<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Scolari Slaps Down Barcelona Paulinho Interest]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88059_scolari_slaps_down_barcelona_paulinho_interest.htmlGuangzhou Evergrande manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has issued a stern hands off to Barcelona over their apparent interest in midfielder Paulinho. The ex-Spurs and Corinthians man has reinvented himself in China and become part of the Brazilian national team again.

He scored a hat trick against Uruguay in Montevideo in March, which sparked interest in the midfielder. Paulinho is playing under his ex-Seleção coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at Ghangzhou and Felipão was in defiant mood when questioned about Barcelona’s interest.

“Paulinho is not going to move from Guangzhou Evergrande and, for those who do not know it, he has a €40m release clause. At this moment it is not easy for any Chinese team to let an important player go because it is difficult and very expensive to sign a replacement due to new tax rates.

A new 100% tax rate on imported footballers looks set to curb the spending of Chinese clubs on expensive foreign talent. The likes of Oscar, Jon Obi Mikel, Axel Witsel. Carlos Tevez, Hulk and Alexandre Pato are already playing in China.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-06/home/Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Firmino Takes Number 9 Shirt for Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88058_firmino_takes_number_9_shirt_for_liverpool.htmlLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino will take the number 9 shirt for the Reds next season. He has worn number 11 since signing for the club from Hoffenheim two years ago, but Firmino has requested the 9 shirt for the 2017-18 season.

New signing Mohamed Salah will have number 11 in his place. Firmino will wear the 9 made famous by the likes of Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres.

The Brazilian has promised to personally sign the shirt of anyone who has already had his name and the number 11 printed on the back of the new jersey. A statement on Liverpool’s official website read,

“'As a gesture to those fans who have already purchased the official 2017-18 jersey with Firmino’s name and number 11 on the back, Roberto would like to offer supporters the opportunity to have them personally signed by him.

“All official 2017-18 season shirts with ‘Firmino 11’ printed on them should be sent to Anfield by August 18, 2017 with a stamped self-addressed envelope big enough to contain your jersey. It will then be signed by Firmino and returned using the self-addressed envelope.

“Please note that you are required to send proof of purchase with your shirt (e.g. a receipt of purchase which will be returned to you with your shirt). Only shirts purchased before 9pm BST on June 22, 2017 will be signed and any and all postal duty to send to us and return your shirt to you must be paid in full.”

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<![CDATA[Juventus to Release Dani Alves from his contract]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88046_juventus_to_release_dani_alves_from_his_contract.htmlItalian giants Juventus have confirmed that they are discussing a deal with Brazilian right-back Dani Alves to release him from his contract. Alves joined the Turin club from Barcelona last summer, but looks set to cut his stay in Serie A short.

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said, “We’re not talking about a breakdown in the relationship, it’s motivation that is fundamental for players.

“Alves has realised he has a desire to try a new experience, so we’re trying to reach a mutual termination of his contract and we wish him good luck.

“There’s certainly sadness because of what’s been said, but I can confirm there’s been no breakdown in our relationship.”

The 34-year old is widely speculated to be joining ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. He did initially sign a two year deal with Juve, but reports suggest that he is eager to join his ex-mentor in Manchester.

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<![CDATA[Jô Talks About Manchester City and Everton Spells]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88045_jo_talks_about_manchester_city_and_everton_spells.htmlCorinthians striker Jô has opened up about his spell at Manchester City. The Brazilian joined City from CSKA Moscow in 2008, just as the club were taken over by Thai billionaire Thaksin Shiniwatra. He also spent time on loan at Everton, but struggled to adapt to life in England.

Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Jô reflected, “Manchester City came with a bid of €20m. Even so, the president wouldn’t sell. I had been scoring goals and we had just won the Russian cup. In July, City came with another offer, this time €24m, and then finally the president decided to sell me.

“I came in when a Thai was the owner and Eriksson had just left, the guy who had asked for my signing, but it was still a dream for me to play in the Premier League. Manchester City was still an average club at the time, but evolving.

“It was all very new. I arrived as the most expensive player in the club’s history. Then Robinho and Wright-Phillips came and the team grew. The adaptation was very difficult. I came from the Russian championship in which CSKA were the best by far, to the most difficult and most competitive league in the world.”

Jô enjoyed his loan spell at Everton, where he played until falling out with manager David Moyes, “It was at Everton that I really started playing in England. Our team was very good, I played with Arteta, Saha, Pienaar, it was a very good squad. This year I learned a lot. We qualified for the Europa League.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-06/home/Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:20:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabio Aurelio Pays Tribute to Lucas Leiva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88025_fabio_aurelio_pays_tribute_to_lucas_leiva.htmlFormer Liverpool left-back has paid tribute to Liverpool’s outgoing midfielder Lucas Leiva. Aurelio was the first Brazilian to sign for the club back in 2006. He was joined by Lucas one year later, with Leiva staying for a whole decade, before leaving this summer.

Aurelio told the Liverpool website about his friendship with Lucas and waxed lyrical over his contribution to the club website, “I spoke to him a lot when he had just arrived, because it’s very different to play in Brazil and then swap to England at the young age he was.

Lucas arrived from Grêmio and Aurelio helped the midfielder in his early days on Merseyside, “It’s a much more physical game. For me, it was a bit easier to adapt as I came from Spain instead of directly from Brazil.

“His position is also more difficult when you don’t have enough time to control the ball. He struggled a lot when he came into the team but we had confidence in him, we knew of his capabilities during training sessions. He had the confidence of the coach who bought him, Rafa [Benitez].

“It was just a question of time and his confidence during those difficult moments. He showed that he has very strong character and he swapped the situation from zero to 100.

“No-one in Liverpool could talk badly of him; he is professional, he has character in games, he is always fit to play games, he has played in a lot of positions to help the team.

“It’s not easy to be at the same club for that amount of time, especially not being an English player. He has all the compliments for that achievement.”

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<![CDATA[Ex-Liverpool Defender Hails ‘Complete’ Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88024_ex-liverpool_defender_hails____complete____firmino.htmlFormer Liverpool left-back Fabio Aurelio has paid tribute to the impact of Roberto Firmino for the Reds this season. The Brazilian scored 11 goals in the Premier League and formed a lethal partnership with Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane.

Firmino was deployed as a false 9 and formed a large part of the reason that Liverpool qualified for the Champions League, Firmino showed what he could do last season, in an important role in the team,” Aurelio told the Liverpool website.

“He can do amazing things with the ball; some of the dribbles he did last season, nobody would have expected to be done, and some goals.

“He is not only a scorer but he also creates chances for his teammates. Coutinho and Firmino know each other well. From what I could watch last season, they understand very well what the coach asks of them.

“You see the team and it’s not only two or three players, the whole team has a very good mentality, they were strong physically, they were very strong in moments when they didn’t have key players.

“That’s important in competitions like the Premier League, where you have to be very consistent across the whole season. If Liverpool can keep those important players and add a few more, they will have a great chance.”

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<![CDATA[Chelsea Agree Deal with Juventus for Alex Sandro- Report]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88015_chelsea_agree_deal_with_juventus_for_alex_sandro-_report.htmlItalian publication Repubblica is reporting that Chelsea have agreed a £60m deal with Italian giants Juventus for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro. The Premier League champions are believed to have had two previous bids rejected by ‘The Old Lady.’

The Blues are looking to bolster their squad with European football on the horizon this season and believe that the Brazilian can play as a wing-back in their 3-4-3 system. Sandro would compete for a place with Marcos Alonso.

Sandro joined Juve from Porto in 2015 and has been an integral part of their squad ever since. It is believed that Juventus have already identified Monaco’s Bernard Mendy as a potential replacement.

Sandro was part of the Brazil squad that played friendlies against Argentina and Australia in Melbourne last week. Chelsea are keen to get the deal over the line to placate boss Antonio Conte, who has reportedly become frustrated with the club’s transfer inactivity to date.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-06/home/Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho ‘Improving Every Season’ says ex Reds Defender Fabio Aurelio]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88014_coutinho____improving_every_season____says_ex_reds_defender_fabio_aurelio.htmlEx-Liverpool left-back Fabio Aurelio has heaped praise upon his compatriot Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian enjoyed another very productive season for the Merseyside club. 7

Aurelio, who played for Liverpool from 2006 – 2012, told the Liverpool website, “Coutinho was already doing brilliant things but this season he has just confirmed his quality. Difficult things look very simple for him.

“After watching him last season, it’s difficult to see what else he can improve on – he scored goals from free-kicks, he scored goals from close to the goal, from outside the box.

“We see him improving every season. I’m keen to see what else he’s capable of doing. Obviously you cannot predict what he’s going to do, he surprises you every time. It’s amazing to watch him play.

“I thought he would do very well in Liverpool but I didn’t expect it to be so quick and so easy to adapt to the English league, which is very physical. The confidence he has gained in the past few years is helping him a lot and he is improving.

“We missed Coutinho a lot when he wasn’t there, or when some of the key players were not playing the team would feel it a lot,” he said of last term. That is the kind of thing they can improve next season, and keep the important players. Coutinho and Firmino were very important last season.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-06/home/Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:31:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Australia and Argentina Friendlies Give Brazil’s Fringe Players a Chance to Shine]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87982_australia_and_argentina_friendlies_give_brazil___s_fringe_players_a_chance_to_shine.htmlAustralia and Argentina Friendlies Give Brazil’s Fringe Players a Chance to Shine
With Brazil’s qualification for the World Cup guaranteed, coach Tite has the liberty of assessing his options ahead of next summer’s tournament in Russia. He has elected to leave out mainstays such as Neymar, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Alisson, Casemiro, Miranda and Marquinhos for June matches against Argentina and Australia in Melbourne.

Earlier this month, Tite suggested that omitting Neymar was about more than just resting his weary legs. Tite is a very practical coach and he wants to be able to fireproof his team against all eventualities. If for any reason he has to play without Neymar in Russia, he will want to find solutions in inconsequential matches in Melbourne.

Tite will also use the opportunity to examine some fringe players and the likes of Alex Sandro, Jemerson, Rodrigo Caio and Diego Alves will have the chance to bid for a place on the plane to Eastern Europe. The only surprise, in this context, is that Tite doesn’t seem to feel as experimental with his centre forward choices.

Gabriel Jesus is absolutely unrivalled for the number 9 spot. Brazil have struggled for a centre forward for over a decade, so 19 year old Jesus’ rise has proved timely. But it’s difficult to see what the back up options are. In March, with the City striker injured, Tite opted for Roberto Firmino as a false 9, but the Liverpool man is not going to be involved in Melbourne.
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Much rests on the young man’s shoulders- if he becomes unavailable for any reason next summer, there doesn’t seem to be a firm contingency plan in place. Sport’s Diego Souza has been called, but at 29 years old, he does not seem to be a firm option.

The inclusion of David Luiz is interesting too. A series of awkward performances in 2014 and 2015 seem to have brought the curtain down on his international career, but he has starred at the centre of a back 3 for Chelsea this season. The system certainly suits Luiz’s qualities and it invites the question as to whether Title might want to experiment with a back 3.

He is very keen on finding in game solutions to tactical issues and the ability to switch mid-game might appeal to him. There again, he did suggest that Luiz was perfectly capable of playing in a back 4. If Luiz can enjoy another year of progress, he might just nudge onto the place to Russia ahead of Gil. The partnership of Miranda and Marquinhos is certain to form the first-choice pairing.

It might have been better for Brazil to take on at least one European side, having already faced Argentina plenty of times in recent years. But by electing to leave some of his starts at home, Tite is not bowing to commercial pressure from sponsors, the planning for the World Cup is well under way.

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<![CDATA[Are you down with the Samba? Here is how you can connect with your favorite team ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87948_are_you_down_with_the_samba_here_is_how_you_can_connect_with_your_favorite_team_.htmlIf you are a fan of The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the first division of the Brazilian football setup, then you know you will always want to follow your team all year round. With 20 teams on the roaster every season, chances are that you will be spoilt for choice as to what team to go with. Big names Like Fluminense, Corinthians and of course 2016 champions Palmeiras are well-known and have a huge fan base, but even lesser outfits in the mold of Avai, Vitoria and Sport Recife also have a loyal following. The second tier of Brazilian football, The Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, is also a massive hit among fans. Regardless of where your loyalties lay, below are some ways to keep your team close season in, season out:


Go to games.


This would be the simplest way to gel with the Samba stars you have always loved. Brazil is known for its modest rates for match day tickets, so as long as you are living within the country, the cost should not really put a dent in your jeans. For example, Corinthians’ match tickets go for anything between$6.4 and $22.7. Season tickets to Todo Poderoso games will set you back around $553 but that is on the steep side. Smaller teams with smaller budgets and smaller stadiums charge significantly less.


Sneak in at open training sessions


Brazilian heavyweights Cruzeiro are known to have a strong bond with their base, and they do let their fans in on selected number of training sessions. The idea is to allow fans to interact with players and feel part of the community. Said sessions are free and take place at Cruzeiro’s home ground, Mineirão. It has a capacity of over 62,000. Other clubs try to match this tradition, all to varying degrees of success.


Buy club merchandise


In 2016, Flamengo sold 2,133,122 jerseys. Corinthians followed with 1,971,789 while Palmeiras sealed the top 3 list with 1,865,435. If you are looking for club merchandise, all you need to do is visit the website of your preferred team and order. You can also register on their web platforms in order to receive newsletters, videos, pictures and updates.


Catch them on match days on TV


The Brazilian league is quite the hit with broadcasters across the board, all the way from the home country to Asia, Europe, Caribbean and Oceania. Within Brazil, you can catch live games on options such as TEEN in Asia, SportsMax in the Carribean as well as Supersport and Laola 1 in Europe.
The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A is always a feisty affair that involves 20 teams and lasts between the months of May and December. Over the course of the 38 games, old rivalries are reborn, friends become rivals and history is made in the most spectacular of ways. The League has made Brazil’s national team, Seleção, one of the most successful on the world stage. The fun thing about watching the games on TV at home is that you can also hit up sites like Online Casino Bluebook, that offer reviews of the best sports betting websites to bet on your favorite teams!
The country has produced legends in the game, all the way from Pele to Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and most recently, Neymar Jr. With all the talent and action there is in the Brasileiro Serie A, you really have no choice but to keep up with your team of choice.

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<![CDATA[Valdivía Seals Atlético Mineiro Loan Move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87741_valdivia_seals_atletico_mineiro_loan_move.htmlInternacional attacker Valdivía is has completed a loan move to Atlético Mineiro. The 22 year old is in Belo Horizonte and the club have announced he joins on a loan deal that would see him spend the 2017 season with the club.

Valdivía was considered one of Brazil’s hottest young properties and was set to play a significant part in last summer’s Olympic squad for the Seleção. However, he picked up a cruciate ligament injury at the beginning of last year which saw him miss out.

Valdivía’s absence is cited as a big reason for Inter’s shock relegation from the Brasileirão Serie A last year. Initially, he had said he will stay with his boyhood club, but now a move to Galo looks to be on the cards.

There had been speculation of a player moving in the other direction to facilitate the deal, with Atlético defender Frickson Erazo and playmaker Maicosuel mooted. But Fox reporter Diego Bertozzi says that there will be no movement in the other direction. Inter already have Galo striker Carlos on loan.

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<![CDATA[Why hasn’t it worked for Gabigol at Inter?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87740_why_hasn___t_it_worked_for_gabigol_at_inter_.htmlGabriel Barbosa’s move to Inter Milan has not worked out in the way that the promising 20 year old attacker would have hoped. He has appeared a total of 10 times for I Nerazzurri, scoring only once. On Sunday, he was publicly chastised http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87699_gabigol_apologises_for_inter_bench_snub.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter by his manager for leaving the substitute’s bench and heading for the dressing room, after yet another match spent as an unused substitute.

So why has the move not worked out for Gabigol, long considered one of Brazil’s premier attacking talents? Well, in truth, it never looked like a good move for the ex-Santos man. Rumours have begun to circulate of a loan move back to Santos. Here are some of the reasons that Serie A has yet to work out for young Gabigol.

IT CAME TOO EARLY

Under pressure from agents and clubs that see the reais signs, plenty of young Brazilians move to Europe a little too soon. Gabriel should probably have stayed at Santos for one more year and played in their Copa Libertadores campaign.

Neymar waited until he was 21 before making the jump to Barcelona. That was probably a year too late for his abilities, but Gabigol would have benefitted from one more year of regular football at Santos alongside a fluid attacking unit, featuring Lucas Lima and Ricardo Oliveira.

The cultural acclimatisation is steep for young Brazilians that move to Europe and it is a step that requires maturity. Gabigol had been used to being considered the boy wonder at Santos, but he has received no such indulgence at Inter and has fallen foul of a few coaches in his year there.

INTER MILAN IS NOT A STABLE ENVIRONMENT

Inter have gone through three coaches this year, so it has hardly provided a secure environment for a 20 year old moving to Europe. Each of Inter’s bosses have been under severe pressure and have therefore been reluctant to give Gabigol a chance to impress.

He has been criticised for his attitude on a few occasions by coaches, but frankly, Inter is a basket case of a club at the moment amidst ownership and managerial upheaval.  I Nerazzurri coaches have had a little too much going on to be able to give Gabigol the sort of nurturing he requires.

THE COMPETITION FOR PLACES IS STRONG

20 year olds need to be able to play regular football to progress and Gabigol has not been able to get minutes at Inter, which leads to a vicious cycle of stagnation and then further isolation from the first team.

The Serie A side have Icardi, Palacio, Eder and Bianiany in the forward positions, which has seen Gabigol’s opportunities limited. As a result, he has found himself frozen out of the team, which has halted his development.

THE MOVE CAME LATE IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW

Last July, Santos prematurely announced a contract extension for the left footed forward. It’s not uncommon for owners of Brazilian clubs to speak too soon, in their never ending thirst for bravado and hubris.

Barbosa went to the summer Olympics with Brazil and played a crucial part in his country winning a gold medal. As a result, the move to Inter did not go through until just before the transfer deadline in late August.

Up until that point, his future was unresolved. Having played a physically and emotionally demanding Olympic campaign on home soil, he was soon packing his bags and leaving for Italy, which can’t have helped his adaption.

First of all, he needed a few weeks off after his exertions in Rio, which meant he started the season playing catch up in terms of his fitness. Crucially, he did not have much time to prepare himself psychologically for the move to Europe either.

Having just won an Olympic gold medal, it is entirely possible that both his agent and Santos saw a chance to cash in on a transfer when his stock was high. Likewise, Inter might have decided to simply move for him before a competitor did with Brazil’s success still resonating.

HE NEEDS TIME TO ADAPT

Gabriel has a very deliberate style of play and though he is physically well built, it was always going to take him some time to adapt to football in Europe. His transfer to Inter is not yet a total failure of course.

The conditions were simply never present for him to flourish. His progress has cryogenically frozen in a vicious cycle of a lack of opportunities, which has stunted his development, which has further limited his opportunities. By all accounts, he has struggled to cope with this environment and therefore not been able to offer his best.

Brazilian football is littered with stories of young talents that fail to achieve their potential in Europe. Gabigol is still only 20, so his story is still very much at its epilogue. He should probably take a step backwards to go forwards again.

If a move back to Santos could be arranged, on loan or otherwise, he would be well advised to take it and try to start again. Then in a year or two, he will be in a better position to make a move to a more suitable European club. 

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<![CDATA[Lucas Leiva To Consider Liverpool Future Over the Summer]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87722_lucas_leiva_to_consider_liverpool_future_over_the_summer.htmlLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva says that he will consider his future with the club over the summer. The Brazilian celebrates ten years with the club this year and following the Reds’ 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Sunday, Lucas says he will consider his next move on vacation.

Lucas has been linked with a move away for much of the last two years and he revealed that he has a further year left on his current contract, “I have two children who were born in Liverpool,” he told ESPN Brasil.

“I’m 30 years old, so 33% of my life was made in Liverpool, it’s ten years. So I’m very happy. I was pleased and grateful. I have another year of contract with Liverpool. I’ll probably go on vacation now and have a talk with Jurgen Klopp, with the owners.”

Lucas was presented with a special award to mark his tenth season with the club following Sunday’s Premier League finale, “I think that after ten years, it’s not a matter of negotiation, but rather of finding a solution that is good for both parties.”

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Expected Adaption to the Premier League to be Harder]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87721_gabriel_jesus_expected_adaption_to_the_premier_league_to_be_harder.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus admits that he expected to find adapting to life in the Premier League a little harder. The 19-year old has scored 7 goals in 11 appearances since joining from Palmeiras in January.

The Brazilian admitted to ESPN Brasil that he expected a much tougher induction to life in the UK, “I thought it would be harder. It hasn't been easy, for sure, I changed my life completely, but I'll never complain about it. I'm grateful for being here, realising a dream, playing in Europe.

“When I left Palmeiras, it was sad, but happy as well, with a title. Everybody is helping me here, [Brazilian teammates] Fernandinho, Fernando, but the club as well. They help my family, my friends that are here with me," he added.

"I'm missing my mum a little, she is in Brazil with my brothers and nephews. But, when she is happy, I am too. This week we will meet and end this feeling.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Wed, 24 May 2017 13:42:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Doesn’t Want to be ‘Just Another Player’ at Barca]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87700_coutinho_doesn___t_want_to_be____just_another_player____at_barca.htmlLiverpool Attacker Philippe Coutinho says he would like to stay at Liverpool and try to become a club legend rather than move to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and become ‘just another player.’

Coutinho has been continuously linked with Barca, despite signing a new Liverpool contract in January. The Reds qualified for the Champions League preliminary rounds after a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday.

Coutinho says he is not looking to leave the club any time soon, “Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour. Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more,” he told ESPN Brasil.

“I have a long contract with Liverpool,” Coutinho added. “Speculation is for journalists only. We started the season very well, I started well. But then in the middle the performance regressed. Then we bounced back, I finished the season at a high level.

“The whole team is playing well, today was a very important victory, next season it’s the Champions League,” the Brazilian concluded. Coutinho has been selected for Brazil’s June friendlies against Australia and Argentina in Melbourne. 

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<![CDATA[Gabigol Apologises for Inter Bench Snub]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87699_gabigol_apologises_for_inter_bench_snub.htmlInter Milan attacker Gabriel Barbosa has apologised for storming off of the bench and into the locker room during Inter’s match with Lazio on Sunday. With all 3 substitutes used, Gabigol left the bench and went back to the dressing room.

The young Brazilian has found opportunities very limited in Serie A, but he took to his twitter account to apologise for his conduct, “Yesterday during the game between Lazio and Inter, I suddenly had a thoughtless and inadequate attitude when leaving the field before ending the game.

“After the heat of the game had passed, calmly and with the support of my family, I saw that this is contrary to my sportsmanship and my professional values. I acknowledge my mistake and would like to register my sincere apologies to all the Nerazzurri supporters who have always supported me and my teammates.”

Inter boss Stefano Vecchi confirmed the club will take disciplinary action against the forward they signed from Santos last August, “Did he expect to come on?" Maybe, like all those who are sitting on the bench. He probably had high expectations just as the club and the fans had about him.

“It is not always the fault of the coach, he has some good qualities that should be used in the service of the team. Why has he not found space with any of the coaches this season? Because in this squad there are very strong attackers.

“Icardi has 25 goals this season, Eder is playing very well, and Palacio, who is a great player and a great man, is out but he always trains to the maximum. All this should be an example for all young people. Today, Gabigol has left the bench and the club will take action.” 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Mon, 22 May 2017 21:14:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Optimistic on Firmino Fitness]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87680_klopp_optimistic_on_firmino_fitness.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is optimistic that forward Roberto Firmino will be fit for today’s crunch clash with Middlesbrough at Anfield. The Reds need to win to confirm 4th position and Champions League qualification.

The Brazilian missed last week’s 4-0 win over West Ham with a muscle complaint, but Klopp thins he should be fit to take on relegated Boro, “We could not decide until now, but he feels good and he feels comfortable.

“He did a lot of things, but was not part of team training. That’s not a problem after this long season. I think we will make a final test on Sunday. In this moment, I would rather say ‘yes’ than ‘perhaps’, but I am not sure.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Sun, 21 May 2017 15:48:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar Exclusion ‘Part of Brazil’s Preparation’ Admits Tite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87679_neymar_exclusion____part_of_brazil___s_preparation____admits_tite.htmlBrazil boss Tite has admitted that omitting Neymar from the squad for June friendlies against Australia and Argentina is as much in the interests of the team, as it is the player himself.

Neymar has been spared for the games in Melbourne, alongside other senior players such as Marquinhos, Dani Alves, Casemiro and Marcelo. Tite has decided to rest those players after gruelling club seasons, but he also wants to take the chance to look at some fringe players.

Brazil are already qualified for next year’s World Cup and Tite says learning to play without Neymar is valuable contingency planning for the team, in case their talisman becomes unavailable for any reason.

“The team must be prepared for various situations that may occur in the game. I talk about negative results, going behind on the scoreboard, adversity, knowing how to manage games. Working without Neymar is also preparation, yes.

“We met Edu (Gaspar, coordinator of CBF), Rogério Caboclo (executive director) and President Marco Polo (Del Nero) and they agreed in pursuing the best course of action for the Brazilian national team- regardless of names. That was the opinion of all of the technical staff.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Sun, 21 May 2017 14:32:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite selects Brazil squad for Australia and Argentina games. Luiz and Coutinho called]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87678_tite_selects_brazil_squad_for_australia_and_argentina_games__luiz_and_coutinho_called.htmlTite today announced his 24 man squad for June friendlies against Argentina and Australia in Melbourne. The Seleção will play a superclasico against Argentina on June 9th, followed by an exhibition game against Australia in the same stadium- Melbourne’s MCG- on June 13th.

With Brazil already qualified for the World Cup, Tite has taken the chance to rest some established players, look at some fringe players and reinstate some previously unfancied options. Willian and Philippe Coutinho are selected, while Chelsea defender David Luiz is called for the first time in Tite’s reign.

Alisson, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Roberto Firmino and Neymar are all spared. However, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is called with clubmate Fernandinho. Luiz’s recall is the biggest surprise, despite his excellent form for league champions Chelsea this season.

Squad in full; Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico Paranaense), Ederson (Benfica)

Defenders: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich), David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)

Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit St. Petersburg), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriguinho (Corinthians), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Diego Souza (Sport), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Sun, 21 May 2017 13:10:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite happy to recall “Champion” David Luiz after “strong year” with Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87677_tite_happy_to_recall____champion____david_luiz_after____strong_year____with_chelsea.htmlBrazil boss Tite hailed David Luiz’s recent form after recalling him to the national squad for June friendlies against Argentina and Australia in Melbourne. The 30 year old is in the team with Marquinhos rested.

With Brazil already qualified for the World Cup, Tite is assessing some of his fringe players in the June friendlies, “David Luiz is a champion of England, he had a strong year. Yes, he deserves this comeback to the Seleção.

When questioned on whether Tite would consider a back 3, a system Luiz has flourished in for his club this season, Tite responded, “Excellent question. Like Bielsa said, David is polyvalent and versatile. He is a player first and a position second.”

Tite also called Juventus left-back Alex Sandro to the squad with Marcelo rested, “Alex Sandro is having an excellent season at Juventus and is in the final of the Champions League. He deserves this opportunity.”

Tite also dismissed the idea that any game with Argentina, who Brazil defeated 3-0 in qualifying in Belo Horizonte in November, could be classed as a friendly, “There is no friendly with Argentina. Facing Argentina is a championship on its own. I'd be hypocritical to deny this.

“I am always trying to reinvent myself by watching games, contacting coaches, doing footballing activities. I have been through more than one thousand games and I consider this number to be very little. Learning never stops.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Sun, 21 May 2017 12:06:11 +0000
<![CDATA[‘I Have Always Supported Arsenal’ Says Hulk]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87664____i_have_always_supported_arsenal____says_hulk.htmlBrazilian striker Hulk says that he is an avid fan of English football and that he has always taken a particular shine to Arsenal. Hulk is currently playing for SIP Shanghai in China, but admits England remains a big curiosity for him.

The 30 year old told SporTV, “It's always been a dream, it's a very competitive championship and the stadiums are full in every game, no matter what the team. I have always followed the Premier League and have always supported Arsenal. [I'm a fan of] Wenger's way of playing, but unfortunately he has not won trophies in recent years.”

Hulk began his career at Vitoria, before moving to Japan in 2008, joining FC Porto just two years later. After a successful spell at Zenit St. Petersburg, he joined Shanghai last year. Hulk was enthusiastic about his experience in Chinese football so far.

He said he is happy in China, but when quizzed about a move to England, he replied, “nothing is impossible.” Hulk is a teammate of ex Chelsea star Oscar.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Fri, 19 May 2017 19:31:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Bebeto backs son Mattheus to play for Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87663_bebeto_backs_son_mattheus_to_play_for_brazil.htmlBrazil legend Bebeto is backing his son Mattheus Oliveira to follow in his father’s footsteps and pull on the Brazil shirt. 22 year old Mattheus signed for Sporting Lisbon from Estoril this week, having previously played for Flamengo.

Bebeto famously created the “cradle rocking” celebration during Brazil’s victorious 1994 World Cup campaign to mark his son’s birth. “When I made that celebration maybe it was like Mattheus was baptised by God," Bebeto told BBC World Service.

“With that celebration, Mattheus was introduced to football," he said. "And football was all he was ever interested in. I think his first ever word was probably 'football',” the World Cup winning striker joked.

"He was the only one of my sons whose birth I didn't attend, because I was playing football. That's why I spontaneously did that celebration.” Mattheus has represented Brazil at youth level and Bebeto is backing him to make the step up to the senior side soon enough.

“To do that in Brazil you have to have very good potential because every day new players are coming through. People are starting to see his potential. And for me, I have no doubt that he has the potential to play for the Brazilian national team.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Fri, 19 May 2017 19:09:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar; ‘This Has Been My Best Season at Barca’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87626_neymar_____this_has_been_my_best_season_at_barca___.htmlNeymar has hailed this season as his best season at Barcelona, from a personal standpoint. The Brazilian is bringing the curtain down on his fourth season with the club and he says that he thinks it has been his finest individually.

Neymar netted a first half hat trick in a 4-1 win over Las Palmas at the weekend and has been in outstanding form this season. Reflecting on his campaign with the Barcelona website, he said, “It’s an excellent season for me.

“I think it’s my best since I arrived at the Club. I am scoring goals and creating goals. What I want is to play with the best in the world and Leo Messi is the best player in the world. This year I have felt really good,”

The ex-Santos man took centre stage during the incredible Champions League comeback against PSG in March, having lost the first leg 4-0, Barca won the second 6-1, with Neymar netting a crucial late free-kick to inspire the team to victory.

“I have a winner’s character. I don’t like to lose. Against PSG, it was an unusual match. We were almost out and we achieved a miracle with the three goals in three minutes to get through. It’s one of the best memories of my career. I will always remember it.

“After the first leg, we knew we could score four goals and get through. When they [PSG] scored in the second leg, nobody thought we were out. We couldn’t give up in the game. Since I was little, they have taught me that a football game finishes only when the referee blows the final whistle.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Wed, 17 May 2017 12:45:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Origi Hails ‘Magic’ Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87625_origi_hails____magic____coutinho.htmlLiverpool striker Divock Origi has paid tribute to teammate Philippe Coutinho, describing him as “the magic man.” Liverpool just need to beat Middlesbrough at home on Sunday to confirm 4th place and the Belgian thinks they owe much of their progress this season to Coutinho.

In the wake of Sunday’s 4-0 win over West Ham, in which Coutinho scored twice, Origi beamed, “He has moments of magic. I think he has a lot of talent.

“He's a top player and an experienced player, and he's still only 24, so I think that's very special. He helps us a lot. He's there in the big moments and for me, he's a joy to play with.

“At West Ham, you could feel that we were all together and we just gave everything. We showed our quality and I think everybody enjoyed the game. We know we have the offensive qualities and we showed that by scoring four goals.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Wed, 17 May 2017 12:26:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus; “My Best Is Yet To Come”]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87611_gabriel_jesus_____my_best_is_yet_to_come___.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus insists that his best form is yet to come in England. The 19 year old was on the scoresheet again on Saturday, converting a penalty in City’s 2-1 win over Leicester at the Etihad.

It was his 5th goal in his first 9 appearances for the club, but he told the Manchester City website that there is plenty more to come, “I haven’t been able to deliver and to show my real technique and what I can do.

“I have been adjusting quite well. When I reflect and analyse my performance, I am still not playing exactly with my style that I was playing at Palmeiras and with the Brazilian National Team. I still haven’t imposed and scored as many goals.

“But it’s helping me to think about my position on the pitch and understand better Pep’s style and my colleagues. I have been working hard, to fit in, the best way possible. Our team today played well and fought well too.”

Jesus admitted that Yaya Toure was the designated penalty taker, but he asked the Ivorian for the ball when the referee pointed to the spot, “It was funny,” Jesus explained. “I practice a lot. I was practicing yesterday and I even said to Fernando that I am glad I practiced it yesterday.

“I was confident. Fernandinho also helped saying to Toure that I should take it, so he called me, I got the ball and I did it. I don’t usually score goals from a penalty but I always train them and always like to take them.

“Today Yaya let me take it and I am thankful for that. I am extremely happy and even more with the three points.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Tue, 16 May 2017 15:43:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lovren Hails ‘Amazing’ Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87610_lovren_hails____amazing____coutinho.htmlLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has paid tribute to teammate Philippe Coutinho after his two goals helped Liverpool cruise to a 4-0 away victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Coutinho was a revelation in a slightly deeper midfield role and Croatian defender Lovren described the Brazilian as “the difference” on the day, “Our quality decided the game. Philippe was amazing today, he was the difference I would say.

“I said to him ‘soon you’ll be a defensive midfield player!’ and he was laughing. It says everything, he can play in every position, up front, in the middle, like a 10, he’s just brilliant.” Lovren said that the Irons failed to cope with Coutinho in the centre of the midfield.

“It was Definitely difficult for them because he took the ball deep and with his skills, his fast movements, it’s quite tough to stop him. You can just stop him with fouls!” the Croatian said.

“He was taking two players on straight away and then you had space for the long ball, for Sturridge, for Divock [Origi]. We did it brilliantly today.” Liverpool just need to beat relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday to confirm a top four finish and Champions League qualification. 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Tue, 16 May 2017 15:13:17 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Reveals Difficulties of Becoming a Professional Footballer in Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87596_david_luiz_reveals_difficulties_of_becoming_a_professional_footballer_in_brazil.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz has revealed some of the difficulties he faced as a young professional in Brazil, during his ascent to professionalism. Luiz had spells at São Paulo and América Mineiro before being signed by Vitoria as a 14 year old, where he settled until Benfica signed him in 2007.

Recalling his time at América, Luiz joked, “It was the only time in my life I've ever known hunger. I ate beans beaten in the blender twice a day for 10 days. They wanted me to sign a contract, but I did not come back!”

Luiz eventually settled in Salvador with Vitoria, some 1200km away from his home town, “I asked my mother to pay for the flight. It was too far by bus. We had to pay in installments, because only rich people flew by plane.

“I played as a number 10 and was on the bench and we used three defenders, like at Chelsea. We went to a competition in Santiago, in Rio Grande do Sul. It was 75 hours by bus from Salvador. Two of our defenders were injured during the trip, but our coach did not want to change the system,” Luiz says of his transformation into a central defender.

The 30 year old also revealed that his father became his main inspiration, “It was my father's dream that I would become a professional. He almost made it to the main team of Atlético-MG, but he was out of money and had to get another job. He used to tell me, "This is for you, not for me.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Mon, 15 May 2017 14:27:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Reveals Thinking Behind Coutinho Position Change]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87595_klopp_reveals_thinking_behind_coutinho_position_change.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed some of his thinking behind moving Philippe Coutinho into a slightly deeper role. The Brazilian played in midfield against West Ham United, scoring twice in the Reds’ 4-0 victory in East London.

Klopp hinted at the possibility of using him slightly deeper before the game, saying, “Can we work on different things with Phil? Yes, of course. He plays at the moment kind of wing ‘10’ but he can also play as a No.8.

“That is possible and maybe he will have more influence and we can involve another player on the wing. That would make us stronger for sure, having his creativity in the middle of the park. He would have to adapt to that. He is young, full of talent and I’m pretty sure he thinks he is in the right place.”

Klopp also refused to entertain suggestions that Coutinho will be tempted by a summer move to Barcelona, with whom he is linked regularly, “He became this player at Liverpool. He knows about this. That is what is really special about him.

“He really likes being here, it’s not like someone has to force him. His family really likes it too. If we develop all our players, they will be decisive players in their national teams. It’s all about the club football then you can make the steps in your national teams. We all know how strong Phil can be.

“We all believe in this project. How I know it in this moment – we all want to be part of it. It is a fantastic club in a good situation, not perfect, but a good situation. We want to improve it but it is in a good situation.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Mon, 15 May 2017 13:55:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Juventus Legend Hails ‘Hero’ Dani Alves]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87568_juventus_legend_hails____hero____dani_alves.htmlJuventus legend Liam Brady hailed right-back Dani Alves as the “most influential” player at the club, after the Italian side qualified for the Champions League Final. Juve defeated AS Monaco 4-1 on aggregate, with Alves assisting two and scoring once over the two legs.

Alves is bidding for his 4th Champions League trophy, but his first with The Old Lady, having won three European Cups at Barcelona. Brady said, “I think maybe he got a little bit addicted to Barcelona. He needed a change.

“He really has become a hero for Juventus fans after the two semi-final matches, he has probably been the most influential player on the team.”

Brady, who also played for Arsenal and West Ham, insists that a Juventus v Real Madrid final is the result the neutrals will have wanted from the semi-finals, “I think Juve has the tools to win this trophy now.

“They have a very strong defense, a brilliant goalkeeper, a very tough midfield, they have Dybala up front who can create that bit of magic and Higuain who can take a chance. It's the final we all wanted, two great teams with European pedigree, it’s great for Juventus.” 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Sat, 13 May 2017 08:50:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Lima ‘Time For Me To Think About Myself’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87567_lucas_lima____time_for_me_to_think_about_myself___.htmlSantos playmaker Lucas Lima has again thrown his Santos future into question by suggesting that it is ‘time for me to think about myself.’ Lima has been consistently linked with a move to Europe and has had several high profile offers from China in the last 2 years.

Lima is involved in Tite’s Brazil squad and very much has an eye on staying in contention for the 2018 World Cup. At the back end of 2015, Lima was being linked with the top clubs in Europe, but he decided against a move to the old continent.

Lima is still in demand and suggests that he is happy at Santos, but still considering his options, “We talked recently, the president and I. I said I was going to discuss the situation with my parents. My desire is to stay, if it is good for me and Santos.

“I had this conversation and I told the president that my desire is to stay, but it's also time for me to think about myself.” Any deal to sell Lima would be complicated by the fact that investment fund Doyen owns 80% of the player’s economic rights.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-05/home/Sat, 13 May 2017 07:33:00 +0000