Flamengo, Brazil's most popular club, return to the Libertadores Cup after a five-year absence this week with a trip to one of the world's highest professional soccer venues.
Former Brazil striker Romario came off the bench to score a 10-minute hat-trick as Vasco da Gama routed Volta Redonda 6-1 in the Carioca championship on Sunday.
Sao Paulo twice came from behind to beat challengers Parana 3-2 and extend their lead at the top of the Brazilian standings on Thursday.
Rioting Gremio supporters set fire to portable toilets, twice forcing their team's match away to Internacional to be interrupted. Play was halted as a thick plume of black smoke rose.
Brazilian midfielders Emerson and Kaka, who are being treated for pain in their right knees, improved significantly on Thursday, team doctor Jose Luis Runco said.
Brazil striker Ronaldo was forced off midway through Sunday's 4-0 World Cup warm-up win over New Zealand because of blisters on his feet.
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira says he does not want to hear the word magic again in the run-up to the World Cup.
Three Brazilian championship matches were replayed on Wednesday because of a refereeing scandal and all had different results from the original games.
Brazilian players Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos said on Wednesday they were baffled over the controversy surrounding their comical goal celebrations for Real Madrid.
Brazil striker Adriano scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Chile on Sunday to guarantee the world champions a place at next year's finals while Uruguay sealed a dramatic 3-2 win over Colombia.
Santos told Robinho to respect his contract on Monday after the Brazil forward said he could not understand why they would not accept a $25 million offer for him from Real Madrid.
Veteran striker Romario slammed his team after they were routed 5-2 by Palmeiras in the Brazilian championship at the weekend.
Leading pair Argentina and world champions Brazil clash in Buenos Aires while their rivals continue the dramatic scramble for Germany as the South American World Cup qualifiers continue this week.
Brazil's most popular club Flamengo sacked coach Julio Cesar Leal on Wednesday night after only four matches in charge.
Former Brazil coach Sebastiao Lazaroni has demanded a FIFA investigation into allegations that full back Branco was offered contaminated water by Argentina during a second round tie in the 1990 World Cup.
Former Brazil defender Junior Baiano was sent off after two minutes as Flamengo lost 6-1 to Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian championship on Sunday and dropped back into the relegation zone.