<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[São Paulo hoping to keep defender Maicon, and offer youngsters Inácio and Lucão to Porto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81379_sao_paulo_hoping_to_keep_defender_maicon__and_offer_youngsters_inacio_and_lucao_to_porto.html 

Central defender Maicon has become a priority for Brazilian side São Paulo in the upcoming transfer window.
São Paulo are negotiating with Porto to keep central defender Maicon at the club, as on loan from the Portuguese side until June 30. But São Paulo are facing an obstacle to progress in the talks, because Porto have asked for youngsters Inácio and Lyanco in return. São Paulo have agreed to give away Inácio, but refuses to include Lyanco in the negotiations. Therefore, the Brazilian side have proposed to give Inácio and Lucão to Porto to close the deal. São Paulo president Leco told UOL Esporte: "We are putting all our intelligence and our effort into it. Porto want Inácio, and we want Porto to take Inácio and Lucão. And now they want Lyanco, but we don't want to give him. It's a complicated plot, delicate, you run the risk of putting everything away in a misplaced word. But fundamentally, Maicon wants to stay."
Lyanco was considered non-negotiable in these conditions because São Paulo sees the 19-year-old as one of the players with a very high potential in the market.

Central defender Maicon has become a priority for Brazilian side São Paulo in the upcoming transfer window.

São Paulo are negotiating with Porto to keep central defender Maicon at the club, as on loan from the Portuguese side until June 30. But São Paulo are facing an obstacle to progress in the talks, because Porto have asked for youngsters Inácio and Lyanco in return. São Paulo have agreed to give away Inácio, but refuses to include Lyanco in the negotiations. Therefore, the Brazilian side have proposed to give Inácio and Lucão to Porto to close the deal. São Paulo president Leco told UOL Esporte: "We are putting all our intelligence and our effort into it. Porto want Inácio, and we want Porto to take Inácio and Lucão. And now they want Lyanco, but we don't want to give him. It's a complicated plot, delicate, you run the risk of putting everything away in a misplaced word. But fundamentally, Maicon wants to stay."

Lyanco was considered non-negotiable in these conditions because São Paulo sees the 19-year-old as one of the players with a very high potential in the market.

 

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<![CDATA[Internacional goalkeeper Álisson to present himself at new club AS Roma on July 1]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81378_internacional_goalkeeper_alisson_to_present_himself_at_new_club_as_roma_on_july_1.html 

Internacional's Brazilian national team goalkeeper Álisson will be presented in Rome on July 1.
So, if Álisson is called up to the final 23-man Brazil squad to take part in June's Copa América Centenário, he can say goodbye at the end of the Campeonato Gaúcho. Internacional are in the final of the Campeonato Gaúcho, and the games against Juventude will be played in the next two Sundays. Then Álisson may play in the first two rounds of the Brazilian Championship, against Chapecoense and São Paulo, but if he's absent, then coach Argel Fucks should choose Danilo Fernandes, who arrives from Sport Recife after the Campeonato Pernambucano. Copa América Centenário is played in the United States from June 3 to 26, and if called up, Álisson should be present with the national team at the end of May. After the competition, Álisson should travel to Italy and present himself to new club AS Roma. Negotiations for the transfer of Álisson to Roma was set months ago, but Inter are yet to make a formal announcement of the deal. According to UOL Esporte, Internacional should make around €10 million from the goalkeeper's sale to Roma. Inter will receive €6m as the first part of the payment, and based on the contractual clauses, the deal would rise to €10m.

Internacional's Brazilian national team goalkeeper Álisson will be presented in Rome on July 1.

So, if Álisson is called up to the final 23-man Brazil squad to take part in June's Copa América Centenário, he can say goodbye at the end of the Campeonato Gaúcho. Internacional are in the final of the Campeonato Gaúcho, and the games against Juventude will be played in the next two Sundays. Then Álisson may play in the first two rounds of the Brazilian Championship, against Chapecoense and São Paulo, but if he's absent, then coach Argel Fucks should choose Danilo Fernandes, who arrives from Sport Recife after the Campeonato Pernambucano. Copa América Centenário is played in the United States from June 3 to 26, and if called up, Álisson should be present with the national team at the end of May. After the competition, Álisson should travel to Italy and present himself to new club AS Roma. Negotiations for the transfer of Álisson to Roma was set months ago, but Inter are yet to make a formal announcement of the deal. According to UOL Esporte, Internacional should make around €10 million from the goalkeeper's sale to Roma. Inter will receive €6m as the first part of the payment, and based on the contractual clauses, the deal would rise to €10m.

 

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<![CDATA[Manchester United believed to have made an offer for Palmeiras youngster Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81377_manchester_united_believed_to_have_made_an_offer_for_palmeiras_youngster_gabriel_jesus.html 

Coveted by some of the top clubs in Europe, Gabriel Jesus is expected to leave Palmeiras after the Olympics this year.
Behind the scenes, agents are already trying to sell him and says that they have big proposals from clubs like Atlético Madrid and Manchester United. And Palmeiras' board haven't ruled out the possibility of negotiating the player. Estadão reports that the release clause of Gabriel Jesus at Palmeiras is €30 million, except for five clubs: Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​PSG, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. These five clubs would have a "discount" and the clause drops to €24 million. The information has been confirmed by other media outlets in the country.
Recently, a businessman representing Atlético Madrid and a company with two offers from clubs in England approached Gabriel's agent Cristiano Simões and asked for a power of attorney to negotiate with the board of Palmeiras, something which was rejected by the agent. The idea of ​​Simões is to receive an offer directly from a large club in Europe, without intermediaries, in order to make a higher amount from the transfer. Palmeiras are willing to sell the attacker if they receive an offer close to the release clause. Simões has recently been to Italy and made contacts with representatives of Juventus. They are monitoring Gabriel and can make a proposal soon. Behind the scenes, both Palmeiras as well as the people connected to the 19-year-old expects him to leave after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. 

Coveted by some of the top clubs in Europe, Gabriel Jesus is expected to leave Palmeiras after the Olympics this year.

Behind the scenes, agents are already trying to sell him and says that they have big proposals from clubs like Atlético Madrid and Manchester United. And Palmeiras' board haven't ruled out the possibility of negotiating the player. Estadão reports that the release clause of Gabriel Jesus at Palmeiras is €30 million, except for five clubs: Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​PSG, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. These five clubs would have a "discount" and the clause drops to €24 million. The information has been confirmed by other media outlets in the country.

Recently, a businessman representing Atlético Madrid and a company with two offers from clubs in England approached Gabriel's agent Cristiano Simões and asked for a power of attorney to negotiate with the board of Palmeiras, something which was rejected by the agent. The idea of ​​Simões is to receive an offer directly from a large club in Europe, without intermediaries, in order to make a higher amount from the transfer. Palmeiras are willing to sell the attacker if they receive an offer close to the release clause. Simões has recently been to Italy and made contacts with representatives of Juventus. They are monitoring Gabriel and can make a proposal soon. Behind the scenes, both Palmeiras as well as the people connected to the 19-year-old expects him to leave after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. 

 

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<![CDATA[Dunga announce preliminary squad for Copa América; David Luiz and Thiago Silva out, but Ganso included]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81376_dunga_announce_preliminary_squad_for_copa_america__david_luiz_and_thiago_silva_out__but_ganso_included.html 

The good performances of Paulo Henrique Ganso in recent games for São Paulo seems to have convinced Brazilian national team coach Dunga.
In preliminary list of 40 players released on the afternoon of Friday for the Copa América Centenário, the coach included the number 10 of São Paulo, who's been absent from the national team since 2012. Other new names on the list by Dunga are Fágner [Corinthians], Rodrigo Caio [São Paulo], Casemiro [Real Madrid] and Walace [Grêmio]. The squad also includes Gabigol, Gabriel Jesus and Grêmio attacker Luan. As expected, Neymar was left out, as Barcelona would only release the player for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Two notable exclusions from the squad are Paris Saint-Germain defenders David Luiz and Thiago Silva. The final list of 23 players for the tournament will be released on Thursday.
Goalkeepers: Álisson (Inter), Diego Alves (Valencia), Marcelo Gröhe (Grêmio) and Éderson (Benfica).
Full-backs: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Fagner (Corinthians), Fabinho (Monaco), Luis Filipe (Atletico Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus) and Douglas Santos (Atlético-MG).
Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (PSG), Jemerson (Monaco) and Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal).
Defensive-midfielders: Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Walace (Grêmio), Elias (Corinthians) and Fernandinho (Machester City).
Attacking-midfielders: Ganso (São Paulo), Rafinha (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Kaká (Orlando City), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea) and Felipe Anderson (Lazio).
Forwards: Lucas (PSG), Douglas Costa (Bayern), Luan (Grêmio), Hulk (Zenit), Firmino (Liverpool), Jonas (Benfica), Alex Teixeira (Jiangsu Suning) Gabigol (Santos), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) and Ricardo Oliveira (Santos).

The good performances of Paulo Henrique Ganso in recent games for São Paulo seems to have convinced Brazilian national team coach Dunga.

In the preliminary list of 40 players released on the afternoon of Friday for the Copa América Centenário, the coach included the number 10 of São Paulo, who's been absent from the national team since 2012. Other new names on the list by Dunga are Fágner [Corinthians], Rodrigo Caio [São Paulo], Casemiro [Real Madrid] and Walace [Grêmio]. The squad also includes Gabigol, Gabriel Jesus and Grêmio attacker Luan. As expected, Neymar was left out, as Barcelona would only release the player for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Two notable exclusions from the squad are Paris Saint-Germain defenders David Luiz and Thiago Silva. The final list of 23 players for the tournament will be released on Thursday.

Goalkeepers: Álisson (Inter), Diego Alves (Valencia), Marcelo Gröhe (Grêmio) and Éderson (Benfica).

Full-backs: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Fagner (Corinthians), Fabinho (Monaco), Luis Filipe (Atletico Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus) and Douglas Santos (Atlético-MG).

Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (PSG), Jemerson (Monaco) and Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal).

Defensive-midfielders: Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Walace (Grêmio), Elias (Corinthians) and Fernandinho (Machester City).

Attacking-midfielders: Ganso (São Paulo), Rafinha (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Kaká (Orlando City), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea) and Felipe Anderson (Lazio).

Forwards: Lucas (PSG), Douglas Costa (Bayern), Luan (Grêmio), Hulk (Zenit), Firmino (Liverpool), Jonas (Benfica), Alex Teixeira (Jiangsu Suning) Gabigol (Santos), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) and Ricardo Oliveira (Santos).

 

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<![CDATA[Ricardo Oliveira admits Brazil striker shortage]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81366_ricardo_oliveira_admits_brazil_striker_shortage.htmlSantos and Brazil striker Ricardo Oliveira has admitted that it is a concern that Brazil are not producing strikers. The Seleção have a storied history of great number 9s, but in recent years, the production live has dried up.

 

The 35 year old was recalled into the squad last year. Despite a good year with Santos, the recall of a veteran reveals a paucity of options for Dunga, “I don't see it as a crisis, but we are producing less centre-forwards,” he told Goal Brasil.

 

“The way forward is to being working better with the youth teams and academies to train young players properly for the position. Strikers must always be hungry for goals but football has changed a little.

 

“Previously the no.9 was more static, mostly waiting for the ball to arrive, but it is no longer possible to play like that. Now it requires a larger range of attributes and the coaching must reflect this.” Oliveira said that Ronaldo was a great inspiration to his own efforts as a young striker in Brazil.

 

“Ronaldo has always been a huge idol for me. He is the player that I tried to copy. When I played with him was a huge honour. His power and finishing ability caught my attention and I always tried to watch him closely. I learned something from him every single day.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-04/home/Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:15:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Ghangzu Evergrande reportedly willing to offer Willian £250K a week to leave Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81365_ghangzu_evergrande_reportedly_willing_to_offer_willian___250k_a_week_to_leave_chelsea.htmlChelsea winger Willian is reportedly the latest Brazilian to be subject to interest from the Chinese Superleague. Talents such as Renato Augusto, Ramires, Gil, Alex Teixeira, Diego Tardelli and Ricardo Goulart have already moved to China, with eye watering salaries on offer.

 

Ghangzou Evergrande have now apparently turned their attention to Chelsea’s Willian and are willing to offer the Brazilian around £250,000 a week in salary. Alan Carvalho, Paulinho and Ricardo Goulart are members of the current Evergrande squad, they are also coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari.

 

Willian has 11 goals and 6 assists for Chelsea this season and is currently negotiating a deal with the London club thought to be worth £120,000 a week. However, Ghangzou are apparently lurking with intent.

 

When teammate and compatriot Ramires made the move to China in January, Willian said, “I wish him all the best in China. I’m sure that the financial aspect was crucial for his decision.” Now his own resolve looks set to be tested with interest from the emerging Chinese Superleague. 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-04/home/Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:52:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Manchester City duo in UEFA team of the week]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81349_manchester_city_duo_in_uefa_team_of_the_week.htmlManchester City’s Brazilian midfield duo Fernandinho and Fernando have been named in UEFA’s team of the week, after their impressive performances in the Champions League semi-final 1st leg against Real Madrid.

 

The City pair did well to snuff out Real’s threat in the 0-0 draw in Manchester. They squared up against compatriot Casemiro, who also impressed in midfield for Madrid, but not enough to make the team of the week.

 

Atlético Madrid full-back Filipe Luis also made the cut, after Atleti’s excellent defensive performance, shackling Bayern Munich in a 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderon stadium. The retun legs of both ties take place in the coming week.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-04/home/Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Piazon returns to Chelsea after Reading loan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81348_lucas_piazon_returns_to_chelsea_after_reading_loan.htmlChelsea’s young Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon has returned to Stamford Bridge after his loan spell at Reading. The Royals have only two games left to play in the Championship season and with little riding on them, they have decided to return Piazon and teammate Michael Hector.

 

Piazon played 27 games on loan in Berkshire, scoring 5 goals. Piazon hopes to be part of Brazil’s Olympic squad in Rio this summer. Neither he, nor Hector will be available for any of Chelsea’s final four games since his loan has not formally expired.

 

The 22 year old will train with the team at Cobham and it is likely that he will either be loaned out again next season, or that he will pursue a permanent move. He joined the club from São Paulo in 2011 and won the FA Youth Cup with Chelsea in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Brazil defines 40-man preliminary list for Copa América Centenário]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81347_brazil_defines_40-man_preliminary_list_for_copa_america_centenario.html 

National team coach should announce the final 23-man list for the competition on May 5.
The Brazilian Football Confederation defined, on Wednesday, a preliminary list of 40 players for the Copa América Centenário, which will be played between 3 and 26 June, in the United States. The meeting was attended by coach Dunga, his assistant Andrey Lopes, and team coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi. The tournament's rule requires all participating teams to send a list of 40 players to CONMEBOL within April 29. Then on May 5, Dunga will reveal the final 23 players he's chosen, including three goalkeepers. A possible replacement for an injury can be picked from the 40-man list, if a medical report is presented. The Brazilian team starts their preparations in Los Angeles, on May 23. The opening game is scheduled for June 4 against Ecuador. They then takes on Haiti on the 8th, and Peru, on the 12th. The main absentee from Brazil's squad is Barcelona forward Neymar. Despite repeated attempts, the Brazilian football federation failed to convince Barcelona to release the player for two competitions, and he will play only in the Olympics.

National team coach should announce the final 23-man list for the competition on May 5.

The Brazilian Football Confederation defined, on Wednesday, a preliminary list of 40 players for the Copa América Centenário, which will be played between 3 and 26 June, in the United States. The meeting was attended by coach Dunga, his assistant Andrey Lopes, and team coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi. The tournament's rule requires all participating teams to send a list of 40 players to CONMEBOL within April 29. Then on May 5, Dunga will reveal the final 23 players he's chosen, including three goalkeepers. A possible replacement for an injury can be picked from the 40-man list, if a medical report is presented. The Brazilian team starts their preparations in Los Angeles, on May 23. The opening game is scheduled for June 4 against Ecuador. They then takes on Haiti on the 8th, and Peru, on the 12th. The main absentee from Brazil's squad is Barcelona forward Neymar. Despite repeated attempts, the Brazilian football federation failed to convince Barcelona to release the player for two competitions, and he will play only in the Olympics.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-04/home/Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:49:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabigol: 'Staying at Santos? I don't know']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81346_gabigol___staying_at_santos_i_don_t_know_.html 

Santos striker Gabigol recently became the third youngest player in the history of Santos to reach 50 goals for the professional side, only behind club legends Pelé and Coutinho.
Gabriel Barbosa, who was key for Santos in the Campeonato Paulista semifinal against Palmeiras last week by scoring two goals, warns that he will only discuss his future with the club's board after the the final of the competition. Santos takes on Audax this Sunday in Osasco, and the return leg will be on May 8, at the Vila Belmiro. Gabigol's representative Wagner Ribeiro has already travelled across Europe, discussing with clubs about possible proposals for the 19-year-old, and also for playmaker Lucas Lima. According to UOL Esporte, a German side are willing to make an investment to sign the youngster, but Santos are yet to receive an official proposal. President Modesto Roma had previously stated that the club would be forced to sell Gabigol in the event of a tempting offer. Gabigol said: "I don't know [if I will stay or leave]. I'm focused on the Paulistão. I really want to be champion again. Then we'll have time to talk. My focus now is this."

Santos striker Gabigol recently became the third youngest player in the history of Santos to reach 50 goals for the professional side, only behind club legends Pelé and Coutinho.

Gabriel Barbosa, who was key for Santos in the Campeonato Paulista semifinal against Palmeiras last week by scoring two goals, warns that he will only discuss his future with the club's board after the the final of the competition. Santos takes on Audax this Sunday in Osasco, and the return leg will be on May 8, at the Vila Belmiro. Gabigol's representative Wagner Ribeiro has already travelled across Europe, discussing with clubs about possible proposals for the 19-year-old, and also for playmaker Lucas Lima. According to UOL Esporte, a German side are willing to make an investment to sign the youngster, but Santos are yet to receive an official proposal. President Modesto Roma had previously stated that the club would be forced to sell Gabigol in the event of a tempting offer. Gabigol said: "I don't know [if I will stay or leave]. I'm focused on the Paulistão. I really want to be champion again. Then we'll have time to talk. My focus now is this."

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar's father met Florentino Pérez twice, and expressed the willingness to play for Real Madrid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81345_neymar_s_father_met_florentino_perez_twice__and_expressed_the_willingness_to_play_for_real_madrid.html 

Reports from Spain on Wednesday claims that father of Barcelona forward Neymar met Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, twice in recent months.
According to the information from El Confidencial, Neymar's father and the president of Real Madrid had meetings in the months of December and January, and the second meeting occurred days before the Ballon d'Or Award ceremony in Zurich. The meeting happened in the Swiss city, while the other one was in Madrid. The subject of the two meetings was a possible move to Real Madrid. The newspaper reports that one of the questions by Florentino Pérez was whether there was problem with Neymar to wear the shirt of Real Madrid, to which the father of the Brazilian player said "No." At the meeting, the representative of Neymar would've expressed the appreciation of the Barcelona player for their rivals and demonstrated that his son had no problem wearing the shirt of Los Blancos. The newspaper also says that Neymar's father went to Switzerland without his son, who he met in Zurich days later for the Ballon d'Or ceremony. Real Madrid would be willing to trigger Neymar's €190m release-clause and also offer him annual wages of €20 million.

Reports from Spain on Wednesday claims that father of Barcelona forward Neymar met Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, twice in recent months.

According to the information from El Confidencial, Neymar's father and the president of Real Madrid had meetings in the months of December and January, and the second meeting occurred days before the Ballon d'Or Award ceremony in Zurich. The meeting happened in the Swiss city, while the other one was in Madrid. The subject of the two meetings was a possible move to Real Madrid. The newspaper reports that one of the questions by Florentino Pérez was whether there was problem with Neymar to wear the shirt of Real Madrid, to which the father of the Brazilian player said "No." At the meeting, the representative of Neymar would've expressed the appreciation of the Barcelona player for their rivals and demonstrated that his son had no problem wearing the shirt of Los Blancos. The newspaper also says that Neymar's father went to Switzerland without his son, who he met in Zurich days later for the Ballon d'Or ceremony. Real Madrid would be willing to trigger Neymar's €190m release-clause and also offer him annual wages of €20 million.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-04/home/Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:47:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Santos youngster Thiago Maia invited to carry the Olympic torch]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81344_santos_youngster_thiago_maia_invited_to_carry_the_olympic_torch.html 

Santos are having a very good campaign in the Campeonato Paulista, and they will play the first-leg final against Audax on Sunday.
And even with focus on the competition, young midfielder Thiago Maia and left-back Zeca are also eyeing another important tournament this summer, the Rio Olympic Games. The 19-year-old, who's been a member of Brazil's Olympic team during friendlies, is eager to see his name in the squad for the tournament, which will be held this August. The player was asked to carry the Olympic torch on its way to Brazil, but didn't guarantee his presence at the ceremony. He said: "I hope to be on this list, it's a dream for every player to represent their country. I don't know if I will be able to attend [the ceremony], but I received an invitation and I'm very happy. Being champion will be historic for any player, especially in our country, which is experiencing such crisis. Today when Brazil plays, the respect that we had in the past is no more, and I think we need to get it back.
21-year-old Zeca has been a regular for Santos since last year, and recently received a proposal to play for La Liga side Atlético Madrid. He said: "Many questions arise [about the Olympics], but our thinking is totally different. We have to show good football at Santos. Dream, yes everybody dreams. We have to think about the Olympics, and Brazil have never won this title, then, if God willing, we will win it."

Santos are having a very good campaign in the Campeonato Paulista, and they will play the first-leg final against Audax on Sunday.

And even with focus on the competition, young midfielder Thiago Maia and left-back Zeca are also eyeing another important tournament this summer, the Rio Olympic Games. The 19-year-old, who's been a member of Brazil's Olympic team during friendlies, is eager to see his name in the squad for the tournament, which will be held this August. The player was asked to carry the Olympic torch on its way to Brazil, but didn't guarantee his presence at the ceremony. He said: "I hope to be on this list, it's a dream for every player to represent their country. I don't know if I will be able to attend [the ceremony], but I received an invitation and I'm very happy. Being champion will be historic for any player, especially in our country, which is experiencing such crisis. Today when Brazil plays, the respect that we had in the past is no more, and I think we need to get it back."

21-year-old Zeca has been a regular for Santos since last year, and recently received a proposal to play for La Liga side Atlético Madrid. He said: "Many questions arise [about the Olympics], but our thinking is totally different. We have to show good football at Santos. Dream, yes everybody dreams. We have to think about the Olympics, and Brazil have never won this title, then, if God willing, we will win it."

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-04/home/Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:44:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Gilberto says Coutinho success 'keeps the door open for Brazilians in the Premier League']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81342_gilberto_says_coutinho_success__keeps_the_door_open_for_brazilians_in_the_premier_league_.htmlBrazilian World Cup winner Gilberto Silva has hailed the impact of Philippe Coutinho in the Premier League and at Liverpool. In an interview with insidefutbol.com, the ex-Arsenal midfielder suggested that Coutinho’s success keeps the door open for Brazilian talent in the Premier League.

“Coutinho has very good abilities and qualities. It’s amazing to see how quickly he adapted to English football and the Premier League. It is good to see the Brazilian players doing well in England; their good work is important to keep the doors open for Brazilian players in England in the future. That’s very good to see.”

Gilberto believes that Coutinho can help relieve the pressure on Neymar for the national side too, “Neymar is always under pressure. That is not easy. Neymar understands how to cope with the pressure.

“It’s important for Coutinho and the other players to help out and ease the pressure on Neymar a bit. In general, Brazil are recovering from the last World Cup. They find a way of getting results and playing good football. That’s what we all want from the Brazilian national team.”

The Foxes are one win away from an extraordinary Premier League title win and the Brazilian has been as impressed and surprised as everyone else. Pre-season odds for this were around 5000:1 which makes the title win 135 times more unlikely than hitting the right number in roulette.

“It is very nice to see. Leicester are playing very well and the football world is surprised: they can compete on the field with the big clubs, but they can’t compete financially with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. When you get a group of players who are very committed and who fight for every game, it’s great,” he told insidefutbol.com.

“They play as if every game is the last of their lives. I would like to see Arsenal in their position, but on the other hand they are fighting the big clubs and they are leading the league. It’s amazing. Arsenal are just too far behind in terms of points.”

Gilberto thinks the appointment of Claudio Ranieri has also proved to be an inspired move, “Claudio Ranieri is a big part of Leicester’s success, but so is the commitment of the players and everyone at the club. They do their best the whole time. When you watch Leicester, you see the commitment of the players.

“They don’t want to give up, because this might be a once-in-a-life-time season. No matter what happens – if they become champions or not – you want the team to stick together and you hope that they keep playing well next season.”

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<![CDATA[Thiago Silva wants the Champions League, and would be willing to come to Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81322_thiago_silva_wants_the_champions_league__and_would_be_willing_to_come_to_barcelona.html 

Barcelona had repeatedly tried to sign the Brazilian defender during his spell at AC Milan, and also after hia move to Paris Saint-Germain.
According to the information from Mundo Deportivo, Thiago Silva is willing to come to Barça and this time it's very serious. Another story is that the club wants to sign him, now that the Brazilian is 31 years old. Barcelona were unsuccessful in their previous attempts to bring Thiago Silva, and the player revealed few seasons ago that, at Camp Nou, he would've earned less wages than what he makes at Paris. The report adds that Thiago Silva is tired of winning leagues and cups in France because his team have been consistently disappointing in the UEFA Champions League. It is public knowledge that Barcelona are seeking central defenders to strengthen their back-four, and Thiago Silva and his entourage are also aware of this. He wants to play in one of the biggest clubs in the world before ending his career and also dreams of finally lifting the European Cup, which hasn't been possible at Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona had repeatedly tried to sign the Brazilian defender during his spell at AC Milan, and also after hia move to Paris Saint-Germain.

According to the information from Mundo Deportivo, Thiago Silva is willing to come to Barça and this time it's very serious. Another story is that the club wants to sign him, now that the Brazilian is 31 years old. Barcelona were unsuccessful in their previous attempts to bring Thiago Silva, and the player revealed few seasons ago that, at Camp Nou, he would've earned less wages than what he makes at Paris. The report adds that Thiago Silva is tired of winning leagues and cups in France because his team have been consistently disappointing in the UEFA Champions League. It is public knowledge that Barcelona are seeking central defenders to strengthen their back-four, and Thiago Silva and his entourage are also aware of this. He wants to play in one of the biggest clubs in the world before ending his career and also dreams of finally lifting the European Cup, which hasn't been possible at Paris Saint-Germain.

 

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<![CDATA[Gérson will return to Roma, but Fluminense knows how to strengthen their squad]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81321_gerson_will_return_to_roma__but_fluminense_knows_how_to_strengthen_their_squad.html 

Sold to AS Roma in January, midfielder Gérson had to return to Fluminense on loan as the Italians had run out of space for non-EU players.
However, the youngster still managed to earn an important spot in the team despite the little time he has at Fluminense. The fact is that the midfielder will return to Roma in the middle of the year, which leaves a gap in the position. The board expects to sign a replacement to fill the void, and also for other positions in the squad during the training period that the team will have prior to the opening game in the Brazilian Championship. Fluminense have defined the profiles of the players they're looking for; they need at least of them to come in and join Fred and Cícero in the mission of leading the youngsters in the team. Diego Souza was bought for this function, but the player asked to return to Sport Recife. There is a hope among the crowd that Dryworld, supplier of the team's sports equipment, would fund the arrival of a major name, as happened at Atlético Mineiro with Robinho.
No names were discussed openly, but there are some playets in Fluminense's list. Fans dream of Montillo and Thiago Neves, but none have been confirmed by the board. Despite not being a priority, Fluminense haven't ruled out signing a defender. Renato Chaves is dissatisfied with the few opportunities and wants to return to Ponte Preta. If the sale goes ahead, the team should seek another name.

Sold to AS Roma in January, midfielder Gérson had to return to Fluminense on loan as the Italians had run out of space for non-EU players.

However, the youngster still managed to earn an important spot in the team despite the little time he has at Fluminense. The fact is that the midfielder will return to Roma in the middle of the year, which leaves a gap in the position. The board expects to sign a replacement to fill the void, and also for other positions in the squad during the training period that the team will have prior to the opening game in the Brazilian Championship. Fluminense have defined the profiles of the players they're looking for; they need at least of them to come in and join Fred and Cícero in the mission of leading the youngsters in the team. Diego Souza was bought for this function, but the player asked to return to Sport Recife. There is a hope among the crowd that Dryworld, supplier of the team's sports equipment, would fund the arrival of a major name, as happened at Atlético Mineiro with Robinho.

No names were discussed openly, but there are some playets in Fluminense's list. Fans dream of Montillo and Thiago Neves, but none have been confirmed by the board. Despite not being a priority, Fluminense haven't ruled out signing a defender. Renato Chaves is dissatisfied with the few opportunities and wants to return to Ponte Preta. If the sale goes ahead, the team should seek another name.

 

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<![CDATA[Owners of Scolari's Guangzhou Evergrande eyeing British and American teams]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81320_owners_of_scolari_s_guangzhou_evergrande_eyeing_british_and_american_teams.html 

It seems like Chinese millionaires are not satisfied by just spending their fortunes to bring big names to the Asian country.
Now, according to AS, the group that controls Guangzhou Evergrande plans to buy clubs in England and the United States. The name of the English club that can be bought by them was not revealed, but they are attracted by the high television quotas that the Premier League teams receive as well as the huge international audience, especially in Asia. About US football, there was even speculations about a partnership with David Beckham, who plans to have a te in Major League Soccer. However, it hasn't been confirmed whether the agreement would be for the entry of a new club in the country's main championship, or any activity that was already in the plans. Led by 2002 FIFA World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guangzhou Evergrande spent over €69 million this season.

It seems like Chinese millionaires are not satisfied by just spending their fortunes to bring big names to the Asian country.

Now, according to AS, the group that controls Guangzhou Evergrande plans to buy clubs in England and the United States. The name of the English club that can be bought by them was not revealed, but they are attracted by the high television quotas that the Premier League teams receive as well as the huge international audience, especially in Asia. About US football, there was even speculations about a partnership with David Beckham, who plans to have a te in Major League Soccer. However, it hasn't been confirmed whether the agreement would be for the entry of a new club in the country's main championship, or any activity that was already in the plans. Led by 2002 FIFA World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guangzhou Evergrande spent over €69 million this season.

 

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<![CDATA[PSG to release Maxwell and free up a spot for the possible signing of Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81319_psg_to_release_maxwell_and_free_up_a_spot_for_the_possible_signing_of_neymar.html 

According to reports in France, Paris Saint-Germain will not renew the contract of Brazilian defender Maxwell at the end of the season.
French website Buzz Sport claims that one reason for PSG's decision would be to free up a spot for the possible arrival of Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona. In France, the clubs can have up to four players without European nationality in their squad. According to the website, Neymar is the "top priority" of the club to replace Zlatan Ibrahimović. The Swedish striker's contract may not be renewed, and he's been linked with a move to Premier League side Manchester United. Maxwell, 34, has been at PSG since 2012. He came through the youth system of Cruzeiro, and has had spells with major European sides like Ajax, Inter Milan and Barcelona. Catalan newspaper SPORT had reported this week that Neymar will not listen to offers from other clubs this season and is already determined to stay at Barcelona.

According to reports in France, Paris Saint-Germain will not renew the contract of Brazilian defender Maxwell at the end of the season.

French website Buzz Sport claims that one reason for PSG's decision would be to free up a spot for the possible arrival of Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona. In France, the clubs can have up to four players without European nationality in their squad. According to the website, Neymar is the "top priority" of the club to replace Zlatan Ibrahimović. The Swedish striker's contract may not be renewed, and he's been linked with a move to Premier League side Manchester United. Maxwell, 34, has been at PSG since 2012. He came through the youth system of Cruzeiro, and has had spells with major European sides like Ajax, Inter Milan and Barcelona. Catalan newspaper SPORT had reported this week that Neymar will not listen to offers from other clubs this season and is already determined to stay at Barcelona.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-04/home/Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:06:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Palmeiras exchange Lucas and Robinho for Fabiano and Fabrício from Cruzeiro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81318_palmeiras_exchange_lucas_and_robinho_for_fabiano_and_fabricio_from_cruzeiro.html 

In the early evening of Tuesday, Cruzeiro and Palmeiras closed deals involving four players.
Cruzeiro swapped full-backs Fabiano and Fabrício [who can also play in midfield] for right-back Lucas and midfielder Robinho from Palmeiras. Fabrício was a request by Palmeiras coach Cuca and will act as a midfielder, in Robinho's position. Fabiano, in turn, will have competition from Jean, who displaced Lucas from the team in recent games. Fabiano came to Cruzeiro at the beginning of last season, from Chapecoense. The right-back, who played 33 matches and scored a goal for Cruzeiro, will be loaned out until December. Fabrício made 41 appearances for the Minas Gerais side since April last year, and he will be on loan at Palmeiras until the end of 2017. Lucas, who has represented the Brazilian national team in 2012, will be on loan at Cruzeiro until the end of this year. For Palmeiras, he played 75 times and scored four goals. Robinho recently had his contract renewed, but goes to Cruzeiro until December of next year. He also played 75 games and found the net 11 times.

In the early evening of Tuesday, Cruzeiro and Palmeiras closed deals involving four players.

Cruzeiro swapped full-backs Fabiano and Fabrício [who can also play in midfield] for right-back Lucas and midfielder Robinho from Palmeiras. Fabrício was a request by Palmeiras coach Cuca and will act as a midfielder, in Robinho's position. Fabiano, in turn, will have competition from Jean, who displaced Lucas from the team in recent games. Fabiano came to Cruzeiro at the beginning of last season, from Chapecoense. The right-back, who played 33 matches and scored a goal for Cruzeiro, will be loaned out until December. Fabrício made 41 appearances for the Minas Gerais side since April last year, and he will be on loan at Palmeiras until the end of 2017. Lucas, who has represented the Brazilian national team in 2012, will be on loan at Cruzeiro until the end of this year. For Palmeiras, he played 75 times and scored four goals. Robinho recently had his contract renewed, but goes to Cruzeiro until December of next year. He also played 75 games and found the net 11 times.

 

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<![CDATA[Danilo vows to prove himself at Madrid, ahead of Manchester City tie]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81303_danilo_vows_to_prove_himself_at_madrid__ahead_of_manchester_city_tie.htmlReal Madrid right-back Danilo has vowed to prove himself as a great player at the club. The Brazilian has endured a difficult season and come in for criticism with his performances. He had looked all set to take the number 2 shirt for the Seleção too, but Dani Alves has retained his place ahead of Danilo.

 

Madrid have a fine tradition of Brazilian full-backs, with the likes of Roberto Carlos, Cicinho and current left-back Marcelo. Danilo has vowed to prove that he will prove himself, having moved from FC Porto last summer.

 

Ahead of Madrid’s Champions League semi-final tie with Manchester City, Danilo told the AS newspaper, “"I'm always happy, with a smile on my face. Everyone has difficult moments but the way you take them on is what makes you great," he said.

 

"I'm working to convince the people that they need me, and I am a soldier for Madridismo. I'm sure I can improve, and when I arrived I said that I wasn't going to convince everyone in just four games. I'm sure that bit by bit I will justify the fee Real Madrid paid for me."

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<![CDATA[‘Qualifying for the World Cup was always difficult’ insists Dunga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81302____qualifying_for_the_world_cup_was_always_difficult____insists_dunga.htmlBrazil coach Dunga has insisted that Brazil’s current troubles in World Cup qualifying are nothing new. The Seleção currently sit 6th in the CONMEBOL group, outside of the playoff spot. The coach has come under pressure for the team’s results and performances, but Dunga insists that this is nothing new.

 

“Of the 35 players summoned, only three had already played World Cup qualifiers: Daniel Alves, Miranda and Filipe Luis. It is another league, another style. People want a solution for today, but solution for today does not always exist. Qualifying for the World Cup has always come with great difficulty,” pointed out the coach.

 

Dunga will announce his squad for Copa América on May 5th and he explained how he will use tolls available to him to concoct a squad, “We created a database, made by people from within the CBF, but does not exclude other analysis tools. We have analysed from the U-15s, including goalkeepers and have more specific data to minimize errors.

 

“For example, when we call a player, do not know his reaction at moments of difficulty. This database can help us with that.” Dunga was speaking at the CBF’s Brazilian Football Evolution week, a series of lectures from top coaches over a period of 5 days.

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<![CDATA[Paulo Henrique Ganso denies problems with Santos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81301_paulo_henrique_ganso_denies_problems_with_santos.html 

Top-scorer of this season's Libertadores, striker Jonathan Calleri has a contract with São Paulo only until the middle of the year, but Paulo Henrique Ganso is rooting for the Argentine to stay beyond the summer.
During a conversation with his followers on Facebook, Paulo Henrique Ganso praised Jonathan Calleri, and also said that the 22-year-old was unfairly sent off in the last group stage game against The Strongest last week. Ganso said: "Calleri is already a great signing, who knows if he can stay until the end of the year. Let's see what will happen going forward. Red-card? I don't just think that it was a red-card, but I also think that he did nothing. I heard a commentator saying that there was a verbal insult. If he was sent off for that, we will have no more football players on the field, because it happens a lot."
Nearly four years after leaving Santos, Paulo Henrique Ganso played down any problems with Vila Belmiro team. The midfielder said that the fight he had was with the old board, led by Luis Álvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro. He said: "The fight was with who was leading the club at that time. Today, I know Modesto, he's a good person. I left many friends there. The only fight was with those who ruled at that time. Other than that, I never had a fight with anyone."
Ganso and Neymar were seen as two tremendous prospects to come out of Santos' academy, but following the recurring injuries to the midfielder, the board led by LAOR refused to offer him a career path similar to the current Barcelona man. Two years later in 2012, the then number 10 left Vila Belmiro and signed a five year contract with rivals São Paulo.

Top-scorer of this season's Libertadores, striker Jonathan Calleri has a contract with São Paulo only until the middle of the year, but Paulo Henrique Ganso is rooting for the Argentine to stay beyond the summer.

During a conversation with his followers on Facebook, Paulo Henrique Ganso praised Jonathan Calleri, and also said that the 22-year-old was unfairly sent off in the last group stage game against The Strongest last week. Ganso said: "Calleri is already a great signing, who knows if he can stay until the end of the year. Let's see what will happen going forward. Red-card? I don't just think that it was a red-card, but I also think that he did nothing. I heard a commentator saying that there was a verbal insult. If he was sent off for that, we will have no more football players on the field, because it happens a lot."

Nearly four years after leaving Santos, Paulo Henrique Ganso played down any problems with Vila Belmiro team. The midfielder said that the fight he had was with the old board, led by Luis Álvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro. He said: "The fight was with who was leading the club at that time. Today, I know Modesto, he's a good person. I left many friends there. The only fight was with those who ruled at that time. Other than that, I never had a fight with anyone."

Ganso and Neymar were seen as two tremendous prospects to come out of Santos' academy, but following the recurring injuries to the midfielder, the board led by LAOR refused to offer him a career path similar to the current Barcelona man. Two years later in 2012, the then number 10 left Vila Belmiro and signed a five year contract with rivals São Paulo.

 

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<![CDATA[Felipe Melo says he would've been a murderer, if not for football]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81300_felipe_melo_says_he_would_ve_been_a_murderer__if_not_for_football.html 

Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo is known for his strong and aggressive style on the field, sometimes even violent.
On Monday, the Inter Milan player said that if he had not been a footballer, he would have been a murderer. Felipe Melo also talked about the importance of his family for the progress of his career, and revealed the difficulties faced by him as a youngster during his days at Flamengo. He told Italian TV channel Sky Sport: "If I was not a player, I would've been a murderer. I grew up in one of the most dangerous favelas around. There were a lot of drugs and weapons around. Sometimes I went to training and then when I returned, one of my friends had died. I had to choose between football and a life of crime. I chose football and a different life."
He added: "When I met my wife, another Felipe Melo was born. At Grêmio, I spent all my salary and lived a strange life. I had three children with my wife and with my family, I won everything I have now. After God, they are the most important people for me. They say that behind every great man there's a great woman. I'd say that this woman has always been on my side."
"When I signed with Flamengo, it was difficult because at first I had to take a bus that took two hours to get to the training centre. I also had to pay for transport. My father, who had two jobs when I was a boy, quit his job and began to take me to training. Sometimes, he gave me some of his breakfast."

Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo is known for his strong and aggressive style on the field, sometimes even violent.

On Monday, the Inter Milan player said that if he had not been a footballer, he would have been a murderer. Felipe Melo also talked about the importance of his family for the progress of his career, and revealed the difficulties faced by him as a youngster during his days at Flamengo. He told Italian TV channel Sky Sport: "If I was not a player, I would've been a murderer. I grew up in one of the most dangerous favelas around. There were a lot of drugs and weapons around. Sometimes I went to training and then when I returned, one of my friends had died. I had to choose between football and a life of crime. I chose football and a different life."

He added: "When I met my wife, another Felipe Melo was born. At Grêmio, I spent all my salary and lived a strange life. I had three children with my wife and with my family, I won everything I have now. After God, they are the most important people for me. They say that behind every great man there's a great woman. I'd say that this woman has always been on my side."

"When I signed with Flamengo, it was difficult because at first I had to take a bus that took two hours to get to the training centre. I also had to pay for transport. My father, who had two jobs when I was a boy, quit his job and began to take me to training. Sometimes, he gave me some of his breakfast."

 

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<![CDATA[Cruzeiro discards Jorge Sampaoli, and have four options to replace Deivid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81299_cruzeiro_discards_jorge_sampaoli__and_have_four_options_to_replace_deivid.html 

During a press-conference on the afternoon of Monday at Toca da Raposa II, Cruzeiro said goodbye to coach Deivid who left the club after just four months in charge.
Meanwhile, the club's board works behind the scenes in search of a replacement, and according to the information from Globo Esporte, they already contacted and discarded Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli, who won the Copa América last year with Chile. At the moment, there are four options being considered by Cruzeiro; Jorginho, Ricardo Gomes, Abel Braga and Marcelo Oliveira. The club wants to wait for the Campeonato Carioca final between Vasco and Botafogo before starting conversations with Jorginho and Ricardo Gomes.
Cruzeiro spoke with Jorge Sampaoli, but two obstacles ruled out the signing of the coach who won the Copa América in 2015. Firstly, Sampaoli gets his wages in Euros and the value requested was deemed too high by the Brazilian club. The second reason was that he has proposals from three top clubs in Europe. And, most certainly, his destination will be Italy.

During a press-conference on the afternoon of Monday at Toca da Raposa II, Cruzeiro said goodbye to coach Deivid who left the club after just four months in charge.

Meanwhile, the club's board works behind the scenes in search of a replacement, and according to the information from Globo Esporte, they already contacted and discarded Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli, who won the Copa América last year with Chile. At the moment, there are four options being considered by Cruzeiro; Jorginho, Ricardo Gomes, Abel Braga and Marcelo Oliveira. The club wants to wait for the Campeonato Carioca final between Vasco and Botafogo before starting conversations with Jorginho and Ricardo Gomes.

Cruzeiro spoke with Jorge Sampaoli, but two obstacles ruled out the signing of the coach who won the Copa América in 2015. Firstly, Sampaoli gets his wages in Euros and the value requested was deemed too high by the Brazilian club. The second reason was that he has proposals from three top clubs in Europe. And, most certainly, his destination will be Italy.

 

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<![CDATA[Former Liverpool target Alex Teixeira is reportedly offered to Inter Milan on loan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81298_former_liverpool_target_alex_teixeira_is_reportedly_offered_to_inter_milan_on_loan.html 

Shortly after paying a record-breaking €50 million fee to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk for Alex Teixeira, the Chinese team may send the Brazilian attacker on loan to Inter Milan.
Without revealing many details about the negotiation, Premium Sport reported that Suning Group, the Chinese consortium linked to Jiangsu Suning are interested in investing in the Italian club, and they've proposed a deal. The report adds that the business could also involve Felipe Melo, with the Brazilian midfielder moving to China in exchange. Alex Teixeira was wanted by Premier League side Liverpool in January, but Jiangsu Suning met Shakhtar's €50 million asking price and lured him away to China.
The interest of Suning Group in Inter Milan goes beyond Alex Teixeira. The Chinese conglomerate, one of the leading private companies operating in the Asian country, confirmed on Monday that they're in talks for a strategic cooperation with the Italian team, and the expectation is that they would buy 20% of the Nerazzurri.

Shortly after paying a record-breaking €50 million fee to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk for Alex Teixeira, the Chinese team may send the Brazilian attacker on loan to Inter Milan.

Without revealing many details about the negotiation, Premium Sport reported that Suning Group, the Chinese consortium linked to Jiangsu Suning are interested in investing in the Italian club, and they've proposed a deal. The report adds that the business could also involve Felipe Melo, with the Brazilian midfielder moving to China in exchange. Alex Teixeira was wanted by Premier League side Liverpool in January, but Jiangsu Suning met Shakhtar's €50 million asking price and lured him away to China.

The interest of Suning Group in Inter Milan goes beyond Alex Teixeira. The Chinese conglomerate, one of the leading private companies operating in the Asian country, confirmed on Monday that they're in talks for a strategic cooperation with the Italian team, and the expectation is that they would buy 20% of the Nerazzurri.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-04/home/Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:09:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Pellegini expects Fernandinho and Fernando to be fit for Madrid tie]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81284_pellegini_expects_fernandinho_and_fernando_to_be_fit_for_madrid_tie.htmlManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that Brazilian midfield duo Fernando and Fernandinho will be fit for City’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday night. Fernandinho was completely rested from the match day squad for Saturday’s 4-0 win over Stoke.

 

He is expected to be ok, Pellegrini also said that his compatriot Fernando, who opened the scoring against Stoke, will be checked after feeling pain in his knee, “The most important thing is the result but we need to play eight games in 30 days so it was important to make rotations," he said.

 

“Fernando has a little pain in his knee but I think he will be okay for Tuesday. Yaya finished with a muscle injury so we will see with the doctor. It was a risk for Vincent (Kompany) to play two games in 72 hours. I think he will be okay for Tuesday - he worked this morning and he is not having any problems.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-04/home/Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:18:00 +0000
<![CDATA[“Neymar missing the Copa America is best for everybody” insists Luis Enrique]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81283____neymar_missing_the_copa_america_is_best_for_everybody____insists_luis_enrique.htmlBarcelona manager Luis Enrique says that Neymar missing the Copa América for Brazil is “the best for everybody.” The CBF had tried to persuade the Spanish club to release the forward for both the Copa América in June and the Olympic games in August, but Barca will only release him for the latter.

 

After months of talks, Barcelona confirmed the arrangement on their website last week and Barca coach Luis Enrique says the decision is in everyone’s best interests, “It was a consensual decision between all parties,” he confirmed. “We all want what is best for the player.

 

“He wants to play for his country, which logical and normal. But in the end, we all agreed that this decision is best for everybody. It’s for the best for the player, the club and the Seleção.” Neymar played in the 2011 Copa América, the 2012 Olympic games, the 2013 Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Copa América.

 

With his Barca form flagging, Barca have insisted that the player needs rest during pre-season. He will be able to play for Brazil in the Rio Olympics in August, his participation should not unduly affect his pre season training programme with his club.

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<![CDATA[Gabigol overcomes Neymar; becomes third youngest in Santos' history to reach 50 goals]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81282_gabigol_overcomes_neymar__becomes_third_youngest_in_santos__history_to_reach_50_goals.html 

19-year-old striker Gabigol is the third youngest player in the history of Santos to reach 50 goals for the professional team.
By becoming the third youngest player in history - only behind club legends Pelé and Coutinho - to reach the mark of 50 goals in a Santos shirt, Gabigol overcomes the likes of Neymar and Robinho. Santos are in the Paulistão final this year, and he has set his sights on winning the first title with the club as a starter. If Pelé, Robinho and Neymar has achieved titles like the Club World Cup, Libertadores, Copa do Brasil and Brasileirão, Gabigol also aims to get his image on the "wall of idols" at the club's training centre. Gabigol said: "I've always wanted to get into the history of Santos, because of the affection I have for the club, and for the affection they have for me. The crowd is music to me, and on the streets when they talk to me. I am very focused, very happy, and reaching the mark of 50 goals so fast is a source of great joy to me."
He added: "My ambitions now? Now the Paulistão. If we win the Paulistão, I will be very pleased. After that the Brasileirão, after the Libertadores... Then, perhaps, to be on this wall here at the training centre. I want to be remembered forever with the shirt of Santos, I've said that I'm a fan on the pitch."

19-year-old striker Gabigol is the third youngest player in the history of Santos to reach 50 goals for the professional team.

By becoming the third youngest player in history - only behind club legends Pelé and Coutinho - to reach the mark of 50 goals in a Santos shirt, Gabigol overcomes the likes of Neymar and Robinho. Santos are in the Paulistão final this year, and he has set his sights on winning the first title with the club as a starter. If Pelé, Robinho and Neymar has achieved titles like the Club World Cup, Libertadores, Copa do Brasil and Brasileirão, Gabigol also aims to get his image on the "wall of idols" at the club's training centre.

Gabigol said: "I've always wanted to get into the history of Santos, because of the affection I have for the club, and for the affection they have for me. The crowd is music to me, and on the streets when they talk to me. I am very focused, very happy, and reaching the mark of 50 goals so fast is a source of great joy to me."

He added: "My ambitions now? Now the Paulistão. If we win the Paulistão, I will be very pleased. After that the Brasileirão, after the Libertadores... Then, perhaps, to be on this wall here at the training centre. I want to be remembered forever with the shirt of Santos, I've said that I'm a fan on the pitch."

 

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<![CDATA[Santos asking for €10 million from Atlético Madrid to sell left-back Zeca]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81281_santos_asking_for____10_million_from_atletico_madrid_to_sell_left-back_zeca.html 

Santos accepts that it would be difficult to keep young left-back Zeca at the club beyond the summer transfer window.
With a proposal in the region of €8 million from a group of Spanish investors that intends to take him to Atlético Madrid, Santos have set the price they want to close a deal. Lance! report that Santos are demanding €10 million to sell Zeca, and a final decision on his future will be taken only after the Paulistão. Santos have already warned Zeca's representatives that they do not want to destabilize the team, and need the player to be fully focused on the field. According to people involved in the negotiations, Atlético Madrid are willing to listen to the demands and shell out the amount wanted by Santos to get the player when the transfer window reopens in July. Although he's publicly denied the desire to transfer to Europe at the moment, Zeca would've informed people close to him that it's hard to turn down monthly wages of €80,000 and the signing bonus offered. Atlético Madrid are hoping to close a deal as soon as possible, because the player's participation in the Olympics may further inflate the values involved.

Santos accepts that it would be difficult to keep young left-back Zeca at the club beyond the summer transfer window.

With a proposal in the region of €8 million from a group of Spanish investors that intends to take him to Atlético Madrid, Santos have set the price they want to close a deal. Lance! report that Santos are demanding €10 million to sell Zeca, and a final decision on his future will be taken only after the Paulistão. Santos have already warned Zeca's representatives that they do not want to destabilize the team, and need the player to be fully focused on the field. According to people involved in the negotiations, Atlético Madrid are willing to listen to the demands and shell out the amount wanted by Santos to get the player when the transfer window reopens in July. Although he's publicly denied the desire to transfer to Europe at the moment, Zeca would've informed people close to him that it's hard to turn down monthly wages of €80,000 and the signing bonus offered. Atlético Madrid are hoping to close a deal as soon as possible, because the player's participation in the Olympics may further inflate the values involved.

 

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<![CDATA[Messi, Suárez and Neymar equals last season's tally of 122 goals]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81280_messi__suarez_and_neymar_equals_last_season_s_tally_of_122_goals.html 

Out of the 14 goals scored by Barcelona in their previous two matches, the trio of Messi, Suárez and Neymar were responsible for 12 of them.
No wonder the three forwards of Luis Enrique's team has already equaled the tally established by themselves last season when they found the net 122 times, and led the team to the treble. Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar have four games [against Real Betis, Espanyol and Granada and Sevilla] remaining thi season to overcome last season's tally. Luis Suárez is largely responsible for the staggering numbers of the trio, with the former Liverpool man contributing to 53 of the 122 goals. Messi has 40 goals for the season, while Neymar has 29. Last year, Messi was the top scorer in the trio with 58 goals, ahead of the Brazilian and Uruguayan who had 39 and 25 goals, respectively. With 8 goals in his last two games [against Deportivo La Coruña and Sporting Gijón], Suárez has also overtaken Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for this year's Golden Boot Award. Cristiano is currently level with Benfica's Brazilian striker Jonas, who has 31 goals in the Portuguese Championship. 

Out of the 14 goals scored by Barcelona in their previous two matches, the trio of Messi, Suárez and Neymar were responsible for 12 of them.

No wonder the three forwards of Luis Enrique's team has already equaled the tally established by themselves last season when they found the net 122 times, and led the team to the treble. Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar have four games [against Real Betis, Espanyol and Granada and Sevilla] remaining thi season to overcome last season's tally. Luis Suárez is largely responsible for the staggering numbers of the trio, with the former Liverpool man contributing to 53 of the 122 goals. Messi has 40 goals for the season, while Neymar has 29.

Last year, Messi was the top scorer in the trio with 58 goals, ahead of the Brazilian and Uruguayan who had 39 and 25 goals, respectively. With 8 goals in his last two games [against Deportivo La Coruña and Sporting Gijón], Suárez has also overtaken Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for this year's Golden Boot Award. Cristiano is currently level with Benfica's Brazilian striker Jonas, who has 31 goals in the Portuguese Championship. 

 

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<![CDATA[Top-scorer of the Campeonato Mineiro, Robinho aims to return to the national team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/81278_top-scorer_of_the_campeonato_mineiro__robinho_aims_to_return_to_the_national_team.html 

Former Manchester City striker Robinho has displayed good football for Atlético Mineiro this year, and aims to return to the Brazilian national team.
Robinho's team have made it into the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores, and he's the top goal-scorer of the Campeonato Mineiro. In less than three months at Atlético Mineiro, Robinho has scored 10 goals in 12 games, including nine goals in eight matches in the state league. Bought by Guangzhou Evergrande in 2015, Robinho left China to come to Brazil at the start of this year, and is happy with his performances, so far. He told Esporte Espetacular: "National team? While I am a professional player I will not give that up. But calmly, doing good work here at Galo... this is the way. Haven't talked to Dunga, but I know his methods, I was one of the players who was called up the most during the era of Dunga and I know that the best way for me to get into the national team again is to play the way I'm playing here at Galo."

Former Manchester City striker Robinho has displayed good football for Atlético Mineiro this year, and aims to return to the Brazilian national team.

Robinho's team have made it into the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores, and he's the top goal-scorer of the Campeonato Mineiro. In less than three months at Atlético Mineiro, Robinho has scored 10 goals in 12 games, including nine goals in eight matches in the state league. Bought by Guangzhou Evergrande in 2015, Robinho left China to come to Brazil at the start of this year, and is happy with his performances, so far. He told Esporte Espetacular: "National team? While I am a professional player I will not give that up. But calmly, doing good work here at Galo... this is the way. Haven't talked to Dunga, but I know his methods, I was one of the players who was called up the most during the era of Dunga and I know that the best way for me to get into the national team again is to play the way I'm playing here at Galo."

 

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