<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Where Will Gabriel Jesus Fit in at Manchester City?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85307_where_will_gabriel_jesus_fit_in_at_manchester_city_.htmlHow will Gabriel Jesus fare in English football? The forward’s recent form suggests he will excel. Jesus played a key role in Brazil’s Olympic football gold, an emotional victory for the nation, and has since moved on to the first team, scoring five goals in six matches as part of a fearsome attacking trident with Phillipe Coutinho and Neymar.

It’s been a dream past few months for the Brazilian, but European football – and English football, in particular – has a habit of providing rough awakenings to cultured players.

The blood and thunder reputation of English football is perhaps a little overhyped, but the Premiership is a demanding league. Man City’s first major act following the investment from the Abu Dhabi United Group that propelled them onto football’s rich list was to sign Robinho from Real Madrid.  

Robinho, once the golden child of Brazilian football himself, never looked at ease in England. Though he showed quality in fits and starts and finished as City’s top scorer in his first season, by the second season his left wing position was stolen by Craig Bellamy – a player whose relentless pressing and willingness to get in the face of the opposition was more to the taste of manager Mark Hughes.

A very different manager is at the helm of City nowadays. Pep Guardiola was said to be instrumental in Gabriel Jesus’s decision to move to the club ahead of glamorous suitors like Real Madrid and Barcelona and has had to adapt to the demands of English football himself. “None of you have been in La Liga or the Bundesliga to know how intense it is,” Guardiola told the English media when he finally tired of questions about the pace of the league.

The pure, tiki-taka football Guardiola pioneered at Barcelona was admired in England but, for many, considered a luxury available under stricter European referees that wouldn’t survive “a cold Tuesday night in Stoke.” Pep’s Man City won 4-1 away at Stoke in August, while the Spaniard’s possession based football also delivered victory in a Manchester derby at Old Trafford and has kept City at the top of the league for most of the season. Whilst City have hit a rough patch in recent weeks, the bookmaker Bet365 that offers new customers a £200 sign up bonus explained in this great guide, has Manchester City at odds of 3.0 to win the English Premier league next May.

Guardiola has shown that intricate touch and movement football can deliver results in England, but he has also complained that he finds Premiership referees difficult to understand. “Sometimes it's a foul and sometimes no foul,” the Spaniard observed after City survived a late onslaught of long balls and physical play at Burnley, “the same foul sometimes is and sometimes is not.”

Gabriel Jesus will find out the hard way that more physical challenges are allowed to go unpunished in England than elsewhere. If equally slight City teammates like David Silva and Sergio Aguero can survive the baptism of fire and thrive in English football there’s no reason why Jesus can’t, but it may take time. Even Neymar, under the greater protection of Spanish referees, took the best part of a year to look at home in Barcelona.

In order to adapt Gabriel Jesus will require playing time. Is there space for him in City’s first XI?

Guardiola usually plays with one striker and two wingers/inside forwards. Aguero has been prolific at City and it is highly unlikely that Jesus will displace him at centre forward. This leaves the Brazilian competing with wingers Jesus Navas, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Nolito for one of two slots in the City team.

Sterling has impressed this season and become a favourite of Guardiola, but none of Sane, Nolito or Navas have done enough to become a must pick. Sterling is more of a winger than an inside forward so could play on the right of City’s attack, allowing Gabriel Jesus to make a bid for the left wing position. In theory, the Brazilian should thrive in this role. Playing for a team that dominates possession, with players of the craft of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva looking to slide passes into the channels for him, Gabriel Jesus should be able to cut inside from the left wing in much the same way that his friend and idol Neymar does to great effect at Barcelona.

Sergio Aguero has scored 16 goals for Man City this season, but no other player has managed more than five. If Jesus can transfer his recent scoring form for Brazil to the Etihad stadium he could become a key player for City straight away.

“I am dying to get over there and help Manchester as much as I can,” Jesus said after Palmeiras’s triumph. With his star on the rise it seems like the right time for the player to move – and the right time for City to welcome him – but, as with everything in life, only time will tell.

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus ‘needs a little time to rest’ says Guardiola]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85298_gabriel_jesus____needs_a_little_time_to_rest____says_guardiola.htmlPep Guardiola says that Gabriel Jesús will need up to a month off before he can be considered for selection for Manchester City. The 19 year old has just won the Brasileirão with Palmeiras and flew to Manchester this week to meet his new teammates.

But Guardiola insists that the striker will be free to enjoy holidays and a break from football before he joins up with his new club, “He came here to see the CFA for the first time, maybe his team-mates, he’s going to see the game and then after this, he goes back to Brazil for a holiday,” Guardiola said.

“He has gone nearly three years without a holiday. They played the Olympic games, won the gold medal, and then immediately after he played again with Palmeiras. He needs a little bit of time to rest, maybe two weeks, three weeks, one month, I don’t know, we are going to see.

“He just came to start the contact, to see where he is going to live, where he is going to work, the place, and that’s all.” Jesús has played a full season with Palmeiras, including Campeonato Paulista, Copa Libertadores, Brasileirão, the Olympics and six World Cup qualifiers for Brazil since January.

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<![CDATA[Neymar is ‘Brazil’s greatest idol’ says Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85297_neymar_is____brazil___s_greatest_idol____says_coutinho.htmlLiverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho says that his friend Neymar Junior is Brazil’s greatest player. Coutinho and Neymar have been friends since childhood, having played together in Brazil’s junior sides when Coutinho was at Vasco da Gama and Neymar at Santos.

In an interview with fourfourtwo, Coutinho was in no doubt as to who the greatest current Brazilian footballer is, “He’s Brazil’s greatest idol nowadays. He’s our greatest player for me, even though we are friends and are the same age.

“I know for sure that so many Brazilians feel the same. We get very excited with his performances with the Selecao and Barcelona.” Neymar has 50 goals for the Seleção and will surely break the goalscoring record held by Pele during his career.

Coutinho will miss the next 5 weeks at least with an ankle ligament injury, but rumours persist of a reunion between the pair at club level, with Barcelona strongly rumoured to be interested in the Liverpool man.

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<![CDATA[Alan Ruschel still doesn't speak, but is "super well", says the player's fiancée]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85296_alan_ruschel_still_doesn_t_speak__but_is__super_well___says_the_player_s_fiancee.html 

Marina Storchi tells that the left-back of Chapecoense already communicates by gestures.
The fiancée of Chapecoense's left-back Alan Ruschel, one of the survivors of the plane crash that happened in Colombia, was very relieved with the player's quick recovery. Marina Storchi said that he is "super good" and that he even joked with her. According to her, Alan communicates only by gestures. Marina arrived in Medellín on Thursday morning, accompanied by Flavio Ruschel, father of player. The sister of the left-back, Alissen Ruschel, was already in town. She said: "I've had contact with him since I got here, except at other times he was more unconscious. He did not answer much, just opened his eyes a little. I talked to him this morning [Friday]. He would answer me with a wink. I asked him to move with his hand, with his leg, he moved. Now I went in there and he even joked with me."
She added: "He's super good, he moved his hand, he stood up, he looked fine. He started teasing me and laughing, but it's all by gestures because he's intubated. I don't even know what to say, without explaining everything that has happened so far. I get kind of ecstatic, because the improvement he's had is absurd and he's talking to me. I just have to thank God."
On Friday, Alan was transferred from Clínica Somer to the hospital, Fundacion San Vicente, in the region of Antioquia, near the site of the accident. Alan's sister, Alissen, says the player communicates by signals. Also this Friday, the medical department of Chapecoense released a new bulletin about survivors of the plane crash. Alan is still under care after undergoing spinal surgery. He is on mechanical ventilation, but with the progress in his recovery, the devices should be removed soon. He also has normal movements of the lower and upper limbs. In addition to the left-back, Follmann and defender Neto were survivors of the plane crash, as well as journalist Rafael Henzel. Aircraft technician Erwin Tumiri and flight attendant Ximena Suárez also survived. Goalkeeper Danilo had also been rescued alive, but he died in the hospital.

Marina Storchi tells that the left-back of Chapecoense already communicates by gestures.

The fiancée of Chapecoense's left-back Alan Ruschel, one of the survivors of the plane crash that happened in Colombia, was very relieved with the player's quick recovery. Marina Storchi said that he is "super good" and that he even joked with her. According to her, Alan communicates only by gestures. Marina arrived in Medellín on Thursday morning, accompanied by Flavio Ruschel, father of player. The sister of the left-back, Alissen Ruschel, was already in town. She said: "I've had contact with him since I got here, except at other times he was more unconscious. He did not answer much, just opened his eyes a little. I talked to him this morning [Friday]. He would answer me with a wink. I asked him to move with his hand, with his leg, he moved. Now I went in there and he even joked with me."

She added: "He's super good, he moved his hand, he stood up, he looked fine. He started teasing me and laughing, but it's all by gestures because he's intubated. I don't even know what to say, without explaining everything that has happened so far. I get kind of ecstatic, because the improvement he's had is absurd and he's talking to me. I just have to thank God."

On Friday, Alan was transferred from Clínica Somer to the hospital, Fundacion San Vicente, in the region of Antioquia, near the site of the accident. Alan's sister, Alissen, says the player communicates by signals. Also this Friday, the medical department of Chapecoense released a new bulletin about survivors of the plane crash. Alan is still under care after undergoing spinal surgery. He is on mechanical ventilation, but with the progress in his recovery, the devices should be removed soon. He also has normal movements of the lower and upper limbs. In addition to the left-back, Follmann and defender Neto were survivors of the plane crash, as well as journalist Rafael Henzel. Aircraft technician Erwin Tumiri and flight attendant Ximena Suárez also survived. Goalkeeper Danilo had also been rescued alive, but he died in the hospital.

 

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<![CDATA[Zenit makes €18 million bid for Santos midfielder Thiago Maia]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85295_zenit_makes____18_million_bid_for_santos_midfielder_thiago_maia.html 

Thiago Maia is the first Santos player to have a proposal to leave during the European transfer window in January 2017.
According to the information from Lance!, Zenit, from Russia, have already contacted Giuliano Bertolucci, agent of the 19-year-old midfielder. The Russians are willing to spend €18 million to sign the player in January. Santos are yet to be contacted by the representatives of Thiago Maia, but they're willing to sell him. Santos hold 100% of the economic rights of Thiago Maia. However, according to the contract of the number 29, Santos must pass on 30% of the transfer fee to the player himself. In the middle of this year, Santos president Modesto Roma Júnior talked with Chelsea, who showed an interest in Thiago Maia. The conversations with the Blues, however, never evolved. During interviews, Thiago Maia has expressed his intention to leave the club only after playing the Copa Libertadores. Santos have qualified for the group stages of the competition. The club, in turn, recognizes the need to cash in and welcomes the possibility of negotiating yet another youth product. After winning the Olympic Gold medal with the Brazilian national team, the player was observed by several European clubs.
In addition to the Russians, Manchester United, Chelsea, PSG, Atlético Madrid and Juventus have already shown interest in signing the youngster. The board of Santos are awaiting an official proposal and does not rule out selling the player in the January transfer window. Even with the intention of keeping all starters at the club for the 2017 Copa Libertadores, the club's board do not consider the possible exit of the midfielder as a bad business. After all, the transfer fee can prove to be a relief for the club, who have financial difficulties, and can be used to search for some new signings, aimed at the continental competition.

Thiago Maia is the first Santos player to have a proposal to leave during the European transfer window in January 2017.

According to the information from Lance!, Zenit, from Russia, have already contacted Giuliano Bertolucci, agent of the 19-year-old midfielder. The Russians are willing to spend €18 million to sign the player in January. Santos are yet to be contacted by the representatives of Thiago Maia, but they're willing to sell him. Santos hold 100% of the economic rights of Thiago Maia. However, according to the contract of the number 29, Santos must pass on 30% of the transfer fee to the player himself. In the middle of this year, Santos president Modesto Roma Júnior talked with Chelsea, who showed an interest in Thiago Maia. The conversations with the Blues, however, never evolved. During interviews, Thiago Maia has expressed his intention to leave the club only after playing the Copa Libertadores. Santos have qualified for the group stages of the competition. The club, in turn, recognizes the need to cash in and welcomes the possibility of negotiating yet another youth product. After winning the Olympic Gold medal with the Brazilian national team, the player was observed by several European clubs.

In addition to the Russians, Manchester United, Chelsea, PSG, Atlético Madrid and Juventus have already shown interest in signing the youngster. The board of Santos are awaiting an official proposal and does not rule out selling the player in the January transfer window. Even with the intention of keeping all starters at the club for the 2017 Copa Libertadores, the club's board do not consider the possible exit of the midfielder as a bad business. After all, the transfer fee can prove to be a relief for the club, who have financial difficulties, and can be used to search for some new signings, aimed at the continental competition.

 

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<![CDATA[Michael Beale will leave coaching role at Liverpool to be Rogério Ceni's assistant in São Paulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85294_michael_beale_will_leave_coaching_role_at_liverpool_to_be_rogerio_ceni_s_assistant_in_sao_paulo.html 

Englishman Michael Beale, who's an author of nine books about training methods, holder of UEFA's A-license, and with a 15 year experience between Liverpool and Chelsea, will leave England to work with Rogério Ceni in São Paulo.
Michael Beale, who was leading Liverpool's U23 side, is the Englishman chosen by Rogério Ceni to be his assistant in São Paulo. According to Globo Esporte, the agreement should be completed by next week. The relationship between them deepened in Ceni's visit to Liverpool last September, when he was taking the coaching course of the English Football Association. The Brazilian was with Jürgen Klopp, who manages Liverpool, but also talked with other members of the committee. Beale worked at Chelsea from 2003 to 2012. There, he was the U14's coach and responsible for the development of the club's youth categories. In September 2012 he took on a similar role for the U15 and U16 teams at Liverpool. In a restructuring in August 2014, he was promoted as U21's coach, and presently leads the U23 team. The long period of interaction with young people has caused Michael Beale to witness the emergence of future stars. Last week, for example, young attacking midfielder Ben Woodburn, who at the age of 17 became the youngest scorer in Liverpool's history. Beale's congratulations, however, were given at a distance. It is that he is already in Brazil, and was with Rogério Ceni to watch São Paulo's 4-0 win over Capivariano, last Sunday, in Cotia - the first-leg of the U20 Paulistão final.
The newly appointed São Paulo coach watched the game alongside his likely future assistant, marketing director Vinícius Pinotti and Frenchman Charles Hembert, a logistics professional who assists the Brazilian team in their overseas appointments and was with Ceni during the coaching course in England, as well as in his stage in Sevilla with Argentine Jorge Sampaoli. Hembert will be able to provide services in this area to the São Paulo's technical committee. Once the deal with Beale is set, he will begin to study Portuguese. The couch would be next to Rogério Ceni in training for the club's preseason, which will be played mostly in the United States. It's exactly the experience of Beale in assembling the program of activities that caught the attention of the former goalkeeper. Beale also holds the A and B licenses of UEFA, lacking only the final stage of the course to obtain the highest possible work permit for a coach in Europe, which is the UEFA Pro license.

Englishman Michael Beale, who's an author of nine books about training methods, holder of UEFA's A-license, and with a 15 year experience between Liverpool and Chelsea, will leave England to work with Rogério Ceni in São Paulo.

Michael Beale, who was leading Liverpool's U23 side, is the Englishman chosen by Rogério Ceni to be his assistant in São Paulo. According to Globo Esporte, the agreement should be completed by next week. The relationship between them deepened in Ceni's visit to Liverpool last September, when he was taking the coaching course of the English Football Association. The Brazilian was with Jürgen Klopp, who manages Liverpool, but also talked with other members of the committee. Beale worked at Chelsea from 2003 to 2012. There, he was the U14's coach and responsible for the development of the club's youth categories. In September 2012 he took on a similar role for the U15 and U16 teams at Liverpool. In a restructuring in August 2014, he was promoted as U21's coach, and presently leads the U23 team. The long period of interaction with young people has caused Michael Beale to witness the emergence of future stars. Last week, for example, young attacking midfielder Ben Woodburn, who at the age of 17 became the youngest scorer in Liverpool's history. Beale's congratulations, however, were given at a distance. It is that he is already in Brazil, and was with Rogério Ceni to watch São Paulo's 4-0 win over Capivariano, last Sunday, in Cotia - the first-leg of the U20 Paulistão final.

The newly appointed São Paulo coach watched the game alongside his likely future assistant, marketing director Vinícius Pinotti and Frenchman Charles Hembert, a logistics professional who assists the Brazilian team in their overseas appointments and was with Ceni during the coaching course in England, as well as in his stage in Sevilla with Argentine Jorge Sampaoli. Hembert will be able to provide services in this area to the São Paulo's technical committee. Once the deal with Beale is set, he will begin to study Portuguese. The couch would be next to Rogério Ceni in training for the club's preseason, which will be played mostly in the United States. It's exactly the experience of Beale in assembling the program of activities that caught the attention of the former goalkeeper. Beale also holds the A and B licenses of UEFA, lacking only the final stage of the course to obtain the highest possible work permit for a coach in Europe, which is the UEFA Pro license.

 

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<![CDATA[Roger Machado indicates Arouca to Atlético Mineiro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85293_roger_machado_indicates_arouca_to_atletico_mineiro.html 

30-year-old midfielder Arouca can be used by Palmeiras to reduce the request of Atlético Mineiro for Lucas Pratto.
Roger Machado will not participate in the preparation of Atletico-MG for the final of the Copa do Brasil against Grêmio, where he worked until September. But the coach signed by Atlético for 2017 has already started planning and his first indication was Arouca of Palmeiras, according to Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola. Roger and Arouca have never worked together, but the coach has always shown admiration for the player's football. Arouca is going through a bad phase at Allianz Parque, and has played just two matches in the Brasileirão for Palmeiras. Despite having a contract until January 2019, he has shown a desire to change teams, due to the stiff competition in his position. Santos have been sounding out the player for the past few days, but the conversation has not advanced. Arouca was also consulted by small clubs from abroad in the last transfer window, but Palmeiras refused to discuss the possibility of selling him.
Palmeiras do not hide the desire to sign Argentine striker Lucas Pratto to replace Gabriel Jesus, who was sold to Manchester City. According to the report, Atlético Mineiro resists the idea of ​​selling Pratto to a rival, and the request is €12.5 million. The journalist revealed on Thursday the promise of Crefisa's owner, Leila Pereira, to Verdão's advisers that Lucas Pratto will be hired. Arouca could be used to reduce the request of Atlético for the 28-year-old striker, who was highly valued in the second half after being called up by Edgardo Bauza to the Argentine national team - he even scored two goals.

30-year-old midfielder Arouca can be used by Palmeiras to reduce the request of Atlético Mineiro for Lucas Pratto.

Roger Machado will not participate in the preparation of Atletico-MG for the final of the Copa do Brasil against Grêmio, where he worked until September. But the coach signed by Atlético for 2017 has already started planning and his first indication was Arouca of Palmeiras, according to Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola. Roger and Arouca have never worked together, but the coach has always shown admiration for the player's football. Arouca is going through a bad phase at Allianz Parque, and has played just two matches in the Brasileirão for Palmeiras. Despite having a contract until January 2019, he has shown a desire to change teams, due to the stiff competition in his position. Santos have been sounding out the player for the past few days, but the conversation has not advanced. Arouca was also consulted by small clubs from abroad in the last transfer window, but Palmeiras refused to discuss the possibility of selling him.

Palmeiras do not hide the desire to sign Argentine striker Lucas Pratto to replace Gabriel Jesus, who was sold to Manchester City. According to the report, Atlético Mineiro resists the idea of ​​selling Pratto to a rival, and the request is €12.5 million. The journalist revealed on Thursday the promise of Crefisa's owner, Leila Pereira, to Verdão's advisers that Lucas Pratto will be hired. Arouca could be used to reduce the request of Atlético for the 28-year-old striker, who was highly valued in the second half after being called up by Edgardo Bauza to the Argentine national team - he even scored two goals.

 

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<![CDATA[El Clasico preview: could La Liga title be decided in December? ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85306_el_clasico_preview__could_la_liga_title_be_decided_in_december_.htmlBarcelona vs Real Madrid
La Liga 2016/17
Date: 3 December, 2016
Time: 15:15 BST Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona

Barcelona host Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the 2016-17 La Liga season on Saturday. The Catalan giants, second in the league with 27 points, are trailing Madrid by 6 points after Match day 13, and further slip-ups could cost them the title. The Blaugrana have lost once, and drawn twice this season at Camp Nou, but are still La Liga betting favourites at 1.90 with SmartBets to win this tie. Luis Enrique’s side are heading into the match on the back of two disappointing league results, with Barcelona only managing draws against Malaga and Real Sociedad. Injuries to key players have been a major problem, but what has really hurt them is the form of Neymar. Although he did set up Lionel Messi for an equaliser in their 1-1 draw against Sociedad, the Barcelona forward has not scored in his last 7 games. Neymar escaped a major accident last week, after he had crashed his Ferrari. He was on his way to the club’s training ground before the game against Sociedad when the incident happened.

Rafinha, Neymar’s national and club teammate, could feature against Real Madrid, but he is most likely to come on as a sub, if required. Real Madrid, on the other hand, are flying high in the league, having won their last 6 matches, and remaining the only side in La Liga that are yet to be defeated. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 7 goals in his last 4 games, and Madrid will be expecting their talisman to be on top of his game when they meet Barcelona on Saturday. The Portuguese forward looks geared up for Saturday’s game after he posted a message for his fans on Snapchat: "Five days to El Clasico it’s going to go fast. So am I." However, Madrid will be without Gareth Bale for this crunch game. The Welsh forward twisted his ankle against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League, and he is facing a lengthy period on the sidelines.

Casemiro
, the Brazilian defensive midfielder, returned to training last week, and might play some part against Barcelona. He was included in the match day squad against Sporting Gijon, but remained an unused sub. Mateo Kovačić has done a really good job in holding the midfield during Casemiro's absence, and the Croatian is likely to retain his spot. Brazilian right-back, Danilo, started in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon, but he is likely to lose his place to Dani Carvajal. Marcelo, Madrid’s first choice left-back, is another Brazilian to look forward to during the match. He has been in superb form this season, and his battle against Lionel Messi is certainly going to be a key factor in deciding the outcome of the match.

Barcelona possible starting XI:
Ter Stegen, Digne, Mascherano, Pique, Roberto, Gomes, Busquests, Rakitic, Neymar, Suarez, Messi.

Real Madrid possible starting XI:
Navas, Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Carvajal, Kovacic, Modric, Ronaldo, Vazquez, Isco, Benzema. Prediction: Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid 

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<![CDATA[Santos are interested in Luís Fabiano, but negotiation is difficult]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85282_santos_are_interested_in_luis_fabiano__but_negotiation_is_difficult.html 

Santos wants to offer a productivity contract to Luís Fabiano, but the 35-year-old striker wants to remain abroad without giving up high wages.
According to Globo Esporte, Santos wants to sign Luís Fabiano for 2017, but the negotiation is far from being fulfilled. This is because Santos are willing to offer a productivity contract to the striker, but this is not in the plans of Fabiano and his representatives. Luís Fabiano has a contract with China's Tianjin Quanjian until the end of this year, and will not renew the contract. The center-forward received enquiries from other Chinese clubs as well as Ponte Preta and Vasco da Gama of Brazil, but he did not want to give up the high salary. Santos sees Luís Fabiano as a back-up for Ricardo Oliveira, who has missed several games this year due to injury, and the coaching staff understands that it would be important to have a heavyweight option along with the number 9. Rodrigão has had a drop in performances and on loan striker Joel will be returning to Cruzeiro.
With no chance of an agreement on a productivity contract, Santos hopes that the player decides to come to Vila Belmiro thinking about next year's Libertadores. There is also the possibility of a short contract, as done with Ricardo Oliveira [of three months], and then a renewal with larger values. Santos have already signed right-back Matheus Ribeiro of Atlético-GO and striker Vladimir Hernández of Junior Barranquilla. Santos are also negotiating with defender Cléber [Hamburg], Marcos Guilherme [Atletico-PR], and Atlético Nacional's Guerra and Berrio.

Santos wants to offer a productivity contract to Luís Fabiano, but the 35-year-old striker wants to remain abroad without giving up high wages.

According to Globo Esporte, Santos wants to sign Luís Fabiano for 2017, but the negotiation is far from being fulfilled. This is because Santos are willing to offer a productivity contract to the striker, but this is not in the plans of Fabiano and his representatives. Luís Fabiano has a contract with China's Tianjin Quanjian until the end of this year, and will not renew the contract. The center-forward received enquiries from other Chinese clubs as well as Ponte Preta and Vasco da Gama of Brazil, but he did not want to give up the high salary. Santos sees Luís Fabiano as a back-up for Ricardo Oliveira, who has missed several games this year due to injury, and the coaching staff understands that it would be important to have a heavyweight option along with the number 9. Rodrigão has had a drop in performances and on loan striker Joel will be returning to Cruzeiro.

With no chance of an agreement on a productivity contract, Santos hopes that the player decides to come to Vila Belmiro thinking about next year's Libertadores. There is also the possibility of a short contract, as done with Ricardo Oliveira [of three months], and then a renewal with larger values. Santos have already signed right-back Matheus Ribeiro of Atlético-GO and striker Vladimir Hernández of Junior Barranquilla. Santos are also negotiating with defender Cléber [Hamburg], Marcos Guilherme [Atletico-PR], and Atlético Nacional's Guerra and Berrio.

 

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<![CDATA[Roger Machado is the new coach of Atlético Mineiro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85281_roger_machado_is_the_new_coach_of_atletico_mineiro.html 

Roger Machado was announced as the new coach of Atlético Mineiro; he signed a contract until December 2018.
The coach's appointment was confirmed by the board on Wednesday, but the talks began almost a week ago when the former coach of Grêmio was in Europe. After resigning from the post at Grêmio, the coach went to Europe to study and improve his knowledge in football. And it's where the first contact between Roger and Atlético Mineiro occurred. Hours after the dismissal of Marcelo Oliveira, president Daniel Nepomuceno opened negotiations with Léo Ferreira, agent of Roger. The conversation with the businessman was to know the situation of the coach, who was also on the agenda of Pedro Abad, one of the presidential candidates of Fluminense. During the phone contact with the agent, it was agreed that the coach would not talk to another team before sitting with Nepomuceno and football director Eduardo Maluf. The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday at the home of one of the leaders, and the coach's stance was enough for the board to make sure a positive outcome.
In the seven days between the first conversation and the meeting in Maluf's residence, Roger Machado was not approached by another club. Even newly elected Fluminense president Pedro Abad didn't try to contact the former Grêmio coach. With the path totally free, Atlético Mineiro formalized the proposal and reached an agreement. In the conversations with Roger, however, a point was settled. The coach will not interfere in the training that precedes the final of the Copa do Brasil, which was postponed to December 7. He has already returned to Rio Grande do Sul, his home state, to get the details of the move to Belo Horizonte and enjoy the holidays with his family. The trip to Minas Gerais will only take place in January next year.

Roger Machado was announced as the new coach of Atlético Mineiro; he signed a contract until December 2018.

The coach's appointment was confirmed by the board on Wednesday, but the talks began almost a week ago when the former coach of Grêmio was in Europe. After resigning from the post at Grêmio, the coach went to Europe to study and improve his knowledge in football. And it's where the first contact between Roger and Atlético Mineiro occurred. Hours after the dismissal of Marcelo Oliveira, president Daniel Nepomuceno opened negotiations with Léo Ferreira, agent of Roger. The conversation with the businessman was to know the situation of the coach, who was also on the agenda of Pedro Abad, one of the presidential candidates of Fluminense. During the phone contact with the agent, it was agreed that the coach would not talk to another team before sitting with Nepomuceno and football director Eduardo Maluf. The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday at the home of one of the leaders, and the coach's stance was enough for the board to make sure a positive outcome.

In the seven days between the first conversation and the meeting in Maluf's residence, Roger Machado was not approached by another club. Even newly elected Fluminense president Pedro Abad didn't try to contact the former Grêmio coach. With the path totally free, Atlético Mineiro formalized the proposal and reached an agreement. In the conversations with Roger, however, a point was settled. The coach will not interfere in the training that precedes the final of the Copa do Brasil, which was postponed to December 7. He has already returned to Rio Grande do Sul, his home state, to get the details of the move to Belo Horizonte and enjoy the holidays with his family. The trip to Minas Gerais will only take place in January next year.

 

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<![CDATA[Jakson Follmann undergoes new surgery, and hospital discards another amputation]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85280_jakson_follmann_undergoes_new_surgery__and_hospital_discards_another_amputation.html 

Hospital showed the evolution of goalkeeper Jakson Follmann, whose leg was part amputated after the Chapecoense plane crash in Colombia.
Journalist Rafael Henzel will be taken to another hospital after the analysis of CBF doctors, and defender Neto has a stable frame. Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, a survivor of the Chapecoense plane crash, underwent a new surgery on Thursday to treat his leg, and the hospital have discarded another amputation. The clinic where the player is hospitalized, Fundación San Vicente, released the information in a bulletin. The hospital pointed out that Follmann's left leg injury progressed adequately "in such a way that amputation was not necessary."
The player was one of six rescued alive in the tragedy in Colombia. After surviving the injury, Alan Ruschel, defender Neto, journalist Rafael Henzel and two crew members - Ximena Suárez and Erwin Tumirik - survived. Henzel should be transferred to another hospital in the Medellín region. He was evaluated by doctor Jorge Pagura, of CBF, and requested to transfer the professional from the clinic, where he is in La Ceja, to Fundación San Vicente hospital. According to Fernando Solera, head of the anti-doping commission of CBF, who is also in Medellín, Henzel is conscious, but, as a precaution, he chose to transfer to a hospital with a specialist for a better evaluation. Neto, who is also in La Ceja, underwent two scans on Thursday, in the brain and chest, which did not indicate alterations in his condition. The doctors of CBF and Chapecoense want to transfer the four surviving Brazilians, including Alan Ruschel, to Fundación San Vicente hospital within Saturday.

Hospital showed the evolution of goalkeeper Jakson Follmann, whose leg was part amputated after the Chapecoense plane crash in Colombia.

Journalist Rafael Henzel will be taken to another hospital after the analysis of CBF doctors, and defender Neto has a stable frame. Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, a survivor of the Chapecoense plane crash, underwent a new surgery on Thursday to treat his leg, and the hospital have discarded another amputation. The clinic where the player is hospitalized, Fundación San Vicente, released the information in a bulletin. The hospital pointed out that Follmann's left leg injury progressed adequately "in such a way that amputation was not necessary."

The player was one of six rescued alive in the tragedy in Colombia. After surviving the injury, Alan Ruschel, defender Neto, journalist Rafael Henzel and two crew members - Ximena Suárez and Erwin Tumirik - survived. Henzel should be transferred to another hospital in the Medellín region. He was evaluated by doctor Jorge Pagura, of CBF, and requested to transfer the professional from the clinic, where he is in La Ceja, to Fundación San Vicente hospital. According to Fernando Solera, head of the anti-doping commission of CBF, who is also in Medellín, Henzel is conscious, but, as a precaution, he chose to transfer to a hospital with a specialist for a better evaluation. Neto, who is also in La Ceja, underwent two scans on Thursday, in the brain and chest, which did not indicate alterations in his condition. The doctors of CBF and Chapecoense want to transfer the four surviving Brazilians, including Alan Ruschel, to Fundación San Vicente hospital within Saturday.

 

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<![CDATA[Messi and Neymar misses out, but Corinthians attacking midfielder Marlone is a Puskás Award finalist]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85279_messi_and_neymar_misses_out__but_corinthians_attacking_midfielder_marlone_is_a_puskas_award_finalist.html 

On Friday, FIFA announced the three finalists of the Puskás Award, given to the player scoring the best goal of the season.
Marlone, scorer of a beautiful volleyed goal in Corinthians' match against Cobresal in the Copa Libertadores, will compete with Daniuska Rodriguez of Venezuela and Mohd Faiz Subri of Malaysia. The spectacular goal scored by Neymar during Barcelona's victory against Villarreal in November last year did not make the final three. The winner of the Puskás Award will be revealed on January 9, 2017, during the ceremony where FIFA announces the best footballer in the world. The list of the most beautiful goals of the year was selected by a group of players and former players, composed by Brazilian Marta, Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta and Dutchman Marco Van Basten. The goals considered were scored between September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2016. The winner will be the successor to Wendell Lira, the former Brazilian player who won the last edition of the award.

On Friday, FIFA announced the three finalists of the Puskás Award, given to the player scoring the best goal of the season.

Marlone, scorer of a beautiful volleyed goal in Corinthians' match against Cobresal in the Copa Libertadores, will compete with Daniuska Rodriguez of Venezuela and Mohd Faiz Subri of Malaysia. The spectacular goal scored by Neymar during Barcelona's victory against Villarreal in November last year did not make the final three. The winner of the Puskás Award, picked through online voting, will be revealed on January 9, 2017, during the ceremony where FIFA announces the best footballer of the year. The list of the best goals of the year was selected by a group of players and former players, composed by Brazilian Marta, Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta and Dutchman Marco Van Basten. The goals considered were scored between September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2016. The winner will be the successor to Wendell Lira, the former Brazilian player who won the last edition of the award.

 

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<![CDATA[Coutinho names Barca trio as best in the world]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85264_coutinho_names_barca_trio_as_best_in_the_world.htmlPhilippe Coutinho believes that Barcelona’s MSN trio- Neymar, Suarez and Messi- are the three greatest players in the world. In an interview with fourfourtwo magazine, the Brazilian said that whole Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player, the Barca trio complete one another.

Coutinho, who is continually linked with a move to the Catalan club, told the football monthly magazine, “My top three players in the world are the MSN trio. One is fast, the other is skilful, then there’s the top scorer, so they really complete each other.

“Obviously there are others at Real Madrid too, like Cristiano Ronaldo, but those three [Messi, Suarez and Neymar] complete each other.” Coutinho is a good friend of Neymar’s since they played junior football together and the comments could fuel further speculation linking the Liverpool player with a move to Barcelona. 

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<![CDATA[Who will win the Samba Gold 2016?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85263_who_will_win_the_samba_gold_2016_.htmlLast season’s winner, Neymar, is one of the favorites for the trophy again this year. He was part of the Seleção team that won the Olympic Games in Rio. But he is not the only one to have performed remarkably this year.

From the Premier League, players such as Philippe Coutinho or Roberto Firmino have enjoyed excellent seasons- having flourished since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Lest we forget Casemiro, who has managed to win his place in the midfield of Real
Madrid with brilliant performances. He has become the glue of Zinedine Zidane’s side and has a Champions League winners medal to show for his efforts in 2016.

Ligue 1 has plenty of representatives in the running too, in particular the presence of Fabinho, Thiago Silva or Marquinhos. Now it's up to you to make your choice by voting for the three players who, in your opinion, deserve to win this trophy.


Cast your votes here!

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<![CDATA[Abel Braga will be announced as the new coach of Fluminense]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85257_abel_braga_will_be_announced_as_the_new_coach_of_fluminense.html 

President-elect Pedro Abad has reached an agreement with the coach - some contract details are still being discussed, and an official announcement should happen this weekend.
Abel Braga will be announced as the new coach of Fluminense. According to the information from Globo Esporte, the coach has reached an agreement with the president-elect, Pedro Abad. The official announcement of the new appointment is expected to be made this weekend. It will be the third spell of Abel Braga at Fluminense. Roger Machado was the top priority of Abad, who won the presidential election last Saturday. However, the former coach of Grêmio was close to a deal with Atlético Mineiro, hence Abad searched for alternatives. Cuca, who has just won the Brasileirão with Palmeiras, was indicated but the coach's indefinite situation at his current club prevented any advances. Pedro Abad was elected as the new president last Saturday and will be in charge of Fluminense until 2019. The agreement between the parties was forwarded to Abad and Abel last Monday. Details like contract length are still under discussion, but the parties are likely to sign for two seasons. Some Fluminense players, who resumed training on Wednesday, have already been informed that they will have Abel Braga as their boss in 2017.
Abel, who was recently on a trip but has already returned to Brazil, has been free in the market since leaving Al-Jazeera of the United Arab Emirates. He had attracted the interest of Celso Barros and Mário Bittencourt, defeated candidates in the election of Saturday. State champion in 2005 and 2012 and Brasileirão winner in 2012, Abel has had two previous spells at Fluminense.

President-elect Pedro Abad has reached an agreement with the coach - some contract details are still being discussed, and an official announcement should happen this weekend.

Abel Braga will be announced as the new coach of Fluminense. According to the information from Globo Esporte, the coach has reached an agreement with the president-elect, Pedro Abad. The official announcement of the new appointment is expected to be made this weekend. It will be the third spell of Abel Braga at Fluminense. Roger Machado was the top priority of Abad, who won the presidential election last Saturday. However, the former coach of Grêmio was close to a deal with Atlético Mineiro, hence Abad searched for alternatives. Cuca, who has just won the Brasileirão with Palmeiras, was indicated but the coach's indefinite situation at his current club prevented any advances. Pedro Abad was elected as the new president last Saturday and will be in charge of Fluminense until 2019. The agreement between the parties was forwarded to Abad and Abel last Monday. Details like contract length are still under discussion, but the parties are likely to sign for two seasons. Some Fluminense players, who resumed training on Wednesday, have already been informed that they will have Abel Braga as their boss in 2017.

Abel, who was recently on a trip but has already returned to Brazil, has been free in the market since leaving Al-Jazeera of the United Arab Emirates. He had attracted the interest of Celso Barros and Mário Bittencourt, defeated candidates in the election of Saturday. State champion in 2005 and 2012 and Brasileirão winner in 2012, Abel has had two previous spells at Fluminense.

 

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<![CDATA[Santos president says Chapecoense will not have to pay wages of players they receive on loan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85255_santos_president_says_chapecoense_will_not_have_to_pay_wages_of_players_they_receive_on_loan.html 

Modesto Roma Júnior, president of Santos, has said that his club will pay in full the salaries of players who will eventually be loaned out to Chapecoense as part of a collective action by Brazilian associations to help the Santa Catarina team recover from the air disaster in Colombia.
On Tuesday, Brazilian clubs launched a package of measures to assist Chapecoense, who have practically lost almost their entire team following the accident. Until the early afternoon, Corinthians, Palmeiras, São Paulo, Portuguesa, Joinville, Coritiba, Cruzeiro, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense, Botafogo, Atlético Paranaense and Tupi had joined the movement, in addition to Santos. However, it's not confirmed if all the clubs would pay in full the wages of the players that will go on loan. There are still points to be settled, such as the number of players that will be loaned and how many each team will offer. Modesto said: "It's not just Santos' decision. Initially, it was talked that all who participate in the movement will pay the salaries of the players who are loaned out, so Chapecoense has no costs."

Modesto Roma Júnior, president of Santos, has said that his club will pay in full the salaries of players who will eventually be loaned out to Chapecoense as part of a collective action by Brazilian associations to help the Santa Catarina team recover from the air disaster in Colombia.

On Tuesday, Brazilian clubs launched a package of measures to assist Chapecoense, who have practically lost almost their entire team following the accident. Until the early afternoon, Corinthians, Palmeiras, São Paulo, Portuguesa, Joinville, Coritiba, Cruzeiro, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense, Botafogo, Atlético Paranaense and Tupi had joined the movement, in addition to Santos. However, it's not confirmed if all the clubs would pay in full the wages of the players that will go on loan. There are still points to be settled, such as the number of players that will be loaned and how many each team will offer. Modesto said: "It's not just Santos' decision. Initially, it was talked that all who participate in the movement will pay the salaries of the players who are loaned out, so Chapecoense has no costs."

 

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus travels to undergo medical at Manchester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85254_gabriel_jesus_travels_to_undergo_medical_at_manchester_city.html 

Gabriel Jesus will return to Brazil next Sunday, but his presence in Palmeiras' match against Vitória for the last round of the Brasileirão, is still doubtful.
A new stage in the career of Gabriel Jesus begins on the night of Wednesday. Sold to Manchester City, the striker took a flight to England to undergo medical tests and have his first contact with the new team. Brasileirão champion last Sunday with Palmeiras, the 19-year-old forward will take his time in Europe to know the facilities of his future club and also talk personally with Pep Guardiola. Wanted by Barcelona and Manchester United during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, the youngster chose to sign for Manchester City after having a telephone call with the Spanish coach. After the agreement, Guardiola praised Gabriel Jesus on several occasions. Gabriel Jesus returns to Brazil on Sunday, but his participation in Palmeiras' match against Vitória on December 11 in Salvador for the last round of the Brasileirão is still doubtful.

Gabriel Jesus will return to Brazil next Sunday, but his presence in Palmeiras' match against Vitória for the last round of the Brasileirão, is still doubtful.

A new stage in the career of Gabriel Jesus begins on the night of Wednesday. Sold to Manchester City, the striker took a flight to England to undergo medical tests and have his first contact with the new team. Brasileirão champion last Sunday with Palmeiras, the 19-year-old forward will take his time in Europe to know the facilities of his future club and also talk personally with Pep Guardiola. Wanted by Barcelona and Manchester United during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, the youngster chose to sign for Manchester City after having a telephone call with the Spanish coach. After the agreement, Guardiola praised Gabriel Jesus on several occasions. Gabriel Jesus returns to Brazil on Sunday, but his participation in Palmeiras' match against Vitória on December 11 in Salvador for the last round of the Brasileirão is still doubtful.

 

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<![CDATA[Brazilians report panic on plane that took emergency landing just before the flight of Chapecoense]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85253_brazilians_report_panic_on_plane_that_took_emergency_landing_just_before_the_flight_of_chapecoense.html 

A commercial flight by the company VivaColombia, made an unscheduled landing at Medellín's José María Córdova airport at around the same time that the Chapecoense plane was approaching.
The plane from VivaColombia, which had left Bogotá for the island of San Andrés, did not reach its destination due to an emergency and had to land at the nearest airport. The Chapecoense aircraft, operated by the Bolivian company Lamia, failed to land and fell minutes later near the Medellín airport. It is not yet clear whether the emergency of the commercial flight someway affected the accident that killed over 70 people, including players and staff of the the Brazilian club. There were at least three Brazilians on this flight. Despite the fright, the passengers are well and after the setback have managed to reach their destination. Maysa Ramos, 27, who is on vacation in Colombia, said: "Our flight was confusing and had a lot of turbulence."
The Brazilians said that, in the middle of the flight, the pilot entered in contact with the passengers informing about a "gasoline leak" and saying that it would be necessary to make an emergency landing in Medellín. Already on the ground, passengers had to wait on the plane for about 45 minutes and then were taken to a waiting room at the airport. Searching for information, the Brazilians heard from an airport employee that their flight had been given priority for landing, over the plane carrying the delegation of Chapecoense, which had fallen.
Maysa, who was born in Maranhão but lives in Uberlândia, said: "The message she passed was: 'it was your flight's fault'. I was very puzzled, she needed to tell me about it three times because I did not believe it, we knew the plane had crashed, but we could not believe it was because of our plane. The police reported that unfortunately they could not land because we were already on the emergency priority. They had to wait for my plane to reach the ground... In that wait, they lost contact with the tower and the plane crashed, and if they had landed first? Maybe it would be our plane running in the air without gas! It was chaos. No one knows for sure what happened, everyone with fear, wanting to catch another plane, children crying, people screaming... "
The Colombian authorities, however, did not confirm a direct connection between the two cases.

A commercial flight by the company VivaColombia, made an unscheduled landing at Medellín's José María Córdova airport at around the same time that the Chapecoense plane was approaching.

The plane from VivaColombia, which had left Bogotá for the island of San Andrés, did not reach its destination due to an emergency and had to land at the nearest airport. The Chapecoense aircraft, operated by the Bolivian company Lamia, failed to land and fell minutes later near the Medellín airport. It is not yet clear whether the emergency of the commercial flight someway affected the accident that killed over 70 people, including players and staff of the the Brazilian club. There were at least three Brazilians on this flight. Despite the fright, the passengers are well and after the setback have managed to reach their destination. Maysa Ramos, 27, who is on vacation in Colombia, said: "Our flight was confusing and had a lot of turbulence."

The Brazilians said that, in the middle of the flight, the pilot entered in contact with the passengers informing about a "gasoline leak" and saying that it would be necessary to make an emergency landing in Medellín. Already on the ground, passengers had to wait on the plane for about 45 minutes and then were taken to a waiting room at the airport. Searching for information, the Brazilians heard from an airport employee that their flight had been given priority for landing, over the plane carrying the delegation of Chapecoense, which had fallen.

Maysa, who was born in Maranhão but lives in Uberlândia, said: "The message she passed was: 'it was your flight's fault'. I was very puzzled, she needed to tell me about it three times because I did not believe it, we knew the plane had crashed, but we could not believe it was because of our plane. The police reported that unfortunately they could not land because we were already on the emergency priority. They had to wait for my plane to reach the ground... In that wait, they lost contact with the tower and the plane crashed, and if they had landed first? Maybe it would be our plane running in the air without gas! It was chaos. No one knows for sure what happened, everyone with fear, wanting to catch another plane, children crying, people screaming... "

The Colombian authorities, however, did not confirm a direct connection between the two cases.

 

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<![CDATA[Atletico Mineiro request indefinite cancellation of Chapecoense fixture]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85246_atletico_mineiro_request_indefinite_cancellation_of_chapecoense_fixture.htmlAtlético Mineiro have asked for the indefinite cancellation of their match with Chapocoense, due to take place in December. Galo and Chapocoense were scheduled to play one another in the final match of the Brasileirão season.

But following the tragic events that befell the Chapeco club this week, Atlético believe the fixture should not be fulfilled. In any case, the match has few consequences on the league table, with Atlético guaranteed 4th place regardless of the result. Chapocoense sit in 9th and could have finished 8th or 10th pending the result.

The final weekend of the season has been moved back 7 days due to the disaster, as has the Copa do Brasil final 2nd leg between Grêmio and Atlético Mineiro, that was due to take place tonight. Atlético released a statement on their website on Tuesday declaring their fixture with Chapocoense insignificant.

“What Brazilian football needs, at this moment, is a true respect for mourning,” the statement read. “Even as a humanitarian issue, it is against the fulfilment of the match in the last round of the Brasileirão, considering it untenable in light of events.

“It is important that there is a deliberation of the CBF and the other clubs in Serie A. It supports the union of clubs and federations in order to mitigate the sporting consequences of this tragedy for Chapecoense, we consider that the priority at this moment is to support the families of those involved in the tragedy.”

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<![CDATA[Klopp gives fitness update on Coutinho and Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85245_klopp_gives_fitness_update_on_coutinho_and_firmino.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given an update on the fitness of Brazilian pair Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, both of whom were sidelined for the 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Leeds at Anfield on Tuesday.

Coutinho underwent a scan on an ankle ligament problem, that forced him off 34 minutes into the 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday and is expected to miss around six weeks of action. “What I can say is it is for sure too long because the best thing would be that he is not out, but that's not really likely,” he said.

“We have to wait for a final scan and then we'll know how long it will be and then we have to take it like it is.” With Firmino, details are slightly more sketchy, with the Brazilian also sitting out the Reds’ EFL Cup match.

“On Roberto we have to wait. I know yesterday it was still painful, so that’s something we have to wait for - how he feels today. It's another day for us. I think it will be OK but I'm not sure at the moment.

“That's, I think, all. Apart from how it always is in the period after an intense game, like it was against Sunderland - a few knocks here and there, so we have to wait,” he added.

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<![CDATA[People close to Gabigol informs Santos about the striker's desire to play Libertadores]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85230_people_close_to_gabigol_informs_santos_about_the_striker_s_desire_to_play_libertadores.html 

There wouldn't be a single Santos supporter who doesn't regret the transfer of striker Gabigol to Italian side Inter Milan in August this year.
With just one round remaining in the Brasileirão, coach Dorival Junior, for example, still cites the loss of the striker as a factor for the team's drop in performances. However, there is still hope for the club's fans and for the coach himself - according to the information from Lance!, people linked to Gabigol recently contacted the board of Santos to express the striker's desire to play Libertadores for the club which revealed him. However, Gabigol's agent Wagner Ribeiro denied that his client's intention is to leave Inter Milan. The agent also stressed that Gabigol has been working hard to earn a space in the Italian club. Despite the approach from the player's staff, the board of Santos haven't begun the negotiations to bring back the 20-year-old to Vila Belmiro. Even with the initial contact with the player, Santos haven't even started the talks with Inter Milan and therefore doesn't know the conditions for the deal. The striker has so far played just 15 minutes for the Italian team, against Bologna, in the Serie A. It is certain that the club want to take advantage of Gabigol's lack of playing time at Inter Milan and intends to use this exact argument to convince the Italians to loan out the player. Gabigol was sold for €29 million in the middle of this season and bid farewell to Santos, after winning two state league titles, in 2015 and 2016.

There wouldn't be a single Santos supporter who doesn't regret the transfer of striker Gabigol to Italian side Inter Milan in August this year.

With just one round remaining in the Brasileirão, coach Dorival Junior, for example, still cites the loss of the striker as a factor for the team's drop in performances. However, there is still hope for the club's fans and for the coach himself - according to the information from Lance!, people linked to Gabigol recently contacted the board of Santos to express the striker's desire to play Libertadores for the club which revealed him. However, Gabigol's agent Wagner Ribeiro denied that his client's intention is to leave Inter Milan. The agent also stressed that Gabigol has been working hard to earn a space in the Italian club. Despite the approach from the player's staff, the board of Santos haven't begun the negotiations to bring back the 20-year-old to Vila Belmiro. Even with the initial contact with the player, Santos haven't even started the talks with Inter Milan and therefore doesn't know the conditions for the deal. The striker has so far played just 15 minutes for the Italian team, against Bologna, in the Serie A. It is certain that the club want to take advantage of Gabigol's lack of playing time at Inter Milan and intends to use this exact argument to convince the Italians to loan out the player. Gabigol was sold for €29 million in the middle of this season and bid farewell to Santos, after winning two state league titles, in 2015 and 2016.

 

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<![CDATA[Son of Chapecoense coach Caio Júnior missed the tragic journey after forgetting his passport]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85229_son_of_chapecoense_coach_caio_junior_missed_the_tragic_journey_after_forgetting_his_passport.html 

Matheus Saroli, son of Chapecoense coach Caio Júnior, said on Tuesday morning that he almost took the tragic flight that carried the club's delegation to Colombia.
The plane suffered an accident in the region of Antioquia, near Medellín, killing over 70 people, including coaches, players, officials and journalists. According to Matheus, he missed the trip to Medellín, Colombia, only because he forgot his passport. The son of Caio Júnior was in the city of São Paulo on Monday, and the delegation left the city in the afternoon. In an interview with UOL Esporte last week, Caio Júnior said that he was going through the best phase of his career. With him in charge, Chapecoense reached the final of the Copa Sul-Americana.
Matheus said: "Friends, my brother and my mother are all well. We ask that we are given a little privacy, especially to my mother, and thank all of those sending messages. I was in São Paulo today and didn't board the flight because I had forgotten my passport. We are strong, we are going to get past this. Thank you everyone."

Matheus Saroli, son of Chapecoense coach Caio Júnior, said on Tuesday morning that he almost took the tragic flight that carried the club's delegation to Colombia.

The plane suffered an accident in the region of Antioquia, near Medellín, killing over 70 people, including coaches, players, officials and journalists. According to Matheus, he missed the trip to Medellín, Colombia, only because he forgot his passport. The son of Caio Júnior was in the city of São Paulo on Monday, and the delegation left the city in the afternoon. In an interview with UOL Esporte last week, Caio Júnior said that he was going through the best phase of his career. With him in charge, Chapecoense reached the final of the Copa Sul-Americana.

Matheus said: "Friends, my brother and my mother are all well. We ask that we are given a little privacy, especially to my mother, and thank all of those sending messages. I was in São Paulo today and didn't board the flight because I had forgotten my passport. We are strong, we are going to get past this. Thank you everyone."

 

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<![CDATA[Atlético Nacional requests CONMEBOL to declare Chapecoense as Copa Sul-Americana champions]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85228_atletico_nacional_requests_conmebol_to_declare_chapecoense_as_copa_sul-americana_champions.html 

Copa Sul-Americana finalists Atlético Nacional released an official note requesting CONMEBOL to declare opponents Chapecoense as champions of the competition.
Chapecoense's opponent in the final of the Copa Sul-Americana, Atlético Nacional issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon in which they asked CONMEBOL to award the title to the team from Santa Catarina. The plane carrying the delegation of the Brazilian club, which included coaches, players, officials and journalists, suffered an accident in the region of Antioquia, near Medellín, taking the lives of over 70 people.
The club's statement read: "After being very concerned with the humanity part, we thought of the competitive aspect and we want to publish this release where Atlético Nacional invites CONMEBOL to award the Copa Sul-Americana title to Chapecoense in honor of the team's huge loss and in homage to victims of the fatal accident that our sport mourns. For our part, and forever, Chapecoense are the Copa Sul-Americana champions."
Atlético Nacional and Chapecoense were supposed to face off in the first-leg of the final on Wednesday in Medellín, but due to the tragedy, the two games were suspended indefinitely. CONMEBOL canceled the match in the early hours of the day. Atlético Nacional player Gilberto Garcia said: "We will take this as a warning from God to further improve our personal lives, to continue to believe in ourselves. Let's wait for CONMEBOL's determination, but we want them to clearly declare Chapecoense as champion. And then see what's next. The initiative is ours and the world of football. We hope CONMEBOL makes that decision."
He added: "We are dismayed, very saddened by the situation. We don't understand how it happened and what we can do right now is give all the strength and energy to the family of all who have passed away. Little can be said. It could happen to us too, we made many trips on that same plane. But it was unfortunate that it happened to them."

Copa Sul-Americana finalists Atlético Nacional released an official note requesting CONMEBOL to declare opponents Chapecoense as champions of the competition.

Chapecoense's opponent in the final of the Copa Sul-Americana, Atlético Nacional issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon in which they asked CONMEBOL to award the title to the team from Santa Catarina. The plane carrying the delegation of the Brazilian club, which included coaches, players, officials and journalists, suffered an accident in the region of Antioquia, near Medellín, taking the lives of over 70 people.

The club's statement read: "After being very concerned with the humanity part, we thought of the competitive aspect and we want to publish this release where Atlético Nacional invites CONMEBOL to award the Copa Sul-Americana title to Chapecoense in honor of the team's huge loss and in homage to victims of the fatal accident that our sport mourns. For our part, and forever, Chapecoense are the Copa Sul-Americana champions."

Atlético Nacional and Chapecoense were supposed to face off in the first-leg of the final on Wednesday in Medellín, but due to the tragedy, the two games were suspended indefinitely. CONMEBOL canceled the match in the early hours of the day. Atlético Nacional player Gilberto Garcia said: "We will take this as a warning from God to further improve our personal lives, to continue to believe in ourselves. Let's wait for CONMEBOL's determination, but we want them to clearly declare Chapecoense as champion. And then see what's next. The initiative is ours and the world of football. We hope CONMEBOL makes that decision."

He added: "We are dismayed, very saddened by the situation. We don't understand how it happened and what we can do right now is give all the strength and energy to the family of all who have passed away. Little can be said. It could happen to us too, we made many trips on that same plane. But it was unfortunate that it happened to them."

 

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<![CDATA[Rogério Ceni indicates two foreign assistants to São Paulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85227_rogerio_ceni_indicates_two_foreign_assistants_to_sao_paulo.htmlFormer goalkeeper Rogério Ceni was announced as the new coach of São Paulo for next season.
Without authorization from the board to count on Milton Cruz as technical assistant, Rogério Ceni has already chosen two assistants to work with him at São Paulo from 2017. The former goalkeeper has indicated two foreign professionals, who work abroad but can speak Portuguese. The duo's name is kept confidential because there are still some bureaucratic details left for a deal. They are still employed and must leave the clubs at the end of the season to be available to São Paulo for pre-season, which is scheduled for January in the United States. It's worth remembering that São Paulo will participate in the Florida Cup in 2017. According to Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, the duo chosen by Rogério Ceni are great scholars of football. Instead of selecting famous people with more credibility, the club idol opted for two people who prioritise tactics and statistics. The option for Milton Cruz was suggested by Rogério Ceni, but president Leco asked the newly appointed coach to nominate another partner, because Milton was dismissed by the president himself on March of this year.

Former goalkeeper Rogério Ceni was announced as the new coach of São Paulo for next season.

Without authorization from the board to count on Milton Cruz as technical assistant, Rogério Ceni has already chosen two assistants to work with him at São Paulo from 2017. The former goalkeeper has indicated two foreign professionals, who work abroad but can speak Portuguese. The duo's name is kept confidential because there are still some bureaucratic details left for a deal. They are still employed and must leave the clubs at the end of the season to be available to São Paulo for pre-season, which is scheduled for January in the United States. It's worth remembering that São Paulo will participate in the Florida Cup in 2017. According to Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, the duo chosen by Rogério Ceni are great scholars of football. Instead of selecting famous people with more credibility, the club idol opted for two people who prioritise tactics and statistics. The option for Milton Cruz was suggested by Rogério Ceni, but president Leco asked the newly appointed coach to nominate another partner, because Milton was dismissed by the president himself on March of this year.

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<![CDATA[Santos coach admits Schweinsteiger interest]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85213_santos_coach_admits_schweinsteiger_interest.htmlSantos coach Dorival Junior admits that he is interested in bringing out of favour Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger to the club. The German has not started a game since Jose Mourinho took over this summer and looks likely to depart in January.

Santos are on course to finish in 3rd place in the Brasileirão this year and the club are already looking to build for next season. Dorival says he has already spoken to the board at Santos about attracting the ex Bayern midfielder.

"I told them that we should try to get a big name in world football, or at least send an invitation. It was just a recommendation ... It won't hurt us to try. We didn't only speak about Schweinsteiger but other players too. A player like that can obviously lift the level of the team, but he has to come with an objective and an appetite."

O Peixe have some money from the August sale of Gabigol and will play in the Copa Libertadores next year, which they hope will leave them with enough funds for Schweinsteiger and they hope will prove lure enough to capture his interest.

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<![CDATA[‘Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or’ says Tite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85212____ronaldo_deserves_ballon_d___or____says_tite.htmlBrazil coach Tite says that Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon D’Or this year. The Portuguese won the Champions League with Real Madrid and the European Championships with Portugual in Euro 2016.

He will once again do battle with Lionel Messi for the game’s top individual gong and Tite believes the Madrid man should take the prize for 2016, ““Messi’s the best in the world, but this year, Ronaldo has been the best,” the Brazil coach told the Estado de São Paulo newspaper.

“For his triumphs, Cristiano’s year has been better. In second, Neymar, and in third, [Antoine] Griezmann. I left Messi out because he was injured a lot. Cristiano is direct, is fascinated with the goal. Messi is playful, creative.”

The vote is determined 50% by the managers and captains of the world’s national teams and 50% by online public vote and a selected group of journalists. The winner will be announced on January 9th, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Dorival wants a 'superstar' at Santos and suggests Manchester United midfielder Schweinsteiger]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85208_dorival_wants_a__superstar__at_santos_and_suggests_manchester_united_midfielder_schweinsteiger.html 

Bastian Schweinsteiger was one of the highlights of the German national team during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Although he knows about Santos' financial situation, coach Dorival Júnior has the dream of having an experienced star in his squad. In an interview with UOL Esporte, the coach revealed that he is considering the possibility of making an attempt for 32-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger who's currently without space at Manchester United. In 2015, Dorival Júnior did internships in Europe and met people close to the player, as well as coach Pep Guardiola, with whom Schweinsteiger worked at Bayern Munich. Currently, only Lucas Lima and Ricardo Oliveira earn more than €55,000 per month, which is the salary-cap at Santos. The salary of Schweinsteiger in Manchester is around around €11 million per year.
Dorival said: "It would be a huge wake up call for the world. My plan, which I have tried to pass on to the board of Santos, is for the club to once more have a world-class player, which we should look for in European clubs if they are not being used properly. [Schweinsteiger] fits that profile. I have not officially passed this on [to Santos' board], it is my initiative to have a player with Schweinsteiger's history. He is not doing well in Manchester and suddenly a Brazilian club is interested in a player of his class, it could shake the market up."

Bastian Schweinsteiger was one of the highlights of the German national team during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Although he knows about Santos' financial situation, coach Dorival Júnior has the dream of having an experienced star in his squad. In an interview with UOL Esporte, the coach revealed that he is considering the possibility of making an attempt for 32-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger who's currently without space at Manchester United. In 2015, Dorival Júnior did internships in Europe and met people close to the player, as well as coach Pep Guardiola, with whom Schweinsteiger worked at Bayern Munich. Currently, only Lucas Lima and Ricardo Oliveira earn more than €55,000 per month, which is the salary-cap at Santos. The salary of Schweinsteiger in Manchester is around around €11 million per year.

Dorival said: "It would be a huge wake up call for the world. My plan, which I have tried to pass on to the board of Santos, is for the club to once more have a world-class player, which we should look for in European clubs if they are not being used properly. [Schweinsteiger] fits that profile. I have not officially passed this on [to Santos' board], it is my initiative to have a player with Schweinsteiger's history. He is not doing well in Manchester and suddenly a Brazilian club is interested in a player of his class, it could shake the market up."

 

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<![CDATA[Tite will go to Europe to see David Luiz, Lucas Moura and four more names for the Seleção]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85207_tite_will_go_to_europe_to_see_david_luiz__lucas_moura_and_four_more_names_for_the_selecao.html 

With an eye on the future of the Brazilian national team, coach Tite will travel to Europe this week to watch games and talk to coaches and players to follow up on his work in the 2017 season.
One of the priorities is to seek out more information and watch some players on the spot, which he believes could be part of the group, as he said in talks in recent days. Tite's schedule is not yet complete, but according to UOL Esporte, he is sure to be at the Camp Nou on Saturday for Barcelona against Real Madrid. The Brazilian coach also wants to watch a fixture of French champions Paris Saint-Germain and would like to follow defender David Luiz more closely at Chelsea. A trip to Portugal is also in the plans, according to the report. David Luiz has been one of the highlights of the season in England, after arriving from Paris Saint-Germain. David Luiz is part of the strongest defence in the league and shows signs of maturity under Italian coach Antonio Conte. He was one of the most criticized players after Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup.
In France, Tite has already revealed that he intends to watch a match of Lucas Moura. The technical committee of the Seleção have already accompanied some games of PSG and gave endorsement for the selection of Marquinhos and Thiago Silva. Under coach Unai Emery, the former São Paulo winger has seven goals and three assists this season. However, the competition for him in the Seleção is hard: Neymar, Douglas Costa, Philippe Coutinho, Willian and even Taison. At least two players from Portuguese football are also in Tite's plans. Benfica goalkeeper Éderson is seen as a potential name for the Brazilian national team and Tite intends to closely monitor the youngster. The Brazilian football federation wanted Éderson to start in the Olympic Games, but Benfica did not release him. After starting the season on the bench, under more experienced Júlio César, Éderson has regained his starting spot in the last days.
Former Corinthians midfielder Elias is another player that would be observed by Tite in the Portuguese capital. One of the coach's trusted men, Elias is currently at Sporting, but has not yet been called up to the squad after Dunga's departure. The midfielder, however, has not adapted to the Portuguese team and may leave the club soon. Another goalkeeper on the list of Tite for a closer observation is Diego Alves, from Valencia. The coaching committee's evaluation is that the technical level of the current squad is higher than that of Diego, but the coach has expressed in recent days that he would like to observe him more closely. Although he is quite satisfied with the performances of Casemiro and Fernandinho, the coach saw Rafael Carioca lose space at Atlético Mineiro this season and has been evaluating alternatives. Tite also plans to watch Wolfsburg defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who was a regular starter under Luiz Felipe Scolari and Dunga.

With an eye on the future of the Brazilian national team, coach Tite will travel to Europe this week to watch games and talk to coaches and players to follow up on his work in the 2017 season.

One of the priorities is to seek out more information and watch some players on the spot, which he believes could be part of the group, as he said in talks in recent days. Tite's schedule is not yet complete, but according to UOL Esporte, he is sure to be at the Camp Nou on Saturday for Barcelona against Real Madrid. The Brazilian coach also wants to watch a fixture of French champions Paris Saint-Germain and would like to follow defender David Luiz more closely at Chelsea. A trip to Portugal is also in the plans, according to the report. David Luiz has been one of the highlights of the season in England, after arriving from Paris Saint-Germain. David Luiz is part of the strongest defence in the league and shows signs of maturity under Italian coach Antonio Conte. He was one of the most criticized players after Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup.

In France, Tite has already revealed that he intends to watch a match of Lucas Moura. The technical committee of the Seleção have already accompanied some games of PSG and gave endorsement for the selection of Marquinhos and Thiago Silva. Under coach Unai Emery, the former São Paulo winger has seven goals and three assists this season. However, the competition for him in the Seleção is hard: Neymar, Douglas Costa, Philippe Coutinho, Willian and even Taison. At least two players from Portuguese football are also in Tite's plans. Benfica goalkeeper Éderson is seen as a potential name for the Brazilian national team and Tite intends to closely monitor the youngster. The Brazilian football federation wanted Éderson to start in the Olympic Games, but Benfica did not release him. After starting the season on the bench, under more experienced Júlio César, Éderson has regained his starting spot in the last days.

Former Corinthians midfielder Elias is another player that would be observed by Tite in the Portuguese capital. One of the coach's trusted men, Elias is currently at Sporting, but has not yet been called up to the squad after Dunga's departure. The midfielder, however, has not adapted to the Portuguese team and may leave the club soon. Another goalkeeper on the list of Tite for a closer observation is Diego Alves, from Valencia. The coaching committee's evaluation is that the technical level of the current squad is higher than that of Diego, but the coach has expressed in recent days that he would like to observe him more closely. Although he is quite satisfied with the performances of Casemiro and Fernandinho, the coach saw Rafael Carioca lose space at Atlético Mineiro this season and has been evaluating alternatives. Tite also plans to watch Wolfsburg defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who was a regular starter under Luiz Felipe Scolari and Dunga.

 

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<![CDATA[After just three months at Sporting, ex-Corinthians midfielder Elias can now switch to China]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85206_after_just_three_months_at_sporting__ex-corinthians_midfielder_elias_can_now_switch_to_china.html 

The second passage of Elias at Portuguese side Sporting may be much shorter than expected.
According to the information from UOL Esporte, the Brazilian midfielder can be transferred to Tianjin Teda of China. Last Friday, representatives of the Chinese club met with leaders of the Portuguese team to evaluate possibilities before presenting an official offer. The value of the possible negotiation should be around €8 million. The amount is more than double of what Sporting invested to sign Elias from Corinthians, €3 million - a part of the amount was paid using a debt that Timão already had with the Portuguese team. The departure to China would be easier because Elias has no space in the team at the moment. This is his second stint with Sporting, after previously wearing their shirt in 2014. This time, the player was signed following a request by coach Jorge Jesus, but he has played 90 minutes only twice this season, both in the Portuguese Cup. Elias would like to play more to recover his best level and return to fight for a place in the Brazilian national team. The trip to China was already a possibility commented on by Elias and Sporting since he left Corinthians on the last day of August. In early 2016, the player also negotiated with Chinese teams Hebei Fortune and Shandong Luneng. And the Chinese were not the only ones interested in the signing the midfielder. In recent days, at the request of Mano Menezes, Cruzeiro made an enquiry to Sporting for Elias, but the club gave up because they knew that it would be impossible to compete with Chinese teams' money.

The second passage of Elias at Portuguese side Sporting may be much shorter than expected.

According to the information from UOL Esporte, the Brazilian midfielder can be transferred to Tianjin Teda of China. Last Friday, representatives of the Chinese club met with leaders of the Portuguese team to evaluate possibilities before presenting an official offer. The value of the possible negotiation should be around €8 million. The amount is more than double of what Sporting invested to sign Elias from Corinthians, €3 million - a part of the amount was paid using a debt that Timão already had with the Portuguese team. The departure to China would be easier because Elias has no space in the team at the moment. This is his second stint with Sporting, after previously wearing their shirt in 2014. This time, the player was signed following a request by coach Jorge Jesus, but he has played 90 minutes only twice this season, both in the Portuguese Cup.

Elias would like to play more to recover his best level and return to fight for a place in the Brazilian national team. The trip to China was already a possibility commented on by Elias and Sporting since he left Corinthians on the last day of August. In early 2016, the player also negotiated with Chinese teams Hebei Fortune and Shandong Luneng. And the Chinese were not the only ones interested in the signing the midfielder. In recent days, at the request of Mano Menezes, Cruzeiro made an enquiry to Sporting for Elias, but the club gave up because they knew that it would be impossible to compete with Chinese teams' money.

 

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<![CDATA[Linked to Galatasaray, defender Luan doesn't guarantee his stay at Vasco in 2017]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/85205_linked_to_galatasaray__defender_luan_doesn_t_guarantee_his_stay_at_vasco_in_2017.html 

Speculated for a possible sale, young defender Luan awaits a definition of the club and talks about taking advantage of the holidays to enjoy things that he couldn't do in the bad phase of Vasco.
Luan wants to enjoy vacations and doesn't know if he will continue at Vasco in 2017. With guaranteed access to Brazil's top division, the defender admitted the relief to resume life normally, but doesn't know if he will remain at Vasco next year. Recently, Luan attracted the interest of Turkish side Galatasaray. According to the Turkish press, the club would be willing to pay €3.5 million for the defender, but was still awaiting the endorsement of the coach, Jan Riekerink, to advance in negotiations. Officially, Vasco assures that they haven't  received any offers for the player, but the board works with the possibility of negotiating to make cash. Taking advantage of holidays, for the moment, is Luan's main concern. The defender said that during the poor phase of Vasco, he avoided doing normal programs, like going to restaurants and to the beach. Now he wants to make up for the lost time.
He said: "I don't know what's going to happen in my life. I have a contract until 2019, and nothing has come to me. I'm waiting to get through what will happen in my life. I don't want to think about anything either. I want ten days to get out of the world and enjoy my family. I want to get some rest. Sit in a restaurant, something I haven't done for months, and have a beer with my wife. I want to live a little. How was I supposed to get out of my house? We wanted to go out to eat, but we could not, because you got to be ashamed on the face."
The cast of Vasco only goes on vacation next Wednesday. This week, the players will have medical examinations and will complete the bureaucratic procedures for the trip to the United States in January 2017, when the club takes part in the Florida Cup.

Speculated for a possible sale, young defender Luan awaits a definition of the club and talks about taking advantage of the holidays to enjoy things that he couldn't do in the bad phase of Vasco.

Luan wants to enjoy vacations and doesn't know if he will continue at Vasco in 2017. With guaranteed access to Brazil's top division, the defender admitted the relief to resume life normally, but doesn't know if he will remain at Vasco next year. Recently, Luan attracted the interest of Turkish side Galatasaray. According to the Turkish press, the club would be willing to pay €3.5 million for the defender, but was still awaiting the endorsement of the coach, Jan Riekerink, to advance in negotiations. Officially, Vasco assures that they haven't  received any offers for the player, but the board works with the possibility of negotiating to make cash. Taking advantage of holidays, for the moment, is Luan's main concern. The defender said that during the poor phase of Vasco, he avoided doing normal programs, like going to restaurants and to the beach. Now he wants to make up for the lost time.

He said: "I don't know what's going to happen in my life. I have a contract until 2019, and nothing has come to me. I'm waiting to get through what will happen in my life. I don't want to think about anything either. I want ten days to get out of the world and enjoy my family. I want to get some rest. Sit in a restaurant, something I haven't done for months, and have a beer with my wife. I want to live a little. How was I supposed to get out of my house? We wanted to go out to eat, but we could not, because you got to be ashamed on the face."

The squad of Vasco only goes on vacation next Wednesday. This week, the players will have medical examinations and will complete the bureaucratic procedures for the trip to the United States in January 2017, when the club takes part in the Florida Cup.

 

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