Olimpia brings out the spirit of Copa Libertadores

Fireworks. Full stadium tifos. It was a night to remember in Asunción.

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I Was Dressed For Success (But Success It Never Comes)

By James Young, writing from Belo Horizonte

Editor’s Note: Before you start reading, put this on.

There’s not much corn in Belo Horizonte. But there are a lot of bars. More bars per head, in fact, than anywhere else in Brazil, so they say. So with apologies to Kevin Costner, I heard the voice, not above the wind whispering through the wheat, but over the slightly less bucolic sound of clinking bottles and boozy blether.

Malkmus. Ronaldinho.

If you build it, they will come.

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Flipping Ronaldinho

The magic of the man with golden feet and terrible teeth has been captured in flipbook form, and we’re still stunned by what Etoilec1 has created. Ronaldinho’s finest moments in all their aesthetic brilliance have been condensed to a few sheets of paper, but the final product only blows us away just as much as the original masterpieces. You can almost hear the “Olé” as the paper skips.

Vintage, 8-bit Ronaldinho
On the Seine, red lights and wild sensation
Gave way to greater fire and contest
Madrid ignored the revelation
For despite the wonder he possessed and showcased fortnightly
The Brazilian had features closed to commercial exploitation
Beckham’s hair and face impressed, and introduced us to Keira Knightley
Though the joke would always be on them
As that grin full of genius brought a bucket of trophies to the Catalan men.
We’re delighted to be working with Matheus, the man behind 8-bit Football, as we head into 2013. Poetry by Max Grieve and Eric Beard.

Vintage, 8-bit Ronaldinho

On the Seine, red lights and wild sensation

Gave way to greater fire and contest

Madrid ignored the revelation

For despite the wonder he possessed and showcased fortnightly

The Brazilian had features closed to commercial exploitation

Beckham’s hair and face impressed, and introduced us to Keira Knightley

Though the joke would always be on them

As that grin full of genius brought a bucket of trophies to the Catalan men.

We’re delighted to be working with Matheus, the man behind 8-bit Football, as we head into 2013. Poetry by Max Grieve and Eric Beard.

'I would like to take free-kicks like Ronaldinho' – Messi, 2008

It is January, 2008. As Ronaldinho waits to be brought on in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Camp Nou, a penalty is awarded against Villarreal – they are, with Barcelona already 1-0 up, going out of the competition. A 20-year-old Lionel Messi takes the spot-kick, but his shot is palmed away by the goalkeeper. Barcelona hold on, and Villarreal are out.

The next day, Ronaldinho is told of Messi’s wish to learn to take free-kicks like the Brazilian. He laughs. ‘Well, he should learn to take penalties first.’ [MG]

Ronaldinho has not lost his crown

He’s older, slower and unfortunately, heavier; but Ronaldinho is still viewed as the most skilled player, the Joga Bonito godfather. Since returning to Brazil 2 years ago the limelight naturally dimmed around him, until another YouTube video emerges, entertaining fans with a glimpse of that magical, unforgettable touch. His latest flash moment was a “chapeu” over a Botafogo player followed by an unusual pass, Joga Bonito sempre! [DV]

Brazil’s strength in depth - the players that didn’t make the Copa America cut

By Gareth McKnight, writing from Australia

The 2011 Copa America in Argentina kicks off in early July, with the hosts the favourites amongst most bookmakers. Despite this, eight time tournament winners and current holders Brazil, as always, have a star studded squad capable of beating anyone on their day. Coach Mano Menezes has named a mightily impressive squad, that includes the mercurial attacking talents of Neymar, Robinho and Alexandre Pato, and the Selecao fans must be confident of their sides chances in the competition. The nation’s true football calibre can be showcased not by the 28 players the former Corinthians boss has selected however, but by the names missing. The following is a potential Brazil international side that will be watching their countrymen compete from the comfort of their armchairs.

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Happiness? Support? Is this Ronaldinho’s road to redemption?

By Leoul Yiheyis, writing from the States

Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, and World Cup winner Ronaldinho has parted ways with Italian megaclub AC Milan, and joined popular Brazilian side Flamengo. The maestro was greeted by a stampede of 20,000 crazy fans who tore down the stadium’s gates to greet their new midfield maestro. Since his move to Milan, Ronaldinho has drawn much skepticism, from his late night clubbing to his seemingly effortless displays on the pitch. However, on the 2nd of February, all tuned in to his debut to see if he still had the spark of that God-given talent left in him.

Within two days of tickets being put on the market, not one was left as everyone in Rio couldn’t wait to see their new man in action. Flamengo was playing Nova Iguaçu in the Rio State Championship. It was party atmosphere in the Joao Havelange Olympic stadium, and Ronnie masks were passed out to the supporters as they danced around wearing his trademark smile. Upon the players release from the tunnel, the crowd made a mosaic that read “Biem-vindo R10”, Welcome R10.

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Ronaldinho Set for Milan Exit

By Shanna Murady, writing from Jakarta

Following our previous post on Ronaldinho’s fate in Milan this season:

Milan coach Massimo Allegri has confirmed to Sky Sports Italia that the football superstar is set to leave for his former club Gremio this January:

“We are waiting for his departure to become official,” Allegri told Sky Italia.

“Maybe there was a lack of willingness on his part. I was convinced that Ronaldinho could have a great season. He started well, with a balanced side, but then everyone has to take their own responsibility.”

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