Reuters Soccer Blog

What’s happening with Adriano?

March 9, 2010

Ireland's Stephen Kelly (R) tackles Brazil's Adriano during their international friendly soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London March 2, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

When everyone thought Adriano had definitively left his off-field problems behind and was on the way to becoming once again one of the most feared strikers in the world, writes Pedro Fonseca, the Brazil international is showing that his personal fragility still haunts him.

So Flamengo, what was all the altitude fuss about?

April 11, 2008

For the last year, Brazilian club Flamengo have led an almost obsessive campaign for a ban on matches at high altitude. Following a match away to Bolivian side Real Potosi at 4,000 metres above sea level in the Libertadores Cup, club president Marcio Braga has gone on the warpath describing high altitude games as “inhumane” and comparing them to a form of doping for the home team.