<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Tite Defends ‘Human’ Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92602_tite_defends____human____neymar.htmlBrazil boss Tite has defended his talisman Neymar, following the Seleção’s last gasp 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday. Goals from Coutinho and Neymar in stoppage time secured a precious 3 points for Tite’s side.

“[Neymar’s] individuality shows up if the whole group is playing well,” Tite said. “You can’t put all the responsibility on one player. He was out three and a half months and he played the full match. He’s a human being.

“He needs some time to resume his high standard but before he does that there is a team which has to be strong and not dependent on him.” Tite was also unhappy with the decision to overturn a penalty call for Brazil after the referee consulted with VARs.

“If I was the referee I would not go back but I respect that because it is subject to interpretation,” the Brazil manager said. “We don’t need referees to win the game, we just want it to be fair. To me it was a penalty.

“But we don’t want any help. We don’t need any help, the players don’t need help, I don’t want help. We want to be more competent.”

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<![CDATA[Douglas Costa Happy To Help During Costa Rica Victory]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92601_douglas_costa_happy_to_help_during_costa_rica_victory.htmlBrazil winger Douglas Costa was delighted to come off the bench and contribute to the Seleção’s 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday.

The Juve man came on as a half-time substitute for Willian and made a positive impact playing in an unfamiliar right-wing position.

“I found my entrance nice. I was able to find all the spaces that Tite asked me to. I&#39;m happy to come in, to help, to show my football. After so much time away from the team to play at that level is cool.”

He was quick to brush off questions over whether he might start the game against Serbia in Moscow on Wednesday after Willian failed to impress.

“I do not see it like that. I see that we all deserve to play, regardless of whether or not we start. I am happy to come on or to start. All together we went through several scenarios before the World Cup.”

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<![CDATA[Neymar returns to Training Ahead of Costa Rica Clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92587_neymar_returns_to_training_ahead_of_costa_rica_clash.htmlBrazil forward Neymar returned to full training on Wednesday, after footage emerged of him limping away from the Tuesday afternoon session with a sore foot.

Neymar broke his metatarsal back in February but recovered in time for the tournament. However, he left Tuesday’s session after hobbling his way through a simple passing drill.

He appeared to have trouble with the same foot that he broke three months ago. Neymar was fouled ten times during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

But the PSG man took part in full training on Wednesday and ought to be fit enough to start Friday’s Group E clash with Costa Rica in St. Petersburg.

His teammate Philippe Coutinho played down the severity of the injury in his Tuesday press conference.

“I saw the same thing you saw. I haven&#39;t talked to him. It happened almost at the end of practice. I think he felt something but that&#39;s normal.&quot;

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<![CDATA[Shakhtar and Ismaily]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92588_shakhtar_and_ismaily.htmlIsmaily has been playing at Shakhtar since 2013. He made 133 apps, scored 12 goals and won 12 trophies with the Orange-and-Black team: the Brazilian claimed four league titles, four Ukrainian Cups and four Super Cups.
Under the new deal, the player buyout clause fee is EUR 100 million.

All informations about Shakhtar

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<![CDATA[‘Brazil Are World Cup Favourites’ Declares World Cup Winning Boss Parreira]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92586____brazil_are_world_cup_favourites____declares_world_cup_winning_boss_parreira.htmlFormer Brazil boss Carlos Alberto Parreira says that his nation are the favourites for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Parreira oversaw the 1994 team that won the tournament in the USA and has also managed four other nations in World Cup campaigns. He had two spells in charge of the Seleção.

The former Brazil boss said, “There are always changes during the competition, but for the quality we have, for what the team is showing, it&#39;s not just us who say that Brazil are favourites - the whole world is calling Brazil ‘super favourite’.

“To win a World Cup you need, in addition to team, players that make a difference, and we have those.” Only Brazil are capable of recovering from such a defeat, from what happened in 2014, to go from hell to heaven, arriving at a World Cup just three years later as a super favourite - only Brazilian football with its potential and wealth could have done what we&#39;re doing now.”

“A year ago, I dared to say that we have the best attack in world football at the moment: Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus,” he continued. “Nobody has three players like this, who can improvise and decide games. So I think Brazil are in Russia as the super favourites.

“And we still have Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa to come in, too, which is a hugely beneficial with a coach like Tite who has done so well to balance the defence and attack.

&quot;It does not mean that we will win the World Cup. It is a short, treacherous competition, and the best team does not always win, but we have everything we need to lift the hexa.&quot;

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<![CDATA[Brazil Have ‘No More Room For Error’ Warns Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92573_brazil_have____no_more_room_for_error____warns_coutinho.htmlBrazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho admits that the Seleção have no more room for slip ups as they take on Costa Rica on Friday afternoon.

Brazil drew their opening match against Switzerland and will look to take all three points against the Costa Ricans.

“Brazil will treat Costa Rica game like the final game. We are aware we have no more room for error,” he told a press conference on Tuesday.

“Tite told us we could have handled the ball better. When we received we just wanted to attack immediately. We should have taken our time, turned the ball over and balanced our game like we usually do.

“Tite is so good at convincing you, that you&#39;d think he is a psychologist. He always insists that we must be mentally strong.”

The Barcelona man refused to be drawn on the decision to award Switzerland’s equaliser, despite an apparent foul on João Miranda in the build-up.

“Professor Tite has already expressed his opinion. I prefer to not comment and to concentrate on Costa Rica game. In a World Cup, anything can happen. That&#39;s why there is no favourite for the title.”

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<![CDATA[Coutinho Unfazed By Zico Criticism]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92572_coutinho_unfazed_by_zico_criticism.htmlBrazil schemer Philippe Coutinho refused to be drawn on criticism by Seleção legend Zico, who said that the Barcelona man, “sometimes disappears in games.”

Asked about the comments in a press conference on Tuesday, Coutinho responded, “I&#39;ve always tried doing my best in this function with Liverpool and Barcelona.

“Sometimes when things don&#39;t go well, people will criticize. But I just want to help the team. Anyway, I thank him for his words.”

The Barca man will come up against Real Madrid rival Keylor Navas in the Costa Rica goal when the teams play on Friday afternoon.

“Keylor Navas is a great goalkeeper who had a great season, but we want to score on Friday. I have always dreamed of representing Brazil in the World Cup.

“When you hear the national anthem, it&#39;s a completely different feeling to anything else. Now the important is to be mentally strong and concentrate on what&#39;s up next.”

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<![CDATA[Mane Hails Firmino Work Rate]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92560_mane_hails_firmino_work_rate.htmlLiverpool forward Sadio Mane has hailed the extraordinary work rate of Roberto Firmino, acknowledging that many of his goals are due in no small part to the Brazilian’s movement.

“He’s a hard worker and an incredible player,” the Senegalese says on Liverpool’s official 2017-18 end-of-season DVD.

“He can see in his eye and what he’s doing all the time on the pitch, working for the team like a defender and he’s a striker!

“This is special for him and it makes him a very, very, very important player for us.” Mane also says he and Firmino enjoy a good off the field relationship.

“Roberto is someone who likes dancing all the time and he always forces me to dance with him!”

“I try my best but I’m not as good as him! He was talking to me, saying ‘why don’t you dance like we said all the time?!’ and I said: ‘Hey Bobby, I’m shy, I can’t dance like you!’

“He said ‘come on my friend, we have to do it!’ and we enjoy each one, so why not!”

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<![CDATA[Tite Rues Switzerland Goal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92559_tite_rues_switzerland_goal.htmlBrazil boss Tite was bitterly disappointed with the decision to allow Switzerland’s equaliser against his side in their 1-1 World Cup opener on Sunday.

Switzerland equalised in the second half through Steven Zuber’s header, though there appeared to be a push in the back of Miranda prior to the goal.

Tite bristled, “The Miranda moment was very clear. It’s a very clear play. You could interpret the penalty [appeal] but the first one, you cannot discuss.

“You have to be fair. I cannot talk about something that was so obvious. There was a foul. I will also say this – Miranda said to me: ‘Well, when he pushed me, I should have fallen over,’ but I said: ‘No, absolutely not. Don’t simulate anything. Don’t draw a foul otherwise it will look like you are trying to do so.’”

However, Tite admitted that his side were not sharp enough due to the pressure of the match, “There was a lot of anxiety, a lot of pressure and it was translated into the final action.

“We had more than 20 finishes but too many were off target. If we were more focused, we could have made the goalkeeper work more. After the equaliser you could feel something emotionally.

“There was a feeling. We had to be cooler, more precise. My expectation was for a victory and, of course, I’m not happy with the result.”

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<![CDATA[‘Last Year I Was Below My Level’ Admits Renato Augusto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92546____last_year_i_was_below_my_level____admits_renato_augusto.htmlBrazil midfielder Renato Augusto has admitted that he lost a little bit of form, which he partially attributes to some weight gain, which has led to him losing his place in the Seleção starting eleven.

Renato was an important cog in Tite’s midfield, but recently, Philippe Coutinho and Fernandinho have been preferred.

Augusto’s build-up to the tournament has been affected by injury, though the player says that he was not badly injured.

“I found that last year was below my level, I came on a very high level, but I had a weight problem and I ended up losing an important part of my preparation.

“But I&#39;m feeling good, 100%, and when I am needed I&#39;ll be available.” He was a second half substitute in Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday evening.

“I was training normally with the group two weeks ago. I didn’t play in the Austria game, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still training.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-06/home/Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lichtsteiner Says He Had To Stay Cool With Brazil Play Acting]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92545_lichtsteiner_says_he_had_to_stay_cool_with_brazil_play_acting.htmlSwitzerland captain and new Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner admits that he had to keep his cool during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Brazil due to the Seleção’s propensity for exaggerating contact.

Lichtsteiner was booked early in the game and had to walk a disciplinary tight rope, while Brazil forward Neymar was fouled ten times during the game.

The 34 year old told reporters, “I was a bit worried about the referee. Every time they fell, he whistled and it was a foul. It was kind of a challenge for me.

“I thought, &#39;do not be so aggressive because whenever they go to the ground, it&#39;s a foul.’ So I took care when I got a yellow card.”

Swiss midfielder Gelson Fernandes suggested that Neymar was making the most of minimal contact, “There was an above average amount of fouls, but he [Neymar] falls a lot.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-06/home/Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:58:49 +0000
<![CDATA[‘I Don’t Know Neymar’s Limits’ Says Tite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92533____i_don___t_know_neymar___s_limits____says_tite.htmlBrazil coach Tite says he does not know what Neymar’s limits are, after his star player scored in both World Cup warm-up friendlies against Croatia and Austria.

The PSG forward conjured up two excellent individual strikes in his first games for more than three months after a metatarsal injury.

His international manager, Tite, admitted that he does not know how much further Neymar can progress on the eve of the tournament.

“I do not even know the limit of Neymar. His technical and creative ability is impressive. When we release him in the last third of the field, he&#39;s lethal.”

Brazil play their opening match against Switzerland on Sunday and the coach revealed that his starting line-up for the Austria friendly will play in their opener.

Which means the team will be; Alisson; Danilo, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, P.Coutinho; Willian, Neymar; G.Jesus.

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<![CDATA[‘We’ve Learned from 2014’ Insists Paulinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92532____we___ve_learned_from_2014____insists_paulinho.htmlBrazil midfielder Paulinho says that the team have learned from their ill-fated 2014 World Cup campaign, which saw them humiliated by Germany in the semi-final on home soil.

Paulinho is one of a handful of surviving players from that campaign, but he says the players left over have learned their lessons.

“What we have done is put the past to one side. We have greater confidence. From the way things are going for the Brazil team at the moment, it is clear that confidence is better.

&quot;Brazil are better prepared in a number of ways. That is just part of football. In four years you learn a lot of things.&quot;

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<![CDATA[‘I Knew I Had To Leave Tottenham’ Admits Paulinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92517____i_knew_i_had_to_leave_tottenham____admits_paulinho.htmlBrazil and Barcelona midfielder Paulinho says that he knew he had to end his ill-fated spell with Tottenham Hotspur when he left the club back in 2015.

After 2 unhappy years in London, he went to China and the player credits the spell at Gangzhou Evergrande with revitalising his career.

“The country opened its doors for me to regain my confidence in football and allowed my family to enjoy the city. I will always have a very special feeling towards Chinese fans.

“When I left Tottenham for China i knew I would be further away but my main objective was to play because I wasn’t playing and I decided to move on.

“I had to focus on something. I wanted to move on and in the future play again for the Brazil team. The most important thing was to focus on the game regardless of where I was.

“I knew I had to leave Tottenham when I wasn’t being used. I went to China where I became confident again, played at a high level and returned to the Brazil squad which was my biggest dream.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-06/home/Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘I Have Overcome Lack of Trust and Criticism’ Says Paulinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92516____i_have_overcome_lack_of_trust_and_criticism____says_paulinho.htmlBrazil midfielder Paulinho says that he has been strong in the face of adversity, between the 2014 World Cup and this summer’s tournament in Russia.

The player joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and lost his confidence after an indifferent spell. He went to China to regroup and eventually won a move to Barcelona.

“If you look at my career it has always been about overcoming difficulties in different places. There was some lack of trust and criticism.

“I had criticism in different clubs I played for. When i played in Corinthians, Tottenham and Barcelona there was some criticism but I always did my work, trying to do my best.

“But I kept working trying to be the best professional possible. It has been difficult to make the Brazil squad and now I’m here it will be difficult to get me out.

“I feel privileged and I’m going through the best moment of my career.” Paulinho is set to start in midfield for Brazil’s Group E opener against Switzerland on Sunday.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-06/home/Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:46:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Fred Expresses Gratitude to Shakhtar Following Manchester United Move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92504_fred_expresses_gratitude_to_shakhtar_following_manchester_united_move.htmlNew Manchester United midfielder Fred has paid tribute to Shakhtar Donetsk and its fans, as he departs the club after a five year spell at the Ukrainian club.

The player will join Premier League giants Manchester United after this summer’s World Cup, where he forms part of the Brazil squad.

Fred told Shakhtar Donetsk’s official website, “The years have passed really quick. I well remember the time when I just arrived in Donetsk. They welcomed me with open arms.

“I was glad to be at Shakhtar. I&#39;m happy that I played here, claimed multiple titles with the team, worked with wonderful people who shared their positive emotions with me every day.

“I&#39;m happy because I know that I’ve become part of the history of the great club. I’m grateful to the fans and Shakhtar for what they’ve done for me over the years.”

Asked for a message for the supporters, the midfielder said, “I’m really thankful to the fans! The supporters always greeted me warmly. I thank them for their passion and support.

“Once again I want to thank Shakhtar and the team for my every achievement and I wish them good luck. I want the Donetsk club to continue winning titles in Ukraine and in Europe.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-06/home/Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:39:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Cafu Picks All Time Brazil XI]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92503_cafu_picks_all_time_brazil_xi.htmlIn an article for the Guardian newspaper, the captain of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning team, Cafu, has picked his all-time Brazil XI.

The ex-Milan and Roma right-back admits that his team would not exactly be set up to defend! “My team is set up in a super offensive formation.

“We might concede a lot of goals, but we would score so many more. In fact, I can guarantee five goals every game!”

Among his picks were fellow 2002 World Cup teammate Roberto Carlos, “A world champion, he played at a high level for many years, with the same quality and intensity whether defending or attacking. He was a giant. I have never seen a shot as powerful as his. He had a missile in his leg!”

Cafu also opted for his long-time international teammate Ronaldo upfront, “You had to pay attention to both feet with Ronaldo as they were as good as each other. He was an example to other players, too.”

Cafu’s full team is; Taffarel; Carlos Alberto, Aldair, Lucio, Roberto Carlos, Falcão, Zico, Rivellino, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Pelé.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-06/home/Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:16:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite Reassured by Fred and Renato Augusto Fitness Prognoses]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92488_tite_reassured_by_fred_and_renato_augusto_fitness_prognoses.htmlBrazil boss Tite says that Fred and Renato Augusto will be fit for the opening game of the World Cup against Switzerland on Sunday.

The pair sat out the 3-0 victory over Austria in Vienna on Sunday. Renato Augusto will a swollen knee and Fred with a slight ankle problem.

Tite says neither player will need to be replaced, “The doctor will bring details about Fred. The forecast is that it is already good and ready to train with us.

“As for Renato, if it were a Cup game, he would have been on the bench.” Tite gave Neymar his first start since February due to a metatarsal injury on Sunday.

The coach removed his star man with a few minutes remaining and Tite admitted that hadn’t planned to keep him on for so long.

“I left Neymar on for a long time so he could pick up rhythm. But what if it gives a problem? I left him a little bit more than I intended.

“It&#39;s important he&#39;s playing. But the moment came and I said, &quot;Enough.&quot; It would get a little heavy on my conscience if anything happened.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-06/home/Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[The renaissance of Thiago Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92489_the_renaissance_of_thiago_silva.htmlEurope is very Neymar-literate, we tend to know our Willians and Philippe Coutinhos and can probably spin a good verse or two on Douglas Costa. But it will come as a surprise to most people to hear that João Miranda, for instance, is one of Brazil’s most important players. In a team that has conceded just 5 goals in their last 21 matches, Miranda has been an absolute mainstay of a stingy defence.

Back in 2014, people looked on incredulously as a half-fit Fred was Brazil’s starting number 9. Whilst far from the vintage of Ronaldo, Romário or even Gabriel Jesus, Fred was the best option for the position at the time and was actually in excellent form in 2012 and 2013, before a major hamstring tear inhibited him in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup.

It looks as though Thiago Silva has just edged himself back into a starting spot in the centre of the Seleção defence in time for the World Cup. Viewers that have not had ‘contact’ with Brazil since the 2014 edition would be entitled to think that his international story has been linear. But it has not. In fact, Thiago pretty much lost his starting berth in the wake of the last tournament and is only just getting it back.

Dunga’s appointment back in 2014 created an immediate crease in Silva’s storyline. Dunga took the captaincy away from him and transferred it to Neymar. It seemed a ludicrous decision at the time and hindsight supports that view. Neymar was already an indulged talent shouldering the burden of expectation for a whole nation.

Saddling him with the captaincy was an unnecessary additional responsibility for someone who was already close to a one man team. The Brazilian press came to refer to this brand of dependence as “Neymar-dependência.” The decision upset Thiago Silva, who had endured criticism for refusing to watch Brazil’s penalties in their World Cup round of 16 shootout against Chile.

Brazil were heavily criticised for their emotional fragility during the 2014 tournament under the avuncular, indulgent tutelage of Felipe Scolari. Dunga was an intentionally icy antidote to Felipão’s arm around the shoulder style and Silva, a little unfairly, became the poster boy for the Seleção’s team of cry-babies.

Having sat out the 7-1 semi-final humiliation against Germany, Thiago might have expected to be spared some of the naval gazing, especially given his defensive partner David Luiz’s erratic displays during the tournament. So perhaps his reputation as an emotionally incontinent captain took him by surprise.

The PSG centre-half went public on his disappointment at being passed over for the armband, “He [Dunga] didn&#39;t come to speak to me, I spoke to nobody in fact. That&#39;s what annoys me a bit. I&#39;m not going to tell you I&#39;m happy as it&#39;s not true. I have the impression that something that belonged to me has been taken away. Losing the armband is painful.&quot;

Dunga’s response was typically unsympathetic. He dropped Silva from the squad altogether, feeling that Silva’s ‘outburst’ was further evidence of his emotional instability. Which is pretty remarkable from a character like Dunga, nicknamed ‘Dunga the Angry’ by the Brazilian press. (His nickname ‘Dunga’ is Portuguese for ‘Dopey’, a tag his uncle gave him as a child due to his resemblance to the character from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves- hence, ‘Dopey the Angry’).

Silva was banished from the squad, until the 2015 Copa América, when he earned a shot at redemption. Dunga surprisingly picked him for the squad in Chile. David Luiz confirmed his unreliability when he made a horrendous error in the opening minutes of the opening match against Peru. Dunga wobbled and dropped Luiz in favour of Silva. It looked like Thiago Silva had been ushered in from the cold, when in fact, he was just warming up for another spell of isolation.

The Seleção led Paraguay in the quarter-final, until the 71 st minute, when Silva inexplicably reached up and punched a cross in his penalty area. Paraguay equalised from the spot. The game eventually went to penalties and in the build-up to the shootout, this time Silva was not on his haunches in the semi-circle with his back turned. This time he was fending off an inquisition from his own teammates.

Robinho led the debate, in which he made absolutely no attempt to disguise his bafflement, constantly waving his arm in the air in Silva’s face. Around an hour after the incident had taken place, Silva’s teammates wanted to know what on earth he was thinking in that moment of madness. Perhaps unsurprisingly against this backdrop of mutiny, Brazil lost the resulting shootout.

The incident redoubled Dunga’s suspicion that Silva was too emotionally unstable to rely on. He never picked him again. The PSG captain had to wait another year, until Dunga’s painful reign was brought to an end by a disastrous group stage exit at the 2016 Copa América. The CBF went cap in hand to Tite, easily the most gifted Brazilian coach of his generation. Tite reintroduced Silva into the fold, but only as a first reserve. Instead, the new coach gave Silva’s PSG apprentice Marquinhos the chance to form a symbiotic partnership with João Miranda.

The upshot was that Brazil conceded only once in Tite’s opening eight matches, so there was little need to change. Thiago kept his lip buttoned, kept clocking in and kept returning to Paris with no further caps to add to his collection. That was until March, when Marquinhos picked up an injury and opened the door for his clubmate.

Silva was exemplary in a hard fought 1-0 win in Berlin. Alongside the equally experienced Miranda, he provided assurance, a steady hand and economic passing from the back. It’s true that Brazil have occasionally been guilty of over valuing largely insignificant wins against European opposition in the past. Who can forget the 2013 Confederations Cup triumph against a half interested Spain side, which over inflated Scolari’s opinion of his squad?

But Tite has not treated these friendlies like friendlies at all. Brazil’s qualification for Russia was sealed over a year ago and ever since, every game has been treated as a meticulous part of this summer’s preparation (with the possible exception of a couple of commercially driven exhibition matches against Australia and Argentina in Sydney last summer).

Performing so masterfully in Berlin appears to have convinced Tite to reinvest faith in the 33 year old. Silva turns 34 in September and once Russia is done and dusted, Tite will have to look beyond the ageing pair of Silva and Miranda (as well as 34 year old Dani Alves). But this summer represents a four year road to redemption for Thiago Silva’s international career.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-06/home/info_1528886081.jpgWed, 13 Jun 2018 10:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Thomas Muller Names Brazil Among World Cup Favourites]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92487_thomas_muller_names_brazil_among_world_cup_favourites.htmlGermany star Thomas Muller says that Brazil are with Germany amongst the favourites for
this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Muller was part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning team, scoring in the 7-1 humiliation of the Seleção in Belo Horizonte.

“Brazil has developed well. They have good young players and some new ones who are very good. But no team in the world is unbeatable.

“Football is a game in which anyone can win. Great teams can easily defeat each other. That&#39;s the difference for other sports. You can go to the Olympics and know that the US will win the title in basketball.

“Brazil was in the semifinal in 2014, so it was a good team. But in this sport, in the end, they had 20 bad minutes. Actually, 20 really bad minutes. And that was their problem.”

His opinion is backed up by Bayern Munich teammate and Colombia star James Rodriguez, “Brazil always plays the role of winning the World Cup. There is a very strong squad that can become champions.”

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<![CDATA[Why the World Cup is about more than just football for Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92474_why_the_world_cup_is_about_more_than_just_football_for_brazil.htmlFor Brazil, the World Cup is about more than just football. Every country makes this claim, of course. And to an extent, they are right. The World Cup is arguably the single biggest sporting event on earth and it represents a chance for each participating nation to make itself the talk of the globe.

But for Brazil, it goes a little deeper than being the subject of water cooler chat. The ‘Copa’ is a part of Brazil’s national identity- more than that- their brand. Having lifted the Jules Rimet trophy 5 times, the Seleção are the most successful World Cup side ever. They have also participated in every tournament to date. Take advantage now of the best World Cup Betting Offers

They are more closely associated with the tournament than any other country. Everyone has a collection of personal memories from World Cup tournaments passed and those canary yellow shirts act like a ribbon tying together the global consciousness around the competition. My wife, who is Brazilian, once told me that football is not Brazil’s national sport- winning is.

It just so happens that soccer is the sport they have excelled at the most. Ayrton Senna is a national icon the equal of Pelé, even though formula 1 is not an enormously popular sport. The success of Anderson Silva turned UFC into a sport of national interest overnight. When it comes to sport, what Brazil truly loves are winners- no matter the equipment they wield.

Historically, Brazil is quite ‘young’, discovered and ultimately colonised by Portugal in the 16th century. It has a limited history of military conflict and, for better or worse, wars are a key component of forging national identity and history. Like most Latin American countries, Brazil often, justifiably, feels ignored due to the prominence of Europe and the United States.

So sporting excellence in the global arena, if only briefly, catapults Brazil into the global consciousness. The World Cup forms a big part of this- winning the World Cup is what Brazil do, it’s what they are associated with, it’s their global brand. If you randomly stop any European in the street and ask for the first three things they think about when you say “Brazil”, either the World Cup, or Pelé, will likely form part of their answer, along with “beaches”, “samba” and “carnaval.”

Beaches, samba and carnaval are all, of course, prominent things in Brazil, but a lot of the association with them is rooted in stereotype. The World Cup is different and an altogether more serious part of their national brand. The arrival of another tournament allows Brazil to be spoken about as a national superpower.

This is why the 7-1 semi-final defeat against Germany in 2014 was so much more than a harrowing defeat on the football pitch. It made the Seleção a laughing stock at their own party. The tournament that was supposed to showcase the country as an emerging global economy ended in ridicule and humiliation.

The Petrobras scandal and the impeachment of President Dilma Roussef that followed tore this wound asunder and made it septic. Brazil was in the global news for all the wrong reasons. Political and economic turmoil remains, but Tite’s football revolution has allowed for the Seleção to be talked about as a global superpower on the pitch again. When Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign in Russia on Sunday, the meaning will resonate far beyond the football pitch.

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<![CDATA[Firmino Bears No Grudge to ‘Best Friend’ Coutinho Over Barcelona Move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92473_firmino_bears_no_grudge_to____best_friend____coutinho_over_barcelona_move.htmlLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino says that his friendship with Philippe Coutinho remains as strong as ever, despite Coutinho’s January move to Barcelona.

Coutinho joined the Catalan club for a fee of around £114m, bringing to an end a five year spell at the club. Firmino signed a new contract with Liverpool in April.

The pair remain international teammates and both form part of the Brazil squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

“Everybody knows that Coutinho is a great footballer – here in England they call him ‘The Magician’,” he told FourFourTwo magazine.

“He made his decision to join Barcelona, but every time we play for the Seleção we have a chat and maintain that friendship.

“He’s an exceptional guy – one of the best friends football has given me. I believe Brazil is enjoying a good uprising since Tite took over – everyone is playing good football.

“We had some great results during the qualification campaign, so I hope we’ll be able to keep that momentum at the World Cup. I think it’s important for the fans to see us playing attacking football.”

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<![CDATA[Alisson Wants Future Resolved Before World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92472_alisson_wants_future_resolved_before_world_cup.htmlRoma goalkeeper Alisson says that he wants to resolve his future before the first match of the World Cup, otherwise he will put talks on hold until after the tournament is over.

Alisson has flown to Russia with Brazil amid interest from Real Madrid and Liverpool, who both want to buy him from Roma.

But the Seleção number 1 says that talks will have to accelerate quickly before Brazil’s match with Switzerland on Sunday, otherwise he will put talks on ice.

“I think if it works out, yes, before the World Cup, that&#39;s what I want too,” he told reporters after Brazil’s 3-0 win over Austria on Sunday.

“To be honest, I left the responsibility for all negotiations with my agent. If it is not resolved until the first game, it will be only after the World Cup. My thinking is 100% here.

“There are some possibilities, we are working on all of them, together with Roma, respecting the club. Let&#39;s see if anything happens during this week.”

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<![CDATA[‘We Are Accustomed To Playing Defensive Teams’ Insists Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92454____we_are_accustomed_to_playing_defensive_teams____insists_gabriel_jesus.htmlBrazil striker Gabriel Jesus says the Seleção are not worried about playing defensive opponents in the group stages of the World Cup this summer, because he is used to playing conservative teams in the Premier League for Manchester City.

Brazil made short work of Austria with a 3-0 victory in Vienna, with Jesus opening the scoring in the first half. Second half goals from Neymar and Philippe Coutinho sealed victory in the final warm-up game ahead of Russia 2018.

The Seleção will face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in the groups, all of whom are likely to sit deep and try to frustrate Brazil. But Jesus says he and his teammates are not concerned about facing this type of challenge.

“Many of those who played today - me, Coutinho, Willian and Neymar - are accustomed to playing against a five man defence. It is difficult, but with patience and touch of the ball you can break through.

“Their team went a little over the top with their fouls. We had a tough time, we suffered on the pitch, but we scored.” Brazil have now only conceded 5 goals in Tite’s 21 games in charge of the national team.

Jesus’ words were backed up by teammate Philippe Coutinho, “A lot of teams in Europe play like that, with five of them in defence and we practiced a lot of plays during the week to deal with this.”

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<![CDATA[Tite Still Wants Brazil Improvement After 3-0 Austria Victory]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92453_tite_still_wants_brazil_improvement_after_3-0_austria_victory.htmlBrazil coach Tite says his side still have room for improvement following their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Austria in Vienna. The Seleção begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on Sunday.

Despite a 100% record with no goals conceded in 2018, Tite still says his team has some gears to go through before the tournament gets under way. “We are constantly challenged. This generates the expectation that you have to play well every time.

“We challenge ourselves to be always better and this raises the level of the individual and collective. If the way we work is sometimes it causes a lot of contact, we make the pitch smaller, but the accelerations are bigger.

“Maybe if we had opted for light training we would not have hurt Fred, maybe not Renato Augusto. But the price of excellence is high turnover and fortunately the two are well.” Tite was nonetheless very happy with his players in Vienna.

“I was very happy. I spoke at half-time and I will speak at the end of the game. I feel extremely proud. We had the ability to concentrate, the team made only 8 fouls. We had possession of ball resulting in goalscoring opportunities.

“We had room to score a few more, perhaps. We have a team with individual quality, with a tight unit that marks well and a game before the world cup that can unconsciously draw concentration and confidence.”

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<![CDATA[Miranda to Captain Brazil Against Austria]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92436_miranda_to_captain_brazil_against_austria.htmlBrazil centre-half João Miranda will captain the Seleção in their final World Cup warm up Friendly against Austria on Sunday.

Brazil will finalise their preparations in Vienna and their rotational captaincy policy sees Miranda given another turn with the armband.

Coach Tite has already confirmed that they will continue the policy during the World Cup itself, with a different player captaining the team in each game.

Striker Gabriel Jesus led the side against Croatia at Anfield last weekend. Meanwhile, new Manchester United signing Fred will sit the game out.

Fred injured his ankle in training on Thursday and will not be risked, but Renato Augusto is fit again after a knee complaint and Neymar should be fit enough to start the match.

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<![CDATA[‘We Know How To Suffer’ Says Marcelo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92435____we_know_how_to_suffer____says_marcelo.htmlBrazil have undergone a transformation under the gaze of Tite, since he was appointed to the role of Head Coach of the Seleção in August 2016.

Brazil have only lost 1 of his 20 games in charge, conceding only 5 goals in the process. Tite has turned Brazil into one of the favourites for this summer’s World Cup.

Left-back Marcelo says that the team have learned one important quality under Tite- they know how to suffer during periods of pressure.

The Seleção were humiliated by Germany in the semi-final of the last competition in 2014, but Marcelo says it is not only that defeat that proved to be a learning curve.

“Not just from that defeat, but the players are learning. They play in great teams in Brazil, in Europe. Tite helped the Seleção a lot. He always says that we will have to suffer in periods of the game.”

Marcelo has been a mainstay of one of the tightest defences in international football during this period.

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<![CDATA[‘I Tell Alisson To Come To Liverpool!” Jokes Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92422____i_tell_alisson_to_come_to_liverpool_____jokes_firmino.htmlLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino says he is trying to convince Roma goalkeeper Alisson to come to Anfield. The Reds have long been linked with the Brazilian stopper.

Alisson has also alerted interest from Real Madrid. Firmino and Alisson are both part of Brazil’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

“From time to time I pinch him and say: &#39;Come to Liverpool to help!&#39; But I know he and his agent are still deciding.

“There are other clubs interested too, but it would not hurt to count on him!” Another of Firmino’s international teammates, Fred, joined Manchester United this week.

Firmino says he wishes Fred well at United, but said the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United precludes him from wishing Fred too well.

“He&#39;s my roommate. Now, he’s also my rival. I congratulated him and I hope he is very successful. But on the field we are rivals, we cannot avoid that.”

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Happy With Adaption Period at Spurs]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92421_lucas_moura_happy_with_adaption_period_at_spurs.htmlTottenham winger Lucas Moura says he is delighted with how his adaption period has gone at Spurs, having joined the club from Paris Saint Germain in January. The Brazilian has been eased into action since signing.

The 25-year old is happy with the learning process he has undergone so far and cannot wait for next season to start, telling the Spurs official website, “It’s been a very good season for the team and, for me, five months of adaptation.

“Everything is new for me and I am so happy because it’s a very big club, the structure is fantastic and my team-mates are so good. I’m really happy to be here and looking forward to next season.

“This is the best league in the world with a lot of big clubs and it’s so exciting. It’s different from Brazil or France and for me it’s a dream to play here. I think I can improve my game a lot here.

“The physical side is very different to Brazil and the pace of the game is very different to France. You don’t have so much time to think so I need to decide what I will do with the ball in one second and that’s good for me.

“I have learned from training with my team-mates and I enjoy playing with them. The training here is so hard, we work a lot, and it’s so dynamic. When I have the ball, the defenders come and try to take the ball quickly so I need to improve my game and learn about this kind of football.”

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<![CDATA[‘Fred Joining One of the Best Teams in the World’ Says Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/92408____fred_joining_one_of_the_best_teams_in_the_world____says_willian.htmlChelsea winger Willian says that international teammate Fred is “joining one of the best teams in the world’ having joined Manchester United this week.

The pair are currently preparing for the World Cup with the Seleção. Willian has himself been linked with a move to United to play under his old boss Jose Mourinho.

Willian told reporters, “He has a lot of quality, he can improve a lot. He goes to one of the best teams in the world and I’m happy for him. I hope he does well at Manchester United.”

Willian said he had spoken a little to Fred about coming to the Premier League, with Willian having joined the Blues five years ago.

“He’s very happy to come to the Premier League to play, we talked a little bit about that. He’s excited to start but now it’s time to think about the World Cup and think about the national team.”

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