<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[‘We Knew We Were Going to Win in the Tunnel’ Gilberto Silva Recalls Invincibles Days]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89523____we_knew_we_were_going_to_win_in_the_tunnel____gilberto_silva_recalls_invincibles_days.html2002 World Cup winner Gilberto Silva has recalled his days as a member of Arsenal’s legendary ‘Invincibles’ squad that went unbeaten for the whole of the 2003-04 Premier League season.

The Brazilian joined Arsenal from Atlético Mineiro in 2002 and won a league title and two FA Cups with the team. The midfielder said that his team often knew they had a game won before it had started.

“I think we have many special moments from that experience,” Gilberto told Arsenal.com. “And it was so nice for me, when we got into Highbury tunnel, cold tunnel, very narrow and close to the opponents, it’s like almost shoulder to shoulder and we knew that we were going to win the game in that tunnel.


“And then another special moment I can say that was when we won the league at White Hart Lane, it was something very special because we had four games to go, but to win the title there it means a lot for all the players, for the fans, for the club because they also had a very good game.

“You know, maybe the game could be much easier for us, at some points we complicated ourselves, but in the end we got the prize to win that.”

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<![CDATA[Manchester City and Liverpool Stars Back in Brazil Squad, with Chelsea’s Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89522_manchester_city_and_liverpool_stars_back_in_brazil_squad__with_chelsea___s_willian.htmlManchester City have four players in the Brazil squad for November friendlies against Japan in Lille and England at Wembley Stadium in November. Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus all feature in the 25 man squad.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino also feature, as does Chelsea’s Willian. The surprise inclusion is Juventus’ Douglas Costa, who has not featured under Tite and has had an indifferent start to life in Serie A.

Flamengo’s Diego and Sport’s Diego Souza feature, as does Shakhtar Donetsk schemer Taíson, who has been in and out of the squad over the last year.

Cassio retains the 3rd goalkeeper spot, while Monaco’s Jemerson makes the cut. Filipe Luis is still injured, so Juventus’ Alex Sandro will get another chance to impress.

Brazil face Japan in Lille on November 10th, before moving across to London to take on England on November 14th.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians)

Full-backs: Dani Alves (PSG), Danilo (Manchester City), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus).

Centre halves: Jemerson (Monaco), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Thiago Silva (PSG)

Central midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan).

Attacking midfielders: Diego (Flamengo), Giuliano (Zenit), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus).

Forwards: Diego Souza (Sport), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Taíson (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (PSG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

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<![CDATA[Coutinho Urges Liverpool to ‘Keep Going’ Ahead of Spurs Trip]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89515_coutinho_urges_liverpool_to____keep_going____ahead_of_spurs_trip.htmlLiverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho has urged Liverpool to ‘keep going’ ahead of the trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, following The Reds’ impressive 7-0 win over NK Maribor in Slovenia.

The Brazilian has been in a rich vein of form since returning from injury, scoring in four consecutive away games for Liverpool. He told the club’s official website, “The team were very focused right from the first minute.

“It’s been a while since we picked up a good win. We’ve been creating scoring chances without managing to turn them into goals. But in the game things went right for us and we did a good job.

“We need to keep working hard and training hard in order to keep this going. We have another game against them at home, a difficult game, where we hope to play another good match.”

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<![CDATA[‘I Want To Do for Mbappe What Messi Did for Me’ Says Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89514____i_want_to_do_for_mbappe_what_messi_did_for_me____says_neymar.htmlNeymar says that he wants to act as a mentor for teenage sensation and teammate Kylian Mbappe- much in the way that Lionel Messi did for him when he first arrived at Barcelona.

Mbappe became the top scoring teenager in the Champions League this week, having now scored eight goals in the competition. He and Neymar have already struck up a frightening understanding.

The Brazilian says he wants to help develop the 19 year old, much in the way that Messi did for him when he arrived at Barcelona from Santos in 2013.

“I'd like to act with Mbappé like Messi acted with me," he said to the Brazilian TV. “I want to help him. He's my buddy.”

The comments offer an interesting contrast to an interview given by fellow forward Edinson Cavani this week, who insisted he and Neymar do not need to be good friends to play together.

“We must find the solution together and function as a team. We need to be a competitive team, but we do not need to be friends. You have to be professional, and afterwards everyone has their own life,” said the Uruguayan forward.

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<![CDATA[The Brazilian Buddy System That Watford and Manchester City are Using to Great Effect]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89498_the_brazilian_buddy_system_that_watford_and_manchester_city_are_using_to_great_effect.htmlAs someone that watches Brazilian football regularly, I am often asked which young players in the Brasileirão could make their mark on Europe or the Premier League. When players such as Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison begin to make their mark, these enquiries tend to multiply for reasons that are obvious.

Brazil still has a commanding ‘brand’ when it comes to footballers. Signing a Brazilian player has a special gravitas to it- a romance even, where European supporters are concerned. However, other than in very obvious cases (Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, even Oscar), it is always very difficult to gauge how well a Brazilian player will adapt – especially when it comes to learning how to bet on football.

 English and Brazilian culture are poles apart and adapting to life in the UK is often very difficult for young Brazilians that go beyond the weather and the language (though these undoubtedly play a significant part). Therefore, it is always very difficult to judge how a Brazilian player will fare in the old continent, regardless of their ability.

 There are far too many examples to list of talented Brazilians who have not been able to adapt to European football or indeed life in Europe. The number of genuinely successful Brazilian footballers in the Premier League is surprisingly meagre, especially attacking Brazilian players.

 However, in 2017, Gabriel Jesus at Manchester City and now Richarlison at Watford have settled into life in the Premier League quickly. Are they bucking a trend, a pair of outliers, or is there something else at work? Jesus very obviously had the talent to excel in any division in the world- as his performances as a teenager for the national team suggested.

Richarlison was a less obvious diamond in the rough however. Whilst a very good forward for Fluminense, many more eye catching talents have failed to adapt to English football. Richarlison and Jesus both benefit from having Iberian managers, which reduces the language issue at least. Both managers have taken extra care to set their young charges up with mentors too.

 When Pep Guardiola met Gabriel Jesus on his first day in England, he took Fernandinho with him. Fernandinho has played in Europe for many years and already knew Jesus from the national team setup. Jesus has already described Ferna as “a big brother.” Finding places that sell Brazilian cuisine is especially important to young Brazilians moving to Europe and Fernandinho was on hand to take Jesus under his wing.

This is especially important while they learn the language. Under Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar Donetsk made procuring young Brazilian attacking talent their business model. Shakhtar worked incredibly hard to aid their adaption. First of all by producing camaraderie in numbers, but the Ukrainian club used to fly supplies of rice, beans and other Brazilian delicacies in especially. They housed Brazilian players close to one another too, to help their families settle.

Effectively, Shakhtar created a mini Brazil in the middle of Donetsk. Watford and Manchester City don’t quite have that option available to them. But in Marco Silva, Richarlison has a Portuguese speaking manager and in Huerelho Gomes, he also has a mentor. Gomes is Watford’s vice captain and has also played in Europe for many years, having hailed from a small farming town in Minas Gerais.

As Fernandinho has done with Gabriel Jesus, Gomes has been appointed as Richarlison’s “big brother.” The Sun newspaper interviewed Richarlison and Gomes side by side at a Brazilian food truck in St. Albans. The youngster explained how Gomes has acted both as a translator and a mentor for him since he arrived in Hertfordshire.

Many European clubs buy Brazilian youngsters without giving proper consideration to the huge cultural adaption the player needs to take in every day life. Watford and Manchester City have been able to help their starlets settle with something of a Brazilian buddy system. At Arsenal, Gabriel Paulista struggled to settle in London.

 

Yet in 2002, when Gilberto Silva was signed, he was housed next door to Edu Gaspar, the pair and, crucially, their wives became great friends and both players proved to be a big success at the club. The best way to make Brazilian talent shine in England, is to make sure there is a Brazilian older brother on hand to help them find their way.

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<![CDATA[Brazil Confirm Russia Friendly in Moscow]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89486_brazil_confirm_russia_friendly_in_moscow.htmlThe CBF have confirmed that Brazil will play a World Cup warm up friendly against Russia in Moscow in March. The match will take place on Friday, 23rd March in the Russian capital.

The game will form part of the Seleção’s preparations for the tournament in Russia next June, with games against Japan and England to come in November.

Tite is keen to test his charges against opposition from different continents and a March trip to Moscow will give the team a chance to familiarise themselves with the environment they will find at the World Cup.

The friendly has been mooted for a while, with another likely to follow in the March international round against Germany. There will probably be some friendly games planned for late May immediately prior to the tournament too.

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<![CDATA[Brazilians Star for Liverpool and Manchester City in the Champions League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89485_brazilians_star_for_liverpool_and_manchester_city_in_the_champions_league.htmlIt was a good night for Brazilian players on the first night of matchday 3 in the Champions League group phase, with a number of Brazilians making their mark.

Roberto Firmino bagged a brace and Philippe Coutinho was on the scoresheet as Liverpool routed NK Marobor 7-0 in Slovenia.

Manchester City’s Brazilians made a similarly impressive contribution to their side’s 2-1 win over Napoli. Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring in that game, while goalkeeper Ederon saved a penalty, with Fernandinho scrambling to clear the resulting rebound.

In Rotterdam, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Bernard scored both goals, as the Ukrainian side came from behind to beat Feyenoord 2-1.

With the likes of Paulinho, Neymar, David Luiz, Filipe Luis, Alisson, Douglas Costa and Dani Alves in action for their clubs tonight, there promises to be further Brazilian involvement on Matchday 3 yet.

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<![CDATA[‘I Live for Goals’ Says Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89473____i_live_for_goals____says_gabriel_jesus.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says that he lives for scoring goals. The 20 year old Brazilian bagged two against Stoke on Saturday, days after netting twice for Brazil against Chile in his hometown of São Paulo.

Jesus told the Manchester Evening News, “I live for goals and just want to score as many as possible. It's great to score goals in the Brazil national team shirt, but I also love doing it in City colours, too.

“I am enjoying this great moment in my life. I had an injury last season but that didn't stop me. My team and management really helped me, and they have been great for me in my time in England.

“I learn a lot from Sergio [Aguero] every day, but not just him – I learn from all the team. We learn with each other – I pass on my knowledge to them, and they give theirs to me, so it's an exchange.”

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho Denies Barcelona Departure was Pep’s Decision]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89472_ronaldinho_denies_barcelona_departure_was_pep___s_decision.htmlRonaldinho Gaucho has denied that Pep Guardiola decided to sell him during his furst summer at Barcelona. Guardiola took over during the 20078-08 season and the Brazilian departed for AC Milan in the summer of 2008.

Rumours abound that Ronaldinho’s party lifestyle and the emergence of Lionel Messi persuaded Guardiola to sell. But the Brazilian has broken his silence on the sale and insists that he decided to leave for Serie A.

“I was the one who decided I should leave Barcelona,” he said in an interview with TV3. “I had already achieved my goals and I needed a change. I always got on well with Guardiola and I worked with his brother [Pere] at Nike.”

Ronaldinho won a Champions League and 2 La Liga titles in his 5 years at the club and snapped up the Ballon D’Or in 2005 for his performances at the Catalan club.

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<![CDATA[Tite Admits Left-Back Dilemma as Alex Sandro Impresses and Ederson Adds to Goalkeeper Conundrum]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89428_tite_admits_left-back_dilemma_as_alex_sandro_impresses_and_ederson_adds_to_goalkeeper_conundrum.htmlBrazil coach Tite admits that the performances of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro have left him with a dilemma for his World Cup squad. The Juve full-back has been behind Marcelo and Filipe Luis in the pecking order.

However, both players were injured for October qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile, handing Alex Sandro his chance and the Juve man impressed. I can not define the squad yet,” Tite cautioned.

“As Carlo Ancelotti says, a situation can change by a hair, almost a detail. Marcelo, Filipe Luís and Alex Sandro- being absolutely sincere, I'm going to sleep with this dilemma now.”

The Seleção coach urged all three players to continue to push one another until the final call is made, “They have to compete loyally, cooperating with the team, and we will follow the games. The moment will determine.

“I'm not handing out bouquets. Praise that is not true is worthless. Our job is to follow the professionals justly.”

Tite also had praise for Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, who kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Chile on Tuesday, “The goalkeeper position is not closed either.

“Ederson has a throw that we can use. He has a rehearsed move with Gabriel Jesus at Manchester City that we used against Chile that took Jesus right in front of goal. But we have several top level players in this position.”

Ederson was only called into Tite’s squad for the first time in September, but his excellent form since joining Manchester City has not gone unnoticed. His ability with his feet and his excellent distribution are also a valuable commodity. Like the Brazilian National Team, make sure that you become a winner by using Winner Coupon Bonus Code

Current first choice Alisson has never entirely convinced, though he now has the number 1 shirt at his club Roma. He has held the position since late 2015, when Botafogo stopper Jefferson was dropped for an error strewn display in Chile at the outset of the qualifying campaign.

Alisson was seen as the future at the time by Dunga, a far from complete option, but somebody that could develop into the role. But Ederson’s form at Benfica brought him to the attention of Pep Guardiola and now he appears to have caught Tite’s eye too.

Ederson has Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho as teammates at club level too, which is important for players that have to cover long distances for international football. The trio would fly together for games, further building their camaraderie. 

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<![CDATA[The curious case of Chelsea playmaker Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89460_the_curious_case_of_chelsea_playmaker_willian.htmlWith the 2018 World Cup just around the corner, any player in contention of making their respective nations' squads will surely have one eye on a summer in Russia. Excluding maybe one or two individuals, the best way to ensure this becomes a reality is pure and simple: Get game time.

With this in mind, should certain players be considering their options for the remainder of the campaign? The obvious names that jump to mind are Oliver Giroud, Michy Batshuayi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and perhaps, surprisingly, Chelsea playmaker Willian.

The Ox has already secured a move that he hopes will provide him with first-team football, although after a slow start to life at Anfield it appears improbable that he will be able to dislodge the Reds' preferred midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Gigi Wijnaldum anytime soon. Willian, on the other hand, might be beginning to consider his options following the return to fitness of Eden Hazard.


The diminutive playmaker has been at Chelsea since 2013 having signed from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala for £30 million, however, since the arrival of Antonio Conte, he has found his playing time limited, 
making 19 of his 34 appearances from the bench and racking up only 1531 minutes on the pitch.

It could be argued that no squad is more competitive at this current moment in time than Brazil’s, who have qualified with ease from the highly competitive South American CONMEBOL World Cup Group with 41 points, 10 points clear of second-placed Uruguay. This success is reflected in the fact that the five-time World Cup winners are priced at 6/1 by the bookmakers and are once again amongst the hot favourites to lift the trophy next year.

Even more worryingly for Willian, he may want to take heed of the curious case of Chelsea’s attacking midfielders. Both Oscar and Juan Mata quickly found themselves surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge on the back of very impressive seasons, particularly Mata, who was sold to rivals Manchester United just months after being awarded Chelsea's Player of the Year for the second successive season during the 2013-14 campaign. Oscar’s fall from grace has been even greater, having been shipped off to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG in December 2016.


With the January transfer window looming ever closer, could Willian fall into this reoccurring trend? Depending on how far Willian has descended down the pecking order at Chelsea, this could come as a blessing to the Brazilian in order to save his World Cup ambition.

It is safe to say that the Brazilian would not be short of suitors, with moves to both Manchester United and Barcelona rumoured in the summer transfer window, but with both these clubs playing at the pinnacle of European football, a lateral move such as this may not benefit Willian’s playing time tally. He would be well advised to consider at least a six-month loan to a ‘lesser’ Premier League club, Everton perhaps, to potentially provide at least some form of European football.

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<![CDATA[Richarlison Realising a Dream to Play in the Premier League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89459_richarlison_realising_a_dream_to_play_in_the_premier_league.htmlWatford striker Richarlison says he has dreamed about playing in the Premier League since he was a child. The 20 year old Brazilian joined Watford from Fluminense in August and has acquitted himself well to life in England.

He told the Sun newspaper that he wanted to play in the division as a child in Rio, “Most of the time my friends and I played on the street, make goals with our sandals. It was like a favela, a poor area.

“I used to watch the Premier League on my uncle’s TV. I was in love with what I was seeing — the speed of the game and the way it never stopped. I said, ‘I’m going to play there one day’.”

The player has enjoyed a meteoric rise, from América Mineiro in Serie B, to Fluminense, to Watford in just 3 years. “I am not surprised because everything in my life has changed so fast.

“From the day I started to play for America, then Fluminense, now in the Premier League — everything has come at the right time.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-10/home/Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:41:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Richarlison Pays Tribute to Teammate Huerelho Gomes]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89458_richarlison_pays_tribute_to_teammate_huerelho_gomes.htmlWatford striker Richarlison has paid tribute to teammate Huerelho Gomes, who has helped the 21 year old forward settle into life in Hertfordshire since arriving from Fluminense during the summer.

Gomes has acted as a translator and mentor for the youngster since his arrival. Richarlison told The Sun newspaper, “It’s great to have Heurelho here. He has helped me a lot — finding a house, a car, everything.

“To be honest, I knew pretty much nothing about Watford as a town or a club. But I feel so comfortable — the players, the staff, the board and the fans have made me so welcome.”

The youngster spoke warmly about fan culture in England compared to Brazil too, “Living in Rio is dangerous sometimes. If you lose a game in Brazil, you cannot walk about among the fans.

“Fans in Brazil cross the line. A few times at Fluminense, the fans would go to the airport after we had played away to shout at us.

“After home games, they would block the coach and make life very difficult. Here the fans respect you as a person. The way I live is totally different here.”

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Pays Tribute to Kevin de Bruyne]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89454_gabriel_jesus_pays_tribute_to_kevin_de_bruyne.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus paid tribute to Belgian schemer Kevin de Bruyne, following City’s 7-2 win over Stoke City on Saturday. The Brazilian helped himself to two more goals in another convincing victory for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Jesus insists de Bruyne’s performances are a big part of City’s irrepressible form, telling the club’s official website, “I'm really happy and pleased to be playing with high-level players like him. We all feel lucky to have him in our team.

“We have been working hard and face every game to win and score lots of goals. We're really happy with how we are playing. We are very happy with our home performance, but it’s the whole performance of the team.

“We are playing well this season and I think the fans are enjoying it; I think that is more important than scoring lots of goals.  We have been working and training hard, we face every game trying to win.

“There might be times this season that is difficult (to maintain), but at the end of the day we need to do what we can do. If we train well we will get our results at the end of the season.”

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<![CDATA[Marco Silva Sticks up for Richarlison Over Dive Controversy]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89452_marco_silva_sticks_up_for_richarlison_over_dive_controversy.htmlWatford boss Marco Silva says he did not see Richarlison dive for a penalty during his side’s 2-1 win over Arsenal at Vicarage Road on Saturday. The Brazilian tumbled under the attentions of Hector Bellerin and a spot kick was awarded.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger described the decision as “unacceptable” as there had been no contact. Hornets boss Silva saw things differently however.

Silva told Sky Sports, “I have seen the penalty now and I respect the decision of the referee. It's important, I didn't see a dive or a simulation.

"Richarlison has suffered the most fouls in the Premier League this season, and people are starting to say he dives. He is not. He is fair. He wins fouls like the best players in the world win fouls.”

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<![CDATA[Firmino Reflects on 100 Liverpool Appearances]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89431_firmino_reflects_on_100_liverpool_appearances.htmlLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino reflected on reaching the 100 appearance milestone for Liverpool recently- and says he’d like to play at least 100 more for the club.

The Brazilian passed the century in the Reds’ 1-1 Champions League draw with Spartak Moscow and he told Liverpool.com, “It’s great for me. Ever since I received the proposal to come to Liverpool, I’ve been very happy. I never thought twice about coming to Liverpool.

“I am very happy here at Liverpool, it’s a very good club, at a very high level, a big club. I enjoy playing here and I am pretty happy to have reached my 100th game.

“I hope I can get another 100 games for Liverpool and to achieve a lot of good things; to win as many trophies as possible and achieve success.”

The 26-year old says there is more to come too, “I am pretty content because I am a person who demands a lot of himself; I always want more and nothing is ever ‘perfect’ for me. It’s great but it could be better. That’s always my kind of thinking – to keep wanting more.”

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<![CDATA[Ederson Reveals Gabriel Jesus Move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89430_ederson_reveals_gabriel_jesus_move.htmlManchester City goalkeeper Ederson earned his first Brazil cap on Tuesday evening, as he kept a clean sheet in the Seleção’s 3-0 win over Chile in São Paulo.

He featured alongside clubmate Gabriel Jesus and the City stopper revealed the two devised a move designed to spring the Chilean defence early in the game.

“At the start of the game, I spoke with Gabriel and said that we could score from our first goal kick as Chile were making a lot of pressure.

“I was able to kick the ball to his back. Unfortunately, Gabriel wasn’t able to control the ball, but I am happy for him and for me, as he scored twice and we managed to help with the win.”

Jesus scored twice and City midfielder Fernandinho also featured from the substitute’s bench. Ederson was delighted to make his debut in his city of birth.

“I am very emotional after my debut with the National Team, in São Paulo in my hometown. I felt the warmth of the Brazilians. I am very happy with my debut and I’ll carry on working and if Tite calls me up again, hopefully I won’t disappoint.

“Something I always heard from my previous coach, clean sheets are half way to victories. If you don’t suffer goals, we are closer to winning the game, that’s what happened against Chile, we managed a clean sheet and we scored three goals.”

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<![CDATA[Neymar Reveals Palmeiras Affection]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89429_neymar_reveals_palmeiras_affection.htmlParis Saint Germain star Neymar has revealed his footballing idols as a child were Palmeiras players. The Brazilian supported O Verdão as a child growing up in São Paulo.

Brazil recently trained at Palmeiras’ training ground as Brazil played Chile in the club’s Allianz Arena ground. And the ex-Santos forward admitted a boyhood affiliation for Palmeiras.

Speaking to their official website, Neymar said, “My story as a Palmeiras fan did not last long because I was very young, but my idols were Evair, Marcos, Rivaldo and Alex.

Neymar was pictured with a Palmeiras jersey underneath his Brazil training top earlier this week and the club have even begun to sell shirts with the player’s name and number on them.

This despite the fact that Neymar came through at nearby Santos. Neymar even admitted he would like to play for the current Brasileirão champions some day.

“Nobody knows what tomorrow brings, but it would be a huge pleasure to play for a club like Palmeiras. I was ‘Palmeirense’ as a child and I always loved the green shirt.”

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar Happy for Messi as Argentina Qualify]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89404_neymar_happy_for_messi_as_argentina_qualify.htmlNeymar Junior says that he is happy for his old Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi, as the Argentine conjured up another masterclass, scoring a hat trick for the Albiceleste in Quito to take his country to the World Cup in Russia.

Argentina needed to win in Ecuador, but fell behind after 37 seconds. But Messi stepped up with a sensational hat trick to seal qualification for 2014’s beaten finalists. Neymar, whose Brazil side qualified comfortably, declared himself happy for his old friend.

“I'm happy for him, for a friend to be playing such an important championship, not to stay out, but I have friends in Chile as well. But we have to play our game because we are men and we are here to win always.”

Neymar also bristled against his treatment by the referee, as the Seleção cruised to a 3-0 win against Chile, a result which eliminates the current South American champions. Neymar was booked shortly before half time for raising his arm.

“That's part of it, right? A yellow card where I was not to blame, I did not mean to leave my hand in his face, but it goes down to the interpretation of the referee, right? And as always it didn’t come out in my favour.”

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<![CDATA[Tite Delighted with Chile Victory and Admits Brazil Among World Cup Favourites]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89403_tite_delighted_with_chile_victory_and_admits_brazil_among_world_cup_favourites.htmlBrazil coach Tite is pleased with how his Brazil side are shaping up ahead of next summer’s World Cup and admits that his side have to be considered among the favourites for Russia 2018, after winning 10 and drawing 2 of the qualifiers he has overseen.

The Seleção finished qualifying with a 3-0 win over Chile in São Paulo last night and the coach is already sizing up next summer’s opposition, “We are a favourite. By the football we’ve played, the campaign we produced, by level, performance plus result .

“We are one of the teams, yes. I have said that France is at a very strong level. Rising players like Mbappé, Lacazette, Griezmann. Look at the offensive trio. And there is Germany, who maintains a core.

Tite defended his decision not to experiment with his lune-up, despite top spot in the CONMEBOL ranking being sewn up, “We have to measure the opposition. I did not have time. I would have tried a number of other players, but I could not.”

But Tite would not be drawn into grandiose claims of winning a 6th title in Russia, “I do not know if we will win, I will not promise. I'm not a demagogue, but I'll tell you one thing: the football that the team is playing makes me happy.

“Because it is an idea of football I like, to exchange vertical passes. Because it's the school I know: from Telê, from Ênio Andrade, who is from Parreira, from Zagallo.”

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Talks Up Ederson and Prepares to Face Claudio Bravo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89390_gabriel_jesus_talks_up_ederson_and_prepares_to_face_claudio_bravo.htmlManchester City goalkeepers Ederson and Claudio Bravo will come face to face tonight, as they represent their countries in São Paulo. Ederson has received the nod ahead of Alisson for the World Cup qualifier.

Bravo meanwhile, will captain Chile. Bravo will also be facing his clubmate Gabriel Jesus, as he seeks to help Chile secure a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Brazil, of course, have already qualified.

“I talked a little with Bravo and I said that I would score a goal if I had the opportunity,” Jesus told a press conference on Sunday evening.

On City and Brazil teammate Ederson, Jesus said, “He's a very good guy, a good colleague, who deserves everything. I'm very much a fan of him. I'm very fond of him.”

Jesus will also face Palmeiras legend Jorge Valdivia, with both players returning to Allianz Parque for the CONMEBOL qualifier. Both players can expect an excellent reception from the local crowd.

“I trained with him at Palmeiras, and we played together once, if I'm not mistaken. In the time we spent together, he proved to be a good person, a quiet guy, and a great player.”

But Jesus warned that friendships will be cast to one side when the teams face one another later tonight, “They defend their team. I, mine.

“We have to worry only about ourselves. We deserved our qualification. Let them [Chile] solve whatever they have to solve. Here, when it comes to Brazil, we are always trying to win.”

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<![CDATA[Tite and Neymar Impressed by Palmeiras]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89389_tite_and_neymar_impressed_by_palmeiras.htmlBrazil boss Tite has paid tribute to the infrastructure at Palmeiras, which the Seleção have used as their training base in the build up to Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Chile at Allianz Parque.

Tite enthused, “I was amazed by the whole structure, with all that Palmeiras has available to its professionals so they can grow. It's really amazing. I thought it was good. They are to be congratulated.”

Tite coached Verdão briefly from May to September 2006 and he says it is clear that there has been a big improvement in that time, “Going back to the past a little bit, I see the size of the improvement that has happened here. This all brings a final product of excellence.”

Likewise, talisman Neymar was similarly impressed. The PSG forward was a Palmeiras fan as a child and he told the local press, “The structure is excellent, the club is to be congratulated for it. I'm happy to train here for the first time.”

Palmeiras president Maurício Galiotte added, “Today we had the privilege and satisfaction to receive the Brazilian National Team, Professor Tite and the players. The structure of Palmeiras is available and it is a great honour to be sharing this moment with them.”

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Delighted with Palmeiras Return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89377_gabriel_jesus_delighted_with_palmeiras_return.htmlBrazil striker Gabriel Jesus will undergo a homecoming when he starts for his country against Chile on Tuesday night. The Manchester City forward will be returning to Palmeiras’ Allianz Arena, where he made his name.

The 19-year old does not hide his affection for Palmeiras, with whom he won the Brazilian title last season. He can expect a huge ovation from the locals, with a clear mutual affection between the fans and the player.

Speaking ahead of the Chile tie, Jesus said, "When I realized my dream [of playing for Palmeiras], I created a quick story, but I did it with my teammates. I am very happy to return,” he pointed out.

“I always had the happiness of having the affection of the Palmeiras shirt. I'm glad that this has not changed, every time I meet the fans I'm very fond of them.”

His teammate Neymar was pictured with a Palmeiras jersey under his Brazil training top during training this week, and Jesus joked, “If Neymar was wearing a Palmeiras shirt, then I am also very happy!”

Neymar also grew up in São Paulo and is rumoured to have supported Palmeiras as a child, “I never touched his subject [whether Neymar supported Palmeiras], but everyone knows he was. Some day I'll talk to him about it.”

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<![CDATA[Miranda and Gabriel Jesus Untroubled by Argentina Predicament]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89376_miranda_and_gabriel_jesus_untroubled_by_argentina_predicament.htmlBrazil pair Miranda and Gabriel Jesus say that Argentina’s World Cup qualifying predicament will not enter their minds when they face Chile on Tuesday evening. A Chile win would leave Brazil’s bitter rivals in big trouble with regards to World Cup qualification.

This has led to suggestions that Brazil, who are already qualified, could be tempted to intentionally lose to Chile. But Miranda and Gabriel Jesus have rubbished such suggestions.

Miranda told a press conference, “When Brazil was in danger of missing Russia, no one helped us so we won't help anyone. Others should qualify in their own merit.

“With the Seleção, you have the obligation to win every game, and you have to do everything it takes to win. I would rather get a red card and miss the World Cup opener, than let a Chilean score against Brazil on Tuesday.”

Jesus redoubled the sentiment, “Do I want Argentina to qualify? If we've qualified, it's our merit. If they qualify or don't, it will also be their merit or not.

“Messi is one of the best players and Argentina are a big team, but we only think about ourselves. If it was up to me, the World Cup would start tomorrow.”

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<![CDATA[Casemiro ‘All That Was Missing Was a Goal’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89359_casemiro____all_that_was_missing_was_a_goal___.htmlBrazil midfielder Casemiro said he was satisfied with Brazil’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Bolivia in La Paz on Thursday evening, despite not collecting all 3 points.

The Seleção were already guaranteed top spot, but took a strong team to La Paz. Bolivia held Brazil at bay, securing a 0-0 draw thanks in no small part to their goalkeeper.

Casemiro, who captained the side, said he was happy with the display, even if the team had to settle for the point, “We knew it would be a difficult game, principally because of the altitude,” he said.

“We created lots of opportunities, but the goalkeeper is happy tonight. So we have to congratulate him, because he had a great game.

“If there had been a winner for the game, it would have been us,” the Madrid man reasoned. “We created a lot. We had at least 5 clear chances.

“What we must keep in mind is that we played a good game, it was just missing a goal. But we knew it would not be easy here.”

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Rues Missed Chances]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89358_gabriel_jesus_rues_missed_chances.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus joined Neymar, coach Tite and captain Casemiro in paying tribute to Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe, after the Seleção were held to a 0-0 draw in La Paz on Thursday.

Lampe made a string of impressive stops to keep the away side at bay, thwarting Jesus amongst others. The City forward was quick to acknowledge the Bolivia stopper’s performance.

“I missec three chances that I do not usually miss. I'm still training, improving, but I cannot miss these, I know. I congratulated the goalkeeper on his saves.

“We knew that it would not be easy, we had clear chances, but we could not convert them into goals. We leave here with our heads held high, because we fought, ran and managed to hold their team.”

On the conditions in La Paz, Jesus added, “I felt a little tired, it's normal. It’s the first time I have played at altitude like that. It's normal. We got to play with pace. Unfortunately, the ball did not go in today. Now we rest so that in the next games we can play another beautiful game and score goals.

“The physics plays a bit part. The run of the ball in relation to the field, which was not great. But we cannot complain, we have to go on the pitch and play and face the difficulties.”

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<![CDATA[Tite Congratulates Bolivia Keeper on Performance]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89353_tite_congratulates_bolivia_keeper_on_performance.htmlBrazil coach Tite paid tribute to Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe for a virtuoso performance in the Seleção’s 0-0 draw with Bolivia in La Paz.

The Bolivia keeper made a series of stops to prevent Brazil from making a breakthrough in the penultimate qualifier of the CONMEBOL group.

“We must give credit do Lampe, let's be fair,” he said. "There was a moment in the second half when I turned to the stands and clapped, even though I was really angry. I wanted to talk to Lampe.

“I told him: 'Congratulations on your great performance.' Besides the gesture of turning to the crowd and applauding one of his saves, I asked them to feel proud of the team and their goalkeeper by the level of his performance.”

On the game itself, Tite admitted that the difficult conditions in La Paz, some 12,000m above sea level, made the game very difficult for his side. “To play here in La Paz and with Bolivia's quality, that's pretty difficult.

“In terms of strategy, I'm happy because my team had possession and were straight forward at the last third. We had matches in which we were less productive than today. I'm happy with the performance but frustrated with the result.”

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<![CDATA[Brazil Confirm England Friendly]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89352_brazil_confirm_england_friendly.htmlBrazil have confirmed that they will play England in a friendly on 14th November at Wembley Stadium. England confirmed their qualification for the 2018 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Slovenia on Tuesday night.

As such, they do not require a playoff to qualify. Brazil play Japan in Lille on November 10th and then travel to London to meet England on 14th November as part of both team’s preparations for next summer’s World Cup.

The teams last met in the summer of 2013, as they played out a 2-2 draw in the Maracanã. The sides have met 25 times before, with the Seleção winning 11 to England’s 10. Tite is keen for his side to test themselves against European opposition in the build up to Russia 2018.

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<![CDATA[A Chance for the Seleção to Experiment in La Paz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89333_a_chance_for_the_selecao_to_experiment_in_la_paz.htmlBrazil travel to La Paz for a World Cup qualifier on Thursday evening that is, on the face of it at least, consequence free. The Seleção have already guaranteed top spot in the table with an astonishing run of 28 points from 10 games. Bolivia meanwhile, are one of two teams that definitely cannot qualify alongside Venezuela.

But for Tite and Brazil, planning for next summer’s World Cup starts now. Brazil had already qualified prior to the September qualifiers of course, but Tite still opted to keep the majority of his core starting XI together for matches against Ecuador and Colombia. However, the squad for this month has a slightly more experimental sheen to it.

Grêmio’s Arthur, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred and Shandong Luneng’s Diego Tardelli are all called for the first time in Tite’s reign. Injuries to Marcelo and Filipe Luis mean the manager is forced to consider other options at left-back. Juventus’ Alex Sandro is likely to start both matches, with 21 year old Flamengo left-back Jorge drafted in for cover.

For Tite, roughly 16 of 23 man squad for Russia next summer are probably decided. Barring injury or a tremendous loss of form; Alisson and Ederson will form 2 of the 3 goalkeepers, with Cassio, Weverton, Alex Muralho and Marcelo Grohe grappling for the third goalkeeper slot. Dani Alves, Marquinhos, João Miranda, Thiago Silva, Marcelo and probably Filipe Luis will be selected- unless Alex Sandro can force out the latter.

The role of back up right back and second back up centre half are up for grabs. Fagner of Corinthians has been a consistent, if scarcely used presence in Tite’s squad. But Manchester City’s Danilo might catch the coach’s eye- especially given his versatility. Monaco’s Jemerson and São Paulo’s Rodrigo Caio are fighting for the last centre half position.

In midfield, Renato Augusto, Casemiro and Paulinho have formed an excellent partnership, with Fernandinho of Manchester City a trusted understudy. Tite will look at Grêmio’s promising young defensive midfielder Arthur and Shakhtar’s Fred this month, with Zenit St. Petersburg’s Giulianio breathing down their necks. Thiago Maia, now at Lille, could be an outside bet with the best football betting sites if he can show some form in France.

In the attacking positions, Coutinho and Willian are duking it out for the position on the right of the attack, with Tite saying he will rotate according to the opponents. But both are assured squad spots, as are Neymar and Gabriel Jesus. Roberto Firmino is competing with the likes of Taíson, Luan and now Diego Tardelli for the prize of Gabriel Jesus’ deputy. Luan and Tardelli, like Firmino, can play anywhere in the front 3 and are conversant with the false 9 role. The problem is that Neymar does not dovetail effectively with a false 9.

He either needs to play in that position himself, or else play off of a more fixed striker. The PSG man likes to roam freely and that clashes with the modus operandi of a false 9. In the Colombia match in September, Neymar and Firmino’s movement jarred and they ended up standing on one another’s toes.

There was some talk of the revitalised Jô coming into consideration given his more orthodox style and his impressive form at Corinthians. However, having not been selected in September or October, it looks as though the ship has sailed on what would have been one of Brazil’s most unlikely comeback stories.

With nothing riding on the match in La Paz, Tite might use the game to take a look at the likes of Jemerson, Arthur, Danilo and maybe even Cassio. Though if Ederson continues his good form, he may be able to wrestle the number 1 shirt off of Alisson. The Bolivia fixture gives Tite room to tinker, especially since the Thursday night slot makes life very difficult for some of his European based players.

The final match at home to Chile will have a great deal resting on it for the visitors, who are scrapping away for qualification. Brazil will probably need to call on their bigger guns to preserve the integrity of the qualifiers, but also because Chile are a higher quality of opponent.

Bolivia gives Tite the opportunity to begin firming up those final 4 or 5 squad spots for Russia.  Bolivia’s Estadio Hernando Siles Stadium is situated 12,000 feet above sea level, a tough testing ground for his fringe hopefuls hoping to board the plane for Russia next summer.

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<![CDATA[Manchester City’s Ederson to Start for Brazil Against Chile]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89332_manchester_city___s_ederson_to_start_for_brazil_against_chile.htmlBrazil boss Tite has confirmed that Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson will be given a chance to impress in Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Chile in São Paulo.

Roma stopper Alisson has been Brazil’s number 1 for the last 2 years, but Ederson’s form in goal since joining City from Benfica this summer has caught the coach’s eye.

“I will tell you that I talked to the two players [Alisson and Ederson]. I talked to Taffarel [Brazil’s goalkeeping coach]. Alisson plays this game [against Bolivia] and Ederson, against Chile.”

Brazil have already qualified for the World Cup and begin preparations for next year’s tournament in Russia. Ederson will compete for the number 1 shirt with Alisson in that time.

Tite says the next 8 months will be used to prepare for June 2018, “I sleep thinking about the World Cup and not today. My whole life was spent on taking the smallest possible step. We cannot always control results, but we can control performances,” he explained..

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