<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Liverpool’s Coutinho discusses need to continue improving]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63703_liverpool___s_coutinho_discusses_need_to_continue_improving.htmlPhilippe Coutinho has reiterated that he needs to continue improving as the dust settles following his recall to the Brazil national team.

The Liverpool playmaker received the call from new head coach Dunga on Tuesday to appear in the latest squad for friendlies against Ecuador and Colombia in September.

The call-up is just rewards for the 22-year-old following some excellent pre-season form and after his excellent 2013/14 campaign.

When the young Brazilian spoke to the official club website, a few days prior to his call-up, he said: “I’m constantly trying to grow and show improvement.

“It’s important to frequently show something new as there are so many players in constant competition in football.”

Coutinho will now have to face added competition for a place in the Liverpool team and to carry on in the Brazil squad.

It isn’t yet predicted whether he will be afforded a starting role in Dunga’s team but the 22-year-old is certain to get an opportunity in the September friendly games and will want to tie down a regular position in the Brazil squad.

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<![CDATA[Neymar set to miss Barcelona’s La Liga opener]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63702_neymar_set_to_miss_barcelona___s_la_liga_opener.htmlBrazil and Barcelona star Neymar is a doubt for the opening game of the La Liga season after suffering a Grade 1 sprain to his left ankle in training.

The news is especially disappointing considering the 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive return to the first team fold with Barcelona against Mexican side FC Leon earlier in the week.

The forward scored twice in his first 45 minutes of the new season after recovering from a back injury sustained in the World Cup.

Many fans were optimistic about Neymar’s form ahead of the new campaign and this latest blow will disappoint the player and his adoring fans.

The news was confirmed this morning after Barcelona published a statement, it read: “Following the Thursday training session Neymar complained about some pain in his left ankle, and tests have confirmed the player has a Grade 1 ankle sprain.

“The club’s medical team has indicated that his return to training will depend on how the injury treatment evolves.”

The news means Neymar is almost certain to miss Sunday’s La Liga opener against Elche and he will hope to recover in time for the visit to Villarreal on 31st of August.

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<![CDATA[Report Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano under consideration as Juventus target new forward]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63694_report_shakhtar_donetsk_forward_luiz_adriano_under_consideration_as_juventus_target_new_forward.htmlShakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano is a potential transfer target for Juventus, according to reports.

Respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Sporting Director Giuseppe Marotta is in the market for a new attacker, following the departure of Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vučinić to Torino and Al-Jazira respectively.

Manchester United’s Javier Hernández, Lukas Podolski [Arsenal] and Lacina Traoré [Monaco] are all believed to be under consideration by Marotta, while Luiz Adriano is also seemingly in the frame.

The 27 year-old, who is reportedly a target for Roma, is out of contract in June 2015. He has been with Shakhtar since March 2007, when they signed him from Internacional for €3 million.

In his time with the Kroty, Luiz Adriano has won 15 major honours and netted 108 goals in 236 appearances. His also the vice-captain to Darijo Srna and was top scorer in the Ukrainian Premier League last season.

Given his stature, Head Coach Mircea Lucescu would be loathed to lose the Brazilian, but with his contract running down, the ongoing conflict in and around Donetsk and the lure of a big European club, he may be forced into selling his main forward.

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<![CDATA[Liverpool’s Coutinho: I expected to miss out on the World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63680_liverpool___s_coutinho__i_expected_to_miss_out_on_the_world_cup.htmlLiverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has admitted he wasn’t surprised that he wasn’t included in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s World Cup squad.

The 22-year-old midfielder earned a recall to the national team this week as new head coach Dunga announced his first Brazil squad.

However, when the former Internazionale playmaker spoke to the official club website, he said he knew he wouldn’t get the chance to appear in the home World Cup.

Coutinho said: "In all honesty I did not have many hopes of being called up for this World Cup as I hadn't been named in the squads prior to the tournament.

"I tried not to raise my expectations because I knew it would be difficult to happen.”

Coutinho, who was speaking to Liverpoolfc.com before he receiving his Brazil call-up, admitted he still dreams of representing his country in a World Cup.

He added: "One of my dreams was - and still is - to play at a World Cup.

“In the end I was there supporting Brazil and now I'll try to work harder at Liverpool to get my chance with the Brazilian national team."

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<![CDATA[Philippe Coutinho praises Liverpool ‘family’ for helping improve his confidence]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63682_philippe_coutinho_praises_liverpool____family____for_helping_improve_his_confidence.htmlBrazilian Philippe Coutinho praised his Liverpool “family” after receiving his first international call-up for nearly four years yesterday.

The 22-year-old playmaker was included in Dunga’s Brazil squad for the friendlies against Ecuador and Colombia in September and revealed his delight to the official club website.

Coutinho admitted his confident has improved and that has been down to how settled he feels at Anfield.

"I've improved my confidence quite a bit," the 22-year-old said.

"It is very important, as a player can only give his best when he has confidence in himself. Playing consecutive games with the first team [when I first arrived] was also helpful.

"I found a family when I first arrived here. This club really is like a family and this helped me feel very comfortable when I first came to Liverpool.”

Coutinho went on to praise former England captain Steven Gerrard and admitted he and many others have made him feel comfortable in Liverpool.

The Brazilian added: "Playing alongside great players such as our captain, Steven Gerrard, and seeing how simple, humble and hard-working people they are also helped me learn and feel comfortable here."

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<![CDATA[Zico: Liverpool’s football last season was beautiful]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63671_zico__liverpool___s_football_last_season_was_beautiful.htmlAfter Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was called up to the Brazilian national team for the first time in four years, Brazil icon Zico has admitted he is a fan of the Anfield side.

The Reds become the neutrals favourite last season by producing stunning football during their chase for the Premier League title.

Liverpool and Coutinho unfortunately fell short of winning the greatest prize in English football but earned plenty of new fans and Zico is one of them.

When the Brazilian spoke to the official club website, he said:"I truly supported Liverpool last season. The football they were playing was beautiful, a joy to watch.

"I follow English football a lot and the Premier League is my favourite tournament to watch. The teams play great football and have great players.”

Zico will be hoping to see Coutinho and Liverpool shine again this season.

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<![CDATA[Zico: Philippe Coutinho’s call-up is no surprise]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63670_zico__philippe_coutinho___s_call-up_is_no_surprise.htmlBrazilian legend Zico is not surprised Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has been called up to the Brazilian national team for the first time in four years.

Coutinho has been in stellar form for the Reds since moving from Internazionale in January 2013 and his selection has been publically backed by all quarters.

Brazil icon Zico predicted the 22-year-old would receive a call-up when he spoke to liverpoolfc.com earlier in the summer.

"Coutinho is a very skilled and tactical player," explained Zico.

"He has already played in a number of countries, which must have been a good learning experience for him as he has achieved a higher level of confidence now at Liverpool.

"This confidence has probably come from the manager and his teammates, and is something our players need when playing abroad.

"He's improved his performances as a result and you can see [last season] he was being more audacious in trying new moves and taking higher risks.

"For me, that development was important for Liverpool to have the attacking quality we saw last season.

"You have to be a regular performer to win a place with the national team, not just play well in a single season.

"He's been improving and is on the right track. I have no doubts he will be called up soon if he starts this season as well as he finished the last."

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<![CDATA[Léo Baptistão expecting Rayo Vallecano to have a great season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63667_leo_baptistao_expecting_rayo_vallecano_to_have_a_great_season.htmlLéo Baptistão believes Rayo Vallecano can expect to have a great season after his loan move to the club was confirmed.

The 21-year-old spent time previously with the senior team during the 2012/13 season after progressing through the youth ranks of the Madrid-based youth team.

And now the on-loan Atlético Madrid forward has rejoined Rayo, he is sure they can have a successful season.

Baptistão was quoted by Inside Spanish Football, he said: “The objective is to win every game and keep progressing forward.

“Personally, I want to continue learning and growing athletically. The squad looks good, there are no stars, we’re all stars.

“The most important thing is the desire and relying on ourselves and the fans. We’re going to have a great season.”

When discussing his role in the Rayo side, Baptistão said he knows he isn’t a leader, he concluded: “I don’t see myself as a leader, but just another player on the team.

“The leader is the coach. We know how he is and the captains as well.”

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<![CDATA[Léo Baptistão excited after completing Rayo Vallecano loan move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63661_leo_baptistao_excited_after_completing_rayo_vallecano_loan_move.htmlYoung Brazilian forward Léo Baptistão has expressed his joy at returning to Rayo Vallecano on loan and admitted he matured a lot in the last year.

The 21-year-old was quoted by Inside Spanish Football after discussing his return to the club where he enjoyed his move successful season.

Baptistão said: “I returned to Rayo because I know the club. I was looking for the chance to play and feel like a footballer again.

“I learned a lot last year and I don’t consider it a waste because it serves as a lesson in maturity. After the loss of several players, I knew Atlético were going to make more signings.

“There weren’t the right circumstances to continue at Atléti and we decided it’d be best to go on loan to Rayo. All of the loans I see as a chance for me to play.”

Baptistão will hope to get plenty of game time at Rayo and show why he was so highly rated seasons ago.

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<![CDATA[Kia Joorabchian believes Douglas Costa could move to AC Milan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63660_kia_joorabchian_believes_douglas_costa_could_move_to_ac_milan.htmlAgent Kia Joorabchian believes Douglas Costa could move to AC Milan but is unsure if Shakhtar Donetsk will be able to reach an agreement with the Italian side.

The Brazilian attacker has been linked with Milan for a number of weeks but no agreement between the two clubs has been forthcoming, so far.

Joorabchian revealed there is a possibility Costa could move to the Serie A club though, when he spoke to Tuttomercatoweb today.

Football Italia quoted the agent, he said: “Can Douglas Costa go from Shakhtar Donetsk to Milan?

“It’s a possibility, yes, I can confirm that. I talk to Milan every day about many different players...”

Joorabchian went on to add that Milan would be a great club for the 26-year-old, he added: “We have to start from one point, which is that Milan are Milan. They’re one of the clubs with the greatest appeal in the world.

“Clearly, on the other hand there is Shakhtar and the Rossoneri cannot decide for them.”

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<![CDATA[Willian: Chelsea must win titles this season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63658_willian__chelsea_must_win_titles_this_season.htmlChelsea midfielder Willian admits the Stamford Bridge club need to win trophies this season after an ultimately disappointing 2013/14 campaign.

The Blues were close to achieving glory in a number of competitions last season but ended the campaign without any silverware.

However, this season the Brazilian feels they have to be winning competitions and believes the new signings they have made will help.

Willian spoke to the Evening Standard, he said: “I’m feeling good and am very happy to be back at Chelsea to work with my friends and my team.

“New players have come in and this season we have to win some titles.”

The 26-year-old believes the squad is much stronger now and also discussed the family spirit in the playing group.

Willian added: “The squad is stronger outside the pitch. We are like a family.

“It’s important to have a team like a family. This is good when you get to play.”

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<![CDATA[Chelsea ace Willian looking to score more goals]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63654_chelsea_ace_willian_looking_to_score_more_goals.htmlChelsea midfielder Willian is aiming to find the net more times this campaign after scoring just four times in the Premier League last season.

The Brazilian ace was a major hit at Stamford Bridge last season, despite his lack of goals, as his work rate impressed various pundits.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk man wants more this season though, as he told the Evening Standard today.

Willian said: “I think I have to score more goals, to play better and just be better.

“Last season I did good, not bad, but I want more.”

After a turbulent time with Brazil during the World Cup, Willian admitted he took time away to spend time with his family.

The 26-year-old is now ready and focused for the new season, he said: “After the World Cup I stayed in Brazil with my family, just to relax and not think about football.

“I think it’s important that when you come back, you come back more fresh to start again.”

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<![CDATA[Report: West Ham United step up interest in Corinthians forward Paolo Guerrero with loan enquiry]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63653_report__west_ham_united_step_up_interest_in_corinthians_forward_paolo_guerrero_with_loan_enquiry.htmlWest Ham United are ready to step up their interest in Corinthians forward Paolo Guerrero, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims that an initial loan agreement with a view to a permanent transfer is expected to be proposed in the coming days.

Manager Sam Allardyce has signed Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Mauro Zárate this summer, while he also has Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Tê and Modibo Maïga at his disposal, but with Andy Carroll out injured, he is seemingly eager to bring in another forward.

Levski Sofia’s Valeri Bojinov is understood to be an option, though Guerrero arguably better represents the calibre of attacker Allardyce is looking for.

The 30 year-old, who spent ten years in Germany with Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV, was signed by Corinthians from the latter in July 2012 for £3.08 million.

The Peru international has gone on to score 22 goals in 55 appearances for the Timão and was part of a side that won the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup and 2013 Campeonato Paulista and Recopa Sudamericana.

This season, Guerrero has netted four times in 13 starts and is Corinthians’ top scorer alongside Jádson.

With a lack of goals from elsewhere - only five players have netted twice or more - Head Coach Mano Menezes would be loathed to lose Guerrero, but with his contract expiring in June 2015, the Corinthians hierarchy may be tempted to cash in.

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<![CDATA[Report: Premier League trio plus Atlético de Madrid interested in Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63652_report__premier_league_trio_plus_atletico_de_madrid_interested_in_cruzeiro_midfielder_lucas_silva.htmlChelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva, according to reports.

Sky Sports News, as noted by Sports Mole, claims that the Premier League trio, plus Atlético de Madrid, could target the 21 year-old before the summer transfer window closes.

Lucas Silva has been a notable part of Cruzeiro’s rise to the top of Brazilian domestic football over the past 18 months. Last season, he scored twice in 23 appearances to help them win the 2013 Brasileirão, while this term he’s netted once in seven starts and won the Campeonato Mineiro.

Despite his good form, the Bom Jesus de Goiás native is yet to be capped by Brazil, though he was part of an under-20 side that won the Toulon Tournament in May.

In the months that followed the conclusion of that competition, which was held in France, he was linked with a switch to Barcelona, but a move never materialised and their interest has reportedly cooled.

With his contract at Cruzeiro running until June 2017, Silva will be in no rush to move on, but a big offer from Europe could tempt him, and the Celeste board, into agreeing a deal.

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<![CDATA[Interim Brazil Assistant Coach Mauro Silva believes Dunga is the right man to revive the Seleção]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63648_interim_brazil_assistant_coach_mauro_silva_believes_dunga_is_the_right_man_to_revive_the_selecao.htmlInterim Brazil Assistant Coach Mauro Silva is confident Dunga can rebuild the Seleção.

The 46 year-old, who played alongside the new Head Coach when Brazil last won the FIFA World Cup in 1994, believes Dunga’s experiences as a player will help him revitalise the national team.

Enthusiasm for Brazil is at a real low following their hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where they lost 7-1 to Germany and 3-0 against Netherlands in the Third Place play-off.

Silva notes however, that Dunga was singled out as a scapegoat for Brazil’s disappointing 1990 FIFA World Cup campaign - they were knocked out by Argentina in the Round of 16 - but returned to captain the side to victory in 1994.

With this strength of character, he insists Dunga is the best man to regroup the current crop of players.

“The first thing I’d say is that no one overcomes adversity better than this coach,” he told FIFA.com. “We came in for so much criticism in 1990 and Dunga was dubbed a failure. It was known as the “Dunga era” and you can compare it in a way to the 7-1 defeat to Germany. 

“A lot of people said he wouldn’t be back, but he showed them by returning as the captain who lifted the Trophy four years later.” 

Silva also goes on to suggest the heavy loss against Germany could help build resolve within the Brazil squad and gives them a point to prove.

“There’s no better inspiration for this team than Dunga,” he continued. “It was a tough defeat to take and it’s left a mark, there’s no doubt about that. At the same time, though, it could be an opportunity. 

“We had a huge amount of pressure on us in 94. I remember one qualifying match at the Morumbi [Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo] when we got booed for the whole 90 minutes even though we were at home and we were winning [a 2-0 defeat of Ecuador on 22 August 1993]. 

“Experiences like that are all good for you. They toughen you up. They’re an inspiration for the players who’ll be in the team in Russia in 2018 and who’ll be going for the title to make up for this defeat.”

Dunga has returned to manage Brazil for a second spell. The 50 year-old, who has also lead the under-23 side and was most recently Head Coach at Internacional, was previously in charge of the Seleção for four years from July 2006, but was sacked after being knocked out in the Quarter-Finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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<![CDATA[Report: Roma to target Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano if Mattia Destro is sold]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63645_report__roma_to_target_shakhtar_donetsk_forward_luiz_adriano_if_mattia_destro_is_sold.htmlRoma are ready to target Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano, if Mattia Destro is sold, according to reports.

La Gazzetta dello Sport, as noted by Football Italia, suggests that the Serie A outfit could be set to bid €16 million for the former Brazil under-20 international.

Destro has been strongly linked with a switch to Tottenham Hotspur or VfL Wolfsburg and as the likelihood of him moving on continues to increase, Roma Sporting Director Walter Sabatini has seemingly lined up Luiz Adriano as a replacement.

The 27 year-old was signed by Shakhtar from Internacional, where he lifted the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup, for a reported fee of €3 million in March 2007. Since arriving in Ukraine, he has won 15 major honours and scored 108 goals in 236 appearances for the Hirnyky, while last season he was top scorer in the Ukrainian Premier League.

Given his importance, Shakhtar would be loathed to sell Luiz Adriano, but with his contract expiring in June 2015 and the growing concerns over the conflict in and around Donetsk, they may be forced to sell.

If Luiz Adriano does move to Roma, then he could be joined in Serie A by team-mates Douglas Costa and Fernando, who have been paired with Milan and Fiorentina respectively.

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<![CDATA[Report: Internazionale hold talks over F.C. Nordsjælland forward Emiliano Marcondes]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63642_report__internazionale_hold_talks_over_f_c__nordsjalland_forward_emiliano_marcondes.htmlInternazionale have held talks with the agent of F.C. Nordsjælland forward Emiliano Marcondes over a possible move, according to reports.

Respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Serie A outfit are keen to secure the 19 year-old and that negotiations are progressing towards a positive outcome.

Marcondes, whose full name is Emiliano Marcondes Camargo Hansen, has represented Denmark at various youth levels - under-17, 18, 19 and 20, but is half Brazilian.

He broke into the Nordsjælland first-team during the 2012/13 season under then Head Coach Kasper Hjulmand - now at 1. FSV Mainz 05 - and made four appearances, before going on to score once in 15 last term. This season, he has featured three times, but is yet to find the net.

Di Marzio reports that Inter are impressed by Marcondes' physicality, while his versatility - he can also play as an attacking midfielder - is another notable asset.

The journalist goes on to suggest that Inter will continue to monitor him closely and are expected to make a decisive move in the near future.

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<![CDATA[Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Douglas Costa open to AC Milan move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63640_shakhtar_donetsk_attacker_douglas_costa_open_to_ac_milan_move.htmlShakhtar Donetsk attacker Douglas Costa said he would move to AC Milan immediately if an offer arrived from the San Siro outfit.

The Brazilian has been speculated with a move away from Ukraine in recent weeks with a number of clubs linked with the 23-year-old’s signature.

Milan have become the frontrunner in the race for Costa and when the player spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport this week, he admitted he would like a move to Italy.

Football Italia quoted the Shakhtar man, he said: “If an offer arrived, I would take it immediately.

“I am grateful for everything Shakhtar have done for me, and if I stayed I would keep on giving 100 per cent.

“But I think I am ready for a big club.

“Milan? Who would not like to repeat the same steps as Ronaldinho?”

Costa seems likely to move away from Shakhtar shortly but whether Milan will be his destination remains to be seen.

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<![CDATA[Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino eager to secure deal for Cagliari midfielder Adryan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63631_leeds_united_owner_massimo_cellino_eager_to_secure_deal_for_cagliari_midfielder_adryan.htmlLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino is eager to conclude a deal for Cagliari midfielder Adryan.

The 20 year-old Brazilian was brought to the Sicilian outfit in January on loan from Flamengo by Cellino, but having failed to settle in Italy, he is now seemingly set to move on.

"The player wants to come to Elland Road, so that is not the issue here,” Cellino told The Sun. "I know Adryan well and he is a special talent.

“But this is a complicated deal. There is still talking to do with Flamengo and the player's agent.”

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<![CDATA[Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto hoping for Brazil call up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63630_fiorentina_goalkeeper_neto_hoping_for_brazil_call_up.htmlFiorentina goalkeeper Neto is eager to earn a call up to the Brazil national team.

The former Atlético Paranaense stopper has been a regular in Florence for a handful of seasons now and with Julio Cesar no longer under consideration, he feels he can come into contention under new Head Coach Dunga.

“Patience is something I have had to learn to have with time,” he told Globoesporte.com. “It was something that I didn’t have but after a period on the bench with Fiorentina I learned to have it.

“With time I earned a starting place and recognition for my work. I think Europe has changed my style of play, compared to Brazil where I used my feet a lot more.

“It’s crucial for a good team to have a goalkeeper who take part in the match and be another alternative for the defenders.

“My thoughts are always to give my best, then I think the results will show themselves. My aim is to always play and to play well.

“Naturally, if I am then called up I would be very happy. The national team is one of my targets and the primary objective of every Brazilian.”

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<![CDATA[Agent Alessandro Alberti hails Jefferson Brazil call up and admits Botafogo may have to sell him]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63629_agent_alessandro_alberti_hails_jefferson_brazil_call_up_and_admits_botafogo_may_have_to_sell_him.htmlAgent Alessandro Alberti has praised Head Coach Dunga’s decision to select his client Jefferson in his first Brazil squad.

The Botafogo goalkeeper was a non-playing member of the Seleção’s World Cup squad and Alberti believes he deserves to keep his place.

“He is a top class player, without a doubt, and Dunga’s call-up after he was second choice to Julio Cesar in Brazil is very gratifying,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Botafogo are not in good shape financially, so let’s say a serious and intelligent negotiation process would not be expensive.”

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<![CDATA[Agent Alessandro Alberti pushes Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson towards Italy]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63628_agent_alessandro_alberti_pushes_botafogo_goalkeeper_jefferson_towards_italy.htmlAgent Alessandro Alberti has pushed Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson towards a switch to Italy.

The Brazil international has been considered one of the best stoppers in the Brasileirão for a number of years and Alberti believes he could be a success in Serie A.

“He is an animal in his physicality, like Nelson Dida,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Jefferson may be 31, but he can certainly play in Italy. He has an international profile. For example, if Juventus were looking for an understudy to Gigi Buffon, he’d be perfect.

“He could play at Sassuolo, seeing as they are looking for a goalkeeper. Or Palermo if Stefano Sorrentino leaves.”

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<![CDATA[Shakhtar Donetsk Head Coach Mircea Lucescu confirms Fiorentina and Milan interest in Fernando]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63627_shakhtar_donetsk_head_coach_mircea_lucescu_confirms_fiorentina_and_milan_interest_in_fernando.htmlShakhtar Donetsk Head Coach Mircea Lucescu has confirmed Fiorentina and Milan want midfielder Fernando.

The Brazil international has long been linked with La Viola, but Lucescu suggests he may prefer a switch to Milan.

“Fiorentina are strongly interested in Fernando, he said as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio. “The negotiation is real but they are stingy. Milan are after him too, the player likes this solution.”

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<![CDATA[Chelsea manager José Mourinho defends Diego Costa after striker booked for diving]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63618_chelsea_manager_jose_mourinho_defends_diego_costa_after_striker_booked_for_diving.htmlChelsea manager José Mourinho praised Brazilian-born Diego Costa after he scored on his Premier League debut for the club and blasted the decision to book the forward for diving.

The £32-million summer signing scored the equaliser in the Blues 3-1 victory against Burnley but was booked when through on goal after he received contact from Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton.

However, referee Michael Oliver and his assistant failed to spot the contact and instead booked the Spanish international for diving.

Mourinho was frustrated with that decision but praised his forward when he spoke to the official club website.

He said: “Costa last season had a fantastic season and I think in the Spanish league he got five or six yellow cards all season.

“We all explained to him what people like and don’t like in the Premier League, and what people want at Chelsea.

“He presented himself here today with a fantastic attitude, a competitive attitude, but clean and polite.

“He had a clear penalty but he got no penalty and he got a yellow card. He was obviously frustrated so I hope he doesn’t get more unfair decisions.

“[Michael] Oliver had a very good game and unfortunately his linesman didn’t support him well in that situation.”

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<![CDATA[New Brazil head coach Dunga names just ten players selected for World Cup in his squad for September friendlies]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63615_new_brazil_head_coach_dunga_names_just_ten_players_selected_for_world_cup_in_his_squad_for_september_friendlies.htmlNew Brazil head coach Dunga named his first national team squad since returning to the helm this afternoon and made a number of surprise picks for the friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador.

Dunga, who was in charge of Seleção between 2006 and 2010, has unsurprisingly only picked 10 players in his 22-man squad that were involved in the World Cup campaign.

Captain Thiago Silva is currently injured so is expected to return but the likes of Marcelo, Dani Alves and Dante have all been left out in addition to Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho and Bernard.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho is called up again, though, following his excellent recent form and his wonderful 2013/14 campaign.

A number of players from the Brazil domestic league have also been rewarded for their good form in the Brasileirão with selection for the national team.

Corinthians defender Gil and team mate Elias has earned a call-up alongside Cruzeiro duo Everton Ribero and Ricardo Goulart, who have both been excellent this season and will be making their debuts should they be selected against Colombia on September 5th or against Ecuador on September 9th.

Diego Tardelli of Atlético Mineiro has also received a recall, after previously appearing for the national team under Dunga, and Atlético Madrid defender Miranda is selected, as is his former team mate Filipe Luís – now of Chelsea.

Porto right-back Danilo receives a call-up again alongside team mate Alex Sandro and Napoli keeper Rafael Cabral is among just two goalkeepers picked by Dunga, Botafogo’s Jefferson the other keeper selected.

Paris Saint-Germain youngster Marquinhos also returns to the senior national team in the absence of skipper Silva.

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)

Defenders: David Luiz (PSG), Marquinhos (PSG), Gil (Corinthians), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Maicon (Roma), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Alex Sandro (Porto), Danilo (Porto).

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Willian (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

Forwards: Neymar (FC Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St-Petersburg).

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<![CDATA[Neymar takes part in ice bucket challenge and calls on Juan Camilo Zúñiga to continue the campaign]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63613_neymar_takes_part_in_ice_bucket_challenge_and_calls_on_juan_camilo_zuniga_to_continue_the_campaign.htmlBrazil forward Neymar has taken part in the new craze taking the internet by storm – the ice bucket challenge.

The campaign to pour a bucket filled with ice water over your head was lunched by the ALS Foundation to raise money and awareness to fight the disease.

The Barcelona star posted a video of himself pouring the iced water over his head and called for pop star Niall Horan from One Direction, former Brazil team-mate Robinho and Colombia midfielder Juan Camilo Zúñiga to continue the campaign.

Neymar has built a good rapport with Robinho since they were together at Santos and having spent time together with the Brazil national team, while he has recently developed a friendship with One Direction singer Horan.

The 22-year-old’s decision to call on Zúñiga, the player who ended Neymar’s World Cup campaign through injury, to continue the challenge shows he doesn’t have hold any bad feelings towards the Colombian.

And Zúñiga duly obliged to continue the campaign by posting a video of himself and his Napoli team-mates pouring the cold water on himself.

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<![CDATA[Neymar shines on return from injury for Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63612_neymar_shines_on_return_from_injury_for_barcelona.htmlNeymar made a successful return from the injury which curtailed his World Cup campaign by scoring twice for Barcelona in their friendly win against Mexican outfit Leon.

The Catalan club won 6-0 at the Camp Nou on Monday with the Brazilian forward stealing the show from new signing Luis Suárez.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring before Neymar struck twice before half time and then a second half Munir El Haddadi’s double and a goal from Sandro Ramirez sealed the comprehensive win.

Neymar was into his stride from the minute go and linked up with Messi in the third minute to allow the Argentinian to open the scoring.

Minutes later and the Brazilian found the net with a wonderful scooped finish over the advancing Leon goalkeeper.

The 22-year-old’s second was arguably his best, though, as again he and Messi linked up to punish Leon.

Messi chipped the ball through to Neymar before the Brazilian back-heeled into the net to grab his second of the game.

The World Cup star was substituted at the break along with most of his team mates but his performance in his first game of the 2014/15 season will delight his supporters and they’ll hope it is a sign of things to come.

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<![CDATA[Dani Alves booed by Barcelona fans with move away looking likely]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63611_dani_alves_booed_by_barcelona_fans_with_move_away_looking_likely.htmlBrazil full back Dani Alves looks set to depart Barcelona after he was booed by home supporters during Monday’s friendly match against Mexican side Leon.

Each player was presented to the Camp Nou crowd individually before the pre-season match but when the Brazilian ran out onto the pitch he was roundly booed by most of the home fans.

The boos come as a result of Alves’ desire to exit the La Liga club and it looks likely that he will depart before the end of the transfer window this month.

Paris Saint-Germain have continuously been linked with the 31-year-old’s signature and Premier League side Liverpool have also been reportedly interested recently.

However, both sides are thought to be put off by the wage demands of the right-back.

AS believe the Brazilian will need to take a pay-cut to force a move away from Barcelona and following the reaction from the home supporters on Monday, he may be forced to do so.

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<![CDATA[Representative confirms Cagliari midfielder Adryan is in talks with Leeds United]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63598_representative_confirms_cagliari_midfielder_adryan_is_in_talks_with_leeds_united.htmlRepresentative Reinaldo Pitta has confirmed that he has held talks with Leeds United over a potential move for his client Adryan.

The 20 year-old Brazilian midfielder joined Cagliari from Flamengo in January, but has struggled to make an impact in Italy and is not believed to be rated by new Head Coach Zdenek Zeman.

With the Sardinian club’s former owner Massimo Cellino now in charge at Leeds, a move for Adryan would be plausible and Pitta admits the youngster could be interested in a switch to the Championship outfit.

We are talking with Leeds, but there is nothing signed," he told La Bottega del Calciofilo.

"I'm in Brazil and Adryan is in Italy so there is still nothing concrete between us and Leeds, although if we are talking it's clear that he would like to play there."

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<![CDATA[Rafael Cabral, Jorginho and Henrique included in Napoli squad to face Athletic Bilbao]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/63597_rafael_cabral__jorginho_and_henrique_included_in_napoli_squad_to_face_athletic_bilbao.htmlBrazilian trio Rafael Cabral, Jorginho and Henrique have been included in the Napoli squad to face Athletic Bilbao.

Rafael Benitez’s side host the La Liga outfit in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday and the experienced tactician has named his strongest of group players, with Cabral returning for the first time since he injured knee ligaments in March.

Napoli squad: Rafael, Andujar, Contini, Albiol, Koulibaly, Britos, Maggio, Mesto, Ghoulam, Gargano, Jorginho, Inler, Hamsik, Callejon, Insigne, Mertens, Michu, Zapata, Higuain

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