<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Fernandinho Plays Down Negative Fan Reaction]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95702_fernandinho_plays_down_negative_fan_reaction.htmlBrazil midfielder Fernandinho has played down the booing of Brazil fans during their opening two games of the Copa América.

The Seleção were booed off at half-time during their 3-0 win over Bolivia in São Paulo and then again in Salvador following their 0-0 draw with Venezuela.

The Manchester City man says it’s all part of modern fandom and he and his players simply need to rise above it.

“The fans always come to the stadium with the best expectation of performance and result. It is part of the show, without the result or performance the fans end up booing.

“We are professionals, we have to work for the next game, change the result and maybe the performance, too. I would not think about the supporters’ mood too much. The player has to work under pressure. We all have. I am focused on qualification.”

Brazil play Peru on Saturday in São Paulo where a win will guarantee their qualification for the quarter-finals in top spot.

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<![CDATA[‘The shirt does not win alone,’ says Alisson]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95701____the_shirt_does_not_win_alone_____says_alisson.htmlBrazil goalkeeper Alisson says people must keep their expectations in check when Brazil take on lesser opposition.

The Seleção have been heavily criticised for their 0-0 draw with Venezuela in the Copa América on Tuesday evening, drawing jeers from the home crowd.

But the Liverpool man says football has changed and reputation is no longer enough to beat well organised defences.

“When they play against us, everyone is much more concerned with defending than attacking,” he told ESPN Brasil.

“Venezuela looked to play much more against Peru and they were exposed more and gave up more chances. Today, they did a very good defensive work.”

“The fact that the goalkeeper has not made saves does not acknowledge the opportunities we have created. We were guilty in the final third and in the last pass

“We have to be constantly growing. In today&#39;s football, it is an illusion to think that the Brazilian team is going to thrash everybody. The shirt does not win alone.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:38:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Boos ‘Don’t Help Us’ Says Filipe Luis]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95692_boos____don___t_help_us____says_filipe_luis.htmlBrazil left-back Filipe Luis has pleaded with the Brazil crowd not to get on his team’s back during the Copa América.

The players were booed off at half-time during their 3-0 victory over Bolivia in São Paulo and the atmosphere was again ungenerous as the Seleção drew 0-0 with Venezuela in Salvador.

At one point, the home crowd began ironically cheering Venezuela’s every pass as the home side struggled to break them down.

“Everyone has already been booed and applauded. Boos do not help when they are against us, shouting &#39;olé&#39; for the opponent too. In the end, it’s Brazil that loses.

We can only reverse this situation with the fans on the field. Nobody left without sweat on their shirt. Everyone gave what they could, that the fans have to recognise.”

The Seleção face Peru in São Paulo on Saturday afternoon in their final group game, where a draw will be enough to qualify them.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:30:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Thiago Silva and Everton Philosophical About Fan Dissatisfaction]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95691_thiago_silva_and_everton_philosophical_about_fan_dissatisfaction.htmlBrazil defender Thiago Silva was philosophical about his team feeling the ire of the Salvador crowd as they drew 0-0 with Venezuela in the Copa América on Tuesday.

The side were booed off at half-time and full-time and during the second half, the home fans started to ironically cheer Venezuela’s passing moves.

“When you do not win it is difficult,” reflected Thiago Silva. “Booing is normal in football, but we must recognize our defensive work, recovering all the positives.

“At the front, we rushed a few times, missed passes, but the team played well. But when it does not make it seems that everything was wrong.”

Grêmio forward Everton came on as a second half substitute and he urged his teammates to forget about the dissatisfaction of the locals.

“We have to leave the boos aside. Unfortunately we could not come away with the victory. We know the responsibility of playing a Copa America at home, but this cannot interfere and create pressure. We need to focus on the game against Peru.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:52:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Alisson Pays Tribute to Virgil van Dijk]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95682_alisson_pays_tribute_to_virgil_van_dijk.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson says that having Virgil van Dijk ahead of him in the centre of the Reds defence makes a huge difference.

Both Alisson and van Dijk arrived at Anfield during 2018 for big fees, but both have had a transformative effect on the European champions.

“He gives a lot of confidence for the team and the players,” Alisson told liverpoolfc.com. “When you have Virgil van Dijk – the giant – on the pitch, maybe it scares the opposition.

“For me, he is special. I have great defenders [in front of me] – Joel, Joe Gomez, Dejan. Everyone did a great job this season. But Virgil has something special, he is the big man.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:23:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Arsenal Agree Deal for Gabriel Martinelli]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95681_arsenal_agree_deal_for_gabriel_martinelli.htmlArsenal have agreed a deal for 18-year old Ituano winger Gabriel Martinelli and will announce the transfer imminently, according to Globo.

The Gunners have been linked with Martinelli since the spring, when his performances in the Campeonato Paulista caught the eye.

Martinelli has an Italian passport, so does not need a work permit. Arsenal have had a deal agreed in principle for some time, but could not formalise until his 18 th birthday.

Martinelli turned 18 this week and Globo say a deal worth around £7m has been agreed and will be announced by the London club in the coming days.

The player recently formalised paperwork around his Italian passport to ease the path for a European club to sign him. He has 10 goals and 6 assists in 31 games for Ituano.

Gabriel will become Arsenal’s first signing of the summer. It is not clear whether Edu Gaspar, who will shortly join the club as Technical Director, was involved in recruiting the player.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:43:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Refutes Idea of Leaving Manchester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95673_gabriel_jesus_refutes_idea_of_leaving_manchester_city.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says the idea of him and Sergio Aguero leaving the club this summer is out of the question.

The Brazilian saw his game time limited thanks to the continued form of Sergio Aguero and Jesus says the idea of both players leaving this summer is fanciful.

“I think it&#39;s out of the question that Aguero leaves and me too,” he told the Daily Mail after Brazil’s 3-0 win against Bolivia on Friday.

“[Aguero] is a legend at the club - he&#39;s the top scorer [of all time]&#39;, the 22-year-old continued.

“Obviously as a player I always want to play, but I&#39;m happy to help where I can and I respect Sergio.”

Brazil play their next Copa America match against Venezuela in Salvador on Tuesday evening.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:14:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Arthur Set To Return for Brazil Against Venezuela]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95672_arthur_set_to_return_for_brazil_against_venezuela.htmlMidfielder Arthur is set to return in place of Fernandinho for Brazil’s second Copa America group phase match against Venezuela in Salvador on Tuesday night.

The Barcelona man missed Friday night’s 3-0 win over Bolivia after injuring his knee in the pre tournament friendly against Honduras.

There were fears that Arthur would miss the tournament, but these do not appear to have been realised, as the player joined in with full training this weekend.

Fernandinho trained with the substitutes, while Arthur trained with what is likely to be the starting XI on Tuesday.

Roberto Firmino also looks set to keep his place upfront ahead of Gabriel Jesus, with Firmino also training with the first XI.

Full-back Eder Militao is fit after experiencing some pain in his hip during the weekend, but City goalkeeper Ederson will not be considered as he has a calf injury.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:33:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite Philosophical About Tough Crowd in São Paulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95662_tite_philosophical_about_tough_crowd_in_sao_paulo.htmlBrazil manager Tite was philosophical about his team getting some harsh treatment from an expectant São Paulo crowd during his team’s 3-0 Copa América win over Bolivia last night.

Brazil were tied 0-0 at half-time and left the field to a chorus of boos. But Tite said his players have enough experience to cope with crowd negativity.

“We need to understand. If we get forward and create chances then they will applaud. Having been at big clubs, when you sometimes don't produce, then don't expect the fans to understand.

“They will boo. When you pass the ball along the back, from full-back to central defender to goalkeeper, the first thing you hear is boo.”

The Seleção secured a comfortable victory thanks to a second half brace from Philippe Coutinho and a late solo goal from Grêmio forward Everton.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Sat, 15 Jun 2019 16:28:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Dani Alves Says Crowd Will Be Different in Bahia]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95661_dani_alves_says_crowd_will_be_different_in_bahia.htmlBrazil captain Dani Alves says he and his teammates can expect a different reception when they play Venezuela in Salvador on Tuesday evening.

The Seleção felt the displeasure of the São Paulo crowd despite beating Bolivia 3-0 in the Morumbi on Friday. But Alves, himself a Baiano, says the crowd in his home state will be different.

“Here in São Paulo it is normal (the boos), there are many team’ss fans. It's tricky to play here. But we showed personality, we made adjustments from the first to the second half.

“It was difficult, they were behind the ball but we adjusted at the end to open the field up and so we created more attacks.

“In Bahia the crowd is different, they miss the team, they give energy that the team takes. It will be livelier than it was here,” he told ESPN Brasil.

Philippe Coutinho scored two second half goals to set Brazil on their way to victory and he was diplomatic about the reaction of the supporters.

“The boos are part of it, the fans want us to play well, so you get that reaction. You have to prepare yourself on the pitch.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:06:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Happy With First Season At Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95655_fabinho_happy_with_first_season_at_liverpool.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho says he is happy with the way his first season at Anfield has gone, following his move from Monaco.

The Reds won the Champions League and after a slow start to life at Liverpool, the Brazilian became a key member of the team.

“Overall I think my first season at Liverpool was good. In my first season I knew there would be a learning and settling-in period. I went through this.

&quot;It didn&#39;t last that long but I remember it wasn&#39;t easy starting afresh, I was left out for a few matches,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

&quot;Even though I was telling myself that I needed to work hard and be patient, it&#39;s not easy being out of the team. But that&#39;s in the past now, I started playing more.

&quot;The more you play, the more you can enjoy your football. I think I became an important part of the team, I gave the manager another option he could depend upon. So I think it was a really good season.&quot;

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Heaps Praise On Sadio Mane]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95654_fabinho_heaps_praise_on_sadio_mane.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho has highlighted Sadio Mane as one of the key players in Liverpool’s 2018-19 season.

The Reds won the Champions League and finished a very close second in the Premier League and Fabinho thinks Mane was a key difference maker.

“Sadio Mane is a genuinely impressive player, he&#39;s tireless, playing in every game with such high levels of intensity and concentration,&quot; Fabinho continued.

&quot;His technical ability goes without saying, he always makes a difference for us. He&#39;s a complete player – he gives you the option of a short pass or a long ball, he contributes to the build-up and creation of play as well.

“He&#39;s a great player in amazing form, which is really important for his confidence. Off the pitch I chat with him quite a bit as we both speak French, my French is still better than my English. He&#39;s a great lad. Sadio has been a really important player for us this season.&quot;

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:27:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Marta ‘Has A Chance’ To Play Against Australia]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95646_marta____has_a_chance____to_play_against_australia.htmlBrazil coach Vadão says that star player Marta ‘has a chance’ of playing in their crunch World Cup game against Australia later today.

She missed the victory over Jamaica due to a thigh injury, but she recently began training with the ball again.

“Does she have a chance? She has a chance,” said Vadão, “She trained and she has a chance. But this will be decided soon.

“We will have a meeting and decide and see how she feels. She has responded well to treatment. Now it depends on a conversation with the whole team, including Marta.”

Goalkeeper Bárbara says she is in no doubt that Marta is in condition to play. “The hunger she has to play is incredible.

“Today in training, she was no different. She is hungry for the ball and feels 100%. I am sure that if the coach decides to play her, she will make the difference.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:31:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Arthur Copa América Place Under Threat As Knee Injury Concerns Grow]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95645_arthur_copa_america_place_under_threat_as_knee_injury_concerns_grow.htmlBrazil midfielder Arthur remains under observation and still could be cut from the Seleção’s Copa América squad after obtaining a knee injury on Sunday.

The Barcelona midfielder had to be carried off during the first half of the 7-0 win over Honduras after taking a blow to the knee.

Arthur underwent a scan but the CBF have not disclosed the results and will continue to monitor him. He certainly will not be available for the tournament opener against Bolivia on Friday.

He has not taken part in training yet this week, with Fernandinho and Allan likely to contest his spot in the starting XI.

Brazil have not yet made a decision as to whether to cut Arthur from the squad and call-up a late replacement.

With most European seasons having finished some weeks ago, Tite is reluctant to call up a ‘cold’ player. The deadline for the decision is 9.30pm on Thursday evening, Brazilian time

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Thu, 13 Jun 2019 10:18:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Filipe Luís Says No Issue With Neymar’s Father Being in the Dressing Room]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95637_filipe_luis_says_no_issue_with_neymar___s_father_being_in_the_dressing_room.htmlFilipe Luís says he and his teammates had no issue with Neymar’s father being in the dressing room after Neymar’s ankle injury against Qatar.

Neymar turned his ankle and the injury rules him out of the Copa América. The distraught player was visited by his father in the dressing room after the match.

Tite doesn’t ordinarily allow anyone other than players or staff in the dressing room, but has confirmed he made an exception on this occasion.

Filipe Luis says it didn’t represent an issue for the team, “In 2010, when I broke my leg, the first person at my side in the locker room was my wife.

“The only thing I wanted to be was with her, she was holding me. If she was not, it would be awful at a difficult time.

“Everything that was happening to him then he twists his ankle, if his mother was there he had to go down his sister, everyone. The dressing room is sacred, but the family is sacred.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Wed, 12 Jun 2019 10:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Filipe Luis Will Consider Club Future After Copa América]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95636_filipe_luis_will_consider_club_future_after_copa_america.htmlBrazil left-back Filipe Luís says he will not decide his club future until after Copa América after his contract at Atletico Madrid expired.

Technically, Luis will be a free agent at the end of the month and the player says he would be open to a return to Brazil, but won’t decide until after the tournament.

“My contract is up. Either I can stay at Atletico or leave. The doors are open, as I have said at other times.

“I talked to the committee here with Brazil: I will not speculate, I will not say yes to any club before the Copa America, out of respect for the national team.

“Any questions that you (the press) have, everyone has my cell phone number. Before you say anything or speculate, you can ask me.”

The player says he is open to returning to his native Brazil, “I do not close any door. I played in Brazil in 2003 and 2004, in Figueirense. I know what you have in Brazil.

“In Europe also there are bad locker rooms and bad pitches. When you make the decision, you know what&#39;s on your mind.

“But I would like one day to come back here. Brazil is poor in some respects, but better than in Europe in others. In any case, I&#39;ll only think about it after the Copa America.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:17:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Gets Backing from Thiago Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95633_coutinho_gets_backing_from_thiago_silva.htmlBrazil centre-half Thiago Silva says Philippe Coutinho has become especially important to the Seleção in the absence of Neymar.

Neymar has been ruled out of the Copa América with an ankle injury and PSG centre-half Thiago says Coutinho can put a forgettable season with Barcelona behind him in Brazil.

“Coutinho had a difficult season in Barcelona,” Silva said. “It was demanding and they booed him many times, but here in the team he is our reference, especially when we don’t have Neymar.

“Coutinho calls the game. In the two friendlies we played he was the best player on the pitch, not only because of passes and goals, but also with his defence. He is finding his happiness again.

“I’m very happy and not at all uncomfortable talking about this player because we are very close. In the first friendly, I tried to pass him some calmness, and I told Neymar also to give him help. We need him, especially now with the absence of Neymar.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Tue, 11 Jun 2019 19:03:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Admits to Difficult Season at Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95632_coutinho_admits_to_difficult_season_at_barcelona.htmlBarcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has admitted that his first full season at Barcelona has not gone as he had hoped in an interview with Marca.

The ex-Liverpool schemer joined the Catalans in January 2018, but has been heavily criticised for his performances since moving to Barca.

He admits that he has underperformed amid rumours linking him with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United.

“I have not had a good season. My performances have been a lot worse than I expected they would. The only way to improve and gain confidence is through hard work, and I have been working hard.”

Coutinho is currently preparing for Copa América with Brazil and scored a penalty in their 7-0 rout of Honduras in their final pre-tournament friendly.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Tue, 11 Jun 2019 18:40:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite’s Captaincy Bungle With Neymar Increases Negative Headlines Ahead of Crunch Copa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95620_tite___s_captaincy_bungle_with_neymar_increases_negative_headlines_ahead_of_crunch_copa.htmlThe CBF announced that Dani Alves would captain Brazil at Copa America, with Neymar relieved of the armband less than a year after he was awarded it on a full-time basis. Previously, with an essay service of superb quality, Tite rotated the armband in order to build a sense of shared leadership and it was a policy that worked well- particularly for experienced fringe players like Filipe Luis and Fernandinho to feel important, even if they were not automatic starters.

The decision to award Ney the captaincy full-time always felt strange. He is not much of a leader, which is fine, most people aren’t leaders. But the decision seemed to hark back to the ‘Neymar-dependencia’ suffered by Tite’s predecessor Dunga.

Neymar has plenty of scrutiny and attention and, frankly, he has enough on his plate as a player. Often Neymar’s brilliance can be subdued by his tendency to operate as an individual. When Tite first took the Brazil job, he relieved Neymar of the captaincy with the player’s blessing and he was able to persuade Neymar to ‘fall in line’ as a team player.

But during the World Cup, the player fell back into bad habits and was guilty of trying to win games single handedly. Perhaps Tite gave him the captaincy to reign him back in, to remind him of the wider importance of the team, but that always felt fanciful. The decision seemed to simply serve to increase the scrutiny of a player with a significant workload who operates under an intense spotlight as it is.

Tite’s decision to go back on this call and give the armband to Alves is an admission that his ploy failed and now there is even more negative press around the player going into the Copa America on home soil. Giving the captaincy to 36 year old Alves also means that the issue becomes live again very soon- this is no long-term appointment.

Maybe Neymar will resume the role again after the tournament but it feels like Tite has made this a bigger issue than necessary. There are already whispers that the manager is losing his touch and the optimism of his early reign is withering under the lights. Bungling what should not have been a significant issue suggests that Tite is beginning to feel the pressure of expectation at the copa. 

That the tournament is on home soil is also significant. The Copa won’t have a lot of global attention and ordinarily it isn’t taken very seriously. But Tite is under pressure to win it and with the Copa taking place in Brazil, an expectant home crowd will pin their hopes on Neymar as the Seleção look to end their 12 year trophy drought.

By picking such an experienced squad, the coach has opted for a must win now team and they will operate under that pressure. Removing the captaincy from Neymar creates doubt and negative headlines at a time when Tite and Brazil could really do without them.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:13:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Fágner Returns to Brazil Training]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95619_fagner_returns_to_brazil_training.htmlBrazil right-back Fágner says he will re-join full training this week, after undergoing treatment for a thigh injury.

The Corinthians man suffered the injury during his team’s Copa Sul-Americana tie with Deportivo Lara a few weeks ago.

As a result, he missed Brazil’s pre Copa América friendlies against Qatar and Honduras, but he will resume full training now.

“Unfortunately, I missed some games,” he told SporTV, “But these are things that happen in a player’s career.

“Now I am free and ready to start training with the group on Monday.” Brazil have already had to replace Neymar due to injury, but Fágner will not need replacing.

Brazil begin their Copa América campaign on Friday evening against Bolivia in the Morumbi in São Paulo.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Mon, 10 Jun 2019 09:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Enthused By Firmino Competition]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95618_gabriel_jesus_enthused_by_firmino_competition.htmlBrazil striker Gabriel Jesus says he does not fear competition from Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino for a starting berth in the Brazil side.

Both players are embroiled in a close contest for the number 9 spot in the Brazil team. Jesus says he sees this as a good thing for the Seleção.

The City striker scored twice in Brazil’s 7-0 rout of Honduras. Firmino came off the bench in the second half and scored a goal too.

“Firmino had a beautiful season, finished as a Champions League winner, which is very difficult. I give it to him and accept that he has been gaining space.

“With him or me, we will do our best to respond to the challenge. I am happy with this and I will accept it if Firmino has won the space. This is very good for the selection.”

Jesus says he is better prepared for this year’s Copa América after a frustrating time at last summer’s World Cup.

“These are different times. Before the World Cup, I had an injury. This season, I ended up playing, but I did not play so much during the year. I&#39;m better prepared now.

“After the World Cup, I got more prepared and today I am more mature and I understand my style of play better.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Mon, 10 Jun 2019 08:56:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Willian Delighted With Brazil Recall]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95609_willian_delighted_with_brazil_recall.htmlChelsea winger Willian says he is delighted to have been recalled to the Brazil squad for the Copa América as a replacement for the injured Neymar.

Neymar injured his ankle in a pre-tournament friendly against Qatar which means he cannot play. Willian was a surprise call-up to replace the PSG forward.

“I’m very happy, it’s a unique moment. It’s always very good to be able to serve the Seleção. When I got the message and after the call, I felt the butterflies in my belly again as if it were the first time.

“Defending the Seleção anywhere in the world is always special. In Brazil, with the fans close, we will feel this affection that will be fundamental in the search for the title. Now we have to prepare well and focus on the competition.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Sun, 09 Jun 2019 16:50:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite Recalled Willian to Brazil Squad Via Facetime]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95608_tite_recalled_willian_to_brazil_squad_via_facetime.htmlBrazil boss Tite said he contacted Willian through Facetime to inform him of his late call-up for the Copa América squad.

Willian was on holiday in Israel when he got the call to replace Neymar, who picked up an ankle injury during a 2-0 friendly win over Qatar recently.

Tite said he needed to see Willian’s eyes as he discussed the prospect of calling him into the squad at the 11th hour.

“Edu [Gaspar, director] got in touch with me, I talked to him, he contacted me, but I wanted to see his face. So I called him on Facetime. I need a player of his characteristics.

“I wanted to talk. He said 'I've already packed all of my bags. I put everything in, I closed it and whenever you want me, I will come.

“He came from the open heart. It's the healthiest way, to avoid the technical virtues and look into the player’s eyes.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Sun, 09 Jun 2019 15:53:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Willian Called Into Brazil Squad to Replace Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95603_willian_called_into_brazil_squad_to_replace_neymar.htmlTite has called Chelsea winger Willian into Brazil’s Copa América squad as a replacement for captain Neymar. Neymar injured his ankle in a 2-0 friendly win over Qatar earlier this week.

Willian will wear the number ten shirt. The call-up is a surprise from the Seleção boss, who had the likes of Lucas Moura and Vinicius Junior waiting in the wings.

It is thought that Tite decided to call Willian due to his participation in the Europa League Final last week, which means he has been training in the last few weeks.

Brazil’s squad numbers for the tournament are as follows: 1.Alisson, 2.Thiago Silva, 3.Miranda, 4.Marquinhos, 5.Casemiro, 6.Filipe Luis, 7.David Neres, 8.Arthur, 9.Gabriel Jesus, 10.Willian, 11.P.Coutinho, 12.Alex Sandro, 13.Dani Alves, 14.Eder Militão, 15.Allan, 16.Cassio, 17.Fernandinho, 18.Lucas Paquetá, 19.Everton, 20.Roberto Firmino, 21.Richarlison, 22.Fágner, 23.Ederson.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Sat, 08 Jun 2019 17:35:00 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Hails Chelsea Improvement]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95602_david_luiz_hails_chelsea_improvement.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz says the team improved as the season progressed under Maurizio Sarri, as the Blues finished 3rd and won the Europa League.

Blues boss Sarri came under fire from critics and Chelsea fans and the Italian looks set to join Italian champions Juventus next week.

But Luiz thinks Chelsea improved under Sarri’s guidance, “We had some ups and downs but we learned a lot. We improved a lot during the season and I think we finished very, very well.

“We lost on penalties in the Carabao Cup final against City, being the best side, we qualified straight away for the Champions League after Liverpool and Man City, because they did amazing we could not get them this season in the Premier League, and we won a big title in Europe. So I think Chelsea’s great.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-06/home/Sat, 08 Jun 2019 16:13:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Elano Disputes Bellamy Autobiography Anecdote]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95528_elano_disputes_bellamy_autobiography_anecdote.htmlFormer Manchester City midfielder Elano says that Craig Bellamy has embellished some anecdotes on his time at the club in his recent autobiography- not least when it comes to Robinho.

Bellamy describes flashpoints with Robinho that Elano, a teammate of both players, says do not match his memory of events in the dressing room.

“He is putting in his book what gets an audience,” Elano told UOL Esporte. “But the truth of the situation is that he went into the locker room, that the guys, everyone wanted to beat him.

“Then he got two names that would not weigh on him, who are far from him, which is me and Robinho, and he wrote that.

“But the truth was I had nothing to do with the problem. The problem is his, that he came in cursing Robinho, there was a mess in the locker room.

“But no one attacked anyone, nobody fought with anyone. Work went on. It was just that. So he reports in his book that he said this, that I did this, that Robinho did that.

“First, he was going to get beaten up. If something had really happened, he was going to be beaten up. Because he was alone, and we were in five, and no one touched him.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-05/home/Wed, 29 May 2019 08:21:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Pressure on Tite at Copa America will cause Brazil issues in qualifying]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95540_pressure_on_tite_at_copa_america_will_cause_brazil_issues_in_qualifying.htmlTypically, South American teams use the Copa America as a kind of laboratory to test new players and systems ahead of CONMEBOL’s gruelling, three year World Cup qualifying process. Uruguay in particular are good at doing this, using the tournament to test the mettle of new generations. The Copa America will kickoff in June with Uruguay battling rivals Argentina and Brazil for the trophy. Football fans can visit betting site and wager on every game at this summer’s big Cop America and predict the team they believe will win the event.

Brazil manager Tite announced his Seleção squad last week and he, unsurprisingly, opted for experience, especially in the defensive areas of his team.

Thiago Silva (33), João Miranda (34), Dani Alves (36), Filipe Luis (33) and Fernandinho (34) have all been selected and are all likely to feature in Tite’s starting line-up. Further forward, there is more of a sprinkle of youth in Richarlison, Lucas Paquetá, David Neres, Arthur and Everton, as well as the established yet still youthful Gabriel Jesus.

In attacking positions, Brazil has a promising new generation led by the likes of Paquetá, Richarlison, Arthur and Neres. Moving on from the likes of Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Willian has been more straightforward. In defensive positions, the cupboard is a little barer for Tite in terms of up and coming talent. Marquinhos is already a staple of the Brazilian squad and Eder Militão will almost certainly join him as part of the core of the 2022 defence.

But the decision to go back to Dani Alves, Miranda, Fernandinho and Thiago Silva- who might not even be passed fit for the tournament, illustrates a two-fold issue for Tite. The lack of young defensive talent is one- most notably at right-back. The likes of Dedê and Rodrigo Caio were expected to form part of the new generation, but the progress of both has been enervated by injuries.

Perhaps Tite’s biggest issue, however, is the boom and bust cycle that Brazilian football has become hostage to. The average club tenure of a Brasileirão coach is three months. That explains why Tite remains pretty much the only Brazilian coach who can lay a claim to being top class. In this poisonous, impatient culture, coaches make safety first decisions and are not allowed to take risks and develop.

There is already talk that Tite’s job will come under scrutiny if Brazil does not win its first Copa América for 12 years. That it takes place on home soil multiplies the pressure on the coach to win now at the cost of developing the future. Tite is being forced to kick the can down the road when it comes to reshaping his defence.

Alves, Silva, Miranda, Luis and Fernandinho might well call time on their international careers before Qatar 2022 qualifying starts, so Tite will have to field green, untested defenders in the harsh environs of CONMEBOL qualifying. With FIFA’s decision to keep the 2022 tournament at 32 teams, rather than expanding to 48, the CONMEBOL qualifiers remain as competitive as ever.

When Tite took the job in September 2016, Brazil were 6th in the qualifying rankings- which would not even have been enough for a playoff spot. World Cup qualifiers are an unforgiving place for transition, but the pressure on Tite to win a tournament that is not very highly regarded, will likely cause the Seleção issues in its immediate future.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-05/home/info_1559121575.jpgWed, 29 May 2019 07:52:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Elano Describes Robinho’s Reluctance to Defend During City Tenure]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95527_elano_describes_robinho___s_reluctance_to_defend_during_city_tenure.htmlFormer Manchester City attacker Elano fondly recalls playing with Robinho at the club a decade ago- not least his failure to understand defensive instructions.

Robinho spent two years at City, before returning to Santos in Brazil. Elano was a teammate of Robinho and told UOL that his compatriot had trouble with the concept of defending.

“There was a game in which Mark Hughes began to tell him in English that he had to track back to defend. Then he asked me: ‘What’s the coach talking about?’

“I said: ‘For you to track back, because you’re not defending, you should track back. You only want to attack. He looked at the coach and said: ‘Mister, eu não vou fazer come back.

“Eu come back, no goal. Come back, no goal.’ The whole team was listening. He looked at me, used to call me carpet because of my long hair: ‘Damn, Carpet, help me!”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-05/home/Wed, 29 May 2019 07:47:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Ederson Confirms He Will Start Qatar Friendly]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95525_ederson_confirms_he_will_start_qatar_friendly.htmlBrazil goalkeeper Ederson has confirmed he will start the Seleção’s Copa América warm-up friendly against Qatar on June 5th in Brasilia.

With Alisson set to start for Liverpool in the Champions League Final on June 1st giving Ederson, the back-up for Brazil, the opportunity to start against Qatar.

“We are a group, at any moment any player can be asked to enter the pitch. Tite confirmed I will play in the friendly against Qatar with Alisson in the Champions League Final.

“I hope to be able to continue the good work I have been doing.” Ederson says he has yet to speak to Liverpool counterpart Alisson about the title race, which concluded in Manchester City’s favour.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to speak with him yet, but it was an amazing championship that was fought very closely.

“It had an extra flavour for what it provided throughout the season. I think our team and Liverpool are to be congratulated for the championship.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-05/home/Tue, 28 May 2019 09:58:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Marbella Training Camp ‘Perfect’ Preparation for Final, Says Alisson]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95524_marbella_training_camp____perfect____preparation_for_final__says_alisson.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson says the club’s warm weather training camp in Marbella is ideal preparation for the Reds’ Champions League final on 1st June.

Liverpool will play Spurs in Madrid on June 1st, with warm temperatures expected. The Brazilian thinks Marbella is the perfect place for his teammates to acclimatise.

“It’s good for preparation, it’s good for us to keep our minds free from external things,” he told liverpoolfc.com

“Coming here is special for us, we can have more time together and speak more – that’s important for a team that wants to achieve great things.

“It’s nice weather – perfect weather to work. It’s a bit hot compared to what we are used to for training [in Liverpool] but it’s the weather we’ll find in Madrid, so it’s good for us.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-05/home/Tue, 28 May 2019 08:36:00 +0000