<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho defends Diego Costa's Spain absence]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66465_chelsea_manager_jose_mourinho_defends_diego_costa_s_spain_absence.htmlChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has defended the decision to not allow Diego Costa to join up with Spain.

The Brazilian born forward missed the most recent round of international matches due to a reported injury and despite suggestions that he could have featured, Mourinho insists leaving Costa out was the only option.

"I trust my doctor 100%,” he said, as reported by Football Espana. “If [Vicente] Del Bosque doesn’t trust his doctor that is his problem not my problem.

"I speak with my doctor and I believe in what my doctor tells me. Nothing else. No problem.

"Fabregas was in a doubtful situation, Diego no. Diego recovered totally from his problem with these two weeks that he had to rest and to improve his injury.

"Fabregas is different. Fabregas survived. Diego no, Diego now is in great condition."

 

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<![CDATA[Roma Head Coach Rudi Garcia confirms Maicon will miss CSKA Moscow clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66464_roma_head_coach_rudi_garcia_confirms_maicon_will_miss_cska_moscow_clash.htmlRoma Head Coach Rudi Garcia has confirmed that Maicon will not feature against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

The Brazil international was rumoured to be in line for a return after over a month out injured, but Garcia has conceded that he is not yet ready to play.

“Tomorrow we will have a right-back,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“[Michele] Somma, Florenzi or another, which I’m keeping to myself.

“[Maicon] is not ready to play, it’s as simple as that. Not least because he hasn’t had any time to work with the team.

“I had planned to bring all those who had at least a chance of playing, [Vasilis] Torosidis was on the plane too.

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<![CDATA[Everton Ribeiro: "A deserved title for Cruzeiro"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66445_everton_ribeiro___a_deserved_title_for_cruzeiro_.html 

Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte won for the second consecutive year the championship in Brazil. This Sunday, the men of coach Marcelo Oliveira beat Goias in an overheated Mineirão Stadium (2-1) and ensured the conquest of the Brasileirão 2014 with two days in advance.
"The whole team deserves"
It is the Brazilian international Everton Ribeiro, author of a great season, which gave the goal in the second half of the title:
"This is a very important moment for me. Last year, I had not participated in the title match but thanks to God, today I was on the lawn and I could collaborate by scoring that goal important. But it's the team that deserves everyone ran a lot. everyone gave his best to give this title to Cruzeiro. "Everton Ribeiro said.
The "Raposa" (Club nickname) will have the opportunity to win a second title with victory Wednesday with three home away goals against rival Atlético Mineiro (return leg of the Cup final in Brazil).

Cruzeiro of Belo Horizonte won the championship in Brazil for the second consecutive seaon. This Sunday, the men of coach Marcelo Oliveira beat Goias in at the Mineirão Stadium (2-1) to ensure the title. 

Everton Ribeiro's second half goal gave Cruzeiro in effect the title.

"This is a very important moment for me," he said.

"Last year, I had not participated in the title match but thanks to God, today I was on the pitch and I could collaborate by scoring that goal important."

"But it's the team that deserves  it. Everyone ran a lot. Everyone gave his best to give this title to Cruzeiro."

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho has played last game in Mexico]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66444_ronaldinho_has_played_last_game_in_mexico.html 

The leader Querétaro game, Ronaldinho was present at the defeat of his team this weekend face Chiapas, two goals to one, and despite his assist for his compatriot, Camilo Sanvezzo, he could not prevent the defeat . This result also eliminates his team's opening tournament in Mexico, who finished the first phase to the twelfth in the standings.
Ronaldinho played nine games and scored three goals in the jersey of the Mexican club. The latest rumors talk about the player's negotiations with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2015 which may mean that Ronaldinho would not the jersey of Querétaro. Stay tuned.

Ronaldinho has played his last game for Queretaro in Mexico. He was part of the team defeat by Chiapas. 

 Ronaldinho gave an assist to Camilio Sanvezzo, but he could not prevent the defeat. The result eliminates the club from Mexico's opening competition. 

Ronaldinho played nine games and scored three goals in the jersey of the Mexican club. The latest rumors sat  the player is negotiating with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

 

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<![CDATA[Maicon fails to make Roma squad for CSKA Moscow clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66463_maicon_fails_to_make_roma_squad_for_cska_moscow_clash.htmlDefender Maicon has failed to recover in time to be named in the Roma squad to face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

The Brazil international has not featured in over month due to an ongoing injury problem and despite suggestions that he could return for this decisive Champions League clash, Head Coach Rudi Garcia has not included him in his final selection.

Roma squad: Astori, Borriello, Cole, De Rossi, De Sanctis, Destro, Florenzi, Gervinho, Holebas, Iturbe, Keita, Ljajic, Manolas, Nainggolan, Paredes, Pjanic, Skorupski, Somma, Strootman, Totti, Ucan

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<![CDATA[Goalkeeper Diego Alves confident Valencia can respond quickly after Levante defeat]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66431_goalkeeper_diego_alves_confident_valencia_can_respond_quickly_after_levante_defeat.htmlGoalkeeper Diego Alves is confident Valencia can respond quickly after their defeat to Levante.

Los Che were beaten 2-1 by their city rivals at Ciutat de València on Sunday and though he is disappointed with the result, Alves is optimistic that Valencia will make a speedy recovery.

“Defeats always hurt a lot, even more when it is in a derby,” he said, as reported by Football Espana.

“We need to get over it and pick ourselves up as soon as possible. We had chances but Levante were more effective.

“They scored quickly after we did and that hurts morale. We were down after the goal and that made it tough to get back into the game.”

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<![CDATA[Napoli Sporting Director Riccardo Bigon seemingly confirms links with Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66430_napoli_sporting_director_riccardo_bigon_seemingly_confirms_links_with_liverpool_midfielder_lucas_leiva.htmlNapoli Sporting Director Riccardo Bigon has seemingly suggested that links with Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva could be accurate.

Speaking after Napoli’s 3-3 draw with Cagliari on Sunday, Bigon confirmed that the names that have been most strongly linked with the club - Lucas and VfL Wolfsburg’s Croatia international Ivan Perisic - could be targeted in the January transfer window.

“Some of the rumoured names are correct, but there are others we are tracking who haven’t emerged in the papers yet,” he said, as reported by Sky Sport Italia.

“Obviously sometimes transfer strategy is talked about just to make news, but we accept that, as it’s part of the game.”

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<![CDATA[Real Madrid defender Marcelo refuses to drawn on Xabi Alonso's Ballon d'Or comments]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66433_real_madrid_defender_marcelo_refuses_to_drawn_on_xabi_alonso_s_ballon_d_or_comments.htmlReal Madrid defender Marcelo has refused to be drawn on Xabi Alonso’s comments  regarding who should win the Ballon d’Or.

The Bayern Munich midfielder was quoted as saying that a German player should be awarded the accolade, rather than his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking to AS, Marcelo insisted that Alonso was entitled to his opinion, though he did concede that he would give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo.

“Everyone has their opinion. I have mine and I respect what Xabi said,” stated the Brazil international.

“Me? I think Iker is the best, then Keylor Navas and Fernando Pacheco.

"Who would I give the Ballon d’Or to? Ronaldo, because I’m not going to win it!

“We know Xabi brought a lot to Madrid but the way this team is, when a very good player leaves another will come in. And the team is working very well.

“I don’t look at any other teams. We just do our work.”

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<![CDATA[Vasco Da Gama returns to the Brazilian top flight]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66419_vasco_da_gama_returns_to_the_brazilian_top_flight.htmlAfter a season's absence from the Brasileirao, Vasca Da Gama is set to return to the top flight in Brazilian football. A draw against Icasa was enough.

With this point, Joel Santana's men find will join the elite in 2015 after a difficult season. The Carioca outfit played at the Maracana stadium and suffered in the dying minutes of the game. But Vasco held out. 

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<![CDATA[Alexandre Pato flirted with PSG]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66418_alexandre_pato_flirted_with_psg.html 

The Italian press reported some interest from Fiorentina striker São Paulo, Alexandre Pato this week. The player who was able to restart with the Tricolor after an initial failure to Corinthians told the Corriere della Serra have been on the shelves of Paris Saint Germain in 2012 before returning to Brazil. He said he favored a return to basics to regain peak physical condition and without injuries.
"It was not Barbara Berlusconi has blocked for I can transfer to PSG, it was the president Silvio Berlusconi. It was he who made me come to Milan and we stayed in touch. I have no regrets about the PSG, the best choice for me was to go to Brazil. My obsession was to quickly recover from my muscular problems. "The 

Earlier this week the Italian press reported possible interest from Fiorentina for Sao Paulo player Alexandre Pato. The striker has said PSG was an option.

Pato returned to Brazil to play for Corinthians in 2012 and then moved on to Sao Paulo. His main motive for returning to his home country was to regain his physical condition.


"It was not Barbara Berlusconi that blocked me from a transfer to PSG," explains Pato.

"It was the president Silvio Berlusconi. It was he who made me come to Milan and we stayed in touch. I have no regrets about PSG, the best choice for me was to go to Brazil. My obsession was to quickly recover from my muscular problems. "

 

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<![CDATA[West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Alan Irvine insists midfielder Claudio Yacob "wasn't trying to injure" Diego Costa ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66412_west_bromwich_albion_head_coach_alan_irvine_insists_midfielder_claudio_yacob__wasn_t_trying_to_injure__diego_costa_.htmlWest Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine has insisted that midfielder Claudio Yacob "wasn't trying to injure" Diego Costa.

The Argentina international was dismissed for a challenge on Costa during West Brom’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday and though Irvine is eager to defend his player, he concedes the decision to send him off was probably correct.

"I can understand why Lee Mason sends Claudio off," he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"Claudio certainly wasn't trying to injure or even make contact with Diego Costa but the rules are fairly clear nowadays that if you leave the ground with both feet and then that is deemed to be the player is not in control so I am quite sure that is why Lee would have sent him off.”

 

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<![CDATA[Captain Francesco Totti dedicates Roma's 2-1 win over Atalanta to injured defender Leandro Castan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66411_captain_francesco_totti_dedicates_roma_s_2-1_win_over_atalanta_to_injured_defender_leandro_castan.htmlCaptain Francesco Totti has dedicated Roma’s 2-1 win over Atalanta to injured defender Leandro Castan.

The Brazil international is not expected to return until April after an MRI scan found a brain malfunction and following Roma's victory in Bergamo, Totti was eager to show his support to the former Corinthians stopper, as well as young debutant Michele Somma.

“Winning when coming from behind is always difficult and even more so in Bergamo, as Atalanta are tough fighters,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“Many compliments to Michele Somma for his Serie A debut, which represents a source of pride for our youth academy. For the best betting bonuses you can find them at bet365 on betbind.

“Above all an affectionate embrace for Leo. He’s a great man and will face this moment with the same grit he puts into each game. We are waiting for him.”

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<![CDATA[Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo believes he deserves Brazil recall]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66410_galatasaray_midfielder_felipe_melo_believes_he_deserves_brazil_recall.htmlGalatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo believes he deserves a recall to the Brazil national team.

The 31 year-old last represented the Seleção at the 2010 World Cup, but after he was made a scapegoat for Brazil’s exit following his red card in their quarter-final defeat to Netherlands, Melo is yet to return to the fold.

“I have been putting in good performances for Galatasaray for a long time and I don’t understand why I haven’t been called up to the national team,” he told GSTV.

“However, I respect any decision that Dunga makes, he helped me allot during my career.”

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<![CDATA[Fenerbah├že play-maker Diego willing to adapt despite desire to be a "true number ten"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66409_fenerbahce_play-maker_diego_willing_to_adapt_despite_desire_to_be_a__true_number_ten_.htmlFenerbahçe play-maker Diego has outlined that he is willing to sacrifice his desire to be "true number ten.”

The 29 year-old, who was signed on a free transfer in the summer, believes he is best used as a trequartista, but despite his preference to fill that role, he insists he can adapt to help the team.

I am not a forward, I am a true number 10,” he said, as reported by Turkish-Football.

“When you play as a number ten you get marked a lot and they try to close down your space. You can try to drop back and go wide to get more space as a result. 

“For that reason it may seem that I am a midfielder. 

“We look for space to create but I am ready to do what is necessary for my team. 

“I can help with organising the team and my experience can benefit the other players. 

“I am versatile, if the manager wants me to be the brain I am ready, if he wants a maestro I am ready, if he wants a hardworking leader I am ready.”

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<![CDATA[Marcelo praises Real Madrid Head Coach Carlo Ancelotti]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66400_marcelo_praises_real_madrid_head_coach_carlo_ancelotti.htmlBrazil international Marcelo has praised Real Madrid Head Coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The defender, who has made over 200 appearances for Real, believes Ancelotti’s approach and attitude has been key to the success he’s enjoyed since arriving in Spain and is confident that he can keep winning in the near future.

"Ancelotti has allowed us to enjoy the games and also to improvise,” he said, as reported by Real Madrid’s official website. 

“He knows we are very confident. We do everything for him, for all the help he has given us and for what he tells us in every game.

"He is a very easy-going person, who says everything to your face and that is key. I'm sure that even those who have played very little would say the same.

"He is a winner and he instils that humility and the desire to get started and do everything in order to win. We knew that we had to be extremely united in order to win something."

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<![CDATA[Real Madrid defender Marcelo hails team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66399_real_madrid_defender_marcelo_hails_team-mate_cristiano_ronaldo.htmlBrazil international Marcelo has praised his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The defender, who has been at Real since 2007, believes Ronaldo’s all-action approach is key to the team and insists he is not simply interested in just scoring goals.

"It is easy to play with Cristiano Ronaldo. He knows where he has to give you the ball and does it perfectly," he told Real Madrid’s official website.

"He helps the team out in defence and on top of that provides assists and great passes.

"The fact that [Karim] Benzema, Cristiano, Isco, [Gareth] Bale and James [Rodriguez] work in defence encourages the rest of us to work harder. It is easy for us to play with these stars: they score and set up goals."

 

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<![CDATA[Roma Head Coach Rudi Garcia confident that Maicon will soon be back]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66398_roma_head_coach_rudi_garcia_confident_that_maicon_will_soon_be_back.htmlRoma Head Coach Rudi Garcia is confident that Maicon will soon be fit.

The Brazil international last featured for the Giallorossi in a 3-0 win over Chievo Verona back in October and though Garcia is pleased with how his team have defended without him, the tactician remains eager to get Maicon back in the starting line up.

“Maicon is improving, we monitor him every day,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“It seems like he’s close to a return, but he won’t feature tomorrow. We hope he can come back and help out the defence because we’re in a bit of a tight spot.

“In saying that, we have the second best defence in Serie A, having conceded two non-existent penalties and an offside goal.”

 

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<![CDATA[Rom Head Coach Rudi Garcia unsure when Leandro Castan will return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66397_rom_head_coach_rudi_garcia_unsure_when_leandro_castan_will_return.htmlRoma Head Coach Rudi Garcia has conceded his unsure when defender Leandro Castan will return.

The 28 year-old Brazil international, who was signed from Corinthians in 2012, has been found to have a brain malformation following an MRI scan.

With the injury considered to be fairly unique, Garcia admits it is hard to predict how long Castan will be out for.

“I’m not a doctor,” he stated, as reported by Football Italia.

“There are professionals who will evaluate him. We need to leave him alone, but it’s clear, he’s a Roma player.

“We are all behind Leo, after his surgery in December he will return to being a Roma player.

“Now we must leave him alone, he’s a warrior he will soon be back at 200 per cent.”

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<![CDATA[Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to protect Diego Costa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66386_chelsea_boss_jose_mourinho_has_no_plans_to_protect_diego_costa.htmlChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he has no plans to protect Diego Costa ahead of the traditionally hectic festive period.

The Brazil-born Spain international has struggled with fitness at times this season, despite making an outstanding start to his Premier League career.

Costa has scored 10 goals already this term and is one booking away from a one-game suspension, but Mourinho is unconcerned.

'The Christmas period is new for him,' said Mourinho. 'He has worked with a club physio even during the international break. He is on four bookings but will I protect him? No.

'At the moment we feel he is free of his old injury. Costa has four yellow cards but no way will I rest him, if he gets a fifth, he gets a fifth. The next match is always the most important.'

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<![CDATA[Lucas Leiva nearing Liverpool exit door claims agent]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66384_lucas_leiva_nearing_liverpool_exit_door_claims_agent.htmlThe agent of Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has claimed that his client could move to Napoli when the transfer window opens.

Lucas' chances at Anfield have been limited since Steven Gerrard converted to a holding midfield role last season and reports over the summer claimed that ex-Reds boss Rafa Benitez wanted the 27-year-old in Naples.

With the transfer window set to open in the New Year, Lucas' representative Henrique Coelho has hinted that he may be forced to leave Anfield.

Coelho is quoted as saying by The Mirror: 'Is it possible that Lucas could leave Liverpool in January? Yes, naturally.

'Lucas likes Rafael Benitez a lot. After all, the two know each other well from when the Spaniard was coaching Liverpool.'

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<![CDATA[Report: Barcelona consider new Neymar contract]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66383_report__barcelona_consider_new_neymar_contract.htmlBarcelona are reportedly planning to reward Neymar's fine form with a new contract.

Neymar joined Barca for a reported fee of around £50m back in 2013 and signed a five-year deal with the La Liga giants.

The Brazilian's first season was a mixed bag, but the Selecao skipper has already scored 12 goals this term, and the club are planning to offer the 22-year-old fresh terms.

According to Globo, president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes that securing a new deal for the likeable Neymar will improve his chances of extending his tenure in the next elections.

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<![CDATA[Wellington Silva: My chance at Arsenal will come]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66381_wellington_silva__my_chance_at_arsenal_will_come.htmlWellington Silva has claimed that he will make the grade at Arsenal - despite the host of big-name strikers ahead of the Brazilian.

The 21-year-old was signed by Arsene Wenger back in 2011, and has had a whole host of loan moves since, and the youngster is currently on a short-term stay with La Liga side Almeria.

Despite seeing the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud ahead of him in the pecking order, Silva believes that he will take his chance at the Emirates when it finally comes.

He told Globoesporte: 'They have bought great players and the squad is very good, but I am calm because I know where I can get to.

'I am not afriad of [competing with] the big names, I know that if I work hard and things go well I wil be able to play [at Arsenal].'

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<![CDATA[Neymar could face fine by Barcelona coach Luis Enrique]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66380_neymar_could_face_fine_by_barcelona_coach_luis_enrique.htmlNeymar landed himself in hot water with his Barcelona coach Luis Enrique after arriving late to a training session on Thursday.

Barca coach Enrique is known to impose strict sanctions on anyone who cannot keep track of time at his sessions, and the Brazil captain arrived around 15 minutes late earlier this week.

Enrique reportedly charged his players around 100 euros a minute during his time with Barcelona B, and Neymar may face similar disciplinary action, according to Esporte.

Barcelona resume domestic action against Sevilla on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Ronaldo tips Real Madrid star Cristiano for Ballon d'Or success]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66358_ronaldo_tips_real_madrid_star_cristiano_for_ballon_d_or_success.htmlBrazil legend Ronaldo has tipped his namesake Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2014 Ballon d'Or.

The Real Madrid superstar has been in imperious form this calendar year, and the Portgual international has already plundered 18 goals for Los Blancos in La Liga this season.

Ronaldo netted 31 La Liga goals last season, and Il Fenomeno thinks that the Portuguese will scoop the gong, but he also thinks that Neymar could make the top three.

The former Selecao forward said: 'Cristiano should win Ballon d'Or 2014. I hope to see Neymar end up top three in Ballon D'or this year.

'His talent is sensational and he deserves recognition.'

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<![CDATA[Ronaldo: Neymar will prove himself to be a good Brazil captain]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66357_ronaldo__neymar_will_prove_himself_to_be_a_good_brazil_captain.htmlThe legendary former Brazil striker Ronaldo believes that Neymar will prove himself to be a good captain for the Selecao.

Neymar was given the armband by coach Dunga after the World Cup, with former skipper Thiago Silva admitting that he was unhappy about the appointment last week.

However, Ronaldo, who won two World Cups with his national side, thinks that the Barcelona superstar will be an excellent choice.

He told reporters: 'Neymar will prove to be a good leader for Brazil and will handle his responsibility as captain.

'To me, Thiago Silva is a great captain. I see no problem in him being captain, or even Neymar. Both deserve it.'

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<![CDATA[Dante claims Guardiola has taken Bayern Munich to 'a new level']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66356_dante_claims_guardiola_has_taken_bayern_munich_to__a_new_level_.htmlBayern Munich defender Dante has claimed that Pep Guardiola has taken the club to a 'new level' since taking over from Jupp Heynckes.

Heynckes led the German side to the Treble in 2013 before leaving, and Guardiola clinched the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal in his first season.

Goal.com quotes Dante as saying: 'Is this the best Bayern side? It is hard to say. We won everything we could win in 2013 and did a great job, but we have grown even more under the command of Pep.

'He has led the team to a new level. This may be the start of a new era for Bayern and we are much more flexible now.

'But football can be brutal and we have so many players out injured right now, like Philipp Lahm, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, and it is the titles at the end that prove that you are the best.'

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<![CDATA[Thiago Silva hails Paris Saint-Germain teammate Marquinhos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66354_thiago_silva_hails_paris_saint-germain_teammate_marquinhos.htmlParis Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has hailed teammate Marquinhos and thinks the young centre-back still has a big part to play at Parc des Princes.

Marquinhos was signed from Roma in the summer of 2013, but has seen his chances limited by the £50m arrival of David Luiz earlier this year.

However, Silva believes that his Brazilian compatriot still has a bright future with the ambitious Ligue 1 champions.

He said: 'It is true that he did a great job [when I was injured]. I have never disputed that. He has huge potential and can get even better.

'Nobody has forgotten his decisive rescue to stop Jordi Alba [in the 3-2 win over Barcelona in the Champions League]. He made a real sacrifice, especially as he played the game with a sore thigh.

'He should not accept [being a back-up] because he is here to compete with us. His goal, like any other player, is to win a place in the team. Top-level football is always like that, everyone is fighting [to play].'

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<![CDATA[Ronaldo: Chelsea boss Mourinho will improve Oscar, Willian and Filipe Luis]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66331_ronaldo__chelsea_boss_mourinho_will_improve_oscar__willian_and_filipe_luis.htmlThe legendary former Brazil striker Ronaldo has claimed that Jose Mourinho’s coaching ability will improve Oscar, Willian and Filipe Luis at Chelsea.

Willian and Oscar have been in impressive form for Mourinho’s Premier League leaders, and the two-time World Cup winner thinks that all three of his compatriots are playing for an ideal coach.

The Daily Mail quotes Ronaldo as saying: 'Under Mourinho’s coaching, [Oscar, Willian and Luis] have a lot of potential to do well because of Mourinho’s nature.

'Because of the nature of the football [in England], which is a lot of tackles, a lot of attacking and forward play, it’s definitely a good decision for young Brazilians to come to the Premier League.'

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<![CDATA[Neymar explains giving Brazil armband to Thiago Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66330_neymar_explains_giving_brazil_armband_to_thiago_silva.htmlBrazil captain Neymar has explained why he gave the armband to ex-skipper Thiago Silva after he was withdrawn in their 2-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.

Dunga replaced Neymar with Marquinhos late on and the newly-appointed skipper gave the captaincy duties to Silva as he departed.

Silva recently publicly expressed his disappointment with losing the armband after the World Cup, and Neymar revealed why he handed the duties back to his colleague after the game.

The Barcelona forward said: 'I decided in the moment like everybody does. Sometimes that choice is luck, sometimes by the leadership on the field and this time I chose Thiago Silva.

'It was not about what happened. It's because he was wearing the captain's armband before, he's a leader in the field and that's important to us. That's why I chose him.'

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<![CDATA[Miranda hoping for short-term injury lay-off]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/66329_miranda_hoping_for_short-term_injury_lay-off.htmlAtletico Madrid defender Miranda is hoping for a short-term injury lay-off after he pulled out of Brazil's 2-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.

The Selecao centre-back, who had been an ever-present under Dunga after the coach took over following the World Cup, was withdrawn with a thigh problem as the national side overcame the European nation in Vienna.

Speaking to SporTV after the game, Miranda said: 'I felt a twinge in my left thigh, and I need to do tests to see what actually happened.

'I ask God for it to be nothing serious and I think I need two or three weeks of recuperation.'

The Los Rojiblancos star also stated that he saw no problems with Thiago Silva's unhappiness with losing the captaincy to Neymar and his place in the side in the heart of Brazil's defence.

'I saw Thiago's statements as normal,' he added. 'In the national team, no one is guaranteed a place. The group has a whole have to [make an impression] to start playing.'

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