Neymar Brazil international Kaka said he hoped Neymar's absence for the remainder of the FIFA World Cup could spur on the host nation.
David Neres has made just eight senior appearances for Sao Paulo, but Ajax have shelled out €15m to take him to the Amsterdam ArenA.
Corinthians Substitute Luciano bagged a hat-trick in an 11-minute period as Corinthians rallied to beat Goias 5-2 in the Brazilian Serie A on Thursday.
River Plate River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is hoping for a turnaround in fortunes when his side host Boca Juniors in their Copa Sudamericana semi-final.
Kaka Ballon d'Or winner Kaka hopes to be a similarly influential presence in the boardroom as he was on the pitch after retiring from football.
Cruzeiro Cruzeiro edged closer to retaining their Brazilian Serie A title courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 victory at slumping Santos.
Atlético PR Atletico Paranaense have moved above Gremio into second in the Brazil Serie A after a 1-0 victory over Internacional.
Corinthians Title hopefuls Corinthians climbed up to third in the standings with a 1-0 victory over Brazil Serie A leaders Cruzeiro on Wednesday.
Sao Paulo Sao Paulo cruised into the third round of the Copa do Brasil, while an early blitz saw Santos win their first leg on Thursday.
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