<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Jonathan Calleri marks his name in the history of São Paulo by scoring in his first two games]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79657_jonathan_calleri_marks_his_name_in_the_history_of_sao_paulo_by_scoring_in_his_first_two_games.html 

Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri, who arrived at São Paulo, last month, has a contract for just five months, but he has already marked his name in the history of the Morumbi club.
He is the first São Paulo player to debut and score goals in two straight games. The 22-year-old made his São Paulo debut by coming on as a second half substitute in the Libertadores playoff fixture against César Vallejo, and scored his team's equalizing goal. He then found the net twice in the next game as Tricolor defeated Água Santa 4-0 in the Campeonato Paulista. Waldemar de Brito [1933], Rubén Barrios [1944], Ney Blanco [1957] and Guilherme [1993] have also repeated the feat, but not in competitive games as the young Argentine - in the case of the other four players, one of the two matches was a friendly. Calleri has been highly praised by his São Paulo teammates and coach Edgardo Bauza, who himself played a major part in bringing the player from Boca Juniors.

Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri, who arrived at São Paulo, last month, has a contract for just five months, but he has already marked his name in the history of the Morumbi club.

He is the first São Paulo player to debut and score goals in two straight games. The 22-year-old made his São Paulo debut by coming on as a second half substitute in the Libertadores playoff fixture against César Vallejo, and scored his team's equalizing goal. He then found the net twice in the next game as Tricolor defeated Água Santa 4-0 in the Campeonato Paulista. Waldemar de Brito [1933], Rubén Barrios [1944], Ney Blanco [1957] and Guilherme [1993] have also repeated the feat, but not in competitive games as the young Argentine - in the case of the other four players, one of the two matches was a friendly. Calleri has been highly praised by his São Paulo teammates and coach Edgardo Bauza, who himself played a major part in bringing the player from Boca Juniors.

 

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<![CDATA[Jemerson makes debut, but Monaco eliminated from French Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79656_jemerson_makes_debut__but_monaco_eliminated_from_french_cup.html 

Monaco were eliminated in the second round of the French Cup on Tuesday night.
With Brazilian players Fabinho, Wallace and Jemerson starting, Monaco lost 2-1 to Sochaux, following goals from Florian Martin and Hadi Sacko. Monaco had equalized through Tiemoué Bakayoko in the first-half after Martin had given Sochaux the lead. The game saw the debut of 23-year-old defender Jemerson, who was bought from Atlético Mineiro last month. Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim introduced Brazilian striker Vágner Love in place of Almamy Touré 15 minutes into the second half, but wasn't successful with the change. The team that went through to the next round contests the second division in the country and is currently placed 19th in the competition. With the elimination from the French Cup, Monaco will now turn their focus back to the French Championship as they take on Saint-Étienne on Sunday. Monaco are 2nd in the Ligue 1 table, but 24 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Monaco were eliminated in the second round of the French Cup on Tuesday night.

With Brazilian players Fabinho, Wallace and Jemerson starting, Monaco lost 2-1 to Sochaux, following goals from Florian Martin and Hadi Sacko. Monaco had equalized through Tiemoué Bakayoko in the first-half after Martin had given Sochaux the lead. The game saw the debut of 23-year-old defender Jemerson, who was bought from Atlético Mineiro last month. Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim introduced Brazilian striker Vágner Love in place of Almamy Touré 15 minutes into the second half, but wasn't successful with the change. The team that went through to the next round contests the second division in the country and is currently placed 19th in the competition. With the elimination from the French Cup, Monaco will now turn their focus back to the French Championship as they take on Saint-Étienne on Sunday. Monaco are 2nd in the Ligue 1 table, but 24 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

 

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<![CDATA[Gabigol wants to play alongside Neymar in the Olympic Games]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79655_gabigol_wants_to_play_alongside_neymar_in_the_olympic_games.html 

Competing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for Brazil is the main objective of Santos forward Gabriel Barbosa in 2016.
The 19-year-old is already thinking about partnering his idol Neymar in the green and yellow shirt, as the Barcelona star should be one of the three players aged over 23 in the squad. To be called up by national team coach Dunga, the teenager wants to "improve in everything" with total dedication in each workout at Santos. Gabigol has scored 42 goals in the last two seasons for Santos, and has started 2016 brightly. He was quoted in Globo Esporte: "Olympics is my biggest dream, next to Santos. For the competition, the place [Rio de Janeiro], and probably with Neymar... It is a medal [gold] that Brazil have never won. I want to be part of this special moment. I want to improve in all. Improve, and fix. I want to be the best in everything."
The Olympic Games will be played in Rio de Janeiro from August this year, and Gabigol has been a regular name in Rogério Micalle's U23 squad preparing for the competition.

Competing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for Brazil is the main objective of Santos forward Gabriel Barbosa in 2016.

The 19-year-old is already thinking about partnering his idol Neymar in the green and yellow shirt, as the Barcelona star should be one of the three players aged over 23 in the squad. To be called up by national team coach Dunga, the teenager wants to "improve in everything" with total dedication in each workout at Santos. Gabigol has scored 42 goals in the last two seasons for Santos, and has started 2016 brightly. He was quoted in Globo Esporte: "Olympics is my biggest dream, next to Santos. For the competition, the place [Rio de Janeiro], and probably with Neymar... It is a medal [gold] that Brazil have never won. I want to be part of this special moment. I want to improve in all. Improve, and fix. I want to be the best in everything."

The Olympic Games will be played in Rio de Janeiro from August this year, and Gabigol has been a regular name in Rogério Micalle's U23 squad preparing for the competition.

 

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<![CDATA[Fabián Balbuena awaits cardiac exams to sign the contract with Corinthians]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79654_fabian_balbuena_awaits_cardiac_exams_to_sign_the_contract_with_corinthians.html 

The Carnival in Brazil has postponed Fabián Balbuena's plan to wear the Corinthians shirt as soon as possible.
After a visit to the club's training centre on Monday, the Paraguayan defender did not show up on Tuesday to sign the contract because he awaits the cardiac exams to complete the procedure of his arrival to the new club. Balbuena performed physical examinations at the training centre, but cardiological tests are under the responsibility of a specialized clinic that is in partnership with Corinthians. The site, in the north of São Paulo, has been closed for the Carnival and reopens only on Wednesday. The idea of the club board is to arrange the tests early in the morning and then forward the signing of the contract, which must be valid for three years.
Corinthians reached an agreement with the player early last week, but still had to discuss the form of payment with Libertad for the purchase of 100% of his economic rights for approximately €1.5 million. According to Globo Esporte, São Paulo tried to enter the negotiation for the defender when talks between Corinthians and Libertad dragged on, but Tricolor denies having had any conversation with the player.

The Carnival in Brazil has postponed Fabián Balbuena's plan to wear the Corinthians shirt as soon as possible.

After a visit to the club's training centre on Monday, the Paraguayan defender did not show up on Tuesday to sign the contract because he awaits the cardiac exams to complete the procedure of his arrival to the new club. Balbuena performed physical examinations at the training centre, but cardiological tests are under the responsibility of a specialized clinic that is in partnership with Corinthians. The site, in the north of São Paulo, has been closed for the Carnival and reopens only on Wednesday. The idea of the club board is to arrange the tests early in the morning and then forward the signing of the contract, which must be valid for three years.
Corinthians reached an agreement with the player early last week, but still had to discuss the form of payment with Libertad for the purchase of 100% of his economic rights for approximately €1.5 million. According to Globo Esporte, São Paulo tried to enter the negotiation for the defender when talks between Corinthians and Libertad dragged on, but Tricolor denies having had any conversation with the player.

 

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<![CDATA[Very encouraging start for Paulo Henrique Ganso in 2016]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79653_very_encouraging_start_for_paulo_henrique_ganso_in_2016.html 

Paulo Henrique Ganso has had a very encouraging start to the 2016 season, as he's been the star of the team during the first team games.
Against RB Brasil in the Campeonato Paulista, Ganso scored a goal, and then in the Copa Libertadores playoff fixture against César Vallejo in Peru, he was the best player on the field. He was rested in the 4-0 win over Água Santa, but will return to the starting XI on Wednesday against the Peruvians, to lead the team's quest for a spot in the Libertadores group stage. He said:  "I made no special preparation during the vacation, but I worked very hard in the pre-season and I am also taking great care with the nutrition, which can make all the difference."
Ganso had a conversation with coach Edgardo Bauza early in the season and the concern shown by his manager also greatly helped him. He added: "He's a guy with a working style somewhat different from Osório, who liked to attack more. But the team is organized tactically."

Paulo Henrique Ganso has had a very encouraging start to the 2016 season, as he's been the star of the team during the first team games.

Against RB Brasil in the Campeonato Paulista, Ganso scored a goal, and then in the Copa Libertadores playoff fixture against César Vallejo in Peru, he was the best player on the field. He was rested in the 4-0 win over Água Santa, but will return to the starting XI on Wednesday against the Peruvians, to lead the team's quest for a spot in the Libertadores group stage. He said: "I made no special preparation during the vacation, but I worked very hard in the pre-season and I am also taking great care with the nutrition, which can make all the difference."

Ganso had a conversation with coach Edgardo Bauza early in the season and the concern shown by his manager also greatly helped him. He added: "He's a guy with a working style somewhat different from Osório, who liked to attack more. But the team is organized tactically."

 

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<![CDATA[Where to Bet on Brazilian Football]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79658_where_to_bet_on_brazilian_football.htmlThe Brazilian national football team may be one of the best known around the world, but the domestic soccer scene in Brazil is nowhere near as well known globally. While the country’s top stars may start out playing at home, eventually most are bought by foreign teams around the world and play out their careers abroad.
That said, there remains a burgeoning Brazilian football scene in the country despite the regular exodus of talent and the 20 team Serie A of the Campeonato Brasileiro remains fiercely contested to this very day.

However, the competition only runs from May to December each year, but the good news is that for the period from January through to April, teams compete domestically in a number of smaller State Championships.
What this means is that whether it is teams battling for State Championship titles, or the Serie A title, there’s always plenty of Brazilian domestic soccer to bet on across the year.

So the question is, which bookmakers tend to offer some of the best options when it comes to Brazilian football betting? After checking bettingwebsites.org and other top bookmaker review portals we couldn’t find any info specifically for Brazil so we’ve outlined the best options below:

1. Coral
The one criticism I have of Coral’s Brazil soccer betting is that it is unnecessarily difficult to navigate to, however once you find it through the World A-Z in the football menu, then you are in for a treat.  The site offers a good range of bets from the State Championship season and of course, the Serie A season later in the year.
However, where Coral really scores highly is in the number of different betting markets available on each game which is consistently higher than any other provider. In some cases, Coral offer 63 or even over 120 different betting markets on a game, whereas some other companies only offered one, two or five or six markets on these games.
This combined with generally strong odds when compared to rivals makes Coral the top choice for Brazilian football betting.

2. Bet365 Sport
Bet365 Sport has always been a popular site for football betting and it offers an extensive range of Brazilian football betting on both Serie A and a number of different State Championships earlier on in the year.  You can find the full list of Brazilian soccer matches in the soccer menu under “The Americas” tab.
Furthermore, there are a number of different bets available on these games, ranging from the Full Time Result, through to Over/Under 2.5 Goals bets, HT/FT bets, Asian Handicap betting, Goal line bets, HT/FT Correct Score bets and Draw No Bet markets.

2. BetVictor Sport
BetVictor offer extensive football betting markets on Brazilian soccer especially during the Serie A season from May to December, although the site does not offer quite as many options as other sites during the State Championship part of the season.
There is an excellent selection of bets available for each game including Correct Score bets, Both Teams to Score bets and the increasingly popular To Win and Both Teams to Score market.

4. BetFred
Betfred offer an excellent service for Brazilian sports betting. Located in the football section under the Rest of the World (ROTW) leagues, the Brazil section offers extensive betting throughout the year on both different types of competition.
While the number of matches offered is extensive throughout the year, BetFred doesn’t quite offer as broad a number of betting markets on each of the games as any of the top sites listed above, but if you generally bet on the more popular markets for Brazilian soccer, Betfred remains a strong choice.

5. William Hill
William Hill offer a more comprehensive service when the Serie A competition kicks into life around May, but for the State Championship part of the season, usually the bets on offer come from a couple of the top state games, plus you can only bet on the outcome of the match and not any other betting markets.
 

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<![CDATA[Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino named PFA player of the month for january]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79633_liverpool___s_roberto_firmino_named_pfa_player_of_the_month_for_january.htmlLiverpool’s Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino has been voted as the PFA Player of the Month for January for the Premier League. The ex Hoffenheim man has been played as a striker in recent weeks, with manager Jurgen Klopp preferring him in attack to Christian Benteke and Firmino has justified his manager’s faith.

 

Firmino has 5 goals and 2 assists in 2016 for Liverpool, and continued his fine January form with a headed goal in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday. But it’s his January performances that have earned him this gong and his most notable display occurred in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal, where he scored two first half goals. He also found the net in a 5-4 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.

 

Meanwhile, Klopp hopes to have Firmino’s compatriot Philippe Coutinho back for tonight’s F.A. Cup 4th round replay against West Ham at Upton Park. Coutinho has been troubled by hamstring problems for some months now. “Divock and Phil (Coutinho) will be in training today too and are in the squad.

 

“It’s a little bit complicated because extra-time is possible. We have to look at who will start – they can’t all start together, that’s not possible because we know we would have to change three times because the whole game would be too much in this moment. So we have to figure out how we do it best but we will find a solution, for sure.”

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<![CDATA[Wenger: “Gabriel has performed well”]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79632_wenger_____gabriel_has_performed_well___.htmlArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised the recent contribution of Gabriel. The Brazilian centre half came into the team after Per Mertesacker incurred a one match suspension for a sending off against Chelsea in January. Gabriel has kept Mertesacker out of the side for the two games since the German has returned from his ban too.

 

“Gabriel has done well,” the Arsenal manager said. “He has performed well and overall I think the confidence comes with games, which is interesting.” His centre half partner Laurent Koscielny has also been impressed by his colleague, who joined from Villarreal last January.

 

“You know Gabby, he is a very good player,” he told the official site. “He likes his duels and he can play with the ball and passes. He played very well but the whole back four played well because we stayed together.”

 

Arsenal play a top of the table clash against Leicester City on Sunday and it looks as though the Brazilian will keep his place, with the pace of Jamie Vardy to contend with in the Foxes’ prolific attack. 

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<![CDATA[Dória dreams to return to Marseille]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79631_doria_dreams_to_return_to_marseille.html 

Currently on loan at Granada from Marseille, Brazilian defender Dória is struggling to adapt to the La Liga and has even recently lost his place in the starting XI.
Dória had a horrid time at France where he didn't play a single game for the club after being bought from Botafogo, but the former São Paulo player has surprised everyone by revealing that he dreams of returning to Marseille. He told Canal+: "I'm very happy here in Granada. Everyone welcomed me. I'm adapting better and better to the differences between South American continent and the European continent. But I have to keep working to feel even more comfortable on the field. I really want to be successful in Europe."
He added: "President Labrune often talk with my agent to say he follows my matches. I dream of returning to Marseille. It is a club that treated me well, all the people were nice to me. The fans, too. I want to return to Marseille and show that I deserve a second chance."
When asked about Bielsa, he said: "I had more connection with other staff members but we had had a normal coach/player relationship. Bielsa told me what I needed to do in training and especially what I should not do. He's very reserved, he provides guidance in training but will not stay after to discuss with you. He doesn't try to be close to the players, this is his way of working."

Currently on loan at Granada from Marseille, Brazilian defender Dória is struggling to adapt to the La Liga and has even recently lost his place in the starting XI.

Dória had a horrid time at France where he didn't play a single game for the club after being bought from Botafogo, but the former São Paulo player has surprised everyone by revealing that he dreams of returning to Marseille. He told Canal+: "I'm very happy here in Granada. Everyone welcomed me. I'm adapting better and better to the differences between South American continent and the European continent. But I have to keep working to feel even more comfortable on the field. I really want to be successful in Europe."

He added: "President Labrune often talk with my agent to say he follows my matches. I dream of returning to Marseille. It is a club that treated me well, all the people were nice to me. The fans, too. I want to return to Marseille and show that I deserve a second chance."

When asked about Bielsa, he said: "I had more connection with other staff members but we had had a normal coach/player relationship. Bielsa told me what I needed to do in training and especially what I should not do. He's very reserved, he provides guidance in training but will not stay after to discuss with you. He doesn't try to be close to the players, this is his way of working."

 

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<![CDATA[The day when Neymar wrote "Hala Madrid!"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79630_the_day_when_neymar_wrote__hala_madrid__.html 

Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, was unable to sign Neymar from Santos in 2013, despite offering a superior transfer fee and wages than their rivals Barcelona.
Neymar has become the player most coveted by Florentino Pérez, and speculations about his future have been going on for quite a while with media linking the Brazilian to the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. Now, there are some new revelations regarding Neymar's failed trip to Madrid in 2006, aged just 14. According to El Confidencial, Juni Calafat, who was the main Real Madrid scout in South America, is keeping a WhatsApp message received from Neymar few years ago. Juni Calafat's friendship with Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Kaká allowed him to approach Neymar and his family, and it was therefore he who negotiated a 14-year-old Neymar's trip for a trial at Real Madrid in 2006. At the end of the tests, however, Los Blancos were unable to keep the Brazilian teenager. But it seems that the friendship between Juni Calafat and Neymar remains, and the report states that, when Calafat was in Spain for a family party in 2014, he received a WhatsApp message from Neymar, which according to one of the guests at the party, read: "Juni, you have arrived safely to Spain? You know I'm a Madridista. Hala Madrid!"

Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, was unable to sign Neymar from Santos in 2013, despite offering a superior transfer fee and wages than their rivals Barcelona.

Neymar has become the player most coveted by Florentino Pérez, and speculations about his future have been going on for quite a while with media linking the Brazilian to the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. Now, there are some new revelations regarding Neymar's failed trip to Madrid in 2006, aged just 14. According to El Confidencial, Juni Calafat, who was the main Real Madrid scout in South America, is keeping a WhatsApp message received from Neymar few years ago. Juni Calafat's friendship with Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Kaká allowed him to approach Neymar and his family, and it was therefore he who negotiated a 14-year-old Neymar's trip for a trial at Real Madrid in 2006. At the end of the tests, however, Los Blancos were unable to keep the Brazilian teenager. But it seems that the friendship between Juni Calafat and Neymar remains, and the report states that, when Calafat was in Spain for a family party in 2014, he received a WhatsApp message from the player, which according to one of the guests at the party, read: "Juni, you have arrived safely to Spain? You know I'm a Madridista. Hala Madrid!"

 

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<![CDATA[Grêmio youngster Walace suffers knee injury and could be out for 30 days]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79629_gremio_youngster_walace_suffers_knee_injury_and_could_be_out_for_30_days.html 

20-year-old Grêmio midfielder Walace suffered an injury to the medial collateral ligament of his right knee and will be out of action for 30 days.
Walace will therefore miss the club's opening game of the 2016 Copa Libertadores against Mexican side Toluca on the 17th of this month. He suffered the injury 28 minutes into the second half during a 1-0 victory over Coritiba at Grêmio Arena on Sunday. Walace left the pitch and even returned to the field, but couldn't resist the pain, and was replaced by Moisés seven minutes later. He has started the treatment with physiotherapy sessions.
If Walace doesn't recover earlier than what's foreseen by the medical department, he should stay out of Roger Machado's team for at least nine games. He's expected to miss games against LDU [March 2nd] and San Lorenzo [March 9] in the Libertadores, and also the Gre-Nal derby [March 6] in the Gauchão.

20-year-old Grêmio midfielder Walace suffered an injury to the medial collateral ligament of his right knee and will be out of action for 30 days.

Walace will therefore miss the club's opening game of the 2016 Copa Libertadores against Mexican side Toluca on the 17th of this month. He suffered the injury 28 minutes into the second half during a 1-0 victory over Coritiba at Grêmio Arena on Sunday. Walace left the pitch and even returned to the field, but couldn't resist the pain, and was replaced by Moisés seven minutes later. He has started the treatment with physiotherapy sessions.

If Walace doesn't recover earlier than what's foreseen by the medical department, he should stay out of Roger Machado's team for at least nine games. He's expected to miss games against LDU [March 2nd] and San Lorenzo [March 9] in the Libertadores, and also the Gre-Nal derby [March 6] in the Gauchão.

 

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<![CDATA[Santos rejected a firm offer from Chievo for 21-year-old talent Léo Cittadini]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79628_santos_rejected_a_firm_offer_from_chievo_for_21-year-old_talent_leo_cittadini.html 

Santos have turned down a proposal from Italian side Chievo to loan 21-year-old midfielder Léo Cittadini.
Chievo wanted to keep the player for two years and set a price to purchase him definitively. According to the information from Globo Esporte, the youngster came to accept the offer, but was then convinced by Santos coach Dorival Júnior to stay. The club's board were also not pleased with the figures offered. Léo Cittadini talked to Dorival and heard from the coach that he is in his plans for 2016. Léo has been training in a new position and believes he can thus provide competition in the frame, where Lucas Lima is a regular starter. The refusal of Santos frustrated Chievo, as they saw in Cittadini a "new Felipe Anderson", who was also revealed at the Vila Belmiro. In addition, the fact that the player has Italian citizenship encouraged the Europeans since the midfielder would not occupy a non-EU spot at the club.
Léo Cittadini stood out in Santos' title winning campaign in the 2013 Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior. He got promoted to the professional squad, but was loaned out to Ponte Preta. His contract with Santos runs out in December 2018.

Santos have turned down a proposal from Italian side Chievo to loan 21-year-old midfielder Léo Cittadini.

Chievo wanted to keep the player for two years and set a price to purchase him definitively. According to the information from Globo Esporte, the youngster came to accept the offer, but was then convinced by Santos coach Dorival Júnior to stay. The club's board were also not pleased with the figures offered. Léo Cittadini talked to Dorival and heard from the coach that he is in his plans for 2016. Léo has been training in a new position and believes he can thus provide competition in the frame, where Lucas Lima is a regular starter. The refusal of Santos frustrated Chievo, as they saw in Cittadini a "new Felipe Anderson", who was also revealed at the Vila Belmiro. In addition, the fact that the player has Italian citizenship encouraged the Europeans since the midfielder would not occupy a non-EU spot at the club.

Léo Cittadini stood out in Santos' title winning campaign in the 2013 Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior. He got promoted to the professional squad, but was loaned out to Ponte Preta. His contract with Santos runs out in December 2018.

 

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<![CDATA[Lucas Silva removed from the club's squad and was asked to get out of Marseille's team-bus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79627_lucas_silva_removed_from_the_club_s_squad_and_was_asked_to_get_out_of_marseille_s_team-bus.html 

Rather good at the beginning of the season, former Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva has seen his level slowly decline.
Lucas was recently cut off from Marseille's UEFA Europa League roster, and now beIN Sports are reporting that the Brazilian has been removed from the club's squad, with the French league championship still going on. Marseille wanted the player to leave during the winter transfer window, just six months after his arrival on loan from Real Madrid. Anderlecht, Marseille and Real Madrid were in agreement that the 22-year-old will go on loan to Belgium, but the midfielder preferred to work to win back the heart of the fans, as well as a place in the starting XI.
Marseille president Vincent Labrune might not have liked the attitude of the player, and L'Équipe report that Lucas was asked to get out of the Marseille team-bus before their trip for the game against Montpellier, with his teammates looking stunned.

Rather good at the beginning of the season, former Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva has seen his level slowly decline.

Lucas was recently cut off from Marseille's UEFA Europa League roster, and now beIN Sports are reporting that the Brazilian has been removed from the club's squad, with the French league championship still going on. Marseille wanted the player to leave during the winter transfer window, just six months after his arrival on loan from Real Madrid. Anderlecht, Marseille and Real Madrid were in agreement that the 22-year-old will go on loan to Belgium, but the midfielder preferred to work to win back the heart of the fans, as well as a place in the starting XI.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune might not have liked the attitude of the player, and L'Équipe report that Lucas was asked to get out of the Marseille team-bus before their trip for the game against Montpellier, with his teammates looking stunned.

 

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<![CDATA[World Cup 2018: does Brazil stand a chance?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79626_world_cup_2018__does_brazil_stand_a_chance_.htmlIn 2014, Brazil, who were the favourites to win the competition for the fifth time in their history, fell short of the football world’s expectations.

Even though they managed to reach the semi-final, the memory of the dramatic encounter where they were eviscerated 7 – 1 by Germany is still vivid. For the host nation, the World Cup came to an even more bitter end when they were defeated by the Netherlands in the third-place play-off and said goodbye to the podium.
But does Brazil stand a chance in 2018?

It didn’t take long for sports enthusiasts and bookmakers to start speculating and 2018 World Cup betting odds were released a day after Germany won the 2014 championship.
Bookmakers like Ladbrokes or William Hill estimate the odds of Brazil to win at 8/1-likewise for Spain and Argentina -, but well behind the German title holders, the favorite with odds of 5/1.
But these odds seem pretty generous if we consider all the challenges the Brazilian team is facing.

Firstly, the team’s dependency on Neymar is much too strong. During the World Cup, the 22-year-old player carried Brazil’s hopes on his shoulders and two years on not much has changed. This was painfully obvious during Copa America where a Neymar-less Brazil were beaten by Paraguay after taking the lead. It was the first time since 1953 that they have lost to their South American neighbours after having scored first! This situation is worrying for a first-class international team, especially since none of the others rely on one player more than Brazil do on Neymar.

Secondly, the Auriverde lack some other first-class players, especially when it comes to their offense: Douglas Costa is more of a mid-fielder than a striker and the next generation of players is rather slow to arrive. However, according to many, PSG star Lucas Moura has matured in Europe and returned a better player. Could salvation come from the Brazilian forward?

And last but not least, the Brazilians are facing another huge question mark with Thiago Silva. It is unclear whether he will be part of the World Cup adventure, even though he seems to have overcome his demons and is back to his best level for now.

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<![CDATA[Atletico Mineiro waiting on response from Robinho, confirms president ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79618_atletico_mineiro_waiting_on_response_from_robinho__confirms_president_.htmlJanuary has seen Brazilian talent flee for China in their droves, but one star Brazilian could be making the opposite journey in the coming weeks. Former Real Madrid, AC Milan, Santos and Manchester City trickster Robinho could be set for a move to Belo Horizonte club Atlético Mineiro.

 

Robinho left hometown club Santos for a third time last year to join Chinese club Guangzhoe Evergrande. However, he is understood to be considering a move back to Brasileirão. Santos are interested in taking the playmaker for a fourth spell, but Galo president Dan Nepomuceno has confirmed reports that Atlético have made an offer too.

 

Atlético will compete in this year’s Copa Libertadores, unlike Santos, however, the player’s emotional attachment to the latter means the player has a decision to make in the coming days. “I'm a friend of Modesto (president of Santos), who was hospitalized recently. I have a lot of respect for him and the Santos,” said Nepomuceno.

“Everyone knows that Robinho has a different relationship with Santos. Atletico-MG has an interest; I talked to the Robinho’s agent, who knows what the club can offer. If Robinho does not go to Santos, Atletico-MG is the first choice for the player, "Nepomuceno said.

 

Galo have recently lost defender Jemerson to Monaco and are on the lookout for a new creative player, after the departure of Giovanni Augusto to Corinthians recently, and Robinho is Galo’s first target to atone for the loss of Giovanni Augusto. Nepomuceno also moved to deny other reports that have been circulating over Atlético’s transfer activity.

 

"I'm seeing and reading a lot of stories that are not true. Pratto will stay. There's nothing with Nilmar of Valdivia and much less Fred. We have partnered with DryWorld (their kit manufacturer) to bring two or three names. I'm focused on bringing a replacement for Giovanni Augusto. And we are attentive to the issue of Robinho, "he added.

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<![CDATA["Pereira maybe a better n°10 than Juan Mata"ponders Van Gaal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79617__pereira_maybe_a_better_n__10_than_juan_mata_ponders_van_gaal.htmlManchester United boss Luis van Gaal has suggested that young Brazilian playmaker Andreas Pereira maybe a better option to play behind the strikers than Spanish international Juan Mata. Mata started his career in England very brightly with Chelsea, but has failed to hit those heights in his two year spell at Manchester United.

 

Pereira replaced Mata late on in United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday and van Gaal suggests that the Spaniard could be adopted elsewhere, with Pereira a more natural choice for the role behind the forward, “Maybe I have another No.10 who is better than Mata. Maybe Andreas Pereira is better.

 

“I don’t discuss that with you, I’ll discuss it with Juan Mata. Juan Mata knows, and maybe he is doing better now.” Pereira nearly left United on loan in the January transfer window, but it is reported that van Gaal blocked any temporary move, preferring to keep the Brazilian with the club involved in Europa League and FA Cup knockout matches over the coming weeks. Pereira hopes to be involved in the Brazil squad for the Olympic games in Rio this summer.

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<![CDATA[Santos prepared for the return of David Braz in the derby against Palmeiras]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79600_santos_prepared_for_the_return_of_david_braz_in_the_derby_against_palmeiras.html 

David Braz suffered an injury to the adductor muscle of his left thigh in the Copa do Brasil final last year after stretching to prevent a shot from Gabriel Jesus.
With only three defenders available in the main squad [Gustavo Henrique, Lucas Veríssimo and Paulo Ricardo], coach Dorival Júnior looks forward to the return of David Braz, who's in the final stages of his recovery. The player, who has been performing physical work in two periods at the club's training centre, should be available for the fixture at Palmeiras' Allianz Parque on February 20, in the 5th round of the Campeonato Paulista. He has been released by the medical department and now makes his own preseason after missing the first training sessions with the rest of the group in 2016. The expectation is that the defender would start training with the ball this week, from Tuesday.
Even with Braz returning, and Dorival praising the current starting duo of Gustavo Henrique and Lucas Veríssimo, Santos are looking for a new central defender, but finds difficulties in the market. Oliver Benítez of Gimnasia Esgrima y La Plata was linked with move, and 22-year-old Diego Silva, who came from Náutico to Santos' B-team, should get opportunities under Dorival soon.

David Braz suffered an injury to the adductor muscle of his left thigh in the Copa do Brasil final last year after stretching to prevent a shot from Gabriel Jesus.

With only three defenders available in the main squad [Gustavo Henrique, Lucas Veríssimo and Paulo Ricardo], coach Dorival Júnior looks forward to the return of David Braz, who's in the final stages of his recovery. The player, who has been performing physical work in two periods at the club's training centre, should be available for the fixture at Palmeiras' Allianz Parque on February 20, in the 5th round of the Campeonato Paulista. He has been released by the medical department and now makes his own preseason after missing the first training sessions with the rest of the group in 2016. The expectation is that the defender would start training with the ball this week, from Tuesday.

Even with Braz returning, and Dorival praising the current starting duo of Gustavo Henrique and Lucas Veríssimo, Santos are looking for a new central defender, but finds difficulties in the market. Oliver Benítez of Gimnasia Esgrima y La Plata was linked with move, and 22-year-old Diego Silva, who came from Náutico to Santos' B-team, should get opportunities under Dorival soon.

 

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<![CDATA[Three goals in two games; but Calleri stays humble and just wants to help his teammates]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79599_three_goals_in_two_games__but_calleri_stays_humble_and_just_wants_to_help_his_teammates.html 

Despite finding the net three times in the two matches he's played, Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri stays humble and says that the important thing is to help his teammates.
Calleri came on as a substitute in the second half against César Vallejo to score the equalizing goal, but was a starter in the 4-0 win over Água Santa on Saturday, where he scored two headers. However, he is in no hurry to start the games for São Paulo, and has left that part to the team's coaching staff. He said: "Of course I'm happy to score three goals in a game and a half, but who decides whether I play or not is the coaching staff. I'm here to fight for my colleagues, I have to work for them. I have to keep training with the same intensity."
Goals with his head are not so common in Calleri's career, and he added: "I do not usually score many like that and now I scored two. I have to thank my teammates who made magnificent crosses! In the celebration, I did what I'm used to because I was looking for my parents and my girlfriend, who were in the stands of the stadium."

Despite finding the net three times in the two matches he's played, Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri stays humble and says that the important thing is to help his teammates.

Calleri came on as a substitute in the second half against César Vallejo to score the equalizing goal, but was a starter in the 4-0 win over Água Santa on Saturday, where he scored two headers. However, he is in no hurry to start the games for São Paulo, and has left that part to the team's coaching staff. He said: "Of course I'm happy to score three goals in a game and a half, but who decides whether I play or not is the coaching staff. I'm here to fight for my colleagues, I have to work for them. I have to keep training with the same intensity."

Goals with his head are not so common in Calleri's career, and he added: "I do not usually score many like that and now I scored two. I have to thank my teammates who made magnificent crosses! In the celebration, I did what I'm used to because I was looking for my parents and my girlfriend, who were in the stands of the stadium."

 

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<![CDATA[Atlético Mineiro waiting for a response from Shandong to close Júnior Urso's signing]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79598_atletico_mineiro_waiting_for_a_response_from_shandong_to_close_junior_urso_s_signing.html 

In addition to Robinho, who is believed to be close to signing with Atlético Mineiro for two seasons, Galo can bring another player from China to strengthen their squad.
According to Globo Esporte, Atlético Mineiro board are awaiting a response from Chinese club Shandong Luneng to secure a deal to sign former Coritiba midfielder Júnior Urso. If signed, the club have to hurry to register the player before the end of the registration deadline for the first phase of the Copa Libertadores, which expires next Monday. Two days later, on Wednesday, Atlético takes on Melgar in their opening game of the continental competition. Júnior Urso, who turns 27 next month, started his career in Santo André and went through Ituano, Avai and Paraná before arriving at Coritiba in 2012. At Coritiba, the midfielder played 65 games in two seasons, and was then sold to Shandong Luneng at the start of 2014. Currently, Atlético have Leandro Donizete, Rafael Carioca, Lucas Cândido and Eduardo for the position where Urso operates, but there are some speculations linking Carioca to China. The player trained on Saturday, but wasn't included in the squad to face Figueirense on Sunday.

In addition to Robinho, who is believed to be close to signing with Atlético Mineiro for two seasons, Galo can bring another player from China to strengthen their squad.

According to Globo Esporte, Atlético Mineiro board are awaiting a response from Chinese club Shandong Luneng to secure a deal to sign former Coritiba midfielder Júnior Urso. If signed, the club have to hurry to register the player before the end of the registration deadline for the first phase of the Copa Libertadores, which expires next Monday. Two days later, on Wednesday, Atlético takes on Melgar in their opening game of the continental competition. Júnior Urso, who turns 27 next month, started his career in Santo André and went through Ituano, Avai and Paraná before arriving at Coritiba in 2012. At Coritiba, the midfielder played 65 games in two seasons, and was then sold to Shandong Luneng at the start of 2014. Currently, Atlético have Leandro Donizete, Rafael Carioca, Lucas Cândido and Eduardo for the position where Urso operates, but there are some speculations linking Carioca to China. The player trained on Saturday, but wasn't included in the squad to face Figueirense on Sunday.

 

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<![CDATA[Miler Bolaños happy to join Grêmio after turning down the chance to go to China]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79597_miler_bolanos_happy_to_join_gremio_after_turning_down_the_chance_to_go_to_china.html 

25-year-old forward Miler Bolaños, who was on the verge of signing for Chinese club Changchun Yatai, took a U-turn and opted to join Grêmio to take part in the Copa Libertadores this season.
Bolaños changed his mind after being indicated by Ecuadorian national team coach Gustavo Quinteros who wanted to see the player in a more competitive league. Grêmio have been following Bolaños since December last year, and decided to go all in for the player in recent days, but confidentially. Club director Rui Costa and the lawyer of the club, Gabriel Vieira, went to Guayaquil to finalize the details with Emelec. Grêmio are paying approximately €4.5 million for 70% of his rights, and the remaining 30% will stay with the Ecuadorian team for future negotiations.
Bolaños told Rádio Bandeirantes: "It is very important, I spoke with the leaders and they talked about the Copa Libertadores. I'm happy to be part of this project. I will give everything I have, and show why they are seeking my contract. Months ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Frickson Erazo [played at Grêmio last year], who knows the club and the city. He spoke very well, it's a very important team, the facilities, the fans... I want to come and work and give everything to the club."

25-year-old forward Miler Bolaños, who was on the verge of signing for Chinese club Changchun Yatai, took a U-turn and opted to join Grêmio to take part in the Copa Libertadores this season.

Bolaños changed his mind after being indicated by Ecuadorian national team coach Gustavo Quinteros who wanted to see the player in a more competitive league. Grêmio have been following Bolaños since December last year, and decided to go all in for the player in recent days, but confidentially. Club director Rui Costa and the lawyer of the club, Gabriel Vieira, went to Guayaquil to finalize the details with Emelec. Grêmio are paying approximately €4.5 million for 70% of his rights, and the remaining 30% will stay with the Ecuadorian team for future negotiations.

Bolaños told Rádio Bandeirantes: "It is very important, I spoke with the leaders and they talked about the Copa Libertadores. I'm happy to be part of this project. I will give everything I have, and show why they are seeking my contract. Months ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Frickson Erazo [played at Grêmio last year], who knows the club and the city. He spoke very well, it's a very important team, the facilities, the fans... I want to come and work and give everything to the club."

 

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<![CDATA[Fabián Balbuena arrives in Brazil to sign for Corinthians]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79596_fabian_balbuena_arrives_in_brazil_to_sign_for_corinthians.html 

Paraguayan defender Fabián Balbuena arrived in Brazil on Sunday to complete his transfer to 2015 Brasileirão champions Corinthians.
The 24-year-old is expected to undergo medical examinations on Monday, and then sign a contract for three years. Corinthians reached an agreement with the player early last week, but still had to discuss the form of payment with Libertad for the purchase of 100% of his economic rights for approximately €1.5 million. Balbuena told Lance!: "I was already playingat Libertad, so I'm fine physically. I'm ready to be available to the coach. I hope I can play for Corinthians as soon as possible."
Balbuena, who played for the Paraguayan national side in last year's Copa América,  will be the tenth signing of Corinthians for the current season. He will fight for a starting spot with Felipe and Yago, and Corinthians already have Vilson [former Chapecoense] and Pedro Henrique [youth product] as reserve options.

Paraguayan defender Fabián Balbuena arrived in Brazil on Sunday to complete his transfer to 2015 Brasileirão champions Corinthians.

The 24-year-old is expected to undergo medical examinations on Monday, and then sign a contract for three years. Corinthians reached an agreement with the player early last week, but still had to discuss the form of payment with Libertad for the purchase of 100% of his economic rights for approximately €1.5 million. Balbuena told Lance!: "I was already playing at Libertad, so I'm fine physically. I'm ready to be available to the coach. I hope I can play for Corinthians as soon as possible."

Balbuena, who played for the Paraguayan national side in last year's Copa América, will be the tenth signing of Corinthians for the current season. He will fight for a starting spot with Felipe and Yago, and Corinthians already have Vilson [former Chapecoense] and Pedro Henrique [youth product] as reserve options.

 

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<![CDATA[Training contract of Vitinho at Corinthians has ended and he could go to Manchester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79573_training_contract_of_vitinho_at_corinthians_has_ended_and_he_could_go_to_manchester_city.html 

Highlight of the Brazilian team that won the U15 South American Championship in Colombia last year, Vitinho is now legally free to act for another team.
The player's training contract expired on January 4 when he turned 16, and he requested a very high salary to sign a professional contract with Corinthians. Vitinho has stood out for the youth team of Brazil and even attracted the interest of Premier League giants Manchester City. The attacker was the tournament top-scorer in Colombia with seven goals, and had been treated as one of the best talents in the club's youth system. Nick Arcuri, agent of Vitinho, has warned that they're open to listening to proposals of those interested. One of the clubs that wish to sign Vitinho is Manchester City, where he has already passed a trial period in October. The youngster was very excited about the opportunity which happened with the consent of Corinthians. However, a transfer to Manchester City can occur only when he turns 18, and there's a long way to go.
As mentioned in Globo Esporte, after conversations with several leaders of the youth sector of Brazil, it was understood that there is a belief he can indeed go to Manchester City. In the 2011 U15 South American Championship, Mosquito was the tournament top-scorer, but after returning to Brazil, demanded high wages to his club and left without renewing. The story of Vitinho is increasingly common, and the example of Mosquito is just one of the players who, encouraged by their agents, prioritized the idea of ​​getting rich as a teenager. Even Mosquito, who's just turned 20, is trying to rebuild his career at Llagostera, in the lower division of Spain.

Highlight of the Brazilian team that won the U15 South American Championship in Colombia last year, Vitinho is now legally free to act for another team.

The player's training contract expired on January 4 when he turned 16, and he requested a very high salary to sign a professional contract with Corinthians. Vitinho has stood out for the youth team of Brazil and even attracted the interest of Premier League giants Manchester City. The attacker was the tournament top-scorer in Colombia with seven goals, and had been treated as one of the best talents in the club's youth system. Nick Arcuri, agent of Vitinho, has warned that they're open to listening to proposals of those interested. One of the clubs that wish to sign Vitinho is Manchester City, where he has already passed a trial period in October. The youngster was very excited about the opportunity which happened with the consent of Corinthians. However, a transfer to Manchester City can occur only when he turns 18, and there's a long way to go.

As mentioned in Globo Esporte, after conversations with several leaders of the youth sector of Brazil, it was understood that there is a belief he can indeed go to Manchester City. In the 2011 U15 South American Championship, Mosquito was the tournament top-scorer, but after returning to Brazil, demanded high wages to his club and left without renewing. The story of Vitinho is increasingly common, and the example of Mosquito is just one of the players who, encouraged by their agents, prioritized the idea of ​​getting rich as a teenager. Even Mosquito, who's just turned 20, is trying to rebuild his career at Llagostera, in the lower division of Spain.

 

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<![CDATA[Vasco da Gama to get €1.5 million from the sale of Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79572_vasco_da_gama_to_get____1_5_million_from_the_sale_of_alex_teixeira_to_jiangsu_suning.html 

Brazilian club Vasco da Gama will make €1.5 million from the sale of attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.
On Friday, Shakhtar Donetsk had officially announced the transfer of Alex Teixeira to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, the same team that bought Ramires from Chelsea. The transfer fee was confirmed to be €50 million, and Vasco da Gama will receive a portion of the amount as they have been the training club of the 26-year-old. The percentage is calculated according to the time a player spends in the club, and O Globo reckons Vasco will be entitled to 3% of the transaction value. Alex Teixeira came through the youth system of Vasco, where he arrived aged just 9. He remained in the Rio de Janeiro side until he was 19, and was then sold to Shakhtar Donetsk. At Vasco, Alex Teixeira was Brasileirão Série B champion in 2009.
In six and a half seasons in Ukraine, Teixeira scored 89 goals in 223 games. Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning is the most expensive trasfer of the winter transfer window, and also an Asian transfer record. Chinese clubs may still continue breaking records, as the country's window closes only on February 26.

Brazilian club Vasco da Gama will make €1.5 million from the sale of attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.

On Friday, Shakhtar Donetsk had officially announced the transfer of Alex Teixeira to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, the same team that bought Ramires from Chelsea. The transfer fee was confirmed to be €50 million, and Vasco da Gama will receive a portion of the amount as they have been the training club of the 26-year-old. The percentage is calculated according to the time a player spends in the club, and O Globo reckons Vasco will be entitled to 3% of the transaction value. Alex Teixeira came through the youth system of Vasco, where he arrived aged just 9. He remained in the Rio de Janeiro side until he was 19, and was then sold to Shakhtar Donetsk. At Vasco, Alex Teixeira was Brasileirão Série B champion in 2009.
In six and a half seasons in Ukraine, Teixeira scored 89 goals in 223 games. Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning is the most expensive trasfer of the winter transfer window, and also an Asian transfer record. Chinese clubs may still continue breaking records, as the country's window closes only on February 26.

 

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<![CDATA[Atlético Mineiro believed to be closing in on an agreement with Robinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79571_atletico_mineiro_believed_to_be_closing_in_on_an_agreement_with_robinho.html 

Atlético Mineiro already have a plan to have 32-year-old striker Robinho as their main signing for the 2016 season.
The board of the club have outlined a financial plan to attract the former Santos and Guanghzou Evergrande striker, and payment to the player will be made just like they did with Ronaldinho. Robinho is also wanted by Santos, and Atlético know that the wages asked by the player to the Vila Belmiro side is in the region of €140,000 a month. But the club expects to use the image of the player to pay the requested salary. On the agenda of the board is the participation in the sale of shirts with the player's name, awards for matches and objectives achieved in the competitions played in the year and the use of Robinho as poster boy of the sponsors of the club, including DryWorld, sporting goods supplier of the club, in addition to socio-fan programs.
According to Globo Esporte, a source close to the board of Atlético revealed that, before the club's interest in Robinho leaked, negotiations with the player was very close to being finalized. The board relies on the outcome of this business to give a kind of response to departures of key players like Jemerson and Giovanni Augusto, sold to Monaco and Corinthians, respectively.

Atlético Mineiro already have a plan to have 32-year-old striker Robinho as their main signing for the 2016 season.

The board of the club have outlined a financial plan to attract the former Santos and Guanghzou Evergrande striker, and payment to the player will be made just like they did with Ronaldinho. Robinho is also wanted by Santos, and Atlético know that the wages asked by the player to the Vila Belmiro side is in the region of €140,000 a month. But the club expects to use the image of the player to pay the requested salary. On the agenda of the board is the participation in the sale of shirts with the player's name, awards for matches and objectives achieved in the competitions played in the year and the use of Robinho as poster boy of the sponsors of the club, including DryWorld, sporting goods supplier of the club, in addition to socio-fan programs.

According to Globo Esporte, a source close to the board of Atlético revealed that, before the club's interest in Robinho leaked, negotiations with the player was very close to being finalized. The board relies on the outcome of this business to give a kind of response to departures of key players like Jemerson and Giovanni Augusto, sold to Monaco and Corinthians, respectively.

 

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<![CDATA[Aged 24, Neymar has more club goals than what Messi and Cristiano had for club and country]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79570_aged_24__neymar_has_more_club_goals_than_what_messi_and_cristiano_had_for_club_and_country.html 

Brazilian national team captain and Barcelona forward Neymar turned 24 on Friday.
Two of the greatest football players in the world today, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Júnior, celebrate their birthdays on February 5. The Real Madrid superstar turned 31, while the Brazilian is 7 years younger. The former player of Sporting and Manchester United is already considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, and his numbers speak for itself; 518 goals in 774 career games, and 343 goals in 328 matches for Real Madrid only. Meanwhile, Neymar reached the FIFA Ballon d'Or podium for the first time in his career for his performances in 2015. He finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo and club-mate Lionel Messi, who won the award for a record fifth time.
Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi has more goals than the current poster boy of Brazil when we consider the figures at the age of 24. Cristiano Ronaldo was in his final months at United with that age in 2009, and had scored 132 goals [111 for clubs and 21 for Portugal]. On the other hand, Messi had 197 career goals [180 for Barça and 17 for Argentina] when he was 24. Today, the Argentine maestro has 485 goals in 614 matches. However, aged 24, Neymar has more club goals [209] than what Messi and Cristiano had for club and country at that age. In addition, he has scored 46 goals for the five-time World champions, which takes his tally to 255 as a professional footballer.

Brazilian national team captain and Barcelona forward Neymar turned 24 on Friday.

Two of the greatest football players in the world today, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Júnior, celebrate their birthdays on February 5. The Real Madrid superstar turned 31, while the Brazilian is 7 years younger. The former player of Sporting and Manchester United is already considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, and his numbers speak for itself; 518 goals in 774 career games, and 343 goals in 328 matches for Real Madrid only. Meanwhile, Neymar reached the FIFA Ballon d'Or podium for the first time in his career for his performances in 2015. He finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo and club-mate Lionel Messi, who won the award for a record fifth time.

Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi has more goals than the current poster boy of Brazil when we consider the figures at the age of 24. Cristiano Ronaldo was in his final months at United with that age in 2009, and had scored 132 goals [111 for clubs and 21 for Portugal]. On the other hand, Messi had 197 career goals [180 for Barça and 17 for Argentina] when he was 24. Today, the Argentine maestro has 485 goals in 614 matches. However, aged 24, Neymar has more club goals [209] than what Messi and Cristiano had for club and country at that age. In addition, he has scored 46 goals for the five-time World champions, which takes his tally to 255 as a professional footballer.

 

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<![CDATA[Lucas Silva removed from Marseille's Europa League squad]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79569_lucas_silva_removed_from_marseille_s_europa_league_squad.html 

It has been a year since Lucas Silva's move to Real Madrid, but the Brazilian hasn't had the expected success in European football.
Lucas was loaned out to Marseille by the Spanish club last summer after they activated the option to buy-back Casemiro from FC Porto. On Friday, the Brazilian midfielder saw his name being removed from the list of players of the French team for the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League. In six months in France, Lucas Silva has started just 17 matches. Besides the lacklustre performances, arrival of Florian Thauvin from Newcastle and Steven Fletcher from Sunderland were key in coach Míchel González's decision to cut off the ex-Cruzeiro man from the squad taking part in the continental competition. There were reports in Spain on transfer deadline day linking Lucas Silva with Belgian side Anderlecht, but the board of Marseille apparently vetoed the negotiations. The intention of the French team is to use the young Brazilian in league and cup matches. Lucas' loan deal with Marseille ends on June 30, and it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old has a future at Real Madrid.

It has been a year since Lucas Silva's move to Real Madrid, but the Brazilian hasn't had the expected success in European football.

Lucas was loaned out to Marseille by the Spanish club last summer after they activated the option to buy-back Casemiro from FC Porto. On Friday, the Brazilian midfielder saw his name being removed from the list of players of the French team for the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League. In six months in France, Lucas Silva has started just 17 matches. Besides the lacklustre performances, arrival of Florian Thauvin from Newcastle and Steven Fletcher from Sunderland were key in coach Míchel González's decision to cut off the ex-Cruzeiro man from the squad taking part in the continental competition. There were reports in Spain on transfer deadline day linking Lucas Silva with Belgian side Anderlecht, but the board of Marseille apparently vetoed the negotiations. The intention of the French team is to use the young Brazilian in league and cup matches. Lucas' loan deal with Marseille ends on June 30, and it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old has a future at Real Madrid.

 

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<![CDATA[Jiangsu Suning made offer for Chelsea’s Oscar, according to agent]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79564_jiangsu_suning_made_offer_for_chelsea___s_oscar__according_to_agent.htmlOscar’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci claims that Chinese club Jiangsu Suning made an offer to Chelsea for Brazilian midfielder Oscar during the January transfer window. The Chinese Superleague has flexed its financial muscle during January, snapping up established talent such as Ramires and Alex Teixeira, who himself joined Jiangsu this week.

 

Bertolucci claims that the Chinese club, managed by Dan Petrescu, offered a sum in the region of €75m for the Chelsea playmaker, though the precise figures are not confirmed. However, both Oscar, who netted a hat trick in Chelsea’s 5-1 win over MK Dons at the weekend, and Chelsea flatly rejected the offer.

 

Brazilian players such as Diego Tardelli, Ricardo Goulart, Jádson, Gil and Renato Augusto have all fled Brazil for the riches on offer in China recently. But the league seems to be making a power play for even more established players, with Teixeira and Ramires joining and offers made for the likes of Alexandre Pato and Lucas Lima.

 

The Chinese transfer window ends on 25 February, so expect to see a few more eye raising bids for established players from China in the next few weeks.

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<![CDATA[Atletico Mineiro’s Lucas Pratto maybe the next to move to China]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79563_atletico_mineiro___s_lucas_pratto_maybe_the_next_to_move_to_china.htmlArgentinean striker Lucas Pratto looks as though he will be the next big name to move to the Chinese Superleague in the coming days. Pratto joined Atlético Mineiro from Valez Sarsfield a year ago and scored 13 goals for the Brasileirão runners up in 2015.

Galo had resisted two bids from Chinese club Hebei Fortune, who recently bought ex Arsenal winger Gervinho. Atlético are reluctant to lose the Argentine, given the fact that they do not possess another natural striker in their first team squad and having sold defender Jemerson to Monaco earlier this week. Likewise, playmaker Giovanni Augusto left the club this week to join Corinthians.

The board of the Belo Horizonte club are said to be asking for €20m for their talisman, given the fact that they kick off their Copa Libertadores campaign in just over a week. Hebei are likely to meet the asking price in the coming days. This would represent a €7m profit on what they paid for Pratto and would also surpass the fee they collected when they sold Bernard to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.

Pratto is thought to be Atlético’s highest paid player, but can still expect to earn five times his current salary in China. New coach Diego Aguirre said, “The president (Daniel Nepomuceno) said the player will stay until June. But he said the same about Jemerson and had to sell. But football is like that, there are things we cannot guarantee.

“Let's wait and see what happens. We are working hard, with possible options if something happens. Not to stay unprotected and not be surprised," added the Uruguayan coach. Pratto did feature in the photoshoot for the new home shirt, which took place on Thursday and the club are still hopeful of tying him to a new, improved contract.

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<![CDATA[At Monaco, Jemerson hopes to be called up by the Brazilian national team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79548_at_monaco__jemerson_hopes_to_be_called_up_by_the_brazilian_national_team.html 

Signed by Monaco last week, 23-year-old Brazilian defender Jemerson was presented to the media on Thursday.
The former Atlético Mineiro player believes he can turn out to be a regular name in Dunga's list for the Brazilian national team if he makes an impact in his new team. Jemerson played 109 games for Atlético and was state champion in 2013 and 2015. He won the Recopa Sudamericana in 2014, and also the Copa do Brasil in the same year. His good performances earned him a call up to the Brazilian national team for the World Cup qualifier against Peru when David Luiz was suspended, but he couldn't play. Jemerson said: " I chose Monaco because it is a big European club. A club that reveals several young players. I know the French Championship is observed by the committee of Seleção. I hope to adapt myself and play as often as possible, and the goal is to earn a call up to the national team again."

Signed by Monaco last week, 23-year-old Brazilian defender Jemerson was presented to the media on Thursday.

The former Atlético Mineiro player believes he can turn out to be a regular name in Dunga's list for the Brazilian national team if he makes an impact in his new team. Jemerson played 109 games for Atlético and was state champion in 2013 and 2015. He won the Recopa Sudamericana in 2014, and also the Copa do Brasil in the same year. His good performances earned him a call up to the Brazilian national team for the World Cup qualifier against Peru when David Luiz was suspended, but he couldn't play. Jemerson said: "I chose Monaco because it is a big European club. A club that reveals several young players. I know the French Championship is observed by the committee of Seleção. I hope to adapt myself and play as often as possible, and the goal is to earn a call up to the national team again."

 

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<![CDATA[Monthly salary of over €1 million lured Ramires to Jiangsu Suning]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79547_monthly_salary_of_over____1_million_lured_ramires_to_jiangsu_suning.html 

Brazilian midfielder Ramires played his first game for Jiangsu Suning on Wednesday and scored on his debut in a 2-0 victory over Russian side Anzhi.
The Chinese side paid a transfer fee of €33 million to Chelsea for his services, the player himself confirmed through his press office that the salary offered was too good to reject. According to Globo Esporte, Ramires will earn an annual salary of €13m [£10m] in China. Jiangsu Suning have doubled what Ramires used to earn at Chelsea, and it's over €1m per-month. After the first match in a Jiangsu shirt, Ramires was back in England on Thursday. There, the Brazilian will solve some personal issues and will deal with his shift to China. The official presentation of the player at his new club, however, has no scheduled date. Chinese clubs have broken the Asian transfer record in a matter of days. At the time of the deal, Ramires to Jiangsu was the most expensive transfer in Chinese football history. But in the following days, Guangzhou Evergrande paid €42m to Atlético Madrid for Jackson Martínez and Jiangsu confirmed on Friday the signing of Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar on a €50m deal.

Brazilian midfielder Ramires played his first game for Jiangsu Suning on Wednesday and scored on his debut in a 2-0 victory over Russian side Anzhi.

The Chinese side paid a transfer fee of €33 million to Chelsea for his services, the player himself confirmed through his press office that the salary offered was too good to reject. According to Globo Esporte, Ramires will earn an annual salary of €13m [£10m] in China. Jiangsu Suning have doubled what Ramires used to earn at Chelsea, and it's over €1m per-month. After the first match in a Jiangsu shirt, Ramires was back in England on Thursday. There, the Brazilian will solve some personal issues and will deal with his shift to China. The official presentation of the player at his new club, however, has no scheduled date. Chinese clubs have broken the Asian transfer record in a matter of days. At the time of the deal, Ramires to Jiangsu was the most expensive transfer in Chinese football history. But in the following days, Guangzhou Evergrande paid €42m to Atlético Madrid for Jackson Martínez and Jiangsu confirmed on Friday the signing of Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar on a €50m deal.

 

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