Dani Alves has become the first footballer to win 40 trophies after his Brazil side won the Copa America – the right-back’s second Copa trophy.The 36-year-old, who captained the side, also won the Best Player of the Tournament award in a star-studded field.The Selecao saw off Peru 3-1 in the final at the Maracana on Sunday, to seal their first Copa triumph since 2007. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare They took the lead through Everton after a wonderful cross from Gabriel Jesus.The Manchester City forward scored their second in first-half injury time, restoring the lead after Peru had equalized through a Paolo Guerrero penalty just four minutes earlier.Jesus was sent off in the 71st minute after two yellow cards, but Brazil held on and sealed the game through a Richarlison spot-kick in the final minute.They were inspired throughout the tournament by the ageless Alves, easing the pain of a disappointing home World Cup in 2014.It was Alves’ fourth international trophy, with a pair of Confederations Cups added to his Copa victories.🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆@DaniAlvesD2 is the first player in history to win 40 trophies.#CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/XJWM3Tuk6E— Coral (@Coral) July 7, 2019He won five trophies with Sevilla before making the move to Barcelona in 2008.It was at the Camp Nou he got his hands on the majority of his trophies, winning an incredible 23 tournaments with the Blaugrana in eight years in Catalonia.He moved from Barca to Juventus in 2016 and scooped up the Italian double in one season in Turin, before switching to Paris Saint-Germain two seasons ago.He collected six trophies in France, including the double in both seasons, and is now a free agent.His former international team-mate Kleberson, who saw out his playing days in the United States, has said he would like to have seen Alves make the move to America, but sees him as a good option for European Champions Liverpool.“I feel maybe he could fit in well at Liverpool,” the former Manchester United man said ahead of Sunday’s final.Alves has also been linked with a dream return to Barcelona, where he won three Champions League titles, after he said he would not return to PSG next season.Wherever he ends up next season, Alves will bring an unprecedented trophy haul with him.
In what it bills as “the most comprehensive and rigorous international effort to date” to assess student performance, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today that 15-year-old Finns are among the world’s best in terms of reading literacy, while students in Japan, Hong Kong-China and the Republic of Korea lead in mathematics and science. By contrast, students in several Latin American countries lag seriously behind in all three areas, even after taking account of lower national income levels, according to the survey of 15-year-olds in 43 countries published jointly UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The report, Literacy Skills for the World of Tomorrow, based on data gathered in the context of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and released in London today, measures how well 15-year-olds are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s knowledge societies, by administering tests and background questionnaires to between 4,500 and 10,000 students in each participating country. “It is the most comprehensive and rigorous international effort to date to both assess student performance and collect data on the student, family and institutional factors that can help explain differences in performance,” UNESCO says. In this way, it provides policy-makers with a lens through which to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their education systems.” The report analyses data collected in 2002 from 15 mainly middle-income countries and economies – Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, FYR Macedonia, Peru, Romania, the Russian Federation and Thailand – with data collected in 2000 from nearly all 30 OECD members and first published in 2001. OECD countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States. Among the non-OECD economies, students in Hong Kong-China emerge as star performers, achieving overall scores in reading proficiency equivalent to those of students in the top OECD countries, after Finland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland. Along with students in Japan and the Republic of Korea, they are also ahead of the rest, on average, in mathematical and scientific literacy. On the other hand, students in Latin America are well behind. Peru has the largest proportion of students (80 percent) at Level 1 and below, indicating that students are having serious difficulties in using reading as a tool to advance and extend their knowledge and skills in other areas. Within countries, the performance gap in reading skills between students from rich and poor families was greatest in Argentina, the United States, Chile, Israel, Portugal, Mexico, Peru and Brazil. Higher average spending per student tends to be associated with higher average performance in the three areas of literacy, but does not guarantee it. Italy spends about twice as much per student as the Republic of Korea, but whereas this latter is among the best performing countries in all literacy areas assessed, Italy performs significantly below the OECD average. Analyzing gender differences in the three learning domains, PISA found that girls generally outperform boys in reading literacy in all countries, while boys tend to score better than girls overall in mathematics, except in Albania. There are fewer differences between the genders in scientific literacy, on the other hand.