<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Corinthians aiming to get Paulinho back on board]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66576_corinthians_aiming_to_get_paulinho_back_on_board.html 

Corinthians wants to repatriate Paulinho for next season. Replacement for Tottenham, former player of Timão could be paid annually by the English club. Also surveyed by Internacional, Paulinho is the priority of sporting director Edu Gaspard:
"The Corinthians doors are open for Paulinho, it is very popular here. If we compete with Inter, the financial part should not make a difference, I do not think that Inter is a competitor." explained the Paulista leader.

Corinthians want to bring back Paulinho to Sao Paulo next season.

The Brazilian is not doing good at Tottenham and Corinthians see it as a chance to bring one of their popular players back to the club.

Bringing Paulinho back is a priority for sporting director Edu Gaspard:"The doors are open for Paulinho, he is very popular here. If we compete with Inter, the financial part should not make a difference, I do not think that Inter is a competitor." explained the Paulista leader.

 

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<![CDATA[Rogerio Ceni extends contract at Sao Paulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66575_rogerio_ceni_extends_contract_at_sao_paulo.html 

End of mystery around the future of Rogério Ceni! The Brazilian goalkeeper has finally decided to extend his contract with São Paulo FC as he had announced several months ago that he would end his career in December.
The new contract runs scorer guardian until August 5, 2015, be extended if the club won the Copa Libertadores and the World Club hassle.

The mystery has come to an end. Rogerio Ceni's future at Sao Paulo has been clarified. The goalkeeper has extended his contract.

Iniatally Ceni had indicated that this would be his last season at Sao Paulo, thus ending his career in effect in December, but the goalkeeper has now decided to continue playing.

He has prolonged his contract till August 5th, 2015 with another extansion possible if Sao Paulo win the Copa Libertadores or the Club World Cup. 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Real Madrid want Casemiro back]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66573_real_madrid_want_casemiro_back.htmlAccording to the Spanish newspaper Marca, the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez would be in favor of the return of Casemiro in merengue workforce. Currently on loan at FC Porto, the young midfielder had an excellent first half of the season in Portugal and has been selected by Dunga in Brazil team.
Casemiro, former São Paulo, started 13 of 15 games with FC Porto. His loan contract ends on 15 August, but the Portuguese club could activate its purchase option.

According to the Spanish newspaper Marca Real Madrid president Florentino Perez would be in favor of a return of Casemiro to the club. Currently he is on loan at FC Porto.

The young midfielder had an excellent first half of the season in Portugal and has been selected by Dunga for Brazil. Casemiro, former player of São Paulo, started 13 of the 15 games with FC Porto. His loan contract ends on August 15th, but the Portuguese club could activate its purchase option.

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<![CDATA[Pele: slight improvement in his situation]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66571_pele__slight_improvement_in_his_situation.html 

The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo published Friday morning a new medical bulletin on the King Pele.
"The hospital informs the patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) remains in intensive care but his condition is better. His continuous renal treatment but his condition is lucid," could include the statement said.

The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo published a new medical bulletin on Friday morning abut the health situation of Pele.

"The hospital informs that the patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) remains in intensive care but his condition is better. He continues renal treatment but his condition is lucid," read the statement .

 

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<![CDATA[Beckenbauer prays for Pele ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66570_beckenbauer_prays_for_pele_.html 

The medical condition of Pele worries the world of football. His situation worsened on Friday, the former player who has not supported its anti-biotic treatment. It is now feared a generalized infection. His former colleague at New York Cosmos in the 70s, German Franz Beckenbauer, expressed his well wishes on Friday on Twitter:
"I hope my friend will soon Pelé better. I pray for him."

The medical condition of Pele is causing concern in the world of football. His situation worsened on Friday as the former player did not react well to his anti-biotic treatment.

It is now feared a generalizd infection. His former colleague at New York Cosmos in the 70s, German Franz Beckenbauer, expressed his well wishes on Friday on Twitter:"I hope my friend will soon Pelé better. I pray for him."

 

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<![CDATA[Douglas Bacelar: "Inter is a very good team"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66551_douglas_bacelar___inter_is_a_very_good_team_.html 

Inter Milan receives this Thursday Dnipro on behalf of the 5th day of the group stage of the Europa League. An important meeting for the Ukrainian team that could reach the second place in case of good result in Italy tonight. The "final" for the second qualifying spot for the second round of the competition will take place during the final day against Saint-Etienne, Ukraine.
Undisputed holder of the Dnipro, the Brazilian Douglas Bacelar, former Vasco de Gama, believes his team has the means to endanger Inter:
"Inter have very good players, this is a team that likes to keep the ball, they have a very good passing game and are very strong in aerial duels. I'm not prepared specifically for this game, c is a game like the others it will try to win. "
"To win against Inter, we must stay focused throughout the match by committing the least amount of mistakes and realize our scoring opportunities."

Inter Milan host  Dnipro this evening in the group stages of the Europa League. If Dnipro force a positive result, they have a good chance of progressing to the next round.

The Brazilian Douglas Bacelar, a former player Vasco de Gama, believes his team has the means to make life difficult for Inter.

"Inter have very good players," said Douglas.

"This is a team that likes to keep the ball, they have a very good passing game and are very strong in aerial duels." 

 

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<![CDATA[Brazil legend Pele in hospital ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66550_brazil_legend_pele_in_hospital_.htmlBrazil legend Pele has been transferred to a special care unit following treatment for a urinary infection. 

The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, one of the best hospitals in the world,  stated that the 74-year-old three-time World Cup winner had been moved after suffering "clinical instability".

Reports had suggested Pele, admitted on Monday, was in intensive care, but the hospital denied that by stating that Pele has been moved to a special care unit. 

Pele, a World Cup winner in 1958, 1962 and 1970, was initially discharged from hospital on 13 November after surgery to remove kidney stones.

Local media says it is possible Pele picked up an infection during the procedure to remove kidney stones and that the current treatment is usually straightforward.

Pele's spokesman said the football legend will leave the hospital in a couple of days. 

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<![CDATA[Liverpool's Lucas Leiva: We must fight to turn season around]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66544_liverpool_s_lucas_leiva__we_must_fight_to_turn_season_around.htmlLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva believes that fight and commitment will see the Reds get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

Brendan Rodgers' side were held to a 2-2 draw with Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, meaning that they now need to beat Basel at home in the final round of fixtures to secure a place in the knockout stages.

The draw was Liverpool's fifth game without a win, and the Brazilian admitted that the performance was far from a vintage one in Bulgaria.

Lucas tweeted: 'Not the best performance but fighting and commitment will help the team to get back on the winning ways. Thanks for your messages. YNWA'.

Liverpool host Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Bastia's Brandao jailed for one month for Thiago Motta headbutt]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66542_bastia_s_brandao_jailed_for_one_month_for_thiago_motta_headbutt.htmlBastia striker Brandao has been jailed for one month after he was found to be guilty of headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta back in August.

The 34-year-old was captured on CCTV waiting for the PSG midfielder in the Parc des Princes tunnel after a game earlier this season, and was subsequently banned for six months by the Ligue de Football Professionnel.

Brandao will serve one month's jail time and has been fined €20,000, and the veteran Brazilian has also been given an eight-month suspended sentence.

The player's legal team have reportedly indicated that they will not be appealing the decision, although Le Parisien have claimed that the forward will serve community service rather than spend time in jail.

Speaking about the incident back in September, Brandao told Canal+ that he regretted his actions and that the attack was not pre-meditated.

He said: 'I regret my actions and now I would like to apologise. I am aware of what I've done. I did not initially intend to hit him. It wasn't premeditated. I wanted only to speak to him.'

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<![CDATA[Diego Tardelli hails Atletico-MG after cup victory ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66537_diego_tardelli_hails_atletico-mg_after_cup_victory_.html 

Diego Tardelli has turned into a leader in the Atlético Mineiro after the departure of Ronaldinho. Yesterday, the new center-forward of the Seleção who scored the only goal of the return of the Cup final in Brazil at the stadium Mineirão.
"A deserved victory"
For the former São Paulo FC striker, that title against rival Cruzeiro has a greater weight than the win in Libertadores last year:
"For me, the feeling is better than the Libertadores. Winning face Cruzeiro in the final .. The Mineirão is our hall, this is our place.
"We deserved to win the title. We played very well tonight. I congratulate all the players for their performance on the field. We knew if we played good football and that we approach the match very concentrated, we would win the basis. We deserved it after that great leg. Now we will celebrate! "concluded Tardelli.

Diego Tardelli has turned into a leader in the Atlético Mineiro after the departure of Ronaldinho. Yesterday, the new center-forward of the Seleção scored the only goal in the return leg of the Cup final in Brazil at the Mineirão.

For the former São Paulo FC striker, the cup victory against rival Cruzeiro had a greater weight than the win in the Copa Libertadores last year.

"For me, the feeling is better than the Libertadores. Winning against Cruzeiro in the final .. The Mineirão is our place, this is our place," he said.

"We deserved to win the title. We played very well tonight. I congratulate all the players for their performance on the field. We knew if we played good football. Now we will celebrate!," concluded Tardelli.

 

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<![CDATA[Diego Tardelli delighted with Brazil cup triumph]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66539_diego_tardelli_delighted_with_brazil_cup_triumph.htmlAtletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli said that he was delighted after they won the Brazil Cup against Cruzeiro.

The Brazil international netted the only goal of the game as Atletico-MG secured a 3-0 aggregate win over their city rivals, and Tardelli explained what it meant to him.

He said: 'For me, it feels better than [winning] the Copa Libertadores. The title is well deserved for all that we did in the entire campaign.

'We are congraulated for our tactics, our commitment and for giving our soul on the pitch.

'We knew that if we played well and concentrated then we could not lose. For all that we did in the first game, we won again on merit here. Now is the time to celebrate.'

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<![CDATA[Neymar not happy after being benched against Apoel]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66536_neymar_not_happy_after_being_benched_against_apoel.html 

According to the Catalan newspaper "Sport" striker Neymar could not well accepted having started the meeting in the Champions League against APOEL (4-0). Brazilian star was expected to play 90 minutes after his great game against Sevilla last Saturday in the league.
The publication revealed that Neymar would have sulked when returning to Barcelona, leaving appear dissatisfaction.
Seleção striker should still find its place on Sunday against Valencia on behalf of the 13th day of the Spanish league.

According to the Catalan newspaper "Sport" striker Neymar was not happy after sitting on the bench during Barcelona's 4-0 victory against Apoel.

The Brazilian star expected to play 90 minutes after his great game against Sevilla last Saturday in the league. The publication revealed that Neymar may have sulked when returning to Barcelona.

The Seleção striker should still be in the lineup on Sunday against Valencia in the league.

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<![CDATA[Ramalho: Sao Paulo gave everything]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66535_ramalho__sao_paulo_gave_everything.htmlSao Paulo boss Muricy Ramalho said that he had no complaints over his side's effort as they were knocked out of the Copa Sudamericana by Atletico Nacional.

The Brazilians were beaten at the semi-final stage on penalties after Ganso's second-half strike levelled the tie up, and after the disappointment of defeat, the coach had few gripes with his players.

Lance quotes Ramlho as saying: 'I told them they can be sad, but no to let their head down because they have given everything on the pitch.

'The bad thing in football is when you go the shower and you think "hey I could have done more" but today from the goalkeeper [through the rest of the team] we were fantastic.

'We are not looking to be comforted, but we did enough to win, but football cannot always be explained.'

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<![CDATA[Hulk doesn't despise Benfica ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66534_hulk_doesn_t_despise_benfica_.html 

Winner of Benfica, training Zenit was given a small chance of qualifying for the finals of the Champions League knockout. Author of a decisive pass facing the Portuguese, Russian club striker, Hulk, was pleased but said it had no animosity towards Benfica, his former Porto.
"It's special for me to win every game, no matter the opponent. I played four seasons in Portugal, Porto, our great rival was Benfica but I've always had respect for this club. I do not hate Benfica. "Zenit

Zenit defeated Benfica and that way retained a small chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Hulk said he didn't feel any particular animosity towards Benfica.

Hulk was the author of a decisive pass against Benfica and the Russian club striker said he wwas pleased with the victory, but had no particular strong feelings about Benfica as a former Porto player.

"It's special for me to win every game, no matter the opponent," he said.

"I played four seasons in Portugal, forPorto, our great rival was Benfica but I've always had respect for this club. I do not hate Benfica. "

 

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<![CDATA[Sao Paulo eliminated in the Copa Sudamericana ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66533_sao_paulo_eliminated_in_the_copa_sudamericana_.html 

a formation of São Paulo will miss the final of the Copa Sudamericana this year, Muricy Ramalho players were eliminated last night by Colombian Atletico Nacional at the meeting of penalties. The Tricolor had done the hard part in 90 minutes of play by winning score a goal to nil and therefore tying the two meetings, dominating the head and shoulders touching the meeting twice posts .dropoff window
This is Ganso who scored the goal in Paulista early in the second half but unfortunately for the teammates of playmaker Alan Kardec and Rafael Tolói were going to miss the fateful penalty shoot on goal while Colombian succeeded the first four shots. So it is a cruel elimination at the gates of the final at Morumbi who settled this sad event and puts an end to the Tricolor adventure in this competition.

São Paulo will miss the final of the Copa Sudamericana this year, Muricy Ramalho's players were eliminated last night by Colombian side Atletico Nacional on penalties.

The Tricolor had done the hard part in 90 minutes of play by scoring the goal, via Ganso, to ensure extra-time. 

But Alan Kardec and Rafael Toloi missed from the spot, while the Colombians converted four penalties to put a stop to Sao Paulo's hopes of reaching the final. 

 

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<![CDATA[Atletico-MG win the Brazilian Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66531_atletico-mg_win_the_brazilian_cup.html

Atletico-MG have won the Brazilian cup after a 1-0 victory over city rivals Cruzeiro yesterday, resulting in a 3-0 aggregate score. Riot police had to charge onto the pitch as players broiled in the closing minutes of the game.

With five minutes left, tensions flared and it looked like a full-scale brawl might develop. Bt then Atletico's Leandro Donizete was sent off for a needless foul and the match resumed.

Striker Diego Tardelli scored the only goal of the game to prevent Cruzeiro from winning the double. It was Atletico's first Brazilian Cup triumph.

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<![CDATA[Cruzeiro and Atletico-MG lock horns in the second leg of the Brazilian cup final ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66517_cruzeiro_and_atletico-mg_lock_horns_in_the_second_leg_of_the_brazilian_cup_final_.html 

Winner in the final go on the score of two goals to nil, the Atletico-MG training made a big step towards a coronation in the Brazilian Cup against the Brasileirão champion Cruzeiro. However, players of Raposa, champions for the second year in a row will live another victory this week and try to reverse this situation and report these two goals deviations.
Cruzeiro will be without central defender Dede and its very offensive side, Mayke but will rely on his offensive fire area with magic quartet Everton Ribeiro, Ricardo Goulart, Willian and Marcelo Moreno.
Opposite Levir Culpi, with its registered success in the first leg should bring his team-type moment with no one set, that of Joshua replaced by Rafael Carioca. Luan trio, Diego Tardelli and Carlos will be responsible for transforming opportunities for them at the end of the feet and offer this to Galo Brazilian Cup.

Cruzeiro and Atletico-MG lock horns in the final of the Brazilian Cup. The team of Belo Horizonte takes a 2-0 advantage into the return leg, but buoyed by their second consecutive championship title in the weekend, Cruzeiro will try to turn around the result.

 Cruzeiro will be without central defender Dede and Mayke, but will rely on the magic quartet of Everton Ribeiro, Ricardo Goulart, Willian and Marcelo Moreno.


At the other end Luan trio, Diego Tardelli and Carlos will be responsible for converting chances into goals and win the Brazilian Cup for Galo. 

 

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<![CDATA[Ramires of Chelsea confident of a good Champions League campaign ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66516_ramires_of_chelsea_confident_of_a_good_champions_league_campaign_.html 

Scorer in the victory over Chelsea on the lawn of Schalke yesterday, the Blues midfielder, Ramires was a happy man. With this show of force, five successful zero, teammates International Auriverde prove they are more than serious candidates in this competition.

"I am very happy for this qualification and for this purpose the head. It is still early to make predictions, but our journey in the Premier League and in the Champions League, gives us the ability to be confident in our strengths. If we continue this way, we can achieve our goals. "

Blues midfielder, Ramires was a happy man. With this show of force, five successful zero, teammates International Auriverde prove they are more than serious candidates in this competition.Blues 

Blues midfielder Ramires was a happy man yesterday as he scored on the field of Schalke 04 to help Chelsea to a thumping Champions League win in Germany. He is sure his club will have a good campaign in Europe.

"I am very happy for this qualification and for the goal with the head," said Ramires.

"It is still early to make predictions, but our journey in the Premier League and in the Champions League, gives us the ability to be confident in our strengths. If we continue this way, we can achieve our goals."

 

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<![CDATA[Is Ronaldinho heading to Angola?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66515_is_ronaldinho_heading_to_angola_.html 

Ronaldinho he would prepare to join Angola? In the opinion of the chairman of club Kabuscorp, Bento Kangamba is a possibility. In an interview with news agency Lusa, Kangamba reveals that negotiations took place with the former Brazilian international for his transfer to the current Angolan vice-champion. After only two months in Mexico in the colors of Querétaro, here is a new starting rumors about the champion Auriverde world (see related news).
"We are in battle. We are negotiating with the agent of Ronaldinho Gaucho to get his coming for a period of one year," said the chairman of the Angolan capital club. Something big that would allow Kabuscorp achieve a target size according to him, "With Ronaldinho, we could win the African Champions League and successfully play the Club World Cup against the best teams in Europe and the world C '. is the dream of any president like me. "
If these negotiations result in an agreement, Ronaldinho imitate Rivaldo, who had evolved Kabuscorp in 2012 scoring 18 goals in 21 games.

Ronaldinho has left his Mexican club and has recently being linked to Los Angeles Galaxy. Now rumors are abound that Angola might be a possible destination. 

According to Bento Kangamba, the president of local club Kabuscorp, it is a possibility. In an interview with news agency Lusa, Kangamba reveals that negotiations took place with the former Brazilian international about a transfer to the current Angolan vice-champion. 


"We are in battle. We are negotiating with the agent of Ronaldinho Gaucho to get him for a period of one year," said the chairman of the Angolan club.

"With Ronaldinho, we could win the African Champions League and successfully play the Club World Cup against the best teams in Europe and the world," said Kangamba. 

In 2012 fellow Brazilian Rivalo played for Kabuscorp, scoring 18 goals in 21 games. 

 

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<![CDATA[Five Brazilians on the list of FIFA's best defenders]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66514_five_brazilians_on_the_list_of_fifa_s_best_defenders.html 

FIFA unveiled the list of 15 candidates live for the title of the best defenders in the year. In this list, five Brazilians are present, making Brazil the most represented country in this category. Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo and Luis Filipe will Auriverde representatives.
The lack of Miranda is emphasized, who won the Spanish league and was a finalist in the Champions League before knowing his first caps for the Seleção.

FIFA unveiled the list of 15 candidates for the title of the best defender of the year. Among the contenders are five Brazilians.

Five Brazilians are present, making Brazil the most represented country in this category. Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo and Luis Filipe are the chosen ones.

Miranda is an absentee, despite winning the Spanish league and playing the final of the Champions League. 

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<![CDATA[Mario Balotelli: "Thiago Silva is amazing"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66513_mario_balotelli___thiago_silva_is_amazing_.html 

In an interview with beIN Sports, Liverpool Italian striker was full of praise to Thiago Silva. If both players have not played together in the colors of AC Milan, they had the opportunity to compete at the "Derby della Madonnina" when Balotelli was evolving at Inter.
And obviously, Italian remembers very well. Asked about the strongest opponent he met Mario Balotelli replied: "I think it's Thiago Silva It is amazing It is fast, powerful and technique, all you need is very... strong. "

In an interview with beIN Sports, Liverpool Italian striker was full of praise to Thiago Silva.

Both players met several times in the  "Derby della Madonnina" when Balotelli played at Inter and Thiago Silva for AC Milan. 

Asked about the strongest opponent Mario Balotelli had met, he replied: "I think it's Thiago Silva He is amazing. He is fast, powerful and has technique, everything you need. "

 

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<![CDATA[Luiz Adriano plays down Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66498_luiz_adriano_plays_down_cristiano_ronaldo_rivalry.htmlShakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano insisted that he was unconcerned with outdoing Cristiano Ronaldo as they lost 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday.

Adriano is currently tied alongside the Real Madrid superstar as the top scorer in this season's Champions League, with both players on nine goals.

Both Los Blancos and Shakhtar have already secured their place in the knockout stages, but Adriano claimed that the record was far from his thoughts as they were beaten by Athletic.

He told reporters after the game: 'I wasn't focused on Ronaldo's record because it's my team's success that is important for me rather than personal achievements.'

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<![CDATA[Willian and Ramires on scoresheet as Chelsea run riot at Schalke]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66502_willian_and_ramires_on_scoresheet_as_chelsea_run_riot_at_schalke.htmlWillian and Ramires were just two of the goal-scorers as Chelsea hammered Schalke 5-0 in Germany on Tuesday evening.

John Terry opened the scoring after just two minutes before Brazilian international Willian extended the advantage before the half-hour mark with a low drive.

Jan Kirchoff inflicted more misery on his side when he headed into his own net shortly before the break, and the rout was sealed as Didier Drogba and Ramires added two late goals for Jose Mourinho's side.

The win confirms Chelsea's position as Group G winners in the Champions League, ahead of a visit from Sporting in the final round of fixtures.

Mourinho said: 'I'm very pleased. It was a very impressive performance and the team are very confident. I said before the game that we were not interested in mathematics or just securing a point.

We showed this from the first minute and had a chance right away. We were very compact, very solid in defence – I don't remember Thibaut Courtois making a save. We put in a fantastic performance.'

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<![CDATA[PSG's David Luiz eyes Champions League top spot]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66499_psg_s_david_luiz_eyes_champions_league_top_spot.htmlDavid Luiz has called for Paris Saint-Germain to finish with a flourish and end the first phase of the Champions League as Group F winners.

PSG beat Ajax 3-1 on Tuesday evening, while Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona eased past APOEL 4-0, and Laurent Blanc's side have a point advantage over the La Liga outfit heading into the final game.

Barca host the Ligue 1 champions at Camp Nou in the final round of group fixtures and Luiz wants to see his side end as winners.

The Brazil international said: 'We will fight for first position at Barcelona now. We want to qualify in first place, so we'll do our best. It's very important to finish top because it leaves you in a better position for the future.

'Ajax are a fantastic team with a fantastic philosophy and many talented players. They play amazing football and they played another great game tonight.

'They always follow their philosophy, and with experience they can improve year by year. It was a difficult match. They kept possession well.'

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<![CDATA[Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano to give 'everything' against Porto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66497_shakhtar_s_luiz_adriano_to_give__everything__against_porto.htmlShakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano has called for the side to 'give everything' against Porto to end their Champions League group campaign on a high.

The Ukraine side had already secured qualification to the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition prior to their 1-0 defeat against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday.

Porto will top Group H as winners, but the Brazil international wants to finish with a flourish in the final round of fixtures.

Speaking after the Athletic defeat, Adriano said: 'The next game against Porto will not be important for the standings but we will play for a win anyway. I'm sure the whole team will give everything for a victory.

'We fought until the last minute but, unfortunately, were not able to get an equaliser. I think we were a bit unlucky.'

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<![CDATA[Report: Internazionale eager to sign Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva in January transfer window]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66484_report__internazionale_eager_to_sign_cruzeiro_midfielder_lucas_silva_in_january_transfer_window.htmlInternazionale are eager to sign Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva in the January transfer window, according to reports.

Sky Sport Italia, as cited by HITC SPORT, claims that the return of Head Coach Roberto Mancini and his subsequent implementation of a diamond midfield has reignited the Nerazzurri’s interest in the Brazilian.

Inter have been sporadically linked with Lucas Silva over recent months, but with former Head Coach Walter Mazzarri loyal to a 3-5-2 system, he was not seen as an immediate priority.

The decision to replace Mazzarri with Mancini has, however, seemingly changed that stance and a new midfielder is now expected to be targeted.

Bringing Lucas Silva to Inter would be something of a coup, given the calibre of the other clubs reportedly interested in him. Chelsea, Manchester United, Milan and Real Madrid are believed to be keen on the 21 year-old, with the latter said to have tried to push through a €10 million deal in the summer.

Real’s motivation for trying to sign Lucas Silva was due to the uncertainty over Germany international Sami Khedira’s future and it is unlikely they will bid again until that is settled.

Inter will hope to take advantage of that in January, but persuading Cruzeiro to part with a key member of the squad that has won two consecutive Brasileirão titles will not be easy.

Lucas Silva made 23 appearances after breaking into the first-team last season and has so far featured 25 times this term.

The ball-playing midfielder was also part of Brazil U-20 squad the won the 2014 Toulon Tournament in June.

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<![CDATA[São Paulo Head Coach Muricy Ramalho hopes for strong home support to help overturn Copa Sudamericana semi-final against Atlético Nacional]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66481_sao_paulo_head_coach_muricy_ramalho_hopes_for_strong_home_support_to_help_overturn_copa_sudamericana_semi-final_against_atletico_nacional.htmlHead Coach Muricy Ramalho is confident strong home support can help overturn São Paulo’s 2014 Copa Sudamericana semi-final against Atlético Nacional.

Only a win will earn the Soberano a place in the final, after a 34th minute strike from forward Luis Carlos Ruiz at Atanasio Girardot Stadium last Wednesday gave Atlético a 1-0 first leg advantage.

With the Colombian outfit unbeaten in the competition so far, Ramalho is aware that São Paulo have a tough task ahead. But with the passionate support of the Morumbi [Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo] behind them, the tactician believes they can match Atlético.

"It will be a very tough match," he said, as reported by FIFA.com. "Teams like them play better abroad than at home, because they know how to control a match. We should not let them play.

"We really expect São Paulo fans to attend the Morumbi and do what Nacional supporters did in Colombia, pushing all the time. It will not be easy to turn it around, but we'll fight a lot for that.”

Ramalho’s opposite number Juan Carlos Osorio is understandably buoyant ahead of the contest. His side were the lowest seeded team at the start of the tournament, but now only need to avoid defeat to reach the final.

"I hope the strategy we set will work, but I think we have the right to have the illusion,” he stated. “We can play them at the same level, equalise their intensity.”

The winner of São Paulo’s clash with Atlético Nacional will face either Boca Juniors or River Plate in December. They drew 0-0 at Estadio Alberto J. Armando in the first leg of their semi-final.

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<![CDATA[Luis Enrique: Suarez adapting well alongside Neymar and Messi]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66474_luis_enrique__suarez_adapting_well_alongside_neymar_and_messi.htmlBarcelona coach Luis Enrique believes that Luis Suarez is starting to find his feet alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Suarez returned to action after a four-month ban back in October, and the Barca boss thinks that the former Liverpool star is beginning to settle into a three-pronged attack with Brazil skipper Neymar and four-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi.

Speaking ahead of his side's trip to APOEL in the Champions League, Enrique said: 'I believe the tough moments are behind us. Difficult periods come for all teams and it is our job to overcome them.

'[Neymar, Messi and Suarez] are doing well. Neymar and Messi obviously know each other well because they played together last season. Suárez is the latest arrival but he is adapting well, as are some of the other players we have.'

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<![CDATA[Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho plays down Diego Costa impact]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66473_chelsea_boss_jose_mourinho_plays_down_diego_costa_impact.htmlChelsea boss Jose Mourinho has played down the impact that Diego Costa has had on the club since joining from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The Brazilian-born Spain international has hit the ground running since his £32m switch in the summer, racking up 11 Premier League goals in just 13 appearances.

However, Mourinho preferred to spread the plaudits across his entire team ahead of their Champions League clash with Schalke on Tuesday.

'Without the team Diego has behind him Diego is nothing,' he told the club's official website. 'He's playing well and scoring goals but the team is producing a lot.

'It's not fair to speak about individuals when the team is very good. You look to our team and the players we brought in – Thibaut (Courtois), (Cesc) Fabregas, Diego, Filipe (Luis) – and all of them are improving the team.'

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<![CDATA[PSG boss Laurent Blanc: David Luiz one the world's best]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66471_psg_boss_laurent_blanc__david_luiz_one_the_world_s_best.htmlParis Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc believes that David Luiz is one of the finest defenders n world football.

The Brazil international moved to PSG from Chelsea for an eye-watering £50m back in the summer and the Frenchman thinks that very few players have the all-round ability of Luiz.

'He is not your typical defender,' Blanc told French media. 'He is good physically but also offensively and has the technical ability of a [number] six or eight. In front of goal, he has the ability of an offensive player.

'There are plenty of defenders who are good in the air or good with a duel, but believe me, there are very few like David Luiz. He has the ability to dribble past two or three players.

'There are a lot like me, but I think it is an advantage to his have type of player [in the squad].'

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