<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Gabriel Set To Complete Valencia Switch]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88772_gabriel_set_to_complete_valencia_switch.htmlArsenal defender Gabriel is all set to complete a £10m switch to La Liga side Valencia. The Brazilian was pictured landing at Valencia airport on Thursday to undergo a medical and complete the formalities on a transfer in the region of £10m.

Gabriel joined the Gunners in January 2015 from Villarreal, but has failed to establish himself as a first choice player in two and a half years in North London. He has also struggled to master the language.

Arsenal currently have a 33 man squad and need to trim it ahead of the new season and Gabriel has been considered expendable after an offer came in from Valencia. Gabriel won two FA Cups in his two and a half years in England.

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<![CDATA[Tite Nominated for FIFA World Coach of the Year]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88771_tite_nominated_for_fifa_world_coach_of_the_year.htmlBrazil coach Tite has been nominated for FIFA’s World Coach of the Year award. The Seleção boss has overseen an incredible 12 months in charge of the Brazilian national team, winning all of his competitive matches.

Brazil have already qualified for Russia 2018 and Tite’s efforts have been recognised by a FIFA committee that judged performances between November 2016 and July 2017. Tite makes the 11-strong shortlist and is the only coach on the list that does not work in Europe.

Tite will go up against Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern Munich), Antonio Conte (Chelsea), Luis Enrique (former Barcelona), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Leonardo Jardim (Monaco), Joachim Low (Germany), José Mourinho (Manchester United), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid).

Captains and coaches of each nation will now have the opportunity to cast their vote from the 11 man shortlist, with the winner announced at a ceremony in London on October 23rd.

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<![CDATA[Latest Transfer Rumours and Odds from Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88773_latest_transfer_rumours_and_odds_from_barcelona.htmlThe talk in European football is all about the transfer window at present, and this year it has been even crazier than usual in the wake of Neymar’s record breaking move to Paris St Germain last month.

Of course, the move means that Barca has a huge pile of Euros burning a hole in its pocket, and an equally large Neymar-shaped hole in its starting line up. As the season gets underway and the transfer window begins to swing closed, who is the Spanish team eyeing up? Let’s take a look.


The recent announcement that Barca have closed the deal on Brazilian midfielder Paulinho has galvanised opinion one way or another among fans. Some think Barca were barking to stump up the €40 million buyout clause to release him from his contract with Guangzhou Evergrande after his indifferent time at Tottenham between 2013 and 2015.

Others, however, point out that the midfielder has stood out as one of the top players in an admittedly limited league.

Whichever way you look at it, €40 million is relatively small money in the wake of the Neymar deal. So who is likely to join Paulinho at Barcelona for the season ahead?

The view from the betting sites

In this age of online wagers, the comings and goings of the transfer period attract almost as many bets as the games themselves, and this has certainly been the case this season. A look through the various betting sites 2017 brings us shows a distinct theme when it comes to Barcelona – and that is that Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho looks increasingly likely to be wearing a Barcelona shirt in the nearest future.

Bookmakers are now offering just 8-11 on him completing the transfer, with evens on him remaining at Anfield for another season.

The attention has shifted quickly towards Coutinho after it seemed all but certain that French striker Ousmane Dembélé would be joining from Borussia Dortmund. Some journalists even went so far as to say that he had been seen quite literally packing his bags for the move. However, just hours later, Sky Sports reported that Barca had pulled back, following the refusal of their “last and final” offer of €100 million.

Away from all the drama, other players that are being seriously considered by Barcelona include PSG’s Angel di Maria, Southampton right back Cedric Soares or, as an outside shot, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

The game within a game

With all the distraction of the game within a game that is the transfer window, it is easy to forget that La Liga is already underway. Barcelona needs to hit the ground running to stake a genuine challenge against Real Madrid, and proving they can spend the Neymar funds wisely is key to that.

Never has the transfer window presented such tantalising prospects for the season ahead. It is no exaggeration to say that both sports fans and betting enthusiasts will be watching La Liga with more interest than ever over the coming months.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea Fail With Fresh Alex Sandro Bid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88770_chelsea_fail_with_fresh_alex_sandro_bid.htmlJuventus have knocked back yet another bid from Chelsea for left wing-back Alex Sandro. The Brazilian has interested The Blues all summer, as they look for someone to provide competition to Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea need to flesh out their squad, with Champions League football back on the agenda at Stamford Bridge this season and Conte’s men have made several approaches for Alex Sandro this summer.

However, having lost Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci this summer, the Old Lady is not inclined to sell. Juve boss Max Allegri emphatically ruled out a transfer earlier this month, but that does not seem to have stopped Chelsea from submitting a bid.

Juve club director Beppe Marotta has revealed that the club have knocked back another approach from the Premier League champions, thought to be in the region of £60m, “He said he wants to stay here. So we sent the offers right back where they came from.”

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<![CDATA[Barca Still In Talks Over ‘Difficult’ Coutinho Transfer, Says Sporting Director]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88769_barca_still_in_talks_over____difficult____coutinho_transfer__says_sporting_director.htmlBarcelona’s Sporting Director Roberto Fernandez says that talks are ongoing between Barcelona and Liverpool over the transfer of Philippe Coutinho, who misses this weekend’s home game with Crystal Palace with a back injury.

Liverpool have already rejected bids of £70m and £90m for Coutinho, but the Brazilian submitted a transfer request last week, which will encourage Barcelona to again test Liverpool’s resolve. The Spanish club say that talks continue, but are difficult.

“We are negotiating and that is the truth. With all respect to both clubs, logically in a negotiation you need time to reach agreements for them and for us,” Fernandez said.

“We still have days ahead and we would like to go forward with this. It is true and I recognise this, that they are two players (Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele) we feel like bringing here.

“Not just Barca but any team looking for top quality players are getting involved in a very difficult situation in this market.

“Why? Because the market is where clubs like us want to sign top quality players. There’s no buy-out clause so that makes things trickier.

“Yes, we are negotiating with clubs to make several signings, but in all awareness of the difficulty. We need to work our way into a favourable situation and hopefully close these deals as quickly as possible.

“Dembele and Coutinho are two important players that we like a lot and have done for a long time. They have the conditions, the right age and could adapt to our football. They would be good to have here. That’s the reality.

“With respect to Liverpool and Dortmund, when there are negotiations you need time, you need to work things into a favourable situation for players and ourselves.

“We still have days ahead of us, would like to move things faster, but do admit they’re two players we would like here. But it’s the clubs who will have the final say on if we finally achieve those two transfers.”

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<![CDATA[Paulinho Unveiled at Barcelona, Dismisses Casemiro Comparisons]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88763_paulinho_unveiled_at_barcelona__dismisses_casemiro_comparisons.htmlBrazilian midfielder Paulinho was officially unveiled as a Barcelona player today, following his €40m move from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. The player gave his first press conference as a Barca player.

The Brazilian, who has also played for Corinthians and Tottenham Hotspur, was keen to avoid comparisons with his midfield partner at international level, Casemiro, who has been a revelation at Barca’s rivals Real Madrid.

“We play different positions,” Paulinho explained, “Casemiro is in a fixed position. I play more advanced, but it's like I said: I'm prepared to play the role that the coach chooses for me.

“I want to play soon, I have spent a few days just training and now I want to play and I will do it in the best way possible. I think I can adapt to the style of the club. The team has a DNA and I'm convinced I can play here.”

Paulinho, who scored a hat-trick for Brazil against Uruguay in March, is also relishing calling Luis Suarez a teammate, “It's gratifying for me to look at my teammates I have at Barcelona and who I can play alongside. I'll do my best in matches.”

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<![CDATA[West Ham Star Backs Coutinho Barcelona Move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88762_west_ham_star_backs_coutinho_barcelona_move.htmlWest Ham midfielder Michail Antonio has expressed his support for Liverpool’s wantaway forward Phillipe Coutinho. The Brazilian submitted a transfer request last week, after Barcelona submitted two large bids for the player- both of which were rejected by Liverpool.

Antonio, speaking to TalkSport radio station, said that any player would heed the call if Barcelona came knocking, “Can you give someone a bad name for wanting to be ambitious? For wanting to move onto bigger things?

“Can you say that's a bad person or can you say that person is ambitious, that person wants to do stuff, that person wants to move on with his life? You need to leave because you can go onto better things.

“In a normal job, if there was a chance for you to get promoted, are you going to say: ‘no, no, no – I want to stay in the exact same spot I’m in now.’ Or, are you going to strive and move forward and be better?

“I have a degree of sympathy (for Coutinho). He did every single thing he possibly could do. He stayed, he trained, he worked hard – he stayed away from it as much as he could and didn't make a single comment– and Liverpool say: ‘No we’re keeping him.’

“And then he handed in a transfer request because he had no other option. But he’s been the perfect servant for them for the past three or four years. If the player wasn’t doing well, the club would try and get rid of him.”

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<![CDATA[Diego Costa Defies Chelsea With Statement Saying He ‘Must Join Atletico Madrid’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88761_diego_costa_defies_chelsea_with_statement_saying_he____must_join_atletico_madrid___.htmlChelsea striker Diego Costa will defy club orders to return to train with the team, insisting that his future is decided and that he will move to Atletico Madrid. The player has been in exile in Brazil and has not trained with Chelsea since last season.

Costa was close to moving back to Atletico last summer and agitated for a move to China in January. Blues boss Conte told Costa his services were no longer required in May, with the player preferring to move back to his old club.

However, Atletico are under a transfer ban and cannot sign the player until January. Chelsea have asked him to return to training and make himself available for selection. But Costa released a statement on Wednesday, refusing the request.

“My destination has already been decided. I must return to Atletico Madrid. It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea do not want to release me. But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain.”

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<![CDATA[Klopp Denies That Coutinho Barcelona Move Is ‘Close’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88760_klopp_denies_that_coutinho_barcelona_move_is____close___.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has denied Barcelona’s claims that they are ‘close’ to completing the signing of Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool have already rejected two bids from the Catalan club this summer.

Barca are expected to come back with a third bid, after Coutinho submitted a transfer request last Friday. Barcelona's general manager Josep Segura said on Wednesday evening that the move was “close” to being completed.

But Klopp bristled against the claim, telling a press conference, “I don't know why other people are saying what they're saying. I don't even know him. I have never met him.

“We have already said what we have to say. [There is] no news from me. Nobody told me anything different since we spoke last time."

Coutinho has yet to play for Liverpool this season due to a back injury and Klopp also confirmed that Coutinho would miss this weekend’s home game with Crystal Palace. “That is always how it is with injured players. I don't know when he will be back. There's nothing new."

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<![CDATA[Neymar: The Shining Light of Brazilian Football]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88752_neymar__the_shining_light_of_brazilian_football.htmlFor the best part of a decade, Neymar has been the golden boy of Brazilian football. Gone are the days of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldo; this is the Neymar era - and with 55 goals in 72 national games, it is hard to argue against that.

If truth be told, though, Brazil have struggled to make a major impression on the world stage during the Neymar decade and the 7-1 defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final sent shockwaves across the world. Neymar and co. were embarrassed on home soil that day but La Selecao showed resilience to bounce back and win the 2016 Olympic gold medal just two years later. Playing in front of an expectant Maracana Stadium, Neymar led his side to victory – a result that went some way to apologising for that infamous World Cup thrashing at the hands of Germany.

Out With the Old, In With the New

But that was then and this is now. Neymar, hunting Pele's record of 77 goals for Brazil, has now joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of £198 million, per the The Daily Telegraph. In all fairness, Neymar has always been destined to play at the top of world football. The only thing missing from his glittering trophy cabinet is a World Cup and Brazil will be targeting a record sixth triumph in next summer’s tournament.

Neymar made an instant impact on his PSG debut, notching an assist before adding a third in the 3-0 victory away at Guingamp. If he enjoys a prolific campaign in France, he will head to the World Cup full of confidence and Tite, Brazil’s current manager, is likely to build his assault on the competition around him. Since taking over, Brazil have been stronger after a difficult spell and the Tite-Neymar combination could give them the edge in Russia. After all, the Brazil coach believes that the PSG man will top the world at some point in the near future.

Coutinho and Neymar: A Lethal Combo

Who else do Brazil have? Well, Philippe Coutinho, reportedly Barcelona’s primary target to replace Neymar, is a supreme talent. The 2016 Samba Gold winner could leave Liverpool this summer and a move to Barcelona would help the Brazil national side. Coutinho is world class on his day and a player of his quality should be competing for the Champions League, and the Camp Nou side believe that he has the talent to step into Neymar’s shoes.

Just imagine Brazil with a confident Neymar and Coutinho in the starting line-up. On paper, Tite is blessed with one of the strongest international squads on the planet and plenty of punters will be backing Brazil in their bid to win the World Cup next summer. As of August 16th, Neymar’s side are priced at 13/2 in Betway’s betting markets and it would take a brave man to back against the five-time winners if their elite stars are fighting fit.

Don't Forget About Gabriel Jesus, Either

Meanwhile, Manchester City youngster Gabriel Jesus also deserves recognition. At just 20 years old, he is widely regarded as one of Brazil’s hottest talents, a potential great according to the legendary Zico in a piece from the Manchester Evening News, and he could link up nicely with Neymar and Coutinho in Russia next summer. It looks like Brazil are set to qualify for the competition with relative ease and La Selecao will head into the event as one of the leading contenders – especially if Jesus manages to displace Argentina striker Sergio Aguero as Pep Guardiola’s favourite option in attack.

It looks like Jesus will play alongside Aguero for now and the Brazilian should relish the chance to learn from an experienced professional. In time, Jesus will have his moment as City’s main man but for now, Guardiola has opted to use both strikers. Brazil are likely to go with a more conventional approach of one centre-forward with two create midfielders just behind and the Coutinho-Neymar-Jesus trio could be influential next summer.

Neymar Has Competition But He Is Still A Class Above

Coutinho and Jesus are both very talented footballers but Neymar has god-like status in Brazil and he is a class above his peers. Tite knows that keeping the PSG man on his side will be key to success at the World Cup next summer and building around the 25-year-old is the right decision. In time, Jesus and Coutinho may command the same levels of respect as Neymar but for now, there is only one main man in Brazilian football. Neymar is and has been the poster boy for quite some time and the 2018 World Cup could be his moment to shine on the biggest stage of all.

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<![CDATA[Wijnaldum: ‘Everyone Wants Coutinho to Stay’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88741_wijnaldum_____everyone_wants_coutinho_to_stay___.htmlLiverpool midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum says that everyone at Liverpool is desperate for Philippe Coutinho to stay at the club. The player submitted a transfer request last week amidst interest from Barcelona.

The Catalan club have had bids of £70m and £90m rejected, with Liverpool insistent they won’t sell. But Coutinho rocked the club on Friday by submitting an official transfer request, confirming his desire to join the La Liga giants.

Following the Reds’ 2-1 win over Hoffenheim in their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday, Wijnaldum told Sky Sports, “Everyone wants him to stay. But no one can look in his head or make decisions for him.

“He has to make the decisions for himself. So, it's difficult to speak about it and give an answer. He knows what I want, but it's his decision, we'll see what happens." Coutinho missed the victory in Germany with a back problem.

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<![CDATA[Arsenal Defender Set for Valencia Move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88740_arsenal_defender_set_for_valencia_move.htmlArsenal defender Gabriel is set to join La Liga club Valencia in a deal worth around £10m, according to the Daily Mirror. The Brazilian joined the North London club from Villarreal in January 2015 for around £15m.

Gabriel has found it difficult to adapt to life in England and has yet to nail down a starting position in the Gunners defence. With an offer of £10m on the table and only two years remaining on his contract, Arsenal appear minded to cash in.

Gabriel is in the final stages of recovery from a knee ligament injury sustained in the last Premier League match of last season, but this does not appear to be an impediment to the deal being concluded.

The 27-year old is considered expendable by Arsenal, whose squad is in serious need of some trimming. Failure to move on the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson may have contributed to the Gunners’ decision to let Gabriel move back to Spain. 

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<![CDATA[Firmino ‘Prefers Not To Think’ About ‘Awful’ Coutinho Exit]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88739_firmino____prefers_not_to_think____about____awful____coutinho_exit.htmlLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino says he ‘prefers not to think’ about the prospect of his club and international teammate Philippe Coutinho leaving the club this summer, after intense speculation over his future.

Coutinho has been subject to two bids from La Liga giants Barcelona- both of which have been rejected by Liverpool- whilst the player himself has submitted a transfer request in order to facilitate a move.

Speaking after a 2-1 win at his old hunting ground Hoffenheim in Tuesday night’s Champions League qualifier, Firmino told the Liverpool Echo, “I prefer to not think of this (Coutinho leaving) because it would be awful.

“He's a great player but also a great friend to me. It is normal that great teams are interested in his football but my concentration is now on the team."

Both players are due to join up with the Brazil squad later in August for September qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia, it remains to be seen whether they are still teammates at club level at that point. 

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<![CDATA[Danilo Happy to be Adaptable for Manchester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88738_danilo_happy_to_be_adaptable_for_manchester_city.htmlManchester City’s new signing Danilo says he is happy to be a versatile option for his new club. Many eyebrows were raised when the Brazilian, principally a right-back, was purchased just days after the £50m signing of right-back Kyle Walker.

But Danilo made his City debut at left wing-back against Brighton on Sunday and can also operate in central midfield. Danilo says he is more than happy to take on a number of roles under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage.

“My aim here is to help the team, and help them get the goal. So it doesn’t matter if I’m on the right, the left or in midfield,” he told the Daily Star. “I prefer the right because it’s my natural leg, and it’s maybe more difficult to play on the left, but I can adapt to both positions.

“When I started out as a player I used to play in midfield, and I also won the Copa Libertadores with Santos playing as a midfielder. So I am really used to that position even if I haven’t played there much recently – I won’t have a problem playing there again.

"It depends on the needs of the team but we have great players in midfield. But I always want to play, and help the team, in any position."

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<![CDATA[Online Games Featuring Brazilian Football Stars]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88742_online_games_featuring_brazilian_football_stars.htmlBrazilian football stars are in the news more than ever right now as a result of Neymar's record-breaking move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

The €222 million paid by the Ligue 1 side is a huge new world-record transfer fee, with Barca unable to hold on to the 25-year-old due to a release clause in his contract.

Neymar's move has prompted a strong debate about the future of the sport, with some believing there is a need to introduce some form of control to restrict the rise of transfer fees.

For others, football works as a free market and does not need anything to be changed as it is thriving perfectly well as it is.

Whatever happens as a result of Neymar's switch from Barca to PSG, interest in Brazilian football stars looks set to grow higher than ever before.

So while we wait for Neymar to make his debut for the French club, why not spend some time playing online games that feature Brazilian footballers?

Let's take a look at some of the best. NoDepositFriend lists 5 that offer free spins - and perhaps one day Neymar will have an online game all of his own?


Football Carnival

The first online game on our list is Football Carnival, which has a strong Brazilian flavour as it was launched to coincide with the 2014 World Cup, held in the South American nation.

Made by Playtech, Football Carnival is set to a familiar Brazilian background featuring the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The game itself is bright, musical and a lot of fun to play as well. This is a five reel game with some 50 fixed paylines, while a yellow and green ball acts as the wild symbol on this slot.

As there is a theoretical percentage return to player (RTP) of 91.32 per cent, this online game is not necessarily the most profitable, but it does often throw up some nice big wins - the jackpot on Football Carnival is worth 3,000x your bet per payline.

Play with the sound on to enjoy the Samba beat and get the most out of spending some time on the very enjoyable Football Carnival slot game.

While the game does not have the rights to use any individual Brazilian football stars, the integration of Brazil into the slot is a strong one, with dancing girls a particular highlight.


Next up is the originally-named Football slot, which comes from Endorphina and boasts a jackpot worth 250x your bet.

There are five reels and 21 paylines present on Football and you can win up to 40 free spins on this slot, so it can be very profitable indeed if you strike it lucky.

Three different scatter symbols are present on the slot and it has a wild symbol as well, while those who do not mind risking their winnings can take advantage of the gamble feature.

Football's graphics are not quite as good as the ones on Football Carnival, but the gameplay is certainly fun to follow and tempts you to stick around for a while.

Endorphina is a top software provider and while the company- which is based in Prague and was established in 2012 - does not have the fame or the high level of brand recognition of Playtech, the firm is certainly one to watch in the future.

Check out Football on some of the largest slots casino in the world - you won't regret it!

Football Rules

Another slot from Playtech, Football Rules is one of our favourite sport-themed online games.

As this slot is part of the Dollar Ball progressive jackpot, players can win tens of thousands of pounds, while the standard jackpot on this game is worth a huge 10,000x your bet per payline.

Up to 20 free spins are on offer as well, while one of the best things about Football Rules is that it has a potential 10x multiplier, so you can rack up massive winnings quite quickly here.

The main inclusion of football in this online game comes from the penalty shoot-out bonus round - can you find the target with your kick?

With a RTP in excess of 97 per cent, Football Rules also has the advantage of being one of the most generous football-related slots available to play anywhere on the internet.

The Flag Waving Fan represents the wild symbol on this particular slot, while the Stadium Symbol works as the game's Scatter Symbol.

Like all of the other games on our list, there are no actual footballers included in the slot as a result of rights issues, but it is a colourful game to play with the inclusion of a wide range of football-related icons.


The unusual name for this slot comes from the Spanish name for an overhead kick and there is a strong exotic feel to playing Bicicleta.

With a RTP of more than 96 per cent it is also a generous option, while there is a chance to win up to 250x your bet per payline.

Made by Yggdrasil, Bicicleta is considered to be a high variance slot, so keep an eye on your balance as it can quickly start to ebb away if you get on a losing streak. However, the reverse is true as well, with big winnings up for grabs if you are lucky with your spins on this online slot game with a football design.

Get three or more of the Free Spin scatter symbols on your Bicicleta spin and you will get up to 24 free spins. During these free spins, you can also get between two and four extra spins, or even up to 1000 coins or The Wild Feature.

If you are lucky enough to land The Wild Feature on Bicicleta, all the symbols on one reel will be changed into sticky wilds. They then stay in place for the duration of the remaining free spins, so big money can be won here.

The integration of football into Bicicleta is perhaps not quite as detailed as some of the other online games in our list, but the background of the slot shows a football stadium.

Football: Champions Cup

Last but certainly not least is Football: Champions Cup, which is based on the Euro 2016 tournament, so it is one of the newest football-related online games on the internet.

With five reels and 20 different paylines, players who try their hand at Football: Champions Cup can scoop a jackpot worth 2,000x your bet per payline. This game comes from NetEnt, one of the biggest and best names in the slots industry, and Football: Champions Cup is one of their most enjoyable offerings for sports fans.

It is in the free spins where the game comes into its own as you get the chance to see your team win Euro 2016, which was of course claimed by Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in real life.

Like the Football Rules slot from Playtech we looked at earlier, this slot has a bonus game based on a penalty shoot-out - can you hold your nerve and convert your effort?

The RTP of Football: Champions Cup is close to 97 per cent, so this is among the most generous sports-related slots you can find on the internet.


Will Neymar get his own online game?

While we have covered five of the best football online games, there are plenty of others to choose from as well.

From the successful Football Cup Slot from GameOS and Saucify's Football Fever, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to football slots on the internet.

But what is perhaps lacking is an online game built around one football personality. Video games have been created around high-profile footballers, so why not an online slot?

Neymar's move from Barcelona to PSG has made him even more of a household name than he was before, so he would be a great option to build a football slot game around.

Could that be something we see at some point in the future? As Neymar joining PSG came as such a big shock to the football world, it would be unwise to bet against this happening.

Or maybe it could be one of the other Brazilian football stars from a previous generation? A game based on Pele would be well worth checking out, or maybe Ronaldinho would be another example? Perhaps the original Ronaldo, one of the greatest strikers of all time? Or Romario?

There are plenty of options out there, so it seems like a matter of time until there is one.

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<![CDATA[‘Everyone Wants Coutinho To Stay’ Pleads Liverpool Skipper]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88722____everyone_wants_coutinho_to_stay____pleads_liverpool_skipper.htmlLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson says everybody at Liverpool wants Philippe Coutinho to stay, as speculation rumbles on over a move to Barcelona. The player submitted a transfer request last week, after Liverpool rejected two bids from the Spanish club.

Coutinho will sit out tonight’s Champions League qualifier with Hoffenheim with a back injury. But Liverpool captain Henderson says the squad are still hopeful that the Brazilian will stay with the club this season.

“It’s a difficult situation for Phil and whatever I say won’t help matters - but we want Phil to stay because he’s a world class player. Ask anybody in the team and they want him to stay.

“As players, when windows are open, things like this happen. Players come and go. You’ve got to except things like this and focus on what’s important.

“I don’t think I can influence the situation if I’m totally honest with you. That’s down to Phil and the club. But at the same time I’m good friends with Phil and I have a lot of respect for him. Of course I’m going to talk to him but those conversations will remain private.”

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<![CDATA[Neymar ‘Already Feels At Home’ At PSG]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88721_neymar____already_feels_at_home____at_psg.htmlNeymar says that he already feels at home at new club Paris Saint Germain, following his exceptional debut against Guingamp on Sunday evening. The Brazilian joined the Parisian club in a world record £198m deal recently.

Making his Ligue 1 debut, Neymar set up a goal for Edinson Cavani and then helped himself to a goal as PSG ran out 3-0 winners, preserving their 100% start to Ligue 1.

Speaking after the game, Neymar said he already feels very comfortable with the more central role he has been given by boss Unai Emery, “I feel very happy for the first game, first goal, first win. I felt very good on the field, very happy.

“The position is practically the same, of course I looked for more ball, more to movement inside into central areas, our coach likes that. But I felt very comfortable.

“Of course, in communication, we still have a bit to do, we need to get to know each other better, that comes with time and with games. I already feel at home here, very comfortable.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-08/home/Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:09:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Relishing Aguero Link Up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88720_gabriel_jesus_relishing_aguero_link_up.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is relishing linking up with clubmate Sergio Aguero again. The two have been in direct competition for the centre forward spot, but started upfront together in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Brighton.

The 20-year old thinks he can benefit from both playing with and competing with the Argentine in City colours, telling the Daily Mail, “Sergio Aguero is a high-quality player. I'm a big fan of his, both of his football and his humility.

“But ultimately it's the manager's decision. If he wants us to play together we can, as we have already shown. But if he wants me to play up front alone, it's his decision.

“I just hope that any competition between us benefits the team, that it inspires both of us to score plenty of goals for City and leads to the club winning lots of matches and trophies.”

Aguero scored the first and Jesus forced Brighton defender Lewis Dunk into an own goal for City’s second, as they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at the AMEX Stadium on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Busquets Welcomes Paulinho Arrival]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88719_busquets_welcomes_paulinho_arrival.htmlBarcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has welcomed the surprise arrival of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho into the Barca setup and thinks that the player offers variety to the squad.

Paulinho joined from Guangzhou Evergrande this week for around €40m and Busquets, who is set to partner the Brazilian in the Barca midfield, thinks he is a sound acquisition.

“I think the arrival of Paulinho is good because he is a player with a different profile than we have and he is a player that can contribute a lot. He is a star of the Brazilian team, one of the best and we will welcome him with open arms.

“He is an important player for the National Team. He is a strong player who can help us from another perspective. There is no player like him in the squad.”

Speaking after the team’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup Final, Busquets also reflected on the loss of Neymar, who joined Paris Saint Germain this month.

“Of course with the departure of Neymar we have lost a big player. Look at the player he is. About Messi and the individual marking, it is normal. We need variants and more players to unbalance the opposition and allow Messi some freedom.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-08/home/Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:04:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Will Accept Board Decision on Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88713_klopp_will_accept_board_decision_on_coutinho.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he will accept the decision of his bosses after Brazilian playmaker Phillipe Coutinho submitted a transfer request this weekend.

Liverpool have been unrepentant all summer that they were not willing to negotiate the player’s sale, after rejecting two bids from Barcelona.

On Friday, Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group released a short statement insisting that the player would not be sold at any price. Hours later, Coutinho submitted a formal transfer request.

Dejected Reds boss Klopp insists that he will accept the decision of FSG over the player’s future, with Barcelona set to come back to the Reds with a third bid. “I didn’t get it,” said Klopp of the transfer request at the weekend.

“But I can say something that is maybe a more important thing. As a manager of a football club I have bosses, and if bosses decide, for example, just in general, if we sell a player or don’t sell him then I have to accept it.

“If they don’t sell him, then I’m not involved anymore. I’m responsible for all of the players, not just one, two or three. I cannot say anything about it.

“The only thing is I work with the players I have — that is what I’m always doing. So how does [the request] change something for me? I didn’t make the decision.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-08/home/Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:11:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Paulinho Joins Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88712_paulinho_joins_barcelona.htmlBrazilian midfielder Paulinho has finally joined Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande in a deal worth around €40m. The Brazilian has been subject of Barca’s interest for most of the summer and Barca have finally agreed a deal with the Chinese club.

Paulinho joined Guangzhou from Spurs in 2015, but his performances for Brazil have really caught the eye since he was recalled to the Seleção in 2016, scoring against Argentina in November and bagging a hat trick against Uruguay in Montevideo in March.

A statement from Guangzhou read, “We thank you for the great service and contribution you have made in Chinese football. We wish you luck in the future.”

The player will travel to Spain for a medical on Thursday and will be unveiled as a Barcelona player on the same day, as the Catalans look to spend the outlay received for Neymar.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-08/home/Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:49:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Left Out of Liverpool Squad for Hoffenheim Match]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88711_coutinho_left_out_of_liverpool_squad_for_hoffenheim_match.htmlLiverpool have omitted Philippe Coutinho from their squad to face Hoffenheim on Tuesday night, in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier in Germany. A back injury is given as the official reason for his absence.

The Brazilian, who submitted a transfer request on Friday amidst interest from Barcelona, also missed Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Watford for the same reason, as speculation continues to rage over his future.

"Nothing has changed. Not on one side or on the other," boss Jurgen Klopp said about the Brazilian on Monday.

"He is not available for us in the moment, that's the main issue if you want. He cannot play for Liverpool in this moment and, as everybody can imagine, that's quite a blow for us.

"We've known for a few days about it so we can prepare this game without him, like we have to prepare the game without Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge."

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<![CDATA[‘Monaco Know My Will’ Says Fabinho, Amid Manchester United Links]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88710____monaco_know_my_will____says_fabinho__amid_manchester_united_links.htmlMonaco’s Fabinho has dropped a broad hint that he would like to join the exodus of players from Monaco to other European clubs. The French champions have already lost Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Premier League clubs this summer.

Star striker Kylian Mbappe is subject to intense speculation, whilst Thomas Lemar has been linked with Arsenal. Fabinho, who can play at right-back or in central midfield, has long been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Following Monaco’s 4-1 win over Gijon this weekend, Fabinho suggested he would be open to the move, "I feel good, there is nothing to say about my situation, the club knows my will," said the 23-year-old, “I hope we will continue this way and that Monaco will still be okay."

The club’s Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev has previously suggested that Fabinho will not be sold this summer, “We have kept all of the key players that we intended to keep. Fabinho is a must-have player in midfield who was being courted by all the major clubs.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-08/home/Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:56:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Relishing New Season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88686_gabriel_jesus_relishing_new_season.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus cannot wait for the new Premier League season to begin and the player is relishing the spotlight. The Brazilian exploded onto the scene with Manchester City when he joined the club in January.

The 20-year old will no longer be an unknown quantity in England, but the player says that is not a problem for him. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jesus said, “I am very glad that the season is here. I have been waiting.

“I like the holidays but I prefer playing football so I'm looking forward to the work ahead of us. The pressure will be there, but all the big teams have to fight for silverware, not just us. I know that nowadays City is a club that has to win trophies.

“We didn't manage it last season, so this season everyone has to be focused on putting that right. I think that many players, just like me, feel a strong desire to play in the Premier League. From the moment I decided to play for City, I knew that it wasn't going to be at all easy. So I was calm when I arrived and there have been no great shocks. It's been as I expected.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-08/home/Sat, 12 Aug 2017 20:14:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Unsure if Neymar Will Come to England]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88687_gabriel_jesus_unsure_if_neymar_will_come_to_england.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says he is not sure if he can convince Neymar to come to the Premier League at some point in the future. Neymar joined Paris Saint Germain from Barcelona in a world record £198m fee last week.

The pair have struck up a good partnership for the Brazilian national team, but Jesus is not entirely convinced the pair will ever cross paths in the Premier League. “I think that many players, just like me, feel a strong desire to play in the Premier League,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I think he must, too. He's already said that he'd like to play here one day. The most important thing is that he makes the right decisions over what's best for him. I always cheer for him.

“I'm not sure if one day I could persuade him to come to England. But if he decides to come, I'll do my best to make sure it's to City!” he joked

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<![CDATA[Klopp Says Timing of Coutinho Transfer Request An Issue]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88685_klopp_says_timing_of_coutinho_transfer_request_an_issue.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the timing of Phillipe Coutinho’s transfer request means that it is unlikely to be granted. The player submitted a formal request on Friday after Liverpool rejected two bids from Barcelona.

Fenway Sports Group released a statement on Friday insisting the player was not for sale at any price and Coutinho responded by making a formal transfer request. However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says it is too close to the season and the end of the transfer window to sell.

“I had to sell a lot of players in my managerial career. Some had clauses, some had no clauses. We had the [Robert] Lewandowski thing [at Dortmund] and that was difficult when he went to Bayern on a free transfer. A lot of different things.

“The only thing I can say about this is that in life everything is about timing -- whichever club asks early enough. It's like how we try to do it. If we ask early enough, we try to do it. If you ask early enough, you can either switch the plan of whatever.

“But you cannot come up, close to the start of the season and start things like this. The club is bigger than anybody. That is the most important thing. It's about doing it in the right moment. It's how we do it when we want to bring players in.”

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<![CDATA[Coutinho Hands In Transfer Request]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88684_coutinho_hands_in_transfer_request.htmlLiverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has stunned the club by handing in a formal transfer request. The player has been subject to two bids from Barcelona this summer, the latest one for £90m, both of which have been rejected.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been unrepentant all summer about the player’s future, insisting that he is not for sale at any price. Following Barca’s latest approach, Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, released a short statement insisting the player was not for sale.

The statement was published on Friday morning. By noon, the player had submitted a formal transfer request in order to push through a move to Barca, who see the player as part of their plan to replace Neymar, who joined Paris Saint Germain last week.

Coutinho is unavailable for Saturday’s Premier League opener against Watford due to a back injury and he is also a doubt for the Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim on Tuesday. Liverpool still insist they will not sell the wantaway Brazilian.  

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<![CDATA[Liverpool Release Statement on Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88676_liverpool_release_statement_on_coutinho.htmlLiverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group have released a statement regarding the speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho. The player has been subject to two bids from Barcelona, the most recent one for around £90m.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been unrepentant all summer that the player would not be sold, but with the £198m fee received for Neymar from Paris Saint Germain, Barca have escalated their interest in recent days.

However, in a statement on the Liverpool website, FSG insist that the player is absolutely not for sale, “We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.”

Manager Jurgen Klopp reinforced the message in his Friday press conference, saying, “When FSG say something like this it's 100% clear. You can read it.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-08/home/Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:02:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar Cleared to Make PSG Debut on Sunday]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88675_neymar_cleared_to_make_psg_debut_on_sunday.htmlNeymar has been officially registered by Paris Saint Germain and will make his debut for the French club against Guingamp on Sunday. The Brazilian completed formalities over a £198m world record transfer last week.

However, he was prevented from playing in the Ligue 1 opener at Parc des Princes last weekend as the final registration document had yet to be received by the French Football Federation.

However, the FFF have confirmed receipt of the document from Barcelona, after the cool €222m cheque from PSG for the player had been cleared in their accounts. Originally, La Liga said they would challenge the transfer under Financial Fair Play regulations.

“The cheque has cleared and therefore puts in motion the process of the transfer," said a Barcelona club source. The transfer certificate was therefore passed to Barcelona, who have subsequently presented it to the FFF.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-08/home/Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:33:00 +0000
<![CDATA[PSG Move Won’t Alter Neymar’s Ballon D’Or Chances, Says Tite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/88674_psg_move_won___t_alter_neymar___s_ballon_d___or_chances__says_tite.htmlBrazil coach Tite is unconvinced by the argument that Neymar stands a better chance of winning the Ballon D’Or now that he has moved to Paris Saint Germain and away from the shadow of Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

This was reported to be a big motivation for the player as he joined the French side for a world record £198m fee. However, Tite thinks that Neymar will win the bauble in good time regardless of which club he is at.

“There are three players fighting for that position: Cristiano, Messi and Neymar," Tite said. "Cristiano and Messi are from a different generation, and Neymar will get there. That will depend on his performances, not on whether he plays with Messi.

"The essence is that he likes to play football. The important thing is that he is well and adapted in his new club. Values ​​and money do not change anything. He went to another club, as he said, to seek new perspectives."

He added: "The tactical formation used by Paris is very similar to that of Barcelona, ​​it's 4-3-3. PSG use two forwards with a pivot, so it has the same design. It only changes the characteristics of the players who will play next to Neymar."

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-08/home/Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:16:00 +0000