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Peru's Guerrero loses doping appeal

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Athletico Paranaense must deliver in Copa Libertadores to confirm 'big club' status

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Former Athletico Paranaense player Pablo kisses the trophy after winning the 2018 Copa Sudamericana.

There are few more explosive issues in Brazil than the thorny question of how many genuinely big clubs the country can count on. It is a subject where once the touch paper has been lit, it is advisable to retreat to a safe distance.

A leading local analyst of football finance was in the eye of the storm last week for arguing that, in truth, just four of Brazil's clubs are currently worthy of the title -- Flamengo of Rio plus the trio of Sao Paulo and their local rivals Palmeiras and Corinthians.

To...

Ronaldinho's son signs professional contract with Cruzeiro

Ronaldinho's son Joao Mendes de Assis Moreira has signed his first professional contract with Cruzeiro.

The promising forward, who will be playing with the under-14 squad, has signed a deal for several years, sources told ESPN Brasil.

"[Cruzeiro] were the team that opened the gates for me. I am very fond of the club," he said. "The training sessions are great and the infrastructure is top level. We're talking about Brazil's best club and it's a pleasure to be here."

Cruzeiro were unaware that Joao...

Pato signs with Sao Paulo after leaving Chinese side Tianjin Tianhai

Alexadre Pato controls the ball for Tianjin Quanjian.
Pato spent two years on loan at Sai Paulo in 2014 and 2015.

Sao Paulo have signed former Brazil international striker Alexandre Pato until December of 2022, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old, who spent two seasons on loan at Sao Paulo in 2014 and 2015, was a free agent after leaving Chinese Super League (CSL) side Tianjin Tianhai earlier this month.

He is the first signing under new manager Cuca, who was appointed in February.

An Internacional academy product, the former AC Milan man had spells at Corinthians, Chelsea and Villarreal...

Mauro Icardi to return to Inter Milan training after standoff

Mauro Icardi's standoff with Inter Milan appears set to end amid reports that he will return to training with the club on Thursday.

The Argentine forward has not been on the field in more than a month, since being stripped off his captaincy amid protracted contract negotiations. The 26-year-old Icardi has said he has a knee injury, although the club has said that tests did not reveal any particular problem.

A meeting between Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta and Paolo Nicoletti, Icardi's lawyer,...

Peru's Paolo Guerrero loses final doping appeal, can't play until April

Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring for Peru in their friendly win against Saudi Arabia.
Peru forward Paolo Guerrero was ordered to serve out a 14-month ban by a Swiss court.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Peru forward Paolo Guerrero has lost his final appeal against a 14-month ban by FIFA for a positive doping test.

Switzerland's supreme court said its judges rejected Guerrero's appeal against FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Swiss Federal Tribunal ruling announced on Thursday delays the 35-year-old player's return to action with Brazilian club Internacional until early April.

Guerrero tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine at a World Cup qualifying game against...