<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Marcelo praises Real Madrid Head Coach Carlo Ancelotti]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66400_marcelo_praises_real_madrid_head_coach_carlo_ancelotti.htmlBrazil international Marcelo has praised Real Madrid Head Coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The defender, who has made over 200 appearances for Real, believes Ancelotti’s approach and attitude has been key to the success he’s enjoyed since arriving in Spain and is confident that he can keep winning in the near future.

"Ancelotti has allowed us to enjoy the games and also to improvise,” he said, as reported by Real Madrid’s official website. 

“He knows we are very confident. We do everything for him, for all the help he has given us and for what he tells us in every game.

"He is a very easy-going person, who says everything to your face and that is key. I'm sure that even those who have played very little would say the same.

"He is a winner and he instils that humility and the desire to get started and do everything in order to win. We knew that we had to be extremely united in order to win something."

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<![CDATA[Real Madrid defender Marcelo hails team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66399_real_madrid_defender_marcelo_hails_team-mate_cristiano_ronaldo.htmlBrazil international Marcelo has praised his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The defender, who has been at Real since 2007, believes Ronaldo’s all-action approach is key to the team and insists he is not simply interested in just scoring goals.

"It is easy to play with Cristiano Ronaldo. He knows where he has to give you the ball and does it perfectly," he told Real Madrid’s official website.

"He helps the team out in defence and on top of that provides assists and great passes.

"The fact that [Karim] Benzema, Cristiano, Isco, [Gareth] Bale and James [Rodriguez] work in defence encourages the rest of us to work harder. It is easy for us to play with these stars: they score and set up goals."

 

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<![CDATA[Roma Head Coach Rudi Garcia confident that Maicon will soon be back]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66398_roma_head_coach_rudi_garcia_confident_that_maicon_will_soon_be_back.htmlRoma Head Coach Rudi Garcia is confident that Maicon will soon be fit.

The Brazil international last featured for the Giallorossi in a 3-0 win over Chievo Verona back in October and though Garcia is pleased with how his team have defended without him, the tactician remains eager to get Maicon back in the starting line up.

“Maicon is improving, we monitor him every day,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“It seems like he’s close to a return, but he won’t feature tomorrow. We hope he can come back and help out the defence because we’re in a bit of a tight spot.

“In saying that, we have the second best defence in Serie A, having conceded two non-existent penalties and an offside goal.”

 

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<![CDATA[Rom Head Coach Rudi Garcia unsure when Leandro Castan will return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66397_rom_head_coach_rudi_garcia_unsure_when_leandro_castan_will_return.htmlRoma Head Coach Rudi Garcia has conceded his unsure when defender Leandro Castan will return.

The 28 year-old Brazil international, who was signed from Corinthians in 2012, has been found to have a brain malformation following an MRI scan.

With the injury considered to be fairly unique, Garcia admits it is hard to predict how long Castan will be out for.

“I’m not a doctor,” he stated, as reported by Football Italia.

“There are professionals who will evaluate him. We need to leave him alone, but it’s clear, he’s a Roma player.

“We are all behind Leo, after his surgery in December he will return to being a Roma player.

“Now we must leave him alone, he’s a warrior he will soon be back at 200 per cent.”

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<![CDATA[Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to protect Diego Costa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66386_chelsea_boss_jose_mourinho_has_no_plans_to_protect_diego_costa.htmlChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he has no plans to protect Diego Costa ahead of the traditionally hectic festive period.

The Brazil-born Spain international has struggled with fitness at times this season, despite making an outstanding start to his Premier League career.

Costa has scored 10 goals already this term and is one booking away from a one-game suspension, but Mourinho is unconcerned.

'The Christmas period is new for him,' said Mourinho. 'He has worked with a club physio even during the international break. He is on four bookings but will I protect him? No.

'At the moment we feel he is free of his old injury. Costa has four yellow cards but no way will I rest him, if he gets a fifth, he gets a fifth. The next match is always the most important.'

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<![CDATA[Lucas Leiva nearing Liverpool exit door claims agent]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66384_lucas_leiva_nearing_liverpool_exit_door_claims_agent.htmlThe agent of Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has claimed that his client could move to Napoli when the transfer window opens.

Lucas' chances at Anfield have been limited since Steven Gerrard converted to a holding midfield role last season and reports over the summer claimed that ex-Reds boss Rafa Benitez wanted the 27-year-old in Naples.

With the transfer window set to open in the New Year, Lucas' representative Henrique Coelho has hinted that he may be forced to leave Anfield.

Coelho is quoted as saying by The Mirror: 'Is it possible that Lucas could leave Liverpool in January? Yes, naturally.

'Lucas likes Rafael Benitez a lot. After all, the two know each other well from when the Spaniard was coaching Liverpool.'

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<![CDATA[Report: Barcelona consider new Neymar contract]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66383_report__barcelona_consider_new_neymar_contract.htmlBarcelona are reportedly planning to reward Neymar's fine form with a new contract.

Neymar joined Barca for a reported fee of around £50m back in 2013 and signed a five-year deal with the La Liga giants.

The Brazilian's first season was a mixed bag, but the Selecao skipper has already scored 12 goals this term, and the club are planning to offer the 22-year-old fresh terms.

According to Globo, president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes that securing a new deal for the likeable Neymar will improve his chances of extending his tenure in the next elections.

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<![CDATA[Wellington Silva: My chance at Arsenal will come]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66381_wellington_silva__my_chance_at_arsenal_will_come.htmlWellington Silva has claimed that he will make the grade at Arsenal - despite the host of big-name strikers ahead of the Brazilian.

The 21-year-old was signed by Arsene Wenger back in 2011, and has had a whole host of loan moves since, and the youngster is currently on a short-term stay with La Liga side Almeria.

Despite seeing the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud ahead of him in the pecking order, Silva believes that he will take his chance at the Emirates when it finally comes.

He told Globoesporte: 'They have bought great players and the squad is very good, but I am calm because I know where I can get to.

'I am not afriad of [competing with] the big names, I know that if I work hard and things go well I wil be able to play [at Arsenal].'

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<![CDATA[Neymar could face fine by Barcelona coach Luis Enrique]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66380_neymar_could_face_fine_by_barcelona_coach_luis_enrique.htmlNeymar landed himself in hot water with his Barcelona coach Luis Enrique after arriving late to a training session on Thursday.

Barca coach Enrique is known to impose strict sanctions on anyone who cannot keep track of time at his sessions, and the Brazil captain arrived around 15 minutes late earlier this week.

Enrique reportedly charged his players around 100 euros a minute during his time with Barcelona B, and Neymar may face similar disciplinary action, according to Esporte.

Barcelona resume domestic action against Sevilla on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Ronaldo tips Real Madrid star Cristiano for Ballon d'Or success]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66358_ronaldo_tips_real_madrid_star_cristiano_for_ballon_d_or_success.htmlBrazil legend Ronaldo has tipped his namesake Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2014 Ballon d'Or.

The Real Madrid superstar has been in imperious form this calendar year, and the Portgual international has already plundered 18 goals for Los Blancos in La Liga this season.

Ronaldo netted 31 La Liga goals last season, and Il Fenomeno thinks that the Portuguese will scoop the gong, but he also thinks that Neymar could make the top three.

The former Selecao forward said: 'Cristiano should win Ballon d'Or 2014. I hope to see Neymar end up top three in Ballon D'or this year.

'His talent is sensational and he deserves recognition.'

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<![CDATA[Ronaldo: Neymar will prove himself to be a good Brazil captain]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66357_ronaldo__neymar_will_prove_himself_to_be_a_good_brazil_captain.htmlThe legendary former Brazil striker Ronaldo believes that Neymar will prove himself to be a good captain for the Selecao.

Neymar was given the armband by coach Dunga after the World Cup, with former skipper Thiago Silva admitting that he was unhappy about the appointment last week.

However, Ronaldo, who won two World Cups with his national side, thinks that the Barcelona superstar will be an excellent choice.

He told reporters: 'Neymar will prove to be a good leader for Brazil and will handle his responsibility as captain.

'To me, Thiago Silva is a great captain. I see no problem in him being captain, or even Neymar. Both deserve it.'

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<![CDATA[Dante claims Guardiola has taken Bayern Munich to 'a new level']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66356_dante_claims_guardiola_has_taken_bayern_munich_to__a_new_level_.htmlBayern Munich defender Dante has claimed that Pep Guardiola has taken the club to a 'new level' since taking over from Jupp Heynckes.

Heynckes led the German side to the Treble in 2013 before leaving, and Guardiola clinched the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal in his first season.

Goal.com quotes Dante as saying: 'Is this the best Bayern side? It is hard to say. We won everything we could win in 2013 and did a great job, but we have grown even more under the command of Pep.

'He has led the team to a new level. This may be the start of a new era for Bayern and we are much more flexible now.

'But football can be brutal and we have so many players out injured right now, like Philipp Lahm, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, and it is the titles at the end that prove that you are the best.'

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<![CDATA[Thiago Silva hails Paris Saint-Germain teammate Marquinhos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66354_thiago_silva_hails_paris_saint-germain_teammate_marquinhos.htmlParis Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has hailed teammate Marquinhos and thinks the young centre-back still has a big part to play at Parc des Princes.

Marquinhos was signed from Roma in the summer of 2013, but has seen his chances limited by the £50m arrival of David Luiz earlier this year.

However, Silva believes that his Brazilian compatriot still has a bright future with the ambitious Ligue 1 champions.

He said: 'It is true that he did a great job [when I was injured]. I have never disputed that. He has huge potential and can get even better.

'Nobody has forgotten his decisive rescue to stop Jordi Alba [in the 3-2 win over Barcelona in the Champions League]. He made a real sacrifice, especially as he played the game with a sore thigh.

'He should not accept [being a back-up] because he is here to compete with us. His goal, like any other player, is to win a place in the team. Top-level football is always like that, everyone is fighting [to play].'

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<![CDATA[Ronaldo: Chelsea boss Mourinho will improve Oscar, Willian and Filipe Luis]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66331_ronaldo__chelsea_boss_mourinho_will_improve_oscar__willian_and_filipe_luis.htmlThe legendary former Brazil striker Ronaldo has claimed that Jose Mourinho’s coaching ability will improve Oscar, Willian and Filipe Luis at Chelsea.

Willian and Oscar have been in impressive form for Mourinho’s Premier League leaders, and the two-time World Cup winner thinks that all three of his compatriots are playing for an ideal coach.

The Daily Mail quotes Ronaldo as saying: 'Under Mourinho’s coaching, [Oscar, Willian and Luis] have a lot of potential to do well because of Mourinho’s nature.

'Because of the nature of the football [in England], which is a lot of tackles, a lot of attacking and forward play, it’s definitely a good decision for young Brazilians to come to the Premier League.'

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<![CDATA[Neymar explains giving Brazil armband to Thiago Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66330_neymar_explains_giving_brazil_armband_to_thiago_silva.htmlBrazil captain Neymar has explained why he gave the armband to ex-skipper Thiago Silva after he was withdrawn in their 2-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.

Dunga replaced Neymar with Marquinhos late on and the newly-appointed skipper gave the captaincy duties to Silva as he departed.

Silva recently publicly expressed his disappointment with losing the armband after the World Cup, and Neymar revealed why he handed the duties back to his colleague after the game.

The Barcelona forward said: 'I decided in the moment like everybody does. Sometimes that choice is luck, sometimes by the leadership on the field and this time I chose Thiago Silva.

'It was not about what happened. It's because he was wearing the captain's armband before, he's a leader in the field and that's important to us. That's why I chose him.'

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<![CDATA[Miranda hoping for short-term injury lay-off]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66329_miranda_hoping_for_short-term_injury_lay-off.htmlAtletico Madrid defender Miranda is hoping for a short-term injury lay-off after he pulled out of Brazil's 2-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.

The Selecao centre-back, who had been an ever-present under Dunga after the coach took over following the World Cup, was withdrawn with a thigh problem as the national side overcame the European nation in Vienna.

Speaking to SporTV after the game, Miranda said: 'I felt a twinge in my left thigh, and I need to do tests to see what actually happened.

'I ask God for it to be nothing serious and I think I need two or three weeks of recuperation.'

The Los Rojiblancos star also stated that he saw no problems with Thiago Silva's unhappiness with losing the captaincy to Neymar and his place in the side in the heart of Brazil's defence.

'I saw Thiago's statements as normal,' he added. 'In the national team, no one is guaranteed a place. The group has a whole have to [make an impression] to start playing.'

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<![CDATA[Anderson Talisca taking confidence from Brazil experience]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66328_anderson_talisca_taking_confidence_from_brazil_experience.htmlBenfica forward Anderson Talisca has claimed that he is taking confidence from his call-up to the Brazil squad - despite not featuring in the matches against Turkey and Austria.

The in-form Talisca was selected to be part of the Selecao squad by coach Dungs after Lucas Moura was forced to withdraw through injury.

The reported Manchester United target did not make it onto the pitch in either victory over the European nations, but Talisca said that he will be a better player for the experience of training with the national side.

'Although I was not part of the game, it was a good experience for me,' he told O Jogo.

'This experience was very good for me and I learned many things. Now I must continue on for my club and return stronger to Benfica.

'I feel more confident for the rest of the season.'

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<![CDATA[Brazil coach Dunga plays down Miranda injury]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66323_brazil_coach_dunga_plays_down_miranda_injury.htmlDunga has played down the severity of Miranda's injury after the Atletico Madrid defender was forced off in Brazil's 2-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.

David Luiz opened the scoring for the Selecao before Aleksandar Dragovic equalised from the penalty spot.

Roberto Firmino scored late on to secure Brazil's sixth straight victory in a game that saw Miranda withdrawn, but Dunga claimed that the problem was 'nothing serious'.

He said after the game: 'Miranda had an injury during the game, we had to change him because of the severity [of the issue]. It seems to be nothing serious.

'Austria were very competitive, they have quality players and they played well.'

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<![CDATA[Neymar: The players are working for Dunga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66327_neymar__the_players_are_working_for_dunga.htmlBrazil captain Neymar has claimed that Dunga is bringing out the best in the players after they beat Austria 2-1 on Tuesday evening.

Head coach Dunga took over from Luiz Felipe Scolari after the Selecao's humiliating exit from the World Cup back in July.

The new boss' arrival has coincided with a six-game winning run, and they have only conceded once in the last half-a-dozen games.

Neymar said after the Austria game: 'Dunga has a different method of working to Scolari. The players who are being called up are working hard and entering the work that is being asked of them [by Dunga].

'Dunga is a guy who does not like to lose, like me.'

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<![CDATA[Ronaldo: World Cup nightmare not yet forgotten for Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66325_ronaldo__world_cup_nightmare_not_yet_forgotten_for_brazil.htmlThe legendary Ronaldo believes that six successive victories has not eradicated the nightmare of Brazil's humiliating exit at the World Cup.

A re-energised Brazil are yet to lose since Dunga took over from Luiz Felipe Scolari, but the two-time World Cup winner thinks that the Selecao's elimination in their own back yard is still fresh in the memory.

Brazil were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final before losing 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff back in July.

Ronaldo told Reuters: 'It is too early to see any change in the national team. It was very difficult to forget the World Cup and the defeat to Germany.

'I know that Dunga has a very difficult job to do to bring confidence back to some players and their work.'

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<![CDATA[Luxemburgo demands extension of Nixon's contract ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66322_luxemburgo_demands_extension_of_nixon_s_contract_.html 

The young striker Flamengo, Nixon, knew perfectly replace both incumbents and Paulinho Alecsandro when both players were injured. Despite his age, he distinguished himself and prove he could succeed in the workforce rubro negro, understand what coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo. It is for this reason that he has asked his officials to extend his contract, which expires at the end of December.
It is one of the priorities of the technician who will continue the adventure with Flamengo in 2015 and already preparing the new season ahead.

Vanderlei Luxemburgo has demanded the extension of Nixon's conteact at his club Flamengo.

The young striker Flamengo replaced Paulinho and Alecsandro when both players were injured, and did so with swagger. Despite his age, Nixon distinguished himself and proved to be a valuable asset to Luxemburgo in the Flamengo setup. 

The coach has now asked for extension of Nixon's contract that runs out at the end of December. 

 

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<![CDATA[Dunga happy to be given Brazil selection headache]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66321_dunga_happy_to_be_given_brazil_selection_headache.htmlBrazil coach Dunga has claimed that he is happy to have a selection headache after Roberto Firmino's performance in the 2-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.

The Hoffenheim star netted a late winner as the Selecao secured their sixth consecutive victory under Dunga, and the boss is pleased to have been given food for thought.

He told Globoesporte: 'No doubt, as I said before, my problems have increased, but it is good to have a wide range of players for selection.

'Every day and every workout, I am given good problems. I now have more options and that is a good problem. When I called Firmino, I said that he could smell a goal and he has also made a few.'

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<![CDATA[Diego Alves: "The decisions belong to Dunga"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66320_diego_alves___the_decisions_belong_to_dunga_.html 

Diego Alves successfully defended cages Seleção in matches against Turkey (0-4) and Austria (1-2). With only one goal scored from the penalty spot (Dragovic), the doorman of Valencia CF has shown that represented a credible alternative to the post holder to this post.
"The goal conceded was normal. It's complicated in the modern game to keep a series without taking goals. Austria played well, it is a physically strong team, it had to happen one day, we were prepared. J 'I tried to make the most of practices and games. now the decision rests with Dunga. I will now try to maintain the same club, "said Diego Alves after the meeting.

Diego Alves keeped well in the games against Turkey and Austria, conceding only one goal from the penalty spot. The keeper of Valencia CF has shown that he represents a credible alternative between the sticks.

"The conceded goal was normal. It's complicated in the modern game to keep a series without taking goals. Austria played well, it is a physically strong team, it had to happen one day, we were prepared."

'I tried to make the most of practices and games. now the decision rests with Dunga. I will now try to maintain the same at my club, "said Diego Alves after the meeting.

 

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<![CDATA[Dunga: "The results reflect all the work done so far"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66318_dunga___the_results_reflect_all_the_work_done_so_far_.html 

Six games, six wins, one goal conceded. Yes, Brazil is allowed after humiliation against Germany in the semi-finals of the last World Cup again. Dunga the method works, the Seleção is back on track.
"Follow our path"
The Seleção coach gave an initial assessment yesterday after the defeat of Austria in the last match of the year 2014:
"The results reflect all the work done so far. Maybe one detail has been overlooked. All the teams we faced were undefeated. They were tough games but the most important is that the players have understood our way to work. the most important thing is to be motivated and excited to be Seleção. Everyone must find their place and give the maximum itself. When we meet again in March, we will try to continue to follow this path. "

Six games, six wins, one goal conceded. The balance of Dunga's reign so far is positive. Dunga's method works and the Seleção is back on track.

The Seleção coach gave an initial assessment yesterday after the defeat of Austria in the last match of the year 2014.

"The results reflect all the work done so far," said Dunga.

"Maybe one detail has been overlooked. All the teams we faced were undefeated. They were tough games but the most important is that the players have understood our way to work."

"The most important thing is to be motivated and excited to be with the Seleção. Everyone must find their place and give the maximum. When we meet again in March, we will try to continue to follow this path."

Brazil are set to play France in March in Paris. 

 

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<![CDATA[Roberto Firmino reveals a dream come true after Brazil goal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66317_roberto_firmino_reveals_a_dream_come_true_after_brazil_goal.htmlHoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino has revealed that his dream had come true after he scored the winning goal for Brazil against Austria on Tuesday.

David Luiz opened the scoring after the hour mark before Aleksandar Dragovic equalised from the penalty spot.

However, Firmino struck a late winner to make it six straight victories for a re-energised Selecao side, and the attacking midfielder was delighted to have played a starring role.

He told Globoesporte: 'This [shirt] will go in a frame, it will stay with me for the rest of my life.

'It's always good to hear [positive things] from Dunga. Of course I scored the goal but the whole team has to be congratulated.

'Playing for the national team is a dream and it is an amazing group. I am happy to have scored the winning goal.'

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<![CDATA[Brazil 2 v 1 Austria: Match Report]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66299_brazil_2_v_1_austria__match_report.htmlBrazil were unchanged from the 4-0 drubbing of Turkey. They lined up with Diego Alves; Danilo, Miranda, David Luiz. F. Luis; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho; Willian, Oscar, Neymar, Luiz Adriano. Austria were on a high after having defeated Russia in the European qualifiers. For Brazil only an injection of self-esteem was at stake to finish their annus horribilis. 

Austria were not shy. Arnautovic was lively on the left in the opening exchanges. Okotie, who plays for Munich 1860 and scored the winner against Russia, had the ball in the back of the net early on, but he had clearly used his hands in beating Diego Alves and the referee booked him.

Austria had the majority of possession as Brazil often failed to retain the ball. The Brazilian backs barely passed the halfway-line and Brazil’s front players were mostly invisible.

Okotie came close again after 25 minutes, but his header against the post was from an offside Brazil. Then, in an ironic twist of fate, Miranda got injured and Thiago Silva replaced him. For most of the week, Silva had been at the centre of a storm after criticizing captain Neymar. 

Finally, after 33 minutes, Oscar provided what resembled a first bit of danger from Brazil, but his meek shot was easily saved by Austrian goalkeeper Almer. Gradually Brazil tried to restore the balance of play. David Luiz’s free-kick from long range sailed just over the bar.

“We need to pass faster,” said Oscar to TV Globo’s Mauro Naves at half-time. But Brazil did not take to Oscar’s half-time message, or at least the Austrians stood firm and congested the field. They took off striker Okotie for Sabitzer after 53 minutes.

Dunga tried to shake up things at the hour mark by bringing Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa for Luiz Adriano, who had another indifferent game, and Willian. Brazil were not precisely brimming with life as a consequence, but David Luiz did put the visitors ahead, against the run of play, with a header from Oscar’s corner. His man-marker slipped and Junuzovic was unable to clear on the line. 

The goal did not disguise Brazil’s many shortcomings and after 74 minutes Austria got a deserved equalizer. Oscar fouled Weimann, who had replaced Junuzovic minutes earlier, inside the box and central defender Dragovic converted the subsequent penalty from the spot.

Dunga replaced Oscar with Fred, while Arnautovic made way for Ulmer at the Austrian end. But Dunga seemed unwilling to take a lot of his risks. Next he brought on Casemiro for Fernandinho, two very similar players. These substitutions were just a repeat from the Turkey game.

And just as Brazil seemed incapable of much, Firmino struck. Neymar and Filipe Luis were involved with short touches before the Hoffenheim striker unleashed an excellent shot that was unstoppable for Ozcan.

In injury time, Marquinhos replaced Neymar, who passed the captain’s armband to Thiago Silva. 

Brazil held on to a flattering win in Vienna to maintain their 100 % record under Dunga. France in Paris is next for Dunga’s men come March 2015. 

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<![CDATA[Live: Austria - Brazil ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66295_live__austria_-_brazil_.htmlHello and welcome to Sambafoot's live coverage of Austria vs Brazil in Vienna. It was annus horribilis for Brazil but they can finish it on a high with a win over the Austrians.

Brazil are unchanged from the game against Turkey: Diego Alves; Danilo, Miranda, David Luiz. F. Luis; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho; Willian, Oscar, Neymar, Luiz Adriano. 

Can Austria stop the Brazilian train from rolling on? Players to watch out for are Fuches of Schalke 04 and Arnautovic of Stoke City. They of course miss Alaba.

Seven degrees. Rather chilly at the Ernst Happel Stadium. And a bit wet. 

0' And the ball is rolling in Vienna. 

5' The ball is in the back of Diego Alves' net, but Okotie volleyed it in with his hands. The goal is disallowed and Okotie receives a booking. 

10' Austria are dominating the opening exchanges. Dunga looks a little concerned on the touchline. 

13' Neymar's free-kick is a bit rushed and it's blocked by the Austrian wall. Pretty much sums up Brazil's evening so far. 

15' Filipe Luis nearly scores an own-goal. Arnautovic has no problems with Danilo on the left, Miranda fails to clear the cross and Luiz is lucky to not put it in his own net.

19' Brazil are passing the ball at the back. Austria are compact, mark well and have intelligence going forward. The last time these two met was in 1988, but the Austrians are certainly not afraid. 

22' Klein's shot is blocked. Another corner for the hosts. 

24' Oscar wants a penalty, but the referee waves his appeal away. Brazil are not retaining possession. That is problematic. 

26' Close! Okotie hits the post, but his header was from an offside position. 

27' Well, well. The irony. Miranda gets injuried and so Thiago Silva is ready to 'waltz in.'

33' First Brazilian shot on goal! Oscar' shot is easily picked up by Austrian goalkeeper Almer. 

37' David Luiz thinks he is playing Colombia every game. He is optmistic freekick sails just over the bar. 

This a good test for Brazil. Austria deserve a lot of credit in this first half.

HT Brazil 0 - Austria. 

"We need to play the ball faster," says Oscar at half-time. It has indeed been lacklustre 45 minutes from Brazil. 

Junuzovic and Arnautovic gave Brazil a lot of work. Austria played compactly without taking big risks and in response Brazil have shown a clear lack of inspiraton. On top of that, Austria are impressive when out of posession. 

45' What can Brazil show in the second half? Austria have substituted Almer for Ozcan.

52' Brazil haven't mustered much so far. Austrians are standing firm and congesting the middle of the field, cutting off a lot of passing avenues for the Brazilians. 

53' Austria take off Okotie and bring on Sabitzer.

60' Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa are set to come on for Brazil. 

61' Willian and Luiz Adriano make way for Douglas Costa and Firmino respectively. Dunga trying to shake up things. 

63' GOOOOL do Brasil! David Luiz scores out of the blue. He heads in Oscar's corner from the left as his man-marker slips. 0-1 Brazil!

68' Douglas Costa cuts inside, but his curly shot ends in the arms of Ozcan. 

70' Junuzovic, one of Austria's outstanding players, comes off for Aston Villa's Weimann.

73' Penalty for Austria! Clear foul by Oscar on Weimann.

GOOOOL da Austria! The hosts score and you can't say they don't deserve it. Dragovic slots it in a composed manner past Diego Alves. Austria 1 - Brazil 1. 

75' Oscar leaves the field for Fred, while Arnautovic does the same for Ulmer. 

80' That was the first goal conceded by Brazil in the post World Cup era. Brazil bring on Casemiro for Fernandinho. Dunga seems unwilling to take risks. These substitutions are just repeat from the Turkey game. 

83' What a way to open your account! GOOOOL do Brasil. Neymar and Filipe Luis are involved with short touches before Roberto Firmino unleashes an excellent shot that is unstoppable for Ozcan. Austria 1 - Brazil 2!

87' It was not great by Brazil, but it seems they will win their last game of 2014.

91' Neymar is taken off for Marquinhos. Silva gets the captain's armband.

FT After nearly six minutes of extra time the referee blows his whistle. Not a fantastic game, but Brazil hold on to a flattering win. Austria 1 - Brazil 2.

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<![CDATA[Miranda hopes impressive form will keep Thiago Silva out of Brazil side]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66285_miranda_hopes_impressive_form_will_keep_thiago_silva_out_of_brazil_side.htmlAtletico Madrid defender Miranda has admitted that he must maintain his impressive form to keep Thiago Silva out of the Brazil side.

The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back was stripped of the captaincy by Dunga after the World Cup, and is yet to start a game under the new coach.

Dunga's second stint in charge of the Selecao has resulted in a five-game winning streak and they are yet to concede a goal since their 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff at the World Cup in July.

However, speaking to ca2015.com, Miranda stated that he needs to keep up his high performance levels to stay ahead of the former skipper in the pecking order.

'Thiago Silva is an extraordinary player and we know that Brazil needs to be served by great players. I believe all players in the Brazilian team could be starters,' said the Atleti defender.

'We have a very strong defence and any player in the squad can play and do a great job. The simpler a defender plays, the better he performs.

'For a defender, the secret to maintain a high level of performance is a good positional sense. Learning how and when to anticipate strikers is important as well.'

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<![CDATA[Neymar: I still call Thiago Silva captain]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66292_neymar__i_still_call_thiago_silva_captain.htmlNeymar has once again tried to play down the reported rift with Thiago Silva ahead of Brazil's friendly with Austria.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender was stripped of captaincy by coach Dunga in favour of Neymar after the World Cup and the ex-skipper revealed that he was far from happy about the decision late last week.

Neymar claimed on Monday that there was no issue between the players and that the situation had been exaggerated by the media, and the Barcelona superstar reiterated his stance ahead of the Austria game.

He told reporters: 'I was surprised by Thiago's presser. I told him we should be careful in what we say in front of press cause they'll take advantage. Thiago called me for a conversation, but it didn't shake our friendship at all. We clarified things, we'll always be friends.

'I didn't tell Thiago when I became captain? There's noway I tell him that I'm his captain. Today, I still call Thiago captain. I never asked to be captain, but if I was handed this task, then I won't say no. I will affirm my responsibility in the best way.

'I've been captain at Santos for a long time and at many games. As captain, I'll try to honor my mission. I have extra duties now.'

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<![CDATA[Santos ready to discuss long-term Robinho deal with AC Milan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66282_santos_ready_to_discuss_long-term_robinho_deal_with_ac_milan.htmlSantos president Odilio Rodrigues has revealed that the club are prepared to discuss a permanent transfer of Robinho with AC Milan.

Robinho has stated his wish to stay with the Brazilian side after making a loan switch back to his homeland from the Italian giants.

Speaking to Globesporte, Rodrigues has said that the club are willing to take Robinho off the Serie A team's hands for good.

'We agree with Robinho: he wants to stay here and we want the same thing,' he said.

'He has a great relationship with the fans and we are ready to discuss his contract with Milan.'

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