<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Renato Augusto Credits Dunga With His International Revival]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90139_renato_augusto_credits_dunga_with_his_international_revival.htmlBrazil midfielder Renato Augusto has credited former Seleção boss Dunga with his revival at international level. The ex-Bayer Leverkusen and Corinthians midfielder put his international career in jeopardy according to many when he moved to China in early 2016.

Renato is a key part of Tite’s Brazil team, the pair having worked together at Corinthians. But the player was keen to point out that Dunga was the manager that originally showed trust in him following his move to the Chinese Super League.

“I celebrated when Dunga called me the second time. Because he had called me, I was a starter, I played well and then I went to China. When he summoned me there, I was really happy. He put me in the team. That took some weight off of me.

“A lot of people talk about Tite, but I was already in the national team. People mix things up. I went to the Copa América with Dunga, I would have gone to the Olympics with him. Dunga had already called me. My work just continued.

“People have to stop associating with Tite. I was already in the squad and did a job, "said the Beijing Gouan midfielder. He also revealed that he will undergo a special fitness plan to keep him in top condition for the World Cup next summer, with the Chinese season now finished.

“There is a plan with Bruno Mazziotti and Fábio Mahseredjian [physiotherapist and physical trainer] to reduce vacation time and do some physical work and not start the preseason at zero. Just to get to the middle of the year at the highest level.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus ‘Happy’ With Ronaldo Comparisons]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90138_gabriel_jesus____happy____with_ronaldo_comparisons.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says he is comfortable with being compared to legendary compatriot Ronaldo. O Fenomeno is considered a legend of the game having won two World Cups and played for Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

20 year old Jesus has drawn comparisons from many Brazilian players and commentators for his feats in front of goal. Jesus insists he does not feel the pressure of such comments, instead taking them as a compliment.

He told the Independent, “I'm always happy to hear things like that. People will always make comparisons and I'm happy with that one, especially coming from Daniel Alves. I'm happy and I thank him.

“Ronaldo was a childhood idol of mine. Now, having met him and having seen how he treats everyone, he's even more of a hero. He will always be an idol and a role model. That's what I'm working towards.

“Ronaldo was unique and always will be. He's the best player I've seen in my life. I don't think anyone will get near him.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:46:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Brazil's chances in the 2018 World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90134_brazil_s_chances_in_the_2018_world_cup.htmlBrazil are among the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup and it is no real surprise given their form over the past few years.

Qualification from the CONMEBOL section is always hard-fought but the Canarinho breezed through to Russia by finishing top of the table after winning 12 and drawing five of their 18 games.

A loss to Chile in their opening qualifier way back in October 2015 was the only time the South American giants tasted defeat, and they seem in safe hands with Tite at the helm.

The Copa América Centenario disaster in 2016, which saw previous coach Dunga sacked after Brazil failed to make it out of the group stage, now seems a long time ago, and they finished ten points clear of second-place Uruguay in the final standings.

Tite has got the team playing the Brazilian way, with the emphasis on attack and, with virtually the same squad as his predecessor, he turned them from a side lacking direction and belief into one that now plays in the opposition half and scores goals for fun.

It helps when you have the world’s most expensive player in the ranks and Neymar has certainly delivered for his boss.

The 25-year-old Paris Saint Germain striker has an incredible 53 goals from 83 international appearances and, if he stays fit enough over the next decade, will surely reach three figures in the famous yellow colours.

He managed six in qualification and is vital to Brazil’s chances next summer but with so many attacking options for Tite to call on, it is the proverbial embarrassment of riches.

Gabriel Jesus may be only 20 but has already come of age in the Premier League with Manchester City and he was Brazil’s top-scorer in qualifying with seven goals.

Paulinho hit six while Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea star Willian bagged four each and there will be much for the coach to ponder when he sits down to work out his best 11 for the world’s greatest tournament.

Other options for the 56-year-old former Corinthians coach include Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino while Renato Augusto is still very much part of the squad despite plying his trade in China with Beijing Guoan.

Opposition teams used to prey on the fact that Brazil were traditionally much better going forward than in defence but Tite seems to have that part of the field covered as well with PSG trio Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and captain Dani Alves set to form the basis of his rearguard.

With Inter Milan’s Miranda and Marcelo of Real Madrid also on hand, it is clear that the five-time World Cup winners are well served in that department.

The likes of Germany, Spain and France may well be the biggest threat to Brazil lifting the World Cup for the first time since 2002 and for those who fancy a flutter on the showpiece event check out the new UK bookmakers for all the best sites and prices available.

It would seem that Brazil have everything in place for World Cup glory, with an intelligent manager in charge of a talented and hard-working group of players.

Maybe the only thing that can stop them winning in Russia is the weight of expectation – which, as ever, will be huge.

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<![CDATA[Marcelo Hoping for Real v Grêmio World Club Cup Final]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90125_marcelo_hoping_for_real_v_gremio_world_club_cup_final.htmlReal Madrid left-back Marcelo says he is hoping for a Real Madrid v Grêmio final in the FIFA World Club Cup this year. Grêmio face Mexican side Pachuca on Tuesday in the semi-final, whilst Madrid play Al Jazira from the UAE on Wednesday.

The Brazil star is hoping for a match against his compatriots in Sunday’s final, “I’m proud of the fact that a Brazilian side made it to the final of the [Copa] Libertadores, which is a very difficult competition, and that they made it to the Club World Cup too.

“Playing Gremio in the final would be really exciting. That would be amazing.” But Marcelo says his teammates understand they can take nothing for granted against Al Jazira, who contain Brazilian forward Romarinho.

“We’ve got the semi-final first, and we have to win it, so that we can then start thinking about the final. We want to win the Club World Cup, which is a very important tournament, but we know that we have to take things one game at a time.

“We can't just turn up and say: ‘We’re going to win and that’s that’. No. You have to respect all the teams, like they respect us, and give all you can to win the title.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Equalling Barca’s World Club Cup Record ‘Not An Extra Motivation’ for Real, Insists Marcelo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90124_equalling_barca___s_world_club_cup_record____not_an_extra_motivation____for_real__insists_marcelo.htmlReal Madrid left-back Marcelo insists that equalling Barcelona’s three World Club Cup titles is not an additional motivation for Madrid, as they prepare for Wednesday’s semi-final against Al Jazira.

Madrid have won the tournament twice before, but rivals Barcelona have three World titles. But the Brazilian full-back says this will not enter into Madrid’s thinking in the UAE.

“Football has a short memory, and for me, the most important title is always the next one,” he told FIFA.com, “We don’t look at other teams. We do what we have to do.”

Marcelo, now in his 11th season at Madrid, also recalls how compatriot Roberto Carlos helped him to settle in at the club as a teenager, “Roberto Carlos helped me a lot when I arrived at Madrid.

“I try to do the same with the youngsters, because Madrid is not an easy place to come to when you’re 19 or 20. I’ve been through that and I had help from people like Roberto, Sergio [Ramos], [Fabio] Cannavaro, Iker [Casillas], [Michel] Salgado and [Ruud] van Nistelrooy. I try to do the same thing.”

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<![CDATA[Klopp Defends Coutinho and Firmino Omission for Merseyside Derby]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90102_klopp_defends_coutinho_and_firmino_omission_for_merseyside_derby.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended his decision to rest Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino for Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

The pair sat out the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Everton, with the away side levelling Mohamed Salah’s opener with a Wayne Rooney penalty on 77 minutes.

Klopp was asked about his decision to rotate and met questions with a straight bat, “I thought before the game, yes. Still yes, even when the result doesn't show it. We did it in the last six or seven weeks.

“We do it like this. I've said it here, I've said it to the boys already, we can change as much as we want when we win the games, but when we don't win the games I take the blame. I have no problem with that.

“The boys who came in were fresh and did a brilliant job. They played, they worked hard. We worked hard, it was a derby, we accepted it, we took it as a derby, it's a fight. You need to be ready for each challenge -- and we were ready for each challenge.

"We tried everything. We could have scored, we had clear chances, half-chances -- we had everything you need but we didn't use it, that's how it is and we know that. It was always clear a day like this could happen -- we wanted to win 1-0 and we didn't."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:03:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Al Jazira’s Romarinho Relishing Real Madrid Test]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90101_al_jazira___s_romarinho_relishing_real_madrid_test.htmlAl Jazira forward Romarinho is relishing the chance to take on Real Madrid in the semi-final of the World Club Championship in the UAE this week. Al Jazira face the European champions on Wednesday evening.

The forward was part of the Corinthians squad that won the 2012 World Club title and after playing a significant part in the 1-0 win over Urawa Red Diamonds on Saturday, the Brazilian spoke to FIFA.com about the clash with Real.

“I only played 15 minutes but it was an incredible experience. We were champions there in Yokohama,” he said of winning the tournament with Timão. “Today, it's a totally different thing.

“We're going to play a semifinal against Real Madrid. I play a more important role in the side – I score and I set up goals for my team-mates. I can only thank god for this opportunity.

“I help the team as much as I can. Sure my contribution is important but the whole team deserves this celebration. We are a young team but with a strong personality."

Brazilian side Grêmio play Mexico’s Pachuca in the other semi-final on Tuesday.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:20:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Has ‘No Reason To Think About’ Coutinho Future]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90092_klopp_has____no_reason_to_think_about____coutinho_future.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he has had no reason to think about whether Philippe Coutinho will again be subject to interest from Barcelona in the January transfer window.

The Brazilian was the subject of three bids over the summer, prompting the player to hand in a transfer request. Liverpool held on, but with the transfer window just three weeks away, questions have again been asked about the player’s future.

Klopp responded defiantly, “I have no reasons to think about it. We never spoke about transfers in this moment.

“There’s really nothing to say. I am completely in the situation. Nobody has come to me to say Phil will be away in January.

“Whatever I could say would not stop your questions so I thought it makes sense not to answer it.

“I’m completely fine with the situation, how it is. We had this big story in the summer. I have no desire to have it again from now until January. I will say nothing about that.”

“On January 31 we can shake hands and say: ‘what a wonderful time we had together’, the journalists and me, not Phil and me.”

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho Enthused by Pogba Absence from Manchester Derby]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90091_fernandinho_enthused_by_pogba_absence_from_manchester_derby.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho thinks the absence of Paul Pogba will be an issue for Manchester United ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby.

City travel to Old Trafford with an eight point lead over their neighbours on Snday, but France midfielder Paul Pogba misses the match through suspension after his red card against Arsenal last weekend.

“Of course, any team that loses such a good player, they are going to miss him. But Manchester United have good players and it doesn't matter who is going to play in his position, they will do a good job. It will be a tough game for both teams,” he told Sky Sports.

City lost for the first time this season in a Champions League dead rubber against Ferna’s old team Shakhtar Donetsk. But the Brazilian insists that the team will not be allowed to lose their focus.

“The people around the club, when we start to win a lot of games, they start to say a lot of things and it's not good. Some of us could relax and drop our levels.

“So if you have to choose a moment to lose then this would be the right one. Derbies are always special. We need to be 100 per cent ready and focused to do our best and try to win the game."

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<![CDATA[Coutinho Non-Committal on January Transfer]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90065_coutinho_non-committal_on_january_transfer.htmlLiverpool forward Philippe Coutinho refused to be drawn on whether he would leave the club in the January window, following his hat trick in the Reds’ 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

The Brazilian was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona during the summer and the player submitted a transfer request in order to push the move through. However, Liverpool held firm.

But with the transfer window opening again in just over 3 weeks, Coutinho again fielded questions about his future, ““I do not know how the future is going to be,” said Coutinho.

“What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer. I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters.

“Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed, I have played with will and desire.

“It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband in such an important game playing for a club like Liverpool.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:02:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Delights in Champions League Hat Trick]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90064_coutinho_delights_in_champions_league_hat_trick.htmlLiverpool’s Philippe Coutinho could not hide his delight after scoring a hat trick in the Reds’ 7-0 Champions League win over Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

The Brazilian was made captain for the night too, as Liverpool sealed their place at the top of their Champions League group and their first knockout round appearance since 2009.

“It’s my first [hat-trick] in the Champions League! I scored one hat-trick with Brazil but this was important as well,” he told Viasport.

“It was a really good night. Like always when we play at Anfield, the atmosphere was amazing. I always said the fans here are unbelievable. Today was a good day.”

Coutinho played from the left, with Salah, Mane and Firmino ahead of him and Coutinho enjoyed playing in the position.

“I enjoy playing – the left side or the right side doesn’t matter. I had to do what [the manager] asked in the position. Everyone did well,” he added.

“It was a good game, the team played very well and we deserved the result. We’re in the next round.”

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho to Officially Retire from Football in 2018]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90053_ronaldinho_to_officially_retire_from_football_in_2018.htmlBrazil legend Ronaldinho Gaucho says that he will officially retire from football next year. The ex-Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain schemer has not played competitively since his contract with Fluminense was abruptly ended in June 2016.

Ronaldinho has since played in a handful of charity games and futsal tournaments and has become an official ambassador for Barcelona FC, where he won a Champions League and two Ballon D’Or awards.

But the 37 year old says he will focus on other projects, “There is this chance, I think I'm saying goodbye to football next year, officially," Ronaldinho said.

"I might play some farewell games for the teams I've played for, it's something we'll have to think about sometime soon.

“Once I'm retiring from football, then I'm moving forward on my musical projects, my football schools. It's something new for me, I'll have to adapt."

Ronaldinho released a samba single called “Sozinho” in March 2016.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:39:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar Happy to Avoid Nigeria in World Cup Draw]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90052_neymar_happy_to_avoid_nigeria_in_world_cup_draw.htmlBrazil forward Neymar says he is happy that Brazil have avoided any African teams in their 2018 World Cup group- particularly Nigeria. The Seleção have been drawn with Serbia, Costa Rica and Switzerland at next summer’s tournament in Russia.

The Paris Saint Germain forward says he is happy that his team have not been handed a tough assignment against an African side, “We have to be at our best to get a good result particularly in our first game of the tournament.

“The teams in our group are difficult to play against. I am happy it wasn’t a group where we had to play against African teams like Nigeria. They run a lot and are very physical in their approach. We are no doubt still up against strong sides at the World Cup.”

Brazil will start their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Rostov on 17th June, followed by games against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg and Serbia in Moscow.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:54:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Has ‘Nothing to Say’ On Coutinho Future]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90033_klopp_has____nothing_to_say____on_coutinho_future.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that he has ‘nothing to say’ on the future of star turn Philippe Coutinho as the January transfer window looms.

The player submitted a transfer request in August, amidst interest from Barcelona. The Reds held onto the player, but rumours abound that Barca might try again in January.

But Klopp was in no mood to countenance the player’s future during his pre Spartak Moscow press conference on Tuesday.

Asked if there were any developments, Klopp responded, “Nothing – but I don’t think about it, I think about the Moscow game.

“Not one second have I thought about that so far. I am not unsure, I am not sure, I don’t think about it.

“No one knows what will happen in the ‘nice and calm’ January transfer window. It’s nice from an outside view but I have absolutely nothing to say.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:27:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Singles Out ‘Annoying’ Firmino for Praise]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90032_klopp_singles_out____annoying____firmino_for_praise.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reserved special praise for forward Roberto Firmino ahead of the Reds’ Champions League tie with Spartak Moscow tonight.

Firmino scored twice in the 5-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, leading the Liverpool manager to gush about the Brazilian’s contribution.

“Roberto scored twice, but what he did around these goals is what excites me the most, to be honest,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“In all the counter-attacks, pretty much, he won the ball. By being here, by being a little annoying, a little foot, a little toe, that for us is important. Then the ball is go.

“With all the rest around him, you need to get used to it. They are all different and all good. For me, I really like these players. That's why they are here.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:49:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Jô Still Eyes World Cup Spot]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90016_jo_still_eyes_world_cup_spot.htmlCorinthians striker Jô says he still hasn’t given up on the idea of forming part of Brazil’s World Cup squad next summer. The ex-Manchester City and Everton forward has enjoyed an excellent season in the Brasileirão.

He fired the Corinthians side to the title and secured the top scorer gong for himself in the process, with 18 league goals. The reformed striker is hoping that his attributes can help him persuade Tite to call him up for Russia, where Jô spent a portion of his career.

“Tite is watching other alternatives (but) my characteristics can help me,” Jo told The Associated Press. “Besides, I am a different person now that I stopped drinking and going out.

“I became a leader. If I have an opportunity to be in the World Cup again I will not try to do all at once on the pitch like I did as a sub in 2014. I have grown.” Jô was part of the 2014 squad and has undergone a colourful 4 years in the meantime.

““I only changed after my wife left me and Atletico (Mineiro) fans that idolized me started forsaking me,” Jo said. “My personal and my professional lives were sinking. I decided to change everything,” Jô admitted.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite ‘Doesn’t Promise to Win’ World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90015_tite____doesn___t_promise_to_win____world_cup.htmlBrazil boss Tite is making no promises that the Seleção will lift a 6th World Cup title in Russia next summer. The coach oversaw a qualifying campaign which saw the team comfortably top the CONMEBOL qualifying table.

However, the manager was wary about managing expectations of fans following the World Cup draw in Moscow on Friday, “I don’t know if Brazil will win the World Cup and I don’t promise that we will win,” he told Globoesporte.

The coach also said he is open minded about his squad selection for March friendlies against Russia in Moscow and Germany in Berlin, explaining that current form will very much inform his decisions.

“I will analyze the technical quality of the moment, the past experience and a future projection, but the moment is what will be most important.” Corinthians won the Brasileirão comfortably and Grêmio were Copa Libertadores champions in Brazil.

Tite admitted that players from both clubs will be on his radar, “High performance generates pressure on the coach. There is going to be competition and it's good for us that it's like this,” he concluded.

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<![CDATA[Tite To Give Players Freedom During Their Downtime in Russia]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90004_tite_to_give_players_freedom_during_their_downtime_in_russia.htmlBrazil boss Tite says he will give his players the freedom to decide how they spend their downtime in Russia next summer. The players’ families will be allowed to stay nearby and the coach says he won’t make any rules about their whereabouts, so long as they are responsible.

Tite told UOL Esporte, “I will treat the players as normal human beings. The players are the same as the people reading your story, they have the same needs, wake up sometimes cheerful, sometimes upset, with a headache, moodiness, patience for living or not.

“Players will have the performance recovery, which they have at their clubs and have in the Seleção as well, but in their downtime, they have the responsibility to do what feels good.”

Tite says he will not make any rules over who the players can see or where they can go, “If they want to go dancing with friends? Do it. I'm not paternalistic, the guy who forces and imposes rules. Take your responsibility, if you want to stay with family, go for it, in the off time do what you want.

“In training and the games, they will have the responsibility of excellence, to present the best work possible on the field. Outside, common sense prevails. A relation of trust with respect, of course, manages itself.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘The Brazil Everyone Respects Is Back’ Declares Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/90003____the_brazil_everyone_respects_is_back____declares_neymar.htmlNeymar says that the Brazil “everyone respects” is back, with the World Cup in Russia looming next summer. The Seleção of course lost the 2014 World Cup semi-final 7-1 on home soil against Germany and have since endured two poor Copa America campaigns.

But since the arrival of Tite, they have improved markedly and sailed through qualifying in top spot in the notoriously difficult CONMEBOL table. PSG forward Neymar says that Brazil are ready to be a force again.

“The respect towards the team now is different to what it was three or four years ago after the World Cup," Neymar told FIFA.com.

"People see us differently. The Brazil that everyone respects and admires is back; a team that enjoys good football. And that makes us happy. The mood of our fans and our country has changed.

"Everyone's confident and happy looking ahead to the World Cup. You can't put a price on that.” Neymar pulled Brazil through to that ill-fated semi-final, but his tournament ended in the quarter-final with a cracked vertebrae.

“It's strange because I didn't finish that World Cup the way I wanted to. Obviously I wanted to crown it with the title, but I neither won nor lost. I didn't finish the World Cup. My tournament ended with a serious injury and, unfortunately, I had to pay for that," Neymar added.

"That was a really bad week for me. I cried a lot and asked myself many times why it had happened. But eventually you understand that everything that happens in life makes you stronger, even if it's not something you want at that particular time.

“It helps you to learn and prepare yourself better in the future. I think this World Cup is going to be huge for Brazilians. Personally, I'm going give everything I've got to win it."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-12/home/Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:00:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Brazil Draw Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in World Cup Group]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89986_brazil_draw_switzerland__costa_rica_and_serbia_in_world_cup_group.htmlBrazil have been drawn in Group E at next summer’s World Cup in Russia, alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

The Seleção were top seeds and will face Switzerland from Pot 2, Costa Rica from Pot 3 and Serbia from Pot 4.

It appears a nice draw on paper, but coach Tite is taking nothing for granted, insisting that Brazil must improve and study their opponents carefully.

“The one thing I know is that the Brazil team needs to grow stronger and more solid, regardless of who the opponents are,” Tite said. “We have to prepare our own tactical variations and adapt them to our opponents.”

Should Brazil qualify, they are likely to face either Germany or Mexico, depending on where they finish in the groups. But Tite was in no mood to look that far ahead.

“Let me save my energy for the variables I can control: putting in place good organisation and running good training sessions so that the players reach their best levels.”

Brazil legends Cafu and Ronaldo were also present at the draw and O Fenomeno was pleased with the draw, “We can be happy with the group we’ve been drawn. We totally have the means to finish on top. Other groups are tougher, ours is more straightforward. Tite has to be preparing his strategy.”

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<![CDATA[Brazil to Use Tottenham’s Training Base Prior to World Cup, Confirms Edu Gaspar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89985_brazil_to_use_tottenham___s_training_base_prior_to_world_cup__confirms_edu_gaspar.htmlBrazil’s Coordinator Edu Gaspar has confirmed that the Seleção will use Tottenham Hotspur’s training base in London as part of the team’s preparations for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

The team will then be based in the city of Sochi for the tournament, which takes place in Russia. The ex-Arsenal midfielder also revealed that Brazil will look to play a friendly in Rio de Janeiro in May if the date of their first World Cup game allows it.

“It would be a farewell, a contact with our fans, we want to play a game in Rio de Janeiro. It depends on the draw, but it would be a polite thing, a kind of "now let's go together".

Speaking of the team’s base in Sochi, Edu confirmed, “I know the training centres well, but what they are doing there is incredible. It is a five star hotel with infrastructure, gym, adjacent fields.

“I have visited many "base camps", I can guarantee that ours is among the two best, if not the best It's a nice place to be, a fantastic work structure. We will build a gym in the hotel, there is a nice place for that, we can walk to the training ground.”

Edu also confirmed that the player’s families will be able to stay nearby, but not necessarily in the same complex as the squad. It is reported that Brazil will look to play a friendly in London in May too.

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<![CDATA[Who will win the 2017 Samba d'Or ?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89968_who_will_win_the_2017_samba_d_or__.htmlWho will succeed? Philippe Coutinho perhaps? For the past ten years, the site sambafoot.com has offered its readers to vote for the best Brazilian player of the year.
Great players like Kaka, Thiago Silva, Neymar have been able to lift the Samba Gold Trophy, an individual award voted for by football fans, journalists and former players.

Double winner while he played at Barça, Neymar will covet this trophy after an excellent start to the season with Paris Saint-Germain. Last year, Philippe Coutinho’s star had risen having forced his way into the Seleção starting line-up.

But Neymar is not the only one with remarkable achievements in 2017. We can mention the two players of Real Madrid, Marcelo, who reached his peak with a remarkable double with the La Liga and the Champions League titles and his teammate Casemiro, now indisputable first choice in his team and one of the best in his position in the world.

With the arrival of Neymar at PSG, Daniel Alves and Marquinhos have also dominated this season in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, not to mention the meteoric rise of Gabriel Jesus, who has had a brilliant year with the Manchester City of Guardiola.

It's now up to you to choose by voting for your three favourite players.

Click here to vote for the 2017 Samba d'Or

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<![CDATA[Conte Issues David Luiz Injury Update]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89966_conte_issues_david_luiz_injury_update.htmlChelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that David Luiz was omitted from the squad for Wednesday’s game against Swansea due to injury.

The Brazilian has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, with Andreas Christiansen coming into the team in his place.

Luiz was not on the bench for the Blues’ 1-0 win over Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. But Blues boss Conte revealed that the player is injured.

“He had the liquid in his knee and we have to assess his recovery, the time. I hope to not lose him for a lot of time, because we have to play every three days and I need all my players,” he told his post match press conference.

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<![CDATA[Sylvinho ‘Paved Way’ for Gilberto and Edu Gaspar at Arsenal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89965_sylvinho____paved_way____for_gilberto_and_edu_gaspar_at_arsenal.htmlFormer Arsenal left-back Sylvinho has reflected on his impact at Arsenal with Goal.com, suggesting his spell in North London paved the way for the likes of Gilberto Silva and Edu who followed him.

Sylvinho played for Arsenal from 1999-2001, before joining Celta Vigo. Edu Gaspar arrived afterwards in January 2001 and Gilberto Silva joined the Gunners in July 2002. Sylvinho is currently assistant coach for the Brazilian national team, while Edu Gaspar is Head of Selection.

Sylvinho told Goal, “I was the first Brazilian player who signed for Arsenal in the club’s history, then Edu and Gilberto Silva came in. They always tell me that I left an impressive mark and that I paved the way for them to arrive.

“A very interesting opportunity then arose in (Celta) Vigo and, although initially I thought it might be taking a few steps backwards, I did not hesitate and left with the intention of starting again without thinking of reaching a bigger club.”

Sylvinho eventually joined Barcelona, where he won La Liga and the Champions League, before taking in a spell at Manchester City.

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Pays Tribute to Retiring Zé Roberto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89951_gabriel_jesus_pays_tribute_to_retiring_ze_roberto.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has paid tribute to his ex Palmeiras teammate Zé Roberto, after the 43 year old retired from professional football after Monday’s game against Botafogo on Monday.

Zé Roberto has enjoyed a storied career, playing for the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. He spent the final three years of his career at Palmeiras, where he won a Brasileirão title alongside Gabriel Jesus in 2016.

Jesus used his Instagram account to pay an emotional tribute to the 43 year old, “"It was an honor for me to play alongside him! A ‘craque’ on and off the field, it's no wonder he has won everything he has today. A brilliant career, worthy of much respect and admiration!

“Thanks for all our conversations and all those snack reviews! Football loses an incredible player, but thank you for representing the profession so well. I was already your fan, after I met you, I came to admire you much more. I'm your fan.”

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<![CDATA[Coutinho Hails ‘Leader’ Gerrard]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89950_coutinho_hails____leader____gerrard.htmlLiverpool schemer Philippe Coutinho has paid tribute to ‘leader’ Steven Gerrard. The Brazilian was asked by Soccer AM’s YouTube channel to put together his all time 5 a side team and Coutinho had no hesitation in naming Gerrard as captain.

“This is an easy pick. He is one of the best players I've played with and I learned a lot from him. When I arrived at Liverpool it was a dream to play with him, a guy who I used to watch in Brazil and I used to play with on the PlayStation,” Coutinho explained.

“Stevie G is the best midfielder I've played with. He was an idol for me and for everyone who watched him play, but when you were together with him, and you see him training, it was different, he was even better.

“He was great at shooting, passing and defending and a big leader. He's the leader. Simple.” Coutinho also found room for international teammate Neymar in his selection.

“He's not a bad player! He is one of the best in the world. I've played with him many times with the national team at U15, U16, U17 level. He has always been different. He will win the Ballon d'Or one day, it's coming, I think.

“He is the best technical player I've played with. He's very skilful, in training there will be five players around him them he'll do one movement to get away.”

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<![CDATA[In Form Willian Pushing for More Starts at Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89949_in_form_willian_pushing_for_more_starts_at_chelsea.htmlChelsea winger Willian says he will continue to fight for more starts in the Blues team, after a week which saw him score three goals in two games for his club.

The Brazilian scored twice in Kazakhstan on Tuesday evening against Qarabag in the Champions League, before coming off the bench to net a late equaliser against Liverpool at Anfield.

Willian has found starts difficult to come by with the likes of Eden Hazard, Marcos Alonso and Pedro all competing for places.

But the player told Chelsea.com he will continue to try to convince Antonio Conte to start him through his performances on the pitch.

“For me of course I want to play every game, but we have to respect the decision and to try to do always our best football, whether you play 90 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes. We are professionals and we have to do our best.

“In this time, we had to rest, to eat well. It’s difficult because we play consecutively every three days. This is a difficult moment but we have to stay together and win the games.”

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<![CDATA[Ederson Became a Goalkeeper Because He Was ‘Too Lazy’ To Play Outfield]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89948_ederson_became_a_goalkeeper_because_he_was____too_lazy____to_play_outfield.htmlManchester City goalkeeper Ederson says he became a keeper because he was ‘too lazy’ to play outfield. The Brazilian is renowned for his ball skills and his comfort with the ball at his feet.

Ederson says he began as a left-back but asked a youth coach to put him in goal because he didn’t like running. In an interview with Sky Sports, Ederson said, “When I started playing football, I played in defence as a left-back.

“But given that I was too lazy to run after the opposition's attacking players I asked the coach to put me in goal and that's how my passion for the position was born. I instantly took a liking to it and then I just kept working hard until I finally made it to my first club."

“I've always been very good at playing long balls. That was an attribute that my old club Benfica used to exploit because you can't be offside from a goal-kick.

"So if our opponents were playing a high line, our strikers could have a high starting position to try to receive the ball and score.”

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<![CDATA[‘It Was Definitely A Shot’ Insists Chelsea Goalscorer Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89937____it_was_definitely_a_shot____insists_chelsea_goalscorer_willian.htmlChelsea winger Willian insists that his late equaliser against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening. The Brazilian levelled the scores on 86 minutes with a diagonal chip that dipped under Simon Mignolet’s crossbar.

It looked like a cross, but Willian told Chelsea.com he definitely meant to shoot, “It was a shot, for sure!” Willian said, smiling, “It was beautiful.

“I was a little bit lucky because the ball went right in the corner, but I am happy to come on and try and make the difference with my teammates, and then score a beautiful goal.

“We created some chances in the first half. They created some chances as well. It was a good game. Of course we came to try to win, but we know how difficult it is to play against Liverpool here. Big team, great players. I think one point is good. Now we have to carry on like this.”

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<![CDATA[‘Neymar Has A Great Heart’ Says Thiago Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/89936____neymar_has_a_great_heart____says_thiago_silva.htmlParis Saint Germain defender Thiago Silva has insisted that his teammate and compatriot Neymar has a great heart. The Brazilian scored a penalty in PSG’s 2-1 win over Monaco on Saturday evening.

Earlier in the campaign an argument erupted between Cavani and Neymar over who takes penalties. On this occasion, Neymar stepped up and converted.

But Silva said that Cavani will likely have the chance to take the next one, “What we saw today, Neymar shooting a penalty... perhaps in a next match, Neymar can leave it to Cavani because this kid has a great heart, you don't even imagine it.

"Perhaps, if he had already scored today, he could have let the penalty to Cavani because the most important thing is that PSG can win and Neymar makes this kind of thing.

“Maybe for the next penalty, he can pass it even to Kylian because today he had some difficulty in scoring, but we are happy with him."

Thiago Silva also joked about Kylian Mbappe’s profligate display against his old club, “I told him in the locker room that he still thought he was playing for Monaco!

"He even deflected the ball on their goal! But Kylian has a very good start to the season, like Cavani and Neymar.”

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