<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Miranda and Costa score as Atletico edge closer to La Liga championship]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59359_miranda_and_costa_score_as_atletico_edge_closer_to_la_liga_championship.htmlAtletico Madrid moved a step closer to securing a first La Liga crown since 1996 with a routine 2-0 home victoy against Elche on friday evening, both goals coming from Brazilian players.

Selecao hopeful Miranda Atletico eased nerves with an opener after 72 minutes against the strugglers and serial goalscorer Diego Costa wrapped up the three points with a penalty in the dying minutes of the game.

The result sees the capital club moves the six and seven points clear of title rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona with only four games remaining, both rivals have a game in hand as well.

And any lingering doubts about Brazil-born Costa's fitness ahead of the crucial Champions League Semi Final with Chelsea seem to have abated after he completed 90 minutes for the second match in a row.

Filipe Luis, also in contention to make Brazil's World Cup squad, played the whole game, while midfielder Diego came off the bench to play half an hour.

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<![CDATA[Brazil under-21 ease to Palmeiras friendly win]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59358_brazil_under-21_ease_to_palmeiras_friendly_win.htmlBrazil's under-21 side beat a shadow Palmeiras XI  3-0 earlier today in a warm up match for the upcoming prestigious Toulon tournament in France.

The invitation competition, which will run next month, is seen as a solid barometer of international teams' younger squads and has played host to some of the game's biggest stars in the past.

In previous years, the likes of Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Javier Mascherano have graced Touon, which is entering its 42nd year.

The Palmeiras fixture for Brazil's young guns saw them ease to victory courtesy of goals from Ademilson, Thalles and Alisson.

Brazil will play in Group A of the tournament, alongside the hosts, Colombia, Chile and China.

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<![CDATA[Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho relaxed about World Cup call]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59355_manchester_city_midfielder_fernandinho_relaxed_about_world_cup_call.htmlThe Brazilian midfielder has stressed that his focus is currently on helping Manchester City win the Premier League title.

Despite only making six appearances for the Seleção, and only one under current boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is considered by many to be guaranteed a place in this year’s World Cup squad.

The 28-year-old, however, has revealed that his is not currently thinking about any such call-up.

“My head is relaxed, because I need to think about the last few games in the Premier League as these are important to me and to everyone at the club.”

“Of course, as soon as the Premier League finishes I’ll start thinking about the World Cup. I had a chance against South Africa and I gave my best. It’s not worth losing a night’s sleep over but I hope my name will be on the list.”

Already adapted to English football, Fernandinho has been trying to enjoy his time off to get to know the city of Manchester.

“Manchester isn’t a touristic city, it’s industrial,” he said. “There are not a lot of things to do. I try to take my children to play in parks and we go to shopping centres and to restaurants. We have to enjoy our time together as the calendar is packed.”

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<![CDATA[Renato Augusto fit enough for Corinthians squad]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59354_renato_augusto_fit_enough_for_corinthians_squad.htmlRenato Augusto is expected to be fit enough to be named in Corinthians' squad for their opening Brasileiro league fixture this weekend against Atletico Mineiro in Uberlandia.

The 26 year-old former Flamengo attacking midfielder, who joined the club in 2013, took a full part in training according to reports in the Brazilan media and head coach Mario Menezes said: "He responded well to training. I always say that the most important part is to convince the head of the player."

If fit enought to start the game, Renato could feature alongside fellow creative force and new signing Jadson, behind the strike duo of Romarinho and Malcom.

Augusto has played three times for Brazil since making his debut in 2011 but will not be in consideration for Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup plans this year.

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<![CDATA[Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa says that he is totally ready for this weekend’s game against Elche]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59353_atletico_madrid_striker_diego_costa_says_that_he_is_totally_ready_for_this_weekend___s_game_against_elche.htmlThe Brazilian-born forward suffered an injury against Getafe but has assured reporters that it was only a scare and that he is ready for this Saturday’s clash at the Vicente Calderon stadium.

“I’m good. The truth is that it was just a scare and, thanks to God, it was nothing serious,” he said in an interview with Atlético Madrid’s official site.

“I’m desperate to get back playing.”

Atlético have 82 points, three more than second-placed Real Madrid.

“It’s a decisive moment and we know we have to do everything we can to win. We are focussed and have conviction. We’re going to give it our all,” completed the 25-year-old.

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<![CDATA[New Botafogo signing Emerson Sheik calls on fans to support the team in 2014]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59352_new_botafogo_signing_emerson_sheik_calls_on_fans_to_support_the_team_in_2014.htmlNew Botafogo signing Emerson Sheik has thanked the club's fans for welcoming to his new team and urged the to get behind the Rio de Janeiro outfit as the new Brasileiro season kicks off this weekend coming.

The Qatar international, who has represented Brazil at youth level, finally completed his protracted move in the past week and told TV Stove that he is ready to play.

"We will work very hard, and the crowd's support is key. I ask you that you please attand and support us this season."

Emerson had previously been at Corinthians, where he played from 2011 to 2014. During the 35 year-old's time at the club, he won a national league title, a Copa Libertadores and a Club World Cup, as well as last year's Paulista state championship.

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<![CDATA[Atlético Madrid defender João Miranda could still make the Seleção]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59351_atletico_madrid_defender_joao_miranda_could_still_make_the_selecao.htmlThe form of the Brazilian centre-back has caught the eye of football fans around the world as Atlético Madrid, who are top of the table with four games to play, challenge for the La Liga title.

João Miranda is being touted as a perfect player for his country's 23-man World Cup squad.

Marca have reported that the media actually asked Luiz Felipe Scolari about the possibility of calling up Miranda and the Brazil boss left the door firmly open for the 29-year-old.

The Atleti centre-back last played for Brazil back on 6th February 2013 in a friendly against England at Wembley.

Scolari did not call him up for last year's Confederations Cup but his first-rate performances for Atleti see him well placed for an international call-up for this summer's World Cup. 

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<![CDATA[Internacional all set for new look Beira Rio to host first league game ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59350_internacional_all_set_for_new_look_beira_rio_to_host_first_league_game_.htmlThe new Brazilian league season gets underway this weekend in earnest, with a flood of fixtures coming before a sustained break during the World Cup, and one team in particular will be striving to put on a show on the first round of fixtures.

Internacional's recently revamped Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, which now holds 56,000 spectators, is set to host the first match of this magnitude when they host Vitoria.

The game kicks off on Saturday at 1830 (GMT) in the venue which now boats huge TV screens- for fans to debate contentious decisions or merely watch replays of Inter goals.

A 15th-place finish in last year's championship is hoped to be a minor setback for Inter, who have won the Copa Libertadores in the past five years.

Their team for Sunday is expected to include the attacking triumvirate of Andres D'Alessandro, Rafael Moura and Alan Patrick.

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<![CDATA[Barcelona stars Neymar and Dani Alves racially abused during Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59349_barcelona_stars_neymar_and_dani_alves_racially_abused_during_wednesday___s_copa_del_rey_final.htmlReal Madrid’s epic Copa del Rey final win over Barcelona was marred by racist abuse from both sets of supporters aimed at Neymar, Dani Alves and Pepe.

As the Brazilian pair found themselves closer to the end populated by Real Madrid supporters, monkey chants intensified. Barcelona fans also abused Portuguese defender Pepe.

The abuse suffered by Neymar, Alves and Pepe did not make the referees reports whilst one commentator on Spanish radio dismissed the incidents as 'four or five idiots giving everyone else a bad name'.

Real Madrid won the game at the Mestalla 2-1 thanks to Gareth Bale's superb late winner. 

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<![CDATA[Tottenham winger Andros Townsend hoping to impact in Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59348_tottenham_winger_andros_townsend_hoping_to_impact_in_brazil.htmlThe young winger has vowed to rediscover his sparkling form from earlier this season as competition for places in England's World Cup squad intensifies.

Andros Townsend produced inspired performances in qualifying victories over Montenegro and Poland in October, his first two matches on the international stage.

Since then his season was stunted by a hamstring injury in December but the 22-year-old is eager to make up for his time on the sidelines and return to form for Tottenham in a bid to catch the attention of England manager Roy Hodgson, who will reveal his provisional 23-man squad on May 10.

"I want what happened to me at the qualifiers to be the start of something," he told the London Evening Standard.

"Nobody wants to be a one-hit wonder. It's all about longevity and I want more opportunities to play for England, especially at the World Cup."

"It would mean the world to me to go to Brazil. Every boy in the country dreams of playing at a World Cup and I'm no different."

Townsend faces stiff competition from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when it comes to making Hodgson's squad and the Tottenham man has a lot of admiration for his rivals.

"I have a lot of respect and admiration for them," he said. "We're good friends and have talked about the World Cup a bit. I'm pleased that they're doing well. Raheem has been on fire for Liverpool and Ox has been playing well for Arsenal."

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<![CDATA[Campeonato Brasileiro starts this weekend]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59347_campeonato_brasileiro_starts_this_weekend.htmlBrazil’s best clubs will battle it out this weekend as the Brasileirão sees it first round of this season’s matches take place across the country.

Whilst some state championships have finished, others are drawing to a close as Brazil’s cluttered football calendar sees the national championship begin early to allow for a break for the World Cup in less than two months’ time.

The first games of this year’s Campeonato Brasileiro will see Fluminense take on Figueirense and Internacional take on Vitória on Saturday afternoon.

Other fixtures to look out for this weekend will include Botafogo’s visit to São Paulo on Sunday, as well as Atlético-MG against Corinthians at the Estádio Municipal João Havelange and Santos against newly promoted Sport Recife, both on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[France head coach Deschamps playing down World Cup chances]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59346_france_head_coach_deschamps_playing_down_world_cup_chances.htmlDidier Deschamps, the France manager, has played down the chances of his country getting into the very latter stages of this year's World Cup as he doesn't believe they possess the quality of other nations. 

He did however, mention that on any given day, Les Bleus have the arsenal with which to cause even the best international teams problems.

Speaking on goal.com, the ex-Juventus and Chelsea midfielder said: "If you said that France were going to be world champions, it would be a lie. The reality is that we are not in the top eight sides in the world."

"But that does not mean we cannot beat a team that is stronger than us. It has been proven against Ukraine (in the World Cup play-off), we are capable of producing a great performance."

Under Decshamps' tutelage, France appear to have shed the previous image of constant in-camp bickering, and are seen as many pundits' dark horses for the tournament.

They will compete in Group E this summer, alongside Switzerland, Honduras and Ecuador.

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<![CDATA[Napoli loanee Bruno Uvini patient but also eager to impress when given Santos debut]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59343_napoli_loanee_bruno_uvini_patient_but_also_eager_to_impress_when_given_santos_debut.htmlSantos defender Bruno Uvini has accept the decision of coach Oswaldo de Oliveira not to play him so far because he understands the quality of the current team.

The 22-year-old joined Peixe from Napoli on loan last month but has yet to feature, although hasn’t had too many opportunities, but he believes when the time is right he will get his sequence of games.

The former Tottenham Hotspur youth spoke to Lancenet about the Brasileirão season which kicks off this weekend.

Uvini said: “The player is expected to come and help the team in games but I have to respect the choices of Oswaldo. This team took Santos to the final of the State Championship and that is no small thing, it has merit.

“It will be a close race (the Brasileirão) because Santos have young and quality players who are maturing early.

“I’m coming to help and be available for Oswaldo. I’m eager to play. I came back here to have a sequence of games but this is all in due course, when it is my time I’ll be ready.”

Uvini talked about his understanding of tactics, something enhanced during his time in Italy, and also his number 44.

The young defender admitted he picked the number but it just came to mind, it was not based on any previous feeling.

“Can the number bring me luck? It is the first time I use this but it does not have a particular reason,” Uvini revealed.

“It just came to my mind when choosing so it might get lucky and be my number.

“In Italy I learned a lot about tactical discipline and Oswaldo works with this here. It can be a recipe for success because it works a lot in Italy and it can be as important as the beautiful play or individual quality of Brazilian football.”

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho believes Atlético Mineiro can achieve success in Brasileirão this season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59342_ronaldinho_believes_atletico_mineiro_can_achieve_success_in_brasileirao_this_season.htmlRonaldinho has targeted winning the Brasileirão with Atlético Mineiro this season but he does admit his form is a concern.

The legendary Brazilian has started 2014 in poorly and even ended the previous campaign badly by earning a red card in the FIFA Club World Championship.

Ronaldinho has insisted, though, that he is training hard and now wants to get a run of games to recapute his magic of previous seasons.

The former Barcelona man told Lancenet: “Well I’m training and I’m motivated, I have no greater motivation.

“Sunday (versus Corinthians) will be an important game, one of the great teams that will fight up there, so it’s a great game.”

As alluded to, Atlético Mineiro face Corinthians this weekend in the opening of this year’s tournament.

If Galo are to achieve success however, something Ronaldinho is targeting, then the great man will need to be at his best and he believes with time that will come.

“I’ll have to play as much as possible,” said Ronaldinho. “I lack rhythm, I’ve played very little this season so I want to play and have a run of games but it is up to the manager.

“Since I came here the challenge for me and the club was that we hadn’t won the Copa Libertadores but now we have won, the Brasileirão is what we will fight to win.”

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<![CDATA[Minimum four weeks out for Barcelona star Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59336_minimum_four_weeks_out_for_barcelona_star_neymar.htmlNeymar hasn’t enjoyed the best of times recently but things got a whole lot worse for the Brazilian on Thursday when it was revealed that he would be out for at least four weeks.

On Wednesday the Barcelona forward suffered a torrid evening as firstly he was fortunate not to receive a red card for an altercation with Real Madrid defender Fábio Coentrão.

Then, however, the most disappointing moment occured when the 22-year-old missed a guilt-edged chance in stoppage time to level the match but instead he could only fire against the post and Barca lost the Copa del Rey final 2-1.

The following day it was confirmed by the Catalan club that Neymar had injured his metatarsal, a spokesmen for Barcelona said: “The player sustained a contusion which caused an edema in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot.

“He will be sidelined for four weeks.”

A painful blow for Neymar who now seems likely to miss the rest of the club season for Barcelona and it is also a worry with the World Cup approaching this summer.

Although at the moment there are no fears that the Brazilian superstar would miss the summer blockbuster event, his lack of match practice could see him come into the tournament sluggish.

And considering Neymar has the hopes of a nation on his shoulders it would be a catastrophe if he was to start the World Cup not 100% fit.

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<![CDATA[Diego Costa insists Atlético will give everything in “crucial month” coming up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59340_diego_costa_insists_atletico_will_give_everything_in____crucial_month____coming_up.htmlDiego Costa believes Atlético Madrid will give everything between now and the end of the season as the forward talked about the “crucial” month coming up.

The Brazilian born forward has also revealed that coach Diego Simeone said to his players that this weekend’s game against Elche is a final.

Costa was speaking to AS and said: “Now is a very crucial month. We know what we have to do.

“The team has the mentality, strength and conviction. It’s very important and we will give everything.”

Football Espana quoted the Atlético forward, who added: “The coach said it’s a final so we have to treat it like one because it’s a very important game.

“Elche are an opponent who are always complicated and they have a good team, but we will try to play our game. At home, with the supporters, we are very strong.”

Although Costa talks about a crucial month ahead, his season might have been over after he smashed into the post against Getafe last weekend.

Many feared the Atlético attacker could have suffered a broken leg, however it was confirmed as just a bad cut but the forward admitted he was scared.

He added: “I’m fine. The truth is it was a scare and thank God nothing happened. I’m eager to play the next game.”

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<![CDATA[Roma linked with loan move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59337_roma_linked_with_loan_move_for_tottenham_hotspur_midfielder_paulinho.htmlPaulinho has endured a mixed time in north London since moving from Corinthians in the summer and if reports are to be believed his time at Tottenham Hotspur could be coming to an end.

II Tempo claim that Italian outfit Roma would like to sign the Brazilian should they be forced to depart with talented playmaker Miralem Pjanić, who has been linked with French champions Paris Saint-German and English champions Manchester United.

This isn’t the first time Paulinho has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane and he admitted recently that he hasn’t enjoyed the rotation policy employed at Spurs.

The Brazilian has featured in the past two matches however and put in solid enough displays to dispute fan opinions that he was only focused on the World Cup and not his duties with his club.

TalkSPORT reported the news from Italian outlet II Tempo that Roma would be willing to loan the Brazilian next season with a view to a permanent move.

However, with new management likely to be in charge of Tottenham next season it remains to be seen whether or not this is a transfer that could materalise.

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<![CDATA[Hernanes backs Internazionale manager Walter Mazzarri]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59334_hernanes_backs_internazionale_manager_walter_mazzarri.htmlHernanes has backed Internazionale manager Walter Mazzarri as continued pressure mounts on the 52-year-old.

The Nerazzurri’s inconsistency has frustrated many this season but the winter signing believes Mazzarri is the right man for the job.

The former Lazio midfielder told Tuttosport: “He is the right coach to develop this project. He is very good in his work on the field but also with his management of the group.”

Football Italia quoted Hernanes who went on to discuss Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidić, who will move to the San Siro in the summer.

Whilst the 28-year-old went on to discuss again why he left Lazio, firstly he said about Vidić: “I hope that above all he really wants to embrace this project and that he has the desire.

“Like how I do. Yes, I came here to win the title, that trophy I am missing in order to feel fulfilled.

“I have been given strong emotions when with Lazio for winning the Coppa Italia against Roma.

“In Rome I wanted to win the League, and that would have been something grand and historic, but I realised that I could not do so and I decided to accept Inter’s offer.”

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<![CDATA[Hernanes: Internazionale can challenge for Scudetto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59332_hernanes__internazionale_can_challenge_for_scudetto.htmlInternazionale midfielder Hernanes believes the club can win the Scudetto in two years time, although he warned a lot will depend on how the San Siro club finish the current campaign.

The Brazilian told Tuttosport about his aims for the Nerazzurri and he talked about the importance of gaining a European position for next season.

“This year was particular because in the beginning there was great uncertainty about the new project,” Football Italia quoted Hernanes as saying.

“Much will depend on how we close out the season - we must do it in a certain way, it will give us confidence and the fans too.

“I am convinced that in two years we can return to fighting for the Scudetto.”

Inter face Parma on Sunday, a match which many have viewed as crucial in the battle for the final automatic qualification berth for the Europa League.

Hernanes believes a win would keep them on course for Erick Thohir’s project and he revealed that the team needs to mature.

He added: “Yes Parma will be a final, because it is a direct clash for Europe. It is critical to give credibility to Thohir’s project.

“To not get to Europe would be a failure to me. Inter, technically, are very strong. However, we must find consistency against smaller sides who we have stumbled against too many times, particularly at San Siro.

“We are strong but not yet mature - we need a little time to create a mix of experienced and young players and once we have found that consistency that we currently lack, clubs will return to fearing San Siro when they face Inter.”

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<![CDATA[Former Fiorentina goalkeeper Sébastien Frey praises current incumbent Neto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59324_former_fiorentina_goalkeeper_sebastien_frey_praises_current_incumbent_neto.htmlFormer Fiorentina goalkeeper Sébastien Frey has praised current Viola stopper Neto.

The 34 year-old, who spent six seasons in Florence before moving on to Genoa and then Bursaspor, believes Neto has natural talent and has benefited from the way goalkeepers are trained in Italy.

“I trained for a few months with Neto and he has a natural explosiveness, while I think the Italian school helped him grow even more,” he told Radio Fiesole. “He can become one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A.”

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<![CDATA[Report: Internazionale lead Liverpool in race to sign Cruzeiro midfielder Nilton]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59323_report__internazionale_lead_liverpool_in_race_to_sign_cruzeiro_midfielder_nilton.htmlInternazionale are closing in on a deal for Cruzeiro midfielder Nilton, according to reports.

Tuttosport claims that the Nerazzurri have targeted the Barra do Garças native as a replacement for veteran Esteban Cambiasso, who is expected to move to Major League Soccer in the summer.

Liverpool and Valencia are also believed to be interested in Nilton, but Tuttosport suggests Inter are the favourites to secure his signature and claims a deal could be agreed for around £3.5 million.

Nilton, 26, joined Cruzeiro from Vasco da Gama in 2013. Last season, he scored seven goals in 30 appearances, as they won the Brasileirão.

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<![CDATA[Jonathan Moreira thankful that Internazionale head coach Walter Mazzarri showed faith in him]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59322_jonathan_moreira_thankful_that_internazionale_head_coach_walter_mazzarri_showed_faith_in_him.htmlInternazionale defender Jonathan Moreira has thanked head coach Walter Mazzarri for giving him a chance.

The 27 year-old initially struggled to make an impact when signed from Santos in July 2011 and was eventually sent on loan to Parma.

Having started to come into the team under Andrea Stramaccioni last season, he has now grown into one of Inter’s key players this term.

Jonathan believes his resurgence is down to Mazzarri, who was appointed in the summer, and is now confident in his role at right wing-back.

“I owe a lot to the boss,” he said, as reported by Football Italia. “He has shown faith in me and he lets me play my football.

“I always need to mark the right man defensively, but then I also have the freedom to go forward and create assists or get goals myself.”

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<![CDATA[Dodô aiming for Roma points record]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59321_dodo_aiming_for_roma_points_record.htmlDefender Dodô is hoping Roma can secure a club record points total this season.

The Giallorossi are currently 2nd in Serie A on 79 points, but remain eight adrift of leaders Juventus.

With just five games to go, it is unlikely that they will be able to catch the Bianconeri, but there is still an opportunity for them to make history, with a run of 12 consecutive victories.

“There are five games to go and now it’s up to us to make history,” he told Roma Channel. “We got 10 consecutive victories at the start and now we can get 12, plus the club record for points. Then we’ll see what Juventus do.”

Dodô, who was signed from Corinthians in July 2012, has made 15 appearances this season.

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<![CDATA[Dodô hails influence of Aurelio Andreazzoli and Rudi Garcia on his progression at Roma]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59320_dodo_hails_influence_of_aurelio_andreazzoli_and_rudi_garcia_on_his_progression_at_roma.htmlDodô has hailed the influence of coaches Aurelio Andreazzoli and Rudi Garcia on his progression since signing for Roma.

The 22 year-old has grown into a key player for the Giallorossi this season with some strong performances from left full-back.

Dodô admits it took time for him to adjust to the differences between football in Brazil and Italy, but is now settled in Rome and hopes to continue improving.

“At the start it was tough for me here, as I was young and changed country,” he told Roma Channel. “I made a few mistakes in terms of attitude and thought process, as perhaps I was too closed-minded.

“I didn’t learn much the first few months, but playing with Aurelio Andreazzoli I learned a lot and with Rudi Garcia even more. I want to have fun now and go forward, forcing the opposition striker to mark me and not the other way round.

“I can do a lot more in attack, although I’ve never really scored many goals in my career. I’ve been a bit unlucky with my finishing, though it’s different than to Brazil when we had a lot more spaces.”

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<![CDATA[Inter Milan's Juan Jesus philosophical about injury]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59316_inter_milan_s_juan_jesus_philosophical_about_injury.htmlInter Milan defender Juan Jesus has likened himslef to a Superhero, such is the manner in which he has performed for the Serie A side this season with several injury setbacks.

The 22 year-old former Internacional player, who has represented Brazil on four occasions, has had to wear a splint in his foot to rehabilitate and told Inter Milan's official internat channel: "Injuries come with the job. I see it as a life experience. I never had one before, not even a minor injury."

"I have to wear a splint for a month  and then we'll see. I feel like Robocop with this thing."

"Thank God it's not a very bad injury. I will not undergo surgery because it's just ligament damage and can be solved easily."

Before moving to Italy in 2012, Jesus had won the 2010 Copa Libertadores with internacional and the next year's Recopa Sudamerica.

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<![CDATA[Dani Alves: Barcelona will continue to defend title]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59314_dani_alves__barcelona_will_continue_to_defend_title.htmlSpeaking in the wake of their dramatic Copa Del Rey final loss to bitter rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona defender Dani Alves has lambasted those who continue to critique the catalan side, proclaiming that "when we win, we're good. When we lose, we're crap."

According to reports on Lancenet, Alves continued: "Many do not understand our profession. This team never crosses its arms. We have to defend our title till the end. We apologise to those who came to see us."

Barca have endured a difficult time since the turn of the year, dropping points in La Liga with unusual consistency, as well as getting knocked out of the Champions League prior to the semi final stage for the first time since 2007.

Wednesday's defeat to Real in the Spanish cup also marks the first time Barcelona have lost three consecutive matches since 2003.

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<![CDATA[Brazil to face Argentina in October of this year]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59313_brazil_to_face_argentina_in_october_of_this_year.htmlBrazil will face arch rivals Argentina in a post-World Cup friendly in the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing on October 11.

The glamour match, which will give fans a chance to cure their respective World Cup hangovers, is known as the Super Clasico of the Americas and is as keenly contested a national derby as there is going.

The date is an official FIFA international one, which means that both sides should be at close to full strength, a factor that has in recent years hampered this type of fixture.

In their previous 104 encounters, the Selecao have won 41 and lost 38, drawing 25 times, and have scored 162 goals to their opponent's 160.

It is sure to be either a World Cup-winning party for one of the sides or a quick chance to revamp following the conclusion of the tournament on July 13.

It could even be a World Cup final rematch...

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<![CDATA[On-loan Verona player Romulo won't discuss transfer at this stage]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59312_on-loan_verona_player_romulo_won_t_discuss_transfer_at_this_stage.html26 year-old midfeilder Romulo has distanced himself from a transfer this summer, despite impressing at Verona, where he is on loan from fellow Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

The Brazilian-born player, who has recently been called up to Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli's World Cup training squad, told Globo: "When something comes out in the media, it is not just speculation, it has some truth."

"But I do not know anything, I'm focused on finishing the league with Verona and then analyze and talk to Fiorentina and Verona. Let's sit down and discuss and see what's best for my future, because Verona has a purchase option on me."

Romulo added that in terms of the upcoming World Cup, "Neymar is better than Balotelli, but everything will depend on ehat happens there."

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<![CDATA[Verona midfielder Romulo honoured to receive Italy squad call up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59310_verona_midfielder_romulo_honoured_to_receive_italy_squad_call_up.htmlPotential new Italy cap Romulo has dismissed any doubt as to his national allegiances going forward, having never had the chance to represent the country of his birth, Brazil.

The Fiorentina utility man, who has impressed on loan at Verona this season, told Globo that a call from Azzuri head coach Cesare Prandelli meant that any future Selecao involvement would be rendered meaningless.

"When Prandelli talked to me the first time, he asked me if I felt honoured to wear the shirt of Italy. He called me, and I accepted, knowing that responsibility."

"From my point of view, playing for Brazil in the future would betray the Italian national team. Prandelli is a coach who cares much for the country, the culture, the origins."

"And from the moment I took over this responsibility to accept the call from Italy, I will represent this country."

26 year-old Romulo played for Cruzeiro in his country of birth until a transfer to Fiorentina in 2011, for whom he has played 30 times.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea star David Luiz appointed new UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59307_chelsea_star_david_luiz_appointed_new_unaids_international_goodwill_ambassador.htmlThe Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has appointed the Brazilian star as an ambassador. The programme leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

David Luiz will support UNAIDS by promoting the organization’s key advocacy and outreach initiatives.

“I am convinced that David with his heart and compassion will make a big difference reaching out to millions of young people,” said UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé.

“In football, players come together to produce results. In the same way we must unite and as a team get to zero new HIV infections. During the World Cup, everyone’s eyes will be on Brazil and David will be an inspiration both on and off the pitch.”

The 26-year-old will also help mobilise football fans around the world, particularly young people, with important messages calling for an end to discrimination, advocating for HIV prevention and access to HIV treatment for people living with HIV.

“It is a massive honour to be a global ambassador for UNAIDS and I want to use this position to spread the word about how to overcome AIDS around the world,” said David Luiz.

”People will be looking to my country Brazil to see great football at the World Cup and this is a great opportunity for UNAIDS and I to speak out—and I want to help make UNAIDS the winning team.”

The former Benfica star is also featured in Protect the Goal which is a UNAIDS campaign using the popularity and convening power of sport to raise awareness of HIV and drive young people to commit to HIV prevention.

In addition, he is promoting UNAIDS’  #zerodiscrimination campaign, which calls on people to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity – no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.

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