<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Agent Stefano Castagna suggests Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool want Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70726_agent_stefano_castagna_suggests_paris_saint-germain_and_liverpool_want_fiorentina_goalkeeper_neto.htmlAgent Stefano Castagna has suggested Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool want Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto.

The Brazil international, who is out of contract in the summer, is widely expected to join Juventus.

Castagna insists however, that other clubs, including Liverpool, remain in the fight for his signature.

“There are many European clubs interested in Neto, such as for example Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain,” he told Gazzetta TV.

“In Spain too there are clubs at the very top level who are tracking him. Real Madrid? We’ll see…

“We have not made a definitive decision, but in any case he will not accept another loan move elsewhere.”

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<![CDATA[Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tătărușanu praises counterpart Neto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70725_fiorentina_goalkeeper_ciprian_t__t__ru__anu_praises_counterpart_neto.htmlGoalkeeper Ciprian Tătărușanu has praised his Fiorentina counterpart Neto.

The Romania international has been competing with his fellow stopper for a starting berth since the turn of the year and despite their desire to surpass each other, he insists they are both in good spirits and denies their being any animosity. 

“There's a good relationship between professionals and we don't have any problems,” the Romanian has said of his Brazilian colleague, in an interview with La Nazione.

“He's not just a professional, he also has great talent. I'm not worried about having competition – it's healthy for me and for the team.”

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<![CDATA[Agent Luciano Ramalho confirms Milan loanee Pablo Armero could move to Flamengo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70724_agent_luciano_ramalho_confirms_milan_loanee_pablo_armero_could_move_to_flamengo.htmlAgent Luciano Ramalho has confirmed Milan loanee Pablo Armero could move to Flamengo.

The Colombia international, who is owned by Udinese, has had a tough time at San Siro this season and after falling completely out of favour, Ramalho suggests his client is likely to join Flamengo.

“I arrived in Italy on Tuesday to conclude talks with Milan and Udinese,” he told Globoesporte.

“Armero is here too. By Friday at the latest we should have finished everything with the Italian clubs.

“As for Flamengo, negotiations are at an advanced stage with them too.”

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<![CDATA[Homophobic Palmeiras fan rebuked on live TV]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70720_homophobic_palmeiras_fan_rebuked_on_live_tv.html A reporter on ESPN Brasil rebuked a Palmeiras fan on live television after he used a homophobic slur to refer to rival team Sâo Paulo.

When the fan, known only as Felipe, described Sâo Paulo as ‘bichas’, reporter Gabriela Moreira responded: "Young man, let me tell you something. This word 'bicha' is homophobic.

"How old are you? Twenty-five? Please, let's try and modernise your way of thinking."

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<![CDATA[Fluminense’s Walter in talks with Atletico-PR]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70715_fluminense___s_walter_in_talks_with_atletico-pr.htmlUnsettled Fluminense attacker Walter is in talks to rejoin former manager Enderson Moreira at Atletico Paranaense after leaving yesterday’s training session without his club's permission. 

Walter, who is due to meet with Fluminense directors later today to discuss the transfer, has a great relationship with newly arrived Atletico coach Moreira, under whose tutelage he scored 45 times in 82 games between 2012-2014. 

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<![CDATA[Hernane Brocador on Boca Juniors’ radar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70713_hernane_brocador_on_boca_juniors____radar.htmlArgentinian giants Boca Juniors and Mexican club Tigres UNAL are both in talks to sign former Flamengo attacker Hernane Brocador.

The two clubs are the ochenly so far to have qualified for the second stage of this year’s Copa Libertadores, both unbeaten after four games, and are seeking to reinforce their squads with the 28-year-old striker, a free agent since being released by Saudi Arabia side Al Nassr earlier this year.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea lead charge for Douglas Costa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70714_chelsea_lead_charge_for_douglas_costa.htmlChelsea lead a host of clubs chasing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa, who is likely to fetch at least £20 million during the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old Brazil international stated recently that he dreamt of a move a move to Chelsea, but the West London club will have competition on their hands with reported interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. 

Costa’s Portuguese citizenship also means that there will be no work permit issues should an English club secure his signature.

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<![CDATA[Manchester United join the race for Roberto Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70712_manchester_united_join_the_race_for_roberto_firmino.htmlManchester United have joined a host of clubs who are closely watching Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino.

Firmino has had a terrific season in Germany which has culiminated in him breaking into the Brazil squad. He scored in the friendly win against Chile at the weekend and Dunga has said the attacking midfielder is good enough to play at any club in the world.

It seems increasingly likely that Firmino won't be playing at Hoffenheim next season but it is harder to guess which club he will end up joining. Atletico Madrid have long shown their admiration while Manchester United aren't the only English club showing interest with Arsenal and Liverpool keeping a close eye on proceedings.

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<![CDATA[Lucas Leiva is raring to go for Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70711_lucas_leiva_is_raring_to_go_for_liverpool.htmlLucas Leiva has handed Brendan Rodgers a boost by declaring he is feeling 100% and raring to go.

The Brazilian midfielder has been out for a month and a half after injuring his groin during the 0-0 draw against Everton at the start of February. He was back up and running ahead of the Manchester United game but was given another week off just incase and now he can feel the benefits.

"I feel great," Lucas told Liverpoolfc.com. "Leading up to the Manchester United game I had a full week of training as well, so it's been two weeks of full training. I was available for the Manchester United game, but probably wasn't able to play the whole game. Now I feel 100 per cent."

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<![CDATA[PSG eye Barcelona star Neymar as a replacement for Ibrahimović]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70709_psg_eye_barcelona_star_neymar_as_a_replacement_for_ibrahimovic.htmlThe Swedish superstar has been linked with a move away from the French champions and Neymar heads their list of targets.

Ibrahimović has been linked with a move away from the French champions after a furious bust-up with the referee following the defeat to Bordeaux earlier this month. Ibrahimović later apologised for his rant and is keen to see out his contract at the club, which is due to expire in 2016. However, reports in the French capital suggest the 33-year-old could leave as early as this summer, with PSG chiefs already scouring the market for a top-class replacement. However, the Brazil star, who has smashed 26 goals in 37 games so far this season, is content at the Nou Camp and insists he has no plans to leave. He said: "I'm very happy playing for Barcelona and I still have a long road to walk here."

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<![CDATA[Danilo has earned his Real Madrid move, says Lopetegui]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70708_danilo_has_earned_his_real_madrid_move__says_lopetegui.htmlThe coach believes the 23-year-old right-back has been rewarded for his work rate after it was announced he would join Carlo Ancelotti's side in a €31.5 million deal.

Porto coach Julen Lopetegui has praised Real Madrid bound right-back Danilo for developing "all aspects of his game" in the last few years. Lopetegui has been impressed by the 23-year-old's work rate and the way he has improved since joining from Santos in January 2012. He said: "This year he wanted to learn to improve in all aspects of his game - tactically, physically and in his concentration. Danilo has helped us improve and the team has grown collectively. He has progressed very quickly because he understood what we asked and, like the rest of the team, he wanted to grow and grow at Porto despite being a young player."

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<![CDATA[Neymar responds to Medel's accusation of play acting - 'I don't know who Gary Medel is']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70707_neymar_responds_to_medel_s_accusation_of_play_acting_-__i_don_t_know_who_gary_medel_is_.htmlEx-Cardiff star Gary Medel had accused Neymar of 'theatrics' on Twitter but Barcelona forward responded by claiming he did not know Medel.

Neymar has responded to Gary Medel's accusation of 'theatrics' by saying he does not know who the Chile midfielder is. The pair were involved in Sunday's feisty international friendly at the Emirates where Medel was fortunate not to be sent off for what appeared to be a nasty stamp on the Brazilian. After the game, which Brazil won 1-0 through Roberto Firmino's late goal, Neymar commented that he did not consider the way Medel and the Chile players approached the game to be football. He told Mediaset: "I don't know Medel, I don't know who he is. If he says that it is theatre, from there I will say nothing else. Only that it was a tough match."

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<![CDATA[Juventus eye Chelsea duo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70710_juventus_eye_chelsea_duo.htmlJuventus are eyeing a summer swoop for Chelsea duo Ramires and Oscar.

The Italian team have long been linked to Oscar but according to La Gazzetta dello Sport they are now also watching Ramires. Oscar would be an ideal number 10 for the club while Ramires could be a suitable replacement if Paul Pogba decides to leave.

Both Brazilian players have been an important part of Chelsea's success this season. Oscar started the season in fine form but has struggled in recent months while Ramires was mostly a reserve player until after Christmas when he broke back into the starting XI.

Chelsea's next fixture is this Saturday when they play Stoke City at home.

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<![CDATA[Real Madrid confirm Danilo signing]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70706_real_madrid_confirm_danilo_signing.htmlEuropean champions Real Madrid have completed the signing of Brazilian international right-back Danilo from Porto.

Real Madrid and Porto have reached an agreement for the transfer of Danilo, who will join next season and be tied to the club until 30 June 2021. A statement by Porto to the Portuguese stock exchange said the deal was worth €31.5 million. The 23-year-old joined Porto from Santos in 2012 and has won two league titles with the Portuguese giants as well as playing a big part in their run to the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League where they will face Bayern Munich next month.

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<![CDATA[Neymar collects Samba Gold trophy]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70705_neymar_collects_samba_gold_trophy.htmlNeymar received the Samba Gold trophy on Tuesday morning, which recognises him as the best Brazilian of the year based in Europe.

The FC Barcelona striker was handed the trophy presented by Sambafoot at the Ciutat Esportiva after his 19 votes were enough to top Miranda and Felipe Melo, who got 16 each in the poll. Thiago Silva had won all three previous editions of the award, and Barça’s Dani Alves came second in 2011. This was the seventh edition of an accolade that has been presented since 2008.

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<![CDATA[Dunga reveals the huge pressure in managing Seleção]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70674_dunga_reveals_the_huge_pressure_in_managing_selecao.html 

Dunga laughed off suggestions that England was the 'impossible job', stating managing Brazil was tougher.
Dunga is in his second spell as Brazil boss following a tenure between 2006-2010. Dunga told: "Brazil is like a continent. What the north wants is not what the south wants. There is no way you can please everybody. In Brazil, we have 200 million football coaches and everybody thinks they know. I don’t think of the pressure. I just get my job done and block it out. In Brazil, football is all people think about 24 hours a day. We are not really that engaged with politics or economics. It is football, football, football, football. the manager stays three or four years or sometimes even more. In Brazil, you lose a couple of matches and you are out."

Dunga laughed off suggestions that England was the 'impossible job', stating managing Brazil was tougher.

Dunga is in his second spell as Brazil boss following a tenure between 2006-2010. Dunga told: "Brazil is like a continent. What the north wants is not what the south wants. There is no way you can please everybody. In Brazil, we have 200 million football coaches and everybody thinks they know. I don’t think of the pressure. I just get my job done and block it out. In Brazil, football is all people think about 24 hours a day. We are not really that engaged with politics or economics. It is football, football, football, football. the manager stays three or four years or sometimes even more. In Brazil, you lose a couple of matches and you are out."

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar angered by rough treatment from Chile]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70673_neymar_angered_by_rough_treatment_from_chile.html 

The forward was the victim of several strong tackles on Sunday but one of the alleged offenders says the 23-year-old was guilty of "theatre."
Neymar accused Chile of employing "UFC" tactics after he was on the end of some rough treatment during Brazil's 1-0 friendly victory at the Emirates Stadium. Roberto Firmino's 72nd minute strike was enough for the Seleção to extend its winning streak to eight matches, but the major talking point was Gary Medel's stamp on Neymar. The Inter midfielder appeared to tread on the Barcelona star during a first half altercation, but escaped without caution, much to Neymar's dismay. Neymar told: "This wasn't a game of football. It's meant to be football not UFC. The referee is there to stop these things from happening, but there were four referees and none of them saw anything! It seems we have to suffer. I am a sufferer!"

The forward was the victim of several strong tackles on Sunday but one of the alleged offenders says the 23-year-old was guilty of "theatre."

Neymar accused Chile of employing "UFC" tactics after he was on the end of some rough treatment during Brazil's 1-0 friendly victory at the Emirates Stadium. Roberto Firmino's 72nd minute strike was enough for the Seleção to extend its winning streak to eight matches, but the major talking point was Gary Medel's stamp on Neymar. The Inter midfielder appeared to tread on the Barcelona star during a first half altercation, but escaped without caution, much to Neymar's dismay. Neymar told: "This wasn't a game of football. It's meant to be football not UFC. The referee is there to stop these things from happening, but there were four referees and none of them saw anything! It seems we have to suffer. I am a sufferer!"

 

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<![CDATA[Lucas Silva open to loan move from Real Madrid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70672_lucas_silva_open_to_loan_move_from_real_madrid.html 

The Brazilian believes a spell away from the Santiago Bernabeu could help his first-team prospects in the long term.
Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Silva admits he could be tempted by a loan move following reports linking him with Porto.
The 22-year-old joined Madrid from Cruzeiro in the January transfer window, but has so far been unable to secure regular first-team action at the Santiago Bernabéu. A number of reports suggested that Madrid are ready to farm the Brazilian out on loan next term, with Porto allegedly sitting in pole position to secure Lucas Silva's services. He was quoted in GOAL: "I was astonished with the news about a potential loan move to Porto. I have not heard anything about it. I have a contract with Real Madrid and I want to fulfil it. I have already had opportunities and I think I have the ability to be in the team and to play. But a loan move could be a good option."

The Brazilian believes a spell away from the Santiago Bernabeu could help his first-team prospects in the long term.

Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Silva admits he could be tempted by a loan move following reports linking him with Porto.
The 22-year-old joined Madrid from Cruzeiro in the January transfer window, but has so far been unable to secure regular first-team action at the Santiago Bernabéu. A number of reports suggested that Madrid are ready to farm the Brazilian out on loan next term, with Porto allegedly sitting in pole position to secure Lucas Silva's services. He was quoted in GOAL: "I was astonished with the news about a potential loan move to Porto. I have not heard anything about it. I have a contract with Real Madrid and I want to fulfil it. I have already had opportunities and I think I have the ability to be in the team and to play. But a loan move could be a good option."

 

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<![CDATA[Dunga praises attacking contribution of Chelsea's Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70671_dunga_praises_attacking_contribution_of_chelsea_s_willian.html 

Willian, alongside Oscar and Neymar have played in all seven of Dunga's games in charge.
Brazil head coach Dunga has labelled Chelsea midfielder Willian as one of the keys to his tactical revolution alongside Neymar. Dunga wants the movement and mobility the pair share to help redefine the way Brazil play in the hope of bouncing back from their last tournament appearance. Dunga was quoted in Mail: "The movement and mobility of our players is key. The more they play together the more things become automatic. Willian is skilled. He has a lot of pace, a speed in his reasoning and he can make the difference in many games."

Willian, alongside Oscar and Neymar have played in all seven of Dunga's games in charge.

Brazil head coach Dunga has labelled Chelsea midfielder Willian as one of the keys to his tactical revolution alongside Neymar. Dunga wants the movement and mobility the pair share to help redefine the way Brazil play in the hope of bouncing back from their last tournament appearance. Dunga was quoted in Mail: "The movement and mobility of our players is key. The more they play together the more things become automatic. Willian is skilled. He has a lot of pace, a speed in his reasoning and he can make the difference in many games."

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar closing in on Pelé]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70670_neymar_closing_in_on_pele.html 

The current Seleção captain already has 43 goals from his first 62 appearances for his country and, at the age of just 23.
There is every chance he will surpass his predecessor’s 77-goal tally at the summit of their nation’s all-time scoring charts. It should be remembered, however, that Pelé can point to his role in three of Brazil’s five World Cup victories, a trophy the Barcelona star is yet to come close to, particularly in the wake of the debacle of 2014. 

The current Seleção captain already has 43 goals from his first 62 appearances for his country and, at the age of just 23.

There is every chance he will surpass his predecessor’s 77-goal tally at the summit of their nation’s all-time scoring charts. It should be remembered, however, that Pelé can point to his role in three of Brazil’s five World Cup victories, a trophy the Barcelona star is yet to come close to, particularly in the wake of the debacle of 2014. 

 

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<![CDATA[Andreas Pereira and Manchester United set for crunch talks]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70677_andreas_pereira_and_manchester_united_set_for_crunch_talks.htmlManchester United youngster Andrea Pereira is facing an uncertain future with his contract yet to be finalised.

The 19 year old Brazilian has struggled to break into the Manchester United first team and wants assurance that he will get a chance soon before signing a new deal. His current contract finishes this summer.

The situation is a carbon copy of when Paul Pogba was at the club. The young Frenchman refused to sign a deal and eventually signed for Juventus before becoming one of the best young midfielders in world football. Paris Saint Germain and PSV Eindhoven are already poised to swoop if Pereira and United can't come to terms.

Earlier this month Pereira made his first Premier League appearance in United's 3-0 win against Tottenham. Only time will tell if he will make any more next season.

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<![CDATA[Robinho: 'I want to stay at Santos']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70676_robinho___i_want_to_stay_at_santos_.htmlRobinho does not want to return to AC Milan despite still being contracted to the club.

The 31 year old has been on loan at Santos since August and has scored 9 goals in 21 games. He has been in impressive form since the start of 2015 and seems to be worried that he will be benched again once he goes back to Milan.

Robinho also gave his support to AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi and believes the club can have a strong finish to the season.

"When the time is right, I'll talk with Galliani. Santos is my home. There will be no war. We will find an arrangement, Milan has so many good strikers. Inzaghi suffers but should not give up. Dear Pippo, do not forget that our forwards are able to score goals, even at the last second. I saw the ranking of Serie A, Milan can still play in Europe."

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<![CDATA[Fabinho confident ahead of the season run in with Monaco]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70675_fabinho_confident_ahead_of_the_season_run_in_with_monaco.htmlBrazilian defender Fabinho has expressed his excitement as AS Monaco head into the final few weeks of the season.

Monaco are currently fourth in Ligue 1 with a game in hand that could take them to within three points of the top. They are also still in the Champions League and face Italian side Juventus in the last eight.

"We are going through a good period and we are in the final stretch of the season in the league as well as in the Champions League," Fabinho said after Brazil's match against Chile. "We still have the opportunity to go for something in the Champions League even though we know it will be very difficult. And in the league, with a match in hand against Montpellier we still have the chance to be in the top three by the end of the season."

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<![CDATA[Report: Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United to compete for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70669_report__arsenal__liverpool_and_manchester_united_to_compete_for_tsg_1899_hoffenheim_attacking_midfielder_roberto_firmino.htmlArsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are set to compete for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino, according to reports.

ESPN Brasil, as cited by website xinhuanet, claims that the English Premier League outfits have been impressed with the 23 year-old’s performances for both Hoffenheim and Brazil and are ready to move for him in the summer transfer window.

Firmino is reportedly valued at around €25 million and gave English-based fans a glimpse of his capabilities when he scored in Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win over Chile on Sunday, which was held at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

That strike was Firmino’s second in four appearances for the Seleção and reports in Brazil suggest he could become a mainstay in Head Coach Dunga’s plans.

The Maceió native has earned his place in the national team due to his impressive form with Hoffenheim.

This season, he has netted eight goals in 28 appearances, while his overall record since arriving from Figueirense in December 2010 for a reported fee of €4 million is 46 goals in 144 matches.

Firmino is believed to be contracted to Hoffenheim until June 2017 and though that agreement gives the German Bundesliga outfit some protection, it will be difficult to fight off strong interest from England’s biggest clubs.

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<![CDATA[Report: Avellino's Rodrigo Ely and Livorno full-back Maicon turn down Italy to represent Brazil ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70668_report__avellino_s_rodrigo_ely_and_livorno_full-back_maicon_turn_down_italy_to_represent_brazil_.htmlAvellino centre-back Rodrigo Ely and Livorno full-back Maicon have turned down the chance to represent Italy.

The duo, who currently ply their trade in Serie B, have lived in Italy since the age of 15 and reportedly had numerous invitations to represent the Azzurri.

Ely has actually played for Italy at under-19 [one cap] and under-20 level [two caps], but the 21 year-old admits he couldn't turn down the call from Head Coach Alexandre Gallo to be a part of his Brazil under-23 squad, which is preparing to compete at Rio 2016.

"I have played for Italy but when I was called up for Brazil's Olympic team my heart spoke louder,” he said, as reported by website xinhuanet, which cited newspaper Folha de São Paulo.

Ely has come to prominence this season as part of an Avellino side that is currently 6th in Serie B and competing for promotion to Italy's top flight.

The Lajeado native, who was signed from Milan in July 2014 after having loan spell with Reggina and Varese, has made 23 appearances in all competitions so far this term.

At Livorno, Maicon has also caught the eye with his performances. The 22 year-old - a reported €500,000 signing from Reggina in August 2014 - has made 13 appearances so far for the Amaranto, scoring once.

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<![CDATA[Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino hails Brazil Head Coach Dunga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70651_hoffenheim_forward_roberto_firmino_hails_brazil_head_coach_dunga.htmlHoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino has hailed Brazil Head Coach Dunga.

The 23 year-old scored his second goal for the Selecao in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Chile and speaking after the match, was eager to thank Dunga for trusting him.

“He’s the one who called me up into the national side for the first time, so he’s an important figure for me,” he said, as reported by website ca2015. “He and the other members of the squad made my first stint with Brazil easy – it really was a great experience.”

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<![CDATA[Liverpool's Glen Johnson can replace Dani Alves at Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70645_liverpool_s_glen_johnson_can_replace_dani_alves_at_barcelona.htmlLiverpool right-back Glen Johson will reportedly be offered to Spanish giants Barcelona this summer.

Barcelona are seeking a ready made replacement for the departing Brazilian Dani Alves, according to Spanish paper ​Sport. The 30-year-old has made 21 appearances for the Reds this season, and is coming to the end of his current deal, which ends at the end of the current campaign. This has come as no surprise to the Barça faithful, as the Brazilian wing-back has consistently been linked with a summer departure, with Ligue 1 side PSG reportedly his favored destination.

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<![CDATA[Brazil players are determined to make amends, says Dunga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70644_brazil_players_are_determined_to_make_amends__says_dunga.htmlDunga says Brazil's renaissance under his leadership has been sparked by the players' burning desire to make amends for their World Cup humiliation.

As mentioned in FIFA's website, Dunga refuses to accept plaudits for Brazil's revival over the last eight months and insists it is the positive attitude of his players, many of whom didn't feature in the Germany massacre, that has been the catalyst for the quick turnaround. He said: "I'm happy with the players and with how they are dealing with everything after the World Cup. They are working very hard. They know the responsibility they have when they play with the national team. They are determined to change what happened in the past. At the moment they are still learning my methods, but as they play with each other more and more that will disappear and they will start to gel."

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<![CDATA[Third-party sent written demand to all parties and persons involved in Neymar deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70643_third-party_sent_written_demand_to_all_parties_and_persons_involved_in_neymar_deal.htmlDIS, the company which owned 40% of the Brazilian star's rights when he played for Santos, has sent a written demand to all parties and persons involved in the deal.

Specifically, Barcelona, Santos, N&N (the company owned by Neymar's family), and the respective people in charge of these organisations have been given until 30th April to justify a series of transactions outlined in the document and to adjust the quantity that DIS is owed corresponding to their percentage. However, DIS is not stopping there and has used two law firms to announce that, "given that Neymar publicly acknowledged the existence of an offer of €120 million, we reserve the right to claim €41.16m", in reference to Real Madrid's bid to sign the forward.

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<![CDATA[Dani Alves: 'My heart is happy in Barcelona']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70642_dani_alves___my_heart_is_happy_in_barcelona_.htmlThe defender says he is fully committed to the club for the remainder of his contract.

With his contract due to expire this summer, the Brazilian has been linked with a number of Europe's top clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain. He told: "My heart is happy where I am, with what I have and the colours I defend. It's not up to me how long I'll be here. I'll fulfil my part because I have the same desire I had when I came to Barcelona. I have no pre-contract with anyone. I've decided to live in the moment and the moment is now. There are three competitions this season. I want to end my contract with titles, so I finish with a good taste in my mouth. Whatever comes next, I'll accept."

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