Dani Alves

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 Fred wins a dubious penalty against Dejan Lovren. Photograph:  Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil 3 Croatia 1: So far, so Brazil. On a fretful, at times sleepy, ultimately rousing night in Sao Paulo Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team came from behin(...)

Neymar of Brazil and Felipe Baloy of Panama compete for the ball  at the Serra Dourada Stadium. Photograph:    Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil beat Panama 4-0 in their penultimate friendly before hosting the World Cup, with Neymar, Dani Alves, Hulk and Willian scoring the goals in a le(...)

Brazil’s  Neymar  during a training session in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro last month.  Photograph: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Manager: Luis Felipe Scolari Best finish: Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) World Cup record: Played 104, Won 71, Drawn 16, Lost 17(...)

  Nigel de Jong  and Kevin Constant of AC Milan with  bananas thrown by fans during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and AC Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia . Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf praised his players for continuing with their Serie A match after bananas were thrown onto the pitch during their 2-(...)

 Getafe players congratulate Angel Lafita after his last-minute goal earned them a draw against   Barcelona  at the Nou Camp  stadium. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barcelona 2 Getafe 2: Barcelona were left facing their first season without any major silverware in six years after they conceded in the second minute(...)

 Barcelona’s Dani Alves: has received huge support for his reaction to banana throwing incident, but says little has happened in Spanish football to tackle racism. Photorgraph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

As Barcelona defender Dani Alves was about to take a corner during the game at Villarreal on Sunday, a home fan threw a small banana onto the p(...)

Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Villarreal’s Giovani Dos Santos fight for the ball during the match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal. Photograph: Heino Kalis/Reuters

Barcelona fullback Dani Alves produced the perfect riposte to a racist taunt when taking a corner kick during his team’s 3-2 win at Villareal o(...)

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola and his Manchester United counterpart David Moyes issue their instructions at Old Trafford last week. Photograph: EPA

Wayne Rooney was named in Manchester United’s starting XI for Wednesday’s decisive Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. The England st(...)

Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets steps on Real Madrid’s Pepe as players confront each other after Lionel Messi’s first goal at the  Bernabeu. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

As one former Barcelona player puts it: “It is the game of the century, even if there are eight of them a year.” It is a comment not just on th(...)

Barcelona’s Neymar shows his frustration during the La Liga defeat to   Valladolid at Jose Zorilla stadium. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino needs to find a quick fix for whatever is ailing his team or his first season in charge at the Nou Camp is lik(...)

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