<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Palmeiras duo set to face former club Goiás]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72409_palmeiras_duo_set_to_face_former_club_goias.htmlPalmeiras’ match on Sunday could mark a reunion of defender Jackson and the defensive midfielder Amaral with their former club Goiás. Both were wearing the opponent's shirt last season before their transfers to Palmeiras. The tie takes place at 11am in the Allianz Park, and the pair may also be able to help by providing inside information on their opponent. 

Jackson said: “I know that the fact I’m now here at Palmeiras owes a lot to Goiás. It was a good move for me, my family liked the city and quickly adapted. But now I'm on the other side and we need to get our first win in the Brasileirão. I played with several players who are still there and it's a quality team.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Fri, 22 May 2015 17:54:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Vagner Love still not fit enough for Corinthians starting place]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72408_vagner_love_still_not_fit_enough_for_corinthians_starting_place.htmlCorinthians coach Tite has decided to exclude Vagner Love from his match squad for the next 15 days in order to allow the striker to regain his fitness.

Tite will instead select Paolo Guerrero right up until the time that the Peru international leaves for Copa America duty.

Tite said: "I'll be direct. He had no preseason and he has a physical level lower than the others. So we will use the next 15 days to bring him up to an ideal body condition and equal to his teammates."

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<![CDATA[Coutinho breaks out into Samba routine with Liverpool teammates]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72407_coutinho_breaks_out_into_samba_routine_with_liverpool_teammates.htmlA video has emerged of Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho teaching teammates Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho some Brazilian flair by samba dancing at a garden party.

The video shows the trio hand in hand dancing, whilst others look out and call encouragement.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Fri, 22 May 2015 17:37:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Simeone praises Chelsea’s Filipe Luis]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72406_simeone_praises_chelsea___s_filipe_luis.htmlAtlético Madrid boss Diego Simeone has praised Filipe Luis, adding further weight to rumours of the Brazilian full-backs impending return from Chelsea.

And Simeone also had words of praise for fellow transfer target Radamel Falcao of Manchester United.

When asked about Luis’s potential return he told Onda Cero: “I am grateful to all the guys who have been here.”

"If you ask me about Falcao is the same. Falcao has been a reference for Atletico Madrid. Anyone who has gone through the club and has left a mark in the club like these two guys always will be seen in special way. But this doesn't mean they will return. It is not easy."

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<![CDATA[Inter Milan target Liverpool’s Lucas ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72405_inter_milan_target_liverpool___s_lucas_.htmlLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ willingness to let midfielder Lucas Leiva leave at at the end of this season could open the way for the Brazilian to move to Inter Milan.

Inter had a bid a bid for the former Grêmio midfielder rebuffed in January but are expected to rebid in order to reinforce for the coming season.

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<![CDATA[Neymar insists Dunga can lead Brazil back to the top]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72401_neymar_insists_dunga_can_lead_brazil_back_to_the_top.html 

The Barcelona forward says Dunga is the right man lead the Seleção to the summit of the global game again.
Brazil captain Neymar believes coach Dunga can lead them back to the top of international football. The five-time world champions have bounced back from last year’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany with eight consecutive victories ahead of June's Copa América. He was quoted in GOAL: "In Brazil there is always a lot of quality players and we have a great team that can get back into the first position in every tournament. If we keep training well, stick together and listen to our coach, then I think we can go back to being number one."

The Barcelona forward says Dunga is the right man lead the Seleção to the summit of the global game again.

Brazil captain Neymar believes coach Dunga can lead them back to the top of international football. The five-time world champions have bounced back from last year’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany with eight consecutive victories ahead of June's Copa América. He was quoted in GOAL: "In Brazil there is always a lot of quality players and we have a great team that can get back into the first position in every tournament. If we keep training well, stick together and listen to our coach, then I think we can go back to being number one."

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Fri, 22 May 2015 16:42:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Cruzeiro takes advantage in Copa Libertadores quarterfinal against River Plate]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72400_cruzeiro_takes_advantage_in_copa_libertadores_quarterfinal_against_river_plate.html 

A late goal from Marquinhos gave Cruzeiro a 1-0 away win over River Plate in the Libertadores on Thursday.
Marquinhos was left unmarked in the box with nine minutes to go and seized on a loose ball to poke home the winner from four yards out. The return leg between River and Cruzeiro will take place next week with the winner facing Guaraní or Racing. The Paraguayans won the first-leg 1-0 on Thursday.

A late goal from Marquinhos gave Cruzeiro a 1-0 away win over River Plate in the Libertadores on Thursday.

Marquinhos was left unmarked in the box with nine minutes to go and seized on a loose ball to poke home the winner from four yards out. The return leg between River and Cruzeiro will take place next week with the winner facing Guaraní or Racing. The Paraguayans won the first-leg 1-0 on Thursday.

 

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho reacts furiously after bring substituted]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72399_ronaldinho_reacts_furiously_after_bring_substituted.html 

The former Barcelona attacker reacted furiously to being brought off in Thursday's Liga MX semifinal.
Ronaldinho threw a tantrum after being substituted during Querétaro's clash with Pachuca. The ex-Brazil international, linked up with the Mexican club late last year has seen his early months fraught with tension between himself and the coaching staff. Ronaldinho was chosen to start by coach Víctor Manuel Vucetich on Thursday but the sending off of Querétaro defender Ricardo Osório with the side already 2-0 down caused him to bring off the former Barcelona attacker in a bid to limit the damage. Ronaldinho did not respond well to the decision and stormed into the changing room before taking off his kit and leaving the stadium.

The former Barcelona attacker reacted furiously to being brought off in Thursday's Liga MX semifinal.

Ronaldinho threw a tantrum after being substituted during Querétaro's clash with Pachuca. The ex-Brazil international, linked up with the Mexican club late last year has seen his early months fraught with tension between himself and the coaching staff. Ronaldinho was chosen to start by coach Víctor Manuel Vucetich on Thursday but the sending off of Querétaro defender Ricardo Osório with the side already 2-0 down caused him to bring off the former Barcelona attacker in a bid to limit the damage. Ronaldinho did not respond well to the decision and stormed into the changing room before taking off his kit and leaving the stadium.

 

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<![CDATA[David Luiz denies claims he is a virgin]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72397_david_luiz_denies_claims_he_is_a_virgin.html 

Former Chelsea footballer David Luiz has denied claims he is a virgin and that he was waiting until he is married before having sex for the first time.
Claims emerged recently that the Brazilian defender had 'chosen to wait' due to his devout Christianity. The Brazilian international has been dating Portuguese student Sara Madeira for several years after he met her during his stint with Benfica. He told the BBC's Football Focus: "People are saying things everywhere about whether I'm a virgin or not. I'm not a virgin. I've had more than one girlfriend in my life."

Former Chelsea footballer David Luiz has denied claims he is a virgin and that he was waiting until he is married before having sex for the first time.

Claims emerged recently that the Brazilian defender had 'chosen to wait' due to his devout Christianity. The Brazilian international has been dating Portuguese student Sara Madeira for several years after he met her during his stint with Benfica. He told the BBC's Football Focus: "People are saying things everywhere about whether I'm a virgin or not. I'm not a virgin. I've had more than one girlfriend in my life."

 

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<![CDATA[Internacional beaten by Santa Fé in Libertadores quarterfinal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72396_internacional_beaten_by_santa_fe_in_libertadores_quarterfinal.html 

Santa Fé will take a lead to Brazil after defender Dairon Mosquera struck late in the opening leg of their Copa Libertadores clash.
Mosquera, who had not scored for Santa Fé this season, found himself unmarked inside the penalty area as he headed low past Internacional goalkeeper Álisson in the second minute of additional time. Santa Fé, who have won their past three home matches in the Copa Libertadores, will travel to Porto Alegre for the return leg on May 27.

Santa Fé will take a lead to Brazil after defender Dairon Mosquera struck late in the opening leg of their Copa Libertadores clash.

Mosquera, who had not scored for Santa Fé this season, found himself unmarked inside the penalty area as he headed low past Internacional goalkeeper Álisson in the second minute of additional time. Santa Fé, who have won their past three home matches in the Copa Libertadores, will travel to Porto Alegre for the return leg on May 27.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Fri, 22 May 2015 16:33:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Dani Alves set to leave Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72384_dani_alves_set_to_leave_barcelona.htmlDani Alves looks set to leave Barcelona this summer after seven years at the club.

The 32 year old right back has been locked in contract talks for the last six months but it seems that an agreement couldn't be made. According to radio Cadena Ser Alves is set to reveal that he is leaving the club in a press conference in the coming days.

Alves has been one of the world's best right backs for nearly a decade and won't find it hard to find a new club this summer. He has won every honour possible since moving to Barcelona in 2007 including the Champions League on two seperate occasions. He now has the chance to win it a third time as Barcelona face Juventus in the final on June 6th.

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<![CDATA[David Luiz sheds light on rumours regarding his private life]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72383_david_luiz_sheds_light_on_rumours_regarding_his_private_life.htmlParis Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has dismissed rumours that he is a virgin.

On Tuesday, Luiz posted a picture on Instagram of himself being baptised in team mate Maxwell's swimming pool. Alongside the picture was a caption that read, 'I have chosen to wait.'

The post resulted in many newspapers announcing that Luiz is a virgin and that he is waiting until he married to girlfriend Sara Madeira before having sex.

However the 28 year old has dismissed these rumours and hit back at the media.

"People say all the things about me, but I'm not a virgin," Luiz told the BBC. "Some people in the press do not respect people's privacy. I can sleep with peace of mind because I respect everyone."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Fri, 22 May 2015 10:51:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Tiago: Filipe Luís is always welcome at Atletico Madrid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72381_tiago__filipe_luis_is_always_welcome_at_atletico_madrid.htmlAtletico Madrid midfielder Tiago has encouraged Chelsea defender Filipe Luís to move back to the club this summer.

Luís left Atletico to join Chelsea last year in a deal for just under £18 million. He has since struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting eleven with just 15 league appearances.

The 29 year old left back has now been urged to make the trip back to Spain this summer by Tiago,
"We all like Filipe. If he is not happy there, he knows that the doors are open here. Heis a player who served the club in his time, and I do not doubt that he will be well received."

Diego Simeone has also recently praised the defender which suggests a move is imminent.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/info_1432291325.jpgFri, 22 May 2015 10:28:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Leiva set to leave Liverpool for Inter Milan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72377_lucas_leiva_set_to_leave_liverpool_for_inter_milan.htmlLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva looks set to leave the club after eight years in Merseyside.

The 28 year has been interesting Inter Milan for a number of months and it seems they now have the green light to make a move. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to move for Manchester City midfielder James Milner and if he can complete the signing will let Lucas leave.

Lucas has had a mixed career at Liverpool. He struggled after first moving to England in 2007 but adapted to become a key player for the reds. However injuries have disrupted his progress and left many managers frustrated at his unavailibility. 

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<![CDATA[Liverpool’s Gerrard pays tribute to ‘next big thing’ Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72362_liverpool___s_gerrard_pays_tribute_to____next_big_thing____coutinho.htmlSteven Gerrard says team-mate Phillipe Coutinho is the ‘next big thing’, after the Brazilian cleaned up at Liverpool’s end of season award ceremony.

Coutinho was named Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year during Tuesday evening's event, and also picked up awards for the Performance of the Year and Goal of the Year.

And Steven Gerrard, accepting his own award for long-time service to the club ahead of his impending move to Los Angeles Galaxy, took the opportunity to pay tribute to the former Vasco Da Gama midfielder.

He said: "I'm bored of speaking about myself, so I want to pay tribute to Philippe tonight.

"I think this is his night. He's cleaned up tonight on all of the awards and deservedly so, it's an absolute privilege to share a dressing room with him.

"He's the next big thing, for me, I hope he stays here for a long time and he can help win us some more trophies."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Thu, 21 May 2015 17:43:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas congratulates Coutinho on Liverpool awards]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72361_lucas_congratulates_coutinho_on_liverpool_awards.htmlLucas Leiva says Phillipe Coutinho is well deserving of the four awards he scooped up at Liverpool’s end of season ceremony.

 Lucas posted the below picture of himself and Coutinho with his awards on Instagram, writing: ‘Congratulations my brother, you deserve all of these #playersaward’

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Thu, 21 May 2015 17:32:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Atletico Madrid president Cerezo: ‘Chelsea’s Filipe Luis one of the best full-backs in the world’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72357_atletico_madrid_president_cerezo_____chelsea___s_filipe_luis_one_of_the_best_full-backs_in_the_world___.htmlAtletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says he believes Chelsea’s Filipe Luis is “one of the best full-backs in the world”, but refused to confirm whether he would be returning to Madrid this summer. 

The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move back to Atlético, the club he left to join Chelsea during last year’s summer transfer window.

Cerezo told Marca: "The return of Filipe Luis? He's a fantastic player, for me he is one of the best fullbacks in the world."

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<![CDATA[Manchester United’s Rafael could be the man for West Ham]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72355_manchester_united___s_rafael_could_be_the_man_for_west_ham.htmlManchester United’s out of favour full-back Rafael could be the perfect man to replace Carl Jenkinson at West Ham next season.

Jenkinson is due to return to Arsenal as his loan deal expires at the end of this season, while Rafael, having made only 11 appearances under Louis Van Gaal, is believed to be surplus to requirements at Old Trafford where he has just one year remaining on his contract.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Thu, 21 May 2015 17:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Siqueira backs Atlético Madrid bid for Chelsea’s Filipe Luis]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72354_siqueira_backs_atletico_madrid_bid_for_chelsea___s_filipe_luis.htmlAtlético Madrid’s Guilhereme Siqueira insists he is not worried by the potential return of Filipe Luis from Chelsea, despite the fact that the two Brazilians will both be competing for the left-back slot in Diego Simeone’s team.

Siqueira, who has made 26 appearances for Madrid this season, told Marca: "If he (Luis) comes it would be welcome, because in addition to being a friend he is a great professional, I would learn a lot from him.” 

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<![CDATA[Harry Redknapp to Paulinho: ‘get your act together’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72353_harry_redknapp_to_paulinho_____get_your_act_together___.htmlFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has criticised Paulinho, telling the Brazil international he needs to produce the goods if he expects to make the Spurs starting XI. 

Redknapp was responding to comments from Paulinho’s former Spurs teammate, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, now at Watford, who recently warned players against signing for the club.

“It’s up to them [big-money signings] to come and perform and Paulinho hasn’t,” Redknapp told Talksport:

“If they’re going to come over here they have got to produce the goods and Paulinho at the moment, like so many other lads at Tottenham who were bought for big money, hasn’t produced. 

“It’s the kids at Tottenham that have been the driving force behind the team this year. Without Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Danny Rose I don’t know where they would have been this season.

“Paulinho needs to get his act in order if he wants to play.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Thu, 21 May 2015 17:01:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Bebeto thinks Copa América is a great opportunity to erase Brazil's World Cup disaster]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72352_bebeto_thinks_copa_america_is_a_great_opportunity_to_erase_brazil_s_world_cup_disaster.html 

Former Brazil international Bebeto believes that Copa América 2015 offers the Seleção a chance to recover their reputation in international football.
Following their capitulation in the semi-finals of World Cup 2014 when they were thrashed 7-1 by Germany on home soil, Brazil have slowly been trying to regain their lost prestige under new coach Dunga. Bebeto said: "Copa América will be difficult, but the boys have to wear the Brazil shirt feeling very proud. They need to take to the field in the mood to play, concentrated. We have to recover the bad impression that was the 2014 World Cup. We have to rescue the football. With Brazil winning the Copa América title, people will forget some of that defeat last year."

Former Brazil international Bebeto believes that Copa América 2015 offers the Seleção a chance to recover their reputation in international football.

Following their capitulation in the semi-finals of World Cup 2014 when they were thrashed 7-1 by Germany on home soil, Brazil have slowly been trying to regain their lost prestige under new coach Dunga. Bebeto said: "Copa América will be difficult, but the boys have to wear the Brazil shirt feeling very proud. They need to take to the field in the mood to play, concentrated. We have to recover the bad impression that was the 2014 World Cup. We have to rescue the football. With Brazil winning the Copa América title, people will forget some of that defeat last year."

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Thu, 21 May 2015 12:03:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Ex-goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel hopeful Brazil can restore reputation at Copa América]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72351_ex-goalkeeper_claudio_taffarel_hopeful_brazil_can_restore_reputation_at_copa_america.html 

Cláudio Taffarel is confident Brazil can continue their excellent recent form in next month’s Copa América.
Taffarel was recruited by Dunga, captain of that 1994 side to become goalkeeping coach after the latter had been appointed for a second stint as manager following Luiz Felipe Scolari’s departure last summer. Taffarel said: "No doubt the Copa América will be very important for us after what happened in the World Cup. We have to keep working as we did in the last friendlies. Our team are showing great character and respect to our supporters. Players are coming to the Seleção very happy and leaving also happy because we have a great atmosphere again. What happened in the past we can’t erase, but we can write a new future. The Seleção can show now in this Copa América that we have improved."

Cláudio Taffarel is confident Brazil can continue their excellent recent form in next month’s Copa América.

Taffarel was recruited by Dunga, captain of that 1994 side to become goalkeeping coach after the latter had been appointed for a second stint as manager following Luiz Felipe Scolari’s departure last summer. Taffarel said: "No doubt the Copa América will be very important for us after what happened in the World Cup. We have to keep working as we did in the last friendlies. Our team are showing great character and respect to our supporters. Players are coming to the Seleção very happy and leaving also happy because we have a great atmosphere again. What happened in the past we can’t erase, but we can write a new future. The Seleção can show now in this Copa América that we have improved."

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar comes second in the most marketable athlete list]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72350_neymar_comes_second_in_the_most_marketable_athlete_list.html 

Neymar is the only football player to be included in the top-10 list for the world's most marketable athlete in 2015.
London magazine SportsPro released its annual list of the Top 50 Most Marketable Athletes in the World and it’s topped by tennis player Eugenie Bouchard. The 21-year-old Canadian is followed by Brazilian star Neymar, Masters champion Jordan Spieth, swimmer Missy Franklin and Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton.

Neymar is the only football player to be included in the top-10 list for the world's most marketable athlete in 2015.

London magazine SportsPro released its annual list of the Top 50 Most Marketable Athletes in the World and it’s topped by tennis player Eugenie Bouchard. The 21-year-old Canadian is followed by Brazilian star Neymar, Masters champion Jordan Spieth, swimmer Missy Franklin and Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Thu, 21 May 2015 12:00:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Fenômeno Ronaldo chooses his dream five-a-side team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72349_fenomeno_ronaldo_chooses_his_dream_five-a-side_team.html 

Brazil superstar Ronaldo has revealed the dream five-a-side team he would like to play in.
Speaking to UEFA's official website, the Seleção legend picked the four all-time footballing greats he would choose to line up alongside. The only non-South American in the side is France's Zinedine Zidane, with whom Ronaldo spent four years playing at Real Madrid. To round off the line-up Ronaldo opts for two of his countrymen, Zico and Pelé. Also included is Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who famously led his country to World Cup glory in 1986.

Brazil superstar Ronaldo has revealed the dream five-a-side team he would like to play in.

Speaking to UEFA's official website, the Seleção legend picked the four all-time footballing greats he would choose to line up alongside. The only non-South American in the side is France's Zinedine Zidane, with whom Ronaldo spent four years playing at Real Madrid. To round off the line-up Ronaldo opts for two of his countrymen, Zico and Pelé. Also included is Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who famously led his country to World Cup glory in 1986.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-05/home/Thu, 21 May 2015 11:58:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Brazil call up Fred and Felipe Anderson for friendlies against Mexico and Honduras]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72348_brazil_call_up_fred_and_felipe_anderson_for_friendlies_against_mexico_and_honduras.htmlBrazil head coach Dunga has added Shakhtar Donetsk's and Lazio's to his squad for the friendlies with Mexico and Honduras on June 7 and 10.

The attacking midfield duo have been included with the Seleção boss looking ahead to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, rather than the more immediate challenge of the Copa América in Chile. Brazil named their 23-man party for the tournament on May 5, before nominating a further seven players, including Fred and Felipe Anderson, to be on stand-by due to CONMEBOL protocol, with the initial squad not expected to change unless there are any late injuries.

Brazil head coach Dunga has added Shakhtar Donetsk's and Lazio's to his squad for the friendlies with Mexico and Honduras on June 7 and 10.
The attacking midfield duo have been included with the Seleção boss looking ahead to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, rather than the more immediate challenge of the Copa América in Chile. Brazil named their 23-man party for the tournament on May 5, before nominating a further seven players, including Fred and Felipe Anderson, to be on stand-by due to CONMEBOL protocol, with the initial squad not expected to change unless there are any late injuriesBrazil head coach Dunga has added Shakhtar Donetsk's and Lazio's to his squad for the friendlies with Mexico and Honduras on June 7 and 10

 

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<![CDATA[The Best in Brazil’s Pantheon?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72347_the_best_in_brazil___s_pantheon_.html

Not to state the obvious, but the beautiful game is no stranger to Brazil. We can start with who many consider to be the god of football, Pele, who is the all-time lead scorer in the game and transcends the sport into mainstream visibility with his immense stature. Or take Zico, the man who many compared to Pele, who went on to become a successful coach after a luminary career as a specialist with his vision and footwork. Luis Ronaldo was a megastar in his own right more recently, featuring that ubiquitous gap-toothed smile and joining the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to win FIFA Player of the Year three times or more. Finally, consider Roberto Carlos, who may not be able to take the cake as greatest of all time from Brazil, but who was still a prolific winner at every level.
Let’s take a closer look at these four giants of Brazilian football and consider their standing in comparison with their current leading man, Neymar.

The King of Football

 

It is with no small fanfare that the much-heralded, nearly unanimously-recognized Greatest of All Time, the man also known as The Black Pearl, King Pele, or merely The King, was also voted world player of the century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. At the same time, he was voted player of the century by his fellow Ballon d’Or winners and named by the IOC as athlete of the century. To further prove his status truly transcends the pitch, he was named to the top 100 most influential people of the century in TIME Magazine’s tally at the end of the last century.
To top off these accomplishments, he also holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the highest goal scorer in the history of the game with 1281 goals in 1363 games, including tour games and unofficial friendlies. That figure is staggering, with an average of approximately 0.94 goals per game. Another way to consider that figure is that for every 100 matches he played, he scored a goal in all but six of them.
To top off his accomplishments, consider his status as the only player to win three World Cups and the top goal scorer for his country (77 goals in 92 caps), in addition to being the record goal scorer for his first club, Santos, for whom he started playing professionally from the ripe age of 15.

The White Pele
 


Zico’s claim to fame is as one of the top finishers and best passers ever, two pretty important skills in the game of football. He is one of the pioneers of the now common Brazilian football stereotype of being able to bend the ball at impossible angles, bringing alive the worst nightmares of goalkeepers the world over of being caught flat-footed on the goal line. While he did not win a World Cup, he is often remembered for being a part of the best Brazilian side ever in 1982. He won Player of the Year the preceding and following year for a total of two honours, and he was credited or being an inspired playmaker, possessing a vision of the whole pitch unrivalled by his peers.
He sits fourth all-time on the Seleção’s scoring rank with a total of 48 goals in 71 appearances. Also prolific are coaching tenures he has overseen. His experience as head coach range from Turkey to Greece, from Japan to Russia, and he has managed this over the course of some 16 years.

The Phenomenon
 


This man was an absolute flurry of speed, power, and skill. The two-time Ballon d’Or winner known simply as Ronaldo was mesmerizing to watch, both for his fans and the opposing players he went against. In the 98 matches he played for his national team, he scored 62 goals, good for second all-time in the record books of his country. He was prolific in the World Cup, scoring two goals in the decisive 2002 final match, and setting a record at the time with a 15th World Cup goal in 2006, an even more impressive feat when you consider his World Cup career spanned four entire tournaments, dating back to 1994. It is with good reason he is considered among the very best strikers of all time.

The Winner


 
Roberto Carlos was known for more than his small stature – all 5’6” of him – and his immensely daunting tree trunks for legs. As a back, he routinely charged to the front of the ranks down the side, leading the attack and catching his opposing backline on their heels. Then there were his free kicks, which were a spectacle in themselves, easily in the best Brazilian free-kick takers ever. One in particular is probably one of the most famous, most watched football plays of all time where he bends the ball at virtually an impossible curvature, faking out the goalie in the most gravity-defying way possible.
Of course, he was not just a maestro of the spot. His tenacious defending and lightning quick counter-attacks powered his teams to four La Liga titles, three Champions League medals, and one World Cup trophy. Roberto was indeed a world-class player that deserves his spot in the pantheon of Brazilian greats.

The Wunderkind
 


Once Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo finish trading off on Ballon d’Or trophies, it is a prize that is likely Neymar’s to lose. The Brazilian sensation is that skilled, that electric in his all-around play whether he is setting up teammates Messi or Luis Suarez for an easy look or if he is making a shot around multiple defenders look easy. The striker is not just unselfish in this way, but possess the dribbling skills to deke or feign whichever which way – often making his opponents look silly in the meantime – and finish with absolute class and an elite touch. He’s destroyed teams on his own, and carries a whole nation’s weight on his shoulders with ease. No wonder he has so earned so many fans in his short career.
The next generation superstar has it all, and he is making it happen off the pitch too. Ranked in 2012 and 2013 as the world’s most marketable athlete, he is now the recipient of a lucrative 11-year Nike contract as well as being one of the public faces for the top online poker site, PokerStars. Only time will tell if he joins Brazil’s all-time greats, but destiny is sure looking kindly upon those chances. He may very well go down as the greatest of them all.

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<![CDATA[Internazionale Vice-President Javier Zanetti hopeful of signing Thiago Motta back from Paris Saint-Germain]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72333_internazionale_vice-president_javier_zanetti_hopeful_of_signing_thiago_motta_back_from_paris_saint-germain.htmlInternazionale Vice-President Javier Zanetti is hopeful of signing Thiago Motta back from Paris Saint-Germain. 

The Italy international - he was born in Brazil, but chose to represent the Azzurri - left Inter to join PSG in January 2012 for a reported fee of €11.5 million.

During his spell in Milan, he was part of a side that won numerous honours, including a Serie A title, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League treble under José Mourinho in the 2009-10 season.

For Zanetti, bringing Motta back to Inter would add some much needed experience to fairly young squad and help the club progress towards their aims.

“If Motta were to arrive, he could give so much,” he told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, as reported by website Sky Sports.

"He knows the club, he has experience, quality and is one of the strongest midfielders that I have ever played with. He is very intelligent. To bring players like them would give us that leap in quality.”

Motta’s time at PSG has been as equally trophy-laden as his stint at Inter. With the Parisians, he has won seven domestic honours, including three consecutive Ligue 1 titles.

This season, he has featured 36 times in all competitions, without scoring, while he is contracted to PSG until June 2016.

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<![CDATA[Palmeiras forward Dudu given six month suspension for pushing referee Guilherme Ceretta de Lima]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72326_palmeiras_forward_dudu_given_six_month_suspension_for_pushing_referee_guilherme_ceretta_de_lima.htmlPalmeiras forward Dudu has been given a six month suspension for pushing referee Guilherme Ceretta de Lima.

The incident happened during Palmeiras’ Campeonato Paulista Final against Santos, earlier this month.

Dudu had been sent off along with Peixe forward Geuvânio, after the two players had collided.

Following his dismissal, Dudu then subsequently pushed official Guilherme Ceretta de Lima from behind.

The match eventually ended 2-1 to Santos, who would secure the Paulistão with a 4-2 victory on penalties, with the score level at 2-2 on aggregate.

As well as Dudu, Palmeiras also have to contend with having Chile international Jorge Valdivia suspended due to comments he made about the referee, but will hope to see the former's punishment adjusted with an appeal.

The club will likely cite Corinthians midfielder Petros, who had his ban dropped from six months to just three matches for a similar misdemeanour in 2014.

Dudu had been signed by Palmeiras from Dynamo Kyiv for a reported fee of €3 million in January. The 23 year-old, who has been capped twice by Brazil, scored five goals in 42 appearances whilst on loan at Grêmio last season.

With Palmeiras, he has so far featured twice in the 2015 Brasileirão, but is yet to net.

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<![CDATA[Former Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano to join Peru coaching staff for 2015 Copa América]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72323_former_newcastle_united_midfielder_nolberto_solano_to_join_peru_coaching_staff_for_2015_copa_america.htmlFormer Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano has joined up with Peru's coaching staff for the 2015 Copa América.

The 40 year-old, who last played for Hartlepool United in 2012, has previously managed Torneo Descentralizado de Fútbol Profesional Peruano outfit Universitario and worked with Internacional de Toronto in Canada. 

He has been brought in by the Peruvian Football Federation [FPF] to work alongside Head Coach Ricardo Gareca.

Speaking to local radio RBC, Solano explained what his role would entail and believes he can be a link between the players and management.

"I will remain close to the players and, as I know a lot of them that are still playing, I will explain their routines and how they like to do things to professor Gareca,” he said, as reported by website CA2015.

Solano represented Peru 95 times at international level, scoring 20 goals. With the national team, he won the Kirin Cup twice [1995 and 2005], but didn’t have success at the Copa América, despite featuring in three editions of the competition - 1995, 1999 and 2004.

Peru missed out on qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but will feel they have a chance of impressing in Chile.

They have been drawn in Group C alongside Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil and open their campaign against the latter on 14th June at Estadio Municipal Germán Becker.

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<![CDATA[Exeter City to host Fluminense U19 side]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/72319_exeter_city_to_host_fluminense_u19_side.html 

Exeter City have announced that a Fluminense U19 side will visit St. James' Park for a pre-season friendly on Monday, July 20.
The Fluminense U19 squad are travelling to Europe to defend their crown in a prestigious U19 tournament in Germany. It is an annual invitational youth tournament for emerging talents at some of the world’s top clubs. The friendly fixture comes a year to the day after Exeter faced a Fluminense U23 side at Estádio das Laranjeiras, as Exeter commemorated 100 years of history with Brazil last summer.

Exeter City have announced that a Fluminense U19 side will visit St. James' Park for a pre-season friendly on Monday, July 20.

The Fluminense U19 squad are travelling to Europe to defend their crown in a prestigious U19 tournament in Germany. It is an annual invitational youth tournament for emerging talents at some of the world’s top clubs. The friendly fixture comes a year to the day after Exeter faced a Fluminense U23 side at Estádio das Laranjeiras, as Exeter commemorated 100 years of history with Brazil last summer.

 

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