<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Daniel Alves admits this season is "vital" for him]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63933_daniel_alves_admits_this_season_is__vital__for_him.htmlBarcelona defender Daniel Alves has admitted this season is “vital” for him.

The Brazil internaitonal, who had been linked with a move away from the Catalan club this summer, is pleased that new Head Coach Luis Enrique wants to keep him and is eager to impress.

"I'm living year by year,” he said, as reported by FIFA.com. “I wanted to talk with Luis Enrique to know if he counted on me. He said he did. If he counts on me, I count on him.

"I've never seen myself leaving Barça. I didn't want to go. My contract with Barça finishes in 2016. For good or for bad, this season is vital for me."

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<![CDATA[Report: Lazio close in on deal for Botafogo defender Dória]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63931_report__lazio_close_in_on_deal_for_botafogo_defender_doria.htmlLazio could be closing in on a deal for Botafogo defender Dória, according to reports.

Tuttomercatoweb claims that the 24 year-old’s omission from Sunday’s clash against Santos may be an indication that he is heading to Italy.

Dória has long been linked with a switch to Europe and with Lazio looking to rejuvenate their squad with a host of young additions, he could be a perfect fit to partner Stefan de Vrij at the heart of new Head Coach Stefano Pioli’s defence.

With the transfer window closing tomorrow, securing an agreement may however prove problematic for Lazio, who have have spent much of the transfer window targeting new central defenders.

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<![CDATA[Josep Maria Bartomeu doesn't believe Douglas arrival with affect Daniel Alves]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63924_josep_maria_bartomeu_doesn_t_believe_douglas_arrival_with_affect_daniel_alves.htmlBarcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has affirmed that the arrival of Douglas will not affect Daniel Alves.

The 24 year-old, who plays in the same position as his countryman, will challenge for his starting berth, but Bartomeu insists he hasn't had to justify the switch to Alves.

“The President doesn’t have to do that. He talks to the Coach,” he said, as reported by Football Espana.

“As we saw the other day, he had an outstanding game. The club is good to all its players and he is a valuable asset.”

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<![CDATA[Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu explains Douglas purchase]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63923_barcelona_president_josep_maria_bartomeu_explains_douglas_purchase.htmlBarcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has explained why Douglas was brought to the club.

The full-back, who was signed from São Paulo, has been compared with other Brazilian flops such as Henrique and Keirrison, but Bartomeu insists Douglas will be different and notes that he was personally requested by Luis Enrique.

“The most important thing is that Douglas is a player asked for by the technical secretary and Coach Luis Enrique,” he said, as reported by Football Espana.

“I remember the other two weren’t requested by Pep Guardiola. The second big difference is the price.

“We have tried to keep the price as low as possible. €4 million for a full-back wanted by the sporting director and Luis Enrique is a very low price in the current market.”

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<![CDATA[Leeds United complete the signing of Cagliari loanee Adryan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63922_leeds_united_complete_the_signing_of_cagliari_loanee_adryan.htmlLeeds United have confirmed the signing of Cagliari midfielder Adryan.

The 19 year-old, who is in the middle of an 18 month temporary switch from Flamengo, has been loaned to Leeds until the end of the season, with no option for a permanent transfer.

After the long protracted switch was completed, Adryan took to Twitter to air his thoughts.

“Thanks Cagliari, I learned a lot with u, but that’s football,” wrote the Rio de Janeiro native.

“I am also a fan, so thanks fans. Now I’m Leeds!”

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<![CDATA[Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho disappointed with Everton treatment of Diego Costa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63916_chelsea_manager_jose_mourinho_disappointed_with_everton_treatment_of_diego_costa.htmlChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he was disappointed with the way some Everton players treated Diego Costa.

Speaking after his side beat the Toffees 6-3 at Goodison Park, the Portuguese tactician noted that he felt they were trying to get Costa booked.

"The only think I didn't like in this game - apart from some of our defensive mistakes - was the way some Everton players were trying to create problems for him," he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"I don't think this is English football. There is a good tradition with Everton teams because everything is good, everything is positive: the manager, the quality of their football.

"But to be chasing cards to a player who once more had good behaviour and was just here to play football is disappointing.

"At the end of the story Diego is maybe the best player in the Premier League in the first three matches and he has two yellow cards; one against Burnley where he didn't simulate it was a penalty and today when everyone was chasing him to get him in trouble. That is disappointing."

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<![CDATA[Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hails clinical Diego Costa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63915_chelsea_manager_jose_mourinho_hails_clinical_diego_costa.htmlChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed forward Diego Costa.

The 25 year-old, who was signed from Atletico Madrid this summer, netted twice in Chelsea’s 6-3 win at Everton on Saturday.

“He's a good finisher, Mourinho told Sky Sports. “He gives us not just that final touch but he also operates defensively and I can remember him making some tackles on the edge of the box so he is giving us what we expected.”

Costa has scored three goals in four appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League this season.


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<![CDATA[Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp hails new Chelsea striker Diego Costa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63914_sky_sports_pundit_jamie_redknapp_hails_new_chelsea_striker_diego_costa.htmlSky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has hailed Chelsea forward Diego Costa.

The Spain international, who was born in Brazil but has duel nationality, netted twice in the Blues 6-3 win at Everton on Saturday.

“Diego Costa is a game changer and people like that are what you pay the big money for,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports

“They lost David Luiz and brought in him and Fabregas for only £10 million difference – and what piece of business that is.”

Costa has now scored four goals in three Premier League appearances for Chelsea.


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<![CDATA[Udinese complete signing of São Paulo midfielder Lucas Evangelista]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63904_udinese_complete_signing_of_sao_paulo_midfielder_lucas_evangelista.htmlUdinese have completed the signing of São Paulo midfielder Lucas Evangelista.

The 19 year-old, who was part owned by Desportivo Brasil, is believed to have cost Udinese around €4 million.

Evangelista had been linked with a move to Hellas Verona for much of the summer and Udinese interest came as something of a surprise.

What the Serie A club will now do with the Brazilian currently remains unclear. Initial reports had suggested that he could be moved on to feeder clubs Granada or Watford, though Evangelista is understood to prefer to stay at Udinese.

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<![CDATA[Report: Udinese hold talks with Parma over forward Amauri]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63902_report__udinese_hold_talks_with_parma_over_forward_amauri.htmlUdinese are interested in signing Parma forward Amauri, according to reports.

Respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the 34 year-old’s agent met with Parma officials to discuss his future on Friday.

Amauri is believed to be open to joining Udinese, where he would compete with Cyril Théréau and Luis Muriel for a starting berth alongside Antonio Di Natale, but is insistent on a permanent transfer, rather than a loan.

Amauri was signed by Parma on a free transfer from Fiorentina in July 2012. The Italy international - he was born in Carapicuíba, though has duel nationality - first joined them in January 2001, but was loaned to Napoli and then sold to Piacenza six months later. He would, however, subsequently rejoin Parma on loan from Juventus in January 2011.

Last season, Amauri netted ten goals in 33 appearances - a return that helped Parma temporarily secure a UEFA Europa League berth, before they were barred from the competition due to a late tax payment.

Despite his importance during that campaign, Amauri now seemingly finds himself behind Ishak Belfodil in Head Coach Roberto Donadoni’s plans and may be set to join his tenth different Italian club in 13 years.

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<![CDATA[Neto named in Fiorentina squad for Roma clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63901_neto_named_in_fiorentina_squad_for_roma_clash.htmlGoalkeeper Neto has been included in the Fiorentina squad for their opening Serie A match against Roma at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

The 25 year-old, who kept 16 clean sheets in 51 appearances last season, faces competition from new signing Ciprian Tătărușanu, but is expected to retain his place as Head Coach Vincenzo Montella’s first choice goalkeeper.

Fiorentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Neto, Ciprian Tătărușanu, Cristiano Lupatelli

Defenders: Marcos Alonso, José María Basanta, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Ahmed Hegazy, Stefan Savić, Nenad Tomović, Manuel Pasqual

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani, Joshua Brillante, Andrea Lazzari, David Pizarro, Borja Valero, Juan Manuel Vargas, Joaquín, Josip Iličić, Federico Bernardeschi

Attackers: Mario Gómez, Khouma Babacar

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<![CDATA[Report: Galatasaray favourites to sign São Paulo loanee Alexandre Pato]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63900_report__galatasaray_favourites_to_sign_sao_paulo_loanee_alexandre_pato.htmlGalatasaray are favourites to sign Corinthians-owned forward Alexandre Pato, according to reports.

Tuttomercatoweb claims that the 24 year-old, who is currently on loan at São Paulo, could be set for a move to Turkey, if his €15 million release clause is triggered.

Pato has previously been linked with moves to Internazionale, Torino and Tottenham Hotspur, after a disappointing 18 months in Brazil.

The Pato Branco has managed just five goals in 16 appearances for São Paulo this term and may feel a return to Europe will help get his career back on track.

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<![CDATA[Dunga expects Brazil to recover]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63899_dunga_expects_brazil_to_recover.htmlHead Coach Dunga expects Brazil to recover from their World Cup disappointment.

The Seleção hosted the tournament this summer, but were humiliating knocked out with a 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals.

“The players and I want to show the fans how important it is to be in the national team and display competitive football,” said Dunga, as reported by AS.

“I know it will be difficult but we will recover.”

The former Internacional tactician will have a first look at his players in action when they face Colombia and the United States in friendly matches over the coming weeks.

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<![CDATA[Dunga wants Santos Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63898_dunga_wants_santos_neymar.htmlBrazil Head Coach Dunga is hoping to see the Neymar of old when he represents the Seleção.

The forward, who had a mixed first season at Barcelona, is expected to be a focal point of Dunga’s plans and the tactician is confident he can rediscover the freedom he played with when at Santos.

“I want Neymar the same as he was in Santos,” he said, as reported by AS.

“Spontaneous, creative, a decisive player…a reference point without losing the joy.”

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<![CDATA[Agent confirms Roma have offered a contract to free agent Nilmar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63897_agent_confirms_roma_have_offered_a_contract_to_free_agent_nilmar.htmlOrlando da Hora, the agent of Brazilian forward Nilmar, claims Roma have offered him a contract to his client.

The 30 year-old, who is a free agent after leaving Qatar Stars League side El Jaish SC, is believed to have rejected an offer from Corinthians and could now be set for Serie A.

"Roma have made an offer, I'm waiting to find out more details before going to Italy," said da Hora, as reported by calcionews24.

Roma have been in the market for a new centre forward and after seeing links with the likes of Salomon Kalou and Samuel Eto’o fail to materialise a transfer, they may now finally have their man.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea manager José Mourinho: Diego Costa is a big doubt for Everton clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63892_chelsea_manager_jose_mourinho__diego_costa_is_a_big_doubt_for_everton_clash.htmlChelsea manager José Mourinho has conceded Diego Costa could miss Saturday’s trip to Everton after the striker injured himself in training on Wednesday.

The Brazilian-born Spanish international pulled his hamstring earlier in the week and it had been reported that he could be out for as long as six weeks.

However, the Portuguese manager believes his striker could make the bench, to put to bed rumours Costa could be sidelined for an extended amount of time.

Goal.com quoted Mourinho, he said: "He is a big doubt, let's see.

"We are trying everything for him to play [on Saturday]. He didn't train for the last two days. Today is the last day.

"We have to try and see if the reaction is positive. If the reaction is positive, we take him and select him on the bench."

Costa has been a revelation since moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer and has scored in both of his first two Premier League games against Burnley and Leicester City.

Mourinho will hope the forward is fit enough to make the bench and stamp his mark on a third consecutive game. 

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<![CDATA[Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho discusses his hectic past 18 months]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63891_tottenham_hotspur_midfielder_paulinho_discusses_his_hectic_past_18_months.htmlTottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho admits it was nice to have a break during the summer after discussing his non stop last 18 months.

The former Corinthians ace was able to relax for the first time in a while after the World Cup but admits the nature of football means he isn’t use to relaxing.

After playing in the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2012 with Corinthians, the following summer Paulinho represented Brazil in the Confederations Cup.

The 26-year-old joined Spurs shortly afterwards and at times struggled with the rigours of the Premier League before appearing for his country in the World Cup this summer.

After the competition of the tournament in July he was able to relax and he now is ready to help Spurs compete in their various competitions this season.

Speaking to Spurs TV, Paulinho said: “I haven’t stopped but this is football, you can stop after when you finish.

“It is still hard but it is football you have to be ready to be fit and for all the moments every game.

“I want to help the team in the Premier League, the Europa League so it is very good for me (to score) but for the team also.”

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<![CDATA[Tottenham Hotspur’s Paulinho hails win over AEL Limassol and discusses importance of first goal of the season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63890_tottenham_hotspur___s_paulinho_hails_win_over_ael_limassol_and_discusses_importance_of_first_goal_of_the_season.htmlTottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho admitted it was important for him to get on the scoresheet for the first time this season yesterday evening.

The Brazil international endured a tough first campaign in England but impressed in the Europa League against AEL Limassol last night at White Hart Lane.

The 26-year-old assisted Harry Kane’s opener before scoring the second with a low drilled effort from inside the area.

Tottenham went on to cruise to a 3-0 win and Paulinho revealed his delight when he spoke to Spurs TV after the game, he said: “It was good to win. I think the first half was a little bit hard but Harry Kane scored the first.

“Then in the second half we had a lot of chances and we scored two more.

“It is very important for me (to score). My first game at home and now I am fit and 100 per cent because I have been training for two weeks to give the staff the energy.”

Paulinho insisted the team now must start to prepare for Sunday’s visit of Liverpool.

The Brazil international concluded: “It is important for us to get a good win and now we have to prepare for the next game against Liverpool.”

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<![CDATA[Sandro admits Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League victory was ‘comfortable’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63889_sandro_admits_tottenham_hotspur___s_europa_league_victory_was____comfortable___.htmlTottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro insisted Thursday’s 3-0 victory over AEL Limassol was “comfortable” and admitted it was good to be playing again.

The Brazilian midfielder hadn't featured under new boss Mauricio Pochettino before yesterday’s Europa League second leg.

However, the new Argentine head coach selected Sandro from the off at White Hart Lane and the midfielder responded with a typical all action performance.

Speaking to Spurs TV after the game, the 25-year-old said: “I feel very good to play again.

“We felt comfortable during the match, we started well and controlled the game.”

The Brazilian commented on how comfortable an evening goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had too, before insisting Spurs will be going all out to win the Europa League this season.

Sandro added: “I think they (Limassol) only had two or three shots at goal so Hugo had a comfortable day. We have to try and play like this every game.

“We have a very good, strong squad. We’ll go for it in the Europa League this year. It’s a very good competition.”

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<![CDATA[Paulinho and Sandro shine as Tottenham Hotspur progress in Europa League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63888_paulinho_and_sandro_shine_as_tottenham_hotspur_progress_in_europa_league.htmlTottenham Hotspur’s Brazilian duo Paulinho and Sandro shone on Thursday night as the Premier League club secured their progression into the group stages of the Europa League.

New Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino handed Sandro his first start of the season at White Hart Lane against AEL Limassol after failing to pick the defensive midfielder from the substitutes bench in previous matches.

Paulinho started his second game of the season, after featuring in the first leg against the Cypriot club, and also shined during the 3-0 victory as the club progressed 5-1 on aggregate.

The Brazil international, who featured in the World Cup, played a part in the opening goal before scoring the second himself.

The former Corinthians man assisted Harry Kane’s opener with a perfectly weight pass before drilling in his first goal of the season in the 50th minute to cap an encouraging performance.

Sandro also impressed before being substituted to a standing ovation in the 78th minute.

The 25-year-old was at his typical best, breaking up playing with crunching tackles, and showing that he hasn’t been distracted by the constant transfer talk over his future.

The fan favourite has been linked with a move to Napoli all summer but judging on yesterday’s performance Pochettino may be better served keeping Sandro.

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<![CDATA[Dante discusses difficulty Bayern Munich will have trying to win Bundesliga and Champions League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63869_dante_discusses_difficulty_bayern_munich_will_have_trying_to_win_bundesliga_and_champions_league.htmlBayern Munich defender Dante believes it will be tough to win the Champions League this season.

The Brazil international was speaking to Goal.com about the season ahead, amongst other matters and admitted the elite European competition is the most difficult tournament to win.

Dante listed four teams as favourites due to the investment they have made this summer, he said: "The Champions League is perhaps the most difficult competition in the world.

“There are a number of teams that have a shot at winning it. We have to be at our best in order to have a chance.

“Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain - who have all invested heavily - are the favourites for me."

Dante revealed it will also be tough for Bayern to win a third consecutive Bundesliga title but is confident they can do it.

He warned league rivals that once Bayern are the team to beat, Dante added: "The objective at Bayern is always to win titles.

“It will be hard to win a third consecutive Bundesliga title, but we have started the new season with a good result. We are the team to beat.”

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<![CDATA[Dropped Dante believes Dunga is right man for Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63868_dropped_dante_believes_dunga_is_right_man_for_brazil.htmlDante believes Dunga is the right man to lead Brazil, despite the new national team head coach dropping the Bayern Munich defender from his latest squad.

Dunga picked his 22-man squad for the September friendlies against Ecuador and Colombia recently but failed to  include the 30-year-old.

However, the Bayern defender was still full of praise for the World Cup winner and hopes to get another chance soon.

Dante spoke to Goal.com, he said: "Dunga is the right man. He is a good coach and had a lot of success with the national team before. I hope he can be successful again.

"Of course, we all expected him to make some changes to the team after the result at the World Cup.

“I just have to keep on doing my best for Bayern and hope I get another chance. It is clear that we will have some young players alongside more experienced names.”

The central defender went on insist Brazil can win the next World Cup they just need to ensure they continue improving.

Dante added: "The last time Brazil won the World Cup was in 2002. There are a lot of factors one needs to take into consideration to win the World Cup. We must keep improving and get better in all areas."

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<![CDATA[Bayern Munich’s Dante: Neymar is only going to get better]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63866_bayern_munich___s_dante__neymar_is_only_going_to_get_better.htmlBayern Munich defender Dante believes Brazil team mate Neymar will only get better in the season's to come.

The Barcelona attacker was one of the few Brazil players to feature in the World Cup and leave with his reputation boosted.

The 22-year-old scored four times before he suffered injury in the quarter-finals and subsequently missed the rest of the competition.

How Neymar handled the pressure and delivered when Brazil needed impressed even his harshest critics and Dante is sure he’ll continue to be success for the national team.

The Bayern defender told Goal.com: "Neymar is only going to get better.

"He has been one of the leaders of Brazil for the past two seasons. Hopefully he will continue to be successful for the national team."

Although Neymar is sure to be one of the leaders of the nation, Dante may have played his last game for the national team after Dunga failed to include him in his most recent squad.

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<![CDATA[Report: Chelsea’s Diego Costa set for spell on sidelines]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63865_report__chelsea___s_diego_costa_set_for_spell_on_sidelines.htmlChelsea have received an injury scare with sources close to the club suggesting star striker Diego Costa could face an extended spell on the sidelines.

The Brazilian-born Spanish international has started life well at Stamford Bridge, scoring twice in two Premier League games for the west London club.

However, Goal.com believe that Costa could be out for up to six weeks after pulling up with a hamstring injury during a training session on Wednesday.

Goal go on to report that the extent of the problem hasn’t been determined yet but it is expected that the 25-year-old will be out for some weeks.

The news would be a huge blow to Chelsea boss José Mourinho, who has praised his new forward several times since his summer switch from Atlético Madrid.

Mourinho will hope Costa’s injury isn’t too serious, though, and he can take his place in the squad to face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Sandro is very ‘unlikely’ to leave Tottenham Hotspur]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63864_sandro_is_very____unlikely____to_leave_tottenham_hotspur.htmlTottenham Hotspur are unlikely to sell midfielder Sandro according to a source close to the player, despite reports Napoli are close to signing the Brazilian.

The former Internacional ace has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane over the past eight months and had been predicted to exit the club this summer.

However, the unnamed source believes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will ask for too much money from the Serie A club. Football Italia quoted the source, after he spoke to AreaNapoli.it.

On Sandro, the source said: “There are no positive developments. It’s very unlikely Spurs will sell Sandro at this moment, as time is running out and they give negotiators precious little room for manoeuvre.

“We can’t talk officially about figures, but Daniel Levy always asks for big money.

“If he doesn’t receive what he’s asking for, the player will remain in London.”

The source was asked why Sandro hasn’t featured in Tottenham games this season and it was revealed that it was a coaching decision by Mauricio Pochettino, not to do with transfer.

He said: “Evidently it was a coaching decision. We are almost at the end of the transfer market, so it’s unlikely anything will change very soon, unless a club accepts Tottenham’s terms.”

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<![CDATA[New Barcelona signing Douglas admits he is yet to talk to the Brazilians already at the club]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63847_new_barcelona_signing_douglas_admits_he_is_yet_to_talk_to_the_brazilians_already_at_the_club.htmlBarcelona defender Douglas has admitted he is yet to contact any of the Brazilians who are already at the club.

The 26 year-old, who has been signed from Sao Paulo, insists he is focused on succeeding at the Catalan club and expects to strike up a bond with his fellow countrymen in the near future.

I didn’t even try. We are people who play on other teams and didn’t come across each other, so I didn’t get a chance to talk to them,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“They are good players, representing our national team. The first thing I’m thinking is to do my job because the Coach has to choose and then things will come naturally.

“There are no words to be in a team like Barcelona, where everyone wants to play and in which there are great players.

“Now I want to learn from them and work with them to make a good team and win trophies.”

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<![CDATA[Defender Douglas "very happy" to be at Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63846_defender_douglas__very_happy__to_be_at_barcelona.htmlDefender Douglas has asserted that he is “very happy” to have joined Barcelona.

The 26 year-old, who has been signed from Sao Paulo, is eager to get started and hopes to have a successful time with the Catalan club.

“I’m very happy. I’m going to a big club, where every player wants to play,” he said to Mundo Deportivo.

“I am very happy and I hope to give back and not disappointed. Yes, I’m ready. I worked in Sao Paulo, one of the biggest teams in Brazil and fighting for titles.

“Barcelona is no different, one of the biggest in the world, used to being a champion and I’m ready.

“I have a good head and I know the difficulties, but I hope to help in the best way possible to win trophies.”


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<![CDATA[Internazionale defender Juan Jesus insists Head Coach Walter Mazzarri is focused on Stjarnan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63845_internazionale_defender_juan_jesus_insists_head_coach_walter_mazzarri_is_focused_on_stjarnan.htmlInternazionale defender Juan Jesus has insisted that Head Coach Walter Mazzarri is fully focused on Stjarnan.

With a 3-0 first leg lead and the new Serie A season starting on the weekend, Mazzarri could be forgiven for looking ahead to Torino.

Juan, however, is confident that he’s first targeting a win on Thursday and is keen to ensure Inter make it into the Europa League group stages.

“The Coach is right when he says we have to focus on playing well and putting in a great game,” he said, as reported by Football Italia. “We need to target the victory regardless of the first leg result.”

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<![CDATA[Internazionale defender Juan Jesus determined not to underestimate Stjarnan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63844_internazionale_defender_juan_jesus_determined_not_to_underestimate_stjarnan.htmlInternazionale defender Juan Jesus is determined not to underestimate Stjarnan.

The Nerazzurri have a 3-0 lead from the first leg of their Europa League qualifier, but Juan insists they will require a collective effort to secure their place in the group stages.

“We must never underestimate anyone,” he said, as reported by Football Italia

“Defending isn’t just us at the back, as the forwards also come back and help us to cover the spaces. So far we are doing well, then if the midfielders win back the ball first it’s easier.”

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<![CDATA[Hellas Verona sign midfielder Gustavo Campanharo on loan from Bragantino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63843_hellas_verona_sign_midfielder_gustavo_campanharo_on_loan_from_bragantino.htmlHellas Verona have completed the signing of Bragantino midfielder Gustavo Campanharo.

The Brazilian, who is better name simply as Campanharo, arrives from the Brasileirão Série B side on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

The 22 year-old has previously played in Italy with Fiorentina - he spent the 2012/13 season on loan with them from Juventude - but only turned out for their Primavera side.

At Bragantino last season, he was given 13 appearances, but struggled to make an impact.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2014-08/home/Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:19:00 +0000