<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Everton linked with Diego]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69748_everton_linked_with_diego.html 

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Fenerbahçe midfielder Diego has been linked with Everton after failing to impress in Turkey.

The 30 year old midfielder moved to the Turkish giants on a three year deal in the summer but has only scored once in nineteen games. The Sun has reported that Fenerbahçe are keen to sell the player and Everton are very interested.

Everton desperately need to refresh their squad after a very poor season in England. A player with Diego's experience might be just what they are after. He has played in six different countries since making his debut for Santos in 2002.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Paulista settling well at Arsenal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69744_gabriel_paulista_settling_well_at_arsenal.htmlArsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his new signing Gabriel Paulista as the centre back helped the Gunners beat Everton 2-0.

Paulista was starting his first match in the Premier League and kept a clean sheet as Arsenal stayed in third.

 

He had an encouraging performance overall.
"He was surprised by the intensity of the challenges once or twice but he made a great tackle against Romelu Lukaku in the first half.
"He’s highly focused, has a good concentration level and is quick."

He had an encouraging performance overall," said Wenger, "He was surprised by the intensity of the challenges once or twice but he made a great tackle against Romelu Lukaku in the first half.He’s highly focused, has a good concentration level and is quick."

The 24 year old Brazilian will wait and see whether he will be included in their match away at QPR on Wednesday.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Brazilians in Europe: Coutinho strikes again]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69742_brazilians_in_europe__coutinho_strikes_again.htmlEngland: Coutinho haunts City again
Only a week after his stunning strike against Southampton, Coutinho was the hero for Liverpool against Manchester City with the winning goal. The young Brazilian pinged an unstoppable shot into the top corner as Liverpool won 2-1. Manchester City will be sick of the sight of Coutinho after the same player scored the winner against them last season.

Italy: Lazio win thanks to Anderson
Felipe Anderson was on the scoresheet on Sunday as Lazio comprehensively beat Sassuolo 3-0 away from home. The 21 year old midfielder struck just before half time to open the scoring.

Portugal: Luisão starts rout
Benfica maintained their four point lead at the top of the Primeira Liga with a 6-0 thumping of Estoril. Luisão opened the scoring in the 16th minute with his third goal of the season. Jonas scored twice in either half and Lima also helped himself to a goal from the penalty spot early in the second half.

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<![CDATA[Ramires closes in on a grand slam of trophies for Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69741_ramires_closes_in_on_a_grand_slam_of_trophies_for_chelsea.htmlChelsea midfielder Ramires celebrated with the Capital One Cup on Sunday and said he is now focusing on winning the elusive league title.

After helping Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0, Ramires has now won every single honour possible in the English game apart from the league title.

"We played almost a perfect game tactically and thankfully defeated Tottenham. We did not give many chances to them during the game and we deserve to be the happy side of this party. I am grateful to God for everything I have achieved over these last five years at Chelsea."

Ramires has re-established himself in the first team at Chelsea in recent weeks and motivation doesn't seem to be a problem for the Brazilian.

"I feel I've done well at the club, but I still want more. Let's celebrate today and tomorrow make sure we focus on the Premier League. With the win today, this is the only achievement I lack in a Chelsea shirt in England."

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<![CDATA[Diego Costa-Chelsea: "I have the trust of José Mourinho and my teammates"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69736_diego_costa-chelsea___i_have_the_trust_of_jose_mourinho_and_my_teammates_.htmlChelsea striker Diego Costa has told IBTimes UK he deserves full credit for the second goal of the 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final even though referee Anthony Taylor said Kyle Walker scored an own goal.

The Spain international, who has scored 17 goals this season but has struggled to add more to his tally since the 5-0 win over Swansea on 17 January, believes he deserves the credit of the goal, which saw Chelsea clinch their first trophy of the campaign.

“I have the trust of my teammates and the manager. I know how I am, I know my way of being. What people say doesn't bother me”
"It was mine, of course. I shot to the sticks. If I don't shoot there is no goal."
"I don't care about what people say. I have the trust of my teammates and the manager. I know how I am, I know my way of being. What people say doesn't bother me. I know how I have to play on the ground," Costa said.

"I am calm about it. I am used to it. The defenders try to do their best in the same way I try to do my best. I provoked them and they provoke me. Both. This is normal on the ground. We all want to win. Nobody plays to lose. They tried to do their game and I do mine. I am going to keep fighting and working hard on the ground as always."
said Diego Costa.

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<![CDATA[LA Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant outlines key role midfielder Juninho plays]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69735_la_galaxy_defender_todd_dunivant_outlines_key_role_midfielder_juninho_plays.htmlLA Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant has outlined the key role midfielder Juninho plays.

The 26 year-old, who has been with LA since joining from São Paulo [initially on loan] in 2010, has helped the team win three MLS Cups and Dunivant believes his ability on the ball sets him apart.

“He's not just an enforcer, he doesn't just break up plays, but he does that,” he said, as reported by Major League Soccer’s official website. “Sometimes in that role of a holding midfielder, that's all you look to them to do, to kind of break things up and be a destroyer, but that's not his game. 

"He does those things, he's disruptive and aggressive and patrols the midfield, but he's also really good on the ball and at being a link from back to front.”

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<![CDATA[Report: Corinthians, Cruzeiro and São Paulo eye Manchester United full-back Rafael]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69734_report__corinthians__cruzeiro_and_sao_paulo_eye_manchester_united_full-back_rafael.htmlCorinthians, Cruzeiro and São Paulo are eyeing up Manchester United full-back Rafael, according to reports.

Tuttomercato claims that the 24 year-old could be allowed to move on at the end of the season and may be set to return to Brazil.

Rafael has made just nine appearances for United this term and with reports linking the Manchester-based club with a move for Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne, it seems likely that manager Louis van Gaal is preparing a change. 

If Rafael is to leave, then Tuttomercato believes a host of Brazilian clubs will be ready to step forward, with Cruzeiro the standout name amongst those linked.

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<![CDATA[Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen hails team-mate Philippe Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69733_liverpool_midfielder_joe_allen_hails_team-mate_philippe_coutinho.htmlLiverpool midfielder Joe Allen has hailed the talents of his team-mate Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil international netted a crucial winner in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Manchester City at Anfield and Allen believes he has become a key player for Liverpool.

“He’s so good,” he said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

“With his performances recently, Philippe has taken things to the next level. The Brazilian team is obviously full of talent but he has to be really pushing for that.

“Working with him day in day out, he shows his quality every time he trains and plays and he scored a superb winner to get us the three points.

“He’s so unpredictable and that’s such a good skill to have. He has the ability to turn both ways.

“He’s skilful and very versatile. He can play in different positions and teams are struggling to deal with him.”

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<![CDATA[Sampdoria Head Coach Siniša Mihajlović compares forward Luis Muriel to Ronaldo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69732_sampdoria_head_coach_sinisa_mihajlovic_compares_forward_luis_muriel_to_ronaldo.htmlSampdoria Head Coach Siniša Mihajlović has compared forward Luis Muriel to Ronaldo.

The Colombian international, who was signed from Udinese in January, has scored a crucial goal in Sunday’s victory at Atalanta and Mihajlović sees similarities between him and Brazilian legend Ronaldo.

“Since he got here, he played twice and scored two goals,” he said, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio’s official website. 

“He is in a good shape and he can become a great player. We need to give him motivation. After what we did for him, he is grateful. He reminds me of Ronaldo, but he needs to train hard.”

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<![CDATA[Liverpool boss says there's more to come from Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69723_liverpool_boss_says_there_s_more_to_come_from_coutinho.html 

Brendan Rodgers labelled match-winner Philippe Coutinho 'sensational' and warned that there is more to come from the Brazilian.
Jinking into a yard of space on the left edge of City territory with 75 minutes on the clock, the Brazilian whipped an unstoppable, curling winner beyond Joe Hart at the Kop end. Rodgers said: "To beat Joe Hart, who I rate extremely highly, at 6ft 5 and a top-class goalkeeper, to beat him from that angle with that power was a phenomenal strike. In particular since he signed his contract, he has started to score goals. He's a joy to watch. He's a kid that has got so much ahead of him in the game at 22 years of age. People forget he came to us at 20, still developing and adapting to a new country. He's a sensational footballer and now he's starting to add the goals to mirror that quality."

Brendan Rodgers labelled match-winner Philippe Coutinho 'sensational' and warned that there is more to come from the Brazilian.

Jinking into a yard of space on the left edge of City territory with 75 minutes on the clock, the Brazilian whipped an unstoppable, curling winner beyond Joe Hart at the Kop end. Rodgers said: "To beat Joe Hart, who I rate extremely highly, at 6ft 5 and a top-class goalkeeper, to beat him from that angle with that power was a phenomenal strike. In particular since he signed his contract, he has started to score goals. He's a joy to watch. He's a kid that has got so much ahead of him in the game at 22 years of age. People forget he came to us at 20, still developing and adapting to a new country. He's a sensational footballer and now he's starting to add the goals to mirror that quality."

 

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<![CDATA[Marquinhos says Barcelona and Manchester United wanted him]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69722_marquinhos_says_barcelona_and_manchester_united_wanted_him.html 

Manchester United and Barcelona tried to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos last summer, the Brazilian defender has revealed.
The 20-year-old is rated as one of the world's most promising young centre-backs, but despite the interest Marquinhos said he would like to sign a new contract. Speaking to French TV programme Téléfoot, Marquinhos said: “Yes, Manchester United wanted me and Barcelona too. Those two clubs negotiated with PSG but the directors did not give them any option. That gave me confidence. The president and the coach are happy with me. It would be good to renew [my contract] for Paris.” 

Manchester United and Barcelona tried to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos last summer, the Brazilian defender has revealed.

The 20-year-old is rated as one of the world's most promising young centre-backs, but despite the interest Marquinhos said he would like to sign a new contract. Speaking to French TV programme Téléfoot, Marquinhos said: “Yes, Manchester United wanted me and Barcelona too. Those two clubs negotiated with PSG but the directors did not give them any option. That gave me confidence. The president and the coach are happy with me. It would be good to renew [my contract] for Paris.” 

 

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<![CDATA[Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan slams Philippe Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69721_liverpool_legend_ronnie_whelan_slams_philippe_coutinho.html 

Ex-Liverpool star Ronnie Whelan reckons the Samba star loses the ball too often to be the Reds' main playmaker.
But Whelan, who won six league titles and three FA Cups among other trophies during his 16-year spell on Merseyside, was quoted in Daily Star: "I am more than a bit concerned with the move to make Coutinho the man who is going to save Liverpool as some, including Rodgers, seem to believe. He is gifted with some fabulous skills and he is developing a handy habit of scoring important goals. But I'm not fully sold on this lad. At least not yet. My problem with Coutinho is his inconsistency and the amount of times he gives away possession."

Ex-Liverpool star Ronnie Whelan reckons the Samba star loses the ball too often to be the Reds' main playmaker.

But Whelan, who won six league titles and three FA Cups among other trophies during his 16-year spell on Merseyside, was quoted in Daily Star: "I am more than a bit concerned with the move to make Coutinho the man who is going to save Liverpool as some, including Rodgers, seem to believe. He is gifted with some fabulous skills and he is developing a handy habit of scoring important goals. But I'm not fully sold on this lad. At least not yet. My problem with Coutinho is his inconsistency and the amount of times he gives away possession."

 

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<![CDATA[Arsène Wenger hails Arsenal new-boy Gabriel Paulista]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69720_arsene_wenger_hails_arsenal_new-boy_gabriel_paulista.html 

Wenger praised Gabriel Paulista for his impressive performance in Arsenal's Premier League victory against Everton.
Paulista had a shaky start to the contest, which the home-side won 2-0, but steadied himself and made several key tackles for the Gunners. In his post-match interview, Wenger hailed Gabriel and revealed he was happy with the Brazilian's performance despite his nervy start to the game. He said: "He had an encouraging performance overall. He was surprised by the intensity of the challenges once or twice but he made a great tackle against Romelu Lukaku in the first half. He’s highly focused, has a good concentration level and is quick."

Wenger praised Gabriel Paulista for his impressive performance in Arsenal's Premier League victory against Everton.

Gabriel had a shaky start to the contest, which the home-side won 2-0, but steadied himself and made several key tackles for the Gunners. In his post-match interview, Wenger hailed Gabriel and revealed he was happy with the Brazilian's performance despite his nervy start to the game. He said: "He had an encouraging performance overall. He was surprised by the intensity of the challenges once or twice but he made a great tackle against Romelu Lukaku in the first half. He’s highly focused, has a good concentration level and is quick."

 

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<![CDATA[Liverpool's Balotelli can reunite with Kaká in the MLS]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69719_liverpool_s_balotelli_can_reunite_with_kaka_in_the_mls.html 

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is reportedly keen on a move to the MLS after failing to establish himself in the English club.
As reported by Fichajes.Net, MLS side Orlando City captained by Brazilian playmaker Kaká are interested in bringing the Italian striker to America. Balotelli and Kaká played together at AC Milan and this is an opportunity for him to reunite with the Brazilian. Balotelli has struggled to make a positive impression this season, scoring three goals across four competitions. Despite scoring a vital goal in the Reds' recent 3-2 win over Tottenham, Balotelli's lack of movement halted Liverpool's attacking progress early in the season.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is reportedly keen on a move to the MLS after failing to establish himself in the English club.

As reported by Fichajes.Net, MLS side Orlando City captained by Brazilian playmaker Kaká are interested in bringing the Italian striker to America. Balotelli and Kaká played together at AC Milan and this is an opportunity for him to reunite with the Brazilian. Balotelli has struggled to make a positive impression this season, scoring three goals across four competitions. Despite scoring a vital goal in the Reds' recent 3-2 win over Tottenham, Balotelli's lack of movement halted Liverpool's attacking progress early in the season.

 

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<![CDATA[Jose Mourinho: "Filipe Luis played fantastic two matches against Liverpool"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69701_jose_mourinho___filipe_luis_played_fantastic_two_matches_against_liverpool_.htmlChelsea boss Jose Mourinho hailed the members of his squad who did not play in Sunday’s League Cup final win against Tottenham as his “men of the match”.

While Mourinho says that he and his side will not dwell long on their success, with work still to do in other competitions, he sought to pay tribute to the players who helped them to reach Wembley.

“I’m going to be honest with you: For me, man of the match is [Thibaut] Courtois, who brought us here with a fantastic semi-final against Liverpool,” he told reporters.

“Man of the match is Filipe Luis and he didn’t play today – he played fantastic two matches against Liverpool.

“Man of the match is Andreas Christensen, [who] played against Shrewsbury and played so well.

“All these guys are men of the match for me, maybe more than John and maybe more than the lucky ones who played this final.

“I feel sorry for them so, for me, they are the man of the match because this is a team and a final is a final, Wembley is Wembley, the League Cup has prestige, Tottenham is Tottenham, is not a normal team and I am really proud of the guys.

“But celebrations are over in 20 minutes. Goodbye, we train tomorrow, we have another game on Wednesday …”

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<![CDATA[Manchester United:Van Gaal appears to have finally lost patience with Rafael]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69700_manchester_united_van_gaal_appears_to_have_finally_lost_patience_with_rafael.htmlThe Brazilian full-back has struggled to cement his place in the United first-team this season, and has failed to produce when selected.

The 24-year-old has not featured since the FA Cup victory over Yeovil at the beginning of January, and according to the Metro, he could be set to leave at the end of the season.

Van Gaal is reportedly lining up an offer for Southampton and England star Nathaniel Clyne, with the club preparing to spend a massive amount of cash to bolster their title push next season.

Should Clyne arrive at Old Trafford, it will likely spell the end of Rafael’s United career, and with only a year remaining on his current deal, the club will look to cash in before he becomes a free agent.

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<![CDATA[Lucas Leiva stepped up his return from injury and prepares his come-back with Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69699_lucas_leiva_stepped_up_his_return_from_injury_and_prepares_his_come-back_with_liverpool.htmlThe Brazil international suffered his latest fitness setback on 9 February after the defensive midfielder was forced off inside 16 minutes of the Merseyside derby.

The 27-year-old was reported to be set for a month on the sidelines, but it appears Lucas could be ahead of schedule after he uploaded a video of a light training session in Brazil.

Lucas posted the clip of a short jog on Friday night, giving Liverpool fans a much-needed boost after their Europa League exit on Thursday night.


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<![CDATA[Chelsea goalkeeper's Courtois says he would include Filipe Luis his dream team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69698_chelsea_goalkeeper_s_courtois_says_he_would_include_filipe_luis_his_dream_team.htmlChelsea goalkeeper revealed that the ex-Atletico Madrid defender would feature in his dream five-a-side team.

Courtois won the Copa del Rey and Europa League with the Brazilian during their time together at Atletico Madrid, and the Chelsea goalkeeper still holds the defender in high esteem:
“I’d also pick Filipe Luis, was very important for Atletico last season. He is a really good left back – defensively strong, and offensively he can bring so much to the team.” said Courtois.

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<![CDATA[Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown contemplates whether Gabriel Paulista can displace Per Mertesacker]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69697_former_arsenal_defender_martin_keown_contemplates_whether_gabriel_paulista_can_displace_per_mertesacker.htmlFormer Arsenal defender Martin Keown has contemplated whether Gabriel Paulista can displace Per Mertesacker.

The Brazilian centre-back, who was signed from Villarreal for a reported fee of €15 million in January, was selected ahead of Mertesacker for Arsenal’s Premier League match against Everton on Sunday.

Speaking before that tie, Keown stated that he believed Gabriel has a chance to take Mertesacker’s position, following the German’s unconvincing mid-week showing against Monaco in the first leg of Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

“I don't you can point the finger at one player after the Monaco game. It's a big chance for Gabriel now, though,” he told BT Sport, as reported by the Daily Mail.

“I think it could be a defining moment in changing Arsenal's back four now, for sure.

“Mertesacker, with the experience he has in the game, should have been calling these young players back the other night [against Monaco], the two full-backs were just drifting up the pitch and not coming back.

“When he's been left isolated one-on-one he struggles due to his lack of pace too. Gabriel is keen to defend so he'll be relishing this opportunity to stamp a claim for a first-team spot.”

Gabriel’s selection against Everton was his first start in the Premier League for Arsenal. He had previously featured in the FA Cup win over Middlesbrough and as a late substitute against Crystal Palace.

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<![CDATA[Paris Saint-Germain Manager Laurent Blanc desperate to keep defender Marquinhos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69696_paris_saint-germain_manager_laurent_blanc_desperate_to_keep_defender_marquinhos.htmlParis Saint-Germain Manager Laurent Blanc has outlined that he is desperate to keep defender Marquinhos.

The 20 year-old, who is contracted until June 2018, has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United.

With fellow Brazilians David Luiz and Thiago Silva to compete with for a starting berth, Marquinhos may be willing to pursue a switch to England in the summer transfer window. 

Despite this however, Blanc insists that the São Paulo-native is the “future of PSG” and is eager for him to extend his deal.

"Marquinhos has a spirit and a special mentality,” he said, as reported by the Express. ”We have done everything to keep him and we will do everything possible to extend his contract.

"It is good that as a player he can operate in different defensive roles, and let's not forget he is just 20 years old. He and Adrien Rabiot represent the future of PSG.”

Marquinhos was signed by PSG from Roma for a reported fee of €31.4 million in July 2013. The Brazil international - capped four times - has won three major honours with Les Rouge-et-Bleu and scored six goals in 60 appearances.

This term, he's featured 28 times and been involved in all five of Paris Saint-Germain’s most recent Ligue 1 matches.

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<![CDATA[Orlando City SC manager Adrian Heath pleased players have "started to trust" Kaká more]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69692_orlando_city_sc_manager_adrian_heath_pleased_players_have__started_to_trust__kaka_more.htmlOrlando City SC manager Adrian Heath believes his players are beginning to understand how to get the best out of Kaká.

The 32 year-old, who was signed from Milan on a free transfer in July 2014, has been training and partaking in pre-season matches, alongside his new team-mates, ahead of their maiden Major League Soccer campaign, which begins later this month.

For Heath, Kaká is likely to be a key creative outlet in his side and the tactician believes that the other members of the Orlando squad now know what he is capable of.

“The key thing is that we have started to trust Ricky [Kaká] a lot more,” he said, as reported by The Guardian. 

“You know something can happen. You think he is going to lose the ball and, all of a sudden, he is off and away on the other side, and we have to realise the openings it creates around him because he is so good at running with the ball.

“He attracts players to him and we have to work off that and use it as a weapon going forward. We have to make sure we can make use of all those openings.”

After signing with Orlando, Kaká was initially loaned to São Paulo. He scored three goals in 24 appearances for them, before moving on to the United States in December 2014.

At Orlando, he will play alongside Brazilian midfielder Pedro Ribeiro, as well as fellow Designated Player Bryan Róchez.

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<![CDATA[Shakhtar's Douglas Costa wants to secure a regular a place in the Brazil team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69682_shakhtar_s_douglas_costa_wants_to_secure_a_regular_a_place_in_the_brazil_team.html 

Selected by Dunga for the friendlies against Turkey and Austria in November, Costa now wants to establish himself in the national setup.
In an exclusive interview with the official Copa América website, Douglas speaks about his first impressions with the senior Seleção side. He says: "Dunga leaves the player totally free to give their maximum on the pitch. He gave me a lot of advice and asked that I do the same work that I was doing at my club. I always give my all on the pitch. The Seleção coaches have been watching everyone and the competition to be in the squad is huge. I have been doing a good job, playing regularly. If I get another chance, I will do everything to try and keep it."

Selected by Dunga for the friendlies against Turkey and Austria in November, Costa now wants to establish himself in the national setup.

In an exclusive interview with the official Copa América website, Douglas speaks about his first impressions with the senior Seleção side. He says: "Dunga leaves the player totally free to give their maximum on the pitch. He gave me a lot of advice and asked that I do the same work that I was doing at my club. I always give my all on the pitch. The Seleção coaches have been watching everyone and the competition to be in the squad is huge. I have been doing a good job, playing regularly. If I get another chance, I will do everything to try and keep it."

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<![CDATA[Marquinhos says interest from Manchester United makes him happy]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69679_marquinhos_says_interest_from_manchester_united_makes_him_happy.html 

The PSG centre-back says he has is happy at the Parc des Princes but nonetheless finds the attention of the Old Tafford outfit flattering.
Paris Saint-Germain defender admits that he is pleased to learn of Manchester United's interest in him. Brazilian is glad to know that PSG rely on him heavily enough to refuse to negotiate such a transfer, he finds the attention of Louis van Gaal's side flattering. Marquinhos told L'Équipe: "I'm calm, concentrated. I leave all this to my agent. Before, PSG refused to begin negotiations. They have shut the door. I see this as something to take confidence from. It proves PSG count on me but, to be honest, it makes me happy to see Manchester United are interested in me. It's validating."

The PSG centre-back says he has is happy at the Parc des Princes but nonetheless finds the attention of the Old Tafford outfit flattering.

Paris Saint-Germain defender admits that he is pleased to learn of Manchester United's interest in him. Brazilian is glad to know that PSG rely on him heavily enough to refuse to negotiate such a transfer, he finds the attention of Louis van Gaal's side flattering. Marquinhos told L'Équipe: "I'm calm, concentrated. I leave all this to my agent. Before, PSG refused to begin negotiations. They have shut the door. I see this as something to take confidence from. It proves PSG count on me but, to be honest, it makes me happy to see Manchester United are interested in me. It's validating."

 

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<![CDATA[Douglas Costa praises Mourinho and would like to experience the Premier League with Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69676_douglas_costa_praises_mourinho_and_would_like_to_experience_the_premier_league_with_chelsea.htmlDouglas Costa was one of the back-up option Chelsea had in case they failed to get Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado and even made a proposal to sign him.
Douglas Costa confirmed Chelsea's offer, and now during a new interview, once again reveals his desire to play in England. Costa told the official Copa América website : "Yes, I had contact [with Chelsea], and the chance to work with a coach like Jose Mourinho is always appealing. I am very grateful for the interest he showed in me. I see a big difference in him. He is a very intelligent coach and has won wherever he has been. Of course, every player dreams of playing in a big league like the Premier League, but today my thoughts are with helping the club in the game ahead of us."
Douglas Costa was then asked if going to a 'bigger' league would improve his chances with the Seleção. He replied: "Of course, the Premier League is a great platform, but it’s true that Dunga observes all the competitions. If you are playing well in your club, you could get a chance in the Seleção."

Douglas Costa was one of the back-up option Chelsea had in case they failed to get Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado and even made a proposal to sign him.

Douglas Costa confirmed Chelsea's offer, and now during a new interview, once again reveals his desire to play in England. Costa told the official Copa América website : "Yes, I had contact [with Chelsea], and the chance to work with a coach like Jose Mourinho is always appealing. I am very grateful for the interest he showed in me. I see a big difference in him. He is a very intelligent coach and has won wherever he has been. Of course, every player dreams of playing in a big league like the Premier League, but today my thoughts are with helping the club in the game ahead of us."

Douglas Costa was then asked if going to a 'bigger' league would improve his chances with the Seleção. He replied: "Of course, the Premier League is a great platform, but it’s true that Dunga observes all the competitions. If you are playing well in your club, you could get a chance in the Seleção."

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<![CDATA[Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confidence in Dani Alves]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69675_barcelona_coach_luis_enrique_has_confidence_in_dani_alves.html 

Luis Enrique says he has obvious faith in right-back Dani Alves but suggests no decision over his future will be made until the end of the season.
The Brazil international's contract is due to expire this summer and his agent is unhappy with the club for not making more of a concerted effort to resolve his future. Luis Enrique was quoted in GOAL: "Regarding Alves, you can see the confidence I have in him when I choose my line-ups. They are decisions for the people at the club to make at the end of the season. Dani is one of the nicest players in the locker room, with a winning character. I knew his professional side and I now know his human side, and he is a true example of what a player must be."

Luis Enrique says he has obvious faith in right-back Dani Alves but suggests no decision over his future will be made until the end of the season.

The Brazil international's contract is due to expire this summer and his agent is unhappy with the club for not making more of a concerted effort to resolve his future. Luis Enrique was quoted in GOAL: "Regarding Alves, you can see the confidence I have in him when I choose my line-ups. They are decisions for the people at the club to make at the end of the season. Dani is one of the nicest players in the locker room, with a winning character. I knew his professional side and I now know his human side, and he is a true example of what a player must be."

 

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura out for at least four weeks]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69680_lucas_moura_out_for_at_least_four_weeks.html 

Paris Saint-Germain’s winger Lucas Moura will be out of action for at least four weeks with an adductor injury.
Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have been dealt a blow with the news that winger Lucas Moura will be out for at least four weeks with an adductor injury. The Brazilian picked up the problem in the 2-2 draw with Caen two weeks ago, and has not featured since. Lucas has been a key component of the PSG side this season, with seven goals in 24 league outings. But Friday’s announcement will see him miss all of March, including a Ligue 1 meeting with Monaco and a Coupe de France quarter-final against the same opponents.

Paris Saint-Germain’s winger Lucas Moura will be out of action for at least four weeks with an adductor injury.

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have been dealt a blow with the news that winger Lucas Moura will be out for at least four weeks with an adductor injury. The Brazilian picked up the problem in the 2-2 draw with Caen two weeks ago, and has not featured since. Lucas has been a key component of the PSG side this season, with seven goals in 24 league outings. But Friday’s announcement will see him miss all of March, including a Ligue 1 meeting with Monaco and a Coupe de France quarter-final against the same opponents.

 

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<![CDATA[Court rejects Damião's second request to rescind the contract at Santos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69650_court_rejects_damiao_s_second_request_to_rescind_the_contract_at_santos.html 

Leandro Damião's second attempt to try to terminate his contract at Santos was rejected by the court.
The striker had requested to the court to rescind his contract in January, but it was turned down. Damião is on loan at Brasileirão champions Cruzeiro and they pay more than half of his salary, with the rest being paid by Santos who bought him from Internacional in 2014. Damião wants to break the contract because he claims Santos haven't paid him salary and other benefits from October to December. Damião has a contract with Santos for four more years and is on loan at Cruzeiro until the end of the season. The hearing of the lawsuit is scheduled for March 30.

Leandro Damião's second attempt to try to terminate his contract at Santos was rejected by the court.

The striker had requested to the court to rescind his contract in January, but it was turned down. Damião is on loan at Brasileirão champions Cruzeiro and they pay more than half of his salary, with the rest being paid by Santos who bought him from Internacional in 2014. Damião wants to break the contract because he claims Santos haven't paid him salary and other benefits from October to December. Damião has a contract with Santos for four more years and is on loan at Cruzeiro until the end of the season. The hearing of the lawsuit is scheduled for March 30.

 

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<![CDATA[Monaco's Wallace banned for four matches]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69666_monaco_s_wallace_banned_for_four_matches.html 

Wallace was caught appearing to stamp on Lyon's Samuel Imititi and has been banned for four games.
Tensions were running understandably high when Lyon travelled to Monaco at the start of this month. In the 74th minute the 20-year-old Brazilian came to blows with Samuel Umtiti before replays appear to show the defender viciously stamp on the Lyon man. The stamp went unnoticed and the Monaco man got away with it. 

Wallace was caught appearing to stamp on Lyon's Samuel Imititi and has been banned for four games.

Tensions were running understandably high when Lyon travelled to Monaco at the start of this month. In the 74th minute the 20-year-old Brazilian came to blows with Samuel Umtiti before replays appear to show the defender viciously stamp on the Lyon man. The stamp went unnoticed and the Monaco man got away with it. 

 

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<![CDATA[Barcelona fans meet Neymar after becoming the museum's 25th-million visitors]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69662_barcelona_fans_meet_neymar_after_becoming_the_museum_s_25th-million_visitors.html 

The 25 millionth visitors to the Barça Museum, which lies next to the Camp Nou, can now boast that they've hung out with Neymar.
As mentioned in MARCA, the Brazilian star played host to Àlex Jiménez and his sons Estanis, Dídac and Damián, the first three of whom racked up this landmark figure when they visited the museum a while back. In recognition of being the 25 millionth visitors and to celebrate the museum's 30th anniversary, the Jiménezes have been rewarded with a number of treats, the latest of which was the chance to meet Neymar. As is to be expected, the kids were especially excited about getting up close to their idol and they turned up wearing Barcelona shirts with the Brazilian's name on the back. They got to take photos with Neymar and ask him questions.

The 25 millionth visitors to the Barça Museum, which lies next to the Camp Nou, can now boast that they've hung out with Neymar.

As mentioned in MARCA, the Brazilian star played host to Àlex Jiménez and his sons Estanis, Dídac and Damián, the first three of whom racked up this landmark figure when they visited the museum a while back. In recognition of being the 25 millionth visitors and to celebrate the museum's 30th anniversary, the Jiménezes have been rewarded with a number of treats, the latest of which was the chance to meet Neymar. As is to be expected, the kids were especially excited about getting up close to their idol and they turned up wearing Barcelona shirts with the Brazilian's name on the back. They got to take photos with Neymar and ask him questions.

 

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<![CDATA[Lucas Leiva react on Twitter as Liverpool are eliminated from Europa League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/69655_lucas_leiva_react_on_twitter_as_liverpool_are_eliminated_from_europa_league.html 

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva took to Twitter after the side's exit at the hands of Beşiktaş.
Liverpool suffered a frustrating return to Istanbul as they exited the competition on penalties. The Reds had a 1-0 lead from the first leg but were unable to add to the penalty Mario Balotelli scored at Anfield. The fall guy was Dejan Lovren who missed the decisive spot kick, leaving the pitch a dejected figure needing to be consoled by his teammates. Lucas is currently out with a groin injury, and he is believed to be back in just under a month's time with March 22 the expected return date.

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva took to Twitter after the side's exit at the hands of Beşiktaş.

Liverpool suffered a frustrating return to Istanbul as they exited the competition on penalties. The Reds had a 1-0 lead from the first leg but were unable to add to the penalty Mario Balotelli scored at Anfield. The fall guy was Dejan Lovren who missed the decisive spot kick, leaving the pitch a dejected figure needing to be consoled by his teammates. Lucas is currently out with a groin injury, and he is believed to be back in just under a month's time with March 22 the expected return date.

 

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