<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[New Al Ahli Club forward Lima admits money was part of the motivation to leave Benfica]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74585_new_al_ahli_club_forward_lima_admits_money_was_part_of_the_motivation_to_leave_benfica.htmlNew Al Ahli Club forward Lima has admitted money partly motivated him to leave Benfica.

The 32 year-old completed his switch to the United Arab Emirates for a reported fee of €7 million earlier this month and is expected to earn around €3 million a year on his two year agreement that runs until June 2017.

Speaking to Benfica’s official channel, Lima noted that it was a tough decision to move on from the Portuguese club, but he also conceded that he couldn't turn down the wages offered to him.

“I feel awkward at having to say goodbye,” he said, as reported by The National. “I have a certain sadness, because I experienced great times at Benfica – but that’s life.

“This proposal appeared and it happened super fast. I think most fans will understand – the financial side carried a heavy weight. I will not be a hypocrite: I’m 32 – no boy – and with it being a short career I had to take it.

“Also, Dubai is a good place to live. I will be professional and dedicate myself as I dedicated myself at Benfica.”

Lima joined Benfica from Braga for a reported fee of €4 million in August 2012. His record with the latter was 40 goals in 90 appearances and he continued that ratio with Benfica, scoring 70 times in 144 matches. He was also part of a side that won six major honours, including the 2014-15 Primeira Liga title.

At Al Ahli, he will play alongside fellow Brazilians Everton Ribeiro and Ciel, who along with Oussama Assaidi and Kwon Kyung-won, are the foreign players currently in manager Cosmin Olăroiu’s squad.

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<![CDATA[Brazil’s World Cup qualifying fixtures decided]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74575_brazil___s_world_cup_qualifying_fixtures_decided.html 1st round

 

8/10/2015 Chile vs Brazil in Santiago

8/10/2015 Venezuela vs Paraguay in Puerto La Cruz

8/10/2015 Colombia vs Peru in Barranquilla

8/10/2015 Argentina vs Ecuador in Buenos Aires

8/10/2015 Bolivia vs Uruguay in La Paz

 

2nd round

 

 12/10/2015 Paraguay vs Argentina in Asuncion

12/10/2015 Brazil vs Venezuela in Rio de Janeiro

12/10/2015 Ecuador vs Bolivia in Quito

12/10/2015 Peru vs Chile in Lima

12/10/2015 Uruguay vs Colombia in Montevideo

 

3rd  round

12/11/2015 Argentina vs Brazil in Buenos Aires

12/11/2015 Ecuador vs Uruguay in Quito

12/1/2015 Bolivia vs Venezuela in La Paz

12/11/2005 Peru vs Paraguay in Lima

 

4th round

 

16/11/2015 Colombia vs Argentina in Barranquilla

16/11/2015 Paraguay vs Bolivia in Asuncion

16/11/2015 Brazil vs Peru in Rio de Janeiro

16/11/2015 Venezuela vs Ecuador in Puerto La Cruz

16/11/2015 Uruguay vs Chile in Montevideo

 

5th round

 

24/03/2016 Ecuador vs Paraguay in Quito

24/03/2016 Chile vs Argentina in Santiago

24/03/2016 Brazil vs Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro

24/03/2016 Bolivia vs Colombia in La Paz

24/03/2016 Peru vs Venezuela in Lima

 

6th round

 

28/03/2016 Colombia vs Ecuador in Barranquilla

28/03/2016 Paraguay vs Brazil in Asuncion

28/03/2016 Argentina vs Bolivia in Buenos Aires

28/03/2016 Venezuela vs Chile in Puerto La Cruz

28/03/2016 Uruguay vs Pérou

 

7th round

 

02/09/2016 Colombia vs Venezuela in Barranquilla

02/09/2016 Paraguay vs Chile in Asuncion

02/09/2016 Argentina vs Uruguay in Buenos Aires

02/09/2016 Ecuador vs Brazil in Quito

02/09/2016 Bolivia vs Peru in La Paz

 

8th round

 

05/09/2016 Chile vs Bolivia in Santiago

05/09/2016 Brazil vs Colombia in Rio de Janeiro

05/09/2016 Venezuela vs Argentine

05/09/2016 Peru vs Ecuador in Lima

05/09/2016 Uruguay vs Paraguay

 

9th round

 

07/10/2016 Paraguay vs Colombia in Asuncion

07/10/2016 Brazil vs Bolivia in Rio de Janeiro

07/10/2016 Ecuador vs Chile in Quito

07/10/2016 Peru vs Argentine

07/10/2016 Uruguay vs Venezuela

 

10th round

 

10/10/2016 Colombia vs Uruguay in Barranquilla

10/10/2016 Chile vs Peru in Santiago

10/10/2016 Argentina vs Paraguay in Buenos Airess

10/10/2016 Venezuela vs Brazil in Puerto La Cruz

10/10/2016 Bolivia vs Ecuador

 

11th round

 

10/11/2016 Colombia vs Chile in Barranquilla

10/11/2016 Paraguay vs Peru in Asuncion

10/11/2016 Brazil vs Argentina in Rio de Janeiro

10/11/2016 Venezuela vs Bolivia in Puerto La Cruz

10/11/2016 Uruguay vs Ecuador in Montevideo

 

12th round

 

14/11/2016 Chile vs Uruguay in Santiago

14/11/2016 Argentina vs Colombia in Buenos Aires

14/11/2016 Ecuador vs Venezuela in Quito

14/11/2016 Bolivia vs Paraguay in La Paz

14/11/2016 Peru vs Brazil in Lima

 

13th round

 

23/03/2017 Colombia vs Bolivia in Barranquilla

23/03/2017 Paraguay vs Ecuador in Asuncion

23/03/2017 Argentina vs Chile in Buenos Aires

23/03/2017 Venezuela vs Peru in Puerto La Cruz

23/03/2017 Uruguay vs Brazil

 

14th round

 

27/03/2016 Chile vs Venezuela in Santiago

27/03/2016 Brazil vs Paraguay

27/03/2016 Ecuador vs Colombia in Quito

27/03/2016 Bolivia vs Argentina in La Paz

27/03/2016 Peru vs Uruguay

 

15th round

 

01/06/2017 Chile vs Paraguay in Santiago

01/09/2017 Brazil vs Ecuador in Rio de Janeiro

01/09/2017 Venezuela vs Colombia in Puerto La Cruz

01/09/2017 Peru vs Bolivia in Lima

01/09/2017 Uruguay vs Argentina in Montevideo

 

16th round

 

04/09/2017 Colombia vs Brazil in Barranquilla

04/09/2017 Paraguay vs Uruguay in Asuncion

04/09/2017 Argentina vs Venezuela in Buenos Aires

04/09/2017 Ecuador vs Peru in Quito

04/09/2017 Bolivia vs Chile in La Paz

 

17th round

 

05/10/2017 Colombia vs Paraguay in Barranquilla

05/10/2017 Chile vs Ecuador in Santiago

05/10/2017 Argentina vs Peru in Buenos Aires

05/10/2017 Venezuela vs Uruguay in Puerto La Cruz

05/10/2017 Bolivia vs Brazil in La Paz

 

18th round

 

09/10/2017 Paraguay vs Venezuela in Asuncion

09/10/2017 Brazil vs Chile in Rio de Janeiro

09/10/2017 Ecuador vs Argentina in Quito

09/10/2017 Peru vs Colombia in Lima

09/10/2017 Uruguay vs Bolivia

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<![CDATA[Filipe Luis: "I've never really managed to leave Atlético "]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74571_filipe_luis___i_ve_never_really_managed_to_leave_atletico__.htmlFilipe Luis has admitted that he his heart remained at Atlético Madrid, the club he played for between 2010 and 2014, despite spending the past season with Chelsea.

At a press conference today, the left-back who has just resigned for the Madrid club spoke of his problems adapting to life in England:

"I never really managed to leave Atlético. I continued to watch the games, I was still in this club. When I decided to leave, I wanted to try something a little new but from day one I knew it would be complicated because I had left my family.

"But, for me it was a good experience, I learned many things in a different league." 

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<![CDATA[Report: Juventus consider Atlético de Madrid defender Guilherme Siqueira and FC Porto's Alex Sandro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74584_report__juventus_consider_atletico_de_madrid_defender_guilherme_siqueira_and_fc_porto_s_alex_sandro.htmlJuventus are considering moves for Atlético de Madrid defender Guilherme Siqueira and FC Porto's Alex Sandro, according to reports. 

The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Serie A holders are in the market for a new left full-back and have three options under observation.

As well Siqueira and Alex Sandro, Monaco’s France international Layvin Kurzawa is understood to be a target. 

Of the three, Siqueira is believed to be the most likely candidate. Atlético have brought Filipe Luís back to the club from Chelsea as an alternative and Di Marzio claims that Juventus already have agreed personal terms with the player.

To secure Alex Sandro or Kurzawa would be a more complicated operation. Both have high valuations and Juventus, despite the departure of Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich, need funds free to continue their pursuit of Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler.

Siqueira’s contract with Atlético runs until June 2018, but he is an attractive proposition, given that he has already spent time in Italy with Internazionale, Lazio, Ancona and Udinese.

The 29 year-old was signed by Atlético from Granada for a reported fee of €10 million in July 2014 and went on to make 37 appearances in all competitions last season.

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<![CDATA[José Mourinho already impressed by Kenedy]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74572_jose_mourinho_already_impressed_by_kenedy.htmlKenedy made his debut for Chelsea yesterday as they took on Barcelona in a friendly.

The 19-year-old has not, however, officially signed for the Blues due to work permit restrictions, with his registration still officially owned by Fluminense.

Boss José Mourinho praised the young striker’s performance.

“We bought Kenedy because we believe in him. He’s a very young kid that we believe a lot in, hopefully,” he said.

“We have conditions to get him a work permit because we want him. We don’t want him to go out on loan. I think we have what the rules demand to get him a permit.

“He was in pre-season with us without the documents so he couldn’t play the first two matches for us. Against Barcelona he had the chance to do it and even if it was a friendly I think it was the best debut for a kid, to play against the best team. It was a great night for the kid and a great experience.”

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<![CDATA[Report: Leicester City join battle to secure Internacional midfielder Charles Aránguiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74579_report__leicester_city_join_battle_to_secure_internacional_midfielder_charles_aranguiz.htmlLeicester City have joined the battle to secure Internacional midfielder Charles Aránguiz, according to reports.

The Leicester Mercury, citing other sources, claims that the Premier League outfit have placed a bid of around €15 million, which is believed to be the highest offer made for Aránguiz so far.

Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen are said to have submitted a bid of €11 million, while Marseille’s offer is around €13 million. 

The report suggests that Aránguiz’s preference is a move to Leverkusen and even though their General Manager Michael Schade claims personal terms have been agreed with the player, there is no guarantee that he will be joining the North Rhine-Westphalia based outfit.

Aránguiz’s contract, which expires in June 2018, is not completely owned by Internacional. Group DIS, a third party, control 50%.  

That means that they have a say in his next move, should he leave Internacional, and it is reported by the Leicester Mercury that talks have already happened between Group DIS President Roberto Moreno and Internacional representatives over bringing him to Leicester.

To make that happen they would have to buy out Inter’s 50% stake and also convince the player to turn down the advances of Leverkusen and Marseille.

Whether Aránguiz would be willing to do so is unclear, with the midfielder’s stock at a career high.

After joining Internacional from Universidad de Chile in August 2014 for a reported fee of €6.4 million, the 24 year-old has established himself as a standout performer in the Brasileirão.

His form at international level with Chile during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and this summer’s Copa América, which La Roja won on home soil, has also further elevated him.

With Internacional being knocked out of the Copa Libertadores de América at the semi-final stage earlier this month, his future seems increasingly uncertain and a move to Europe is likely before the summer transfer window closes.

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<![CDATA[Diego Costa could miss Chelsea’s Community Shield tie ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74576_diego_costa_could_miss_chelsea___s_community_shield_tie_.htmlDiego Costa might miss out on Chelsea’s Community Shield tie with Arsenal next week after injuring his hamstring as the Blues took on Barcelona yesterday.

Chelsea boss José Mourinho said: “Diego felt a little thing in his hamstring. We believe it is just a feeling, no more than that, but we have to wait.”

The game in American capital Washington DC finished 2-2, with Chelsea eventually winning 4-2 on penalties and Mourinho was also upset to lose central defender Gary Cahill to a possible broken nose.

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<![CDATA[Liverpool close in on Allan transfer]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74573_liverpool_close_in_on_allan_transfer.htmlLiverpool are reportedly close to sealing a £500,000 deal for Internacional youngster Allan.

The Daily Mail claim that the deal is close to being sealed, with Allan having trained with Liverpool’s first team at Melwood on Tuesday.

He therefore looks set to join compatriots Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Leiva and fellow new boy Roberto Firmino at Anfield.

The 18-year-old was spotted by Liverpool staff playing for Inter at an international youth tournament in Malaysia earlier this year.

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<![CDATA[Report: Monaco agree fee with São Paulo to secure attacking midfielder Boschilia]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74577_report__monaco_agree_fee_with_sao_paulo_to_secure_attacking_midfielder_boschilia.htmlMonaco have agreed a fee with São Paulo to secure attacking midfielder Boschilia, according to reports.

Globo Esporte, as cited by website Get French Football News, claims that Monaco’s offer of around €10 million has been accepted by São Paulo and that the deal could be announced imminently.

Boschilia is expected to arrive for medical examinations and to discuss personal terms in the coming days, with the deal said to be a formality if these obstacles can be passed.

The 19 year-old has come to prominence at São Paulo in recent years, due to his form for them and Brazil’s under-17 and under-20 teams.

At the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, he netted six goals - one less than tournament top scorer Valmir Berisha - to help Brazil reach the quarter-final stage, where they were defeated by Mexico.

With São Paulo, he made his first-team debut at the start of 2014 and has slowly began to feature more regularly.

Last season, he made 18 appearances in the Brasileirão, scoring once, while this term he's so far being involved in seven matches in all competitions and also netted a single goal.

His likely arrival at Monaco further adds to the growing group of young players that have been brought into the club.

Already this summer, Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Guido Carrillo (Estudiantes de La Plata) Mario Pašalić (Chelsea) and Adama Traoré (LOSC) have been signed, with Monaco seemingly looking to build a core of promising talent.

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<![CDATA[Casemiro: 'Now I'm ready for Real Madrid']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74565_casemiro___now_i_m_ready_for_real_madrid_.html 

The Brazilian midfielder is confident he has what it takes to succeed at Real Madrid after a successful loan spell with Porto.
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro believes his spell with Porto has made him ready to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2015-16. The Brazil international recently returned to the Spanish capital after a one-year loan spell in Portugal and he feels he has matured a lot at Porto. He said: "I'm more of a man today than I was when I left Madrid. I grew a lot at Porto but my excitement about playing for Real Madrid hasn't changed. I'm as hungry as ever to triumph at this club and I'll work to make that happen. I've come here to work hard and I want to play an important role."

The Brazilian midfielder is confident he has what it takes to succeed at Real Madrid after a successful loan spell with Porto.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro believes his spell with Porto has made him ready to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2015-16. The Brazil international recently returned to the Spanish capital after a one-year loan spell in Portugal and he feels he has matured a lot at Porto. He said: "I'm more of a man today than I was when I left Madrid. I grew a lot at Porto but my excitement about playing for Real Madrid hasn't changed. I'm as hungry as ever to triumph at this club and I'll work to make that happen. I've come here to work hard and I want to play an important role."

 

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<![CDATA[Chelsea's Fàbregas: 'Messi, Suárez and Neymar the best front-three I've ever seen']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74564_chelsea_s_fabregas___messi__suarez_and_neymar_the_best_front-three_i_ve_ever_seen_.html 

The trio, nicknamed MSN, went from strength to strength as 2014-15 went on and their goals helped Luis Enrique's Barcelona win the treble last season.
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fàbregas has lauded Barcelona's trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar as being the best attacking trident he's ever seen. He said: "I think they are the best team in the world, especially when the front three are on form. I don't remember a front three in Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar as powerful and talented as those three since I was born."

The trio, nicknamed MSN, went from strength to strength as 2014-15 went on and their goals helped Luis Enrique's Barcelona win the treble last season.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fàbregas has lauded Barcelona's trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar as being the best attacking trident he's ever seen. He said: "I think they are the best team in the world, especially when the front three are on form. I don't remember a front three in Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar as powerful and talented as those three since I was born."

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar prepares for Barcelona return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74562_neymar_prepares_for_barcelona_return.html 

The 23-year-old returns to first-team training on Thursday after being given an extended period off by his club due to his participation in Copa América.
As mentioned in Daily Mail, Neymar will report back to Barcelona training on Thursday, with the Brazil star making the most of his final few days off on holiday in Ibiza. The Brazilian captain was pictured with friends and family on a private yacht in the popular holiday resort on Tuesday. As well as visiting Ibiza, the Brazil star has been in Las Vegas this summer.

The 23-year-old returns to first-team training on Thursday after being given an extended period off by his club due to his participation in Copa América.

As mentioned in Daily Mail, Neymar will report back to Barcelona training on Thursday, with the Brazil star making the most of his final few days off on holiday in Ibiza. The Brazilian captain was pictured with friends and family on a private yacht in the popular holiday resort on Tuesday. As well as visiting Ibiza, the Brazil star has been in Las Vegas this summer.

 

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<![CDATA[Rivaldo feels he'd have won Ballon d'Or two or three times in current era]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74561_rivaldo_feels_he_d_have_won_ballon_d_or_two_or_three_times_in_current_era.html 

The former Brazil international believes he would easily win the trophy now because of the lack of quality at the top level.
The Brazil great was crowned the world's best player in 1999, but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have since won the award seven times between them in as many years. However, Rivaldo believes their domination of the game is evidence of a decline in quality at the top level. He was quoted in GOAL: "Football today is very different from before. If my time was today, I’d bet with anyone that I would be the best player in the world two or three times. I’m sure I would score 50 goals per season. The quality was much better before, in Brazil and worldwide, such as in Spain and Italy. You see how football is not good when Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the best today, are scoring 50 goals in the championship. This shows that the level [of football] is lower. Even for the best in the world, you should not being scored 50 goals in 38 games."

The former Brazil international believes he would easily win the trophy now because of the lack of quality at the top level.

The Brazil great was crowned the world's best player in 1999, but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have since won the award seven times between them in as many years. However, Rivaldo believes their domination of the game is evidence of a decline in quality at the top level. He was quoted in GOAL: "Football today is very different from before. If my time was today, I’d bet with anyone that I would be the best player in the world two or three times. I’m sure I would score 50 goals per season. The quality was much better before, in Brazil and worldwide, such as in Spain and Italy. You see how football is not good when Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the best today, are scoring 50 goals in the championship. This shows that the level [of football] is lower. Even for the best in the world, you should not being scored 50 goals in 38 games."

 

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<![CDATA[Barcelona full-back Douglas out for two months]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74559_barcelona_full-back_douglas_out_for_two_months.html 

Douglas has suffered a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out for two months, the club has confirmed.
The Brazilian, who was given little playing time by coach Luis Enrique last season, went off in the first-half of Barça's friendly defeat on penalties by Chelsea on Tuesday. An official statement said: "Douglas has a hamstring injury to his right leg. The estimated time for recovery is around eight weeks."

Douglas has suffered a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out for two months, the club has confirmed.

The Brazilian, who was given little playing time by coach Luis Enrique last season, went off in the first-half of Barça's friendly defeat on penalties by Chelsea on Tuesday. An official statement said: "Douglas has a hamstring injury to his right leg. The estimated time for recovery is around eight weeks."

 

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<![CDATA[Atlético Mineiro midfielder Maicosuel set to complete loan switch to Sharjah SC]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74549_atletico_mineiro_midfielder_maicosuel_set_to_complete_loan_switch_to_sharjah_sc.htmlAtlético Mineiro midfielder Maicosuel is set to complete his loan switch to Sharjah SC.

The UAE Arabian Gulf League outfit had struggled to conclude the move due to stalling negotiations, but confirmed on their official Twitter account last Thursday that the player had arrived to undergone medical examinations, with the deal now about to be signed off.

Maicosuel will remain with Sharjah until June 2016 and his arrival completes their four player foreign quota.

The 29 year-old joins fellow Brazilians Maurício Ramos and Wanderley, while midfielder Renato Cajá has also been brought in from Ponte Preta for a reported fee of €1.82 million.

Maicosuel’s move to Sharjah brings to end his stay at Atlético Mineiro. The versatile attacking midfielder was signed from Udinese for a reported fee of €3 million in July 2015 and managed four goals and five assists in 34 appearances.

With them, he also won the Recopa Sudamericana and Copa do Brasil in 2014 and the Minas Gerais State League this year.

Earlier in his career, Maicosuel also had a successful spell at Botafogo, before joining Udinese, and played in Europe with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim during the 2009/10 season.

His departure from Atlético comes after he missed their last three Brasileirão outings. He had featured in all 12 matches prior to that and had a return of three goals and two assists in 19 appearances across all competitions.

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<![CDATA[Brazil to face Costa Rica in September in the USA]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74547_brazil_to_face_costa_rica_in_september_in_the_usa.htmlDunga’s Seleçāo will be flying to the USA in early September to prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which will start in October. Brazil were originally scheduled only to face the United States on September 8, but now it seems that the CBF has organised a second match to be held on September 5.

The tie will be against Costa Rica in East Rutherford, in the suburbs of New Jersey. This will be Brazil’s first game since the quarter-final of the Copa América and will replace the match originally scheduled against Argentina which has been cancelled.

The games will give Dunga an opportunity to try out alternatives strikers as Neymar will be suspended for his side’s first two qualifying matches.

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<![CDATA[Cardenas could start for Atlético-MG versus Sāo Paulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74546_cardenas_could_start_for_atletico-mg_versus_s__o_paulo.htmlColombian midfielder Sherman Cardenas could make his first league start for Atlético Mineiro tomorrow against Sāo Paulo. 

Cardenas signed from Atlético Nacional in January after impressing as the Medellin side knocked out Galo in last year’s Copa Libertadores, but has found first-team opportunities in Belo Horizonte limited, starting only one game – a defeat by America Mineiro in the Minas state championship.

Yesterday, however, boss Levir Culpi’s training session indicated that the Colombian would receive his first league start against Sāo Paulo, after impressing from the substitutes bench in recent weeks.

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<![CDATA[Sport striker André sparks interest from Italy and Spain ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74545_sport_striker_andre_sparks_interest_from_italy_and_spain_.htmlSport Recife striker André could be on his way to Europe after interest from several clubs in Italy and Spain was reported.

The 24-year-old has scored five goals in seven games during Sport’s unexpected surge to the upper reaches of the Brasileirāo, form that has sparked the interest of Bologna, Sassuolo, Real Betis and Deportive La Coruna according to Italian website Calciomercato.

The main interest is said to come from Bologna, who will likely bid on André should they be unable to close a deal for San Lorenzo’s Argentine striker Hector Villalba.

The Brazilian is currently on loaned at Sport from Atlético Mineiro.

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<![CDATA[Atlético de Madrid complete deal to bring Chelsea defender Filipe Luís back to the club]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74535_atletico_de_madrid_complete_deal_to_bring_chelsea_defender_filipe_luis_back_to_the_club.htmlAtlético de Madrid have completed a deal to bring Chelsea defender Filipe Luís back to the club.

The La Liga outfit took to their official website to confirm the transfer, with Filipe returning to Atlético just 12 months after leaving for London.

“Filipe Luís is a new player of Atlético de Madrid,” said the statement. “The red and white team and Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of the winger. The Brazilian footballer signs for the next four seasons.”

Atlético are reported to have parted with around €16 million to secure Filipe from Chelsea, while his contract will run until June 2019.

That transfer fee represents a €4 million profit on the €20 million they are believed to have received for him in July 2014 and he returns as a possible replacement for Guilherme Siqueira, who has been strongly linked with Juventus.

Filipe has long been expected to return to Atlético, following a difficult season with Chelsea. 

The 29 year-old won the Premier League and League Cup, but spent much of the campaign operating as a reserve for first choice left full-back César Azpilicueta and was sporadically used.

Domestically, he featured just 15 times throughout the campaign, with his record in all competitions standings at 26 appearances.

Back at Atlético, he is expected to be a regular once more and he will hope his second spell at the club is as successful as his first.

After arriving from Deportivo in July 2010 for a reported fee of €12 million, he went on to make 180 appearances and won four major honours, including the 2013-14 La Liga title.

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<![CDATA[Report: Sampdoria consider approach for Internacional full-back Geferson]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74534_report__sampdoria_consider_approach_for_internacional_full-back_geferson.htmlSampdoria are considering a move for Internacional defender Geferson, according to reports. 

The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Serie A outfit will assess the 21 year-old and could be interested in making a concrete approach.

The report suggests that new manager Walter Zenga is keen to bolster his defence with some younger recruits and following on from Sampdoria's alleged pursuit of El-Jaish SC defender Lucas Mendes, it seems that Geferson is the next target.

The left full-back - full name Geferson Cerqueira Teles - only made his first-team debut in the Campeonato Gaúcho earlier this season, but has quickly risen to prominence in Brazil.

After helping Internacional win the Gaúcho, he has gone on to make six appearances in the Brasileirão and was a surprise inclusion in the Seleção squad that competed at the Copa América in Chile.

Geferson did not feature at the tournament and, as a result, is yet to make his international debut, but his reputation as one of Brazil’s most promising young defenders is now established.

His contract with Internacional runs until May 2018, but Sampdoria’s reported interest may tempt both he and his owners into negotiating a potentially lucrative switch to Serie A.

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<![CDATA[Ronaldo feels South American World Cup qualifiers will be one of the most competitive ever]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74516_ronaldo_feels_south_american_world_cup_qualifiers_will_be_one_of_the_most_competitive_ever.html 

The two-time world champion is confident Dunga can lead his side to Russia 2018 but warned they face one of the most competitive process in history.
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo says his country must navigate one of the most competitive qualification process in World Cup history to book their place at Russia 2018. The Seleção return to action in October when they open South America's qualification process against Copa América winners Chile. He said: "From what we’ve seen in the last few tournaments, this is going to be one of the most keenly contested qualifying competitions of recent times. It’s always been tough in South America but there’s even less to choose between the teams this time around."

The two-time world champion is confident Dunga can lead his side to Russia 2018 but warned they face one of the most competitive process in history.

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo says his country must navigate one of the most competitive qualification process in World Cup history to book their place at Russia 2018. The Seleção return to action in October when they open South America's qualification process against Copa América winners Chile. He said: "From what we’ve seen in the last few tournaments, this is going to be one of the most keenly contested qualifying competitions of recent times. It’s always been tough in South America but there’s even less to choose between the teams this time around."

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar: 'I am not trying to be better than Messi']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74515_neymar___i_am_not_trying_to_be_better_than_messi_.html 

The Brazil captain is not obsessed with his Argentine team-mate, but is only thinking about improving his own game.
Barcelona star Neymar has insisted that it is not his goal to surpass team-mate Lionel Messi. Neymar has been tipped to challenge Messi for the FIFA Ballon d'Or this year following an impressive 2014-15 campaign, but he has made it clear that he is focused on his own performances. He said: "It is not my goal to try to surpass Messi. I am just trying to follow my own career path. I want to keep on doing the things that I have been doing, to win titles and to achieve my goals. But I am not attempting to be better than any one else. My goal is to keep improving myself."

The Brazil captain is not obsessed with his Argentine team-mate, but is only thinking about improving his own game.

Barcelona star Neymar has insisted that it is not his goal to surpass team-mate Lionel Messi. Neymar has been tipped to challenge Messi for the FIFA Ballon d'Or this year following an impressive 2014-15 campaign, but he has made it clear that he is focused on his own performances. He said: "It is not my goal to try to surpass Messi. I am just trying to follow my own career path. I want to keep on doing the things that I have been doing, to win titles and to achieve my goals. But I am not attempting to be better than any one else. My goal is to keep improving myself."

 

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<![CDATA[Brazil must learn from defeats, insists Dunga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74514_brazil_must_learn_from_defeats__insists_dunga.html 

Dunga is confident his side can bounce back from their Copa América disappointment when World Cup qualifying kicks off in October.
Brazil coach Dunga says his side must take positives from their recent Copa América disappointment and develop the mental strength necessary to carry them through to World Cup 2018. Dunga sees the qualification process as a chance for his side to prove they can bounce back. He was quoted in GOAL: "It will be a great opportunity and a great challenge for the Brazilian team. To win, teams must learn to suffer. History tells us that a team is made up of quality players, but they must also have personality, determination and know how to suffer."

Dunga is confident his side can bounce back from their Copa América disappointment when World Cup qualifying kicks off in October.

Brazil coach Dunga says his side must take positives from their recent Copa América disappointment and develop the mental strength necessary to carry them through to World Cup 2018. Dunga sees the qualification process as a chance for his side to prove they can bounce back. He was quoted in GOAL: "It will be a great opportunity and a great challenge for the Brazilian team. To win, teams must learn to suffer. History tells us that a team is made up of quality players, but they must also have personality, determination and know how to suffer."

 

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<![CDATA[David Luiz says Ángel di María will take PSG to a new level]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74513_david_luiz_says_angel_di_maria_will_take_psg_to_a_new_level.html 

The Brazilian does not believe that the incoming Argentine should be judged on his disappointing stay at Manchester United.
Luiz is hopeful that Paris Saint-Germain will sign Di María and he believes that the Argentine's arrival could transform the French giants into genuine Champions League contenders. The 27-year-old winger is said to be closing in on a move from Manchester United to PSG with Laurent Blanc admitting there is a "good possibility" of the Ligue 1 side capturing him. Luiz was quoted in GOAL: "We want to win the Champions League and of course Di María is a player that can help us go up another step. Di María is one of the top three wingers in the world. He's fast, technical, he plays for the team, he knows how to play as an individual, how to pass, how to score."

The Brazilian does not believe that the incoming Argentine should be judged on his disappointing stay at Manchester United.

Luiz is hopeful that Paris Saint-Germain will sign Di María and he believes that the Argentine's arrival could transform the French giants into genuine Champions League contenders. The 27-year-old winger is said to be closing in on a move from Manchester United to PSG with Laurent Blanc admitting there is a "good possibility" of the Ligue 1 side capturing him. Luiz was quoted in GOAL: "We want to win the Champions League and of course Di María is a player that can help us go up another step. Di María is one of the top three wingers in the world. He's fast, technical, he plays for the team, he knows how to play as an individual, how to pass, how to score."

 

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<![CDATA[Manchester United coach van Gaal: 'Ashley Young is not Neymar']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74512_manchester_united_coach_van_gaal___ashley_young_is_not_neymar_.html 

Louis van Gaal has hailed Neymar for his creativity and believes he is the type of player that sets standards.
Manchester United's Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has said that he wants to add creative options to his Manchester United squad before transfer deadline day. He said: "Chelsea have Hazard. He can always make goals, he can always make an action and decide a goal. Chelsea also have Willian and Oscar. Manchester City have Agüero, it’s the same type. Barcelona has Messi, Neymar and Suárez. We as Manchester United have to compete with these clubs, so we have to look also for that kind of players."
He continued: "We have Wayne [Rooney], Mata, Depay, Young, Januzaj, Wilson, Herrera. Young has had a fantastic season, but he is not a Neymar and we have to compete with that kind of class."

Louis van Gaal has hailed Neymar for his creativity and believes he is the type of player that sets standards.

Manchester United's Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has said that he wants to add creative options to his Manchester United squad before transfer deadline day. He said: "Chelsea have Hazard. He can always make goals, he can always make an action and decide a goal. Chelsea also have Willian and Oscar. Manchester City have Agüero, it’s the same type. Barcelona has Messi, Neymar and Suárez. We as Manchester United have to compete with these clubs, so we have to look also for that kind of players."

He continued: "We have Wayne [Rooney], Mata, Depay, Young, Januzaj, Wilson, Herrera. Young has had a fantastic season, but he is not a Neymar and we have to compete with that kind of class."

 

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<![CDATA[Chicago Fire secure forward Gilberto from Major League Soccer rivals Toronto FC]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74508_chicago_fire_secure_forward_gilberto_from_major_league_soccer_rivals_toronto_fc.htmlChicago Fire have announced that they have secured Brazilian forward Gilberto.

The Major League Soccer outfit claimed him off waivers from Toronto FC, meaning that he arrives on a free transfer.

Gilberto will be made a Designated Player, alongside Shaun Maloney and David Accam, while forward Kennedy Igboananike’s budget charge has been lowered using Targeted Allocation Money to ensure the necessary funds are available. 

Chicago brought in Gilberto, following former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba’s decision to sign with Montreal Impact. 

The Fire had first option on the veteran Ivorian, but have received general and Targeted Allocation Money in exchange for his switch to Montreal.

Gilberto arrives at Chicago on the back of a loan spell with Vasco da Gama. For them, he failed to net in 12 Brasileirão appearances and only managed one assist, though he was part of a side that won this year's Campeonato Carioca.

At Toronto, he faired better, scoring seven goals in 32 matches between December 2013 and February of this year, but was forced out by the arrival of United States international Jozy Altidore from Sunderland.

Speaking about Gilberto’s arrival, Chicago Head Coach Frank Yallop admitted he had been scouting the 26 year-old for some time and believes he is ready to be a key player.

“We’ve been tracking Gilberto for some time now and knew he could become available due to Toronto FC’s Designated Player situation,” he said, as reported by MLSSoccer. “He’s shown he can score goals in this league and we look forward to him joining our club here in Chicago.”

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<![CDATA[Report: Chelsea close in on agreement for Galatasaray defender Alex Telles]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74507_report__chelsea_close_in_on_agreement_for_galatasaray_defender_alex_telles.htmlChelsea are closing in on a deal for Galatasaray left full-back Alex Telles, according to reports.

The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that representatives for the Fulham based club are in the final stages of negotiations with their Turkish counterparts and that an agreement is imminent.

Serie A teams Internazionale and Juventus are also believed to have been keen on securing a deal for Telles, but the report suggests that they have now been defeated in their pursuit, with the latter said to be looking at Atlético de Madrid’s Guilherme Siqueira as an alternative.

Telles’ expected arrival at Chelsea will likely cover for the departure of Filipe Luís. The Brazil international - capped 18 times since debuting in 2009 - is set to return to Atlético following a mixed season in England.

No official confirmation of the switch has been announced as yet, but if Chelsea can secure Telles as a replacement, then it is likely that Luís will move on soon after.

Telles has been with Galatasaray since they signed him from Grêmio for a reported fee of €6.15 million in January 2014.

The 22 year-old, who has also played for Juventude, made 36 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring once, and has won three major honours during his time in Turkey.

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<![CDATA[Shakhtar midfielder Fred fails doping test]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74501_shakhtar_midfielder_fred_fails_doping_test.htmlShakhtar midfielder Fred has reportedly failed a doping test carried out whilst on international duty with Brazil at the Copa América. The information revealed by Foxsports has not been confirmed by the CBF, but the player has supposedly tested positive for a hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that is considered to be a doping product.

The 23-year-old started for Brazil in the opening two games of their Copa campaign, and could be suspended if the failure is confirmed by the CBF.

The ex-Internacional man had been included in the squad for the tournament in Chile at the expense of injured Luiz Gustavo.

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<![CDATA[Werley analyses Santos performance following Dorival Júnior’s arrival]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74500_werley_analyses_santos_performance_following_dorival_junior___s_arrival.htmlSantos are currently enjoying their best form since winning the Paulista Championship. After new boss Dorival Júnior has taken over, their has been an improvement in team performance with three wins from four matches, scoring eight goals in the process and conceding just two. On Sunday, the team beat Joinville in Vila Belmiro, reaching 16 points and moving up two places in the table to 15th.

Werley said: “It was an important result, our second win in a row [after Wednesday’s defeat of Sport in the Copa do Brasil). This builds confidence and gives moral to the group and to the coaching staff. Training is great during the week, and this is reflected on the field. We had a very good start to the year, winning the Paulista title. Now we are improving.”

After beating Joinville (2-0), Sport (3x1) and Figueirense (3-0), Santos will have a series of three games against opponents around them in the league - against Flamengo away from home and Coritiba and Vasco da Gama at home. The first challenge comes on Sunday, giving Dorival a whole week to work with his charges.

Werley continued: “This is critical. The longer we have to train the better. We are already demonstrating what Dorival is asking, playing with intensity, speed and aggression at the time of attack.” 

On loan from Grêmio since early 2015 Werley has played 33 matches and scored two goals in the Santos shirt. 

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<![CDATA[Genk want Corinthians striker Luciano]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/74498_genk_want_corinthians_striker_luciano.htmlBack from the Pan American Games where he scored five goals for Brazil, Corinthians striker Luciano may soon be leaving the Timão again, this time for good, after Yahoo Sports reported that Belgian side Genk have made an offer to for the centre-forward who does not appear to be part of coach Tite’s plans. 

The proposal is reported to be valued at €2 million and would allow Corinthians some breathing space in their current financial crisis. Luciano, who had an excellent Paulista Championship in 2014, has gradually lost his place in the Timão squad.

Luciano was a key player for Brazil’s Under-22 side as they finished in third-place at the Pan American games, losing 2-1 to Uruguay in the semi-final before defeating Panama 3-1 after extra-time in the third placed play-off.

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