<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Brazilians in Europe: Wednesday Champions League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64841_brazilians_in_europe__wednesday_champions_league.htmlGroup A

Veteran left full-back Ricardinho played 90 minutes as Malmö FF beat Olympiacos 2-0. 

In the group’s other game, defender Miranda also had the full 90 minutes in Atlético Madrid’s 1-0 win over Juventus, while Guilherme Siqueira was used as a late substitute.

Group B

Brazil international Philippe Coutinho started in Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Basel. The 22 year-old was replaced after 70 minutes by Adam Lallana.

At the Ludogorets Arena, midfielder Marcelinho netted to give Ludogorets Razgrad a shock 1-0 lead against Real Madrid. The 30 year-old was eventually substituted on 70 minutes, with fellow Brazilian Wanderson his replacement.

For Real Madrid, Marcelo played the whole match and assisted Karim Benzema for the winner, while Pepe was an unused substitute.

Group C

Defender Wendell played 90 minutes in Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-1 win against Benfica. Derley, Talisca, Luisão, Jardel, Lima and Júlio César all featured for the visitors.

In the early kick-off, Hulk played the full match as Zenit drew 0-0 with Monaco. Right full-back Fabinho also had 90 minutes for the visitors, while Wallace was an unused substitute.

Group D

Alex Telles and Felipe Melo played the whole match as Galatasaray lost 4-1 at Arsenal.

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho signs shirt as Queretaro loses ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64840_ronaldinho_signs_shirt_as_queretaro_loses_.html 

Striker Ronaldinho has had a low profile during the 90 minutes of the duel between Queretaro and Atlas, on Tuesday, the 11th round of the Mexican League, but he could redeem himself in stoppage time. Playmaker did a beautiful free kick goal in a few inches of the penalty area. The Brazilian made​​, however, was not enough to avoid defeat Gallos Blancos for the 2-1. 
At the beginning of the second stage, the player starred in a curious scene. A fan, wearing the shirt of the Brazilian team, invaded the pitch in search of an autograph of R49, which hesitated, but eventually signed hopscotch before security officials withdrew fan lawn.

Ronaldinho hit the headlines for different reasons as his Mexican club Queretaro lost to Atlas in the 11th round of the Mexican League.

The Brazilian had a low profile for most of the 90 minutes in the duel between Queretaro and Atlas, but he managed to redeem himself in stoppage time, scoring a beautiful free kick goal. It wasn't enough to avoid a 2-1 defeat. 

At the beginning of the second stage, the player starred in a curious scene. A fan, wearing the shirt of the Brazilian team, invaded the pitch in search of an autograph of R49, who hesitated, but eventually signed the shirt before security officials withdrew the fan. 

 

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<![CDATA[Bernard wanted to join Fc Porto ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64839_bernard_wanted_to_join_fc_porto_.html 

Author of a good performance against FC Porto in the Champions League yesterday, Shakhtar Donetsk striker, Bernard returned to his coming on Antena 1 failed in the Portuguese club when the transfer window summer 2013 He confided his desire Portugal was to join but that the offer had convinced Ukrainian leaders Atlético-MG. 
"Shakhtar made ​​a higher than FC Porto offer. Has always been clear to me that leaving FC Porto was the best thing. Unfortunately, this does not happen but who knows what can happen in the future. "

Bernard put in a good performance against FC Porto yesterday in the Champions League for Shaktar Donetsk in a 1-1 draw. Afterwards, he admitted he was interested in joining Porto when he left Brazil.

After the game, Bernard spoke to Antena 1 and revealed that it was his desire to join FC Porto at the end of the 2013 summer transfer window, but his club Atletico-MG were at the time swayed by Donetsk's better financial proposal.

"Shakhtar made ​​a higher offer than FC Porto. It was always clear to me that the FC Porto offer was the best thing. Unfortunately, it didn't happen but who knows what can happen in the future. "

 

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar trains separately after PSG defeat]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64834_neymar_trains_separately_after_psg_defeat.htmlA day after the Champions League defeat in Paris, FC Barcelona returned to practice at their training complex. Neymar and Douglas trained separated from the group.

FC Barcelona had a bad day in the offce yesterday as they lost to Laurent Blanc's troops at the Parc des Princes, but the Catalans returned to practice today. 

Luis Enrique commanded a light training with those players available from the first team. Douglas and Neymar trained alone.

Barcelona face Rayo Vallecano in the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Real Madrid offered 150 million euro for Neymar ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64833_real_madrid_offered_150_million_euro_for_neymar_.html 

Neymar's father currently heard by the court on the transfer of his son to FC Barcelona. He admitted that he had other proposals with that of FC Barcelona with a huge severance offer from Real Madrid for an amount of EUR 150 million. 
Information that shows the fierce battle that have engaged the two Spanish courses to acquire str Brazilian who finally decided to choose the Catalan club last season.

Neymar's father yesterday admitted that Real Madrid offered a monstrous sum for the services of the Brazilian. The club from the Spanish capital would have offered 150 million euro.

Neymar's father is currently being heard by court on the transfer of his son to FC Barcelona. He disclosed that he had other proposals for his son, including a giant offer from Real Madrid for an amount of 150 million euro. 

Neymar played yesterday in the Champions League against PSG as Barcelona succumbed to a 3-2 defeat. The revelation highlights again the animosity between Fc Barcelona and Real Madrid.

 

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<![CDATA[Japan squad named for friendlies against Brazil and Jamaica]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64830_japan_squad_named_for_friendlies_against_brazil_and_jamaica.htmlHead Coach Javier Aguirre has named his squad for Japan’s friendlies against Brazil and Jamaica later this month.

The Mexican tactician has left out experienced midfielder Makoto Hasebe and Hannover 96 full-back Hiroki Sakai, but 27 year-old forward Yu Kobayashi, Tsukasa Shiotani and Gen Shoji are handed maiden call ups.

Japan face Jamaica at the Denka Big Swan Stadium as part of the Kirin Challenge Cup on 10 October, before heading to Singapore for a friendly against Brazil at the National Stadium three days later.

Japan squad

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liège), Shūsaku Nishikawa (Urawa Red Diamonds), Shūichi Gonda (F.C. Tokyo)

Defenders: Hiroki Mizumoto (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Yūto Nagatomo (Internazionale), Kosuke Ota (F.C. Tokyo), Daigo Nishi (Kashima Antlers), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Tsukasa Shiotani (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Gōtoku Sakai (VfB Stuttgart), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Masato Morishige (F.C. Tokyo)

Midfielders: Keisuke Honda (Milan), Hajime Hosogai (Hertha BSC), Junya Tanaka (Sporting CP), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Ryota Morioka (Vissel Kobe), Gaku Shibasaki (Kashima Antlers), Yoshinori Muto (F.C. Tokyo)

Attackers: Shinji Okazaki (Mainz 05), Mike Havenaar (Córdoba), Yu Kobayashi (Kawasaki Frontale), Yoichiro Kakitani (Basel)

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<![CDATA[Report: Fiorentina eye move for Corinthians-owned forward Alexandre Pato]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64826_report__fiorentina_eye_move_for_corinthians-owned_forward_alexandre_pato.htmlFiorentina are interested in Corinthians-owned forward Alexandre Pato, according to reports.

Italian newspaper La Nazione claims that the 25 year-old, who has scored nine goals in 22 appearances whilst on loan at São Paulo this season, is being considered for the January transfer window.

Fiorentina Head Coach Vincenzo Montella has been left desperately short of attacking options, with Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gómez out injured.

The 40 year-old tactician currently only has Mounir El Hamdaoui and youngsters Khouma Babacar and Federico Bernardeschi available to him.

With Rossi expected to be unavailable for an extended period of time, a move for Pato - a forward who scored regularly for Milan in Serie A - looks increasingly likely.

One potential stumbling block for the deal, however, is São Paulo’s reported desire to turn Pato's loan spell into a permanent transfer.

The Tricolor intimated earlier this month that they were keen to retain the Brazil international, though whether he is open to the idea is currently unclear.

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<![CDATA[Barcelona defender Daniel Alves sees positives in Paris Saint-Germain defeat]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64822_barcelona_defender_daniel_alves_sees_positives_in_paris_saint-germain_defeat.htmlDefender Daniel Alves has insisted Barcelona can be pleased with their performance in Tuesday’s defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Luis Enrique’s side were beaten 3-2 at the Parc des Princes, but Alves refuses to be too negative, even if he admits Barça must now beat Ajax on match day three.

We're disappointed with the result but not so much the performance as there were a lot of positives,” he told UEFA.com. 

“We knew it would be a difficult game against a team that plays in a similar style to us. Now we have to make sure we beat Ajax.”

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura confident Paris Saint-Germain can go far in the Champions League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64821_lucas_moura_confident_paris_saint-germain_can_go_far_in_the_champions_league.htmlLucas Moura is confident Paris Saint-Germain can go far in the Champions League following Tuesday’s win over Barcelona.

The Rouge-et-Bleu beat the Catalan giants 3-2 at the Parc des Princes to go top of Group F and Moura was encouraged by the strong showing from Laurent Blanc’s side.

“I'm very happy tonight as we beat a great team,” he told UEFA.com. “I hope we can wake up now. If we can repeat this kind of performance, we're capable of going far. 

I'm very pleased for Marco Verratti [who scored PSG’s second goal] as he's a really great player. He's short like me, but he scored with a header anyway.”

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<![CDATA[Gustavo Manduca: APOEL "deserved better" than 1-1 draw with Ajax]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64813_gustavo_manduca__apoel__deserved_better__than_1-1_draw_with_ajax.htmlMidfielder Gustavo Manduca believes APOEL deserved to beat Ajax in their Champions League encounter on Tuesday.

The Τhrylos were forced to come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at the GSP Stadium, but Manduca, who netted the equaliser, has regrets that they didn't go on to take all three points.

“Ajax started aggressively in the game and [forced us] back,” he told UEFA.com. “But afterwards we did well. 

“One point is not bad, but we felt we deserved better. If we look at the opportunities to score, I think we had more – we came closer to a second goal than Ajax. So the result is not good for us, but anyway we have to continue to work hard and look ahead.”

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<![CDATA[APOEL midfielder Gustavo Manduca looks ahead to Paris Saint-Germain after Ajax draw]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64812_apoel_midfielder_gustavo_manduca_looks_ahead_to_paris_saint-germain_after_ajax_draw.htmlMidfielder Gustavo Manduca is confident APEOL can match Paris Saint-Germain in their next Champions League outing.

Giorgos Donis’ side held Ajax to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and Manduca, who netted the equaliser from the penalty spot, believes APOEL may be able to nick a result against PSG at the GSP Stadium on match day three.

“I would like to enjoy this kind of game [against Paris Saint-Germain],” he told  UEFA.com. “It is not easy, you have to work hard, run a lot, but it's a pleasure to play against these big players, it is a motivation for us. 

“Every game is a different story. They are really very good, but they are human as well, they can make mistakes, they have two legs like us. So, maybe in name they are much much better, but on the pitch it's 11 against 11. We respect them and we will continue like this.”

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<![CDATA[Daniel Alves: Barcelona "must be more vigilant at set-pieces"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64811_daniel_alves__barcelona__must_be_more_vigilant_at_set-pieces_.htmlDefender Daniel Alves has insisted Barcelona must improve on set-pieces.

The Catalan giants conceded twice from dead ball situations in Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and Alves concedes Barça have to eradicate mistakes.

“We must be more vigilant at set-pieces because we conceded two goals that way,” he said, as reported by Football Espana.

“However, to continue to grow as a team you need to make mistakes, although they cost us this game, but we need to correct them and continue with our idea of playing football.”

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho confident Manchester City can reach Champions League knock-out stage despite Roma setback]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64810_fernandinho_confident_manchester_city_can_reach_champions_league_knock-out_stage_despite_roma_setback.htmlMidfielder Fernandinho is confident Manchester City can reach the Champions League’s knock-out stages despite Tuesday’s setback against Roma.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were held to a 1-1 by La Maggica at the Etihad Stadium - a result that leaves them with just one point after two matches.

Despite their disappointing start, Fernandinho believes City can still progress, though he concedes they must beat CSKA Moscow in their next outing.

“It is difficult [to qualify] but we will try to do it,” he told UEFA.com. “It's not impossible, we have a big team and good players. It's very important to beat CSKA now – if we drop points against them it will be very difficult for us.”

City face CSKA at the Arena Khimki on 21 October.

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho: Manchester City "have to learn to play a different way”]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64809_fernandinho__manchester_city__have_to_learn_to_play_a_different_way___.htmlMidfielder Fernandinho has admitted Manchester City need to change if they want to succeed in the Champions League.

The Premier League holders were held 1-1 by Roma at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday and have secured just one point from their first two group matches.

With City seemingly unable to translate their domestic form onto the European stage, Fernandinho concedes they may have to alter their approach to find success on the continent. 

“In the Champions League it's different,” he told UEFA.com. “The level is different, we play against big teams from other countries who have a lot of technical players and our team have to learn to play a different way.” 

City’s next game is against CSKA Moscow at the Arena Khimki on 21 October.

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<![CDATA[Brazilians in Europe: Tuesday Champions League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64807_brazilians_in_europe__tuesday_champions_league.htmlGroup E

Right full-back Maicon had a mixed night for Roma in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City. The 33 year-old conceded a penalty after just four minutes for a foul on Sergio Agüero, but soon after hit the bar and caused problems down City’s left throughout his 89 minutes on the pitch. 

Maicon’s fellow Brazilian Fernandinho had a quieter night, though he did play the whole match.

In the early kick-off, defender Mário Fernandes gave away a decisive penalty, as CSKA Moscow lost 1-0 at home to Bayern Munich. Dante and Rafinha featured for the visitors.

Group F

There was seven Brazilian-born players on show at the Parc des Princes, as Paris Saint-Germain beat Barcelona 3-2. The home side fielded Maxwell, Marquinhos, David Luiz, Thiago Motta and Lucas Moura, while Barça included Daniel Alves and Neymar. 

Of the Brazilian players who featured, David Luiz and Neymar found the net, with Alves, Moura and Motta providing assists.

In the group’s other match, midfielder Gustavo Manduca netted to earn APOEL a 1-1 draw against Ajax. The cypriot side fielded three other Brazilian players - João Guilherme, Carlão and Vinícius, while Kaká was an unused substitute.

Group G

Diego Costa, Filipe Luís, Oscar and Willian all featured as Chelsea won 1-0 at Sporting CP. The home side, who lost their 16 match unbeaten run at home in Europe, fielded Maurício, while Jefferson was an unused substitute.

At the Veltins-Arena, where Schalke 04 drew 1-1 with Maribor, veteran Vijolice forward Marcos Tavares played 90 minutes, with defender Arghus an unused substitute.

Group H

Eight Brazilian players - Márcio Azevedo, Fernando, Diego Costa, Alex Teixeira, Taison, Luiz Adriano, Bernard and Ilsinho - featured for Shakhtar Donetsk in their 2-2 draw with Porto. The visitors also had a strong contingent, with Alex Sandro, Maicon, Fabiano and Danilo playing the full 90 minutes. Teixera and Luiz Adriano scored Shakhtar’s goals.

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<![CDATA[Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz praises Barcelona forward Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64808_paris_saint-germain_defender_david_luiz_praises_barcelona_forward_neymar.htmlParis Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has praised Barcelona forward Neymar.

The Seleção team-mates face off at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday and Luiz has singled out the 22 year-old forward as a major threat.

“With Neymar nothing surprises me what he does,” he told AS. “He has an unusual quality and is a real phenomenon, while [Lionel] Messi is another genius, a different player, although Barça have other great players besides those two.

 “They have a very strong squad, which helps them play great football. Therefore, the first thing I do at all times is thank God for giving me the opportunity to play in these kind of games. I’m very happy because of that.”

 

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<![CDATA[Gilmar Rinaldi: Rules are the same for each club ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64802_gilmar_rinaldi__rules_are_the_same_for_each_club_.htmlGilmar Rinaldi, the technical director of the CBF, has opened up about his role to ZH Esporters. He emphazises that all clubs must obey the same rules when it comes to the national team.

"The clubs do not ask to be liberated from a call up," said Rinaldi.

"What they want is to choose the games the players get, but that is not possible," continued the technical director.

"We have to use the same criteria for everyone."

"Now, with the call up of two players from both Corinthians and Cruzeiro, the two clubs called me: I explained and had no problem in attending their requests, so long as the rules are the same for everyone."

"I talked to the coach of Cruzeiro about our intention to convene two national team players. sub-20, and he said that would be hard and I said no problem. Alexandre Gallo has determined he will not call up these two players."

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<![CDATA[Gilmar Rinaldi: I have nothing to hide ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64801_gilmar_rinaldi__i_have_nothing_to_hide_.html 

"This is my job ended and ready, the statement made ​​to FIFA, there is not much talking about it. Anyone who knows me knows that I have nothing to hide. What they did is scour all my life, every detail. Myself until I could apply the Pope. "
No management course 
.. "If you want to know if I've pursued a manager, I did not But I'll tell you that nobody knows: at the time of Inter player, I attended three colleges and I could not complete any business administration ... I do not remember college; right on Ritter dos Reis and Physical Education in IPA. As we traveled a lot and was always busy at the time of the tests, could not take the exams and I gave up. turns out I was always a consultant on matters of contracts of colleagues. "

Gilmar Rinaldi, the technical director of the CBF, opened up to ZH Esportes about his role at the Brazilian FA. He said that he has nothing to hide.

Before working for the CBF, Rinaldi was an agent.

"I made a statement to FIFA to end my job," sai Rinaldi. "There is not much to talk about. Everyone who know me, knows that I have nothing to hide. They scrutinized my life, every detail."

Surprisingly Rinaldi, who now has a top management function at the CBF, never studied management. 

"If you want to know whether I've pursued a degree in management, I did not," explained Rinaldi.

"But I'll tell you something that nobody knows: at the time that I was an Inter player, I attended three colleges and I could not complete any business administration. As we traveled a lot and I was always busy at the time of the tests, I could not take the exams and I gave up." 

 

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<![CDATA[Diego Costa set to face Sporting Lisbon ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64800_diego_costa_set_to_face_sporting_lisbon_.html 

After acknowledging that striker Diego Costa, spends much of his time in training to recover and rest, coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed in a press conference that his striker will hold well in the Champions League against Sporting Lisbon. 
"Diego Costa will hold well because it will be also selected later with his selection without it takes into account its problems. Should I take the risk and hope that everything will go well for him. This is a match large, and if you have the opportunity to put the best then you do it. "

After acknowledging that striker Diego Costa, spends much of his time in training to recover and rest, coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed in a press conference that his striker will play well in the Champions League against Sporting Lisbon. 


"Diego Costa will hold his own well because he will also be selected later without taking into account its problems," said Mourinho.

"I take the risk and hope that everything will go well for him. This is a big match and if you have the opportunity to put the best then you do it. "

 

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<![CDATA[Brazil drawn in Group B alongside holders Colombia for 2015 U-20 South American Championship]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64799_brazil_drawn_in_group_b_alongside_holders_colombia_for_2015_u-20_south_american_championship.htmlBrazil have been drawn in Group B alongside holders Colombia for the 2015 U-20 South American Championship.

The Seleção Sub-20, who last won the tournament in 2011, will also face Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela in Group B. Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru are in Group A.

The U-20 South American Championship is held every two years. The 2015 edition will be hosted by Uruguay and has added incentives for the nations involved. 

The teams who finish in the top four places will qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, while the winners, excluding Brazil, earn a place at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The runners-up also get a chance to qualify, but they must face a representative from CONCACAF in a play-off.

The draw

Group A

Group B

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<![CDATA[England manager Roy Hodgson questions Paris Saint-Germain's decision to sign David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64798_england_manager_roy_hodgson_questions_paris_saint-germain_s_decision_to_sign_david_luiz.htmlEngland manager Roy Hodgson has reportedly questioned Paris Saint-Germain’s decision to sign David Luiz.

According to L’Equipe, the experienced tactician aired his views to the club’s President Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Head Coach Laurent Blanc during the World Cup.

The paper claims that Hodgson told them “but how could your club take David Luiz? He makes at least one error in concentration a game! €50 million is crazy.”

Luiz joined PSG in a deal worth £50 million - a record fee for a defender - in June. The 27 year-old has so far made seven appearances for Les Rouge-et-Bleu, though was recently defended by Blanc, following some mixed performances.

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<![CDATA[Free agent André Santos agrees to join Indian Super League franchise FC Goa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64797_free_agent_andre_santos_agrees_to_join_indian_super_league_franchise_fc_goa.htmlFormer Arsenal and Fenerbahçe full-back André Santos has agreed to join Indian Super League franchise FC Goa.

The 31 year-old, who was released by Flamengo in August, will be coached by Zico during the inaugural ISL season, which starts in October.

FC Goa owners had reportedly been trying to persuade Manchester United midfielder Anderson to join, but after the 26 year-old turned down the opportunity to move, they instead switched their attention to Santos.

The former Brazil international will hope to use his time in India to rebuild his reputation following a tough end to his time at Flamengo, which saw him attacked by his own fans.

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<![CDATA[Agent feels its premature to compare defender Kostas Manolas to Roma legend Aldair]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64792_agent_feels_its_premature_to_compare_defender_kostas_manolas_to_roma_legend_aldair.htmlIannis Evangelopoulos, the agent of defender Kostas Manolas, has admitted it is too soon to compare him with Roma legend Aldair.

The Greek international, who was signed from Olympiacos in August, has settled quickly in Rome and Evangelopoulos is pleased with how he’s developing.

“Manolas is very happy and has settled well, but to remain so he must continue to work had,” he told La Roma 24. “I will not make comparisons - Benatia is a great player.

“And with Aldair? It is very early to make comparisons between these great players and Manolas.

“Manolas is 23 but he has a lot of experience - he has already played in the Europa League with AEK, in the Champions League with Olympiacos and at the World Cup in Brazil with Greece.”

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<![CDATA[Fc Barcelona's Douglas won't face PSG]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64785_fc_barcelona_s_douglas_won_t_face_psg.html 

Holder for the first time in the middle of last week with FC Barcelona face Malaga, the right side Douglas, did not experience thunderous start receiving very low scores by the Catalan press. Present in the group to face Paris Saint Germain tomorrow, he was forced to withdraw today. 
The former Sao Paulo player was hit on the foot, which prevents him from being able to hold his own condition tomorrow.

Douglas of FC Barcelona made his debut last week against Malaga. He will, however, not face PSG in the Champions League this week.

Douglas received little praise for his game against Malaga. The Catalan press gave him low marks. 

The Brazilian was in the squad to face PSG, but was forced to withdraw today. The former Sao Paulo player was hit on the foot, which will prevent him from playing.

 

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<![CDATA[Julio Cesar uncertain for Leverkussen game ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64784_julio_cesar_uncertain_for_leverkussen_game_.html 

Absent for the match of the weekend deal in Estoril, the goaltender Benfica, Julio Cesar is still very uncertain for the match of the Champions League to be held Wednesday against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. 
The doorman complains of pain in his right leg and is not certain to be able to make the training session of the day which would jeopardize its participation in the European meeting on Wednesday.JJ

Julio Cesar missed Benfica's match against Estoirl in the weekend and the goalkeeper remains uncertain for the Champions League against Bayer Leverkussen. 

Benfica travel to Germany on Wednesday to continue their Champions League campaign. 

Julio Cesar has been complaining about pain in his right leg and he is not certain to make practice this week, which would jeopardize his participation in the European meeting on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Roberto Carlos voices support for Iker Casillas ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64782_roberto_carlos_voices_support_for_iker_casillas_.html 

Criticized for several months at Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, can count on the support of his former teammate and now coach of Turkish club Sivaspor Roberto Carlos. Asked by AS, the former left-back for the Madrid club confirms that international goalkeeper remains an icon at Real Madrid. 
"Iker is an institution of the club. He wears the jersey of the club for 15 years, he won many titles. He is an idol and one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football. Fans can challenge players this is normal but Iker still much credit to Real Madrid. " Iker Casillas, can count on the support of his former teammate and now coach of Turkish club Sivaspor Roberto Carlos. Asked by AS, the former left-back for the Madrid club confirms that international goalkeeper remains an icon at Real Madrid. 

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas can count on the support of his former teammate and now coach of Turkish club Sivaspor Roberto Carlos.

 Asked by AS, the former left-back for the Madrid club confirms that Casillas remains an icon at the club.

"Iker is an institution of the club," said Roberto Carlos.

"He has worn the jersey of the club for 15 years, he won many titles. He is an idol and one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football. Fans can challenge players, this is normal, but Iker still has much credit at Real Madrid. "

 

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<![CDATA[Tourism firm confident that FC Goa Head Coach Zico will be a big draw for fans]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64783_tourism_firm_confident_that_fc_goa_head_coach_zico_will_be_a_big_draw_for_fans.htmlMario Fernandes, the General Manager of tourism portal Goan Tourism, is confident Zico can draw in fans.

The former Seleção international will take charge of FC Goa for the inaugural Indian Super League season and Fernandes hopes he can benefit tourism in the area.

“We are banking on the fact that football lovers from Kolkata, other metros and elsewhere in the country are keen on watching Zico, who is a world football legend, in action,” stated Fernandes, as reported by The Hindu.

“We have received enquiries about tickets, that’s why we came up with the special ISL package. For now we are offering 10 to 15 percent discount on game tickets and season tickets. The package includes airfare as well.”

The 2014 ISL season starts in October. FC Goa will play their home matches at the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, while Robert Pirès is the club’s marquee player.

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<![CDATA[Brasileirão round 25 summary: Coritiba lose again, while Sport Recife hold Cruzeiro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64772_brasileirao_round_25_summary__coritiba_lose_again__while_sport_recife_hold_cruzeiro.htmlInternacional increased the pressure on Coritiba Head Coach Celso Roth with a 4-2 victory at the Estádio José Pinheiro Borda.

Goals from Alex, Andrés D’Alessandro and an Eduardo Sasha brace condemned Coritiba to a third consecutive defeat and leaves them bottom of the Brasileirão on 23 points. 

For the Colorado, the win moves them up to second, where they are six points adrift of Cruzeiro. Marcelo Oliveira’s side were surprisingly held 0-0 by Sport Recife, who have lost just once at home this season.

São Paulo could have taken advantage of Cruzeiro’s slip up, but they instead lost 3-1 at home to Fluminense and have now not won since beating the Celeste in round 20.

Such a poor run of form has seen them fall adrift of both Cruzeiro and Internacional, while it’s also allowed Atlético Mineiro and Grêmio to join them on 43 points.

Both sides are amongst the league’s form teams and defeated Vitória and Botafogo respectively this weekend.

At the other end of the standings, Criciúma held Chapecoense to a 1-1 draw, Bahia beat Flamengo, who haven’t won in five matches, 2-1, while Figueirense halted Palmeiras’ mini revival.

Elsewhere, Santos beat Goiás 2-0 and a Cléo penalty gave Atlético Paranaense an important 1-0 win over Corinthians.

Round 25 results

Saturday 27th September  
Chapecoense1 - 1Criciúma
Leandro Banana [24'] Souza [54']
Sport Recife0 - 0Cruzeiro
   
Sunday 28th September  
São Paulo1 - 3Fluminense
Alexandre Pato [57'] Fred [53']
  Wágner [73']
  Darío Conca [90']
Atlético Paranaense1 - 0Corinthians
Cléo [pen 42']  
Atlético Mineiro2 - 0Vitória
Diego Tardelli [85']  
Guilherme [90+3']  
Bahia2 - 1Flamengo
Emanuel Biancucchi [18', pen 49'] Eduardo [61']
Botafogo0 - 2Grêmio
  Hernán Barcos [50', 77']
Internacional4 - 2Coritiba
Andrés D'Alessandro [11'] Leandro Almeida [15']
Alex [31'] Zé Eduardo [64']
Eduardo Sasha [44', 73']  
Figueirense3 - 1Palmeiras
Clayton [76', 78'] Jonathan Cristaldo [35']
Marcão [81']  
Santos2 - 0Goiás
David Braz [14']  
Geuvânio [63'] 

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A standings

Top scorers

 NameClubGoals
1Marcelo MorenoCruzeiro12
2Ricardo GoulartCruzeiro11
3Hernán BarcosGrêmio11
4Alexandre PatoSão Paulo9
5FredFluminense9
6HenriquePalmeiras9
7Diego TardelliAtlético Mineiro9
8Paolo GuerreroCorinthians7
9AlecsandroFlamengo7
10Diego CoutinhoAtlético Paranaense7
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<![CDATA[Brazilians in Europe: Weekend round up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64774_brazilians_in_europe__weekend_round_up.htmlEngland

Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 3-0 at Stamford Bridge with three Brazilian-born players amongst the scorers. Former Internacional midfielder Oscar got the first on seven minutes, before Diego Costa and Willian rounded off the result in the second half.

In Saturday’s early kick-off between Everton and Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho was given 30 minutes as a substitute, while elsewhere Rafael assisted Wayne Rooney’s opener in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over West Ham United, Fernandinho played 66 minutes for Manchester City and Sandro lasted just eleven minutes of Queens Park Rangers’ 2-1 loss at Southampton, before going off injured.

Germany

In the Bundesliga, forward Raffael netted after 20 minutes to help Borussia Mönchengladbach to a 2-1 win over SC Paderborn. Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazón also scored as Eintracht Frankfurt beat SV Hamburger by the same scoreline. Defender Cleber also featured in that match.

Elsewhere, Rafinha, Dante, Naldo and Luiz Gustavo helped their respective teams - Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg - secure victory.

Spain

In La Liga, Neymar scored a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Granada 6-0 at Camp Nou. Adriano and Daniel Alves also featured.

At Ciutat de València, Léo Baptistão netted a brace to give Rayo Vallecano a 2-0 win over Levante. The Atlético de Madrid-owned player has now scored four goals in his last two appearances.

Elsewhere, centre-back Sidnei played 90 minutes as Deportivo lost 2-1 at Celta de Vigo, Marcelo started for Real Madrid and Diego Alves was in goal as Valencia drew 1-1 with Real Sociedad.

Italy

In Serie A, Maicon played 90 minutes as Roma beat Hellas Verona 2-0. Midfielder Campanharo got 18 minutes for the visitors, while Nenê started and was replaced in the second half.

At the Città del Tricolore, Rafael Cabral kept a clean sheet to help Napoli to a 1-0 win over Sassuolo. Jorginho also featured as a substitute.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Neto [Fiorentina], Alex [Milan], Zé Eduardo [Cesena], Bruno Peres [Torino] and Edenílson [Genoa] all featured, while Juan Jesus, Hernanes and Dodô were part of an Inter side that lost 4-1 at home to Cagliari.

France

In Ligue 1, Porto loanee Carlos Eduardo struck to give OGC Nice a shock 1-0 win at Monaco. The home side fielded Fabinho from the start, with Wallace coming on at half-time.

Paris Saint-Germain started just one of their Brazilian contingent - David Luiz - in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Toulouse, though Lucas Moura and Thiago Motta did come off the bench.

Elsewhere, Hilton played 90 minutes for Montpellier, while Dória was an unused substitute as Marseille beat Saint-Étienne 2-1.

Rest of Europe

In the Eredivisie, defender Wallace scored to help Vitesse to a 6-2 win over FC Dordrecht, while in Russia, Wanderson and Ari netted to give FC Krasnodar a 3-0 victory against Arsenal Tula.

In Turkey, Fernandão [on loan from Atlético Paranaense] scored to secure Bursaspor a 1-0 win at Rizespor and Felipe Melo played 90 minutes in defence as Galatasaray defeated Sivasspor - coached by Roberto Carlos - 2-1. Cicinho featured for the visitors.

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<![CDATA[Brasileirão round 25 team of the week: Grêmio dominate with four players included]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/64771_brasileirao_round_25_team_of_the_week__gremio_dominate_with_four_players_included.htmlBrasileirão team of the week: Round 25

GK: Magrão [Sport Recife] - The 37 year-old stopper saved six shots to keep a clean sheet and earn an unexpected point for Sport against Cruzeiro. 

RB: Leandro Silva [Figueirense] - The Sorocaba native gave a strong defensive performance and also provided a cross for Marcão to head in Figueirense’s third in a 3-1 win over Palmeiras.

CB: David Braz [Santos] - The 6 foot 112 inch defender headed in the opener against Goiás and gave a disciplined showing alongside 19 year-old Neto.

CB: Rhodolfo [Grêmio] - The former São Paulo defender made four tackles and two interceptions to help Grêmio to an eighth consecutive clean sheet.

LB: Zé Roberto [Grêmio] - The 40 year-old assisted Hernán Barcos’s opener and gave another consistent performance as part of the Brasileirão’s best defence.

RM: Eduardo Sasha [Internacional] - The 22 year-old netted a brace in Internacional’s 4-2 win over Coritiba.

CM: Fellipe Bastos [Grêmio] - Provided an assist for Barcos and was Grêmio’s best passer and most efficient tackler.

CM: Josué [Atlético Mineiro] - Assisted Diego Tardelli for Atlético’s opener and was amongst their best passers with 41 at an accuracy of 88%. He also made more interceptions [alongside Leonardo Silva] than any other player.

LM: Darío Conca [Fluminense] - Scored one and created another for Fred. Also Fluminense’s best passer and most fouled player.

FW: Clayton [Figueirense] - The teenager was only on the pitch 37 minutes, but his brace helped Figueirense to a crucial 3-1 win over Palmeiras. 

FW: Hernán Barcos [Grêmio] - The veteran ended a run of three games without scoring with a brace against struggling Botafogo.

SUBS: Marcelo Grohe [Grêmio], Neto [Santos], Pará [Grêmio], Alisson [Santos], Emanuel Biancucchi [Bahia], Alex [Coritiba], Fred [Fluminense]

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