Bolsonaro Asks Brazilians ‘Not To Give Ammunition’ To Freed Lula

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends the changing of the guard ceremony at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on July 31, 2019./AFP

 

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro asked his supporters Saturday “not to give ammunition to the scoundrel,” the day after popular leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva walked free from jail.

Breaking his silence on the release of his arch-nemesis, Bolsonaro told his Twitter followers: “Lovers of freedom and good, we are a majority. We cannot make mistakes.”

He added Lula was “momentarily free, but guilty.”

Lula’s dramatic exit from jail in the southern city of Curitiba on Friday came a day after a controversial Supreme Court ruling that could release thousands of convicts and undermine a sprawling corruption investigation called Car Wash.

A 6-5 decision overturned a rule requiring convicted criminals to go to jail after losing their first appeal.

Those convicts would remain free until they had exhausted their rights to appeal — a process critics say could take years in cases involving people able to afford expensive lawyers.

In an impassioned address to hundreds of supporters who greeted him as he walked out of the federal police headquarters, Lula, 74, vowed to keep fighting for poor people.

The former union leader who helped found the Workers Party (PT) also denounced the economic policies of Bolsonaro, who was swept to power in 2018 in an election Lula had been widely tipped to win.

Cheers and Fireworks

“People are hungrier, they have no jobs, people work for Uber or delivering pizzas on a bike,” Lula said in remarks sometimes drowned out by cheers from the crowd and fireworks overhead.

Lula’s release is likely to spur the divided and rudderless left and, paradoxically, could also help Bolsonaro, who capitalized in last year’s vote on widespread anti-PT sentiment after a massive corruption scandal.

Lula, who led Brazil through a historic boom from 2003 to 2010, earning him the gratitude of millions of Brazilians for redistributing wealth to haul them out of poverty, was serving eight years and 10 months for corruption.

He was sentenced to almost 13 years in jail in February in a separate corruption case and still faces another half dozen corruption trials.

Lula has denied all the charges, arguing they were politically motivated to keep him out of the 2018 presidential election that was won by Bolsonaro.

Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who convicted Lula when he was a judge in 2017, said the Supreme Court’s decision must be respected, but he noted “Congress can modify the Constitution or the law” to allow the jailing of convicted criminals after their first appeal.

Left-wing leaders from around the world, including Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and US liberal presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders have cheered Lula’s release.

“I am delighted that he has been released from jail, something that never should have happened in the first place,” Sanders tweeted.

Even though he has been freed, Lula’s criminal record will prevent him from resuming his political career. He was the founder of the Workers Party (PT).

That could change, however, if the Supreme Court were to decide in a separate case that Moro had been biased.

Lula has so far indicated he is not going to use his freedom to sit on the political sidelines.

On Saturday, he will visit he metalworkers’ union he once led near Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city.

“Afterward the doors of Brazil will be open so that I can travel around this country,” he said.

Brazil Judge Authorises Lula’s Release From Jail

Brazilian ex-president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures after attending a Catholic Mass in memory of his late wife Marisa Leticia,/ AFP

 

A judge in Brazil on Friday authorized the release of jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, after a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for thousands of convicts to be freed.

The order came hours after Lula’s lawyers requested the immediate release of the 74-year-old leftist icon, who has been serving a nearly nine-year sentence for corruption and money laundering.

Late Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned a rule requiring convicted criminals to go to jail after losing their first appeal.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Says ‘Worst Is Yet To Come’ On Oil Spill

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends the changing of the guard ceremony at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on July 31, 2019./AFP

 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Sunday that “the worst is yet to come” with an oil spill that has affected more than 200 beaches on the country’s coast.

“What came so far and what was collected is a small amount of what was spilled,” Bolsonaro said in an interview with Record television.

He said he did not know if additional oil would impact his country’s coastline, but that “everything indicates that the currents went to the coast of Brazil.”

Oil slicks have been appearing for three months off the coast of northeast Brazil and fouling beaches along a 2,000 kilometer (1,250 mile) area of Brazil’s most celebrated shoreline.

Crews and volunteers have cleaned up tons of oil on the beaches.

Officials say it not yet possible to quantify the environmental and economic damage from the oil slicks.

The government on Friday named a Greek-flagged tanker as the prime suspect behind the oil slicks.

The ship Bouboulina took on oil in Venezuela and was headed for Singapore, it said.

The space agency Inpe said Friday there might still be oil at sea being pushed by currents and it could reach the states of Espiritu Santo and Rio de Janeiro in southeast Brazil.

Injured Neymar Misses Brazil Friendlies

Brazil’s Neymar warms up before a friendly football match against Qatar at the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia ahead of Brazil 2019 Copa America.

 

Paris Saint-Germain’s injury-hit striker Neymar was left out of the Brazil squad announced Friday for friendlies next month against Argentina and South Korea.

Neymar was ruled out for four weeks in mid-October with a hamstring injury he suffered playing for his country in a 1-1 friendly draw against Nigeria.

A day after that October 13 outing in Singapore PSG reported that an MRI scan showed that their star player had suffered “a grade two lesion” in his left hamstring.

Brazil face Argentina on November 15 and South Korea four days later.

In Neymar’s place Brazil coach Tite has called on Real Madrid’s 18-year-old Rodrygo for the friendlies in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

The latest in a catalogue of injuries since joining PSG in 2017 halted a prolific period for Neymar, who had scored four goals in five Ligue 1 games.

Brazil squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Ederson (Manchester City/ENG), Daniel Fuzato (Roma/ITA)

Defenders: Danilo (Juventus/ITA), Emerson (Real Betis/ESP), Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thiago Silva (PSG/FRA), Marquinhos (PSG/FRA), Éder Militao (Real Madrid/ESP), Felipe (Atletico Madrid/ESP)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Arthur (Barcelona/ESP), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa/ENG), Philippe Coutinho (Bayern Munich/GER), Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan/ITA)

Forwards: David Neres (Ajax/NED), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Richarlison (Everton/ENG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City/ENG), Rodrygo (Real Madrid/ESP), Willian (Chelsea/ENG).

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Draw With Brazil Is Huge Boost For Super Eagles, Says Rohr

Brazil’s forward Gabriel Jesus fights for the ball during an international friendly football match between Brazil and Nigeria at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has praised his team for putting up a good performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in a friendly match in Singapore.

Five-time world champions Brazil had to dig deep before securing the equalizer as the Super Eagles had them chasing the ball in the first half following Joseph Ayodele-Aribo’s 35th-minute goal.

“This result is a good confidence booster for the team. We now have to prepare for the more competitive games next month.

“I am happy we stayed organized even when the Brazilians mounted a lot of pressure on us in the second half. The only negative thing is the injury to Francis Uzoho,” the Franco-German said.

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Aribo’s goal, his second in a second appearance for the Super Eagles, was a clinical finish as he received a pass from Moses Simon and then maneuvered his way through a number of Brazilian legs to shoot past goalkeeper Ederson.

Brazil drew level three minutes into the second half through Casemiro. And despite several attacks from the Samba Boys, the three-time African champions stayed strong and could have won it if Aribo and Samuel Chukwueze had converted late chances.

The team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran has confirmed that goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, who horribly twisted his leg as he went for the ball from a corner kick, will be out for about six months,

Nigeria host Benin Republic on 14th November in the opening day of the 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign. On 19th November, they will take Lesotho for a matchday two action.

At Least One Killed In Brazil Building Collapse

 

At least one person was killed when a seven-story residential building collapsed in Brazil on Tuesday, an official said, as rescuers searched through the rubble for survivors.

Three people were pulled alive from the wreckage of the building in Fortaleza, the capital of the northeastern Ceara state, after it imploded, sending thick clouds of dust into the air, cell phone footage broadcast by Globo TV showed.

Vehicles parked in the streets around the scene were covered in dust.

It was not immediately clear what caused the building to collapse at around 10:30 am (1330 GMT) when most people would have been at work.

“There could have been 10 to 15 people inside the building at the moment it collapsed, but these numbers are totally speculative,” Lieutenant Romario Fernandes, a spokesman for the state fire brigade and civil defense, told Globo TV.

Rescuers wearing bright orange clothing scrambled over the rubble as they searched for more survivors.

Ambulances were at the scene.

Building collapses in Brazil tend to happen in poor neighborhoods, known as favelas, where illegal construction is rampant.

But TV footage shows the tower in Fortaleza appears to be in an upper middle-class area near the city center, which is populated by many modern-looking buildings.

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#BRANGA: That Was A Hard-Fought Draw Against Five-Time World champion – Fans React

 

Football lovers in Nigeria and across the world have taken to social media in reaction to the Brazil-Nigeria soccer cracker. 

While some have praised the performances of various players in the Super Eagles team, some have taken swipes at players who failed to leave up to their standards.

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Casemiro Denies Super Eagles Victory Over Brazil

Brazil’s midfielder Casemiro (#5) kicks the ball to score an equaliser during an international friendly football match against Nigeria at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were forced to a 1-1 draw in their international friendly match against Brazil on Sunday at the National Stadium in Singapore.

A few minutes into the game, Lille forward Victor Osimhen attempted to grab a lead for Nigeria with a shot on target but was saved by Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes.

The Eagles continued a good job by containing the South American side in the early minutes of the match while controlling the pace.

Brazil also made an attempt with a beautiful header by Gabriel Jesus while goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was quick to save the Eagles.

Brazil’s forward Gabriel Jesus (R) and Nigeria’s defender Jamilu Collins during the international friendly football match at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

The game became more interesting for thousands of Nigerians watching when Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo set the Super Eagles on the lead.

Aribo made with a brilliant finish after making his way through Brazilian defenders and fired past goalkeeper Moraes in the 35th minute, thanks to efforts from the duo of Lille and Nantes forward, Victor Osimhen and Moses Simon.

The Super Eagles shared a video of the goal on its verified Twitter handle.

 

Casemiro Denies Super Eagles

 

Nigeria sustained the tempo with the 1-0 scoreline which lasted till the end of the first half.

However, Brazilian forward Casemiro cut short the expectations of Nigerians who were optimistic that the Eagles would win the match.

Barely three minutes after the restart, the Real Madrid midfielder denied the Super Eagles victory with an equaliser.

Brazil’s midfielder Casemiro (R) celebrates after scoring an equaliser during the international friendly football match against Nigeria at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

On the other hand, Osimhen missed a chance of putting Nigeria on the lead again in the 52nd minute.

The 20-year-old headed on target from Villarreal midfielder Samuel Chukwueze’s cross but was promptly saved by Moraes.

While the match was ongoing, Maduka Okoye made his debut as he replaced injured Francis Uzoho while Paul Onuachu came in for Osimhen.

Brazil’s defender Marquinhos (L) and Nigeria’s forward Victor Osimhen fight for the ball during the international friendly football match at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

Simon and Alex Iwobi were also replaced by Emmanuel Dennis and Ramon Azeez just as Peter Olayinka and Abdullahi Shehu substituted Samuel Chukwueze and Joe Aribo respectively.

On Brazil’s side, those substituted are Neymar – Philippe Coutinho, Everton – Richarlison, Roberto Firmino – Gabriel Barbosa, Arthur – Fabinho, and Gabriel Jesus – Lucas Paqueta.

The match ended 1-1.

VIDEO: Super Eagles Grab Half-Time Lead Against Brazil In Singapore

Brazil’s forward Neymar (R) fights for the ball with the Super Eagles of Nigeria’s midfielder Wilfred Ndidi during a friendly international football match at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have taken the lead ahead of Brazil in the ongoing international friendly match between the two teams.

The match which kick-off at 1:00PM Nigerian time, is ongoing at the National Stadium in Singapore.

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo set Nigeria on the lead with a brilliant finish after making his way through Brazilian defenders and fired past goalkeeper Ederson Moraes.

The goal came in the 35th minute with efforts from the duo of Lille and Nantes forward, Victor Osimhen and Moses Simon, respectively.

The Super Eagles shared a video of the goal on its verified Twitter handle.

Watch the video below:

Super Eagles Train In Singapore For Brazil Match

A file photos of Super Eagles of Nigeria during a training session.

 

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have begun training sessions in Singapore ahead of Sunday’s international friendly match with five-time world champions Brazil.

Stoke City of England’s Oghenekaro Etebo was a late withdrawal from the roster, but all the other 21 players trained on Thursday morning and would train twice on Friday.

The official training session would take place on Saturday, with the match scheduled to kick off at 1pm Nigeria time the following day.

Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has opted not to call any more players following the withdrawal of Etebo, and Wednesday’s withdrawal of defender Olaoluwa Aina as a result of injury.

The Franco-German already replaced defender Kenneth Omeruo with Tyronne Ebuehi, while Efosa Solomon-Otabor joined the camp following Samuel Kalu’s unavailability.

Solomon-Otabor and forward Peter Olayinka joined the team for the first time while Ebuehi returned for the first time since the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

Former junior international midfielder Ramon Azeez also made a return, and defenders Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem, as well as midfielder Wilfred Ndidi also returned after missing the 2-2 draw with Ukraine in Dnipro in September.

See the names of the 21 Super Eagles to battle Brazil below:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Tyronne Ebuehi (SL Benfica, Portugal); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)

Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Anderson Esiti (PAOK Salonica, Greece); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)

Forwards: Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Efosa Solomon-Otabor (PFC CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic).

Neymar Happy To Reach Brazil 100th Cap Milestone

Handout picture released by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) showing Brazilian football star Neymar, who is to make his 100th appearance with the national team in a friendly match against Senegal, speaking during a press conference in Singapore on October 9, 2019. 
Lucas FIGUEIREDO / Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) / AFP

 

On the eve of his 100th international Brazilian appearance, striker Neymar spoke Wednesday about his committment to both his country and his club, Paris-Saint Germain.

Brazil face Senegal on Thursday in a friendly in Singapore and the Brazilian federation presented Neymar with a special shirt on Wednesday with the number 100 on the back instead of his customary 10.

“I’m happy in the national team and with my club too,” said Neymar, who tried to escape Paris and return to Barcelona in the summer.

“Everyone knows what happened during the last transfer window, my initial desires, but today I’m happy and I feel comfortable in my club.”

“The season has started well for me. I’m going to defend my club tooth and nail,” said the 27-year-old who has struggled with foot injuries during his time in Paris. “I will give 100% so that we can do great things.”

The shirt was presented by Bebeto, a striker who played 75 times for Brazil, appearing in two World Cup finals, winning the first in 1994.

“I’m happy to reach this number,” said Neymar. “The results are very positive, even if a footballer’s life is not all about winning. There are also many disappointments, defeats. You make mistakes.”

Neymar has scored 61 goals in 99 games for the Selecao, making him the third highest scorer in the history of his national team. He is one behind Ronaldo but needs 16 to catch Pele.

He won an Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but has experienced many disappointments, particularly at the World Cup.

In 2014, in Brazil, a back injury in the quarter-finals against Colombia prevented him from being on the field during the 7-1 semi-final debacle against Germany.

AFP

Brazil Names Strong Squad For Super Eagles Friendly

 

Five-time world champions, Brazil have named a strong squad made up of the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus for next month’s friendly against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Singapore.

The 23-man squad also has Manchester City’s goalkeeper, Ederson as well as Premier League stars, Roberto Firmino, Fabiano and Richarlison.

Coach Tite has also invited uncapped goalkeeper Santos, Renan Lodi and Matheus Henrique.

The Super Eagles and Selecao will clash for the second time on October 13 at the National Stadium in Singapore.

In 2003, Brazil defeated Nigeria 3-0 in a friendly game played in Abuja.