<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[David Luiz Opens Up On Chelsea Exit]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96186_david_luiz_opens_up_on_chelsea_exit.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz says an honest conversation with Frank Lampard paved the way for an amicable departure on transfer deadline day.

The Brazilian joined the Gunners in an £8m deal despite signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge in May. Luiz says he and Lampard had a difference in vision, which resulted in his move across London.

“It is a new challenge in my career, where I took the decision to fight for new things, and I enjoyed it in the best way possible,” he told ESPN Brasil.

“In talks with Frank he said he had a different plan for the year. So we spoke in total honesty, and he made it clear that he had different ideas from mine.

“So I had this opportunity, to receive an offer from Arsenal, which is a great club. I still respect Chelsea. It’s never easy for people to understand everything that goes through.

“But my decision was also to respect Chelsea and their new manager, who wanted to implement a different philosophy at the club. So I decided to get on this new journey, a new home, where I’ll do everything to shine as well.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:14:28 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Dreamer’ Luiz Wants Arsenal ‘To Do Big Things’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96181____dreamer____luiz_wants_arsenal____to_do_big_things___.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz has urged his new club to dream big, following his deadline day arrival from Chelsea.

The Brazilian joined the club in an £8m deal and made his debut in the 2-1 win over Burnley at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Luiz says he has big ambitions for his time in North London, “In life you have to believe,” said the 32-year-old. “If you don&#39;t try things you are never going to know if you can do it or not.

“My philosophy on life is to be positive and to be a dreamer. But understand to dream is one thing and to achieve your dream you have a lot to do.

“I can dream and we can fight for something big. That is always going to be my speech to everyone – it is possible for us and everybody.

“It is up to the team, the team is going to dream more, the team is going to prepare better, understand the game and that is it.”

Luiz also says he intends to pass on his vast experience to his new teammates, “I try to give what I have learnt from my life. I think you can give when you have something to do.

“I had many fantastic moments in my career and many titles and I just try to make them understand that everything is possible if you work hard and if you believe, are humble, keep your feet on the ground and take it step by step.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Says Liverpool ‘Could Not Afford’ Coutinho Return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96180_klopp_says_liverpool____could_not_afford____coutinho_return.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that he never broached the idea of bringing Philippe Coutinho back to the club this summer because the club could not afford it.

The Reds sold the Brazilian to Barcelona for £114m last January and subsequently spent the funds on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson.

Coutinho was linked with a host of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, as his Barca move turned sour. He has now joined Bayern Munich on loan.

“It sounds weird, but we could not afford it. We have already spent the money that we got for him. He&#39;s a super player and a super boy

“We were reluctant to hand it over at the time, but Barcelona forced us with money, so to speak. He is a player who can change games for the positive.

“It&#39;s not that nice for Dortmund, but it&#39;s a great transfer for Bayern and the Bundesliga,&quot; Klopp concluded.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:49:07 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Joined Arsenal Due to ‘Ambition’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96173_david_luiz_joined_arsenal_due_to____ambition___.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz says he left Chelsea for Arsenal on transfer deadline day due to his ambition and his desire to try something different.

The Brazilian signed a new 2-year deal at Chelsea in May, but by August he had decided to leave the club, joining the Gunners in an £8m deal.

The 32-year old says he wanted to try something different with his career, “I am a guy with ambition and that is why I moved,” said Luiz.

“I could choose a comfortable zone and get money and be cool and that is it. But I like a new a challenge and new things in my life.

“This is what gives me oxygen and give me motivation and also to really enjoy this moment of my life.

“Everyone knows I was so happy in Chelsea and won many trophies there. I had a real honest conversation with Lamps and Lamps had different ideas for his plans for the year.

“So the best way for me to respect the club where I can was to move on and try to do a new challenge. And give him the opportunity to do his job.

Luiz added: “One day football will finish and you have to try to do things and improve every day as one day I will miss football. I am trying to be first honest with my heart and honest in the way to try to feel new things.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:39:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Marco Silva Wants More Goals From Bernard]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96172_marco_silva_wants_more_goals_from_bernard.htmlEverton boss Marco Silva was delighted with Bernard’s winning goal against Watford at the weekend and says he wants to see the Brazilian shoot more.

Bernard is a tricky winger known for his ability to set goals up, but Silva says he wants to see Bernard take on the shot more often- and believes Saturday was a good start in that respect.

“It is something I am demanding every single day from him,” Silva told evertontv. “We know Bernard is a player with high technical quality, giving us very good things and providing assists.

“But I want him to be more hungry to score. In some moments – it is maybe not the right word – I want him to be more selfish. He did that on Saturday – it was a really important moment for us and for Bernard.

“It is something he is working really hard on during the week and when the players work and see things happen in the game [as a result of that work] it is a very good feeling.

“Bernard is a player who, if he can see a teammate in a better position, will always try to assist,” said Silva.

“In some moments, one v one, or going into the box, you have to decide [which option to take] as fast as you can.

“He was assertive and took the decision to shoot on Saturday – and it was really important. He has to be there to score in big moments and he was, which was fantastic.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:25:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Philippe Coutinho ‘Excited for Challenge’ with Bayern]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96164_philippe_coutinho____excited_for_challenge____with_bayern.htmlBrazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho says he is excited for a new challenge after joining Bayern Munich from Barcelona in a one-year loan deal.

Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018, but has struggled to settle into the team at the Nou Camp.

He joins Bayern on an initial one-year loan deal for €8m and Bayern has an obligation to buy him for €120m next summer.

Coutinho said: “For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe.

“I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new team-mates.”

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer.

“Our thanks go to FC Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:27:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Bayern and Barcelona Agree Coutinho Deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96163_bayern_and_barcelona_agree_coutinho_deal.htmlBayern Munich and Barcelona have agreed a deal that will see Philippe Coutinho move to the Bundesliga club on loan.

Coutinho joined the Catalan club in January 2018, but has struggled to settle and the player has continuously been linked with a move back to the Premier League.

With James Rodriguez’s loan spell having expired this summer, Bayern have been in the market for a playmaker and have got their man with Coutinho.

“Bayern Munich will pay 8.5 million euros and the player’s wages. The agreement also sees an option to buy for Bayern fixed at 120 million euros,” a statement on the Barca website read.

“FC Barcelona would like to thank to publicly thank Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication wishes him all the best in this new stage of his career.”

Coutinho made 75 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 21 goals and winning two La Liga titles during his 18 months with the club.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:50:30 +0000
<![CDATA[‘It’s the first time this has ever happened to me!’ beams Lucas Moura]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96155____it___s_the_first_time_this_has_ever_happened_to_me_____beams_lucas_moura.htmlSpurs forward Lucas Moura scored the equaliser for his side away at Manchester City on Saturday- just 19 seconds after coming off the substitutes bench.

Moura’s goal proved decisive in a creditable 2-2 draw for Spurs and the Brazilian was delighted with yet another key contribution for his side.

“It was a crazy game!” he told Tottenham’s official website. “My first touch of the ball and I scored, that was unbelievable. I’m so happy to help my team-mates get a good result here.

“We know how difficult it is to play here against City. We made a lot of effort. It’s a good result. Of course, we have a lot of things to improve but we did very well and we need to keep it this way.

“We know City have a lot of quality, ball possession, and it’s so hard to play here, but the most important thing is to enjoy the opportunity.

“We were so compact, we had few opportunities but we scored two goals. That’s most important. We need to get points and not lose stupid points like we did last season.

“It’s the first time this has happened to me. I’m happy to score here against City with my first touch. It’s unbelievable!

“Congratulations to everyone and thanks to the fans for their support, they helped us a lot. With that spirit, we need to keep working because I think we can do big things this season.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘We Understood Burnley’s Game Well and Deserved the Points’ Says David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96154____we_understood_burnley___s_game_well_and_deserved_the_points____says_david_luiz.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz was delighted to mark his Gunners debut with a victory over Burnley at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, a win he felt was well earned.

Arsenal won 2-1 thanks to goals from Alex Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, with Burnley providing stubborn opposition as usual.

Speaking to BT Sport post-match, Luiz said, “It’s never easy against Burnley, they’re a typical Premier League team, it’s always difficult against them.

They fight for the goal, they know how to play direct ball, the second ball, fight for the corners, free-kicks and everything, but I think we understood their game well.

“We make the plan very well, when we had the opportunity to play we play and when we had the opportunity to play long balls behind the back line we did also.

“I think in the end we did very good and we deserved the three points.” But Luiz also confessed that his own side need to improve.

“I think this team has a lot to do, it can improve a lot, and it can fight for other competitions, so we’re gonna go step by step,” he said.

“It’s a pleasure to be here because everybody’s humble, everyone wants to learn and to improve, we want to make this club shine again.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:54:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Recalled To Brazil Squad]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96146_fabinho_recalled_to_brazil_squad.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho has been recalled into the Brazil squad after his surprise omission from the Copa América squad this summer.

Brazil play September friendlies against Colombia and Peru in the United States. Fabinho comes in for Fernandinho, who struggled with injury during the Copa América and has yet to appear for Manchester City since the summer.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is injured, so Ederson is likely to start in goal. Roberto Firmino and Richarlison are the other England based players that are called.

Gabriel Jesus is suspended after his red card and subsequent conduct in the Copa América final. Vinicius Junior is recalled in his place.

Tite has called up young goalkeeper Ivan of Ponte Preta, Santos left-back Jorge, Udinese centre-back Samir and Flamengo attacker Bruno Henrique for the first time.

Ederson (Manchester City)
Ivan (Ponte Preta)
Weverton (Athletico Paranaense)

Alex Sandro (Juventus)
Dani Alves (São Paulo)
Fagner (Corinthians)
Jorge (Santos)
Militão (Real Madrid)
Marquinhos (PSG)
Thiago Silva (PSG)
Samir (Udinese)

Allan (Napoli)
Arthur (Barcelona)
Casemiro (Real Madrid)
Fabinho (Liverpool)
Paquetá (AC Milan)
Coutinho (Barcelona)

Bruno Henrique (Flamengo)
David Neres (Ajax)
Firmino (Liverpool)
Neymar (PSG)
Richarlison (Everton)
Vinícius Jr (Real Madrid)

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:20:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Closing In On Bayern Munich Loan Move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96145_coutinho_closing_in_on_bayern_munich_loan_move.htmlBarcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is closing in on a temporary transfer to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on a one-year loan deal

Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool in January 2018 for a £114m deal, but he has underwhelmed since moving to the Nou Camp.

Barca are keen to move Coutinho on having paid big money for Antoine Griezmann already this summer and with rumours abound of a move for Neymar.

Coutinho has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, but the window has now closed for English clubs.

However, Bayern confirmed on Friday evening that they are close to an agreement for the Brazilian and he passed a medical examination in Germany this weekend.

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said on Friday: "I can confirm that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge [Bayern chairman] and I have been in Barcelona this week, agreeing with the player and the adviser.

“We had very good talks and I want to say thank you to Barcelona. Medical check and signature and we are very happy to have won this player, it will be a one-year loan deal with a call option."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:02:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Gilberto Was The Greatest’ Says David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96135____gilberto_was_the_greatest____says_david_luiz.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz says he hopes to follow in the footsteps of previous Brazilians in N5 like Gilberto Silva and Edu Gaspar.

Gilberto came to the Gunners shortly after winning the 2002 World Cup and won a league title and two FA Cups with the club.

Edu meanwhile is now the club’s Technical Director, having won two league titles and three FA Cups in a five year spell with Arsenal.

“Edu was a great player, a very talented player - someone who everyone enjoyed watching play,” Luiz told Arsenal.com.

“He was a great guy, a great person and he is ready for this role because he&#39;s intelligent, he knows how to be with people, he knows how to win things, he is a winner and he is going to try to improve the club.

&quot;I think around the world people are attracted to good players, especially Brazilian players, so Gilberto was one of the best Brazilian players, maybe the best Brazilian player who played here.

&quot;I had the opportunity to play with Denilson when I was 10 years old, we played together. Gabriel is my friend, Andres Santos is my friend, so everyone is trying to do big things with this big club.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:35:00 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Excited to Work with Gabriel Martinelli]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96134_david_luiz_excited_to_work_with_gabriel_martinelli.htmlArsenal have signed two Brazilian players this summer at different stages of their career. 18- year old Gabriel Martinelli was signed as a future prospect from Ituano.

Luiz meanwhile, is a 32-year old centre-half who has won every domestic honour the game has to offer in England and Europe.

Luiz says he is looking forward to helping Martinelli’s adaption in England, “&quot;He is a young player, he&#39;s talented and everyone speaks very well about him,” Luiz told Arsenal.com

“Everyone is excited because they know he has the potential to become a fantastic player soon and in the future. It will be good to work with him, try to help him and also give him a bit of my experience in football around the world. I hope we both can do big things here.&quot;

Luiz joined the club from Chelsea on transfer deadline day. Martinelli, meanwhile, signed at the beginning of the transfer window in May.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:09:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Firmino Delighted With Super Cup Victory]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96130_firmino_delighted_with_super_cup_victory.htmlLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino could not hide his delight as the Reds won the Super Cup, beating Chelsea 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in Istanbul.

Firmino was a half-time substitute and set up both of Sadio Mane’s goals for Liverpool, with Giroud and Jorginho scoring for Chelsea.

Firmino also converted his spot-kick in the shootout. The victory means Firmino has won trophies in each of the last three months.

He won the Champions League in June, the Copa America in July and now the European Super Cup in August.

“I have no words to describe the size of my happiness. We started the season off right. It was a very close match, against a very strong opponent, but we had calmness on penalties and we won.

“It has been a special year for me. I had not won titles in my career yet and, since June, there have been three cups. I will keep working so that this good phase does not end soon.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:35:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Kleberson Anticipating ‘Tough Moments’ for Harry Maguire]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96129_kleberson_anticipating____tough_moments____for_harry_maguire.htmlFormer Manchester United midfielder Kleberson says that United’s new £80m defender Harry Maguire can expect some ‘tough moments’ in his Old Trafford career.

The England international joined the club in August for a fee that is a world record for a defender.

Kleberson, who endured a tough time in England when he signed in 2003, thinks Maguire has some stiff challenges to overcome yet.

Harry Maguire is a big name for any English club,” Kleberson told Your-promotional- code. “In the World Cup he did a good job, but he’s going to have a few tough moments in one on one’s and his pace is not the best.

“United need to ensure he’s helped by a strong midfield, to help cover him and defend as a unit. I don’t know if he will manage to cover on his own like at times against Chelsea.”

Kleberson added: “Maguire has moved for a lot of money but I think the defenders aren’t as good in the league as they were a few years ago, therefore teams need to pay more.

“With Maguire and [Victor] Lindelof, I don’t know if [Chris] Smalling and [Phil] Jones need to leave but of course their opportunities to play will be a bit less. Especially as the new defenders have played very well in their first opportunity.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:16:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gianfranco Zola Says David Luiz is the Best Ball-Playing Defender in the World]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96122_gianfranco_zola_says_david_luiz_is_the_best_ball-playing_defender_in_the_world.htmlFormer Chelsea player and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola says that David Luiz is the best defender out there when it comes to playing out from the back.

Zola coached Luiz last season and was surprised to see the Blues countenance a deadline day sale of the Brazilian centre-half to Arsenal.

Speaking to BeIn Sports, Zola said, “I don’t think there is anybody as good as him in breaking the lines from the back.

“He gets on the ball, he’s always got this passing in between the lines, or switching the play, he can make a big difference. For us, last year, he was very important.

“Considering what Arsenal need, it’s a brilliant move because he’s exactly the type of player they need.” Zola questioned whether there had been a fallout between Luiz and Chelsea.

“My first reaction was that something must have happened in the changing room because I couldn’t see him leaving the club.

“They always gave him a big value for what he did in the changing room. [Gary] Cahill leaving was another one, another big voice, I didn’t expect him to leave.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Wed, 14 Aug 2019 08:46:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Andreas Pereira Thanks Fans After Resounding Chelsea Win]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96121_andreas_pereira_thanks_fans_after_resounding_chelsea_win.htmlManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira paid tribute to the Old Trafford crowd following their thumping 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening day of the season.

United soundly defeated the Blues for Frank Lampard’s first game in charge. Pereira earned praise for an all-action performance.

He told the South China Morning Post that the supporters gave him the energy, “I was dead. But the crowd was so loud I felt I could run all day long.

“I walked around the pitch [when substituted] which was strange as I didn’t know we had to do that, but the crowd applauded me and that made me feel very proud.

“We had a good preseason but this was the league, it was the first game we've played at Old Trafford and we were playing a big opponent in Chelsea.

“The manager has told me that he has the confidence in me to play and that means so much to me. I wanted to show him that he was not wrong. Young players think like this.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:40:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Confirms Alisson Calf Injury ‘Not Good’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96112_klopp_confirms_alisson_calf_injury____not_good___.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Alisson will be out “for a few weeks” after injuring his calf in the opening day victory against Norwich at Anfield.

The Brazilian collapsed holding his leg after taking a goal kick and was replaced by Adrian during the first half. Klopp says the injury will keep Alisson out for a few weeks.

“[It&#39;s] Not too cool. It&#39;s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while,&quot; Klopp told the club&#39;s website.

&quot;I don&#39;t want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back but it will not be Wednesday for sure, so now then we have to see.

“It takes a while, it takes a couple of weeks for sure, and we have to see. I saw already like &#39;six weeks&#39; and stuff like this, but he was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks.&quot;

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Tue, 13 Aug 2019 08:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Zola Questions Chelsea Over Luiz Sale]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96111_zola_questions_chelsea_over_luiz_sale.htmlFormer Chelsea player and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has questioned the club’s decision to allow David Luiz to move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

The Brazilian arrives in North London amid rumours of a fallout with new Blues boss Frank Lampard. Zola, who was Chelsea’s assistant manager last season, thinks the club may have made a mistake.

Speaking on beINSPORTS he said: “It’s certainly good business for Arsenal because they are acquiring a player with a lot of personality, a lot of influence, and seeing the type of team that Arsenal are, it will be very beneficial for them.

“He has big influence with the other players. He is a leader, he definitely is a leader. He always gets the attention of the others. He’s a very intelligent player and person and so the others listen to him.

“Last year, for example, he was very important for players like [Antonio] Rudiger, they were always looking up to him, especially for a team that is trying to play football from the back – like we were, and like Arsenal are.

“It’s very important to have somebody who takes responsibility when he plays, very important.” Chelsea lost their opening fixture 4-0 at Manchester United without Luiz.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Tue, 13 Aug 2019 07:58:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Former PL player reacts to Arsenal signing David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96108_former_pl_player_reacts_to_arsenal_signing_david_luiz.htmlFormer Liverpool and Stoke City right-back Glen Johnson has told talkSPORT that he believes Arsenal have made the wrong signing in David Luiz.

Johnson claims the former Chelsea man is not the “solid” center-back the North London club should have gone for in the just closed summer window.

French newspaper L’Equipe were one of the first to broke the news that 32-year-old Luiz could be set to make another deadline-day move by swapping rivals Chelsea for Arsenal.

Back in the summer of 2016, the Brazilian man surprised many by rejoining Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain on the final day of that year window.

On Thursday, Luiz shocked many once again with his £8 million deadline day move to Arsenal.

While it may sting Chelsea supporters to see him in an Arsenal shirt next season, it was the right time for him to leave, and the manner of his departure to the Emirates further emphasises that.

Arsenal have needed a centre-back for some time after their defense leaked in 52 goals last season, but Johnson does not believe Luiz is the type of centre-back they require – given that Luiz is known for the odd mistake or lapse in concentration.

 

Johnson, as quoted via talkSPORT, said:

 

“He’s great to watch and a fantastic player, but you don’t necessarily want him in your team.

 “Arsenal needed something solid. I don’t think he’s the man for that. You’ve got to wait for the unexpected to happen with Luiz. You’ve got to babysit him. If you’re his centre-back partner, you’ve got to babysit him.”

Johnson is right. Arsenal need a defender that can finally sort out their backline and plug the leak. Liverpool did it with Virgil van Dijk a couple of seasons ago, while Manchester United have looked to do it this summer with Harry Maguire.

Both van Dijk and Maguire, aside from the fact they are big-money signings, are both renowned for being very defensively solid and the ability to organise a defence, but Luiz is different.

Luiz is most likely to feature for the Gunners opening day match away at Newcastle United, but given the limited time with his new team-mates he may have to wait a week. Either way, it is an exciting time at the Emirates once again.

While the Gunners boast of impressive back-to-back scoring records from their last seven pre-season outings, it’s hard to see their defence not to concede a goal against the Magpies on Sunday and football betting tips website Free Super Tips has predicted this encounter to end in Arsenal’s favour with over 2.5 goals scored in the match with odds currently at 2.78.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/info_1565635718.jpgMon, 12 Aug 2019 17:45:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Emery Explains Luiz Omission at Newcastle]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96102_emery_explains_luiz_omission_at_newcastle.htmlArsenal manager Unai Emery has explained his decision to keep new signing David Luiz on the bench for the Gunners’ opening day win at Newcastle.

Arsenal won 1-0 thanks to a second half goal from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, but deadline day signing Luiz watched on from the bench.

“David Luiz did pre-season with another team and he is okay to play physically but he only trained completely with us yesterday,” Emery said in his post-match press conference.

“On Friday he did 30 minutes with us. I was thinking to give them confidence to work together because they were working well together, Sokratis and Chambers.

“From pre-season, he [Chambers] deserved to play today in the first XI and he was very focused and with Sokratis was also very serious. I want to have very competitive players in each position.

“With David Luiz, with Holding when he is coming back to help us, with training regularly and playing with the under-23s because he will play again tomorrow.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:15:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Alisson Out of Super Cup Final with Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96101_alisson_out_of_super_cup_final_with_chelsea.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson will miss the team’s UEFA Super Cup Final against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday night.

The Brazilian hurt his calf during the Reds’ 4-1 win over Norwich City on Friday night, when he went down after taking a goal-kick.

He was replaced by new signing Adrian in the first half and Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp says that Alisson will certainly miss Wednesday night’s Super Cup Final.

“There is actually nothing bad to say about the game apart from Ali’s injury. That is, of course, not good for us, but we have to see how serious it is and then we have to deal with it.

“It’s the calf and that’s it. He couldn’t carry on, that’s not a good sign. We have to see,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

“Wednesday [in the Super Cup], he will not play – with all my experience, I can say that already. He is injured, for sure, so we have to see how much.”

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<![CDATA[Fred Already Feels Like the Forgotten Man at Manchester United]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96100_fred_already_feels_like_the_forgotten_man_at_manchester_united.htmlFor fans of a club like Manchester United, the European summer transfer window is always something of a bizarre experience. The club has now spent over $1 billion since it last won a Premier League title in 2013, more than many clubs have spent in their entire histories. Each summer over the last five or six years, fans have demanded new signings and new approaches. This summer, a lot of talk was about restructuring the midfield.

With just a few days to go in the transfer window, that new midfield looks increasingly unlikely to materialise. Fans rarely get what they want in these situations, but it is telling that nobody seems to be talking about Fred as a possible solution. The 26-year-old arrived at United last June, with a fee reported to be in the region of $60 million, making the Brazilian United’s fourth most expensive transfer in its history at the time.

Fred’s appearances have been limited

Let’s be frank about it: Fred has been a disappointment. Fans had hoped that his dynamism and tenacity would help United unlock other elements of the midfield, freeing up players like Paul Pogba. In almost every game, Fred looked sloppy and off the pace. His appearances were limited to just 17 games in the league, and a few more in the Champions League. For the most important games, Fred was not in the starting eleven.

Of course, it’s important to note that not every player can make it in their first season in England. Apart from the cultural shift, there is a difference in the pace of the game. Fred is not the first, nor will he be the last, Brazilian to find that adjustment difficult. Yet, there is a sense of exasperation among the United camp. Fred was late to preseason training this year (due to his wedding), and he has barely been involved in the preparations for the new season.

United have mountain to climb in title pursuit

United could badly do with the Fred who delighted Shakhtar fans in the 2017/18 season; the Fred who played well enough to get a call up to Seleção for the 2018 World Cup. United have been quoted as high as 33/1 to win the Premier League according to the online football betting with 888, even money to get a Champions League spot by finishing in the Top 4. Those odds are among the biggest United have faced in decades.

And, that’s what frustrates fans the most about Fred. The setup in United’s midfield is perfect for him. His energy, doggedness and passing ability are exactly the kind of qualities that United require, and it’s not as if the rivals for Fred’s position – Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay – have made themselves immovable in the starting eleven. Matic has severe limitations with his pace, whereas doubts still surround McTominay as a long-term solution.

It’s not always fair to question a player’s desire, but there needs to be more demonstrable evidence of that from Fred this season. He has been vocal about wanting to improve his performances, even suggested that he was excited for the new season to start. At 26, he should be at the peak of his powers. And, if he does not step up to the mark this season, it could be detrimental to his entire career.  A defining season for Fred awaits.

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Discusses Shirt Number Change]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96088_gabriel_jesus_discusses_shirt_number_change.htmlGabriel Jesus says he changed his squad number at Manchester City from number 33 to number 9 to take the next step in his career.

Jesus wore 33 at Palmeiras and took the same number when he moved to City in January 2018. However, this season he will wear number 9,

Speaking after scoring the winning penalty in Sunday’s Community Shield penalty shootout victory over Liverpool, Gabriel reflected on the change.

“It was a little difficult change for me. I spent the whole season thinking and ended up not changing last year. This season I decided to change.

“Before the Copa America had already warned the club that I wanted to move to 9. The club was also happy, I was happy to have changed.

“I keep 33 with affection. It was the number I started as a professional, a number that I achieved a lot wearing.

“So it will always be in my life. Maybe in the future I can use it again. 9 is a very good number of great stars. I hope one day to become a great star too.”

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho Says That Guardiola Wants To Use Him As A Centre Back]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96087_fernandinho_says_that_guardiola_wants_to_use_him_as_a_centre_back.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho says that Pep Guardiola will use him as a central defender this signing after the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.

Rodri is seen as the long-term heir to Fernandinho in the deep midfield position and the Brazilian says he could move to centre-back to accommodate Rodri.

“We had a conversation last year and I probably should be used as a centre back in some games.

“Of course, I need to train more to adapt well to this position, which is a different position, but the style of play we play here favours me a lot, which helps.

“You are opening a range of options for the coach, this is very important. Sometimes he wants to set up the team against an opponent in some way, with some pieces, and can&#39;t because of suspension or injury.

“If you have a player who can do two or three roles within the team that makes it much easier for him.”

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<![CDATA[Which are Juventus Top Former Brazilian Players ?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96085_which_are_juventus_top_former_brazilian_players__.htmlDanilo joined Juventus this week in a deal that saw Portuguese left-back João Cancelo move in the opposite direction to Manchester City. The ex-Real Madrid man can play in a number of positions but is most comfortable at right-back. The Old Lady could line-up with a pair of Brazilian full-backs with Alex Sandro on the opposite flank.

Alex Sandro has the Brazil left-back slot to himself with Marcelo out of favour and Filipe Luís’ career winding down at Flamengo. Juve have a rich tradition with Brazilian players. Ahead of Danilo at right-back, Douglas Costa currently patrols the Juve right flank after spells at Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Two seasons ago, the legendary Dani Alves spent a season in Turin after leaving Barcelona. A Serie A title and a Coppa Italia make up his vast litany of trophies. However, Juventus’ history with Brazilian players goes back a long way. Chinesinho (‘Little Chinese’) was part of the Old Lady’s 1966-67 Serie A triumph. Fellow midfielder Emerson was capped 73 times by Brazil between 1997 and 2006.

He was a runner-up in the 1998 World Cup and missed the Seleção’s 2002 World Cup triumph through injury. He had mixed fortunes at Juventus, winning league titles in both of his seasons there, but both were subsequently removed from the club due to the Calciopoli scandal. He moved to Real Madrid in 2006 when Juve were relegated to Serie B as punishment for Calciopoli.

Midfield hardman Felipe Melo moved to the club from Fiorentina in 2009 after an impressive display for his country in the 2009 Confederations Cup, but he could not recapture his form with the Viola and left for Galatasaray in 2011. Likewise, centre-half Julio César joined Juve from Montpellier in 1990 with a big reputation.

Despite a four-year sojourn at Juventus, but despite winning the UEFA Cup in 1993, his tenure was largely regarded as a failure. Even less illustrious was the Juventus career of the highly rated defender Lucio, who earned rave reviews for his performances with Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Inter. However, injuries took hold and he only made four appearances between signing in the summer of 2012 and having his contract terminated in December 2012.

The Old Lady’s first Brazilian was part of the 1932-33 title winning side. Italian Brazilian Pedro Sernagiotto, also known as Ministrinho, held Italian citizenship despite being born in São Paulo. He even played for the Italian national side during the ‘30s. There is hope for the future in the shape of Matheus Pereira, the 21-year old currently starring for the U-23s.

Matheus came through the academy at Corinthians but left for Turin when he turned 18. He has since spent loan spells at Bordeaux and Paraná in his native Brazil, he made 3 Serie A appearances last season. Overall Juventus’ history with Brazilian players has been very mixed, a trend Danilo and Matheus Pereira will hope to change. They will be happy to match Alex Sandro’s haul of 4 Serie As and 3 Coppa Italias.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-08/home/Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:44:57 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Signs for Arsenal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96081_david_luiz_signs_for_arsenal.htmlBrazilian defender David Luiz has joined Arsenal from Chelsea in a deal thought to be worth around £8m.

Luiz joins from Chelsea, despite signing a new contract with the Blues back in May. &quot;David has huge experience and I look forward to working with him again,” said Gunners boss Unai Emery.

“He is a well known player and adds to our defensive strength.&quot; Meanwhile, Luiz himself was delighted with the move across London.

“It’s a new cycle in my life, in my career as a footballer. I’m excited to play for this big club. I grew up watching a lot of Arsenal games, especially the great players from the past, so I’m excited to try to help this club to do some big things.

“The cycle finished there. It was a conversation between me and Chelsea and everybody. I had an opportunity to come to another big club. In my life, I’ve always liked to do some challenges. I’m not scared at all to try things.

“I think not too many players would make this kind of move, they would maybe be scared, or something like that. I’m just trying to do big things in my life, so like I said, my cycle at Chelsea finished and now I’m excited to start a new chapter of my life here.”

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<![CDATA[Unai Emery ‘A Big Part’ of Luiz’s Decision To Join Arsenal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96080_unai_emery____a_big_part____of_luiz___s_decision_to_join_arsenal.htmlDavid Luiz says that the presence of Gunners boss Unai Emery was “a big part” of his decision to join Arsenal from Chelsea on transfer deadline day.

The Brazilian briefly played for Emery at Paris Saint Germain and he says he looks forward to working with the Spaniard again at Arsenal.

“I know him, I know some people from the club. I know Edu, I know Raul, I know the quality of the team, the players, and that’s what makes me excited to dream, to have the ambition to win big things. I think all my life, I’ve always started the season with the goal to win things.

“It’s not going to be different here - I’m going to come with this mentality because this is what made me move here. This is what makes me feel good every single day. I have to run for one reason, for one goal, and my goal is to win things with Arsenal.

“It’s a big club - not just in England, but everybody around the world knows how big Arsenal is. When I had an opportunity to come to this kind of big club, I had to take it. That’s why I’m here.”

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<![CDATA[Bayern Munich to make €10 million bid for Santos defender Gustavo Henrique]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82460_bayern_munich_to_make____10_million_bid_for_santos_defender_gustavo_henrique.html 

Besides Palmeiras attacker Gabriel Jesus, German side Bayern Munich are also monitoring another Brazilian talent.
According to UOL Esporte, Santos defender Gustavo Henrique, who's considered as the best defensive prospect at the club, is also being observed by Bayern Munich. Italian agent Giovanni Branchini, who has a good relationship with Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, came to Brazil two weeks ago to observe and analyze the possibility of signing Gabriel Jesus and Gustavo Henrique. Branchini was at the Arena Corinthians earlier this month to watch Gustavo, and liked his performance in the derby against Corinthians. The Italian was surprised, especially with the speed of the Santos defender, even at a height of 1.96m.
In the same week, the representative of Bayern came into contact with Gustavo Henrique's entourage. They praised the defender, cited the technical qualities observed and waved with an official proposal. Bayern Munich would be willing to pay €10 million to sign the 23-year-old. The Brazilian club owns 55% of Gustavo Henrique's economic rights, while the remaining 45% is held by an investment group.

Besides Palmeiras attacker Gabriel Jesus, German side Bayern Munich are also monitoring another Brazilian talent.

According to UOL Esporte, Santos defender Gustavo Henrique, who's considered as the best defensive prospect at the club, is also being observed by Bayern Munich. Italian agent Giovanni Branchini, who has a good relationship with Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, came to Brazil two weeks ago to observe and analyze the possibility of signing Gabriel Jesus and Gustavo Henrique. Branchini was at the Arena Corinthians earlier this month to watch Gustavo, and liked his performance in the derby against Corinthians. The Italian was surprised, especially with the speed of the Santos defender, even at a height of 1.96m.

In the same week, the representative of Bayern came into contact with Gustavo Henrique's entourage. They praised the defender, cited the technical qualities observed and waved with an official proposal. Bayern Munich would be willing to pay €10 million to sign the 23-year-old. The Brazilian club owns 55% of Gustavo Henrique's economic rights, while the remaining 45% is held by an investment group.

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<![CDATA[David Luiz Set for Shock Arsenal Switch]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96072_david_luiz_set_for_shock_arsenal_switch.htmlChelsea centre-half David Luiz is set for a shock deadline day move to Arsenal in a move worth around £8m.

Reports surfaced on Wednesday that the Gunners had turned to Luiz to solve their centre- half crisis, with Laurent Koscielny forcing through a move to Bordeaux this summer.

Arsenal had been linked with Juventus’ Daniele Rugani and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, but appear to have been put off by the prices quoted.

Luiz apparently refused to train with Chelsea on Wednesday in an attempt to force through a move to North London.

There are suggestions that he had started to fall out with new boss Frank Lampard, explaining why the Blues are willing to let the Brazilian leave.

Luiz will travel to London Colney on Thursday for a medical ahead of this surprising deadline day move.

The player spent four years at Chelsea until leaving for Paris Saint Germain in 2013. He returned to Stamford Bridge in a £30m deal in the summer of 2016.

Luiz is represented by Kia Joorabchian, who has links with Gunners’ Technical Director Edu Gaspar going back to his time at Corinthians.

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