advantage of financial problems at Vasco da Gama by having its offer of just under €20 million accepted -- €10m less than his release clause.

However,...

Authorities find flight crew negligent in Chapecoense crash

Chapecoense

Fuel shortages and negligence caused a plane crash that killed 71 people in 2016, including most members of Brazilian football team Chapecoense, Colombian authorities have concluded.

The plane crashed on Nov. 28, 2016, on a mountain in Colombia just a few miles from Medellin. On Friday, Colombia's Civil Aviation Authority presented the findings of a 15-month inquiry.

Officials say crew members ignored a low-fuel warning when the plane was about 40 minutes from its intended destination.

Instead of...