<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![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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<![CDATA[Brazilian-born Diego Costa scores on Chelsea debut in win over Olimpija Ljubljana]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62937_brazilian-born_diego_costa_scores_on_chelsea_debut_in_win_over_olimpija_ljubljana.htmlThe £32 million signing got his Chelsea career off to the perfect start on Sunday, scoring a goal as the Blues came back from a goal down to record a 2-1 win over the Slovenian team Olimpija Ljubljana.

The hosts took the lead through Nik Kapun in the 40th minute but Diego Costa levelled matters ten minutes into the second half.

The 25-year-old ran on to a through-ball from his fellow Spain international and summer recruit Cesc Fábregas and took a touch between the two centre-backs before rifling an unstoppable shot beyond the helpless goalkeeper.

Kurt Zouma poked in the winner eight minutes later when he followed up Fernando Torres’ parried shot.

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<![CDATA[Forwards Luan and Wanderley excited to be working with Head Coach Paulo Bonamigo at Sharjah SC ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62936_forwards_luan_and_wanderley_excited_to_be_working_with_head_coach_paulo_bonamigo_at_sharjah_sc_.htmlNew signings Luan and Wanderley are excited to be working under Head Coach Paulo Bonamigo at Sharjah SC.

The duo - both forwards - were signed from Palmeiras and Al-Arabi respectively earlier this month and complete The White Bees foreign player quota.

Captain Fellype Gabriel is the other non-United Arab Emirates born player, while Bonamigo and Maurício Ramos, who can be registered because he has a Palestinian passport, ensures there is a strong Brazilian influence at the club next season.

For Luan, the transition from Brazil to the UAE will be made with greater ease due to the number of his countrymen working at Sharjah SC.

“The presence of the technical staff and four players, all of whom are from Brazil, will make it easier to settle into the team,” he said, as reported by The National. “Also, I have already played with Ramos at Palmeiras and so have a strong relationship with him.”

Wanderley’s big draw was the chance to be coached by Bonamigo. The 25 year-old was previously managed by the tactician at Ponte Preta and is pleased to work with him once more.

“I’ve already played with Bonamigo in Brazil, and I am happy to join Sharjah,” he added. “During my time in Qatar, I was following the UAE league and was impressed.

“I wish to offer added quality to the team and to repay the club’s faith in me.”

Bonamigo will hope his new recruits will help Sharjah SC improve on their 7th place finish in the 2013–14 Arabian Gulf League. The new season starts on 15 September.

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<![CDATA[Report: Barcelona willing to let defender Daniel Alves leave for cut price fee]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62932_report__barcelona_willing_to_let_defender_daniel_alves_leave_for_cut_price_fee.htmlBarcelona could be willing to let Daniel Alves leave for a cut-price fee, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The newspaper, as reported by Football Espana, claims that the Catalan club are eager to relieve themselves of the 31 year-old’s hefty wages.

Last summer, David Villa, who earned a similarly significant income, was sold to Atlético de Madrid for a reported fee of just €2.1 million and it’s suggested Barça could use the same tactic to move on Alves.

Initially, it was expected that he would be sold to Paris Saint-Germain as part of an exchange for defender Marquinhos. That deal, however, failed to materialise and the Ligue 1 side have now signed Serge Aurier from Toulouse.

As yet, it is not clear who else would be interested in Alves, while Barcelona currently only have Martín Montoya as a direct alternative. The Brazilian may prefer to see out the final year of his contract and leave on a free transfer next summer.

Alves has stated in the past that he would like to return to Sevilla, where he won five major honours, but whether they could, or would, put together a deal to sign him remains to be seen.

Should Alves depart Barcelona during this pre-season, it will bring to an end a six year association with the club. The Juazeiro native, who was signed from Sevilla in July 2008 for a fee rising to £30 million, has won 16 major honours and made almost 300 appearances for the Blaugrana.

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<![CDATA[Manchester United confirm defender Rafael will leave United States tour after suffering a groin injury]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62925_manchester_united_confirm_defender_rafael_will_leave_united_states_tour_after_suffering_a_groin_injury.htmlManchester United have confirmed that Rafael will leave their United States tour after suffering a groin injury in training on Friday.

The 24 year-old, who was signed alongside his twin brother Fábio [now at Cardiff City] from Fluminense in January 2007, is now considered a doubt for United’s opening Premier League fixture against Swansea City at Old Trafford, which is just 19 days away.

"As he [Rafael] was unlikely to participate in the remaining tour games, returning to the training complex affords the best overall option for his recovery in time to continue pre-season preparation when the team returns,” said an official statement on the club website, as reported by the BBC.

Manager Louis van Gaal will now likely use Antonio Valencia at right wing-back during the remainder of the tour and the Ecuadorian may also have to deputise for the Swansea tie.

This latest injury setback will come as a big blow to Rafael. The Brazil international - capped twice - managed just 18 starts in the Premier League last season and was strongly linked with a return to his homeland.

Having seemingly been a part of van Gaal’s first-team plans, the Petrópolis native will hope for a quick recovery to get back in contention for a starting berth.

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<![CDATA[2014 Brasileirão Round 12 summary: Late Alex strike earns Coritiba dramatic win and Flamengo secure vital derby victory]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62920_2014_brasileirao_round_12_summary__late_alex_strike_earns_coritiba_dramatic_win_and_flamengo_secure_vital_derby_victory.htmlA solitary Alecsandro strike was enough to give Vanderlei Luxemburgo a winning start on his return to the Flamengo bench.

The forward, who now has four goals in eleven appearances this season, netted after 33 minutes to secure a 1-0 victory over city rivals Botafogo.

The win moves Flamengo up to 18th and was their first since May 4, when they defeated Palmeiras 4-2.

Level on ten points with the Rubro-Negro are Coritiba. Celso Roth’s side secured a dramatic 3-2 win at Grêmio, with veteran Alex netting decisively in stoppage time.

At the other end of the table, Cruzeiro’s lead at the top is still at five points after a 5-0 thumping of Figueirense. Ricardo Goulart - the Brasileirão’s top scorer - and Marquinhos netted the pick of the goals.

Corinthians remain in 2nd following a 2-0 win over Palmeiras, while Fluminense’s 3-0 victory at Atlético Paranaense keeps them 3rd. The Time de Guerreiros are level on 22 points with Internacional who, aided by an error from goalkeeper Marcelo Lomba, beat Bahia 1-0.

Elsewhere, Kaká netted on his São Paulo return - a 2-1 loss at Goiás - while Vitória climbed out of the bottom four with a 3-1 win at Criciúma and Santos won 3-0 against Chapecoense.

Newly-promoted Sport Recife also kept up their impressive start to the season by beating Atlético Mineiro 2-1. Felipe Azevedo and Durval got the goals.

Round 12 results

Saturday 26th July  
Criciúma1 - 3Vitória
Serginho Mineiro [90'] Caio [19', 67']
  Ayrton [84']
Cruzeiro5 - 0Figueirense
Lucas Silva [pen 41']  
Marquinhos [47']  
Dedé [50']  
Ricardo Goulart [72']  
Dagoberto [79']  
Santos3 - 0Chapecoense
Rildo [13']  
Gabriel [52']  
Diego Cardoso [80']  
   
Sunday 27th July  
Bahia0 - 1Internacional
  Wellington Silva [66']
Goiás2 - 1São Paulo
Amaral [44'] Kaká [76']
Bruno Mineiro [48']  
Atlético Paranaense0 - 3Fluminense
  Jean [17']
  Darío Conca [pen 35']
  Cicero [65']
Corinthians2 - 0Palmeiras
Paolo Guerrero [51']  
Fábio [OG 90+1']  
Sport Recife2 - 1Atlético Mineiro
Felipe Azevedo [51'] Diego Tardelli [pen 85']
Durval [68']  
Grêmio2 - 3Coritiba
Hernán Barcos [57', 65'] Zé Eduardo [49', 73']
  Alex [90+4']
Flamengo1 - 0Botafogo
Alecsandro [33']  

2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A standings

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<![CDATA[Sao Paulo debut goal for Kaka in 2-1 loss to Goias]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62922_sao_paulo_debut_goal_for_kaka_in_2-1_loss_to_goias.htmlBrazilian legend Kaka scored on his debut for Sao Paulo but he could not prevent his new side from defeat against Goias in the Brasileirao last night as the lost 2-1.

The former World Player of the Year, on loan from MLS outfit Orlando City, slotted home from close range after 76 minutes following a goalkeeping error but Tricolor were already two goals down and could not stage a comeback in what was their second consecutive league loss.

Goias sealed the three points thanks to goals from Amaral and Bruno Mineiro either side of half time.

Kaka, 32, said after the match: "I just arrived, I helped in some way, but there is a lot to improve."

Sao Paulo are under pressure to deliver silverware this season simply because of the vast array of attacking options at the disposal of head coach Muricy Ramalho; for last night's loss he went with Kaka and Paulo Henrique Ganso behind Alan Kardec and youngster Ademilson.

With Alexandre Pato coming off the bench and Luis Fabiano waiting in the wings, Sao Paulo will be expected to close the nine point gap on league leaders Cruzeiro and rapidly.

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<![CDATA[Petros delighted to score first goal for Corinthians]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62921_petros_delighted_to_score_first_goal_for_corinthians.htmlCorinthians midfielder Petros has expressed his delight at scoring a first goal from the club in last night's 2-0 victory over Palmeiras at the Arena Corinthians, a result which takes his side into second in the Brasileirao.

Petros, who joined the Corinthians earlier in the year and has played 11 times for them, was the beneficiary of some luck as his angled shot rebounded back off the Palmeiras goalkeeper in injury time to seal the three points.

He said after the game: "I had dreamed about that goal. Playing here at the Arena, and with the support of the crowd too, I will never forget that moment."

"I'm very happy. I hope to continue contributing. Our group has great quality- this is important because you have to use all of the squad at some point."

This is Petros' first spell in Serie A after playing in the division below for Boa Esporte and Penapolense.

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<![CDATA[Palmeiras to host Fiorentina in Copa EuroAmericana this week]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62919_palmeiras_to_host_fiorentina_in_copa_euroamericana_this_week.htmlPalmeiras face the prospect of fitting in an extra fixture in the middle of their league campaign this week when they entertain Italian side Fiorentina in a friendly tournament in Sao Paulo.

The Copa EuroAmericana is taking place until August 2 and pits European teams against those from American confederations- CONMEBOL AND CONCACAF- in a system whereby teams earn a point for their respective continents for a win.

Palmeiras are only involved once but it is this Thursday at the Pacaembu against Vincenzo Montella's side, who have already beaten Argentine outfit Estudiantes de La Plata in the competition.

Although it is a friendly championship, Ricardo Gareca's men will need to win for the Americas to have a chance of landing the bragging rights but must do so in the midst of a league fixture list that has just seen them lose to rivals Corinthians and host Bahia this coming Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Corinthians beat Palmeiras 2-0 to sit second in Brasileirao]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62918_corinthians_beat_palmeiras_2-0_to_sit_second_in_brasileirao.htmlCorinthians won the battle of Sao Paulo last night by beating Palmeiras 2-0 and in the process keeping up the pressure on league leaders Cruzeiro.

Managers Mano Menezes and Ricardo Gareca had traded compliments in the lead up to the game after both sides had made a respectable start to their Brasileirao campaigns with the season a third of the way in.

But the experienced Corinthians side managed to grab all three points at the Arena Corinthians as Paulo Guerrero side-footed from 12 yards after being played through by Elias before the same man let in Petros in injury time- although there was more than a hint of fortune about the strike as it rebounded off the keeper and in.

Corinthians now sit five points behind Cruzeiro and next travel to face Coritiba on Sunday; Palmeiras' next fixture is against Italian side Fiorentina in the Copa EuroAmericana, a friendly tournament in America that will be staged over the coming month.

It adds to a hectic schedule for Palmeiras, who must also include league duties at weekends; they host Bahia on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Flamengo grab crucial win over Botafogo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62917_flamengo_grab_crucial_win_over_botafogo.htmlFlamengo took a massive step in the right direction with a priceless 1-0 win over fierce rivals Botafogo at the Maracana last night, a win that took them off the foot of the Serie A table and within sight of teams sat in the middle of the league.

The Rio de Janeiro sides met for a derby that was super-charged as new coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo took charge of Mengao for the fourth spell and at a time when his troops had not won since the beginning of May.

And it was 33 year-old Alecsandro who delivered for his new boss, the former Atletico Mineiro managing to get on the end of a cross from Joao Paulo to fire home a bullet header just after the half hour mark.

Flamengo lost Victor Caceres to a second yellow card in the dying seconds of the match but the win provides Luxemburgo with a solid base from which to plot the team's recovery.

They next face Chapecoense on Sunday whilst Botafogo must host impressive league leaders and defending champions Cruzeiro the day before.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea manager José Mourinho expects Diego Costa to adapt to the Premier League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62903_chelsea_manager_jose_mourinho_expects_diego_costa_to_adapt_to_the_premier_league.htmlChelsea manager José Mourinho expects new signing Diego Costa to adapt to the Premier League.

The forward, who was born in Brazil [Lagarto], but represents Spain at international level, was purchased from Atlético de Madrid for a reported fee of £32 million - his buyout clause - earlier this month.

Costa has already shown what he is capable of with a goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 friendly win against Olimpija and Mourinho believes his decision to wait to sign the 25 year-old will be promptly rewarded.

“Over the past year, in the winter [transfer window] everyone was talking about if we were to buy a striker to try and win the League in the second half of the season,” he said, as reported by AS and Football Espana.

“At the time we decided not to because our main bet was always Diego Costa.

“I’ve known Diego since he was 17 and went to Portugal. He’s the type of person who has not had an easy life. No one gave him anything.

“He always had to fight for what he wanted. The Premier League is a tough competition but I don’t think he’ll have a problem succeeding here.”

Costa came to the fore last season, with his return of 36 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions - including a penalty against Chelsea - helping Atlético to win La Liga and reach the UEFA Champions League Final, where they were defeated by city rivals Real Madrid.

Prior to the 2013/14 campaign, he had managed 28 goals in 82 appearances for Atlético, who signed him from SC Braga in July 2007, and spent time away at Celta de Vigo, Albacete, Real Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano.

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<![CDATA[Sunday evening sees Flamengo take on Botafogo in a match both teams need to win]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62908_sunday_evening_sees_flamengo_take_on_botafogo_in_a_match_both_teams_need_to_win.htmlThe game at the Maracanã will kick off at 22:30 (BST) and both teams have admitted feeling pressure in the run-up to kick-off.

The game between the Rubro-Negro and Alvinegro in the 12th round of the Brasileirão looks set to be a tense affair with Flamengo needing to win to lift themselves off the foot of the Serie A table whilst Botafogo, struggling themselves, will be looking for a victory to assuage problems related to unpaid wages.

The game will mark the return of Vanderlei Luxemburgo to the Flamengo dug-out as he takes charge of the team for his fourth spell, this time following the dismissal of previous coach Ney Franco.

“I’ve got butterflies in my stomach,” admitted the 62-year-old.

For Luxembourgo’s opposite number, Vagner Mancini, victory is important to lighten the atmosphere at the club.

“The group was motivated by the victory against Coritiba. A victory against Flamengo would serve to bring yet more motivation, as well as some peace of mind to our players,” said the Botafogo coach.

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<![CDATA[José Mourinho: Diego Costa can be as good as Didier Drogba]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62907_jose_mourinho__diego_costa_can_be_as_good_as_didier_drogba.htmlThe Chelsea manager has tipped Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa to be a success at Stamford Bridge following his £32 million move from Atlético Madrid.

Diego Costa scored 36 goals in all competitions last season and his new manager, José Mourinho, believes that, with a few improvement to his game, he can be as good as club legend Didier Drogba.

"It is easy to see a big, strong guy using his body, attacking spaces, holding up the ball and pressing people. But, with proper football eyes, the guy is much more than that," Mourinho told ESPN at Chelsea's pre-season training camp in Austria.

"The movement is incredible, the intelligence is amazing, the choices he makes in terms of movement are fantastic.

"The guy is a real top striker. I can say that because I've known him for a long time. Even the older players with us - [Branislav] Ivanovic, [John] Terry - they say it's fantastic that he's coming because he is so strong.

"They say he is good in the air but, after three or four days of training, they change their opinion. They say he is much better than that. They thought about his physical presence, but he is much more than that.

"Didier is still better than him in the air. Costa is good in air, Didier is super good.

"But Diego is more powerful than Didier when attacking spaces. And he arrives with more experience at the highest level. When Didier joined us, he was playing in the French league, having played just a couple of matches with Marseille in the Champions League. He was not even playing in World Cups with the Ivory Coast.

"Diego is made. Physically, mentally, Diego is an end-product. The Premier League is difficult and he knows; he is ready. To play with the Chelsea responsibilities and pressure, he knows and he is ready, too.

"I don't think it will be difficult for him to succeed. I feel he is the right guy to help the team to win things. He just needs to work with the new players, the new team and the new coach to adapt his football to a different way of playing," completed the 51-year-old.

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<![CDATA[Lucas Leiva praises Liverpool team-mates]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62906_lucas_leiva_praises_liverpool_team-mates.htmlThe Brazilian midfielder is currently on tour with Liverpool in the USA and, in an interview with the Liverpool Echo, has praised Liverpool’s new signings.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been a busy man during this summer’s transfer window.

Despite being linked with a move away from Anfield, midfielder Lucas Leiva has spoken about the new arrivals, which include England internationals Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana as well as Germany Under-21 star Emre Can.

“Rickie and Adam don’t have the problem with the language since they came from Southampton and are pretty much settled. Lazar and Emre are young but they’re really looking forward to the new season.

“Emre seems to very nice and is a guy who wants to run and improve his game, he’s very young and hopefully he will be a very good signing for the club,” he said.

Lucas also spoke fondly of club and country team-mate Philippe Coutinho, who also missed out on a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad, and has tipped the youngster for great things in the future.

“He keeps improving, and we will have a bigger diamond, because he can develop a lot more.

“He is a player who is always working hard, especially physically he’s improving as well, and being more aggressive to help him cope with the Premier League,” completed the 27-year-old.

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<![CDATA[Lucas Leiva insists that he’s fully focused on Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62905_lucas_leiva_insists_that_he___s_fully_focused_on_liverpool.htmlIn an interview with the Liverpool Echo, the Brazilian midfielder said that it was too early to set targets for this season and also spoke about his omission from Brazil’s World Cup squad for the World Cup.

Lucas Leiva missed eight weeks of Liverpool’s title charge last season with a knee injury sustained in January. With Steven Gerrard successfully filling Lucas Leiva’s boots in a holding midfield role during this period, there has been much speculation about the Brazilian’s future.

Lucas, however, speaking at a Dunkin’ Donuts event in Boston, is just focusing on pre-season and says he and his team-mates are concentrating on completing the perfect preparations.

“The main thing is that we’re getting back to fitness - that’s the main thing of the pre-season and try to enjoy the games,” said Lucas.

“It’s always the same talk at the beginning of the season.

“Expectations are so high it’s quite early to set targets and we just have to get a good pre-season and see how we work.”

Lucas was omitted from the Brazilian World Cup squad by Luiz Felipe Scolari after starting just three games following his knee injury.

“I know pretty much know the reason why I didn’t go to the World Cup - the last six months were not the best for me, I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to and that’s probably what cost me the World Cup place.

“Dunga is back, I played a lot of games with him and the Olympics in 2008, and at the moment I don’t really think about it.”

“I’m just thinking about the pre-season and to be fit, and then see how it will go,” completed the 27-year-old.

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<![CDATA[Cruzeiro thrash Figueirense to maintain their lead at the top of the Brasileirão]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62904_cruzeiro_thrash_figueirense_to_maintain_their_lead_at_the_top_of_the_brasileirao.htmlThe current champions maintained their six-point lead at the top of Brazil’s Serie A following a 5-0 victory over Figueirense.

Figueirense offered some resistance in the first half and had some chances to take the lead before they fell behind to Lucas Silva's 41st-minute penalty.

Cruzeiro, however, put in a dominant second-half display, scoring four fine goals to delight the home crowd at the wet Mineirão.

Marquinhos scored an unstoppable volley following Ricardo Goulart’s deft lay-off before Dedé made it 3-0 within five minutes of the resumption.

Further goals from Ricardo Goulart (72) and Dagoberto (79) sealed a comfortable win for Cruzeiro.

Elsewhere, Wellington Silva's 66th-minute strike helped Internacional stay within six points of Cruzeiro after a 1-0 win at Bahia whilst goals from Rildo, Gabriel Barbosa and Diego Cardoso saw Santos remain two points behind Internacional in third following a 3-0 win over Chapecoense.

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<![CDATA[Representative suggests Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernando could join Fiorentina]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62902_representative_suggests_shakhtar_donetsk_midfielder_fernando_could_join_fiorentina.htmlJorge Machado, a representative of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernando, has suggested that his client could join Fiorentina.

It had previously been thought that with five players - Alex Teixeira, Dentinho, Douglas Costa, Ismaily and Facundo Ferreyra - refusing to return to Ukraine from France due to conflict in Donetsk, Fernando would be considered untransferable.

Shakhtar’s defence of the Ukrainian Premier League also starts today at home  - the Arena Lviv - to Metalurh Zaporizhya, but Machado is seemingly open to discussing a deal with Fiorentina, who need a replacement for released veteran Massimo Ambrosini.

“Fernando to Fiorentina? That could happen,” he told calciomercato.com, as reported by Football Italia.

“It is a possibility at this moment. We’ll see what happens over the next few days.”

Fernando was signed by Shakhtar from Grêmio in June 2013 for a reported fee of €11 million. He went on to make 22 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring twice.

The Erichim native, who has been capped nine times for the Seleção and was part of the side that won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, is now believed to be valued at around €9 million.

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<![CDATA[Sambafoot Sunday: Brazilian Soccer - Can Kaká Bring Magic to Orlando City?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62899_sambafoot_sunday__brazilian_soccer_-_can_kaka_bring_magic_to_orlando_city_.htmlSambafoot Sunday by James Nalton. The beat goes on...

North American football has history when it comes to Brazilian imports, and the next big star to land on the continent will be looking to kick start Orlando City, as they move to what is arguably the top division in the region – Major League Soccer.

Kaká will follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in Brazilian football when he moves to the expanding league, and will hope that his performances on the pitch will match the hype off it.

In a sporting arena which includes heavyweights such as American football (NFL), Major League Baseball, and Basketball (the NBA), the initial challenge for North American soccer leagues is to drum up interest in this foreign sport. What better way to do this than to sign a big name from the country which once adopted the beautiful game, and raised it as its own.

Whilst players from across the globe have been recruited by the attractively named clubs in the region, Brazilian players have always had an affinity with 'soccer'.

Striker Vavá, whose goals helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1958 and 1962, joined the short-lived San Diego Toros in 1968, but this early coup was just a prelude to what would happen at the New York Cosmos in 1975.

It was the year the Cosmos signed Pelé, in a move which sent shockwaves across the world of football. It improved the reputation of the North American Soccer League (NASL), and the New York Cosmos in particular, as they became an overnight sensation in a city which was attracting big names and celebrities from all walks of life.

Legendary Brazilian right back and 1970 World Cup winner Carlos Alberto followed in 1977, as the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Johann Cruyff, and George Best also decided to continue their careers in the NASL.

Then, to cut a very long story short, the NASL met with financial problems and declined before meeting its end in 1985. However a strong link between Brazilian football and North American soccer had been formed, with the legacy and legend living on today.

Present day MLS is a whole different league with its own history and legends, but a Brazilian footballer is still a massive draw when it comes to the much needed media and commercial attention.

New York City will also join MLS for the 2015 season, and have so far chosen Spaniard David Villa and Englishman Frank Lampard as their big names, but Orlando believes that they’ve trumped them with the signing of Kaká alone.

They demonstrated their delight with a slightly cheeky tweet, showing Kaká being mobbed on his arrival in Orlando, and Frank Lampard receiving a slightly more low key welcome!

Rumours are circulating that Robinho will be the next star to arrive in Orlando, and there are a whole host of high profile former Brazilian internationals reaching an age where MLS is an option.

Orlando, the city sometimes known as The City Beautiful, appears to be acquiring some true proponents of a beautiful game in an attempt to revive a concept which seems long lost, both in North America and Brazil.

Whilst waiting for the 2015 MLS season to kick off, Kaká will be loaned to his boyhood club São Paulo. His first game back for the club will be the Brazilian Série A fixture against Goiás tonight.

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<![CDATA[Hellas Verona Sporting Director Sean Sogliano confirms negotiations with Juventus for midfielder Rômulo are at an "advanced stage"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62897_hellas_verona_sporting_director_sean_sogliano_confirms_negotiations_with_juventus_for_midfielder_romulo_are_at_an__advanced_stage_.htmlHellas Verona Sporting Director Sean Sogliano has confirmed negotiations with Juventus for midfielder Rômulo are at an "advanced stage.”

The 27 year-old, who was signed outright from Fiorentina earlier this month after a successful loan spell in which he scored eight goals and provided six assists in 32 appearances, is expected to sign for the Old Lady on Tuesday.

Initial reports had suggested the deal would include an initial loan agreement, but Sogliano insists only a permanent transfer is possible and denies Danish defender Frederik Sørensen will join as part of an exchange.

“There will be more meetings with Juventus at the start of next week,” he told Sky Sport Italia, as reported by Football Italia.

“The negotiations are at an advanced stage and there’s a very good chance of this move being completed.

“It should be a possible process. We’ve got to wait a little while, but it’s practically done. A loan? No, that's not the system we are discussing.

“We could be interested in Sørensen, but this particular negotiation process does not involve him.”

Rômulo had spells with six different Brazilian clubs, including Atlético Paranaense and Cruzeiro, before joining Fiorentina from the latter in June 2011. The Pelotas native went to on to make just 14 starts in two seasons with the Viola, before being loaned to Verona last summer. 

His excellent form in Veneto earned him a place in Italy’s provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with only injury costing him a place in Head Coach Cesare Prandelli’s final 23.

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<![CDATA[Hellas Verona Head Coach Andrea Mandorlini admits Juventus move would be a "chance of a lifetime" for midfielder Rômulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62895_hellas_verona_head_coach_andrea_mandorlini_admits_juventus_move_would_be_a__chance_of_a_lifetime__for_midfielder_romulo.htmlHellas Verona Head Coach Andrea Mandorlini has admitted that a move to Juventus would be a "chance of a lifetime" for Rômulo.

The midfielder is expected to complete the switch early next week, as the Bianconeri continue to strengthen ahead of the new season.

“This is the chance of a lifetime for him,” Mandorlini told Sky Sport Italia, as reported by Football Italia.

“It was a great season and many clubs wanted him. It’s a shame he missed out on the World Cup, as he would’ve been of use to Cesare Prandelli.

“I don’t know what will happen over the course of the market, but I think it’s safe to say Rômulo is on his way out of Verona.”

Rômulo was signed permanently from Fiorentina for a reported fee of £3.08 million just 13 days ago. The 27 year-old spent the 2013/14 season on loan with the Mastini and was one of their star performers, scoring six goals and providing eight assists in 32 appearances.

His good form earned him a place in Italy’s provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup - he has duel nationality - but injury cost him a place in the final 23.

Rômulo’s rise to prominence has come as something of a surprise. In his two seasons at Fiorentina, he managed just two goals in 14 starts, while before moving to Italy, he played for six clubs across six years in Brazil, with limited success.

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