<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[‘It’s In Our Hands’ Firmino Issues Liverpool Rallying Cry]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97138____it___s_in_our_hands____firmino_issues_liverpool_rallying_cry.htmlLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino has urged his teammates to stay focused on the task at hand as they close in on the Premier League title.

The Reds are 16 points clear at the top of the table and well on course for a first league title in 30 years.

Firmino says he and his colleagues must maintain the mentality that has seen them win 20 and draw 1 of their 21 league games to date.

“Last year we hit the post in the Premier League, we were upset of course that we didn’t win,” he told Premier League Productions.

“We have a chance this season, it’s in our hands. We need to keep it up, working hard, following this path with our heads in the right place and a winning mentality.

“We’ll take things game by game and keep this strong champions mentality up until the end and see where it takes us.

“Of course we’re more confident this season. We’ve been winning all our games, this increases our confidence game by game. We have to continue with this momentum.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Wed, 15 Jan 2020 10:14:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Firmino Delighted to be Playing Under ‘Great Coach’ Klopp]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97137_firmino_delighted_to_be_playing_under____great_coach____klopp.htmlLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino says he is delighted to be working under Jurgen Klopp having become familiar with Klopp during his time in Germany.

Former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers signed Firmino from Hoffenheim in 2015 shortly before he left the club.

Klopp was appointed and the former Dortmund coach was well known to Firmino after his time in the Bundesliga.

“I knew him from playing against Dortmund in Germany. I was happy, of course, when I found out he was coming here, as he was German and I’d played there as well and I have a bit of the German mentality,” he told Premier League Productions.

“He changed the club a lot generally, in every way, tactically, mentally. Today we are what we are, not just because of him but he’s responsible for a large portion of our transformation, so I’m really happy to be playing under him, he’s a great coach.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Wed, 15 Jan 2020 09:32:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Alisson Lauds Compatriot Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97129_alisson_lauds_compatriot_firmino.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson has described his club and international teammate Roberto Firmino as “one of the most important players in our team.”

Firmino grabbed the winner in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Tottenham and the Reds and Seleção goalkeeper was quick to heap praise on the striker.

“Bobby is one of the most important players in our team – and we have a lot. I think everybody is important but Bobby not only scores when we need him, he makes the team play, he drops to play from behind.

“This is a good thing and it is something that he likes to do, he likes to help, and I’m really happy that he scored because a striker needs to score to stay confident and he is helping us with the goals.

“When we had opportunities to attack [against Spurs], Bobby scored, we had some good chances and their goalkeeper did a good job. I think it was sufficient to get the three points and we are happy for that.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘We Are Not Looking At Records’ Insists Alisson]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97128____we_are_not_looking_at_records____insists_alisson.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson says he and his teammates are concerned only with Premier League points and not Premier League records.

The Reds have an incredible 61 points from their 21 matches so far this season, but the Brazilian is only concerned about winning the Premier League trophy.

“We don’t think too much about breaking records but it’s good when you break them. We just want to keep going, to keep playing, to keep doing our best to make the fans happy, to make our family proud, to make the boss proud because we work a lot every day to come here on the pitch on a matchday and win the game.

“So, we do everything that is in our hands to make it happen and we are really happy with the three points and a clean sheet also [against Spurs].

“We try just to stay focused on the next game and do our best on the pitch. We celebrate this victory then we have some days off to rest and have time with family.

“But when we are back in training, we need to be really focused on the next game, which is an important game for us in the continuity of the race for the title.

“We are doing really well so far, as the boss always says, we are being the best so far and we need only to keep going, keep pushing and do our best.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:53:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Confident of Liverpool Title]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97120_fabinho_confident_of_liverpool_title.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho says he is confident of his side landing their first league title in 30 years this season.

The Reds lead the table by a colossal 16 points and are very much on course to land the league title for the first time since 1989-90.

When quizzed as to whether his team would win the league on French show TF1, Fabinho simply replied, “Yes

“I hope we will not crack. It's incredible this season. We have a lot of confidence to continue like this. Several players evolve at a very high level.”

The Brazilian also opened up on his difficult start to life in England after taking a couple of months to land a starting place at Liverpool.

“There was a change, it was a bit difficult when I started at the club, but then he made me join the team.”

The player is in contention to return from injury for the weekend clash against Manchester United at Anfield after picking up an ankle injury in November.

“My ankle is better, I trained alone this week. I am touching the ball again, I feel good and I feel confident,” he said.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Chelsea Attacker Nathan Close to Atlético Mineiro Renewal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97119_chelsea_attacker_nathan_close_to_atletico_mineiro_renewal.htmlChelsea’s Brazilian forward Nathan is close to renewing his loan agreement with Brasileirão side Atlético Mineiro in Belo Horizonte.

The player has been on loan with Galo sine July 2018 and the club is looking to extend his loan again until the end of 2020.

UOL Esporte is reporting that the agreement is in place and that Atlético are waiting for some small administrative matters to be concluded before they can formally announce.

Atlético director Rui Costa met with the midfielder and his staff last Thursday with a view to securing an agreement.

The 23-year old is reportedly already training with the Brazilian club ahead of the start of the State Championships later this month.

Nathan joined Chelsea in 2015, but has not played for them, spending time on loan with Vitesse Arnhem, Amiens and Belenenses prior to joining Galo.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:36:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Waxes Lyrical About Match Winner Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97110_klopp_waxes_lyrical_about_match_winner_firmino.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was once again left reaching for the superlatives after Roberto Firmino’s winner against Spurs on Saturday evening.

The Brazilian’s tidy first-half effort was the difference between the league leaders and Tottenham and Klopp was once again left grasping for compliments for his striker.

“When I went to him and wanted to give him a hug after the game, he wanted to stop and talk first," Klopp said. "He said: 'I know I should have scored more goals'.

“It was absolutely not what I wanted to say! It is true probably. He should have scored immediately with the first chance.

"He is a super player, super. I don't say this for the first time and will hopefully not say it for the last time. [He's] pretty impressive.

“Against a team like Tottenham, it is not decided and in the end we needed luck in one situation and Alisson in two or three other situations.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Sun, 12 Jan 2020 09:18:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Arteta Challenges David Luiz To Become A Leader]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97109_arteta_challenges_david_luiz_to_become_a_leader.htmlArsenal manager Mikel Arteta has challenged David Luiz to become a leader at the club, citing the player’s glowing CV.

The Brazilian joined the club from Chelsea in the summer as the Gunners sought experience at the heart of their defence.

“In the games he has played under me so far he has been terrific. His attitude in training, the way he communicates with his teammates, his desire to still learn, it’s superb. I am delighted with him.

“That’s what I wanted to demand of him,” he said. “He is a player that has won more trophies than anybody else in that dressing room. We have to use that in a very powerful way.

“I wanted him to step up, I wanted him to put all his qualities - his personality and his experience - towards the team and he made a big step forward. I am very, very pleased with him.

“For me the most helpful thing for that is communication. If you are constantly communicating with your team-mates around you it makes you stay focused on what is happening all the time.

“If you don’t talk to each other there are always moments or gaps when your focus can go and the back four can’t have those moments.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Sun, 12 Jan 2020 08:39:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Zico Urges Gabigol Not To Make West Ham Switch]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97107_zico_urges_gabigol_not_to_make_west_ham_switch.htmlBrazil and Flamengo legend Zico has advised Gabriel Barbosa not to entertain a switch to Premier League club West Ham United.

The London club have been linked with the Inter Milan striker who enjoyed an outstanding season on loan at Flamengo in 2019.

The player finished as the top scorer in the Brasileirão as Fla swept to the title and scored two late goals to win the Copa Libertadores final against River Plate.

His season has led to re-ignited interest from European clubs, as well as Flamengo, who only have the player on loan from Inter Milan.

West Ham have been linked with the player in January, but Zico says he should wait for a better offer or stay at Flamengo.

“For the moment the club is living, it would be preferable to stay in Flamengo rather than go to West Ham, with all due respect,” he said.

“In London he could not aspire to anything because it is a team that will hardly get results. If they asked me to leave Flamengo for Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester, this would be another matter.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Reveals Fabinho Return Close]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97106_klopp_reveals_fabinho_return_close.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that Fabinho is close to a return from injury with the player set to join full training next week.

The Brazilian has been out for six weeks with an ankle injury suffered in a Champions League encounter with Napoli.

Klopp is not sure whether the player will be ready for next weekend’s encounter with Manchester United, but says a return is on the cards soon.

“Dejan and Fabinho we expect to be back next week in full training. That's obviously good. If that's then early enough for the United game, I don't know but we will see.

“They work really hard at the moment and they go really through the paces, so that's good.” Fabinho’s return will be a huge boost to Liverpool, who are without Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain through injury at the moment.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:48:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Liverpool Midfielder Makes Atlético Mineiro Move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97100_liverpool_midfielder_makes_atletico_mineiro_move.htmlAtlético Mineiro have announced the signing of Liverpool midfielder Allan on a four year contract. He spent last year on loan at Fluminense.

Atlético, nicknamed Galo, are believed to have paid just over £3m for the midfielder who joined Liverpool in 2015.

The Brazilian did not make a senior appearance for the club, however, with work permit issues meaning he spent all of his ‘Pool career out on loan.

He signed from Internacional originally and had spells at SJK in Finland, St. Truiden in Belgium, Hertha Berlin, Apollon Limassol, Eintracht Frankfurt and then Fluminense.

Allan registered the most completed passes in the Brasileirão last season and Fluminense had wanted to keep him.

However, after a protracted transfer saga involving Fluminense and Atlético, the Belo Horizonte club secured the player’s signature.

Atlético have just started pre-season, with the Campeonato Mineiro set to start later this month and the Brasileirão campaign beginning in May.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:30:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Arteta Says Arsenal Will Mull Over Martinelli Brazil Call-Up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97099_arteta_says_arsenal_will_mull_over_martinelli_brazil_call-up.htmlArsenal manager Mikel Arteta says that he and the club will discuss whether Gabriel Martinelli will go away with the Brazil Olympic squad in January.

The Seleção U-23s will play a CONMEBOL pre-Olympic tournament in Colombia from January 18th until February 9th.

Martinelli has been called into the squad, which would mean him missing four Premier League games and an FA Cup tie.

Arsenal are not obliged to release the player however as the tournament is not within a sanctioned FIFA window.

Arteta says Arsenal will talk to the player and consider whether or not he travels. “In the middle of the season it’s never ideal for players to go to that type of tournament,” the Gunners boss said.

“We’ll discuss with the club whether there’s an obligation, whether that’s something that the player really wants to go to and we’ll make a decision on that.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:10:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar Pleads Patience With Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97092_neymar_pleads_patience_with_vinicius_junior_and_rodrygo.htmlBrazil star Neymar has pleaded patience for Real Madrid’s teenage superstars Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior with the Brazilian press.

Vinicius joined Madrid from Flamengo last winter, with Rodrygo joining from Santos. But Neymar hopes the pair can be allowed to develop at their own pace.

“Both Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr are top players. They are demonstrating this at Real Madrid and I am hoping they can win, enjoy European football,” Neymar told Globoesporte.

“They became professionals just a short while ago, they will create experience, mature a little and they will be much better than they are now.

“In Brazil, the people are a little hurried. They want them to develop quickly, to win all of the championships. Adaptation is difficult.

“It is hard to come playing at a high level in a club like Real Madrid and Barcelona, among others. But, both are surprising.

“It shows that they have maturity, a personality that is surreal. I just hope they go this way, focused, never cease to be happy, enjoy football and I'll be cheering them on.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:23:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fernandinho Reveals City Contract Renewal Near]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97091_fernandinho_reveals_city_contract_renewal_near.htmlManchester City’s Fernandinho has revealed that he is close to a new contract with the club due to some clauses being placed in his most recent deal.

The 34-year old signed a one-year extension last year and Pep Guardiola has revealed that the club are keen to extend his terms for another year.

The Brazilian told ESPN Brasil that milestones were placed in his current deal which are close to being met in any case.

“When I renewed at the end of 2018, we put a clause that if I reached certain goals, my contract would be renewed automatically.

“Conversations have already started, we talked about it last month. I am close to reaching those goals and renewing the contract.

“We can only confirm it after signing. The club have already shown interest in me staying, I have also shown [my interest] in staying. It's good as long as you can be at the highest level.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:56:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar Reflects On ‘Year of Learning’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97085_neymar_reflects_on____year_of_learning___.htmlNeymar Junior says that 2019 was “a year of learning” for him. The Brazilian spent much of the year injured and missed his country’s Copa América triumph on home soil.

He returned from a foot injury in the summer, only to injure his ankle in the summer. Then he found himself injured again on international duty in October.

Neymar told Globoesporte, “2019 was a very difficult year for me in every way, both professionally and personally. It was a year of learning, of many twists and turns.

“I got hurt and had to get back on my feet again. Then I ended up hurting myself again. So it was a year of overcoming, of twists.

“Even though it may have looked bad, it was a year of a lot of learning, I gained a lot of experience. May 2020 be better.

“My biggest expectation is to win everything I can with Paris and the Brazilian National Team. Seek new challenges, reach the Champions League final, win the Copa América again. So these are the challenges I intend to achieve in 2020.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Tue, 07 Jan 2020 19:11:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Liverpool Midfielder To Make Brazil Move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97084_liverpool_midfielder_to_make_brazil_move.htmlLiverpool midfielder Allan is set to return to his native Brazil after agreeing to join Belo Horizonte based club Atlético Mineiro.

The 22-year old spent last season on loan at Fluminense, who were also said to be interested in a permanent deal for the player.

Allan joined the club from Internacional in 2015, but spent spells on loan at Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho, Sint-Truiden, Hertha Berlin, Apollon Limassol and Eintracht Frankfurt.

His loan at Frankfurt was cut short and he joined Fluminense at the beginning of 2019. Globoesporte reports that Atlético Mineiro have won the race for his signature.

The Brazilian club has reportedly paid in the region of £3million for the player and are expected to officially announce the signing at the end of this week.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:42:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Rues Boro Draw Despite Equaliser]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97077_lucas_moura_rues_boro_draw_despite_equaliser.htmlSpurs forward Lucas Moura says he and his teammates were disappointed with their 1-1 draw away at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup 3rd Round on Sunday.

Bereft of Harry Kane, Moura started upfront and scored the equaliser after Boro had taken a second half lead, but the Brazilian says the team were disappointed not to win.

“The feeling is a bit bad,” Moura explained to Spurs’ official website, “Because we had opportunities to win this game. But we fought and now we will fight again in the next game.

“It was a tough game and we know in our last games that we are not in our best form and we need to improve some things.

“Today was a good opportunity to win and to play well, but I think we made the same mistakes that we made in the last few games.

“But at least we didn’t lose and we know that we have the replay now, so we need to take this week to reflect and improve.

“I was happy to score again today, the FA Cup is a great competition and we have the opportunity to win that trophy, we will give everything to win this competition.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:27:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Alexandre Mattos Accepts Reading Role]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97076_alexandre_mattos_accepts_reading_role.htmlBrazilian Director of Football Alexandre Mattos has revealed that he has accepted a role with Championship side Reading.

Mattos still needs to apply for a work permit, which could take several months, so the move is unlikely to be formalised until the summer.

Mattos is credited with building Cruzeiro’s 2013 and 2014 league title winning teams, as well as Palmeiras’ 2016 and 2018 title winning teams.

The Brazilian will continue to work with Cruzeiro in the meantime as they plot life in Serie B having been relegated from the top flight for the first time in their history.

“Quality of life, all of these things, along with the work that will be done at Reading. Let’s interface with the other clubs in the group, it’s a huge challenge, but let’s go,” he told Superesportes.

“It’s the realisation of a dream.” Reading are currently managed by Mark Bowen, who had previously been in a Director of Football role with the club.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:00:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Guardiola Hopeful for ‘All-Time Great’ Fernandinho Stay]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97066_guardiola_hopeful_for____all-time_great____fernandinho_stay.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has labelled Fernandinho an “all-time great” player for the club amid contract talks for the player.

The 34-year old’s deal expires in the summer, but after another impressive campaign, where he has played largely at centre-half, City are confident of another 1-year extension.

An injury crisis in defence has seen the Brazilian play in the heart of the defence with aplomb. Guardiola paid a glowing tribute to the player.

“He does not have to convince me to stay longer, he convinced me on day one three years ago," Pep Guardiola said.

"He doesn't need to do anything special. It's just his age, his desire and how he is going to feel with many things.

“He is one of the greatest players that this club has had in its entire history." Fernandinho joined the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Sat, 04 Jan 2020 16:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Arteta Reveals Instant Edu Connection]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97065_arteta_reveals_instant_edu_connection.htmlNew Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he experienced an instant connection with the club’s Technical Director Edu Gaspar upon taking the job over Christmas.

Like Edu, Arteta was a distinguished former midfield player with the club and the Spaniard says he has instantly hit it off with Edu.

“I don’t know, sometimes it happens with people, but he called me and we started to have a conversation which should have lasted just a few minutes and we went long.

“We shared a lot of things in our career and we have a lot of similarities,” Arteta told the club’s official website.

“Then the way we were thinking about the situation and became very close and with the ideas, I agree with that. ‘I will do this,’ ‘me too’. It started to build that relationship like this. The chemistry was there from day one.

Arteta added: “He was part of the most exciting and successful times for this football club so he knows exactly what needs to be done.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Sat, 04 Jan 2020 15:49:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Knee Ligament Injury Confirmed for Wesley]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97060_knee_ligament_injury_confirmed_for_wesley.htmlAston Villa striker Wesley Moraes will miss the remainder of the season with a significant knee ligament injury the club have confirmed.

Wesley was on the score sheet in the Villains’ 2-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on New Year’s Day.

But soon after his goal he fell awkwardly under a challenge from Clarets centre-half Ben Mee and the club confirmed the Brazilian will miss the remainder of the season.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton was also injured during the game and the club published a statement on their website on Friday.

“The club can confirm that Tom Heaton and Wesley will miss the remainder of the season due to injury,” the statement read.

“The pair were injured during the second half of Wednesday’s 2-1 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor. It has since been confirmed that both players have suffered knee ligament damage.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Fri, 03 Jan 2020 16:18:00 +0000
<![CDATA[“Give Me A Brazilian Goal!” Moyes Reveals Conversation with Felipe Anderson]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97059____give_me_a_brazilian_goal_____moyes_reveals_conversation_with_felipe_anderson.htmlNew West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed the pep talk that inspired Felipe Anderson’s first goal of the season on New Year’s Day.

The Brazilian scored an excellent solo goal during the Irons’ 4-0 win over Bournemouth at London Stadium- his first this season.

It was manager David Moyes’ first game in charge since being re-appointed and the Scot revealed the conversation he had with Anderson pre-match.

“I asked him if he was Brazilian,” Moyes said. “Brazilian&#39;s score goals, Brazilian&#39;s make the difference , they do something which makes us all excited, I said you&#39;re not doing that.

“Give me a Brazilian goal and to be fair, he did.” The player himself was delighted to end his goal drought.

“I knew that if I kept on working for the group I would start to score goals, give assists and make important dribbles, so today was special because I scored my first goal of the season and I expect to score many more before it ends.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:01:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Alisson wins the 2019 Samba d’Or Award]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97052_alisson_wins_the_2019_samba_d___or_award.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson has been voted the best Brazilian player in Europe for 2019. The Brazilian player won the 11th edition of the Samba Gold hands down with 35.54% of the vote.

He becomes the first goalkeeper to lift the trophy. A more than deserved reward for the former Internacional Porto Alegre number one, he won the Champions League, the Club World Cup, and also the Copa America where he finished as the best player in the competition.

He won ahead of his club teammate, Roberto Firmino, the 2018 winner of the award (23.48%). Thiago Silva (10.46%), the Paris-Saint-Germain captain, who had a great 2018-2019 season finished in third place.

With more than 100,000 internet votes and the participation of major voters, the Samba Gold is awarded to a Liverpool player for the third time in its history after Philippe Coutinho in 2016 and Roberto Firmino in 2018.

The Samba d'or trophy belongs to the Miami-based company Samba Digital, co-founded by Frédéric Fausser (CEO) and Bernard Calvignac (president).

Voting totals:

Alisson    35,54%
Roberto Firmino    23,48%
Thiago Silva    10,46%
Fabinho    8,03%
Neymar    7,57%
Marquinhos    4,40%
Philippe Coutinho    2,62%
Felipe Anderson    1,63%
Casemiro    1,58%
Rodrygo    1,33%
David Neres    0,98%
Gabriel Jesus    0,66%
Ederson     0,40%
Alex Telles    0,37%
Renan Lodi    0,34%
Richarlison    0,32%
Willian    0,06%
Allan    0,06%
Alex Sandro    0,05%
Douglas Costa    0,05%
Luiz Gustavo    0,04%
Felipe    0,01%
Wendell     0,01%

Internet voting:

Thiago Silva    24,58%
Alisson    23,46%
Roberto Firmino    16,17%
Fabinho    12,28%
Neymar    10,59%
Marquinhos    7,15%
Philippe Coutinho    3,87%
Casemiro    0,70%
Ederson     0,22%
Willian    0,18%
Allan    0,17%
Alex Sandro    0,16%
Douglas Costa    0,15%
Luiz Gustavo    0,12%
Alex Telles    0,11%
Felipe    0,03%
Wendell     0,03%
Felipe Anderson    0,02%

Journalist voting:

Alisson    41,75%
Roberto Firmino    32,04%
Fabinho    7,77%
Thiago Silva    6,80%
Felipe Anderson    4,85%
David Neres    1,94%
Philippe Coutinho    0,97%
Ederson     0,97%
Rodrygo    0,97%
Gabriel Jesus    0,97%
Richarlison    0,97%
Former player voting:

Alisson    41,41%
Roberto Firmino    22,22%
Neymar    12,12%
Marquinhos    6,06%
Fabinho    4,04%
Casemiro    4,04%
Rodrygo    3,03%
Philippe Coutinho    3,03%
Renan Lodi    1,01%
Gabriel Jesus    1,01%
David Neres    1,01%
Alex Telles    1,01%

Votes from former players:

Paulo César: Alisson    Marquinhos    Coutinho
Ferreira: Firmino    Neymar    Casemiro
Edmilson Pimenta: Neymar    Rodrygo    Coutinho
Oscar: Alisson    Neymar    David Neres
Fernando Menegazzo:    Firmino    Alisson    Fabinho
Taffarel: Alisson    Casemiro    Alex Telles
Paulo Sergio: Firmino    Alisson    Coutinho
Odair Patriarca: Alisson    Firmino    Neymar
Henrique: Alisson    Marquinhos    Firmino
Wendel:    Alisson    Fabinho    Gabriel Jesus
Christian: Alisson    Firmino    Renan Lodi

Votes from journalists:

Rodrigo Cerqueira (Globoesporte): Alisson-Firmino-Felipe Anderson
Leo Bertozzi (ESPN): Alisson-Firmino-Ederson
Dilson Motta (Fox): Alisson-Firmino-Richarlisson
Eric Frosio (Canal Plus): Alisson-Thiago Silva-Firmino
Hugo Delom (L'Equipe): Firmino-Thiago Silva-David Neres
Dave Apadoo (France Football): Alisson-Firmino-Thiago Silva
Mario Monteiro (IG): Firmino-Fabinho-Rodrygo
Daniel Romano (Tele Club Suisse): Alisson-Firmino-David Neres
Erik Castelharo    (Gazeta Esportiva): Alisson-Firmino-Coutinho
Christophe Franken (DH Belgique): Alisson-Firmino-Gabriel Jesus
Eric Silvestro (RTL): Fabinho-Alisson-Firmino

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<![CDATA[Luiz Pays Tribute to Arsenal ‘Heart’ In Manchester United Victory]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97049_luiz_pays_tribute_to_arsenal____heart____in_manchester_united_victory.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz put the Gunners 2-0 victory over Manchester United on New Year’s Day down to the ‘heart’ of the team.

The Brazilian admitted that the team are not quite ready to meet new boss Mikel Arteta’s physical demands, but desire got them through the game.

“Yeah, I think it was great. We did a great first half and we were mature in the second half. We have to be honest and humble to admit that physically we are not ready; we showed that in the second half against Chelsea and today but when you’re not there physically you have to put in your heart,” he told BT Sport.

“This team is in a moment now to change a lot of things. You cannot change zero to 10 in one day, one week or one month but it’s beautiful to see how the kids start to understand the commitment and the behaviour of what you have to do every single day to achieve big things in life, big things in football. We showed that today. We’re going to do big things in the future but it’s step by step.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Thu, 02 Jan 2020 16:30:00 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Hails Arteta Revolution]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97048_david_luiz_hails_arteta_revolution.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz has paid tribute to the difference new boss Mikel Arteta has made at the club after just over a week in charge.

Speaking after the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Manchester United on New Year’s Day, Luiz said he and his teammates are enjoying their football again.

“To fight you are ready, but not with all the guns. Mikel is a great coach, he knows football, he was a great player and he brings things where I believe in the philosophy,” he told BT Sport.

“He brings things where he can improve every single player. In life when you’re happy, the results can be totally different.

“It’s better to sleep happy four hours happy than sad for eight hours. If you work with happiness and believe in what you’re doing it’s totally different.

“I’m happy with everybody but you need to understand our season is not there, we didn’t start very well, we started very bad, we have to be honest.

“But things can change, there are still titles to fight for and improvements for the team for the future.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-01/home/Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:50:38 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Arteta Will Be One of the Best Coaches in the World’ Says David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97033____arteta_will_be_one_of_the_best_coaches_in_the_world____says_david_luiz.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz says that new Head Coach Mikel Arteta will be one of the best coaches in the world.

The Brazilian has been impressed with what he has seen after the Spaniard’s first week in charge of the team.

Arteta joined from Manchester City in December following Unai Emery’s dismissal in November and Luiz thinks Arteta will become a top coach.

“For me he [Arteta] will be one of the best coaches in the world. I am lucky to have have had many good coaches in my career.

“He is intelligent, he is clever and I think he will be one of the best. It is part of our job to help him achieve that.

“People have doubts, but I trust in his philosophy and the way he sees football. He knows football. When you know football it is much easier to explain and understand the head of the players on the pitch.

“It is not easy for him in the middle of the season, he didn&#39;t choose the players, but he will do his best. This amazing club deserves better.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-12/home/Mon, 30 Dec 2019 13:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘We All Have The Same Goal’ Alisson Talks Up Liverpool Spirit]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97032____we_all_have_the_same_goal____alisson_talks_up_liverpool_spirit.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson says team spirit is a big part of his team’s record breaking form. The Reds lead the Premier League by 13 points with a game in hand.

They have also won the Champions League and the Club World Cup this season. The Brazilian says the bond he and his teammates share is a big part of their success.

“I think we are all in [this with] the same goal, that&#39;s the main thing,” he told the Daily Mail. “We have no vanity in the changing room.

“We enjoy being together. We enjoy the moments we are playing together. We enjoy our moments, speaking, laughing… speaking about many things in life.

“But the most important thing is we like to be together on the pitch. We like to enjoy the game

“We like to run together, to put our intensity [out there]. We know how strong we are together so this is the most important thing for the team.”

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<![CDATA[Klopp Sings Praises of ‘Connector’ Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97025_klopp_sings_praises_of____connector____firmino.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is perfectly happy with the performances of striker Roberto Firmino, regardless of his recent scoring spurt.

The Brazilian scored the winning goals against Monterrey and Flamengo in the Club World Cup before two goals in the 4-0 victory over Leicester on Thursday.

Prior to that he had only scored 1 from 16, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he never worries about Firmino’s goalscoring numbers.

“Bobby has four goals in three games and before that he didn’t score that often,” Klopp said. “When people tell me previously Bobby didn’t score for a while I didn’t realise.

“When I think about Bobby I don’t think about scoring. I think about how important he is. We had a bit of a talk because for the first time since I knew him he looked a little bit concerned about that fact.

“I told him I am not interested in that number because he is the connector for our team. He is so important for us. He is not the only one who can play that position but he can play that position in a very special way.”

Firmino ran to hug Klopp after scoring his first at the King Power Stadium as an acknowledgement of his manager’s faith.

“Obviously he doesn’t have come [to hug me] every goal but this time he thought I was calm enough to leave him on the pitch in these games and he thought he has to say thank you,” Klopp said.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-12/home/Sun, 29 Dec 2019 11:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Ederson Not Ready To Throw Towel In On Title Bid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97024_ederson_not_ready_to_throw_towel_in_on_title_bid.htmlManchester City goalkeeper Ederson says he is not ready to throw the towel in on his side’s title defence just yet- even though they trail current leaders Liverpool by 14 points.

The Reds have dropped only two points out of a possible 51 so far this season, leaving their challengers trailing in their wake. But Ederson won’t give up just yet.

“We know the gap is big, but we need to carry on with our job. We need to keep giving our best on the pitch, trying to win game by game.

“We know it’s going to be very difficult – Liverpool are having a great season – but in football anything can happen. We need to be ready for any outcome.

“I’m the type of player that only focus on my team. Obviously, at the last stages of the season, you also focus on the other contenders for the title race, but there is still a lot of the championship left.

“I’m a player that usually focus on my team, try to give the best for my team-mates, and I don’t look much at what the other teams do.”

The Brazilian also says that he enjoys a good relationship with international teammates from Liverpool. “I have a good relationship, not only with Alisson (Becker) but also with (Roberto) Firmino and Fabinho.

When we have a day off in the same day, we sometimes gather, we have a barbecue.

“It’s difficult with our routine and the amount of games to have the same day off, but we have done it a few times before. Our rivalry is only on the pitch.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-12/home/Sun, 29 Dec 2019 10:13:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Lampard Wants Chelsea Stay for ‘Low Maintenance’ Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97021_lampard_wants_chelsea_stay_for____low_maintenance____willian.htmlChelsea boss Frank Lampard says he hopes the club and Willian can come to an agreement over a new contract.

The Brazilian’s deal runs until the end of the season and Blues manager Lampard hopes he can be convinced to extend his terms.

“He’s in talks with the club, he speaks with the club on the money side of it,” Lampard confirmed in his pre-Southampton press conference.

“If there was one thing I wanted from him at the start of the season it was a question of: ‘Can you score more goals because your talent says that you should do’.

“That means sometimes running into space behind defenders, and getting the other side, and he is doing all those things.

“And the experience helps when you have got a young team, when the other options are younger, experience certainly helps.

“All his team-mates love him, he’s a low-maintenance player to have in the squad; so yes I am really happy with him.

“He’s great for me, especially when he plays like he did the other day; it was an incredible performance.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-12/home/Sat, 28 Dec 2019 11:40:00 +0000