Brazilian soccer chief was caught on tape asking for a bribe, say federal prosecutors in first trial as part of global $200million Fifa corruption scandal

– Jose Maria Marin, Manuel Burga and Juan Angel Napout on trial for fraud charges – Former Fifa officials were arrested at Zurich hotel in 2015 amid corruption probe – Trio accused of illegally pocketing money from TV rights and marketing deals – All deny charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies The trial of three former South American soccer officials...

Brand Brazil Continues to Defy Apathy over International Football

In his book ‘Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life’, Alex Bellos describes how, for a footballer, being Brazilian is a brand. Even at the top echelons of the game, people confer extra gravitas on a Brazilian footballer, so strong is the association with the likes of Pele, Garrincha, Zico, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Socrates and many, many others. When Gilberto Silva played for Arsenal, I vividly recall...

Three South American nations in joint bid for World Cup 2030

Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay have formally launched South America’s three-nation bid to host the 2030 World Cup and said Argentina would likely host the majority of the tournament’s stadiums. The presidents of the three nations, who announced in August that they were teaming up to bid for the tournament, kicked off the campaign at the Casa Rosada, Argentina’s government palace. They said that...

South America ready for the APB World Tour

The world’s best bodyboarders are getting ready for the South American leg of the 2017 APB World Tour. After two challenging events in Pipeline and Teahupoo, it’s time for the pro riders to travel to Brazil and Chile, where they will battle for points in three exciting venues: Itacoatiara, El Gringo, and Antofagasta. Despite missing the first stop of the season in Hawaii, Jared Houston...

Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: Argentina’s problems cannot be blamed on European stars

Argentina’s problems in World Cup qualifying are being wrongly blamed on Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano Alan Shearer achieved his dream of becoming captain of England and loved the role – but gave it up at the age of 29. Turning his back on international football was, he decided, a move he had to make in order to prolong his career. During the nine years the furthest he...

This Epic Trip Introduces Golfers to 10 Courses in South America and the Caribbean

When discussing the world’s top golf destinations, enthusiasts often mention Scotland, California, or Florida. This October, North Carolina–based Kalos Golf tour company (in partnership with TCS World Travel) will add to the conversation with the Best of South America Golf Tour, a 20-day itinerary that allows golfers to play links located in Barbados, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and the Dominican...

Ramos wouldn’t score in South America – Riquelme

The Real Madrid defender would struggle to find the net in South America, according to the former Barcelona midfielder Former Barcelona midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme believes Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos would struggle to score in South America. Ramos was Madrid’s hero in La Liga on Sunday, his 81st-minute header seeing his team edge past Real Betis 2-1. The Spain international got clear...

Yepes: It’s wide open in South America

We asked him to be honest and he duly obliged. „Yes, you suffer. In fact, you suffer a bit more as a fan,“ he said with a chuckle. It has been quite some time since Mario Yepes, who hung up his boots just over a year ago, last pulled on the Colombia shirt, yet the long-time Cafeteros captain continues to keep close tabs on his former team-mates. „I’ve still got a lot of friends in the national-team...

CHAMPI AND TOAQUIZA TAKE SOUTH AMERICAN CROSS-COUNTRY TITLES

Peru’s René Champi and Ecuador’s Carmen Toaquiza grabbed the senior titles at the 32nd edition of the South American Cross Country Championships on Sunday (19) at the Parque Padre Hurtado in La Reina, a suburb of the Chilean capital of Santiago. The event, which qualified its champions to the IAAF World Championships Kampala 2017 on 26 March, took place in 30C heat on an almost flat two-kilometre...

FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP – Uruguay head up South America’s Far East foursome

Lit up by dramatic late goals and burgeoning talents, the South American U-20 Championship lived up to all expectations. Held in Ecuador, the tournament produced an engrossing battle for the four places up for grabs at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, with Uruguay emerging as very worthy champions and a couple of big names falling well short of their objectives. Among the other sides joining...