Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
4. WORLD: Brazil gives up home games
October 30th, 2006 8:47PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Brazil's globetrotting national team is cutting back on its travel, going so far as to cut out all home friendlies.

After the Brazilian soccer federation (CBF) signed a $369 million deal with Nike in 1996, Brazil toured the world, building its brand as soccer's most famous national team. But European clubs objected to the wear and tear on its Brazilian stars, particularly during South America's marathon World Cup qualifying tournament.

As part of a deal to drop their opposition to the 18-game World Cup qualifying system, European clubs got the CBF to agree to play all international friendlies in or near Europe.

CBF president Ricardo Teixeira told Brazilian reporters the agreement to only play friendlies within four or five hours' flying time of Europe would rule out friendly games at home.

"This makes it impossible for us to play in South America or Asia," he said.

In recent months, Brazil has played neighbor Argentina in London and Ecuador in Stockholm. The five-time world champions are unbeaten in five games -- four wins and a tie -- under new coach Dunga.

For the next game on Nov. 15 at Switzerland, only one home-based player was selected -- Santos reserve left back Carlinhos. The squad included players from nine different European countries: Spain (8 players), Germany (3), Italy (3), Portugal (2), England (1), France (1), Netherlands (1), Russia (1) and Ukraine (1).

Dunga has been using the games to give new players a look. For the Swiss game, Dunga has called up Diego, who has helped Werder Bremen open up a three-point lead in the German Bundesliga.

(Click here for Dunga's latest Brazil squad.)


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
'Past incidents' catch up with Hope Solo    
If 35-year-old Hope Solo, suspended for six months on Wednesday for her comments after the USA-Sweden ...
CCL: FC Dallas takes point in Nicaragua    
MLS Supporters' Shield leader FC Dallas escaped with a 2-1 win over Nicaragua's Real Esteli at ...
MLS Talking Points: Morris' finishing must get better    
In five games, the Seattle Sounders have made up nine of the 10-point deficit they had ...
MLS Week 25: Results & Standings    
Toronto FC moved into the lead in MLS's Eastern Conference when it won, 2-1, at Orlando ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"It's not my job to tell you about the Chicago Fire, I'll let the Chicago Fire ...
Video Pick TBT: Klinsmann's crowning Bundesliga moment    
With the Bundesliga's 2016-17 season kicking off this weekend, we throw it back to the 1987-88 ...
Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25    
Akron is No. 1 in the Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25 ahead of defending champion ...
USL: OC Blues midfielder suspended for verbal abuse    
Orange County Blues FC midfielder Richard Chaplow has been suspended and fined by the USL for ...
Hope Solo handed six-month national team suspension    
U.S. Soccer suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the U.S. women's national team for six months for ...
What They're Saying: Jeff Plush    
"If we could launch with another Orlando-type situation, we would do that. Now, I already have ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives