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Milan hit with Europa League ban for 2019-20

ESPN FC's Mina Rzouki explains why AC Milan will not be disappointed by their ban from the UEFA Europa League for the 2019-20 season.

AC Milan's exclusion from the Europa League for the 2019-20 season has been upheld, the Court of Arbitration (CAS) has ruled.

The Rossoneri finished the previous campaign in fifth place, missing out on a Champions League finish to their city neighbours Inter by one point.

- Top European league honours 2018-19

But despite qualifying for the Europa League, they will not play in the competition next season after being found guilty of failing to adhere to UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) regulations.

"AC...

Ex-Flamengo president charged for deadly fire

A fire on Friday left 10 people dead and three people injured at Flamengo's training centre in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian police have charged Flamengo's former president with manslaughter for a fire that killed 10 teenage players in February.

An investigators' report obtained by The Associated Press shows Eduardo Bandeira de Mello and seven others were charged over the fire at the club's training facility.

- Flamengo: Tragedy in the Vulture's Nest

Mello did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. The Rio de Janeiro-based team said it didn't know of the charges.

The report signed by investigator Marcio...

State leagues are keeping Brazilian football from reaching its potential

Reinaldo looks on during Sao Paulo's Copa Libertadores match against Talleres.
All across Brazil, the domestic game is suffering.

The tweaks to the rules of the game -- no rebounds on penalties, no attackers in defensive walls, handball always given for attackers in the box, red and yellow cards for coaches and so on -- were due to come into effect on June 1. Instead, they are getting an early start in the Brazilian championship, which kicks off this weekend and rolls all the way through to early December.

So it is a case of new rules and old problems for a league that should be one of the most exciting in the world, but...

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...