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Brazilian power Flamengo on road back to greatness with Jorge Jesus

Jorge Jesus has Flamengo dreaming of titles again.

The Brazilian Championship reached the half way stage at the weekend -- and at the end of the most significant match of the round, a giant crowd in Rio's Maracana stadium were chanting "mister, mister."

This was not a bizarre homage to an obscure 1980s band from the United States. It was a tribute to a coach who has crossed the Atlantic to ignite the best and most promising season Brazil has enjoyed for some time.

During the mid-year pause for the Copa America, Flamengo of Rio appointed Portuguese...

Liverpool 'beatable' in Club World Cup - Gremio

Shaka Hislop presents his weekly power rankings and is given quite a bit of stick by the FC guys for how he ordered the top 10.
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen explains why Liverpool's front three are the perfect combination of selfish and selfless.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol thinks Sadio Mane's temper tantrum is "the reason Liverpool are so good."
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno speaks of Virgil Van Dijk's importance to Liverpool, after the Dutch star-man was awarded UEFA player of the year.

Gremio president Romildo Bolzan Jr. has said "beatable" Liverpool present a real opportunity for South American clubs to win the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup.

The Brazilian side are in the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, where they will face Flamengo -- and the winners of that tie will take on either Boca Juniors or River Plate in the final.

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The winners of the Libertadores will go into the FIFA Club World Cup in December alongside all...

Boca vs. River headlines Copa Libertadores semis

River Plate manager Ramon Diaz spoke ahead of his side's 'Superclasico' with Boca Juniors and discussed the history behind the fixture

In the early hours of Thursday a violent storm broke over Buenos Aires -- mere prelude, perhaps, to the matchup in the semifinal of the Copa Libertadores that has been both desired and dreaded.

Historic rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will meet over two legs in October for the right to play in this year's final. Last year, of course, it all proved too much and, following fan violence outside River's stadium, the decisive second leg was controversially switched to Madrid. The rumblings have yet...

A dress-rehearsal for the Copa Libertadores semis?

In an interview with ESPN, Seattle Sounders star Nicolas Lodeiro discusses how MLS has grown and his desire to return to Boca Juniors before he retires.

On Sunday River Plate meet Boca Juniors in Argentina, while Flamengo face Palmeiras in Brazil.

These are huge league games involving giant clubs who are fighting for the domestic title. And by strange coincidence, they may also serve as rehearsals for the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League.

The last four of the competition will be defined over the next three days and, on the evidence of last week's quarterfinal first legs, the most likely scenario in the next round...

Boca, River must beat tough Libertadores foes to set up Superclasico semis clash

In an interview with ESPN, Seattle Sounders star Nicolas Lodeiro discusses how MLS has grown and his desire to return to Boca Juniors before he retires.

It took almost 60 years for the Copa Libertadores to throw up a final between River Plate and Boca Juniors, the great Buenos Aires rivals. The event proved too much for the city, and fan violence forced the decisive to be controversially re-located to Madrid.

Afterwards, South American football blew a collective sigh of relief and consoled itself that there could be no repeat. The traditional format of a home and away, two-legged final was giving way to a one off decider on a neutral ground --...