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‘I couldn’t look at a football’ after World Cup: Neymar

Brazil superstar Neymar admits that after his nation's quarter-final defeat to Belgium at the World Cup he couldn't look at a ball and didn't want to see any of the remaining matches. "I wouldn't go as far as to say I didn't want to play again but, I didn't want to see a ball, or to see any more football players," 26-year-old Neymar told AFP in an exclusive interview on Saturday. The Paris Saint Germain forward was talking at his Neymar Praia Grande institute where the Red Bull Neymar Jr 5's (five-a-side-soccer) tournament…

What now for Neymar after image-shattering World Cup?

As the World Cup nears its conclusion, Brazilian forward Neymar is faced with not just a bitter few days of what might have been, but a coming season of what to do now. The Paris St Germain striker arrived in Russia hoping to guide Brazil to their sixth title and also as favourite to succeed thirty-somethings Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world. Instead, he was ridiculed for his haircuts, diving and tears, and the 26-year old must now decide what to do about his tattered reputation. He…

Neymar joins Messi and Ronaldo in Kazan mural club

KAZAN, Russia: It has been a busy World Cup for Kazan’s mural artists and in the early hours of Thursday morning they were back at work again painting the face of Neymar on a wall behind the Brazil team hotel. The Brazil forward, in Kazan for Friday’s quarter-final against Belgium, is the third footballer to receive the honor with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi having already been immortalized on the city walls. While the images of Ronaldo and Messi were cheek-by-jowl near the Ramada Hotel…

Ronaldo defends Neymar as English also accused of diving

SOCHI: Former Brazil striker Ronaldo came out in support of his countryman Neymar on Wednesday as criticism mounted against the pundits who have condemned his diving but ignored the fakery of other players. Neymar has been slated, especially in Britain, for diving, rolling and exaggerating fouls. Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio made a reference to “too much acting” and former internationals Alan Shearer, Pat Nevin, Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona were among those who criticised Neymar’s theatrics during the first…

Video of children trying Neymar’s ‘injury stunt’ goes viral

MUMBAI: Brazil striker Neymar has created quite a buzz for what is being seen as over-acting on his part when a Mexican player came to take the ball and sneakily put his toe on his ankle during a crucial match. Brazil reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup by beating Mexico with a 2-0 scoreline on Monday. The 26-year-old player yelped in pain and writhed around on the ground, even though it appeared obvious that Maxican Miguel Layun, whose heel was on the ground, could not have put any real weight on his…

‘Fans also saw the Neymar everyone loves to hate’

Brazil qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday in a game that showcased both the sublime and the ridiculous sides of Brazilian superstar Neymar. My favorite part of this is how Neymar waits until he’s no longer being stepped on for his abject “agony” to kick in. pic.twitter.com/oGKjgiPqYc — Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) July 2, 2018 The world’s most expensive footballer scored the first and made the second in a scintillating match that took Brazil into a last eight showdown…

What’s in a name Brazil? No more Peles and Zicos

SOCHI: The biggest change for Brazil at this World Cup is not on the field, or on the training ground, or even in the dressing-room. It’s on the team sheet. For the first time since 1974 Brazil have arrived at a World Cup without a player better known by his nickname than his given name. Brazilian players usually go by one name but while they might all sound exotic to foreign ears, there is a big difference between those who use their given names and those better known by their nicknames. This year there are no…

Neymar’s tears worry nervous Brazilians

Brazilians watched their team's excruciatingly hard-fought win Friday over minnow Costa Rica in a cold sweat but it was Neymar's hot tears that really made the footballing-mad nation sit up. Neymar crying brazil vs Costa Rica HD pic.twitter.com/7joAdTA4Lg — 2018 WC highlights (@Wc_highlights_) June 22, 2018 "Neymar's crying is the big news," declared the Blog do Menon on the leading UOL Esporte website. The world's most expensive footballer had just scored the second of Brazil's two extra-time goals, finally…

Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0, edge towards World Cup last 16

ST. PETERSBURG:  Brazil got two goals in stoppage time to give them a deserved 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a tense World Cup Group E encounter on Friday. Philippe Coutinho stabbed home from six metres out in the 91st minute and then Neymar volleyed a second six minutes later to get the five-times world champions up and running in their pursuit of a sixth title. Brazil were poor in the first half but pressed for goals in more urgent second period. However, they lacked poise in front of goal and Costa Rica keeper…