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This year
'The King': Brazil says its final farewell to Pelé
Santos FC said some 250,000 people had attended his 24-hour wake in the Vila Belmiro stadium, where mourners continued arriving straight through the night.
Last year
# outcome
Spain prosecutors drop corruption and fraud charges against Neymar
It is the culmination of a years-long legal saga over the Brazilian’s high-profile transfer to Europe.
All time
# Late Late Show
Palmeiras beat Santos 1-0 in Copa Libertadores final
The victory earns Palmeiras a spot in next month’s Club World Cup in Qatar.
# Icon
'I have my good and bad days. This is normal for people my age' - Pele
Three-time World Cup winner Pele – who turns 80 in October – rejected claims over his health on Thursday.
# problems
Pele depressed, reclusive because of poor health
The football legend’s son says the star has been left unable to walk.
# mixed emotions
Real Madrid-bound teenager bids Santos emotional goodbye
18-year-old Rodrygo Goes has said goodbye to the Brazilian club.
# a difficult time
'I was vomiting' - Brazilian wonderkid suffered from anxiety over Real Madrid move
Rodrygo was unsure whether Santos and his national side’s officials would allow him bid farewell to fans before linking up with the Spanish club.
# opportunity knocks
Months after his Argentina stint ended disastrously, Jorge Sampaoli is back in management
Santos are set to bring in the ex-Albiceleste boss.
# Potential
Real Madrid agree deal for Brazilian wonderkid
Santos teenager Rodrygo will join the club next year after agreeing a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
# Corruption
Neymar ordered to stand trial for alleged fraud regarding his transfer to Barcelona
The two clubs involved, the current and former Barca presidents as well as the Brazilian star’s parents have all received a similar order from the Spanish court.
# mad stuff
Poor old Fred hit the bar from a foot out against Santos
Oh, Fred.
# Anger
Neymar: I'm fed up and p****d off
The Brazilian is frustrated with his transfer from Santos to Barcelona still being under legal scrutiny.
# Tragedy
Brazilian presidential candidate dies after plane crashes in residential area
“All of Brazil is in mourning. We lost a great Brazilian today”.
Brazilian football fan beaten to death after league match in Sao Paulo
The 34-year-old father was rushed to hospital after being beaten with metal bars.
# Take a Bow
VIDEO: This beautiful strike from Adriano helped Barca win 8-0 last night
The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Neymar when he made his bow at half-time.
# Ready to go
Neymar announces transfer to Barcelona
Brazilian club Santos had accepted two offers for the 21-year-old star, with one reported to be from Real Madrid.
# Double trouble
2 phenomenons are better than 1 - Barca star keen on Messi-Neymar combo
Brazilian fullback Dani Alves wants his compatriot to link up with the four-time World Player of the Year next season.
# Brazil
Four killed in Brazil Carnival float fire
Four people died when a float at the end of a Carnival parade ran into a power line and caught fire in the southeastern city of Santos.
# Facepalm
Neymar: Still bad at haircuts, still just as bad at taking penalties
Soon we’ll have enough clips for a full highlight reel of awful Neymar penalties.
# Premier League
Mancini set to discuss a move for Santos star Neymar
The Manchester City boss will consult new sporting director Txiki Begiristain over signing the Brazilian goal machine.
# So much fail
Neymar: Bad at haircuts, just as bad at taking penalties
VIDEO: A word of advice – if you’re going to showboat before you even hit the ball, make sure you can back it up.
# the loew-down
Euro 2012: Meet the gaffers
We’ll have a wide array of characters on sideline display over the next month. Do you know who they remind us of?
# Crystal Ball
VIDEO: Meet the tinfoil hat-wearing Indonesian mystic who thinks Ireland will win Euro 2012
It’s because we wear green, innit?
# Take a Bow
WATCH: Neymar embarrasses defender with new trick
The star demonstrated his characteristic silky skills during Santos’ 5-0 win over Catanduvense.
# coup
Reports: Barcelona agree deal to sign Neymar in 2014
According to reports on the Cadena SER radio station, the young Brazilian sensation will be teaming up with Messi and co. after the next World Cup.
# Take a Bow
WATCH: Neymar does his best Lionel Messi impression
The striker has been up to his old tricks again, as he looks to outdo his Argentinian counterpart.
# 100 club
WATCH: Neymar completes a century on his 20th birthday
It hasn’t taken the Mohican-haired Samba striker long to reach 100 career goals.
# Virals
YouTube top ten: because 2011 was a very good year
If exposure to digital media and 24-hour news has all but erased your memory: don’t panic. We’ve gathered all the valuable stuff in one place.
# jingle balls's sporting Advent calendar, day 15
Behind today’s window is a genuine contender to be the best goal scored anywhere in the past 12 months.
# Golazo!
WATCH: Neymar's Christmas cracker fires Santos into Club World Cup final
The Brazilians will now play either Barcelona or Al-Saad in Sunday’s final in Yokohama.
# Deficit Spending
Neymar denies reports of Real Madrid transfer
Brazil international Neymar has denied passing a secret medical in a San Paulo hospital on Wednesday.
# Bittersweet
Mass brawl mars Santos' Copa Libertadores victory as Pelé watches on
The Brazilian side beat Penarol 2-1 to claim the trophy for the first time since the 1960s.