South America's largest economy slipped into a recession in the first half of the year, making President Dilma Rousseff's uphill battle for re-election that much tougher. Conway G. Gittens reports.
Die-hard Arsenal supporter Ayodeji Akinyemi was at his team’s home game at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, February 23. They beat Aston Villa 2-1 and after the game, Ayodeji got up close and personal with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. When the manager was asked by a fan could he sign Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest footballer of his time (nay, ever?), Wenger replied that he already had. Credit.YouTube/AyodejiAkinyemi.
Like most boys his age, Gabriel Muniz loves playing football, but unlike his teammates, the 11-year-old from Campos dos Goytacazes in Brazil doesn't have any feet. Despite being born with a limb deficiency called apodia, which meant his feet didn't develop, the youngster was determined to walk. Gabriel's mum Sandra said: 'He started to walk before he could talk at 10-months. It was incredible.' Soon he was kicking a ball around, joining the local football team at school and even winning medals. Most days Gabriel does try and wear prosthetic limbs, but when it comes to an all-important match, the boots are off and he's a force to be reckoned with. Gabriel not only impresses his family and friends with his ball skills, he's also caught the eye of the Barcelona football team and was invited to one of their training days to play against abled-bodied footballers. A new TV series follows the story of Gabriel's perseverance and sees him meeting his footballing hero Lionel Messi. The soccer-mad youngster is now determined to pursue his dream of becoming a professional player. Gabriel added: "The only thing I can't do is fly."
FFS on MSN: A song about Barca and a biting issue. Result
EXCLUSIVE: FFS on MSN. As Spanish football fails and German football reeks of efficiency, we have a song about the past glories and current problems of Barca. We also have a football result for modern football and an agents defence of a biter.