BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has heard his first loud jeers on the job while appearing on the field at a soccer match.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — No goals in five matches of the 2018 World Cup. None in four matches of the 2019 Copa América. That haunted Gabriel Jesus, Brazil's young number 9.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil without Neymar has proved to be better than Argentina with Lionel Messi.
In a performance that ended with "olé" chants from the crowd, Brazil beat...
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Fireworks were ignited in the early-morning hours Tuesday near the hotel where Argentina players are staying for their Copa América semifinal against host...
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil coach Tite can't sleep before his team's Copa América semifinal clash with archrivals Argentina, but his adversary Lionel Scaloni sounded somewhat relaxed for...
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil will be under pressure for its future and Argentina for its past when they meet in the Copa América semifinals on Tuesday at Mineirão Stadium.
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Richarlison says he has recovered from mumps and wants to play Tuesday in the Copa América semifinal between Brazil and Argentina in Belo Horizonte.
Copa America organizers happy despite empty seats
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Copa America organizers said Tuesday they believe the tournament in Brazil is running smoothly despite a large number of empty seats and criticism from players about the...
Messi takes a shot at ‘very bad’ Copa America fields
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Coaches and players including Lionel Messi are unhappy with the condition of soccer fields at four of the six Brazilian stadiums hosting Copa America games.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Defending champion Chile and Colombia were joined by Brazil and Venezuela in the Copa America knockout stage on Saturday.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Uruguay, Chile and Colombia impressed at the start of the Copa America, eclipsing hosts Brazil and embattled Argentina early in the South American tournament.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Diego Maradona has criticized Argentina after its opening loss to Colombia in the Copa America.
Maradona tells the TyC Sports channel in Buenos Aires "even...
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Luis Suarez is again racing against time to be fit for a tournament with Uruguay.
Five years ago, it was meniscus surgery to his left knee that jeopardized...
SAO PAULO (AP) — Copa America organizers are worried about ticket sales for the two matches in Belo Horizonte and said Wednesday that only 65 percent all tickets to the tournament have been sold,...
MADRID (AP) — The long distances traveled by teams and fans during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are not part of the legacy carrying over to this year's Copa America.
Police raid offices of lawyer of alleged Bolsonaro attacker
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's federal police are raiding the offices of a lawyer representing a man who allegedly stabbed President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
Authorities told Brazilian newspaper O Globo on Friday that two warrants are being served at offices tied to lawyer Zanone Manuel de Oliveira Jr. in the Belo Horizonte area in Minas Gerais state.
They also said they are looking at security camera footage and electronics for details about who is financing the defense of Adelio Bispo.
Brazilian club criticizes its own fans for anti-gay chant
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer club Atletico Mineiro criticized its own fans for an anti-gay chant, a rare step in a country where homophobia has been tolerated at stadia for decades.
Hundreds of Atletico Mineiro fans were filmed targeting supporters of rival club Cruzeiro during a goalless draw in Belo Horizonte in a Brazilian championship match on Sunday.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least 24 public buses have been burned in less than 24 hours in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
Authorities said Monday that the attacks began Sunday afternoon and continued through the night in the state capital of Belo Horizonte and more than a dozen other cities. The motive for the attacks so far is unclear.
One of the great appeals of the World Cup is to see the mighty occasionally vanquished, to remind everyone involved that nothing should ever be taken for granted.
Perhaps the first — and most seismic — shock in World Cup history took place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1950 when an England team that was expected to contend for the title was beaten by the United States, a hastily assembled group of part-time players. It has become known as the "Miracle on Grass."
AFA hired firm to fly Argentine team without knowing plane
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Football Association hired a company that charters flights to transport superstar Lionel Messi and the rest of the national team for a World Cup qualifying game without knowing the name of the airline or the model of the plane, an official said Friday.
The plane was the same British Aerospace 146 Avro RJ85 jet operated by Bolivia-based charter company LaMia that later crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people, including most of a Brazilian soccer team.
Brazil says no fear of Messi in World Cup qualifier
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina's Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
Messi's return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides on Tuesday after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, who plays for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, said the hosts were frightened of the five-time world player of the year.
Brazil looks to wipe away memories of World Cup humiliation
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Playing at the stadium where it was humiliated 7-1 by Germany two years ago, Brazil can wipe away some of the lingering pain from that defeat with a convincing performance against Argentina in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
The match is being held at the Mineirao Stadium, which is where Brazil was utterly crushed by Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup.
In soccer-crazed Brazil, game central to mayoral runoff
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In soccer-crazed Brazil, the game is proving central to the sport of electoral politics in one major city amid growing disgust with career politicians.
The mayoral runoff in Belo Horizonte, the country's sixth largest city, features two candidates associated with the first division Atletico Mineiro club based there, one as a former player and the other as its ex-chairman.
Angry Brazilian voters looking to upend political order
SAO PAULO (AP) — In Brazil's biggest city of Sao Paulo, the leading mayoral candidate is a businessman who once fired people on air during a television reality show. In the country's crown jewel city of Rio de Janeiro, the front-runner is an evangelical pastor. And in Belo Horizonte, a former pro soccer player is leading the pack.
US meets Sweden and former coach; Brazil-Australia rematch
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The top-ranked team in the world will likely be the undercard in women's Olympic soccer on Friday.
The United States, the three-time defending champions, will take on Sweden in Brasilia. But the late game in Belo Horizonte between Australia and host Brazil may be the more intriguing match.
The Aussies and Brazilians met at the Women's World Cup last year, and it was Australia that advanced by beating Marta and Co. 1-0 in the round of...
Solo comes up big for 200th cap, US beats France 1-0
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Love her or hate her, Hope Solo's dominance as a goalkeeper is undeniable.
Solo came up big in her 200th international appearance as the United States fought off France 1-0 on Saturday in an Olympic group match at Mineirao Stadium. And she did it while facing boos from Brazilian fans still riled up about her social media posts about the Zika virus.
"What's important to me is that I played the best quality of football that I can play,...
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — For Hope Solo, the firsts keep coming.
On Saturday, barring anything unusual, Solo will appear in her 200th game for the U.S. women's national team in a group stage match against France at the Rio Olympics. She'll be the first goalkeeper in history to reach the milestone in international play — no small feat.
It also will make her the 11th U.S. player — across all positions — to reach that number of caps.
The Latest: Olympians can now go for “Pokemon Go” medals
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
France routed Colombia 4-0 to take the lead in Group G of the women's Olympic soccer tournament at the Rio Games.
France got on the board with an own goal by Colombia's Carolina Arias two minutes into the match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, then Eugenie Le Sommer scored in the 14th, Camille Abily added to the lead in the 42nd and Amel Majri...
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan scored a goal in each half as the U.S. women's soccer team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio Games on Wednesday, getting off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.
Lloyd put the Americans ahead with a header in the ninth minute and Morgan added to the lead with a low shot from inside the area less than a minute into the second half at the Mineirao Stadium in...
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Megan Rapinoe knows this is a different Olympics for her.
Forget about playing in every game and being a leader on the field. The attacking midfielder will have to find a way to contribute more with her words than her skills.
Rapinoe isn't fully fit after undergoing surgery on her right knee and will be on the bench as the Olympic tournament kicks off on Wednesday. She arrived in Brazil already knowing she would have a limited role as...