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The Brazilian football confederation (CBF) has been fined for the second time in less than a month for homophobic chants by fans.

World football's governing body FIFA said on Thursday that the CBF was fined 25,000 Swiss francs - around $26,000 - for the behaviour of fans during Brazil's 5-0 victory over Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier in Natal last month.

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Former Brazil international striker Jo has signed a three-year contract with reigning Brazilian Serie A champions Corinthians. Jo agreed to terms after completing a medical at the club's Joaquim Grava training venue in Sao Paulo on Monday.

The six-time Brazilian champions secured Jo on a free transfer after the 29-year-old parted ways with Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning in July. He scored nine goals in 24 matches for Jiangsu Suning, having joined the club in February from United Arab Emirates side Al-Shabab.

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Flamengo are among three Brazilian clubs interested in signing Inter Milan midfielder Felipe Melo, according to local media reports.

After playing 28 matches in his first season at the San Siro in 2015-16, Melo has made just two first-team appearances since August.

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Hebei China Fortune football club forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has been recalled to Argentina's squad for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia next month, the country's football association said.

San Lorenzo's Fernando Belluschi was also named after Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was ruled out of the matches with a hamstring injury.

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Picking out an all-time great from football’s hall of fame might be a futile pursuit; with players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi achieving what was previously deemed impossible, however, we tend to turn a nostalgic eye to Pele, considered by many the greatest player of all time.

In a fascinating article, The Telegraph’s Jonathan Liew questions the objective value of the legend, arguing that other rival players (such as fellow Brazilian, Garrincha) achieved equal if not similar feats. “Garrincha virtually won the 1962 World Cup single-handedly. Pele could never claim that,” says Liew.

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Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was recalled to Argentina's football squad for its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia next month. Messi has not played for the national team since scoring in the 1-0 home win over Uruguay on September 1. The 29-year-old returned from a groin injury last Saturday, scoring in Barcelona's 4-0 La Liga victory over Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou.

He followed that performance with a sublime hat-trick as Barcelona routed Manchester City 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday. With these performances, he proved his fitness and was named in the squad declared on Friday.

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The Liverpool duo of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea's Willian and Manchester City's Fernandinho have all been included in the Brazilian squad that will host Argentina in Belo Horizonte on November 10 before travelling to Lima for a clash against Peru five days later.

Injured Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is also expected to be given until the last minute to prove his fitness for Brazil's 2018 football World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru next month. Casemiro was among 24 footballers named by Brazil coach Tite on Friday for the team's final appearances this year. The former Sao Paulo player has not played since fracturing a fibula in Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over Espanyol in La Liga last month.

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