<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Brazilian Cup Round-up: Flamengo strike late to seal first leg advantage]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65727_brazilian_cup_round-up__flamengo_strike_late_to_seal_first_leg_advantage.htmlTwo second half goals saw Flemengo take a priceless 2-0 lead into the second leg of the Copa Do Brasil against highflying Atlético Mineiro.

Whilst the away side had dominated much of the possession throughout, Flemengo capitalised in key moments as Minerio were left to rue two very poorly conceded goals.

After a goalless first half, in which the home side tried to press on with their advantage of the Maracanã, but struggled to create any clear-cut chances, it was the Paraguayan international Víctor Cáceres who put them infront with an hour played.

After an odd looking freekick had hit the Mineiro crossbar, the second ball into the box was capatilised on as Cáceres rose highest to convert the cross from Gabriel.

If anything the second goal was even more bizarre, as a ridiculous head first challenge by the usually reliable Mineiro defensive midfielder Josué left the referee with no option but to point to penalty spot.

Chicão’s penalty may have been unconvincing, but it ended up in the back of the net to secure a victory for hosts that leaves third placed Mineiro facing an uphill struggle in the return leg in a weeks’ time.

In the other semi-final over at Belo Horizonte, home of league leaders Cruzeiro, an early strike from Willian was enough to settle the contest in Cruzerio's favour; a result which could well set up an interesting return fixture on Thursday at the Estádio Vila Belmiro.

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<![CDATA[Dodo puts in strong display as Internazionale win]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65725_dodo_puts_in_strong_display_as_internazionale_win.htmlInternazionale have closed in on a European spot in Serie A after a 1-0 victory over Sampdoria, with Brazilian Dodô playing a key part.

The 22 year old left back, who is on loan to the Nerazzurri from rivals Roma, has played in all nine league games this season for Inter and has been a key player for Walter Mazzarri’s men.

Despite dominating much of the game against Sampdoria it had looked like Inter were going to be left frustrated, but a last minute penalty from striker Mauro Icardi sealed the points to the relief of the home crowd, and Dodô, who has three assists to his name already this season stressed the importance of victory, as reported by futpress.com:

It was a very important victory and our second in a row in the competition, which had not yet happened this season and it gives us confidence. We were against a tough opponent that has been doing a good job in the championship.”

With Sampdoria sitting in fourth place it was hard to disagree with Dodô, who will be hoping to secure win number five for Inter this season as they travel to bottom side Parma on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Liverpool's Coutinho shares romantic moment]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65724_liverpool_s_coutinho_shares_romantic_moment.htmlLiverpool’s attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho has shared a romantic moment in Paris with his fans.

The 22 year old, who is still yet to fully establish himself in the Liverpool side despite being a fan favourite, was in Paris with girlfriend Aime and made his feelings publically known.

As reported by globo, the player declared his true love to Aime on his Instagram account, accompanying a picture of the French capital with the caption “The reason for my smile is you. Love you.”

Coutinho will hope to continue his recent form for not walking alone on Saturday, as he will be eager to make the Liverpool first XI for their trip to Newcastle United on Saturday in the Premier League.

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<![CDATA[Atlético de Madrid defender Diego Godín disappointed Miranda, Filipe Luís and Diego Costa were overlooked at LFP awards ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65723_atletico_de_madrid_defender_diego_godin_disappointed_miranda__filipe_luis_and_diego_costa_were_overlooked_at_lfp_awards_.htmlDefender Diego Godín has conceded that he’s disappointed that his Atlético de Madrid team-mates were not recognised at the Spanish Football League [LFP] awards.

Despite winning last season's La Liga title and having six nominees - including Miranda and Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Filipe Luís - none of the Atlético players were selected for honours by their peers.

Given their strong 2013/14 campaign, Godín admits he’s surprised his team-mates were overlooked and feels it would be better if the votes were made public.

“They need to make it public or reveal how the captains voted to make it more transparent. Only then would we stop guessing and deriding it,” he told AS.

“I think it would have been much fairer if my teammates had won but until we know how all the captains voted then we are just speculating.

“As an Atlético player I’d obviously like my team-mates to have won. The only objective prizes to aim for are the La Liga winners, the Pichichi and the Zamora.

“But I’m not going to go round asking each captain who he has voted for as I don’t want this matter to drag on.”

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<![CDATA[Forward Óscar Muñoz unhappy with defender Marcelo's celebration after scoring in Real Madrid's 4-1 Copa del Rey victory over Cornellà ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65721_forward_oscar_munoz_unhappy_with_defender_marcelo_s_celebration_after_scoring_in_real_madrid_s_4-1_copa_del_rey_victory_over_cornella_.htmlForward Óscar Muñoz has criticised defender Marcelo's celebration in Real Madrid’s 4-1 Copa del Rey victory against Cornellà.

The Brazil international, who was netting for the first time this season, reacted to scoring Real’s fourth goal by doing a double summersault - a celebration that Muñoz felt was excessive.

“We are Segunda B players who hardly earn any money and his somersault leaves a bitter taste in the mouth,” he said, as reported by Football Espana.

“You have to remember where you are. Well, whatever - but later he told me he just had to celebrate it.

“Chicharito [Javier Hernández] also explained it to me. He told me that Marcelo doesn’t score that many goals and that’s why he did it.”

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<![CDATA[Milan defender Alex accepts Cagliari draw and looks ahead to Sunday's tie against Palermo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65720_milan_defender_alex_accepts_cagliari_draw_and_looks_ahead_to_sunday_s_tie_against_palermo.htmlBrazilian defender Alex believes Milan’s 1-1 draw against Cagliari could be a valuable result.

The Rossoneri dropped points for the second consecutive match, after being face with buoyant performance from Zdeněk Zeman's side.

Speaking after the match, Alex conceded that Cagliari's better preparation had perhaps gave them the edge, but he is confident that a draw is still a positive outcome ahead of Sunday’s tie at home to Palermo.

“It was no easy game for us and Cagliari had an extra day of rest,” he told Milan Channel.

“It can prove to be an important point for us but now we must prepare the game against Palermo well because we want to win.

“They are a strong side, so we’ll have to be careful from the first minute and we’ll have to play with strength because it is very important for us to win.”

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<![CDATA[Milan defender Alex confident of top three challenge]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65718_milan_defender_alex_confident_of_top_three_challenge.htmlBrazilian defender Alex is confident that Milan can challenge for the top three, despite their recent dip in form.

Filippo Inzaghi’s side have drawn their last two Serie A matches against Fiorentina and Cagliari respectively.

Fortunately for Milan however, pacesetters Juventus and Roma have also dropped points in recent weeks, which leaves Alex optimistic of staying in the hunt at the top of table.

“We have dropped four points against Fiorentina and Cagliari, but we still sit six points adrift of Juventus and Roma,” he told Milan Channel. “I think that we can still improve and fight for the top positions in the League.”

Milan are currently 4th in Serie A, having secured 16 points from nine matches.

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho has night to forget as Manchester City are dumped out of League Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65706_fernandinho_has_night_to_forget_as_manchester_city_are_dumped_out_of_league_cup.htmlBrazil international Fernandinho endured a miserable night as Manchester City were knocked out of the League Cup by Newcastle United on Wednesday.

The Magpies beat the Premier League champions 2-0 at the Etihad thanks to strikes from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko and Fernandinho was at fault for the opening goal.

The midfielder was caught in possession in front of his own goal after just six minutes before the move was finished off by Aarons.

Sissoko then gave Alan Pardew's side the victory when he poked the ball past Willy Caballero in the second half to book their place in the last eight of the competition.

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<![CDATA[Marcelo on scoresheet as Real Madrid cruise past Cornella]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65705_marcelo_on_scoresheet_as_real_madrid_cruise_past_cornella.htmlReal Madrid appear set to book their place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey after a 4-1 win over Cornella in the first leg - with Marcelo getting on the scoresheet.

The European champions took the lead in the 10th minute through Raphael Varane's header but Carlo Ancelotti's side were stunned when Oscar Munoz equalised.

However, Varane restored the lead with another header just after the half-hour mark before on-loan Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez scored the third.

Brazil international Marcelo rounded off the game with an effort 15 minutes from the end.

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<![CDATA[We won't play to defend first-leg lead vows Luxemburgo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65704_we_won_t_play_to_defend_first-leg_lead_vows_luxemburgo.htmlFlamengo coach Wanderley Luxemburgo has claimed his side won't be looking to merely defend their lead when they meet Atletico-MG in the second leg of their Copa do Brasil semi-final.

Luxemburgo's side won the first leg 2-0 on Wednesday thanks to goals from Victor Caceres and Chicao, but the manager said that his team will be on the frontfoot when they square off once more.

He said: 'If we get through [to the final] with the advantage then great, if Atletico get through then they will have deserved it, we cannot play to defend this result in the second game.

'Those who came to the Maracana saw a great game, but it is not over. We have an edge, but it is a game of 180 minutes.'

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<![CDATA[Chicao warns Flamengo against complacency after first-leg semi-final win]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65701_chicao_warns_flamengo_against_complacency_after_first-leg_semi-final_win.htmlFlamengo defender Chicao has warned his teammates against complacnecy after they beat Atletico-MG 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa do Brasil semi-final at the Maracana.

Chicao got his name on the scoresheet alongside Victor Caceres to give Flamengo a big advantage ahead of the second leg, but the centre-back called for focus from for the second leg.

He said: 'We had to face a very strong team, but we had a lot of determination and will. Our goal is to reach another final and the advantage is good.

'But we have to remember that they have reversed a big disadvantage before against Corinthians [in the quarter-final].'

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<![CDATA[Report: Arsenal line up January move for Romulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65698_report__arsenal_line_up_january_move_for_romulo.htmlArsenal are reportedly lining up a January swoop for Spartak Moscow midfielder Romulo.

The Gunners are keen to add the 24-year-old to their ranks in the winter transfer window and will offer striker Yaya Sanogo on loan as part of the deal, according to The Express.

Romulo joined Spartak back in 2012, but has only made 18 appearances due to a long-term lay-off with injury.

It is claimed that the Russian side are asking for around £9.5m for the Brazilian.

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<![CDATA[Brazilian Cup Preview: Cruzeiro face Santos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65688_brazilian_cup_preview__cruzeiro_face_santos.htmlBrasileiro leaders Cruzeiro take on eighth placed Santos in the first semi-final of the 2014 Copa Do Brasil.

The second semi-final, a clash between current cup champions Flemengo and Atlético Mineiro is bound to be another high quality game, and also kicks off this evening (22:00 UTC−3) as the quest for domestic glory comes to a head.

Santos coach Enderson Moreira should take heart from the fact that Cruzeiro only went through against ABC on away goals in the last round, and have stuttered in Serie A of late, but the leaders are expected to be at full strength; the likes of Marcelo Moreno, Everton Riberio and Ricardo Goulart are all likely to be selected.

Meanwhile, over at the Maracanã, Flemengo will be looking to make the most of their first leg home advantage despite struggling somewhat with it in the league this season against third place Atlético Mineiro.

Mineiro are a side in good form, and will no doubt be desperate for victory, having never won the Copa Do Brasil since it’s incision in 1989. 

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<![CDATA[Bolívar stresses importance of coach Mancini to Botafogo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65687_bolivar_stresses_importance_of_coach_mancini_to_botafogo.htmlFormer Botafogo defender Bolívar has praised the work of manager Vagner Mancini as his old side attempt to avoid relegation to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.

Bolívar, who has only recently departed the club after he and three other senior players had a dispute with Botafogo’s chairman (which ended up in their dismissal), has come out in support of current manager Mancini, and unsurprisingly suggested the board would not be blameless should the club be relegated.

Mancini has faced numerous problems since taking charge at the Fogão in April, with injuries and big financial troubles affecting his side along with the aforementioned departure of key players.

Botafogo currently occupy a relegation place, sitting 17th in Serie A after 31 rounds, but the Maracanã based side are only one point off safety, a position currently held by Vitoria, and Bolívar belives Mancini has done a good job so far, as reported by lancenet:

“Mancini has been a key guy. He is very energetic. He’s a guy who is going through the same difficulty of the players, and he has lost four key men... It’s hard.”

Botafogo face a tough task away at league leaders Cruzeiro on Sunday as they continue their bid to avoid the drop. 

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<![CDATA[Portuguesa relegated after another defeat]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65686_portuguesa_relegated_after_another_defeat.htmlCampeonato Brasileiro Série B side Portuguesa have been consigned to relegation to Série C for the first time in the clubs 94 year history.

A 3-0 defeat to Oeste on Wednesday night confirmed the drop, marking a new low for the Lusa, with caretaker manager Zé Augusto unable to turn around what has been a disastrous campaign for the club.

It means a second successive relegation for Portuguesa, who were controversially demoted from Série A despite finishing in 12th position in 2013 after the Superior Court of Sport Justice docked them four points after the club fielded an ineligible player against Grêmio.

Relegation has been inevitable in recent weeks, with Portuguesa failing to win in any of their last 10 matches and having recorded only three victories all campaign long.

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<![CDATA[Costa and Ramires set to return for Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65685_costa_and_ramires_set_to_return_for_chelsea.htmlJosé Mourinho has confirmed that star striker Diego Costa will be available to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The news will no doubt delight Mourinho after Costa’s outstanding start to life at Stamford Bridge, where he has already managed nine goals in just seven league appearances.

The good news for the Chelsea manager did not end there, as he also revealed that Brazilian midfielder Ramires should also be fit to face Harry Redknapp’s QPR side after just over a month on the sidelines.

“If there are no other complications, Diego and Ramires will be available to face QPR at the weekend.” Said Mourinho, as reported by Globo. The Portuguese head coach then went on to bemoan Costa’s international commitments for keeping him out for longer than first expected.

“He aggravated the problem because he played twice in three days and was not with us.”

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<![CDATA[Internazionale midfielder Hernanes wary of Sampdoria threat and refuses to be compared to Siniša Mihajlović]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65683_internazionale_midfielder_hernanes_wary_of_sampdoria_threat_and_refuses_to_be_compared_to_sinisa_mihajlovic.htmlInternazionale midfielder Hernanes has admitted he is wary of Sampdoria ahead of their clash at San Siro on Wednesday.

The Nerazzurri are currently four points behind Samp in the Serie A standings and Hernanes concedes that Inter will have to match their desire if they are to become the first team to beat them this season.

“Sampdoria have been doing great since last season,” he said, as reported by Football Italia. 

“It will be difficult to win but I also know that teams tend to play the game of their lives against us. We’ve understood that we also have to play like that.”

With his passing ability and talent from dead-ball situations, Hernanes has been compared in some quarters to Sampdoria Head Coach Siniša Mihajlović. The Brazil international insists however, that he is not at the same level.

“It’s impossible to compare me with Siniša Mihajlović,” he admitted. “I am just too behind in terms of goals.”

 

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<![CDATA[Elano praises Chennaiyin FC fans and hails teams togetherness]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65682_elano_praises_chennaiyin_fc_fans_and_hails_teams_togetherness.htmlElano has hailed the “great atmosphere” amongst the players and staff at Chennaiyin FC.

The former Manchester City midfielder has proven to be an instant hit with the Indian Super League side and he admits that the closeness of the team is bringing out the best in him. 

“There is a great atmosphere in the dressing room,” he said, as reported by the ISL’s official website. “Everyone starting from the support staff to the foreigners and Indian players have been very supportive from day one. Also the owners are great and motivate me a lot.”

As well as praises his team-mates and the staff, Elano also took time to thank Chennaiyin FC’s fans for their strong support.

“It makes me very emotional to play in front of so many fans,” he continued. “I try to always do the best for my team. I am delighted that we bounced back so well after the Delhi game.”

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<![CDATA[Elano pleased to assist team-mates Jeje Lalpekhlua and Stiven Mendoza in Chennaiyin FC's 5-1 win over Mumbai City FC.]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65681_elano_pleased_to_assist_team-mates_jeje_lalpekhlua_and_stiven_mendoza_in_chennaiyin_fc_s_5-1_win_over_mumbai_city_fc_.htmlElano was pleased to assist team-mates Jeje Lalpekhlua and Stiven Mendoza in Chennaiyin FC's 5-1 win over Mumbai City FC.

The former Brazil international created both forward’s goals and scored twice himself, as Marco Materazzi’s side ran out comfortable victors.

Speaking after the game, Elano praised Lalpekhlua and Mendoza and was also happy that his free-kick practice has been rewarded.

“It would have been impossible to assist them without their brilliant runs. In fact, all the players supported each other. It was a team effort!” he said, as reported by the Indian Super League's official website.

“I practice free-kicks from different positions in training so all that hard work is paying off.”

Chennaiyin’s victory over Mumbai was their third in four matches and leaves them 2nd in the Indian Super League, two points adrift of leaders Atlético de Kolkata.

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<![CDATA[FIFA President Sepp Blatter claims Russia's 2018 World Cup preparations are "considerably ahead of schedule" compared to Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65675_fifa_president_sepp_blatter_claims_russia_s_2018_world_cup_preparations_are__considerably_ahead_of_schedule__compared_to_brazil.htmlFIFA President Sepp Blatter has claimed that Russia’s preparations for hosting the 2018 World Cup are “ahead of schedule.”

The 78 year-old, who was speaking at a press conference, suggests that Russia’s organisation compares favourable with Brazil’s preparations for hosting the 2014 tournament.

"I can say that in comparison with Brazil, Russia is considerably ahead of schedule with four years remaining before the event's start," he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"FIFA unconditionally supports the staging of the World Cup by Russia.” 

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<![CDATA[Neymar and Messi set to miss game Espanyol ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65670_neymar_and_messi_set_to_miss_game__espanyol_.html 

Messi and Neymar will be notably absent from the Supercopa de Catalunya tonight against Espanyol. 
The two men were allowed to rest for this match and felt friendly and will find strength for the championship game this weekend against Celta Vigo at the Nou Camp. The left side is actually part of Adriano retained by coach Luis Enrique while Douglas is still injured group.

Messi and Neymar will be notably absent from tonight's Supercopa de Catalunya against local rivals Espanyol. The two players have been given a rest.

After this weekend painful loss at Real Madrid, FC Barcelona face Espanyol tonight in the Supercopa de Catalunya in what is very much a glorified friendly.

Barcelona's two star players will be allowed to rest for this match. 

Adriano is part of Luis Enrique's squad, while Douglas remains injured. 

 

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<![CDATA["We don't talk about the 7-1 anymore in the dressing room"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65668__we_don_t_talk_about_the_7-1_anymore_in_the_dressing_room_.html 

Guests on the show Bem Amigos de la SporTV, midfielder São Paulo and the Brazilian team, Souza, commented on the atmosphere of the dressing room of the Seleção. Selected for the first time against Japan in October, Souza said the locker room was smiling again and the players were already focused on the 2018 World Cup goal: 
"In seven or eight days with the Seleção, I did not see any trauma. Dunga is to renew the mentality of each player, with the objective of Global 2018. He thinks only 2018 .. Players World can smile again, the atmosphere is very good, we laugh, but we work hard. I have not heard of the 7-1 when I was there, nobody talks about. "

The São Paulo midfielder Souza has commented on the atmosphere in the dressing room of the Seleção on the show Bem Amigos on Sportv. 

 He was selected for the first time against Japan in October. Souza said the locker room was all about smiles again and the players were already focused on the 2018 World Cup.

"In seven or eight days with the Seleção, I did not see any trauma. Dunga about the renewal of the mentality of each player, with the objective of the 2018 World Cup."

"We can smile again, the atmosphere is very good, we laugh, but we work hard. I have not heard of the 7-1 when I was there, nobody talks about. "

 

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<![CDATA[Santos sign deal with Huawei from China ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65666_santos_sign_deal_with_huawei_from_china_.html 

Team Santos is just like most Brazilian clubs, namely in a fragile financial situation of wages payable to certain players for two or three months. Peixe but received good news yesterday with the signing of a partnership with the Chinese brand mobile phone, Huawei, should pay a substantial sum to the club to relieve the financially even if President Santos has not want to disclose the amount of the agreement. 
President of the Chinese brand in Brazil, Jason Zhao meanwhile, very satisfied with this brand already present in PSG, AC Milan or Borussia Dortmund. 
"Huawei is excited to partner with Santos, one of the biggest clubs in Brazil and in the world. Huawei is a young and dynamic brand, which makes it an ideal partner for Santos in football."VB

Brazilian club Santos is in a fragile financial situation, with wages behind. To get the situation under control Santos signed a sponsorship deal with Chinese brand, Huawei. 

The Santos president did not want to disclose the fee involved, but it is believed the mobile phone brand will pay the Brazilian club a substantial fee.


President of the Chinese brand in Brazil, Jason Zhao meanwhile, was very satisfied as his brand already has a presence in PSG, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund. 


"Huawei is excited to partner with Santos, one of the biggest clubs in Brazil and in the world. Huawei is a young and dynamic brand, which makes it an ideal partner for Santos in football," he said. 

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar gains 5lbs of muscle to help him succeed at Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65663_neymar_gains_5lbs_of_muscle_to_help_him_succeed_at_barcelona.htmlBarcelona forward Neymar's attempts to adjust to the rigors of European football has resulted in the Brazil international packing on 4.5lbs of muscle.

The Selecao striker endured a frustrating campaign in his maiden season in La Liga, but has started this term in superb form.

The 22-year-old already has nine goals for the campaign, and his efforts look to have been aided by a bulking up.

Neymar weighed 64lbs when he joined from Santos in 2013, but the Barca star now weighs 68.5lbs according to Le Buzz.

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<![CDATA[Assist King Michel Bastos just happy to contribute to Sao Paulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65662_assist_king_michel_bastos_just_happy_to_contribute_to_sao_paulo.htmlSao Paulo star Michel Bastos has claimed that he is just as happy creating an assist as he is scoring goals for his side.

The versatile former Lyon defender is top of the charts in the Brasileirao with 12 assists, but the 31-year-old is unconcerned with personal records.

He said: 'I like to do both, helping my team in various positions. If I score, I am happy, if I give the pass too, I am happy.

'The first thing is to have a winning team, that is the most important thing. I have no preference whether I score a goal or make a pass, it is good.'

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<![CDATA[Lyon legend Juninho backs Doria for Marseille success]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65659_lyon_legend_juninho_backs_doria_for_marseille_success.htmlFormer Lyon midfielder Juninho Pernambucano has backed Doria to become a success at Marseille.

The 19-year-old defender moved to OM in the summer, but is yet to make an appearance for the Ligue 1 side.

However, Juninho, who spent eight years with OL, thinks that the youngster has all the tools to become a top star in France.

He told RMC: 'This is a very interesting player. He is only 19 and this is a left-sided defender which is rare.

'He has good speed and is very comfortable on the ball. He will have to play a little more to gain experience but I think he has all the tools to make a successful career with the club.'

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<![CDATA[Khaznadar's Santos bid compromised by Neymar friendship - Leite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65657_khaznadar_s_santos_bid_compromised_by_neymar_friendship_-_leite.htmlNabil Khaznadar's bid to become the next president of Santos is compromised by his friendship with Neymar's family, according to advisor Celso Leite.

Neymar was sold to Barcelona for an undisclosed fee back in June 2013 and the La Liga club were subsequently accused of tax fraud by Spanish authorities.

Khaznadar has previously struck up a friendship with Neymar's family, and in particular, the Brazil star's father, but Leite believes that the presidential candidate will be 'bombared' with scrutiny.

'I remember him making a speech saying that he was a close friend of Neymar's father,' said Leite. 'If this connection is intimate, as they called it, I think it will be difficult for Nabil, and he will be bombarded in the elections because of the sale of Neymar.

Rollo Orlando added: 'Unfortunately, some counsellors are more committed to their personal interests than with Santos. It is difficult to have an independence that way. It will be hard for him to investigate the sale of Neymar [as president].

'It will become even more difficult because the personal interests will prevail.'

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<![CDATA[Chelsea reportedly line up move for Cruzeiro's Lucas Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65655_chelsea_reportedly_line_up_move_for_cruzeiro_s_lucas_silva.htmlChelsea have reprtedly joined the race for Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva.

The 21-year-old is said to be attracting the attention of La Liga giants Real Madrid, and the Premier League leaders have now also turned their attention to the youngster, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Speaking earlier this month, former Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista urged Los Blancos to sign his compatriot when speaking to Marca.

'It would be a wise move [for Real to sign Silva],' he said. 'From the first day I saw him, I knew he would be a player who would turn heads and I told him so.'

It is believed that Cruzeiro hold a value of around £6m for the talented defensive midfielder, who is a part of the Brazil Under-20 side.

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<![CDATA[Bielsa explains Doria absence]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65651_bielsa_explains_doria_absence.htmlOlympique de Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa has explained his decision not to include young defender Doria in his recent team selections.

The highly rated centre-back, just 19, is yet to make his debut for the French outfit after his September move to L’OM from his only previous club, Botafogo.

After racking up 60 league appearances before his 20th birthday for the Fogão, Doria would’ve been hoping to have made more of an impact at Marseille, but an impressive start to the season and strong competition in his position have seen his opportunities quickly become almost non-existent.

This was recognised by head-coach Bielsa, who was keen to stress the abilities of his other defenders when he spoke to media at a press conference on Tuesday, as reported by maxifoot.fr:

"The decisions are made in context, and I think for Wednesday's game, the suitable replacement for Morel is Nkoulou, and an adequate replacement for Nkoulou is Fanni.”

After also mentioning French defender Stéphane Sparagna, he continued:

“Of these three options for each position, I think the best pair will be Fanni and Nkoulou, and I have not considered Sparagna or Doria."

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<![CDATA[Le Havre rule out Adriano deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65649_le_havre_rule_out_adriano_deal.htmlFrench club Le Havre have today quashed rumours of a move for former Brazilian international forward Adriano – as it emerged they could not afford him.

Despite the powerhouse striker being invited to watch the French second division side face Arles-Avignon on Friday, the news was confirmed by club president Jean Pierre Louvel, speaking with AFP:

“Adriano is invited to watch the match against Arles-Avignon and will kick off the game." He said during a phone interview, before then confirming that the clubs financial restrictions were the main stumbling block.

“Adriano will not be hired by the current directors of the club to play in January. That will not happen, because our budget does not permit a contract like this.”

The news may well come as a disappointment to the former Internazionale star Adriano, who has only managed 17 competitive appearances in the past four years and has been without a club since Atlético Paranaense terminated his contract in April.

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