<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Leonardo concedes it “will be difficult” for him to return to Paris Saint-Germain]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70622_leonardo_concedes_it____will_be_difficult____for_him_to_return_to_paris_saint-germain.htmlLeonardo has admitted it “will be difficult” for him to return to Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Brazil international left his role as a director with the Ligue 1 outfit in July 2013 and despite suggestions he could return, Leonardo is unsure whether it will be happen.

"Honestly, I think it will be difficult for me to come back to Paris Saint-Germain,” he said, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio’s website. “There's an excellent relationship with the owners, but go to back to Paris is not an option at the moment. I still haven't decided anything about my future, now I want to stay with my family.”

 

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<![CDATA[Roberto Firmino's strike ensures victory for a poor Brazil against Chile ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70620_roberto_firmino_s_strike_ensures_victory_for_a_poor_brazil_against_chile_.htmlRoberto Firmino's strike in the second half was enough for Brazil to see off a strong Chilean side. Brazil remain unbeaten under Dunga with eight consecutive wins

 

In a feisty first half Chile played with high intensity and seized the initiative from the start. The Chileans played a high defensive line with Albornoz, Medel and Jara, pressing Brazil into their own half. Chile had the early possession, but also ensured Brazil didn’t get into any sort of rhythm by committing plenty of fouls. 

 

Sampaoli’s men targeted Neymar multiple times and so the Barcelona star made acquaintance with Arsenal’s neatly cut pitch. Brazil’s captain looked tired and far from 100% fit. His colleagues were at a loss what to do without him. They booted the ball forward, hoping for an inspired moment from their talisman. 

 

Chances were scarce in an affair that became increasingly scrappy. After 17 minutes Alexis raced clear on the left channel, but got caught in two minds, dawdled and Miranda cleaned up the danger. At the other end Douglas Costa, who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, wasted the best opportunity of the first half when Marcelo scooped a pass to him which Costa blasted wide after controlling it on the chest. 

 

Neymar showed his frustration at the end of the half by getting needlessly booked in the midfield. Chile maintained their domination in the second half, having the majority of possession with an omnipresent Sanchez and an industrious Isla. A hapless Brazil were bereft of leadership, energy and ideas and showed none of last Thursday's enterprise and fluency.

 

Dunga swapped Souza, Coutinho, Luiz Adriano and Douglas Costa for Elias, Robinho, Firmino and Willian at the hour mark. Then Sanchez twice had the chance to test Jefferson from a set piece. First, he aimed too high, then his attempt took a dink before Jefferson collected composedly. 

 

Chile couldn't find an opening. Brazil did and with deadly efficiency. Danilo strode out of defense and set up Firmino with an excellent, defence-splitting pass after 72 minutes. The Hoffenheim striker rounded Bravo and knocked the ball into the back of the net. It was a very flattering lead for Brazil, but it proved that Dunga’s team are steely and hard to beat  - as they would not relinquish their advantage. 

 

Only Mathias Fernandez managed to still trouble Jefferson, but the Botafogo goalkeeper pushed the curled free kick into a corner. 

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<![CDATA[Brazil x Chile: Live]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70619_brazil_x_chile__live.htmlHello and welcome to Sambafoot.com's coverage of the Brasil Global Tour. Our stop today is London for a mouth-watering game between South American rivals Brazil and Chile!

Chile nearly elimanted Brazil at its own party last summer, but the woodwork and penalties kept Sampaoli's team from causing a major upset. Today's game is just a friendly, but there should still be plenty in store for us. 

Dunga has enforced six changes from Thursday's impressive 3-1 away win against France. Here is the Brazil XI: Jefferson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Souza, Fernandinho; Douglas Costa, Coutinho; Luiz Adriano, Neymar.

This is the starting eleven from Chile: Bravo, Medel, Jara, Albornoz, Isla, Millar, Aranguiz, Vidal, Alexis, Hernandez. 

The national anthems at the Emirates. The atmosphere is building up. 

0' Off we are!

2' Chile have the early possession, trying to evade Brazilian pressure. Souza commits an early faul on Alexis in the middle of the park. 

4' You wouldnt really say this is a friendly, right? High intensity, feisty challenges. This time it's Neymar who is rolling on the floor after Albornoz tackled him. 

11' Chile playing that high line again. Brazil stuck in their own half. Albornoz gets the first card of the match for a tackle on Neymar. 

14' Sampaoli is just gesticulating a lot on the touchline, barely staying out of trouble with the linesman and the fourth official. Dunga stands with his hands in his pockets. 

17' Neymar looks very tired. Brazil are trying to involve him all the time, but it's not working. At the other end, Sanchez bursts forward on the left and the stadium rises in anticipation, but Miranda intervenes wonderfully well to deny Sanchez an open chance. 

21' A fascinating battle between Coutinho and Isla. So far the Chilean has the upper hand. Coutinho is almost playing as a left-back!

27' Souza gets close to breaking the deadlock, but he cant connect with Neymar's free-kick from the left. Brazil, who have looked very disjointed this first half hour, are slowly trying to impose their game. 

34' Chile in control of the ball. Brazil, though it is partly team b, have to get their act together. 

37' Decent chance for Brazil. Marcelo floats a cross into the box, where Douglas Costa is left unmarked. He controls it with the chest, but then blasts it hastily wide. 

44' Yellow card for Neymar. The Barcelona is frustrated and needlessly gets booked. 

HT Brazil 0 Chile 0. It has started to rain at the Emirates and it's rather windy. It's been an intense game so far, but no goals yet. 

45' The ball is rolling again, but Dunga has not made any changes yet.

50' The attendance at the Emirates today is 60,007 - or at least that's the number of tickets that have been sold. The second half has started a bit slower than the first. Nothing much to report for the moment. Oscar and Willian are among the Brazilian players warming up on the touchline. 

55' Penalty appeal in the Brazilian box, but Atkinson waves play on. Isla had gotten in behind Marcelo, but there was not much to it, bar perhaps a minimal push. 

60' Brazil make three changes: Robinho, Firmino and Elias come on for Coutinho, Souza and Elias. 

61' Another sub made by Dunga. Chelsea's Willian comes on for Douglas Costa, who was simply not good. 

64' Freekick Chile. Alexis Sanchez aims for the top-left corner, but it never troubles Jefferson as the ball swerves over. 

67' Another Sanchez set piece. This time Jefferson easily gathers the low attempt. 

72' GOOOL DO BRASIL. A perfect pass from Danilo finds Firminio, who sprints clear and rounds the goalkeeper to give Brazil a very flattering lead. 

72' Millar is swapped for Fernandez by Sampaoli. Well, Chile have been in control, but Brazil lead. Yes, that does mean Dunga is truly back and well. 

79' Firmino at the edge of the box, but he can't put it on target. Meanwhile Filipe Luis has replaced Marcelo.

84' The second half has not been as entertaining. Chile have six minutes left to score an equalizer. 

85' Jefferson is severly tested, but he pushes Fernandez's freekick into corner. 

90' There will be three minutes of added time. 

93' Neymar with a freekick, close but not close enough. 

FT Brazil 1 Chile 0

It was not a vintage performance, but Firmino's strike was enough to give Brazil a flattering win against Chile. Brazil remain unbeaten under Dunga with eight consecutive wins. Honduras  and Mexico up next before Brazil travel to Chile for the Copa America in June.

That's it from us. Stay tuned for the match report. 

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<![CDATA[Chelsea's Filipe Luis: "Alexis Sanchez is really dangerous"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70615_chelsea_s_filipe_luis___alexis_sanchez_is_really_dangerous_.htmlChelsea defender Filipe Luis is preparing for a tough challenge when he faces Alexis Sanchez as Brazil take on Chile this Sunday.

The full-back is hoping to start the game and is quoted by The Mirror talking up the Arsenal man, and his achievements this season.

He said: “Alexis is a great player, he has scored a lot of goals and is helping Arsenal have a very good campaign.

“I played against him a lot of times for Atletico Madrid when he was at Barcelona and I know he is really dangerous and we have to be really careful to stop him.

“All the players, all want to play the best games always and playing against Alexis, he is a difficult opponent and we will have to be concentrated to stop him.”

Arsenal host Chelsea at the end of next month on April 26.

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<![CDATA[Report: Expected Brazil line up for Chile friendly]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70618_report__expected_brazil_line_up_for_chile_friendly.htmlBrazil Head Coach Dunga is expected to make numerous changes from the side that beat France for Sunday’s friendly with Chile.

The tactician, who is in his second spell in charge, is likely to make up to six changes to his line up, with Marcelo, Souza, Fernandinho, Philippe Coutinho, Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano is likely to be brought in.

Expected Brazil line up: Jefferson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Souza, Fernandinho; Douglas Costa, Coutinho; Luiz Adriano, Neymar.

Brazil substitutes: Diego Alves, Marcelo Grohe, Filipe Luís, Gabriel Paulista, Gil, Fabinho, Oscar, Luiz Gustavo, Roberto Firmino, Willian, Elias, Robinho

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<![CDATA[Chile Head Coach Jorge Sampaoli concedes he will have to rotate for Brazil friendly]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70617_chile_head_coach_jorge_sampaoli_concedes_he_will_have_to_rotate_for_brazil_friendly.htmlChile Head Coach Jorge Sampaoli has conceded that he will have to rotate for Sunday’s friendly with Brazil.

The Argentine tactician saw his side lose 2-0 against Iran on Thursday in Austria and with little time to prepare between the two matches, Sampaoli admits he will have to change his preferred line up.

“The problem was the game with Brazil in three days as we know we can’t play the same team for 90 minutes of both games and be ourselves,” he stated, as reported by website ca2015.

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<![CDATA[Lucas-Liverpool: "Philippe Coutinho could be anything he wants to be"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70614_lucas-liverpool___philippe_coutinho_could_be_anything_he_wants_to_be_.htmlWith Philippe Coutinho keen on another chance to impress for Brazil this afternoon, club colleague and compatriot Lucas Leiva has backed the No.10 to prove his international worth in the years to come.

Lucas explained to Liverpoolfc.com: "It's a difficult one because there are a lot of players that are in his position, which is a hard thing for him, but he will get his chances.

"I think being there with the national team and being, I would say, the 12th player at the moment is a big thing for him. The experience he is getting, he will get minutes.

"He has already shown here at Liverpool and also in the international team what he is capable of doing. You have Willian, Oscar and Neymar - all players who are in a good moment. Brazil is recovering from the World Cup and they are playing very well at the moment.

"That makes it even harder for Phil, for example, but I'm sure he will be in the national team for many, many years and he will end up being one of the key players, for sure."

Ever since Coutinho swapped Inter Milan for Merseyside in January 2013, Lucas has been on hand to offer guidance, advice and companionship to the man known by teammates and fans as 'the magician'.

There's no doubt, therefore, that the experienced Reds midfielder has taken particular satisfaction from watching the 22-year-old develop into a feared creator in the Barclays Premier League.

"We speak a lot, not every day but probably six times a week," Lucas continued. "As the older person, I try to speak to him.

"At the beginning of the season, for sure he wasn't feeling so comfortable and as soon as the team started to play better as well as him, I think his confidence just grew.

"He knows that he needed to score more goals, as assists have always been his strength, creating chances, but adding goals was something that he was really looking forward to.

"I think he's already showing that he's working really hard to get the goals, in training sessions and then taking it into the games.

"I think he was getting a little bit frustrated at not getting many goals but this season he has already improved and don't forget he is only 22, so he's got everything to improve a lot of things but he is already a top player and I think he could be anything he wants to be.

"It's just a case of giving him the confidence he needs and him believing in himself. That's the key and I think he's having that belief at the moment."

The Brazilian duo were delighted with an opportunity to meet an idol of their country last Sunday, as the great Pele visited Anfield to watch Liverpool host Manchester United in the Premier League.

Before kick-off, Coutinho and Lucas met the three-time World Cup winner and exchanged a few words - a moment that neither will forget in a hurry.

"When I found out he was coming I was excited and I was trying to do everything I could to meet him because I had never met him before," said the Reds' No.21.

"It was quite funny and it was the first time and it was just the chance to take a picture with him and speak a few words with him.

"It was a very nice moment, a very nice picture which I will keep, and it was a nice tribute the club paid to him."

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<![CDATA[Sampdoria forward Eder pleased to silence critics with debut Italy goal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70613_sampdoria_forward_eder_pleased_to_silence_critics_with_debut_italy_goal.htmlSampdoria Eder was happy to score on his debut appearance for Italy.

The 28 year-old netted a late equaliser to secure the Azzurri a 2-2 draw with Bulgaria and after facing a lot of controversy over his selection, he was pleased to prove his worth on the pitch.

“It was a shame about what was said, but I respect Mancini’s opinion and many others like Oriundi in the Nazionale,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“I think a call-up can happen and it’s hard to stay in this squad. I must thank the lads, as they gave me a warm welcome and made me feel important from my first day at Coverciano. I hope to play more games for Italy.”

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<![CDATA[Arsenal centre-back Gabriel Paulista: "I want to defend and defend well"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70600_arsenal_centre-back_gabriel_paulista___i_want_to_defend_and_defend_well_.htmlArsenal centre-back Gabriel Paulista has revealed that his first instinct is always to protect his team’s goal.

Gabriel joined the Gunners from Villarreal for £11.2 million during the January transfer window (via the Mail) to reinforce their defensive options and he has made an encouraging start to his time in English football.

The 24-year-old has averaged 13 defensive actions per game and won 73% of his duels in the league, both of which are the highest amongst Arsenal’s outfield players.

Gabriel’s recent performances have been rewarded with his first call-up to the Brazil squad for the games against France and Chile.

“The only thing I didn’t try was being a goalkeeper. I stopped there.

“So I started to play in defence and I started to do well, I started to enjoy it. I made my decision, I thought: ‘This it is! I’m not leaving here’.

“I began enjoying it and I started to want to defend, to fight not to let them in, not to let the other team score goals.

“I always have that in my head – to want to defend, and defend well. And that is why.”

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<![CDATA[Dunga hails Chelsa's Willian as key player for Brazil ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70604_dunga_hails_chelsa_s_willian_as_key_player_for_brazil_.htmlAt a press conference this afternoon Brazil's Dunga commended Chelsea's Willian, hailing him as a pivotal player for Brazil.

 

On Thursday Willian had a timid start against France, but then excelled in a second half dominated by Brazil against France. 

 

'Willian is skilled," said Dunga. "He has a lot of pace, a speed in his reasoning and he can make the difference in many games."

 

Willian and Neymar tormented the French defense with their positional play and speed. Dunga emphazised that what they aid the collective a lot. "The movement and mobility of our players is key,' Dunga continued. 'The more they play together the more things become automatic.



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<![CDATA[Dunga: "Neymar to overhaul Pele's Brazil goal record"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70603_dunga___neymar_to_overhaul_pele_s_brazil_goal_record_.htmlBrazil coach Dunga has given Neymar his backing to ovehaul Pele as his country's all-time leading scorer. Brazil's coach insisted though that Neymar will really be judged by how many World Cups he manages to win. 

"Neymar is doing very well and will only grow," he told a press conference ahead of Sunday's friendly meeting with Chile at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. 

"In regard to [matching Pele's] goals I don't think that will be a problem. But the record we really want him to get is Pele's number of World Cup wins."

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<![CDATA[Dunga: "Players recuperate after 72 hours" ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70602_dunga___players_recuperate_after_72_hours__.htmlTomorrow Brazil face Chile in a friendly at the Emirates stadium. It will be Dunga’s last chance to observe a number of players who may make the cut for the upcoming Copa America.

There is speculation that he will enforce five to six changes against Chile. Diego Alves, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Philippe Coutinho and Robinho may be included in the starting lineup. Fabinho, Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano have an outside chance to deputize tomorrow.

“In principle we will change a little bit because we spoke to the doctor and the physical coach,” said Dunga after conducting a closed training session at the Emirates. “Players start to recuperate after 72 hours, but we don’t have 72 hours [between the France and Chile game].”

“It depends on the recuperation of every player,” continued Dunga. “A lot of times a player doesn’t enter 100%. It is the end of the season. We can’t lose one player because we are thinking of the Copa America.”

Brazil defeated Chile at the World Cup finals after penalties. Chile will host the Copa America in June. 

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<![CDATA[Dunga: "No more new players for the Copa America"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70601_dunga___no_more_new_players_for_the_copa_america_.htmlBrazil's coach Dunga had made it clear that players who have not been selected before won’t have a chance of making it to this summer's Copa America. 

“The Copa America is a competition and we will field players who have played and gave a response,” said Dunga this afternoon at a press conference at the Emirates stadium ahead of Brazil's game with Chile tomorrow.

“It’s not a place to test players," he continued. "It is difficult for those who never played in the national team.

Tthere is little doubt that for the fringe players, notably Philippe Coutinho, it will be paramount to impress their coach against Chile if they want to be play at the Copa America.

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<![CDATA[Lucas-Liverpool: "It will be just like old times again"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70598_lucas-liverpool___it_will_be_just_like_old_times_again_.htmlLucas Leiva insists he is relishing the prospect of being reunited with a host of former teammates when the Anfield All-Star charity game gets underway on Sunday afternoon.

He'll be joined by the likes of former Reds Alvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina, while within the opposition's ranks will be Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Ryan Babel. See the full line-ups here.

Asked specifically about the prospect of meeting up with Suarez, Lucas told Liverpoolfc.com: "We still keep in touch sometimes, but there are other players like Xabi, who I keep in touch with, Pepe and Arbeloa and Babel.

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<![CDATA[Top European club chasing Chelsea Midfielder Oscar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70597_top_european_club_chasing_chelsea_midfielder_oscar.htmlReports are out claiming that Juventus are watching Chelsea midfielder Oscar.

Tuttosport reported that Juventus scouts were in Paris on Thursday night to run their eye over Chelsea playmaker Oscar in Brazil’s friendly with France, a match in which the 23-year-old scored in.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is a huge admirer of Oscar, who is valued at €20m by the Blues.

It’s suggested the Serie A champions also face competition from Liverpool for the player’s signature this summer.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea star Ramires facing summer Stamford Bridge exit]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70596_chelsea_star_ramires_facing_summer_stamford_bridge_exit.htmlBrazilian midfielder, Ramires is expected to clinch the English team Chelsea. The Brazilian has not managed to find appropriate space under the orders of coach Jose Mourinho and this has prompted him to leave Chelsea FC in the summer transfer window.

27-year-old is highly regarded by all as a player very workers in the field after running a lot and helps the defense as well as attack. Its value is about 17 million, money that does not have much of a player like Ramires. His future could be Italy, where clubs such as Roma, Juventus and Napoli are attending, but the race is even Valencia in Spain and Wolfsburg in Germany.

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<![CDATA[Barcelona president: 'We signed Neymar to be our Beckham']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70593_barcelona_president___we_signed_neymar_to_be_our_beckham_.htmlFootage has emerged of the Barcelona chief explaining the Brazilian's global marketing power was a major factor in their decision to sign him.

Barcelona believed Neymar would be the biggest money-making machine in football since David Beckham, according to president Josep Maria Bartomeu. In addition to insisting Rosell was the only man involved in negotiating the move, Bartomeu explained the Catalans saw an unmissable opportunity to use Neymar's magnetic pulling power, which he compared favourably to Beckham, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United midfielder.

Bartomeu was quoted in GOAL: "I always use the example of David Beckham. We wanted to sign a high-profile footballer who would bring in lots of sponsors. Neymar isn't just a football player, he is a global superstar. We had never signed a player quite like him before. We wanted someone with Beckham's marketing pull; until Neymar came along, I had never seen anyone who matched him in terms of media attention."

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<![CDATA[Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho says he must score more goals to be considered as one of the best midfielders in Europe]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70592_liverpool_s_philippe_coutinho_says_he_must_score_more_goals_to_be_considered_as_one_of_the_best_midfielders_in_europe.htmlCoutinho admits he must add more goals to his game as he strives to become one of the best midfielders in Europe.

The Brazilian star has been in outstanding form this season but has scored just five, albeit often spectacular, goals in all competitions as the club have attempted to qualify for the Champions League for the second season in a row. He told Liverpool's official website: "I think I still have to improve. I have not improved yet. I scored a few goals last month but I need to improve. I have this ambition, this objective of improving finishing. In the position I play, I need to score goals to help the team and create plays. Therefore I must improve my goalscoring skills."

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<![CDATA[Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez excited for Chile's special rematch against Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70591_arsenal_s_alexis_sanchez_excited_for_chile_s_special_rematch_against_brazil.htmlChile forward Alexis Sánchez plans to make the most of home advantage as the Arsenal star plots on revenge against Brazil in Sunday's friendly at the Emirates Stadium.

He scored Chile's equaliser in a dramatic Round of 16 clash in Belo Horizonte, but Júlio César saved two penalties, including one from Sánchez, to seal a 3-2 win in the shoot-out. Sánchez would love to make amends by leading his country to victory over their South American rivals at the home of his current club. He was quoted in FIFA's website: "I'm so excited and honoured to be playing for the national team of Chile, against our great rivals Brazil, in front of the incredible Arsenal fans at Emirates Stadium. I also look forward to playing against my good friend Neymar. Matches between Brazil and Chile are always exciting encounters, and for me, to play this game at Emirates Stadium will make the match even more special."

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<![CDATA[Dunga thinks Brazil have rediscovered their self-belief]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70590_dunga_thinks_brazil_have_rediscovered_their_self-belief.htmlThe Seleção boss says his side have rediscovered their self-belief after Thursday's 3-1 victory over France in Paris.

Since succeeding Luiz Felipe Scolari after their shock semi-final defeat to Germany, Dunga has led the Seleção on a seven-match winning streak - one which Dunga says is owed to their hard work and a new balance to the side. He told: "These good results are the fruits of work and determination you put into everyday life. We played well and we tried to play with speed. We kept our shape well, we were compact. We also had good possession. We committed preventable errors, especially on set-pieces, but once we rectified that, we found the right balance and we got the win. For the Chile game we’ll see which players are fatigued. But we cannot change everyone. We will keep our core."

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<![CDATA[Barça president Bartomeu to Judge Ruz: 'Tito Vilanova asked us to sign Neymar a year earlier']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70589_barca_president_bartomeu_to_judge_ruz___tito_vilanova_asked_us_to_sign_neymar_a_year_earlier_.htmlCadena SER in Spain have disclosed a video of the interrogation of Josep Maria Bartomeu by Judge Ruz on Feburay 13, 2015 in which the Barça president confirms that the signing of Neymar by the club was a request by the then first team coach, Tito Vilanova.

As mentioned in AS, in the video and audio clips which Cadena SER made public, Bartomeu attributes the signing of the Brazilian player to Vilanova.

Bartomeu was quoted: "We spoke to our coach, who at that time was Tito Vilanova, and he asked me and the then president, if we could bring forward the signing of Neymar by one year as he felt that the team needed a player with his characteristics. He wanted to make the signing in 2013 instead of bringing him over in the summer of 2014. The plan for the Neymar was to finish the World Cup in Brazil and then move to Barcelona but we wanted to carry out the wishes of the coach. Sandro Rosell, had a good relationship with his father, spoke to him and we saw how they’d forged a deal to bring him to Barcelona a year ahead of what was originally scheduled."

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<![CDATA[Manchester United and Liverpool still battling for Dani Alves]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70571_manchester_united_and_liverpool_still_battling_for_dani_alves.htmlThe defender is out of contract at Camp Nou this summer and six other clubs are reportedly interested in signing him for next season.

The Brazil international is out of contract at Barcelona this summer and while they are keen on re-signing the full-back, Spanish paper SPORT reports that six other clubs are also interested and this includes Liverpool and Manchester United. Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly leading the race for the 31-year-old, who has been with Barca since 2008. Italian pair Inter Milan and Juventus have both also been mentioned as possible destinations, as well as German club Borussia Dortmund. Alves, who cost Barça £23 million seven years ago, has made 329 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals and offering an astonishing 88 assists during that time.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-03/home/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:29:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Pelé: 'Impossible for Neymar to replace me']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70570_pele___impossible_for_neymar_to_replace_me_.htmlThe former Santos star does not believe there will ever be a new 'king' of Brazilian football quite like him despite the 23-year-old's challenge to his goalscoring record.

As mentioned in GOAL, when asked if Neymar could replace him as Brazilian football's favourite son, Pelé said: "I think not. I think to be the new king, the new Pelé, is impossible. Because my mother and my father closed the machine. I think he's a good player, an excellent young player and he's going to be a big star, no doubt."

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have also proven worthy challengers to the all-time greats in recent years but Pelé believes he could have been a force in the modern game.

Pelé continued: "If you ask, would Beethoven be important now? Of course. If I was in this moment and prepared to play in this moment. The thing people forget is I was given a gift to play football, this is something no-one can judge."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-03/home/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:27:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Dunga says confidence and balance key to Brazil's winning run]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70569_dunga_says_confidence_and_balance_key_to_brazil_s_winning_run.htmlBrazil coach Dunga claimed confidence and balance have been critical to his team's winning streak, after they cruised past France 3-1 on Thursday.

Since taking over from Luiz Felipe Scolari following Brazil's embarrassing exit from last year's World Cup, Dunga has led the Seleção on a seven-match winning streak but he denied he has a magic touch after the clash in Paris. He was quoted in GOAL: "These good results are the fruit of work and determination you put in everyday life. We must continue. Since the World Cup, I try to give confidence to the players and to find the right balance. We managed a good match where we were compact and where we put the speed in the game. We also had a good possession. We committed preventable errors, especially on set pieces and the goal conceded, but once we rectified that, we found the right balance and we won logically."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-03/home/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:25:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Dani Alves releases charity single with former Barcelona keeper José Pinto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70568_dani_alves_releases_charity_single_with_former_barcelona_keeper_jose_pinto.htmlBarcelona's Dani Alves is well-known for being an extroverted character and he has now teamed up with former keeper José Pinto to release a song for charity, titled 'You're Special'

Dani Alves is far from introverted at the best of times, and the Barcelona defender has further confirmed his status as a wacky character with the release of a music video alongside José Pinto. As mentioned in Daily Mirror, all in aid of charity, the Brazilian defender has teamed up with his former Barcelona colleague to release a single titled 'You're Special', in which he features rapping and singing in the music video.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-03/home/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:22:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Victory over France not a revenge, says Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70567_victory_over_france_not_a_revenge__says_neymar.htmlThe Barcelona star scored as the Seleção won 3-1 at the scene of their World Cup final defeat in 1998, but says that game was not on their minds.

While he was delighted to win at Stade de France, Neymar insisted his side harboured no thoughts of the 3-0 loss 17 years ago at the ground which saw France become world champions for the first time at Brazil's expense. He was quoted in GOAL: "I'm happy with the win, that's what we were looking for. We played a great game. We knew the great difficulty the France team would pose, but ultimately it went well. This is a historic stadium, so to play a good game here is special. It's not a question of revenge. A lot of time has passed, there are different players now, so I don't think it has anything to do with 1998. It was hard after what happened at the World Cup, but we overcame that. We can't stay down and think about what happened. The page is turned."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2015-03/home/Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:20:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Miranda begins to form partnership with Thiago Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70564_miranda_begins_to_form_partnership_with_thiago_silva.htmlMiranda looked strong alongside Thiago Silva as Brazil eased to a 3-1 victory over France last night.

The 30 year old was playing alongside Silva for the first time and despite conceding the first goal they seemed to understand each other very well.

"It was the first time I played with Thiago (Silva)," Miranda said. "It was solid and we stopped almost all enemy attacks. We conceded a goal and we did not despair, we managed to reverse the score. Our selection is gaining respect."

Miranda will now be looking to grab a permanent spot in Dunga's first XI as Brazil continue their winning strek since the World Cup.

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<![CDATA[Marquinhos signs new PSG contract]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70563_marquinhos_signs_new_psg_contract.htmlMarquinhos ended speculation about his future by signing a one year contract extension which will keep him at Paris Saint Germain until 2019.

The 20 year old had been linked with another of different clubs in January, specifically Manchester United. PSG will hope this new contract will put those rumours to bed.

Marquinhos had a slow start to his career in France but has played 31 times this season. In his press conference he thanked his fellow defenders at the club for teaching him to improve.

"Experience is very important not just in football, but in life. Having people like David Luiz, Thiago Silva or even Zoumana Camara allows me to learn many things. I observe, look what they are doing before  ... I take everything I believe they could teach me. I'm very lucky to have such champions with me."

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<![CDATA[Brazil U17 beat Paraguay]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70562_brazil_u17_beat_paraguay.htmlThe Brazil under 17 team completed a great 24 hours for Brazilian football by defeating Paraguay in the South American U17 Football Championship.

The youngsters battled to three points despite falling behind to an early goal in the 7th minute. Andrey equalised and Leandro put Brazil ahead but Paraguay struck back with a goal 20 minutes from the end.

It was not until Leandro got his second in the 77th minute that Brazil finally shuck off the Paraguay challenge. The youngsters now go top after Argentina lost 2-1 away at Uruguay.

Brazil can secure the championship if they defeat Colombia in their final game on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Ruthless Brazil defeat France 3-1 in Paris ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/70550_ruthless_brazil_defeat_france_3-1_in_paris_.htmlBrazil won convincingly against France thanks to goals from Oscar, Neymar and Luiz Gustavo. Raphael Varane had put France ahead with a header after 20 minutes, but Brazil dominated in the second half. 

 

If the roar that greeted Zinedine Zidane, who was honored before the game by the French FA together with other centenary players Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Didier Deschamps and Marcel Desailly, was anything to go by, Brazil should have known to be on their guard inside the box.

 

But Dunga’s men proved lax in defending after the first 20 minutes of friendly football. The 21-year-old defender Raphael Varane was left unmarked inside the box and neatly headed the ball past Jefferson, who had earlier prevented France from taking an early lead when saving Benzema’s header. The French goal was a deja vu for Brazil  and Dunga. 

 

Brazil looked momentarily rattled. France transitioned better and played a compact 4-1-4-1 when out of possession. Brazil’s danger came from the left where Oscar, Neymar and Firmino combined well with intricate passing. Often though Oscar found himself looking for options. Neymar occasionally teased the French defense with quick runs. Firmino demonstrated a lot of physicality up front. He was audacious and seemed confident. He forced Mandanda into save with a low shot at the half hour. 

 

Five minutes before the break, Oscar, who had been Brazil’s outstanding player in the first half, cheekily equalized for Brazil when putting a toe poke past Mandanda playing off Miranda’s pass. 

 

After the break Neymar and Willian stamped their authority on the game. The French had marked Neymar well in the first half. He looked completely neutralized, but in the second half the Barcelona star was given too much space to roam in. He scored his 43th goal for Brazil after 56 minutes when Willian left Evra in his wake. It was a fine finish by Neymar, leaving Mandanda little chance from a tight angle.

 

France responded ferociously with a double chance, but Sissoko failed to beat an onrushing Jefferson. The Botafogo-based goalkeeper than tipped Antoine Griezmann’s effort over. It was a turning point in the match as Les Bleus did not seize their opportunities. 

 

Brazil were ruthless. From a corner kick Luiz Gustavo, a consistent feature in the Brazilian team in recent years, headed in a third and match-deciding goal. For Brazil never lost control of the match from that moment onwards.

 

It was a vintage performance from Dunga’s men. They sat back for most of the second half, soaking up any pressure the French mustered and then broke on the counter. The sweet victory will have erased some of the bitter taste for Brazil left by previous encounters at the venue. 

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