<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Arena Amazônia hopeful of hosting Serie A games]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62988_arena_amazonia_hopeful_of_hosting_serie_a_games.htmlThe stadium in Manaus hosted four World Cup games but is currently scheduled to host just one game in the second half of the Brazilian season: a Serie B clash between Oeste v Vasco da Gama on September 16.

Administrators at the Arena Amazônia are targeting Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense, Corinthians, São Paulo, Palmeiras and Santos to play at the 42,000-seater stadium and help cover the £150,000 monthly cost of maintaining the stadium, according to globoesporte.

Whilst some shows have already been scheduled, the intention of the Vila Olímpica Foundation, the state government organisation responsible for running the stadium, is to attract clubs from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states.

“I’m going to have a meeting with the CBF on Thursday,” said administrator Aly Almeida.

“We’re going to try and get a game for September or October.”

The administrator was keen to stress that for the time being the situation is under control, with four shows already scheduled. The priority, however, is to bring games to the Amazonian capital.

“The schedule of shows is full until November. What interests us now is football. We have everything under control. Whoever thought that the stadium would be a white elephant has egg on their faces. The schedule is packed,” completed the administrator.

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<![CDATA[Grêmio appoint Luiz Felipe Scolari as new manager]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62987_gremio_appoint_luiz_felipe_scolari_as_new_manager.htmlGrêmio have announced via their official twitter feed that former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is to become the new head coach at the club following the departure of Enderson Moreira.

President Fábio Koff travelled to São Paulo on Tuesday morning to negotiate the deal.

It will be the third time that Felipão has taken charge of the Gaúcho club having previously taken command of the team in 1987 and between 1993 and 1996.

The 65-year-old is expected to arrive in Porto Alegre on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning when he will be officially presented to the media, according to Terra Esporte.

Grêmio currently occupy tenth position in the Brasileirão table but are just three points off Fluminense in third.

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<![CDATA[QPR interested in former Barcelona and AC Milan star Ronaldinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62985_qpr_interested_in_former_barcelona_and_ac_milan_star_ronaldinho.htmlThe Brazilian is looking for a new club after his contract with Atlético-MG was terminated and the Daily Express have reported that QPR are considering making a move to sign the 34-year-old legend on a free transfer.

QPR already have Júlio Cesar on their books having recalled him from a loan spell at Toronto FC and Brazilian source GloboEsporte believe that Ronaldinho, who has never played in the Premier League, is open to a move to Loftus Road.

Ronaldinho is said to be looking to play on for another eight years and his brother and agent Roberto Assis has indicated that a decision on the player's future will be made soon. 

"He plays up to 42 and the future we will reveal to you on Wednesday," said Assis.

Rangers, however, will face stiff competition for the player’s signature with Argentinian giants Boca Juniors, Brazilian club Fluminense, Turkish outfit Besiktas and FMLS side New York City all interested in signing the Brazilian.

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<![CDATA[Grêmio striker Barcos praises Luiz Felipe Scolari]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62981_gremio_striker_barcos_praises_luiz_felipe_scolari.htmlGrêmio president Fábio Koff has travelled to São Paulo as he attempts to persuade former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to join the Gaúcho club following Enderson Moreira’s departure, according to Lancenet!.

Argentine striker Hernan Barcos worked with Felipão during his time at Palmeiras and had nothing but good things to say about the 65-year-old.

“Honestly I didn’t even know that the president was there (São Paulo). About Felipão, I have many good things to say. But, until he’s named the new boss, I can’t say anything about it. But I have only good things to say about him,” said Barcos.

Felipão was manager of the Verdão in 2012 when the club won the Copa do Brazil and Barcos scored an impressive 28 goals.

“He’s excellent at giving players confidence and is also very experienced.”

Barcos, meanwhile, was quick to defend outgoing manager Enderson Moreira and said that it is the players who need to improve.

“It’s us (the players) that need to change. We can have one coach or another but we need to do better on the pitch. Coaches don’t play. Regardless of who comes in, it’s us that will be responsible for changing 70-80% of things,” completed the Argentine.

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<![CDATA[Grêmio want Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62980_gremio_want_argentina_boss_alejandro_sabella.htmlAccording to Argentine newspaper Olé, Alejandro Sabella is one of the favourites to take over from Enderson Moreira at the Gaúcho club.

Alejandro Sabella recently led Argentina to the final of the World Cup. The 59-year-old was due to negotiate an extension of his current contract at the Argentine Football Association (AFA) but it is now thought that he is on the radar of Grêmio.

Sabella played for the Tricolor is 1986 and recently praised his former coach Valdir Espinosa, whom he worked with at Grêmio, saying that he was responsible for teaching him how to make the most of the space available on a football pitch.

Another name in the running for the vacant managerial position is former Corinthians boss Tite. Luiz Felipe Scolari is another name, although many would be surprised to see the 65-year-old return to management so soon after Brazil’s disappointing World Cup campaign.

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<![CDATA[Cruzeiro defender Dedé on Juventus radar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62979_cruzeiro_defender_dede_on_juventus_radar.htmlJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is thought to be a fan of the Brazilian centre-half and is currently looking for defensive reinforcements, reports Tuttosport.

With limited transfer funds available, Juventus are searching South America for potential signings, with Colombian Éder Balanta, of River Plate, and Dedé, of Cruzeiro, thought to be the main targets.

Dedé is thought to be the preferred option of coach Massimiliano Allegri and previously tried to take the defender, then at Vasco, to AC Milan when he was coach there.

The 26-year-old offers experience whereas Éder Balanta, at 21, is thought to be valued at €6 million and would represent more of a gamble.

Juventus, however, may prefer to offload Vidal or Isla before making any bids, such is the financial situation at the Old Lady.

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<![CDATA[Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro set to depart White Hart Lane?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62977_tottenham_hotspur_midfielder_sandro_set_to_depart_white_hart_lane_.htmlReports in England suggest Brazil midfielder Sandro could be set to leave Tottenham Hotspur, should head coach Mauricio Pochettino sign Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.

The White Hart Lane club are trying to sign England international Rodriguez and France midfielder Schneiderlin from Premier League rivals Southampton but current players would need to be sold to accommodate the Saints duo, should the double transfer take place.

Sandro has been linked with a move away from Spurs all summer, with Napoli heavily linked with the 25-year-old, and Evening Standard believe he could be heading for the exit door once and for all.

Schneiderlin is a similar player to the Brazilian, so therefore it seems logical that Pochettino would allow Sandro to leave should he secure the signature of the Southampton midfielder.

Meanwhile, the Herts and Essex Observer believe Tottenham are willing to cash in on the former Internacional man and are expecting Napoli to make another bid for him.

Although Sandro is a fan favourite, injury problems have restricted him from consistently showing the form which initially made him a star following his move from Brazil.

And while many Tottenham fans will be disappointed to see him leave, a departure may be best for all parties involved.

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<![CDATA[Reports in Italy suggest Lazio looking to sign Marseille defender Lucas Mendes]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62976_reports_in_italy_suggest_lazio_looking_to_sign_marseille_defender_lucas_mendes.htmlItalian club Lazio are chasing the signature of Brazil defender Lucas Mendes, according to reports in Italy.

The Marseille ace is believed to be available at the right price and according to Forza Italian Football, the Serie A club want to add him to their aging defence.

Gazetta dello Sport believe the Rome club are to offer the French side €5 million for the services of the Brazilian and they remain confident of sealing a deal for the 24-year-old.

Lucas Mendes, who can play in central defence or as a left-back, has yet to represent his national team and has Portuguese ancestory.

Therefore the defender could be eligible for a Portuguese passport, meaning worries over his non-EU status would be easily solved.

Although nothing concrete has come forward for the Brazilian, it is expected that Lazio will make a bid for Lucas Mendes soon.

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<![CDATA[Rômulo having Juventus medical today]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62974_romulo_having_juventus_medical_today.htmlVerona utility ace Rômulo is predicted to undergo a medical with Juventus today ahead of his proposed move, according to Football Italia.

Speculation has increased over the past few days suggesting the 27-year-old was set to move to the Serie A champions and it seems only a matter of time before the transfer is completed.

Sky Sport Italia reported the Brazilian has arrived in Turin this afternoon to undergo his medical.

This comes off the back of claims by Juventus director general Beppe Marotta who insisted yesterday that a deal to sign Rômulo was close.

Football Italia quoted Marotta, he said: “I certainly cannot deny talks with Verona for Rômulo.

“There are situations that need to be defined, but we can complete the move within 24 hours.”

It seems Rômulo will become a Juventus player shortly and after his excellent 2013/14 campaign, he’ll hope to achieve even better in the upcoming season with the Old Lady.

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<![CDATA[Atlético Mineiro head coach admits it is ‘unfortunate’ that Ronaldinho has left the club]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62971_atletico_mineiro_head_coach_admits_it_is____unfortunate____that_ronaldinho_has_left_the_club.htmlAtlético Mineiro head coach Levir Culpi discussed the departure of Ronaldinho on Tuesday and admitted it is a shame the cycle has ended.

The former Brazil international only signed a new contract with the Belo Horizonte club in January after being heavily linked with a move to Turkish club Beşiktaş beforehand.

But now, after several months of inconsistent form and small contributions, the 34-year-old has come to an agreement to leave the club and is a free agent.

Culpi told SporTV that it is unfortunate the charismatic Ronaldinho has departed the club.

"I can't call on Ronaldinho anymore," Goal.com quote the Atlético head coach as saying. "His cycle with us has ended.

"It's unfortunate because he's an idol to all of us. Everyone loves his football, the way he plays and he's a very charismatic person.

"But that's the way it goes. He's leaving and we must move on without him."

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<![CDATA[Liverpool’s Suso: Coutinho plays like a Spaniard]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62970_liverpool___s_suso__coutinho_plays_like_a_spaniard.htmlLiverpool’s young Spanish midfielder Suso believes team mate Philippe Coutinho plays like a Spanish footballer and he is looking forward to learning from the playmaker this season.

The 20-year-old talented attacker has been talking to the Liverpool Echo about the Brazilian and various other issues.

Suso believes Coutinho possess all the qualities of a La Roja player, he said: “Coutinho is like a Spanish type player.

“He reminds me of Spanish players with the qualities he has. He's so good on the ball and has quick feet.”

Suso spent last season on loan at Spanish side Almería but is looking forward to learning from Coutinho this season and watching the 21-year-old in training.

He added: “It's incredible for me to see him train every day and see how he does things.

“Maybe we are similar with the ball but I know I can learn from him.”

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<![CDATA[Parma reject talk linking forward Amauri with Cesena]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62968_parma_reject_talk_linking_forward_amauri_with_cesena.htmlParma have insisted forward Amauri is not available for a transfer after reports linked the Brazilian-born forward with a move to Cesena.

The 34-year-old has been linked with numerous clubs throughout the summer but has thus far remained with the Serie A club.

However, reports in the Italian media labeled Cesena as the latest club to try and sign the forward and suggested the two clubs were in talks about a possible transfer.

Forza Italian Football quoted a statement released on the Parma website, it read: “With regard to what has appeared in some newspapers, Parma states that there are no negotiations with Cesena for the sale of our striker Amauri.

“And that he, like the other players of Parma, are not ‘available’. For the respect of the value they have.”

Amauri enjoyed lots of success last season with Gialloblu and it seems he may still remain with the club, despite continued speculations over his future.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea manager José Mourinho praises Brazilian Filipe Luís]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62966_chelsea_manager_jose_mourinho_praises_brazilian_filipe_luis.htmlChelsea manager José Mourinho has praised new Brazilian signing Filipe Luís and believes he will give the Blues great stability during the 2014/15 campaign.

The left-back moved to west London from Atlético Madrid recently and the Portuguese head coach has explained why it was so important to sign a left-back.

Mourinho was talking to AS about his options ahead of the Premier League season, Football Espana quoted the Chelsea boss.

“After the signing Cesc Fàbregas, we needed a good left-back,” Mourinho explained.

“I think Filipe will give us a lot of stability and new alternatives, since I can play César Azpilicueta at right-back and move Branislav Ivanović to his central position.

“That was our goal and all I needed.”

After featuring in two pre-season games already for Chelsea, it seems Filipe Luís has certainly made a good impression on his new boss and he'll hope to make the left-back position his own.

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<![CDATA[Tim Vickery Column: Farce of 2014 may take longer to recover from than tragedy of 1950]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62963_tim_vickery_column__farce_of_2014_may_take_longer_to_recover_from_than_tragedy_of_1950.htmlOne of the highlights of my not very impressive career as an interviewer.

A couple of years ago I interviewed Aldo Rebelo, Brazil’s Sports Minister.  We were talking, of course, about the World Cup, and he referred to what happened to Brazil on the Maracana pitch in 1950 as ‘a tragedy.’

Suddenly, a flash of my college studies from so long ago came back to my mind.  Rebelo, of course, is a member of the Communist Party, which made the memory all the more relevant.

“Does that mean,” I asked, “that if 1950 was a tragedy, then 2014 will be a farce?”  The source is one of the most famous quotes of Karl Marx (in a reflection on the nineteenth century French decline between Napoleon and his nephew, the German political philosopher reflected that history repeats itself, “first as tragedy, than as farce.”)

Rebelo smiled.  He recognised the reference, but decided it had no application to the situation at hand.  “Not a chance,” he said.

But in the event he was wrong.    For what could be more farcical than the extraordinary collapse of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil in that fateful semi final against Germany?  Well, perhaps the bizarre fact that David Luiz, the biggest villain of the massacre of Belo Horizonte, is still seen by many as the hero of the national team.  Or that, with next to no time for debate and reflection, Dunga was hurriedly re-appointed to coach the national team – sending out a message that there is nothing fundamentally wrong that a tweak of mentality cannot solve.

What else could be more farcical?  Maybe the fact that, despite paying salaries many times higher than the rest of the continent, Brazilian clubs have proved unable to qualify one team for the semi finals of the Copa Libertadores.  Or that for all the money coming in, the debts of Brazilian clubs keep getting bigger.  Or that the clubs hope that the government will allow them to refinance their debts without asking for fundamental changes in return.  Or that average crowds in the United States’ Major League Soccer are higher than those in the Brazilian first division.  Or that Brazil’s big clubs continue to go along with a calendar which is so obviously harmful to their interests.  There could probably be no bigger farce than the continued existence, in the form currently used, of the thoroughly obsolete State Championships.

1950 was a tragedy in the sense that losing the final game to Uruguay appeared to many at the time as a symbol of the inherent weakness of the Brazilian people.  In an era when eugenic theories were still widely believed, the idea of a multi-racial society still seemed to many inherently flawed and dangerous.  Yet this mode of thinking could already be exposed at the time as retarded.  Victors Uruguay, symbols of fibre and moral strength, were as multi-racial as the Brazilians.  And anyway, eight years later, with ‘the Ethiopian Prince’ Didi the brains of the side, and Garrincha and the young Pele wreaking havoc on opposing defences, any such ideas of inherent inferiority were shown up as arrant nonsense.  The tragedy of the Maracana left its mark on those who were there – I knew a man who attended that game and found the sadness so overwhelming that he never returned to the stadium.  But by 1958 there was no reason for others to keep lamenting.

The farce of 2014 in large part is a defeat for Brazilian football rather than for Brazilian society (though this point needs qualification.  The continued existence of the State Championships is a direct consequence of the semi-feudal organisation of Brazilian football, and the grip of conservative power structures that continue to hold great sway in society).   What happened in 2014 will not bury itself as deep in the Brazilian soul as the tragedy of 1950.  But wading through all the farce, this time the fear is that it might take the Brazilian game a bit longer to recover.

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<![CDATA[Goalkeeper Jefferson says Botafogo wage troubles are not affecting performances]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62962_goalkeeper_jefferson_says_botafogo_wage_troubles_are_not_affecting_performances.htmlBotafogo goalkeeper Jefferson has insisted that player protests before their weekend game with Flamengo had no bearing on the outcome of the match, which his side eventually lost 1-0.

The Brazil squad member, 31, spoke out against such claims to ESPN Brasil, stating: "We're fighting for our rights. At no time did it interfere with our results or work."

"We are training, we are professionals, we are seeking our goals. It is a united team that knows what it wants."

Botafogo have been plagued by wage deficits in the recent past, with Sambafoot reporting almost a year ago that player payments were lagging behind at the Rio de Janeiro club. 

They currently sit in 13th place in the Brasileirao championship table, with 12 points from as many games.

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<![CDATA[Jorge Valdivia is asked to return to Palmeiras after Middle East move complications]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62961_jorge_valdivia_is_asked_to_return_to_palmeiras_after_middle_east_move_complications.htmlChilean playmaker Jorge Valdivia has been asked to return to Palmeiras by the club after it emerged that his transfer to the Middle East with Al Fujairah has not been completed as expected.

The 30 year-old midfielder was believed to have reached a deal to move to the U.A.E. and had left the Sao Paulo club with those intentions on both sides.

But, according to reports emerging from Brazilian news site lancenet.com, the paperwork has not been finalised and as such Palmeiras want their man to restart training with them, having paid his wages for the month of July.

He has not trained for weeks now, having had a summer break in the North America, and his agent Wagner Ribeiro refused to comment to lancenet.com about his situation.

Valdivia has had two spells at Palmeiras, playing for the club for a total of six years and winning in that time the Campeonato Paulista, Copa do Brasil and last season's Serie B championship.


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<![CDATA[New Palmeiras signing Allione delighted to join club]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62960_new_palmeiras_signing_allione_delighted_to_join_club.htmlArgentine winger Agustin Allione has done his best to endear himself to the fans of his new club by declaring Palmeiras the largest team in Brazil, after he was presented to the media yesterday.

Allione, 19, moves to Palmeiras from Velez Sarsfield and will work under countryman Ricardo Gareca at the Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo having signed a deal until the summer of 2019.

The youngster said of his move: "It's a sad day because I left a classic team. But, for me it is special because I start playing for the biggest club in Brazil."

On any settling in period, Allione suggested that being from the continent would work in his favour: "It will help me to adapt for sure. Being here is important for any player, it is positive for South American football."

Allione will join fellow Argentines Fernando Tobio and Pablo Mouche at Palmeiras as head coach Ricardo Gareca starts to assemble the squad that he wants going forward.

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<![CDATA[Sao Paulo's Rodrigo Caio: Team have to work more as a unit]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62959_sao_paulo_s_rodrigo_caio__team_have_to_work_more_as_a_unit.htmlYoung Sao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio has opined that the club's recent poor form is not solely down to the men at the back, and that the team has to take responsibility for collective marking at set pieces.

Tricolor have lost their last two league fixtures, with their much-lauded attacking riches failing to get them out of jail on both occasions. They went down 2-1 at Goias at the weekend, and Caio, 20, has suggested that they need to concentrate more.

The centre back said of head coach Muricy Ramalho: "Not only is he unhappy because we are too. We always want to win."

"In this game, we lost goals but the fault is not just the defence. Both their goals were from set pieces. These goals are collective failures, and what is lacking is a little more attention."

"We train and we knew the strikes would be very good but unfortunately it happened and we take it."

Sao Paulo travel to Bragantino this Thursday in the Copa do Brasil.

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<![CDATA[Atletico Mineiro president Kalil hails Ronaldinho contribution]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62958_atletico_mineiro_president_kalil_hails_ronaldinho_contribution.htmlAtletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has insisted that Ronaldinho's exit from the club is purely the player's decision and that he respects the way it has happened, after two years with the Belo Horizonte club.

In an interview with Radio Itatiaia, Kalil said: "I had given word to Assis (Ronaldinho) that if he wanted to leave, he could find me after the Recopa."

"It was his decision and he wants to take a new direction. But he came in through the front door and out through the front door. Let's make a nice farewell on Wednesday."

In his two year stint with the club, Ronaldinho has launched them to new heights and walks away having assisted them in winning the Mineiro state championship, the Copa Libertadores and, most recently, the Recopa Sudamerica.

Kalil added on the 34 year-old: "I think Ronaldo becomes one of the biggest idols, or the biggest idol, of the fans of Atletico. He helped us win very important titles and was very successful."

There is expected to be a further announcement on the end of Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro career later today, perhaps in a joint statement with Kalil.

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<![CDATA[AC Milan CEO confirms Olympiakos Robinho offer]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62957_ac_milan_ceo_confirms_olympiakos_robinho_offer.htmlThe AC Milan CEO, Adriano Galliani, has confirmed one club that has made an offer for in-demand striker Robinho, but insists it is Olympiakos of Greece and not Turkish side Besiktas.

Galliani told Sky Italia: "There's no offer from Besiktas, there's something from Brazil and Olympiakos. We just finished a meeting and we will update tomorrow."

"The market at the moment is geared towards a wide player if we part with Robonho. Inzaghi (head coach) wants left-footed players on the right hand side."

Brazil international Robinho, 30, has been linked with a host of clubs in the past couple of weeks, including Besiktas and Flamengo, and is widely expected to leave the San Siro this summer after four seasons with the European giants.

He failed to burst into Luiz Felipe Scolari's 2014 World Cup squad, despite many calls for his experience and unique ability to play a part for the host nation. 

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho and Atlético Mineiro part ways]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62952_ronaldinho_and_atletico_mineiro_part_ways.htmlIt has been confirmed that Atlético Mineiro and Ronaldinho have come to an agreement to terminate the Brazilian attacker’s contract with the Belo Horizonte club.

Ronaldinho’s current contract did run until December but his lack of form and struggles with injuries has seen him lose his status as one of Galo’s top players over the past six months.

Factor in his excessive wages and it is no surprise it was agreed by all parties that the player and club would part ways.

Eurosport reported the news after various Brazilian sources started to break that he had become a free agent.

Speculations first started following Atlético’s Recopa Sudamericano win over Lanús last week that the former Barcelona man had said goodbye to his team mates and would be leaving.

In addition to this, the 34-year-old has been linked with a move to Boca Juniors over the past few days and with it now confirmed that he is a free agent, the 2002 World Cup winner is free to move to any club.

Predictably a move to Europe will be muted, with Ronaldinho previously close to joining Beşiktaş in January, but as of yet only the Argentinian side Boca have been strongly linked with Ronaldinho.

Also, it is reported that Ronaldinho and Atlético President Alexandre Kalil will do a joint interview for a Brazilian TV station on Wednesday explaining the decision to part ways, however this is yet to be confirmed.

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<![CDATA[Jonathan insists Internazionale will give 100 per cent this season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62951_jonathan_insists_internazionale_will_give_100_per_cent_this_season.htmlInternazionale defender Jonathan has given his backing to head coach Walter Mazzarri and insisted everyone at the club will give 100 per cent during the 2014/15 campaign.

The Brazilian admitted the Nerazzurri only played to about 30 per cent of their best last year as they finished fifth in Serie A.

However when speaking to Sky Sport Italia, the full-back gave his backing to the man in the Inter hotseat.

Football Italia quoted Jonathan, he said: “The coach has so much talent to call upon.

“Last year we gave about 30 per cent, but this year I’m sure that we’ll give 100 per cent. We are completely with the Coach and will do whatever he asks of us.”

The 28-year-old then praised the quality of former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidić and believes Inter will challenge for the Scudetto this season.

He added: “Vidic has the experience of playing at the very highest level and has all the quality to do well at Inter.

“We have such a strong team and I’m sure we’ll fight for the Scudetto right until the end.”

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<![CDATA[Robinho agent confirms the Brazilian hasn’t spoken with Beşiktaş over potential move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62950_robinho_agent_confirms_the_brazilian_hasn___t_spoken_with_be__ikta___over_potential_move.htmlThe ongoing saga involving AC Milan forward Robinho is showing no signs of ending anytime soon as it was confirmed by the Brazilians agent that his client isn’t talking to Turkish side Beşiktaş.

The 30-year-old is a certainty to leave the San Siro this summer but his next destination has remained unknown with various clubs linked and then seemingly pulling out of a possible deal for the attacker.

Robinho had been linked with a €4 million move to the Turkish club by Sport Mediaset earlier today but his agent Marisa Ramos has already come out and refuted those claims.

Ramos told Calciomercato.com that nothing has happened regarding Beşiktaş and his client.

“We know nothing about this Beşiktaş possibility,” Ramos was quoted by Football Italia as saying.

“For now nothing has happened. There will be numerous options emerging, but we must wait and see.

“I can confirm that we have not had any contact with Beşiktaş.”

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<![CDATA[Kaká insists his time with Real Madrid was not a failure]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62949_kaka_insists_his_time_with_real_madrid_was_not_a_failure.htmlKaká has refuted claims his time with La Liga giants Real Madrid was a failure and listed the trophies he won at the Bernabéu as proof of his success.

The Brazilian midfielder failed to reach the same heights he had achieved at AC Milan when he moved to Spain in 2009 and left after just four seasons.

Now 32-years-old and back in his native country with São Paulo, Kaká was quoted by Football Espana as saying: “My time at Real Madrid was not a failure.

“I played 120 games, scored 28 goals and played an average of 30 games a season. I also won three trophies, the League, Copa del Rey and Supercopa.”

The former Ballon d’Or winner paid tribute to Chelsea manager José Mourinho, who managed him for the majority of his spell at Madrid.

Kaká believes working with the Portuguese manager helped him grow as a person, he added: “He was a person who helped me grow, to be patient, to fight and respect the decisions of the coach.

“I learned to respect that figure, their decisions and do everything in my power to make him see that I could play.

“It’s what I did in the three years I worked with him. It helped me mature and in that phase I went from a child to an adult. What happened with Mourinho was a time of difficulty.”

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<![CDATA[Brazil head coach sends another warning to Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62948_brazil_head_coach_sends_another_warning_to_neymar.htmlNew Brazil head coach Dunga has admitted he wouldn’t have let Barcelona duo Neymar and Dani Alves dye their hair had he been in charge of Seleção during the 2014 World Cup.

The 1994 World Cup winner was quoted by Football Espana after discussing Brazil’s number one man Neymar.

The 50-year-old said: “I wouldn’t have allowed these players to die their hair while they were with the national team.

“Either do it before or after, but they should be thinking about the World Cup.

“Neymar appears with a cap or without a cap. It should be [a Brazil cap]. We should be talking about what happens on the field.”

The new Brazil head coach then admitted if Neymar wants to be first choice for his country he has to earn the right.

Dunga insists he won’t pick the 22-year-old based on his reputation, another shot at the superstar after insisting following his appointment that the national team won’t be dependent on him anyway.

“Neymar is a reference for the world,” Dunga said.

“He won’t play based on who he is. He’ll play depending on the team.”

The former Internacional head coach continues on his quest to warn Neymar that he won’t be picked because of his reputation.

However, considering the Barcelona ace has 35 international goals in 54 Brazil caps, he has hardly been underwhelming for his country in his international career to date.

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<![CDATA[Report: Beşiktaş ready to bid €4 million for in demand Milan forward Robinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62940_report__be__ikta___ready_to_bid____4_million_for_in_demand_milan_forward_robinho.htmlBeşiktaş are believed to be ready to make a bid for Milan forward Robinho.

Sport Mediaset, as reported by Football Italia, claims that the Istanbul based club have offered Milan €4 million and would give Robinho a three-year deal.

The Brazil international - capped 92 times - has reportedly been told that he can move on after four years in Italy, where he has managed just 17 goals in all competitions across the last three seasons.

Robinho, 30, has won nine major honours during his various spells at Santos, Real Madrid, Manchester City and most recently Milan, but last term he become a bit-part player with the Rossoneri and has now been frozen out.

New Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City had been favourites to sign him, but their inability to conclude a deal allowed the likes of Atlético Mineiro, Cruzeiro, Flamengo, Santos and Tigres UANL to come into the equation.

The majority of those clubs linked have subsequently distanced themselves due to financial constraints, which has seemingly left just Orlando, perhaps Flamengo, and now Beşiktaş in the hunt.

Whether Robinho would be tempted to move to Turkey and play in the Spor Toto Süper Lig remains to be seen. Beşiktaş failed in their attempts to lure Ronaldinho in 2013, but others Brazilians such as Roberto Carlos, Felipe Melo, Alex, Lincoln and Cláudio Taffarel have had success stints over the years.

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<![CDATA[Jô: Ronaldinho has played his last match for Atlético-MG]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62944_jo__ronaldinho_has_played_his_last_match_for_atletico-mg.htmlRonaldinho has not contacted anybody at the club since they clinched the Recopa Sudamericana on Wednesday with a 5-3 aggregate victory over Argentina’s Lanus.

Jô, the 34-year-old’s team-mate and friend, expects that to be his last game for the club.

Ronaldinho was substituted early in the second half of that game before the two-time FIFA World Player of The Year winner wrote on Twitter: "Galo (Atletico Mineiro) will always be in my heart."

He was then given a week off by Atlético officials to take part in a testimonial game for former Barcelona teammate Deco but he failed to show up for Friday’s match in Lisbon after reportedly missing his flight.

"I didn`t speak with him after the (Recopa) win, but everything indicates that it was his last match," Jô told Globoesporte.

"The way he said goodbye to everybody gave that impression."

Local media has claimed that Ronaldinho has not contacted anybody at Atlético since the Recopa victory.

"We don’t know anything and we will wait for an official word about him," added Jô

Ronaldinho has been linked with both Boca Juniors of Argentina and Besiktas of Turkey.

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<![CDATA[Enderson Moreira steps down as Grêmio manager]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62942_enderson_moreira_steps_down_as_gremio_manager.htmlFlanked by club president Fábio Koff, Enderson Moreira announced the decision following Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Coritiba.

Grêmio currently sit tenth in the table but are only three points off Fluminense in third position. Nevertheless, Sunday’s defeat has prompted a change at the Gaúcho club.

“We regret today’s result. After talking with the directors, Rui [Costa, executive director], Chitolina [football coordinator] and the president, we have decided that things haven’t gone the way we had hoped,” said Moreira at the post-match press conference.

“I especially regret the situation. I would publicly like to thank the fans and I apologise that things didn’t go well.”

The club’s Under-20 coach André Jardine will take temporary charge of first team affairs.

Grêmio now face two consecutive away games starting with Vitória on Saturday, in Salvador, followed by a clássico against Internacional on the August 10.

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<![CDATA[Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano open to play for Ukraine]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62939_brazilian_striker_luiz_adriano_open_to_play_for_ukraine.htmlBrazil have already lost one striker to another country this year. Chelsea striker Diego Costa decided prior to the World Cup that he would prefer to represent Spain, his adopted country, rather than his native Brazil.

It now appears as though Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil-born forward Luiz Adriano may be on the brink of making a similar decision.

The 27-year-old has said he is considering becoming a Ukrainian citizen to make himself eligible for the national team, local press reported Monday.

"It’s true, I have an intention to receive Ukrainian citizenship," the striker was quoted as saying by the www.football.ua website.

"But my final decision will depend on the situation in Ukraine," said Adriano, in reference to the conflict between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country.

"If things return to normal I will be happy to receive a Ukrainian passport," he added.

Ukraine coach Mikhail Fomenko has previously said that Adriano, who has played in the European country since 2007, would receive a call-up to the national team as soon as he receives a Ukrainian passport.

Adriano has scored an impressive 108 goals in 235 matches for the Ukrainian champions.

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<![CDATA[Dunga: Men don't cry]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62938_dunga__men_don_t_cry.htmlThe new coach of the Brazilian national team has said that he prefers players who don't cry and don’t publicly lament the absence of a star.

Dunga was speaking to Veja magazine, and said that he doesn’t intend to use a psychologist to keep his players’ heads in place.

"A crying scene like that of the match against Chile looks bad. We are chauvinists, we have the idea that men don't cry," said the 50-year-old.

Dunga was recently appointed head coach of the Seleção for the second time, having previously led Brazil in their unsuccessful 2010 World Cup campaign.

Following the Neymar's injury against Colombia at the quarter-finals stage of the recent World Cup, some players decided to wear caps emblazoned with the phrase "Força, Neymar" (Be Strong, Neymar) before the semi-final against Germany, a decision that Dunga was critical of.

"If we are going to war, we can't grieve for our losses. We have to support the soldier who is replacing him," he completed.

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