If they wanted to look wasteful, extravagant and divorced from the gritty reality of Brazil’s millions of poor, World Cup organisers outdid themselves by choosing this remote, luxury beach resort as the venue for this week’s draw.
Barcelona will be missing defenders Carles Puyol and Dani Alves for Sunday’s Spanish league game at Athletic Bilbao. The league leaders say Puyol won’t travel after picking up a knee injury while Alves is sidelined due to pain in his right leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in Real Madrid’s home clash with Valladolid on Saturday as coach Carlo Ancelotti opts to take no risks with the Portuguese star’s fitness.
Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey returns to his roots on Saturday seeking to propel Arsenal to victory at former club Cardiff City and lift them seven points clear in the Premier League.