Brazil's Wild West era may be coming to an end.
The suggestion that commercial partners were picking the Brazil squads for friendly matches made a compelling headline, but in reality, there was less to the story than meets the eye.
The latest round of Libertadores Cup matches produced some shocks and a fair amount of shame.
The Brazil Championship has kicked off, but for the time being the biger clubs are not taking it seriously.
Libertadores Cup offers the intriguing prospect of a north vs south showdown.
With the bigger clubs focussing on the Libertadores Cup, some of south America's lesser lights are enjoying success at domestic level.
Brazilian clubs continental ambitions are not helped by competing demands at home.
Tim Vickery on a reborn Flamengo. Plus, Libertadores Cup contenders show their contempt for domestic ruling by fielding only 7 players.
Brazil's clubs are revolting against the State Championships.
Tim Vickery reflects on Brazil's high friendly foul count and Argentina's dilemma over Carlos Tevez