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BRAZIL BEAT: Scolari jokes at least he sleeps well

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari got some laughs out of Neymar and journalists in a packed news conference at the Itaquerao Stadium on Wednesday.

Asked if he was expecting a good night of sleep before Brazil's World Cup opener Thursday, he didn't hesitate to say he was at peace. At least with the football side of things.

"I always sleep well," he said. "I don't know if I do other things well, but I do sleep well. I'll sleep well tonight, you can be sure of that."

Sitting next to Scolari, Neymar looked a bit surprised with the answer, but laughed when the coach started smiling.

Neymar also made Scolari laugh when he was told by a reporter to ask the coach a question.

After thinking for a bit, the Brazilian star said: "Will I play tomorrow?"

— By Tales Azzoni —



SAO PAULO (AP) — Some Ecuadoreans who came to Brazil to watch the World Cup were taking on a side job to try to make extra money.

Freddy Tenorio said he came to Brazil with a group of about 15 people to see Ecuador play, but in between matches they will be selling World Cup-related products in front of stadiums.

The 30-year-old Ecuadorean on Wednesday was in front of the Itaquerao Stadium, where Brazil will play Croatia in the tournament's opener Thursday. He was selling everything from Brazil hats to scarves to flags.

Tenorio and his group don't have tickets for the opening match but were taking advantage of the huge Brazilian crowd expected at the venue.

He and friends will travel to the nation's capital of Brasilia, where Ecuador plays its first match Sunday against Switzerland.

"Hopefully sales will be better there. So far it hasn't been very good here in Sao Paulo," he said.

— By Tales Azzoni —



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Wayne Rooney wasn't jealous watching former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo pick up the Ballon d'Or award earlier this year.

"I'm not a player who needs that like Cristiano Ronaldo," the England striker said Wednesday. "He has to have that and you admire him for having that. I'm more about winning things as a team. You can see how he is. He wants ... his moments."

Just like in the Champions League final, when the Portugal star celebrated scoring Real Madrid's fourth goal in the 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid by pulling off his shirt to reveal his muscles in front of the cameras.

"It's more important for me to win trophies as a team," Rooney said. "I've won (Professional Footballers' Association) player of the year, which is nowhere near as good as winning a trophy with Manchester United."

— By Rob Harris —



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Laundry can wait. Brazil has a World Cup match to play.

The typical timeline at one Rio apartment complex: Turn in those dirty clothes Thursday, and they're ready at 9 a.m. the next morning.

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