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Barca not considering swoop for Neymar, says vice-president


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona have no plans to re-sign Neymar from Paris St Germain, the club’s vice-president Jordi Cardoner said on Friday, knocking down media reports the La Liga champions were ready to tempt the Brazilian forward back to the Nou Camp. Neymar won two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League in four years with Barca and formed a lethal partnership with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, departing in July 2017 after the Paris giants exercised his release clause. “No-one on the Barca board has talked about the possibility of bringing back Neymar, right now we can’t give ...

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Neymar admits ‘exaggerated’ reactions at WC


MNA Sports Desk: Ridiculed the world over for faking and diving during a disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia, Brazilian forward Neymar has admitted to “exaggerated” reactions saying he is still learning to deal with frustration. In a 90-second video made for his sponsor Gillette and published on social media accounts and Brazilian television, Neymar sought to win back fans who criticised his behaviour. “Studs on my calf, knee in my back, stamp on my foot,” he said. “You might think I exaggerate and sometimes I really do exaggerate. But the fact is that I suffer on the field. “There’s ...

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Neymar fires Brazil into quarter-finals


MNA Sports Desk: Neymar barged his way into the World Cup limelight with a goal, an assist and another helping of histrionics as Brazil roared into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday that inflicted a seventh straight last-16 exit on the central Americans, reported news agency. The PSG forward was both architect and executioner for Brazil, sliding home in the second half and then teeing up Roberto Firmino late on, but he also writhed on the floor, seemingly in agony, after Mexico Miguel Layun had made slight contact with his ankle. That should not overshadow his ...

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Coutinho and Neymar snatch win for Brazil; Switzerland and Nigeria also wins


MNA Sports Desk: On a breezy afternoon by the Gulf of Finland Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the St Petersburg Stadium to ease their route towards the knockout stage of Russia 2018. The goals were both scored in injury time, the first by their best player on the day Philippe Coutinho, who came haring through a crowd on to a touch from Gabriel Jesus to poke the ball through the legs of Keylor Navas and send the yellow-shirted stands into a fever. As the clock ticked down Neymar added a second, the Costa Rica defence finally parting after some ...

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Neymar confirmed in World Cup squad

World Cup squad

MNA Sports Desk: A recovering Neymar was confirmed and injured leader Dani Alves was replaced by Danilo and Fagner in a Brazil World Cup squad of few surprises on Monday. The only surprises were among the likely reserves for the tournament in Russia, with the inclusion of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and winger Taison. Neymar has been recovering from right foot surgery in March, and Brazil Football Confederation doctors believe he will be fit to train next week in Teresopolis, where preparations will begin, and play on 3 June in a friendly against Croatia in Liverpool. Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar ...

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PSG denies injured Neymar requires surgery


MNA Sports Desk: Reports had suggested the Brazilian attacker was to have surgery that would keep him out until May having broken a metatarsal against Marseille Unai Emery has dismissed reports Neymar is due to have surgery on his fractured foot that would keep him out until May. The Brazilian star was forced off the Parc des Princes pitch in tears on Sunday after suffering the injury in an innocuous-looking incident. PSG won the match 3-0, but Neymar’s injury marred the contest, as he rode a challenge from Bouna Sarr and twisted his ankle upon contact with the turf, while ...

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Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar on FIFA shortlist


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have been nominated as finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, the sport’s governing body said on Friday. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals earlier this year. Messi and Neymar claimed the Spanish King’s Cup with Barcelona with the former finishing as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals last season. Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was shortlisted for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award after leading the Italian club to a sixth successive Serie A title, ...

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Neymar scores twice on home debut for PSG

MNA Sports Desk: Neymar scored twice on his home debut as Paris St-Germain netted four of their six goals with only 10 men to thrash Toulouse and go top of Ligue 1. Max Gradel volleyed home before £200m world record signing Neymar equalised. Adrien Rabiot fired in and Edinson Cavani made it 3-1 from the spot moments after Marco Verratti saw red, reports news agency. Christopher Jullien’s header made it 3-2, but stunning strikes from Javier Pastore and Layvin Kurzawa settled matters before Neymar’s late effort. The result moved PSG to the top of the table on goal difference, with ...

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‘I love you’ Messi bid farewell to Neymar


MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar on Instagram Wednesday after the Brazilian striker told him and other Barcelona teammates he was leaving, saying it was a “huge pleasure” to have played with him. The Catalan club confirmed Wednesday that Neymar wanted to leave after weeks of intense speculation, taking the 25-year-old closer to a potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain. “It was a huge pleasure having shared all those years with you, my friend @neymarjr,” Messi wrote on Instagram next to a montage of pictures of both football stars high-fiving, embracing or laughing. “I wish you ...

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Neymar’s goal gave Brazil 2-1 victory over Colombia

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MNA Sports Desk: Neymar’s second-half goal gave Brazil a 2-1 victory over Colombia on Tuesday as the former world champions registered their second consecutive win to take the second place in the South America qualifying group for Russia 2018. The home side got the perfect start after just 80 seconds when Miranda rose to head home a corner and score his first goal in 33 appearances for the national side, as news agency reported. Brazil, playing just their second game under new coach Tite, dominated the first half with a high-pace pressing game but struggled to make clear cut chances ...

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Brazil won men’s Olympic football

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MNA Sports Desk: Brazilian superstar Neymar scored the winning penalty as hosts Brazil beat Germany 5-4 on penalties in Rio and won their first men’s Olympic football gold medal. Neymar had put the hosts ahead with a superb free kick after 27 minutes but Germany captain Maximilian Meyer equalized just before the hour to take the game into the extra period at 1-1. In front of 78,000 at the Maracana, Brazil got a measure of revenge as they finally won the Olympic title after losing in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012. Two years ago, World Cup hosts and ...

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Brazil made success over Honduras


MNA Sports Desk: Two goals from Manchester City new boy Gabriel Jesus and skipper Neymar, including the fastest goal in Olympic history, helped Brazil made a spot in the men’s Olympic football final with a 6-0 semi-final success over Honduras on Wednesday. The home side, playing in front of a packed Maracana stadium and desperately seeking the only international title they have yet to win, got off to the perfect start by scoring after just 15 seconds. The win raises the tantalizing possibility of a Brazil-Germany final, and a repeat of the 2014 World Cup semi-final in which Germany hammered ...

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Neymar lead Brazil to victory over Japan


MNA Sports Desk: Gabriel Barbosa scored an excellent individual goal as Neymar pay back to lead Brazil to a relaxed 2-0 victory over Japan in an Olympic warm-up game on Saturday. Santos striker, 19-year-old, who has been connected to European clubs including Juventus, gave Brazil a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute after an enthralling slalom through the Japan defence. The shot by the forward known to fans as “Gabigol” took a big glance on its way into the Japanese net but there was no denying the exciting burst of skill which shaped the opener. Neymar desperate to lead Brazil ...

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