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Costa set for Brazil call

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed he will pick Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who has indicated his wish to change allegiance and represent Spain, for next month's friendly internationals.

Costa was granted Spanish nationality in July and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) last month asked FIFA for permission to register the player.

Happy Birthday Pele!

For some 50 years, Pele has been regarded as one of the world's greatest ever players.

The Brazilian scored more than 1000 career goals, winning three World Cups and celebrates his 73rd birthday today.

Watch our video profile of the legend, above.


Video: Ronaldinho bids farewell to his famous buck-tooth

His buck-tooth smile made him one of the most recognisable faces in football, but Brazil legend Ronaldinho has now bid farewell to his trademark look and undergone cosmetic surgery to straighten his teeth.


Rafael wants Brazil chance

Manchester United defender Rafael has been stung by suggestions he is not interested in playing for Brazil.

People think I don't want to play for Brazil because I left at such a young age.

That is not true at all.

My brother and I left because life for any young Brazilian player is full of uncertainty.

It is the same in England but we knew United represented a big chance for us.

The people back home thought we didn't care. We do care.

I would love the chance to play for my country again.

I don't think about it so much because of what has happened and because there is a lot to do with my club but the dream of playing in the World Cup for Brazil in Brazil never goes away.

I would love it to happen.

– Manchester United defender Rafael speaking to Press Association
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