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Topic - Brazilian League
Brazilian organizers have held test events at two of the problematic World Cup stadiums, including the one hosting the tournament's opening game next month in Sao Paulo.
Brazilian club Palmeiras has fired coach Gilson Kleina after the team's third straight loss.
Marcelo Moreno scored in the 90th minute to help a second-string Cruzeiro lineup beat Bahia 2-1 on Sunday to start its defense of the Brazilian league title.
Brazilian club Portuguesa abandoned its second-division match in the 16th minute on Friday, saying it had a court order allowing it to play in the top flight that begins on Saturday.
A civil court judge reinstated Portuguesa to the first division of the Brazilian league on Wednesday, putting popular club Flamengo in danger of relegation just a few weeks before the championship is due to kick off.
The Brazilian football federation said Thursday it has been warned by FIFA over the series of lawsuits filed in civil courts against a ruling of the sports tribunal which changed the relegation spots in the Brazilian league last year.
With the World Cup just months away, Brazilian football is under the spotlight for the wrong reasons again after players from one of the country's most popular clubs were attacked by fans upset with the team's struggles.
FIFA has asked the Brazilian football federation to explain why lawsuits are being filed in civil courts to change a sports tribunal decision that altered the outcome of the Brazilian league last year.
Novak Djokovic and former three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten both scored in a charity soccer game played before a Brazilian league match in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.