<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Ramires hopes for extended stay at Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64565_ramires_hopes_for_extended_stay_at_chelsea.htmlBrazil international Ramires is hoping for an extended stay at Chelsea.

The midfielder - a €22 million signing from Benfica - has now made 200 appearances for the Blues and is eager to reach further milestones in the future.

“I am very proud to have completed these 200 games for Chelsea,” he told Gazeta Esportva.

“It’s a huge honour to be one of the players in the current squad that have worn the shirt the most times.

“I hope to be at Chelsea for much longer and to achieve other important milestones in the future of the club.”

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<![CDATA[Brazil international Rafael hails influence of senior players at Manchester United]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64564_brazil_international_rafael_hails_influence_of_senior_players_at_manchester_united.htmlBrazil international Rafael has hailed the influence of the senior players at Manchester United on his career.

The 24 year-old has gone on to make over 150 appearances for United since joining from Fluminense in January 2008 and notes that the likes of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes helped him to settle in England.

"When I first came here, I saw how a lot of players helped me like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes," he told United Uncovered. "Gary Neville, even though he played in my position, helped me a lot because he was one of the best right-backs in the world.

"I want to do the same when I see some young players come in. Sometimes it's difficult so my job is to try to help them. Before, I saw some players arriving, foreign players, and they just cannot understand anything and I was exactly the same. Sometimes, I still want to say: 'What are they saying?' It's so hard and I try to help them because I know how difficult that is."

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<![CDATA[Manchester United defender Rafael hopes for extended stay]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64563_manchester_united_defender_rafael_hopes_for_extended_stay.htmlBrazil international Rafael is hopeful of playing out his career at Manchester United.

The 24 year-old, who moved to England from Fluminense in January 2008, has made over 150 appearances for United and is keen to earn himself a long-term future at the club.

"I am glad I am still here, but sad because a lot of friends have left," he told United Uncovered

"I want to keep going and stay here forever, if possible. It depends on me to play well, I need to play well. I just want to stay here.

"I came here at 15-years-old so I have to say that I feel at home here. I can never say enough about this club. It is one of the best clubs in the world, if not the best in the world."

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<![CDATA[New Internacional forward Nilmar pleased to get back to playing at a "higher standard"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64562_new_internacional_forward_nilmar_pleased_to_get_back_to_playing_at_a__higher_standard_.htmlNew Internacional forward Nilmar has admitted he is pleased to back playing at the higher standard of the Brasileirão.

The 30 year-old, who was signed on a free transfer earlier this week, has spent the last two years in Qatar and concedes he's missed the more competitive football that he enjoyed in Brazil and Europe earlier in his career.

"I'm more mature now. Life there was fantastic even if, as a player, there was something missing," he said, as reported by China.org

"I am used to playing at a higher level but it's not always 100% professional there. I want to experience the adrenaline of playing again as soon as possible."

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<![CDATA[Internacional forward Nilmar insists he is "not a saviour"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64561_internacional_forward_nilmar_insists_he_is__not_a_saviour_.htmlNew Internacional forward Nilmar has insisted he isn't the saviour for the Colorado.

The 30 year-old, who was signed on a free transfer last week, is eager to have an impact, but knows he cannot lead Inter to the title on his own.

"I have a big responsibility and it's a new challenge but I'm not a saviour," he said, as reported by China.org

"I want to help as much as I can by contributing on the pitch. But Inter have other important players. We know that one player doesn't decide the league."

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<![CDATA[Former Chelsea midfielder believes Ramires is key ahead of Manchester City clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64556_former_chelsea_midfielder_believes_ramires_is_key_ahead_of_manchester_city_clash.htmlFormer Chelsea midfielder and pundit Jason Cundy believes Brazilian Ramires will be the key player when Manchester City and the Stamford Bridge outfit do battle this weekend.

The Brazil international has often been criticised by some of the Blues fans but Cundy wrote in his Daily Express column today, that he will be key in their clash against City.

Cundy wrote: “In all that midfield, it might surprise you who I think will be the key - Ramires. He is incredibly important to Chelsea.

“He is not technically as gifted as Nemanja Matic, who made his debut in that 1-0 win last season, or Fabregas, but what he gives Chelsea is that energy in those legs.

“He does not stop running, he makes long, lung-busting runs from defence into attack even in the 90th minute and has incredible stamina and pace over distance.

“Ramires does get some stick from Chelsea fans and sometimes his ball retention is not great. He gives it away when Fabregas would not. But he provides Chelsea with staying power, and for that he is as vital as Fabregas.”

Ramires will hope to prove Cundy right, and score another goal against City after netting against them two seasons ago.

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<![CDATA[Liverpool and Manchester United interested in Barcelona’s Dani Alves]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64555_liverpool_and_manchester_united_interested_in_barcelona___s_dani_alves.htmlPremier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool are both eyeing up a move for Barcelona defender Dani Alves.

The current contract of the Brazilian runs out in the summer and he can speak with clubs in January regarding a move, as he has already confirmed he won’t be signing a new deal at the Camp Nou.

Therefore Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique made decide to cash in on the 31-year-old in January.

Alves is said to be looking for one last challenge, according to the Daily Express, and is interested in a move to the Premier League.

Express state that both Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers are looking to bring the Brazilian to the Premier League, but would prefer to sign him on a free transfer.

Alves does have a number of options available to him though, with Italian sides Juventus and AC Milan in the race for his signature, whilst Paris Saint-Germain also remain an option for the Barcelona ace.

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<![CDATA[‘Sandro will be a great buy,’ insists Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64553____sandro_will_be_a_great_buy_____insists_queens_park_rangers_boss_harry_redknapp.htmlQueens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has backed new signing Sandro to get back to full fitness soon and is sure he will be a great player for the club.

The Brazilian switched Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur for QPR on the final day of the summer transfer window in a £10 million deal.

The 25-year-old made his debut last weekend against Manchester United but couldn’t prevent the club failing to a 4-0 defeat, and he also exited in the 74th minute appearing to struggle with cramp.

Redknapp told Sky Sports, however, that the Brazilian will get back to 100 per cent soon.

He added: "I don't know long he'll need to be up to full speed.

"But he hadn't played at all and there's nothing like matches, until you get on the pitch you can't bring it all together.

"It's taking on the nerves, the adrenaline, all the training in the world doesn't compensate for playing in 90-minute games, and that's what several of them lacked.

"Sandro will be fitter on Saturday than he was last week and he's going to be a great player for us."

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho discusses Manchester City’s winless run]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64554_fernandinho_discusses_manchester_city___s_winless_run.htmlFor the first time in 18 months, Manchester City are on a run of three games without a win but midfielder Fernandinho is sure they will win their next match.

Unfortunately for City, they face the pacesetters of the Premier League season – Chelsea, who have won four matches in a row.

The Brazilian international is expected a tough game but believes the Etihad outfit have the quality to defeat Chelsea and close the gap between themselves and the Stamford Bridge club.

Fernandinho spoke to Sky Sports, he said: "That is not easy (to take) for a big team such as City, but the best way to recover our confidence and our best qualities is to win the next game.

"Already we think about the Chelsea game. We have to win this game because we have had a draw against Arsenal and a loss at home to Stoke.

"We have to recover points to think about the top of the table."

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<![CDATA[Queens Park Rangers Harry Redknapp claims Sandro deal was cut-price]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64552_queens_park_rangers_harry_redknapp_claims_sandro_deal_was_cut-price.htmlQueens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has claimed he signed Sandro from Tottenham Hotspur on a cut-price deal.

The Brazilian moved to Loftus Road on transfer deadline day for a fee of £10 million pounds.

Former Tottenham boss Redknapp, though, has revealed his surprise that he was able to get the 25-year-old for such a fee.

According to the QPR manager, Zenit St Petersburg had bid more for Sandro at the start of the transfer window.

Sky Sports quoted Redknapp, he said: "I was surprised we were able to get him, to be honest, and that he wasn't playing more.

"I think Tottenham turned down a big bid from Zenit just before the start of the season. It was certainly four or five million more than we paid for him.

"So I couldn't be more pleased to have him, he's a great character, a good lad and I think he'll be a great player for QPR."

Sandro made his QPR debut last weekend during the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.

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<![CDATA[Barcelona defender Douglas looking to learn from Cafu and Daniel Alves]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64545_barcelona_defender_douglas_looking_to_learn_from_cafu_and_daniel_alves.htmlBarcelona defender Douglas is looking to team-mate Daniel Alves and World Cup winner Cafu as reference points.

The 24 year-old, who was signed from São Paulo in August, is hoping to learn from all the players around him, but singled out his fellow countrymen as two full-backs he’d like to follow.

“You learn a bit from everybody but Dani Alves had the most skill,” he said, as reported by Football Espana. “Cafu was like a world class athlete and you could see that when he was Brazil captain.

“Everyone gives you a good example to follow and you must learn from them all. Right now I’m looking for a place at Barça.

“I’m here to win trophies and make the crowd happy.”

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<![CDATA[APOEL Nicosia defender Carlão named in UEFA.com's team of the week]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64542_apoel_nicosia_defender_carlao_named_in_uefa_com_s_team_of_the_week.htmlAPOEL Nicosia defender Carlão has been named in UEFA.com's team of the week.

The 28 year-old - full name Carlos Roberto da Cruz Júnior - played a prominent role in blocking out Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi, countryman Neymar and Munir El Haddadi, as APOEL left Camp Nou with a respectable, if ultimately disappointing, 1-0 defeat.

Carlão ended his eight year association with Sochaux to join APOEL on a free transfer in July. The loss to Barcelona was a first in five appearances for the São Paulo native, who seems to have settled quickly in Cyprus.

APOEL will now look to their second UEFA Champions League match to secure a first win. 

Giorgos Donis’ side host Ajax next at GSP Stadium on Tuesday 30 September, before travelling to France to face Paris Saint-Germain in late October.

UEFA.com's team of the week: Davy Roef (Anderlecht); Jérôme Boateng (Bayern Munich), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Carlão (APOEL Nicosia), Alberto Moreno (Liverpool); Kevin Großkreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Yacine Brahimi (Porto), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid); Gervinho (Roma), Alejandro Domínguez (Olympiacos), Carlos Tévez (Juventus)

UEFA.com's team of the week is voted for by UEFA.com’s reporters

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<![CDATA[Chelsea forward Didier Drogba praises team-mate Diego Costa's start in England]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64539_chelsea_forward_didier_drogba_praises_team-mate_diego_costa_s_start_in_england.htmlChelsea forward Didier Drogba has praised team-mate Diego Costa's start in England.

The Spain international, who was born in Brazil, but has duel nationality, was signed from Atlético Madrid for €38 million in July.

His opening month playing competitive football at Chelsea has yielded a return of seven goals in five matches and also earned him Drogba’s respect.

“Like me, he came to this level a little bit late. When I look at him, I can see the desire to win every challenge, to score goals. He's very good,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"He's hungry for goals and that's the best thing for a team like us.

"I think for him to start the season in England, coming from Spain, which is a very different league, and to recreate the same thing he was doing at Atlético, is fantastic.

"He's really good and he's enjoying playing here and being with us. That's the best feeling he could have. He's the striker we needed this season.”

Costa came to prominence after rejoining Atlético Madrid from Real Valladolid in July 2010 for €1 million. The 25 year-old, who was first signed from SC Braga in July 2007, was initially loaned to Rayo Vallecano for a year after a mixed 2010/11 campaign.

After returning to Atlético following that temporary switch, Costa went on to score 56 goals across the next two seasons and helped Diego Simeone’s side win the 2012 UEFA Super Cup, a Copa del Rey and the 2013/14 La Liga title.

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<![CDATA[Barcelona defender Douglas notices defensive improvement since working under Head Coach Luis Enrique]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64536_barcelona_defender_douglas_notices_defensive_improvement_since_working_under_head_coach_luis_enrique.htmlBarcelona defender Douglas believes he has improved defensively and is quickly adapting to life at the Catalan club.

The 24 year-old, who was signed for €4 million plus €1.5 million in add-ons from São Paulo in August, is yet to make his debut, but is delighted with the facilities at his disposal and eager to keep learning from Head Coach Luis Enrique.

“Everything is completely different and ever since I landed it has been great. Going into training is out of this world because everything is so organised and the planning is faultless,” he told the club’s official website, as reported by Football Espana.

“Defensively, under Luis Enrique I am improving every day and adapting quickly to the tactical requirements here. I’m very keen to improve and I know what I am capable of showing in a Barcelona shirt.”

Douglas was included in the match day squad for the first time as Barcelona opened their UEFA Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over APOEL Nicosia.

Despite being with the club for under a month, the former Goiás right full-back is confident he can impress when called upon.

“It’s difficult to say I’m ready as I’ve only just arrived and have to get used to the city, while the style of play is also very different – but I feel like I am ready!”

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<![CDATA[Champions League blip for Blues means better value]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64534_champions_league_blip_for_blues_means_better_value.htmlDiego Costa and his new team Chelsea got off to a disappointing start in their Champions League opener only managing a lacklustre 1-1 home draw against German side FC Twente – who were dogged and determined if not all that skilful.
The game contrasts sharply with Chelsea’s and particularly Diego Costa’s form in the opening games of the Premier League season. So far, the Stamford Bridge club have bagged 12 points from a possible 12 – helped in no small part by Costa’s electrifying start to the new season which has seen him net seven times in those four games.

Running major campaigns on two or more fronts has proved costly to clubs all across Europe in recent years. Quite a few clubs do manage to win their domestic leagues alongside the Champions League – but the double campaigns undoubtedly take their toll.

So to some extent, with large squads always in rotation, the club and manager need to decide where their real priorities lie. And you can’t help but think that at Stamford Bridge, Roman Abramovich and, therefore, José Mourinho’s number one target this season is Champions League glory.
Mourinho would love to become the first ever manager to lift the trophy with three different clubs (following his victories with Porto in 2004 and Internazionale six years later). Roman Abramovich, meanwhile, has already seen his club win one Champions League under the stewardship of Roberto Di Matteo – but this wasn’t in the convincing style with which Chelsea have the potential to win the trophy under the “special one”.

Also, the way Chelsea are heading in their domestic league means they could have the Premier League title sewn up, in a manner of speaking, earlier than anyone expects. If Chelsea can get a six point cushion clear of the chasing pack, they may be able to win at a relative canter – placing their entire focus on the Champions League instead.
It seems possible that Chelsea’s participation in England’s two other major domestic trophies, the League Cup and FA Cup, could become little more than testing grounds for Chelsea’s second-stringers, though it has to be said, the club does have a matchless record over the last decade in the FA Cup, winning four times.
So where does all this leave us? Well it means that Chelsea’s Champions League blip against FC Twente should prove fairly meaning less and, if we’re right about the club’s main focus, Chelsea will be extremely tough to beat.

In last year’s competition and with a team that wasn’t of his own making, Mourinho still managed to steer Chelsea to a hard-fought semi against Atletico Madrid where one Diego Cota was instrumental in carrying the tie for the Spanish club. Currently troubled by hamstring concerns, you can bet that Mourinho will do everything he possibly can to make sure Costa is fit and fresh for the business end of the Champions League campaign.

In short – Chelsea could win it and the fact that their odds slipped out a little to 13/2 with major bookmakers including Unibet, 32Red and others simply means they’re better value.

And there could be a way of picking up that value for free. Pretty much all major bookies have free bet offers etc., but the online casinos such as skybet, 888 and plenty more have even bigger offers. The trick is in finding one like 32Red that also runs a sport-book – then transferring as much money as you can from one account to another after you’ve played the required number of games. If you play online on 32Red you get an immediate free £10, plus another £32 for every £10 deposited.

The trick, then, is in finding games like roulette where you have a good chance of staying even and transferring the cash to reinvest on Chelsea’s Champions League hopes – because that’s where the real focus will be from the two men who matter most at London’s richest club.    

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<![CDATA[Brasileirão round 22 summary: Cruzeiro back to winning ways as São Paulo stumble at Coritiba]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64531_brasileirao_round_22_summary__cruzeiro_back_to_winning_ways_as_sao_paulo_stumble_at_coritiba.htmlGoals from midfielder Alisson and Brasileirão top scorer Marcelo Moreno helped Cruzeiro to a 2-0 win over Atlético Paranaense on Wednesday night. 

Having been beaten for just the third time this season by São Paulo four days earlier, Marcelo Oliveira’s side got quickly back on track in a game that saw Atlético fail to register a shot on target.

Cruzeiro’s lead at the top of the Brasileirão is back to seven points after São Paulo and Internacional slipped up on Thursday. The former lost 3-1 at Coritiba, while the Colorado were held to a 0-0 draw by over-achievers Sport Recife.

Elsewhere on Thursday, Botafogo had Emerson, Luis Ramirez and Júlio César sent off in a 3-2 loss to Bahia, Flamengo threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Palmeiras and Atlético Mineiro fought off a late comeback to beat Goiás 3-2. 

That defeat for the Esmeraldino was a second in a row and leaves them just five points above the relegation zone, despite being 12th.

Such a scenario has occurred due to the improved form of the clubs fighting at the bottom, with all the teams who are below Goiás in the standings, bar Botafogo, avoiding defeat in this round of fixtures.

Of those, Vitória secured the most eye-catching result - a 3-1 win over Fluminense, while elsewhere Criciúma drew 1-1 at Figueirense and Chapecoense held Corinthians to the same scoreline.

On Friday, the final game of the round saw Grêmio draw 0-0 with Santos at Arena do Grêmio.

Round 22 results

Wednesday 17th September  
Cruzeiro2 - 0Atlético Paranaense
Alisson [27']  
Marcelo Moreno [55']  
Vitória3 - 1Fluminense
Dinei [67'] Cícero [19']
William Henrique [71']  
Vinícius [76']  
   
Thursday 18th September  
Figueirense1 - 1Criciúma
Thiago Heleno [63'] Silvinho [45']
Sport Recife0 - 0Internacional
Palmeiras2 - 2Flamengo
Diogo [48'] Héctor Canteros [13']
Victor Luis [69'] Alecsandro [32']
Coritiba3 - 1São Paulo
Hélder [60'] Michel Bastos [45']
Joel Tadjo [63', 86']  
Botafogo2 - 3Bahia
Emerson [30'. 43'] Dankler [OG 32']
  Maxi Biancucchi [73']
  Branquinho [90']
Corinthians1 - 1Chapecoense
Malcolm [10'] Ferrugem [OG 50']
Goiás2 - 3Atlético Mineiro
Erik [79'] Guilherme [18', 42']
Jackson [90+3'] Carlos Carvalho [45']
   
Friday 19th September  
Grêmio0 - 0Santos

2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A standings

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<![CDATA[Technical Adviser Prashant Agarwal confirms Elano has signed for Indian Super League franchise Chennaiyin]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64516_technical_adviser_prashant_agarwal_confirms_elano_has_signed_for_indian_super_league_franchise_chennaiyin.htmlPrashant Agarwal, the Technical Adviser of Chennaiyin, has confirmed that Elano has agreed to join the Indian Super League franchise.

The Brazil international - capped 50 times - has been without a club since being released by Grêmio in August.

“We are delighted that Elano has decided to join the project here in Chennai,” Agarwal, who is also C.E.O. of Kshatriya Sports, told Sky Sports.

“Elano is an exciting talent whose technique and football fundamentals are up there with any player in the world.

“This is an exciting move for everyone in and around Chennai and football fans across India. We are looking forward to the samba magic Elano will bring to our team.”

Elano will play alongside fellow Brazilian Bruno Pelissari, former Manchester United midfielder Bojan Djordjic and French full-back Bernard Mendy at Chennaiyin, while 2006 World Cup winner Marco Materazzi is player-Coach.

The Iracemápolis native will hope his time in the Indian Super League - the inaugural season starts in October - can revitalise his career.

The 33 year-old has played for the likes of Manchester City and Galatasaray and won major honours at Santos and Shakhtar Donetsk earlier in his career, but was limited to just eight appearances during a loan spell at Flamengo earlier in the year and couldn't convince Grêmio to keep him under contract.

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<![CDATA['Manchester City have to beat Chelsea,' insists Fernandinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64525__manchester_city_have_to_beat_chelsea___insists_fernandinho.htmlFernandinho believes it is vitally important Manchester City defeat Chelsea this weekend, so they can maintain a small gap between the two clubs.

The London outfit have started the Premier League campaign brilliantly, winning four from four to sit top of the table.

City started impressively with two victories but were held last weekend by rivals Arsenal and lost at home to Stoke City before the international break.

Therefore the Brazilian believes the Etihad outfit must beat Chelsea this weekend.

Sky Sports quoted Fernandinho, he said: "In the Premier League the most important thing is not to give the team at the top of the table reasons to keep winning game after game.

“We don't want a big space between us. We have to win because there would be six or eight points difference between us and Chelsea. We have to shorten it."

"We have to win, keep working and keep going until we are top of the table."

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho: Manchester City must bounce back]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64524_fernandinho__manchester_city_must_bounce_back.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho is hoping the club bounce back against Chelsea this weekend and put their European pain behind them.

The Eithad club suffered a last-gasp defeat to German giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday, despite their performance warranting a point.

But the Brazilian is now hoping they can use the defeat as a positive and bounce back strongly in their domestic league.

City started the season with two victories but have since suffered a shock home loss to Stoke City and a draw with title rivals Arsenal last weekend.

Sky Sports quoted Fernandinho, he said: "When you lose a game like this (versus Bayern) at the end, after the game you feel a little bit sad.

"But you have to recover as soon as you can. We have a great game against a big team like Chelsea and the best way to recover is to win that game.”

Fernandinho played the full 90 minutes midweek but will still be hoping to start against Chelsea this weekend.

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<![CDATA[‘It is normal that Chelsea are favourites for Champions League,’ insists Ramires]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64523____it_is_normal_that_chelsea_are_favourites_for_champions_league_____insists_ramires.htmlBrazil midfielder Ramires believes it is normal for Chelsea to be considered favourites for the Champions League due to the financials available to the Stamford Bridge club.

The energetic midfielder played 67 minutes on Tuesday night in the Blues group stage opener against Schalke.

Unfortunately the Brazil international couldn’t help his side achieve an opening round win as they were held to a 1-1 draw with the German outfit.

Nevertheless, Ramires has insisted that Chelsea will play in group stage match as if it was a final, such is their professionalism.

He spoke to the media, before the match on Tuesday, the Brazilian said: “"It is normal that Chelsea are one of the favourites for the Champions League, because of the history of the club, the money and the level of the squad."

"But we are 100 per cent professional and the attitude in these matches is the same as it would be for the final."

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<![CDATA[Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: I have no doubts about Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64520_liverpool_boss_brendan_rodgers__i_have_no_doubts_about_coutinho.htmlLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts that young Philippe Coutinho won’t be at his best all the time but is fine with that as long as the Brazilian is giving 100 per cent.

The former Internazionale ace has started the new season poorly and not been up to the high standards he displayed consistently last year.

When the Reds boss spoke to IOL Sport about the Brazilian, he insisted Coutinho has “lit up the Premier League” since joining in January 2013.

He has stated he has not doubts that the 22-year-old will regain his form.

Rodgers said: “I've got no qualms about him; he's a big, big talent. He has lit up the Premier League since he came to the club.

“He's going to have some games where he won't be at his best, but he always gives his best and that's all I ever ask of the players.

“The kid is a great boy who wants to do well. He's very conscious that I have absolutely no doubts about him.”

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<![CDATA[Liverpool boss Rodgers praises “brilliant” Philippe Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64519_liverpool_boss_rodgers_praises____brilliant____philippe_coutinho.htmlBrendan Rodgers has rejected claims Philippe Coutinho can’t cope with the demands of the Premier League, after the Brazilians inconsistent start to the new campaign.

The 22-year-old was given rough treatment by Aston Villa last week, as the Reds lost 1-0 at Anfield – a shock result given their excellent 2013/14 season.

However, when the Liverpool boss discussed his young playmaker he insisted you only need to look at Coutinho’s record in the big matches to see that he has been a “brilliant” player for the Reds.

Rodgers was quoted by IOL Sport, he said: “I don't think it's a question now if he can cope with the demands of the Premier League.

“He's been here 18 months and has been absolutely brilliant. You only need to measure him since he's been in and look at the big games where he's been absolutely brilliant.

“But there's no doubt he has the pace, power and strength for the Premier League.”

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<![CDATA[Dante and Rafinha upbeat after Munich's win against Manchester City ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64503_dante_and_rafinha_upbeat_after_munich_s_win_against_manchester_city_.htmlBrazilians Dante and Rafinha were happy with Bayern Munich’s 1-0 victory against Manchester City last night in the Champions League 

 

"I am very happy to return to the Bayern team after being out because of an ankle injury,” said Rafinha. 

 

“We beat a great team, one of the best in the world,and that gives us motivation for the rest of the competition. It was not an easy match, but we managed to come out victorious in the end.”

 

Our group is very complicated and this result was very important, " added the right-back. 


Dante agreed with Rafinha’s assessment.


"The games against Manchester City are always complicated,” said Dante. 

 

“We are in the same group with them two years in a row and we already know each other very well. And this game was no different than I imagined.” 

 

“These are two great teams who were looking to start the season well in the Champions League,” added Dante.

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho misses penalty in first game for Queretaro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64492_ronaldinho_misses_penalty_in_first_game_for_queretaro.html 

Ronaldinho played his first match yesterday with his new team Querétaro but completely missed his debut as his team lost with a score of one goal to nil and Ronaldinho missed a penalty during the game. One failed to playmaker who was received with great pomp by the club and the supporters of the Mexican club. 
Even if confirmed to be in great shape for this new challenge, Ronni will show something else at the next round if he will not disappoint his new fans who expect a lot from him.Ron

Ronaldinho has began his Mexican adventure badly, losing his first game and missing a penalty. 

Ronaldinho played his first match yesterday with his new team Querétaro but completely missed his debut as his team lost 1-0 and Ronaldinho missed a penalty during the game.

So the first part of his new journey was not a happy one. The club had announced Ronaldinho with great pomp and circumstances. 

 

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<![CDATA[Carlos Dunga drops Thiago Silva ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64491_carlos_dunga_drops_thiago_silva_.htmlBrazil coach Carlos Dunga yesterday omitted Thiago Silva from his squad that will face Argentina and Japan in October. 

Thiago Silva was too emotional against Chile, according to Dunga. In an interview with Brazilian magazine Revista, Dunga sent a clear message to the former captain, saying that ‘men don’t cry.’

But the coach maintained his stance that all players are taken into consideration when it comes to Brazil.

"All positions are open at the Selecao,” said Dunga. “Last time,  I told the players that you can’t leave a seat open or otherwise someone else will take it.”


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<![CDATA[Brazil's Dunga defends Mario Fernandes ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64490_brazil_s_dunga_defends_mario_fernandes_.htmlBrazil boss Dunga defended his selection of Mario Fernandes and Dodo, who were the surprises in his call up yesterday in Rio de Janeiro. 

The 50-year-old coach called up Inter Milan’s Dodo and CSKA Moscow’ Mario Fernandes. He dropped Thiago Silva. 

”Mario Fernandes has this episode, but everyone needs a second chance,” said Dunga. In 2011, Mano Menezes invited Fernandes to play for Brazil, but the then Gremio player cordially refused the call up, citing personal reasons.

“You can’t crucify everyone,” continued Dunga. “He is already more than three years in Russian football. It is difficult, cold and foggy. He played initially as a central defender and then became a full-back. He marks well.”

Dodo began his senior career at Brazilian giants Corinthians before he moved on loan to Bahia. He had a spell at Roma before the Roman club decided to loan the 22-year-old to Inter Milan.

“He is also a full-back, but with more offensive characteristics,” said Dunga.

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<![CDATA[Dunga calls for continuity ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64489_dunga_calls_for_continuity_.htmlYesterday Brazil coach Carlos Dunga called up his squad for next month's friendlies against Argentina and Japan. There were few surprises.

"We are at the start of our work so we need to build a base and a continuity," Dunga told reporters. "We can’t keep changing. You need to give security to the players who are called up so they feel at home.”

Dunga selected Dodo of Inter Milan and Mario Fernandes of CSKA Moscow. Hulk, who was supposedly excused by Zenit’s medical department, was replaced by Robinho. For the rest, Dunga maintained the squad from his first two friendlies in charge against Colombia and Ecuador. 

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<![CDATA[Zenit forward Hulk praises team-mate Oleg Shatov's role in his goal against Benfica]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64480_zenit_forward_hulk_praises_team-mate_oleg_shatov_s_role_in_his_goal_against_benfica.htmlZenit forward Hulk has praised the role of team-mate Oleg Shatov in his goal against Benfica.

The Brazil international opened the scoring to help Zenit on their way to a 2-0 win and was quick to highlight Shatov’s assist after the match.

“It was great play by Oleg Shatov for my goal,” he told UEFA.com. “He made a wonderful pass and I only needed to put the chance away. 

“However, the most important thing was the performance of the team, not only my goal and Witsel's. Every player was terrific and that's the most important thing.”

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<![CDATA[Sampdoria forward Eder admits Palermo were interested in signing him this summer]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64479_sampdoria_forward_eder_admits_palermo_were_interested_in_signing_him_this_summer.htmlSampdoria forward Eder has admitted there was interest in him from Palermo over the summer.

The 27 year-old, who netted 12 goals last season, concedes he may have been tempted to work with Palermo Head Coach Giuseppe Iachini again, but is pleased to have stayed at Sampdoria.

“Yes, there was something,” he told Tuttosport. “After all, it is no mystery that between myself and Beppe Iachini there is great respect.

“We have known each other since our days together at Brescia and it was he who brought me to Sampdoria.

“He thought of me for the Palermo attack, but nothing really concrete happened, so I am here.

“Does Mihajlović consider me unsellable? Well, maybe. But I am here and I am happy to stay.”

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<![CDATA[Sampdoria forward Eder praises Head Coach Siniša Mihajlović]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64478_sampdoria_forward_eder_praises_head_coach_sinisa_mihajlovic.htmlSampdoria forward Eder has praised Head Coach Siniša Mihajlović.

The Serb came in to replace Delio Rossi in November 2013 and, according to Eder, has instilled a strong mentality at the club.

“He has transmitted to the squad grit, the same determination that he had as a player,” he told Tuttosport.

“When things go wrong we talk about it, even in individual discussions. There will be a debate and problems are solved.

“There are those days when everything goes wrong, that the feet don’t move as we want, but Mihajlović is not a problem.

“Instead, he asks us to always head into the field with so much desire. Otherwise, he gets angry…”

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