<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Filipe Luis victim of consistency at Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75748_filipe_luis_victim_of_consistency_at_chelsea.htmlIt was a summer of mixed emotions for fans of Juventus. 

After a 2014-15 campaign that saw them secure the Coppa Italia, a fourth straight Serie A title and have a run to the UEFA Champions League final, some upheaval in the transfer market was inevitable, with the squad at the end of its cycle.

A number of the lynchpins of the side - Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal - moved on throughout the window.

The gaps left in Head Coach Massimiliano Allegri’s squad were filled by various arrivals, but the tactician also craved something new - a specialist trequartista [play-maker].

After persistently pursuing Schalke 04’s Julian Draxler, Director General Giuseppe Marotta saw his bid gazumped by VfL Wolfsburg, leaving him short of his preferred target and with just 24 hours, or so, to find an alternative.

He would eventually secure a deadline day deal for Hernanes with rivals Internazionale. 

The Brazil international - capped 27 times since 2008 - cost around €11 million and has a contract until June 2018.

Hernanes, now aged 30, is at the opposite end of his career to Draxler. He has been in Italy since August 2010, when Lazio signed him from São Paulo, and is established as one of Serie A’s most intriguing midfielders.

His form in his early years in Rome was outstanding and culminated in a starring role as Lazio defeated city rivals Roma to win the 2013 Coppa Italia.

In each of his first three seasons at Lazio, he netted over ten goals [in all competitions] and featured in at least 35 matches per campaign.

For the 2013-14 season however, those stats wained and once Inter came in with a bid of €18 million in January 2014, his time at Lazio was up.

Hernanes arrived in Milan ready to be at the forefront of Inter’s revival under new owner Erick Thohir, but rarely shone.

Despite making 57 appearances, he struggled for consistency and was limited to odd moments of genius, including three goals against former employees Lazio.

With Inter investing heavily this summer, it was no surprise when Hernanes was allowed to move. The question now is whether he can get back to his best.

The veteran certainly has confidence in himself and is set on playing in his best position.

“I want to play at trequartista, so that’s where I see myself and that’s where I expect to play,” he told Juventus’ official website, as reported by Football Italia. “It’s the position I think suits me best.”

At Inter, he was often deployed deeper and could not influence as he desired. Under Allegri, that should change.

With only Argentina international Roberto Pereyra to compete with, Hernanes will get playing time.

At Lazio, he showed that with a team set up to suit him, he can thrive. 

Draxler may have been an exciting option, but Hernanes offers more guarantees, at least in the short-term.

His expertise at set-pieces - Juventus have lost both Pirlo and Tevez - is a further asset he brings, while his experience in Serie A - he's played over 150 matches - is invaluable.

Whether Hernanes can dominate like he did at Lazio is unclear, but at a time when Juventus have lost so much experience and leadership, he could be a signing that is quickly appreciated.

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<![CDATA[Douglas Costa wants his place in the Brazil national team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75728_douglas_costa_wants_his_place_in_the_brazil_national_team.html 

The 24-year-old is hoping his fine form for the German champions will continue at international level and earn him a starting role with the Seleção.
Douglas Costa hopes his quick adaptation to life with Bayern Munich will kick-start his international future. Costa joined the German champions this summer and has instantly impressed in the Bundesliga in the absence of injured Franck Ribéry. He is now targeting a starring role for Brazil as he seeks to break into the first team. He said: "I have to grab this opportunity. When I arrived at Bayern everyone spoke about Arjen Robben and Ribéry, but I have done my job. Here is no different. Of course Neymar is a great player, but I want my place."

The 24-year-old is hoping his fine form for the German champions will continue at international level and earn him a starting role with the Seleção.

Douglas Costa hopes his quick adaptation to life with Bayern Munich will kick-start his international future. Costa joined the German champions this summer and has instantly impressed in the Bundesliga in the absence of injured Franck Ribéry. He is now targeting a starring role for Brazil as he seeks to break into the first team. He said: "I have to grab this opportunity. When I arrived at Bayern everyone spoke about Arjen Robben and Ribéry, but I have done my job. Here is no different. Of course Neymar is a great player, but I want my place."

 

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<![CDATA[Kaká: 'I didn’t know if I would get another chance with Brazil']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75727_kaka___i_didn___t_know_if_i_would_get_another_chance_with_brazil_.html 

The 33-year-old Orlando City star admits he was worried about his international career but is ready to prove his worth to coach Dunga.
Kaká admits he was worried he wouldn’t get another chance with Brazil. He was a surprise inclusion in Dunga’s squad for this month's friendlies with Costa Rica and USA, having not appeared for the Seleção since October 2014. He was quoted in GOAL: "I didn’t not know if I would get another chance in the squad. But I knew that if the chance came I would have to be prepared. And I am. I'm fine physically. It has been a long time since I had physical problems. I feel confident technically and I am prepared for these games. If I have a chance to play you will see how much I can still contribute to the national team."

The 33-year-old Orlando City star admits he was worried about his international career but is ready to prove his worth to coach Dunga.

Kaká admits he was worried he wouldn’t get another chance with Brazil. He was a surprise inclusion in Dunga’s squad for this month's friendlies with Costa Rica and USA, having not appeared for the Seleção since October 2014. He was quoted in GOAL: "I didn’t not know if I would get another chance in the squad. But I knew that if the chance came I would have to be prepared. And I am. I'm fine physically. It has been a long time since I had physical problems. I feel confident technically and I am prepared for these games. If I have a chance to play you will see how much I can still contribute to the national team."

 

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<![CDATA[Lucas Lima thanks Santos for helping him to get Brazil call-up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75726_lucas_lima_thanks_santos_for_helping_him_to_get_brazil_call-up.html 

The 25-year-old playmaker is hoping what he does in training will be enough to prove he is worthy of an opportunity with the Seleção.
Lucas Lima says his decision to join Santos is to thank for his first Brazil call-up. He joined the club in 2014 after failing to break into the first team at Internacional and has since emerged as one of the finest passing midfielders in the country. The Santos playmaker is now hoping to make his international debut this week. He said: "My stay at Santos made this happen. I knew that playing at Santos would give me the chance for Brazil. And now I know I made the right choice."
He added: “It's hard to win a place in the team right now. Everything will be based on training, and I will show my style on the practice field. I hope to train well and show my worth. But it's totally different here. I’ve always dreamed of playing for the Seleção. In training I have to do what I know and hope to show my potential and value to the team."

The 25-year-old playmaker is hoping what he does in training will be enough to prove he is worthy of an opportunity with the Seleção.

Lucas Lima says his decision to join Santos is to thank for his first Brazil call-up. He joined the club in 2014 after failing to break into the first team at Internacional and has since emerged as one of the finest passing midfielders in the country. The Santos playmaker is now hoping to make his international debut this week. He said: "My stay at Santos made this happen. I knew that playing at Santos would give me the chance for Brazil. And now I know I made the right choice."

He added: "It's hard to win a place in the team right now. Everything will be based on training, and I will show my style on the practice field. I hope to train well and show my worth. But it's totally different here. I’ve always dreamed of playing for the Seleção. In training I have to do what I know and hope to show my potential and value to the team."

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar limps off during Brazil training]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75725_neymar_limps_off_during_brazil_training.html 

Brazil star Neymar reportedly left national team training on Wednesday night after speaking with a team doctor.
The Barcelona forward grabbed his right knee after during training before limping off the training pitch in New Jersey, reports said. According to TV3, Brazil manager Dunga decided not to risk the player for the rest of training and told him to rest. Globo Esporte had found that there is nothing serious about Neymar's situation. Neymar just returned from two weeks on the sideline after contracting mumps. He made his season debut for Barcelona in Saturday's win over Málaga. 

Brazil star Neymar reportedly left national team training on Wednesday night after speaking with a team doctor.

The Barcelona forward grabbed his right knee after during training before limping off the training pitch in New Jersey, reports said. According to TV3, Brazil manager Dunga decided not to risk the player for the rest of training and told him to rest. Globo Esporte had found that there is nothing serious about Neymar's situation. Neymar just returned from two weeks on the sideline after contracting mumps. He made his season debut for Barcelona in Saturday's win over Málaga. 

 

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<![CDATA[David Luiz slams ex-Manchester United player Gary Neville; "He lacked respect"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75724_david_luiz_slams_ex-manchester_united_player_gary_neville___he_lacked_respect_.html 

The former Chelsea defender insists he holds no grudge against the former England international and indicated that the departure from the Blues was his decision.
Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has suggested that former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville lacked respect when likening the Brazil international to a 10-year-old on a PlayStation.But Luiz, who was singled out for criticism following Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-final, indicated that though Neville's comments were wrong, he does not hold a grudge. He told Bleacher Report: "I think that respect is imperative. I’m not saying that people have to like me or that nobody can criticise me. Do it with reason and balance, though, with responsibility. Not lacking respect.You can criticise someone, say they didn’t play well. That’s fine. When Gary Neville talked about me being like something out of a video game, that’s the sort of thing that lacks respect, especially because he was a player."
He added: "But I reacted in a positive way because I know that he’s learning, and he’s growing into a new profession. I think he realised that he’d made a mistake, and he spoke well of me later on. These things happen."

The former Chelsea defender insists he holds no grudge against the former England international and indicated that the departure from the Blues was his decision.

Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has suggested that former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville lacked respect when likening the Brazil international to a 10-year-old on a PlayStation. But Luiz, who was singled out for criticism following Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-final, indicated that though Neville's comments were wrong, he does not hold a grudge. He told Bleacher Report: "I think that respect is imperative. I’m not saying that people have to like me or that nobody can criticise me. Do it with reason and balance, though, with responsibility. Not lacking respect.You can criticise someone, say they didn’t play well. That’s fine. When Gary Neville talked about me being like something out of a video game, that’s the sort of thing that lacks respect, especially because he was a player."

He added: "But I reacted in a positive way because I know that he’s learning, and he’s growing into a new profession. I think he realised that he’d made a mistake, and he spoke well of me later on. These things happen."

 

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<![CDATA[Time for Philippe Coutinho to grab his chance to go down as a Liverpool great]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75730_time_for_philippe_coutinho_to_grab_his_chance_to_go_down_as_a_liverpool_great.htmlIt’s fair to say that Philippe Coutinho’s last game for Liverpool wasn’t his finest. Brendan Rodger’s side were already trailing 2-0 to West Ham at home when the 23 year old received a second booking and was sent off. His face a mix of frustration and despair as he trudged off to the Anfield dressing room.
Coutinho will now miss Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford which is a massive blow to Rodgers who will want to bounce back straight away from the 3-0 defeat following the international break. Coutinho is the most important player at his disposal and Manchester United will most likely be one of Liverpool’s closest challengers for a top four spot.
The only silver lining is that it will allow Coutinho a bit of time to breath and think things through in what has been a whirlwind 6 months for him. Following Steven Gerrard’s departure from the club all eyes have now turned to the youngster who they see as the next icon for Liverpool. The man himself even named Coutinho as his successor.
“I’m bored of speaking about myself,” was Gerrard’s admission towards the end of last season. “I want to pay tribute to Philippe. I’m privileged to share a dressing room with him. He’s the next big thing for me.”
All this expectation isn’t unfounded. Coutinho emerged as one of the best players in the Premier League last year with his dynamic attacking play and his spectacular long range strikes. Fans always enjoy someone who is fast and creative and his 109 dribbles over the course of last season was the third highest in the league.
The worry is that Coutinho will get affected by all this pressure and not produce. When the Brazilian first played for Inter Milan in 2010 Rafael Benitez, their manager at the time, said; “Coutinho is the future of Inter.”
During his first season in Italy he did impress but in the 2011-12 season Coutinho would often drift out of games. It was as if the expectation had got to him and he was trying too hard rather than doing things naturally. It was only when he moved out on loan to Espanyol and the pressure had lifted that he got back to his best with five goals in sixteen matches.
Coutinho was 20 when he made the move to Liverpool in January 2013. His £8.5 million fee was deemed good business at the time (even more so now) but it was still considered a gamble for some including many Italian journalists. He has proved that Liverpool gambled well with their money especially with his performances in the last year.
So what now for the diminutive midfielder? Well the man himself answered that question in an interview earlier this year,
“I have this ambition, this objective of improving my finishing. In the position I play I need to score goals to help the team and create plays. Therefore I must improve my goal scoring skills.”
Despite his terrific form last year Coutinho still only struck five league goals all season. This was a fact picked up on by many who believed he should not have been in the PFA team of the year. It is obviously an area he is looking to improve and his terrific strike against Stoke in the opening game of the season was a great way to start. More of that and less of the bad discipline against West Ham is what is ultimately needed.
So can Coutinho handle the pressure? He didn’t at Inter Milan but that was when he was a young boy who had only just arrived in Europe. Coutinho is now a man and to truly be called a Liverpool great he needs to forget about expectations and just hit the back of the net. For the sake of all football fans lets hope that’s what happens.

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<![CDATA[Brasileirão Round 22: results and ranking]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75723_brasileirao_round_22__results_and_ranking.htmlWednesday:

Ponte Preta-Cruzeiro : 1-2
Biro Biro 58’ for Ponte Preta
Willians 42’ & Vinicius Araujo 93’ for Cruzeiro

Internacional-Vasco : 6-0
Ernando 10’, Eduardo Sasha 39’, Lisandro Lopez 53’ & 90’, Valdivia 57’ & Nilton 62’ for l’Internacional

Joinville-São Paulo : 0-0

Flamengo-Avai : 3-0

Alan Patrick 30’, Kayke 54’ & 75’ for Flamengo

Atlético Mineiro-Atlético Paranaense : 0-1
Walter 58’ for l’Atlético-PR

Corinthians-Fluminense : 2-0
Marciel 4’ & Ralf 70’ for Corinthians

Coritiba-Sport : 0-0

Goias-Palmeiras : 1-0

Bruno Henrique 63’ for Goias

Thursday:

Santos-Chapecoense : 3-1
Ricardo Oliveira 15’ & 75’, Geuvânio 56’ for Santos
Neto 83’ for Chapeconse

Figueirense-Grêmio : 0-2
Bobo 6’ & Pedro Rocha 77’ for Grêmio

Ranking :

 

P

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

%

1 Corinthians

49

22

15

4

3

35

15

20

74

2 Atlético-MG

42

22

13

3

6

37

21

16

63

3 Grêmio

41

22

12

5

5

31

17

14

62

4 Atlético-PR

36

22

11

3

8

27

23

4

54

5 São Paulo

35

22

10

5

7

29

23

6

53

6 Palmeiras

34

22

10

4

8

36

23

13

51

7 Fluminense

33

22

10

3

9

24

24

0

50

8 Santos

33

22

9

6

7

34

27

7

50

9 Flamengo

32

22

10

2

10

27

29

-2

48

10 Sport-PE

32

22

7

11

4

32

24

8

48

11 Internacional

31

22

8

7

7

22

24

-2

46

12 Chapecoense

28

22

8

4

10

19

24

-5

42

13 Ponte Preta

27

22

6

9

7

22

26

-4

40

14 Figueirense

26

22

7

5

10

21

29

-8

39

15 Cruzeiro

25

22

7

4

11

17

22

-5

37

16 Goiás

25

22

6

7

9

20

19

1

37

17 Avaí

23

22

6

5

11

23

36

-13

34

18 Coritiba

23

22

5

8

9

14

23

-9

34

19 Joinville

20

22

5

5

12

17

25

-8

30

20 Vasco

13

22

3

4

15

8

41

-33

19

Top Scorers :

1. Ricardo Oliveira (Santos)  14 goals
2. Lucas Pratto (Atlético-MG) et Jadson (Corinthians) 9 goals 
3. Alexandre Pato (São Paulo)  8 goals

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<![CDATA[Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva proves to be the man who just doesn’t give up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75707_liverpool___s_lucas_leiva_proves_to_be_the_man_who_just_doesn___t_give_up.htmlWhen Steven Gerrard bid an emotional farewell to Anfield last season he left as the club’s longest serving player. The player who replaced him? A certain blonde haired Brazilian who is starting to become part of the furniture at Liverpool.

It seems remarkable that Lucas Leiva has been a Liverpool player for eight years now after signing from Grêmio in 2007. When he first donned the shirt as a fresh faced 20 year old it seemed that he would barely last a week let alone nearly a decade. Lucas struggled to adapt to the English game in his first few months and found it hard to replicate his form for Grêmio. He arrived on these shores as the youngest ever winner of the Golden Ball, given to the best player in the Brasileiro.

 “These moves are always a gamble, but I think this is a good one,” said South American football pundit Tim Vickery at the time. “He’s an exciting player of the type that Brazilian football hasn’t produced too many of recently.”

Despite these endorsements Lucas was far from popular in his early time at the club. A difficult first season was followed by a testing time during the 2008-09 campaign. During a game against Fulham the youngster was booed by a large section of Liverpool supporters who targeted him as a scapegoat for the team’s poor results. This resulted in only two league starts in the whole year for the Brazilian.

This was where Lucas showed the first signs of his extraordinary resilience. Most young men would have sought a move away to pastures new but following Xabi Alonso’s move to Real Madrid, Lucas returned to the team with aplomb. Only three players made more than his 50 appearances in the 2009-10 campaign and he walked away with the young player of the season award. A year later and he upgraded this to the senior player of the season award.

So Lucas had triumphed in his first hurdle and won over the fans but he was soon to crash into an even greater one. In a League Cup tie against Chelsea in November 2011, just as the 24 year old was developing into one of the best holding midfielders in the league, disaster struck. A collision with Juan Mata resulted in an anterior cruciate ligament injury that would rule him out for the season.

Lucas has never since been able to return to those levels but his fighting spirit shone through yet again as he returned to the fold once more for Liverpool’s fantastic season in 2013-14. Constant rumours linked him with a move away last year as he found himself on the bench but once again Lucas returned to the side in December 2014. What followed was a 13 match unbeaten run in which Lucas was cited as one of the main reasons. His record of 5.4 tackles per game being the highest in the division.

The problem for Lucas has always been his difficulty at remaining fit and healthy. Ever since his cruciate ligament injury he has spent various spells on the sidelines through all sorts of different niggles and knocks.

With a number of new arrivals at Anfield this summer Lucas was once again on the verge of leaving the club for pastures new. A Premier League squad is hard enough to break into as it is, let alone with an injury record and a host of exciting new signings blocking your path.

At one point a transfer to Inter Milan was imminent. This was then followed by the news that a season long loan to Besiktas was being agreed. But yet again nothing materialised. Somehow Lucas remains a Liverpool player.

So what now for the 28 year old? Well Brendan Rodgers surprised many by starting Lucas against Arsenal last week and what he got in return was a terrific defensive performance.

“Lucas is the best defensive midfielder we have,” Brendan Rodgers told reporters after 0-0 draw. “He came in tonight and did a great job.”

It seems that Lucas might be becoming one of those players who is used to break up play in the big games. Maybe one that is saved for special occasions as his fitness may not allow him to play 90 minutes every week. One thing is for sure and that is Lucas won’t depart from the club quietly. His resilience has already won over the fans. In a recent survey nearly 85% of them said they hoped he would stay at the club. The boos that rang out all those years ago have long since been forgotten.

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<![CDATA[Choosing Brazil over Spain was easiest decision in my life, says Rafinha]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75696_choosing_brazil_over_spain_was_easiest_decision_in_my_life__says_rafinha.html 

The midfielder says he was never tempted to change his international allegiance from his country of birth to the nation where has spent the last nine years.
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha says his decision to play international football for Brazil ahead of Spain was the "easiest of his life". Rafinha and Philippe Coutinho were added to Brazil's squad for the friendlies against Costa Rica on September 5 and United States three days later, after Chelsea duo Oscar and Ramires withdrew having picked up injuries. Rafinha was born in Brazil but has lived in Barcelona since the age of 13, while older brother Thiago plays for Spain. He was quoted in GOAL: "The choice between Brazil and Spain was the easiest decision I've made in my life. I'm Brazilian, 100% Brazilian. I went with my heart and chose Brazil. When you follow your heart, your dreams come true."
Rafinha added: "My Dad and I always tried to convince Thiago to play for Brazil, but unfortunately it didn't work. He got his call-up for Spain very early on."

The midfielder says he was never tempted to change his international allegiance from his country of birth to the nation where has spent the last nine years.

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha says his decision to play international football for Brazil ahead of Spain was the "easiest of his life". Rafinha and Philippe Coutinho were added to Brazil's squad for the friendlies against Costa Rica on September 5 and United States three days later, after Chelsea duo Oscar and Ramires withdrew having picked up injuries. Rafinha was born in Brazil but has lived in Barcelona since the age of 13, while older brother Thiago plays for Spain. He was quoted in GOAL: "The choice between Brazil and Spain was the easiest decision I've made in my life. I'm Brazilian, 100% Brazilian. I went with my heart and chose Brazil. When you follow your heart, your dreams come true."

Rafinha added: "My Dad and I always tried to convince Thiago to play for Brazil, but unfortunately it didn't work. He got his call-up for Spain very early on."

 

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<![CDATA[Kaká warns Mario Balotelli]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75695_kaka_warns_mario_balotelli.html 

Mario Balotelli has been warned by former AC Milan star Kaka to finally make use of his skills and be decisive for the club.
The 25-year-old returned to Milan after a failed stint at Liverpool, where he scored just one Premier League goal following a €20 million move last summer. The move is said to be Balotelli's final chance to show that he can be a top striker and Kaká, who won the Champions League and the Ballon d'Or during his time at San Siro, feels the striker must start to fulfill his promise at last. Kaká told GOAL: "Mario is a very talented player, there is no doubt about it. But he must understand that this isn't an easy time for him and he really needs to find some motivation in order to use his talent to help the team. He's the type of player who can easily change a match at any time, and I hope he can lend a hand to Milan's season."

Mario Balotelli has been warned by former AC Milan star Kaka to finally make use of his skills and be decisive for the club.

The 25-year-old returned to Milan after a failed stint at Liverpool, where he scored just one Premier League goal following a €20 million move last summer. The move is said to be Balotelli's final chance to show that he can be a top striker and Kaká, who won the Champions League and the Ballon d'Or during his time at San Siro, feels the striker must start to fulfill his promise at last. Kaká told GOAL: "Mario is a very talented player, there is no doubt about it. But he must understand that this isn't an easy time for him and he really needs to find some motivation in order to use his talent to help the team. He's the type of player who can easily change a match at any time, and I hope he can lend a hand to Milan's season."

 

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<![CDATA[Liverpool announce the signing of Allan, but he's been loaned out to SJK in Finland]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75694_liverpool_announce_the_signing_of_allan__but_he_s_been_loaned_out_to_sjk_in_finland.html 

Liverpool have completed the signing of Allan from Internacional, the club have announced.
The Reds are reported to have paid around £500,000 to secure the signing of the 18-year-old, who featured in three friendlies for the club's Under-21 side in the summer. who trained with the Reds during pre-season and represented the club's U21 side in three friendlies, has been loaned to Finnish side SJK following the completion of his transfer. Allan becomes the fourth Brazilian at Anfield, joining compatriots Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva on Merseyside.

Liverpool have completed the signing of Allan from Internacional, the club have announced.

The Reds are reported to have paid around £500,000 to secure the signing of the 18-year-old, who featured in three friendlies for the club's Under-21 side in the summer. who trained with the Reds during pre-season and represented the club's U21 side in three friendlies, has been loaned to Finnish side SJK following the completion of his transfer. Allan becomes the fourth Brazilian at Anfield, joining compatriots Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva on Merseyside.

 

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<![CDATA[Robben says Douglas Costa must cut out 'circus tricks']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75693_robben_says_douglas_costa_must_cut_out__circus_tricks_.html 

Arjen Robben has warned Bayern Munich teammate Douglas Costa over his "circus tricks" following the Brazil international's antics towards the end of the 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen.
Costa who joined Bayern this summer from Shakhtar, showed off his skills on Saturday when he flicked the ball over his and Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt's heads with his heel on the edge of the penalty area. But while fans praised the midfielder for his technique, Robben later criticized him for not showing enough respect to his opponents. He was quoted in ESPN: "He's technically-versed, a typical Brazilian. But I also have to say, he needs to be careful. Many tricks are nice, but belong in the circus. You should never forget that you also have to show some respect for the opponent when you are 3-0 up."  

Arjen Robben has warned Bayern Munich teammate Douglas Costa over his "circus tricks" following the Brazil international's antics towards the end of the 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen.

Costa who joined Bayern this summer from Shakhtar, showed off his skills on Saturday when he flicked the ball over his and Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt's heads with his heel on the edge of the penalty area. But while fans praised the midfielder for his technique, Robben later criticized him for not showing enough respect to his opponents. He was quoted in ESPN: "He's technically-versed, a typical Brazilian. But I also have to say, he needs to be careful. Many tricks are nice, but belong in the circus. You should never forget that you also have to show some respect for the opponent when you are 3-0 up."  

 

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<![CDATA[Brasileirão results - Wednesday - Round 22]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75692_brasileirao_results_-_wednesday_-_round_22.html 

Internacional 6-0 Vasco
Stadium: Beira-Rio
Goals: Ernando, Eduardo Sasha, Lisandro López [2], Valdívia, Nílton

Internacional 6-0 Vasco
Stadium: Beira-Rio
Goals: Ernando, Eduardo Sasha, Lisandro López [2], Valdívia, Nílton

 

Ponte Preta 1-2 Cruzeiro
Stadium: Estádio Moisés Lucarelli
Goals: Biro Biro - Willians, Vinícius Araújo

 

Joinville 0-0 São Paulo
Stadium: Arena Joinville

 

Corinthians 2-0 Fluminense
Stadium: Arena Corinthians
Goals: Marciel, Ralf

 

Atlético Mineiro 0-1 Atlético Paranaense
Stadium: Estádio Independência
Goals: Walter

 

Coritiba 0-0 Sport Recife
Stadium: Estádio Couto Pereira

 

Flamengo 3-0 Avaí
Stadia: Arena das Dunas
Goals: Alan Patrick, Kayke [2]

 

Goiás 1-0 Palmeiras
Stadium: Estádio Serra Dourada
Goals: Bruno Henrique

 

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<![CDATA[Why Arsenal's Gabriel can become Dunga's new star]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75706_why_arsenal_s_gabriel_can_become_dunga_s_new_star.htmlAs opposed to the capital Brasilia or the highly reputable Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo could be described as the spiritual home of Brazilian football due to the influx of players that have come out of the city.

But only a handful has ever plied their trade in the English Premier League as the two styles in play contrast so starkly. The only player from the metropolis of Sao Paulo to, as of yet make a telling impact in England is Middlesborough’s greatest ever player. Juninho.



This just goes to show despite being from the much romanticised heartland of this beautiful game we call football when it comes to competing in the Premier League only a clutch of Brazilian’s really leave a lasting positive mark.
Step forward this 24 year old centre back who is aiming to crack both the English game but more pertinently right now break into Carlos Dunga’s national side.
Gabriel’s route thus far has been a rapid one, probably best exemplified by his brief two years in Spain with Villarreal. In his second, which happened to be his last season at El Madrigal, he took advantage of the clubs defensive injury crisis to form a formidable partnership with Victor Ruiz which saw him keep 17 clean sheets in the 19 games he featured.

However, this rise into Dunga’s Selecao plans really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise with the defender excelling throughout his fleeting career so far. During his time in Brazil he won the best defender in the 2013 Campeonato Baiano, combining this with a Championship win.
Arsene Wenger revealed a key reason for signing the rookie defender was his impressive stats, this shows how the game is evolving as each team tries to get the upperhand – the use of statistics may well be most famously used in the Premier League by ex-Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli who used this method to sign the likes of Luis Suarez, Stuart Downing and Jordan Henderson during his time on Merseyside.

Wenger said of his new signing last January; “Gabriel is a more typical defender. He is a real defender, who wants to defend. He’s from São Paulo. He’s a Paulista. You have Rio players and you have São Paulo players. One is a beach area [Rio] and the other is more hard-working.”
Gabriel had only been in North London two months when Dunga included him in his squad for the first time for a game against Chile ironically at The Emirates Stadium. Despite not getting on the pitch until now and not featuring at the Copa America it is clear Dunga has huge hopes for the player.



This latest international break has seen the 24 year old make the grade for the game against the USA on September 8th as Thiago Silva misses out and don’t be surprised with his Arsenal team-mate Per Mertesacker aging that he can spend more minutes on the field this coming season and in the long term be Brazil’s first choice centre back come Russia 2018.

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<![CDATA[Can Roberto Firmino finally realise his dream at Liverpool?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75668_can_roberto_firmino_finally_realise_his_dream_at_liverpool_.htmlRoberto Firmino controls games with flair and an endearing arrogance that saw him crowned 2013-14 Bundesliga breakthrough player of the season. His pin up boy appearance and instinctive style of play has drawn up many direct comparisons with Brazil's current great hope Neymar Jr who seems to carry the weight of the country on his robust shoulders - the 2014 World Cup seemed to magnify this intensity to irretrievable levels.  

However, this is really where the comparisons stop for both players as each took contrasting routes to the top. The 23 year old Firmino has found himself donning the famous red of Liverpool after a four year stint at the provincial 1899 Hoffenheim undertaking his apprenticeship in the German village of Sinsheim in Baden-Württemburg. This is an unusual route for any precocious and highly talented Brazilian youth, who usually gets sold for big money to Europe before the age of 20, see current Brazil crop Lucas Moura or Oscar for example.



Albeit going down a path untrodden before means the Maceio born man can be the trailblazer for a new generation looking to make an unconventional route to the summit. Brendan Rodgers spoke very highly of his new man who said; "He is really bright on the ball, has got wonderful technique and has got the ability to want to get forward and score a goal."

So far this campaign Firmino has made fleeting appearances in the first four games of the season, coming back late after his Copa America exploits meant he didn't come into the first team picture until a bit later. Nonetheless making his first start against Arsenal at the Emirates during the 0-0 draw in August should give the young Brazilian the taste for more and hopefully provide the performances that got many people in Germany lauding over him. His captain at Hoffeinheim Andreas Beck who was a big fan  praised his rapid rise of form as 'outstanding' as they began to build their team around him.  



Firmino recently revealed whilst playing for Figeuirense in his native Brazil that he had a premonition that he would eventually arrive in the Premier League. He outlined his lofty ambitions to liverpoolfc.com with trophies firmly in the forefront of his mind. German football expert Rafa Honigstein admitted his extraordinary potential but had reservations he could do it for a top four club in England. We may not see the very best of Firmino this season as Liverpool look to fine tune their big squad, but the Kop and fans of the underdog will be hoping to see the 23 year old showing some of the form that drew him so many admirers in Germany. 

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<![CDATA[Hulk desperate to prove his worth, while Gabriel Paulista talks about how Thiago Silva inspire him]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75656_hulk_desperate_to_prove_his_worth__while_gabriel_paulista_talks_about_how_thiago_silva_inspire_him.html 

The Zenit forward is desperate to prove his worth at international level as he prepares to make his first Seleção appearance since last year's World Cup.
Hulk was recalled to the squad for this month’s friendlies with Costa Rica and USA, and now looks set to make his first appearance for his country since last year’s World Cup. He said: "I want to take this opportunity to make sure I always return to the national team. It is time to show that I can do just that."
Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista, meanwhile, is hoping to make his Brazil début. He was called up by Dunga after Thiago Silva was left out of the squad completely. He said: "I was always waiting for my opportunity, respecting everyone who was here. This is not me exceeding anyone. Thiago Silva is a great player. As I have always said, I think he is one of the best defenders in the world and he will always help inspire me to become one of the best."

The Zenit forward is desperate to prove his worth at international level as he prepares to make his first Seleção appearance since last year's World Cup.

Hulk was recalled to the squad for this month’s friendlies with Costa Rica and USA, and now looks set to make his first appearance for his country since last year’s World Cup. He said: "I want to take this opportunity to make sure I always return to the national team. It is time to show that I can do just that."

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista, meanwhile, is hoping to make his Brazil début. He was called up by Dunga after Thiago Silva was left out of the squad completely. He said: "I was always waiting for my opportunity, respecting everyone who was here. This is not me exceeding anyone. Thiago Silva is a great player. As I have always said, I think he is one of the best defenders in the world and he will always help inspire me to become one of the best."

 

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<![CDATA[Best Brasileirão left-back in 2013, Alex Telles joins Inter Milan on loan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75655_best_brasileirao_left-back_in_2013__alex_telles_joins_inter_milan_on_loan.html 

Inter Milan have announced the captures of Felipe Melo and Alex Telles just minutes before the Italian transfer window closed.
Felipe Melo, who left Juventus for Galatasaray in 2011 after a lengthy stint in Serie A, joins the club on a permanent basis. 22-year-old Brazilian left-back Alex Telles, who was named in the Best Brasileirão XI during his time at Grêmio in 2013, comes from Galatasaray, have signed on a season-long loan deal with an option on a permanent switch next summer. Inter president Erick Thohir said: "Telles will add quality and youth to our side. He's a young, pacy full-back, a good fit for our squad, and he'll be able to lend us a big hand with his offensive and defensive ability."

Inter Milan have announced the captures of Felipe Melo and Alex Telles just minutes before the Italian transfer window closed.

Felipe Melo, who left Juventus for Galatasaray in 2011 after a lengthy stint in Serie A, joins the club on a permanent basis. 22-year-old Brazilian left-back Alex Telles, who was named in the Best Brasileirão XI during his time at Grêmio in 2013, comes from Galatasaray, have signed on a season-long loan deal with an option on a permanent switch next summer. Inter president Erick Thohir said: "Telles will add quality and youth to our side. He's a young, pacy full-back, a good fit for our squad, and he'll be able to lend us a big hand with his offensive and defensive ability."

 

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<![CDATA[Barcelona president suggests Real Madrid remain bitter that Neymar didn't sign for them]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75654_barcelona_president_suggests_real_madrid_remain_bitter_that_neymar_didn_t_sign_for_them.html 

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has taunted Real Madrid by suggesting the club remain bitter that Neymar chose Camp Nou over the Santiago Bernabéu.
The Catalans beat the Madrid outfit in the race to sign the 23-year-old in May 2013 and he has gone on to become one of the world's best players at the club. The cost of Neymar has remained a contentious issue in Spain and Brazil, however, with Barça's official figure of €57 million questioned; 20 months ago it was estimated he actually cost them €90m. Bartomeu was quoted in GOAL: "In Madrid they still don't understand Neymar chose Barca and they are trying to create difficulties for the club and for him. Let's see how the trial finishes, but I will never get tired of defending club and player interests."

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has taunted Real Madrid by suggesting the club remain bitter that Neymar chose Camp Nou over the Santiago Bernabéu.

The Catalans beat the Madrid outfit in the race to sign the 23-year-old in May 2013 and he has gone on to become one of the world's best players at the club. The cost of Neymar has remained a contentious issue in Spain and Brazil, however, with Barça's official figure of €57 million questioned; 20 months ago it was estimated he actually cost them €90m. Bartomeu was quoted in GOAL: "In Madrid they still don't understand Neymar chose Barca and they are trying to create difficulties for the club and for him. Let's see how the trial finishes, but I will never get tired of defending club and player interests."

 

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<![CDATA[Chelsea midfielder Willian opens up about Copa América and 1-7]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75652_chelsea_midfielder_willian_opens_up_about_copa_america_and_1-7.html 

The Chelsea midfielder has opened up on this year's disappointing end in Chile and last year's shock defeat to Germany.
Willian is now in USA with the Brazil squad and has talked to Brasil Global Tour's website. He said: "It was hard. It is always difficult to be eliminated. We always enter every competitions to win it, but things don’t always go as we’d like. But we have everything and must keep working. The important thing is to have the full trust in Dunga and the coaching staff so that we can continue doing our jobs."
On last year's humiliation by Germany, he added: "I don't know what happened that day, but I think we could have prepared a little more. Of course, for those who are there on the field, it is hard, and for those that are not on the field, it is easy to talk. We suffered one goal after another and the situation became increasingly difficult. But I think we could have done things differently, not only in that game, but during our preparations in general."

The Chelsea midfielder has opened up on this year's disappointing end in Chile and last year's shock defeat to Germany.

Willian is now in USA with the Brazil squad and has talked to Brasil Global Tour's website. He said: "It was hard. It is always difficult to be eliminated. We always enter every competitions to win it, but things don’t always go as we’d like. But we have everything and must keep working. The important thing is to have the full trust in Dunga and the coaching staff so that we can continue doing our jobs."

On last year's humiliation by Germany, he added: "I don't know what happened that day, but I think we could have prepared a little more. Of course, for those who are there on the field, it is hard, and for those that are not on the field, it is easy to talk. We suffered one goal after another and the situation became increasingly difficult. But I think we could have done things differently, not only in that game, but during our preparations in general."

 

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<![CDATA[Former Arsenal player Denilson praises Arsene Wenger]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75665_former_arsenal_player_denilson_praises_arsene_wenger.htmlArsene Wenger has been criticised by some for his lack of spending in the transfer market but one former player was full of praise for the man in an interview yesterday.

Denilson played for the London club for seven years before moving on in 2013 and still has fond memories of his time there. He now plays for Al-Wahda in Abu Dhabi but had a word of support for his former boss.

"For me he is a great coach. It was Wenger who turned players like Fabregas into the world-class players they are today. Wenger is a professional of the highest level. I wish to thank him for everything he taught me."

"This is not a coach who talks a lot. But on the ground, his advice was invaluable. He taught me to obey tactically. However, he gave me a lot of freedom in the offensive phase. I have only positive things to say about Wenger! " Denilson explained.

"For me it is a great coach. He knows the players reveal, give them global exposure. No one knew me and gradually I appeared on the team. It was Wenger who turned players like Fabregas , a world-class player today. Wenger is a professional high level. I wish to thank him for everything he taught me. "
"This is not a coach who talks a lot. But on the ground, his advice was invaluable. In Brazil, we are not accustomed to the strict marking. He taught me to obey tactically. However, it gave me a lot of freedom in the offensive phase. I have only positive things to say about Wenger! " Denilson explained.

 

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<![CDATA[Tough tackling Oscar ready to come to Chelsea's rescue]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75663_tough_tackling_oscar_ready_to_come_to_chelsea_s_rescue.htmlIt is fair to say that Chelsea have not had the best of starts to the season in their defence of last year’s title. Their 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace means that they have the second lowest tally of points after four games by any reigning champion in Premier League history. As well as the obvious problems in defence they also have headaches in other areas of the pitch too.

Eden Hazard has been extremely quiet compared to fantastic campaign last year and Cesc Fabregas seems to have lost his metronomic like passing ability. Meanwhile, up front, Diego Costa seems more interested in finding fights then finding the back of the net.

One player whose reputation has been spared during this slow start has been midfielder Oscar. The 23 year old has been on the sidelines due to a muscular injury picked up in training meaning he has missed the last three games. The only game Oscar has played is the 2-2 opening day draw against Swansea in which he scored the opener.

The wiry midfielder has been somewhat forgotten as the signature of Pedro and the struggles of John Terry have been highlighted repeatedly. There is a reason why Jose Mourinho resisted the attempts of Juventus to sign Oscar and that is because he is a vital part of Chelsea’s midfield.

Let’s take a look at the start of last season for example. Chelsea started last year’s campaign like a train and won seven of the first eight games. During this time Oscar scored three times and provided two assists but it was not only his attacking that contributed to Chelsea’s flying start. The Brazilian had made 26 tackles during those first eight games to really stamp his authority on the opposition midfield. Compare this to Jack Wilshere who made only 5.

Oscar’s tackling is a trait that not a lot of people pick up on.  The thought of such a slim, technical player having an aggressive side is hard to imagine for some but Oscar is tougher than he looks. Evidence of this could be found in Brazil’s quarter final win over Colombia in the 2014 World Cup. Oscar gave as good as he got as a real battle unfolded in the battle for a semi final place.

The advantage of having such a player playing just behind a striker cannot be overstated. Chelsea were so successful last year because of the way they closed down the opposition so quickly. Pressing teams high up the pitch allowed them to retrieve the ball quicker and bully teams such as Tottenham who limped away following a 3-0 defeat.

This year Chelsea  are not as dynamic and it may not be a coincidence that Oscar has missed most of the poor start. The great thing for Chelsea fans is that when he returns he will be fresher than ever. During the summer, Oscar missed the Copa America with a thigh injury which allowed him to have a summer of rest for the first time in five years! Maybe the constant football of previous summers can be cited as a reason for Oscar waning in influence towards the end of the last two campaigns.

At one point it seemed that Oscar would be playing in Juventus this year as Chelsea chased the signature of Paul Pogba. For fans of the London club it is a stroke of good fortune that such a player has remained at Stamford Bridge. It seems that the 23 year old is also content with where he is in what will be his fourth season at the club.

“I know there has been a lot of talk about Juventus,” Oscar told the Daily Mail. “But I am very, very happy at Chelsea.”

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<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE-Denilson: "Arsenal was a great experience in my life"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75644_exclusive-denilson___arsenal_was_a_great_experience_in_my_life_.html
1. You arrived very young at Arsenal in England. What memories do you have of that experience?

It was a great experience in my life. I left my country of 18 years and one I have known a great time, which also included more complicated situations, especially off the field. I lived alone and the English are rather introverted. With food it was difficult at first, however I eventually adapted as I really tried to focus on the game. This is where Arsene Wenger helped me a lot. I enjoyed myself, I scored a few goals and I had more happy moments than unhappy.

2. You mentioned Arsene Wenger. What kind of coach is he day to day?

For me, he is a great coach. He knows how to discover and give worldwide exposure to the players. When I first arrived no one knew me and gradually I appeared in the team. This is Wenger who turn players like (Cesc) Fabregas, into the world class player of today. Wenger is a professional of high level. I wish to thank him for everything he taught me.



3. Do you have an example of advice he gave you?

He is not a coach who talks a lot. But on the training ground, his advice was invaluable. In Brazil, we are not accustomed to the strict marking. He taught me to obey tactically. Nevertheless, it gave me a lot of freedom in offensive phases. I only have positive things to say about Wenger!

4. You had almost ten years, what would you do differently if you had to return to England?

The first thing would be to take my family with me. It's one of the things I missed whilst at Arsenal. I stayed for a long time in England, and often alone. There are not many Brazilians who arrive to live alone in this situation. The experience with my family would have been different, I will have lived more things.

5. How did Gilberto Silva play an important role in your adaptation?

Yes, Gilberto helped me a lot. It was he who took care of me when I arrived in England. He invited me to his house a lot, I was like a brother. I was very shy at the time and I thought I was bothering him. Gilberto was fundamental in my adaptation to London.

6. You played with Thierry Henry. What do you think of him?


Thierry Henry made me feel very welcome. We often played together at the console. He's a nice guy, a true legend of football.

7. Do you continue to follow the matches of Arsenal?

I watch all the matches of Arsenal. There are many players in the team I have known. I am a true fan of the Gunners! Not especially for the team but for Wenger. I really hope he wins the Premier League this season as it's been too long since Arsenal have won the title.



8. What do you think of the current team?


I find that the team is very good and Wenger knows how to set up his teams. Normally the English league requires a lot of physical contact. But Arsenal, with Barca and Bayern with Guardiola, is the team that plays the best football.

9. Dunga surprised many, including the defender Gabriel Paulista for two friendlies in September. What can you say about this player?

I do not know him well. I followed his arrival at Arsenal but he has not played much. I think Dunga has been following him for some time. But if he was called up, that means he has qualities. I hope everything will go well for him.

10. Another player will return in Seleção: Lucas, you've rubbed shoulders in São Paulo. What can you tell us about him?

Nothing special. We played together at São Paulo FC, he is a fast player who deserves to go to the Seleção. It is a good time at PSG he scored on the first day.

11. You left São Paulo FC for the Arab world at the age of 27 years. Have you thought about the Seleção in making your choice?

All players dream of Brazilian Seleção. During the 2008-2009 season, I was very fit and played with 42 games with Arsenal. I really thought the coach would think well of me but this was not the case. Last year with São Paulo, I played very well but nobody called me. There are certain phases in life when we must think about our future and the future of our loved ones. I signed here for financial reasons but also for my son to live abroad. I removed the Seleção from my head.

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<![CDATA[Cruzeiro appoint former Brazil coach Mano Menezes]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75653_cruzeiro_appoint_former_brazil_coach_mano_menezes.html 

Former Brazil coach Mano Menezes has agreed to coach Brasileirão champions Cruzeiro, the club have confirmed.
Menezes replaces former Real Madrid boss Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who was sacked by the Belo Horizonte outfit on Monday after a poor run of results. Cruzeiro are currently 16th in the Brasileirão standings with just six wins from 21 matches this season. Menezes, who coached Brazil from 2010 to 2012, has also had spells in charge of Grêmio, Corinthians and Flamengo. He said: "For me, it's an honor to work with a great club like Cruzeiro. I am fulfilling a long-held dream. In the next few hours I will begin working with the team to start our recovery."

Former Brazil coach Mano Menezes has agreed to coach Brasileirão champions Cruzeiro, the club have confirmed.

Menezes replaces former Real Madrid boss Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who was sacked by the Belo Horizonte outfit on Monday after a poor run of results. Cruzeiro are currently 16th in the Brasileirão standings with just six wins from 21 matches this season. Menezes, who coached Brazil from 2010 to 2012, has also had spells in charge of Grêmio, Corinthians and Flamengo. He said: "For me, it's an honor to work with a great club like Cruzeiro. I am fulfilling a long-held dream. In the next few hours I will begin working with the team to start our recovery."

 

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<![CDATA[Rediscovering O Profeta]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75641_rediscovering_o_profeta.htmlIt was a summer of mixed emotions for fans of Juventus. 

After a 2014-15 campaign that saw them secure the Coppa Italia, a fourth straight Serie A title and have a run to the UEFA Champions League final, some upheaval in the transfer market was inevitable, with the squad at the end of its cycle.

A number of the lynchpins of the side - Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal - moved on throughout the window.

The gaps left in Head Coach Massimiliano Allegri’s squad were filled by various arrivals, but the tactician also craved something new - a specialist trequartista [play-maker].

After persistently pursuing Schalke 04’s Julian Draxler, Director General Giuseppe Marotta saw his bid gazumped by VfL Wolfsburg, leaving him short of his preferred target and with just 24 hours, or so, to find an alternative.

He would eventually secure a deadline day deal for Hernanes with rivals Internazionale. 

The Brazil international - capped 27 times since 2008 - cost around €11 million and has a contract until June 2018.

Hernanes, now aged 30, is at the opposite end of his career to Draxler. He has been in Italy since August 2010, when Lazio signed him from São Paulo, and is established as one of Serie A’s most intriguing midfielders.

His form in his early years in Rome was outstanding and culminated in a starring role as Lazio defeated city rivals Roma to win the 2013 Coppa Italia.

In each of his first three seasons at Lazio, he netted over ten goals [in all competitions] and featured in at least 35 matches per campaign.

For the 2013-14 season however, those stats wained and once Inter came in with a bid of €18 million in January 2014, his time at Lazio was up.

Hernanes arrived in Milan ready to be at the forefront of Inter’s revival under new owner Erick Thohir, but rarely shone.

Despite making 52 appearances, he struggled for consistency and was limited to odd moments of genius, including three goals against former employees Lazio.

With Inter investing heavily this summer, it was no surprise when Hernanes was allowed to move. The question now is whether he can get back to his best.

The veteran certainly has confidence in himself and is set on playing in his best position.

“I want to play at trequartista, so that’s where I see myself and that’s where I expect to play,” he told Juventus’ official website, as reported by Football Italia. “It’s the position I think suits me best.”

At Inter, he was often deployed deeper and could not influence as he desired. Under Allegri, that should change.

With only Argentina international Roberto Pereyra to compete with, Hernanes will get playing time.

At Lazio, he showed that with a team set up to suit him, he can thrive. 

Draxler may have been an exciting option, but Hernanes offers more guarantees, at least in the short-term.

His expertise at set-pieces - Juventus have lost both Pirlo and Tevez - is an added asset he brings, while his experience in Serie A - he's played over 150 matches - is invaluable.

Whether Hernanes can dominate like he did at Lazio is unclear, but at a time when Juventus have lost so much experience and leadership, he could be a signing that is quickly appreciated.

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<![CDATA[Kaká want to play in the World Cup qualifiers]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75631_kaka_want_to_play_in_the_world_cup_qualifiers.html 

He has made a shock return to the squad for September's double-header and is desperate to stick around long term.
Brazil international Kaká says he is hoping to do enough to convince coach Dunga to keep him around for next month’s World Cup qualifiers. The 33-year-old Orlando City star was a surprise inclusion in the squad for this month's double-header with Costa Rica and USA. Kaka has enjoyed a fine start to life in MLS and says he can add valuable experience to the Seleção. He said: "I think I can contribute with my experience, but especially with my attitude. It is very special to return to the national team. I do not know what Dunga's plans are. But if I get an opportunity in these games against Costa Rica and the United States I want to show that I deserve participate in the qualifiers."

He has made a shock return to the squad for September's double-header and is desperate to stick around long term.

Brazil international Kaká says he is hoping to do enough to convince coach Dunga to keep him around for next month’s World Cup qualifiers. The 33-year-old Orlando City star was a surprise inclusion in the squad for this month's double-header with Costa Rica and USA. Kaka has enjoyed a fine start to life in MLS and says he can add valuable experience to the Seleção. He said: "I think I can contribute with my experience, but especially with my attitude. It is very special to return to the national team. I do not know what Dunga's plans are. But if I get an opportunity in these games against Costa Rica and the United States I want to show that I deserve participate in the qualifiers."

 

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<![CDATA[Ex-São Paulo midfielder Casemiro extends his contract at Real Madrid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75630_ex-sao_paulo_midfielder_casemiro_extends_his_contract_at_real_madrid.html 

The 23-year-old midfielder, who featured in Saturday's 5-0 win over Real Betis, has been handed a new long term deal.
Casemiro has signed a six-year extension to his Real Madrid contract, the club confirmed on Monday. The 23-year-old joined the Spanish side from São Paulo in 2013 and spent last term on loan at Porto where he became a key player for the Portuguese side. The midfielder impressed on loan at Porto last season with a string of fine performances, particularly in the UEFA Champions League. Casemiro's previous deal had been set to expire in summer 2017, but Madrid have now reaffirmed their faith in the midfielder by handing him a new contract which ties him to the club until June 2021.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who featured in Saturday's 5-0 win over Real Betis, has been handed a new long term deal.

Casemiro has signed a six-year extension to his Real Madrid contract, the club confirmed on Monday. The 23-year-old joined the Spanish side from São Paulo in 2013 and spent last term on loan at Porto where he became a key player for the Portuguese side. The midfielder impressed on loan at Porto last season with a string of fine performances, particularly in the UEFA Champions League. Casemiro's previous deal had been set to expire in summer 2017, but Madrid have now reaffirmed their faith in the midfielder by handing him a new contract which ties him to the club until June 2021.

 

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<![CDATA[Hernanes signs for Juventus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75628_hernanes_signs_for_juventus.html 

The Brazilian midfielder underwent a medical in Turin on Monday and has now put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Italian champions.
Juventus have confirmed the signing of Hernanes from Serie A rivals Inter. The 30-year-old emerged as a last-minute target for the club, who watched their top creative midfield target Julian Draxler join Wolfsburg on Monday. As mentioned in GOAL, Hernanes has put pen to paper on a three-year deal, with his new club paying €11 million for his services with up to €2m more in add-ons. Hernanes spent a season and a half as an Inter player having signed from Lazio for around €18m in January 2014.

The Brazilian midfielder underwent a medical in Turin on Monday and has now put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Italian champions.

Juventus have confirmed the signing of Hernanes from Serie A rivals Inter. The 30-year-old emerged as a last-minute target for the club, who watched their top creative midfield target Julian Draxler join Wolfsburg on Monday. As mentioned in GOAL, Hernanes has put pen to paper on a three-year deal, with his new club paying €11 million for his services with up to €2m more in add-ons. Hernanes spent a season and a half as an Inter player having signed from Lazio for around €18m in January 2014.

 

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<![CDATA[Gabigol rejects Fenerbahçe and release official statement underlining his affection to Santos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75627_gabigol_rejects_fenerbahce_and_release_official_statement_underlining_his_affection_to_santos.html 

19-year-old Santos forward Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa released a statement on Monday which states that he has no plans of leaving the club now.
The player also confirmed that he received a proposal from Fenerbahçe but has decided to turn down that offer after conversations with his parents and agent. Gabigol wrote: "I kept quiet during these last few days reading the news about my possible transfer, but today I've decided to talk. This weekend my family and I had a talk with my manager about a proposal by Fenerbahçe."
"I feel professionally valued in knowing that a club the size of Fenerbahçe would want to count on me in their team. A major European club, where Alex, Roberto Carlos, Deivid and Zico played. Even I would like to thank the many messages I received from the Turkish fans through social networks!"
"However, today, at 19, I feel I haven't fulfilled my mission at Santos. Here I learned to take my first steps in football, so I want to stay and pay back even more affection to this phenomenal crowd. I also communicate to you that my answer to Santos is the same that I said to my manager. I want to stay here, to win all the titles, make history, making possible my dream of being called to our Brazilian national team."

19-year-old Santos forward Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa released a statement on Monday which states that he has no plans of leaving the club now.

The player also confirmed that he received a proposal from Fenerbahçe but has decided to turn down that offer after conversations with his parents and agent. Gabigol wrote: "I kept quiet during these last few days reading the news about my possible transfer, but today I've decided to talk. This weekend my family and I had a talk with my manager about a proposal by Fenerbahçe."

"I feel professionally valued in knowing that a club the size of Fenerbahçe would want to count on me in their team. A major European club, where Alex, Roberto Carlos, Deivid and Zico played. Even I would like to thank the many messages I received from the Turkish fans through social networks!"

"However, today, at 19, I feel I haven't fulfilled my mission at Santos. Here I learned to take my first steps in football, so I want to stay and pay back even more affection to this phenomenal crowd. I also communicate to you that my answer to Santos is the same that I said to my manager. I want to stay here, to win all the titles, make history, making possible my dream of being called to our Brazilian national team."

 

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<![CDATA[Marseille make €15 million offer for Damião but the player rejects a move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/75625_marseille_make____15_million_offer_for_damiao_but_the_player_rejects_a_move.html 

Marseille lodged a €15m bid for Brazilian striker Leandro Damião on Monday, but a move was discarded by the player as he wished to stay at Cruzeiro.
Damião has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli in recent years, but has so far continued to play his football in Brazil. The striker currently plays for Cruzeiro, on loan from Santos, and his parent club are willing to accept the bid, as confirmed by president Modesto Roma. Damião' representative also confirmed that they received a proposal from Marseille, but he stated that the striker has turned it down to stay in Brazil. Damião had took Santos to court for non-payment of wages and won the right to terminate his contract, but an appeal was lodged by the club against the court decision. Modesto said: "With Santos, it's no problem. If it depends on Santos, we will sell, but we must solve this [situation]. We won't create problems."

Marseille lodged a €15m bid for Brazilian striker Leandro Damião on Monday, but a move was discarded by the player as he wished to stay at Cruzeiro.

Damião has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli in recent years, but has so far continued to play his football in Brazil. The striker currently plays for Cruzeiro, on loan from Santos, and his parent club are willing to accept the bid, as confirmed by president Modesto Roma. Damião' representative also confirmed that they received a proposal from Marseille, but he stated that the striker has turned it down to stay in Brazil. Damião had took Santos to court for non-payment of wages and won the right to terminate his contract, but an appeal was lodged by the club against the court decision. Modesto said: "With Santos, it's no problem. If it depends on Santos, we will sell, but we must solve this [situation]. We won't create problems."

 

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