Zico, a living legend in Brazilian football, is to be the new coach of Bunyodkor, leader of the Uzbek league. The 55-year-old tactician had been the coach of the Japanese team that were Asian champions in 2004.
Bolivian troops arrested the governor of Pando, a northern province recently rocked by deadly clashes between pro- and anti-government factions, though President Evo Morales said he still hoped to agree shortly to formal talks with rivals.
Leaders of the Union of South American Nations meeting in Chile issued a strong statement supporting embattled Bolivian President Evo Morales following last week's deadly clashes in Bolivia's opposition-dominated regions.
Stylish Brazil defeated Chile 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday in Santiago moving from sixth to second place in the South American group, ahead of Argentina on goal difference and two points behind Paraguay.
Energy minister Edson Lobao said that he told ambassador Moshen Shaterzadeh in a meeting two weeks ago that Brazil "does not envisage" the possibility of joining the organization of oil exporting countries.
Brazil is about to launch a massive oil-drilling programme that could propel the country to the top of global oil producers, following discovery of an underwater oil field beneath the Atlantic ocean that could hold as much as 80 billion barrels.
Manchester City, which is flush with cash from prospective new owners Abu Dhabi United Group, have signed Brazilian striker Robinho, who wanted to join Chelsea, from Real Madrid for 40 million euros, Spanish media reported.
The world's fastest man Usain Bolt seeks to become the first man since Carl Lewis to win an Olympic sprint double. The Jamaican sprinter is strong contender to clinch the 200-metre crown, after the 100-metre title.
Bossa Nova pioneer musician Joao Gilberto is holding three exclusive concerts in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brazil's famous musical movement. Needless to say, tickets were sold out in less than an hour.