Posts Tagged Latin America and Caribbean

Scolari out of a job, without many supporters in Brazil

In this July 9, 2014 file photo, Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gestures during a press conference in Teresopolis, Brazil. Almost a year after the loss to Germany on what he called the "worst day" of his career, Scolari still hasn't regained the trust of local fans. He failed in his first job after the World Cup debacle: a stint with Gremio that ended with his resignation on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, just two matches into the Brazilian league season. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Not long ago, Luiz Felipe Scolari was seen as an indisputable hero in Brazil. Most agreed he was the perfect coach to lead the national team at the home World Cup.

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Scolari out of a job, without many supporters in Brazil

In this July 9, 2014 file photo, Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gestures during a press conference in Teresopolis, Brazil. Almost a year after the loss to Germany on what he called the "worst day" of his career, Scolari still hasn't regained the trust of local fans. He failed in his first job after the World Cup debacle: a stint with Gremio that ended with his resignation on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, just two matches into the Brazilian league season. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Not long ago, Luiz Felipe Scolari was seen as an indisputable hero in Brazil. Most agreed he was the perfect coach to lead the national team at the home World Cup.

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FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president

In this Monday June 8, 1998 file photo, Switzerland's Sepp Blatter, left, and Swedish UEFA president Lennart Johansson hold a replica of the World Cup trophy in Paris, after Blatter defeated Johansson and was elected FIFA president, the world 's soccer governing body. Sepp Blatter's widely expected re-election on May 29, 2015 as president of soccer's world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. His hold on the top job is so secure that Blatter published no manifesto, declined to debate opponents and rarely engaged with media worldwide. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has been routinely called “scandal-plagued” for much of Sepp Blatter’s 17-year presidential reign.

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Brazil suspends 3 gymnasts for comments to black teammate

In this May 2, 2015 photo, Angelo Assumpcao of Brazil competes during the Gymnastic World Challenge 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Brazilian confederation of gymnastics is investigating racial remarks made by members of the men's team toward a black teammate seen in a video that surfaced early May 2015. The gymnasts were seen telling fellow athlete Assumpcao that a smartphone's screen is white when it works and black when it doesn't; that supermarkets' bags are white and trash bags black. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian gymnastics confederation has suspended three athletes for comments made to a black teammate that were caught on video.

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Fan violence interrupts 2nd-division match in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A second-division match in Rio de Janeiro was suspended for nearly an hour because of fan violence that reportedly caused one spectator to lose his hand when a firecracker exploded near him.

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