Well, there must be something in the water down in Brasilia, because things got a little weird this evening. Flamengo drew with Vasco da Gama 2-2, but that was just the start. In the 54th minute, with Vasco da Gama leading 1-0 at Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha, 36-year-old Luis Fabiano was sent off for “headbutting” the referee. Headbutting is in quotes because looking at the video, it certainly appears there was little to no contact, and the referee flops. Yes, the referee flopped. Take a look: To be fair, Fabiano was already on a yellow, so getting in the referee’s face even without the headbutt would have seen him sent to an early shower. So the former Porto and Sevilla man was sent off,
Franck Ribery has revealed that he considered leaving Bayern Munich only to reject advances from a number of Europe's elite clubs. The 33-year-old has won 18 major trophies, including six Bundesliga titles and the Champions League, since moving to the Allianz Arena from Marseille in 2007. Bayern claimed to have turned down an offer of €65 million plus Jose Bosingwa from Chelsea just two years after Ribery had joined - a decision chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims was a key point in their redevelopment into a major footballing power.
SAO PAULO (AP) Argentina was the runner-up in the last World Cup. This time it’s under rising pressure just to qualify. That pressure will be felt even more in its match Tuesday against Bolivia in the thin air of La Paz, which is located in the Andes at 3,650 meters (11,900 feet) altitude. Argentina has not won a match there since 2005, upping the stakes a bit more. Meanwhile, South American rival Brazil will gear up for possible early qualification if it beats Paraguay in Sao Paulo. To advance, the South American group leader needs a victory and a few other results to fall its way. But win or lose, Brazil is heading for the World Cup in Russia with five rounds of qualifying remaining. Argentina