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Riquelme gets another chance at Boca

*Boca Juniors have welcomed back midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme seven months after he walked out of the club due to differences with former coach Julio Cesar Falcioni.

"After two and a half hours with Riquelme, the board has decided unanimously that given the player's will to resume training with the squad he should be part of (Boca's) professional squad from Monday," club president Daniel Angelici said.

The former Argentina playmaker returns on the same terms as his former contract which was brought to a close when he walked out in July on the opening day of the 'Final', the second of two championships in the season.

The 34-year-old midfielder quit Boca the night they lost the South American Libertadores Cup final to Corinthians of Brazil in Sao Paulo, having disagreed with Falcioni's tactics. Boca is now coached by Carlos Bianchi, who steered the team to a string of titles between 1998 and 2001.  

Brazilian club bids to   stop the ‘avalanche’

*Brazilian club Gremio are to ban fans from performing the "avalanche" goal celebration after it caused a fence to collapse at a game last month, injuring eight people.

The celebration, common all over South America, involves supporters behind the goal charging down the terraces en masse towards the front.

Club president Fabio Koff said the club would install seats in the terraces behind the goal at the recently-opened Arena Gremio to curb the fans' enthusiasm.
"We have to face the facts after what happened. There's no alternative but to install seats," club president Fabio Koff told Brazilian media.

"We don't want to turn this into an elitist stadium but there have been some excesses, which we can bring under control."  The fence at the bottom of the terrace gave way after fans stormed downwards to celebrate a goal.

Rio keen to pause carnival of a different kind!

*Rio de Janeiro has in recent years evicted drug dealers from hillside slums, carved fast-moving bus lanes into sclerotic streets, and cracked down on unauthorised food vendors along the city's 58 miles (93 km) of beaches.

Now, as they gear up for the 2013 Carnival, 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016, officials are taking aim at another old Rio scourge: public urinating.
Urine flows as freely during Rio's famous annual festivities as beer and the cane liquor known as cachaça.

But Rio, Brazil's second-largest city and its most popular tourist destination, now wants to stop the peeing.

To sanitise some of the revelry during the Carnival, city hall has deployed thousands of agents to spot and detain offenders.

‘Ibrahimovic, Messi are like video game marvels’

*Sweden coach Erik Hamren compared his captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Argentina's Lionel Messi to their video game counterparts as the teams met in a friendly last week.

"Both of them are like players you see in those video games," Hamren said. "They do things you don't think it's possible to do. Two extremely talented and really, really good football players."

"Leo is a fantastic player, he's probably the best player in the world," Ibrahimovic said. "He is winning all the prizes, he's winning as an individual and I think it will be a great game." 

Argentina won the friendly 3-2 even though Messi didn’t score a goal.

Mancini upset with new FA regulations

*Soccer club owners should be allowed to spend as much money as they want, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said as he gave new financial fair play rules a big thumbs down. The Premier League announced measures that will mean top flight clubs could be docked points if they fail to comply with limits on financial losses and curbs on increases in player wages.

"No, I do not agree (with financial fair play rules) because if I'm a rich man I want to spend all my money on my team, it's my job. I do not agree with this in general," Mancini said.

Given the Italian is manager at the world's richest club, which has been pumped with exactly the kind of quickfire investment that would not be allowed under the new regulations, he can hardly be expected to love the idea of spending cuts.

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