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 By Tim Vickery

Brazil and Colombia remember Chapecoense as Dudu settles friendly

Chapecoense friendly: Brazil vs. Colombia
Brazil and Colombia stood to remember the victims of the Chapecoense air disaster on Wednesday.

The prime purpose of Wednesday night's game between Brazil and Colombia was, of course, to raise funds for the victims of the Chapecoense air disaster. The secondary aim was to further strengthen ties of friendship between the two countries involved. Drawing serious conclusions from the 90 minutes played in Rio de Janeiro comes a long way third.

Quite apart from the other, thoroughly noble objectives, it is increasingly hard to make solid assessments based on international friendlies, which tend...

 By Jack Lang

Chapecoense memorial a fittingly imperfect testament to humanity

It was always going to be emotional. Two months after the tragic plane crash that robbed 71 people of their lives and a football club of their happy anonymity, Brazil welcomed Colombia to Rio de Janeiro for a meeting that was not about the match.

The marketing men had dubbed it "The Game of Friendship," but the feelings ran deeper than that. In the first instance, it was a chance to pay tribute to the fallen -- to the players, officials and journalists who boarded LaMia Flight 2933 and never returned...

 By PA Sport

Brazil beat Colombia in Chapecoense memorial friendly

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Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly that raised over £300,000 for the families of the Chapecoense players and staff who were killed in a plane crash in November.

The friendly at the Olympic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro was decided by Dudu's early second-half goal, but that was just a footnote as fans remembered those who died in the disaster which included 43 Chapecoense players and staff on their way to the Copa Sudamericana final.

Tributes were paid to the three surviving players -- goalkeeper...

Robinho in Brazil squad for Chapecoense fundraiser vs. Colombia

Thousands of supporters paid their final respects to the Chapecoense players, coaches and staff.

CHAPECO, Brazil -- Veteran forward Robinho has been called back into Brazil's national team for Wednesday's friendly against Colombia -- a match that will raise funds for the families of the victims of the Chapecoense team air crash.

The former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan player has not played for Brazil since the 2015 Copa America. The 32-year-old Robinho is now at Atletico Mineiro.

Brazil coach Tite chose a squad made up of locally based players for the fundraiser match. Nineteen...

 By Tim Vickery

48-team World Cup could negatively affect South American qualifying

Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

On the website of CONMEBOL, the South American Confederation, there is an article entitled: "From 13 teams in Uruguay 1930 to 48 in the 2026 World Cup."

It is a neat way of reminding everyone of one of the great trump cards of the South American game: its fabulous tradition. This is the continent where the World Cup began and which has won nine versions of the tournament, divided between Brazil (five wins) and Uruguay and Argentina (two apiece).

The big three has provided Barcelona with the "MSN"...