<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Report: Roma in negotiations with São Paulo to re-sign defender Rafael Tolói]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62752_report__roma_in_negotiations_with_sao_paulo_to_re-sign_defender_rafael_toloi.htmlRoma are continuing to push for São Paulo defender Rafael Tolói, according to reports.

Respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that negotiations are continuing between various club representatives, with a definitive outcome expected later today.

Tolói spent the final five months of the 2013/14 Serie A season on loan with Roma. He made just four starts and one substitute appearance, but impressed sufficiently for Head Coach Rudi Garcia to pursue a permanent deal.

Roma's initial interest in the 23 year-old cooled due to São Paulo’s valuation, but after links with other options such as Lille’s Marko Baša failed to yield a positive outcome, they returned for Tolói.

The Glória d’Oeste native joined São Paulo from Goiás in July 2012 and made 15 appearances to help The Tricolor to a 9th placed finish in the 2013 Brasileirão.

Since returning to São Paulo from Roma, Tolói is yet to be used by Head Coach Muricy Ramalho, who has preferred Antônio Carlos and either Lucão or Rodrigo Caio as his starting centre-backs.

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<![CDATA[Report: Cruzeiro set to hold talks with Milan over Robinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62747_report__cruzeiro_set_to_hold_talks_with_milan_over_robinho.htmlCruzeiro have joined Orlando City in the race to sign Robinho, according to reports.

Sky Sport Italia claims that the Brasileirão holders will meet with Milan officials in the coming days to try and trash out a deal.

Robinho, who has been told he can leave the Rossoneri, had been expected to join Kaka at new Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City, but the chance to play at Brazil’s in form side could tempt him to return to his homeland.

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<![CDATA[Former Internacional forward Ignacio Scocco set for Newell's Old Boys return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62746_former_internacional_forward_ignacio_scocco_set_for_newell_s_old_boys_return.htmlNewell’s Old Boys Head Coach Gustavo Raggio has seemingly confirmed that Sunderland forward Ignacio Scocco is returning to the club.

The protracted deal had been reportedly held up because of complications over outstanding payments due from the deal that took the Argentina international to England from Internacional, but Raggio is confident that Scocco will soon be at his disposal.

“Scocco has to play with us,” he told America & Closs. “Scocco will play in Newell’s, there is no doubt about that.

“The arrival of Nacho is going to give more quality to the team. I have to be prepared for training this type of player.”

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<![CDATA[Agent confirms Robinho offers amid interest from Cruzeiro and Orlando City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62745_agent_confirms_robinho_offers_amid_interest_from_cruzeiro_and_orlando_city.htmlMarisa Ramos, a representative of Brazil international Robinho, has confirmed that there are two offers ready for her client.

Having been told that he is allowed to leave Milan, Robinho had been expected to join Orlando City, but the latest reports now suggest that Cruzeiro are leading the race for his signature.

“We are studying various possibilities and see what is the best option for the player,” amos told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Nothing has been concluded with any of the clubs who showed an interest in Robinho.

“They [Cruzeiro and Orlando City] are two interesting clubs...”

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<![CDATA[Dunga: I'm here to rescue Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62740_dunga__i_m_here_to_rescue_brazil.htmlThe 50-year-old was unveiled as the new coach of the Brazilian national team at a press conference at the CBF headquarters in Rio de Janeiro this afternoon.

Dunga has already had a four-year stint in charge of Brazil, which ended after the nation's elimination at the quarter-final stage of the 2010 World Cup, but insists that he is delighted to be back.

"I am immensely happy to be back," Dunga said.

"This is not my first time with the team.

"I was asked to rescue the values of the Seleção and get results.

"This is my second trip with the request that I prepare the team for the 2018 World Cup. We are going to finish our preparation for the Copa America [in Chile in 2015] and then we will see how we can improve."

Dunga was very matter of fact when he spoke about Brazil's acrimonious exit from the recent World Cup. A 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final led to the resignation of former boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"We are no longer the best," Dunga said.

"This is a project we all need to be aware of. Everybody had a concept of football and the World Cup. We can no longer pretend to be the big guys or that we are the best."

Dunga captained Brazil to World Cup success in 1994 but had no experience as a coach during his first four years in charge of the national side.

Since then, however, he has gained experience of management at club level with Internacional, although he was dismissed in October 2013 after less than a year at the helm.

Despite opposition to his appointment, Dunga remains bullish.

"I’m ready to receive criticism," he said.

"I need to draw the strength from the 20 percent who support me."

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<![CDATA[Orlando City club president: Robinho would be great alongside Kaká]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62739_orlando_city_club_president__robinho_would_be_great_alongside_kaka.htmlFlavio Augusta da Silva is hoping the Brazilian will link up with his former Milan team-mate in the MLS.

Despite scoring 25 goals in 108 appearances, Robinho has never truly impressed at the San Siro since his move to Italy from Manchester City in 2010.

He has been linked with a move away from Milan in the past few transfer windows and MLS side Orlando City are the latest to be linked with the 30-year-old.

A fee with the Serie A side is yet to be agreed but Orlando City chief Flavio Augusta da Silva says that the Brazilian would be a fine addition to their roster.

"We have not yet bought Robinho, but we are talking with AC Milan and we believe he will be a great reinforcement for our team," he told Radio Bandeirantes.

"He's a great player, he just turned 30 years old, he is very motivated and he has shown a willingness to play for our club."

With Orlando City due to start competing in 2015, Kaká has been loaned out to São Paulo for the remainder of the Brazilian season.

Silva stressed that the decision to send him to the club he started his professional career at was totally up to the player.

"The six-month loan of Kaká came because I respect the will of the athlete. Kaká wanted the loan move to Sao Paulo, he was decisive about it.

"Whether or not we buy Robinho will depend on what he decides to do in the next six months, too."

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<![CDATA[Robinho: "For fans of Milan I can only say thank you for everything"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62738_robinho___for_fans_of_milan_i_can_only_say_thank_you_for_everything_.htmlIn an interview which is set to spark talk of an imminent departure from the Italian giants, AC Milan star Robinho admitted that talks with Orlando City are ongoing.

The 30-year-old is under contract with the Rossoneri until 2016 but Orlando City, who are set to make their MLS debut in 2015, have made no secret of their desire to reunite Robinho with new recruit Kaka in the United States.

The MLS club’s chief Flavio Augusta da Silva and the player's agent have talked up the move although a figure with the Serie A side is yet to be agreed.

Robinho doesn’t know if he’ll be playing at the San Siro this season and has thanked AC Milan fans for their support during his four years at the club amid speculation linking him with a move to MLS.

"We do not know yet [where I will go]," Robinho told Sky Sport.

"We're still deciding. We will choose the best for me and Milan, who have always treated me very well. For fans of Milan I can only say thank you for everything."

Robinho has made over 100 appearances for Milan and won the Serie A title with Milan in 2010-11. He has also enjoyed spells in Brazil, England and Spain with Santos, Manchester City and Real Madrid respectively.

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<![CDATA[Former Arsenal defender André Santos released by Flamengo after being attacked by his own fans]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62736_former_arsenal_defender_andre_santos_released_by_flamengo_after_being_attacked_by_his_own_fans.htmlBrazilian side Flamengo have released André Santos just two days after he was attacked by the club's fans following a disastrous 4-0 defeat to Internacional.

Sunday’s humiliating result left the Rio de Janeiro club bottom of the Brasileirão with just seven points from 11 games this season. 

That proved to be the final straw for fans who have been left unimpressed with performances of left-back Santos since he joined the club from Arsenal last year. 

Local media reported that the 31-year-old was hit in the face and kicked by a number of fans as he tried to get into a van outside the dressing rooms of the stadium in Porto Alegre.

Flamengo have now taken the decision to terminate his contract as a result of his poor performances and toxic relationship with fans.

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<![CDATA[Dunga named as new Brazil coach]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62735_dunga_named_as_new_brazil_coach.htmlThe CBF has named former player Dunga as their new coach for the second time.

Dunga was the captain of Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning team and coached the national team from 2006 to 2011. He was in charge at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals.

"I am immensely happy to be back," said the 50-year-old, who was the favourite to land the job.

As a player, Dunga spent time in Brazil, Italy, Germany and Japan. He made 91 appearances for Brazil between 1987 and 1998, scoring a total of 6 goals. After his first spell in charge of the national side, he managed the Under-23s and then had a spell in charge of Internacional, in his home state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned along with his entire backroom staff following Brazil’s disappointing World Cup performance. The host were eliminated at the semi-final stage, suffering the joint-heaviest defeat in their history, losing 7-1 to Germany.

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<![CDATA[Al-Wasl team manager Majed Obaidallah confirms loan signing of Fábio Lima from Atlético Goianiense]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62727_al-wasl_team_manager_majed_obaidallah_confirms_loan_signing_of_fabio_lima_from_atletico_goianiense.htmlAl-Wasl have completed the signing of midfielder Fábio Lima from Atlético Goianiense.

The 21 year-old - full name Fábio Virginio de Lima - has agreed a two year loan deal with the UAE Arabian Gulf League side.

Fábio Lima is the second Brazilian to join Al-Wasl during pre-season after Atlético Mineiro forward Neto Berola, who is also on loan.

Both players were selected by Head Coach Jorginho, but the 1994 FIFA World Cup winner is likely to return to work as an assistant to Dunga - he previously held the role between 2006 and 2010 - if the tactician reprises his role as Brazil manager.

Despite the speculation surrounding Jorginho, team manager Majed Obaidallah remains confident that Fábio Lima will prove to be a successful acquisition. 

“Fábio is a quality playmaker, which we needed, the coach wanted him and he was a very good price,” he said, as reported by the The National. “Jorginho gave us the name, we checked him and were also convinced by him. He’s fast, has a good shot and is strong at assisting goals. We’re very happy to have him."

Fábio Lima’s arrival will push out midfielders Edson Puch and Emmanuel Culio, who are not wanted as part of Al-Wasl’s four foreign player quota. 

With Fábio Lima, Neto Berola and former Milan forward Ricardo Oliveira, The Cheetahs have room for one more foreign player, though Oliveira may yet depart.

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<![CDATA[New Chelsea signing Filipe Luís confident he will fit in perfectly at Stamford Bridge]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62723_new_chelsea_signing_filipe_luis_confident_he_will_fit_in_perfectly_at_stamford_bridge.htmlFilipe Luís believes he will fit in perfectly at Chelsea because the playing style is similar to what he become accustom to at Atlético Madrid.

The left-back completed his switch to Stamford Bridge over the weekend and has been speaking to the official Chelsea website.

He explained how he is looking forward to slotting into the already excellent defensive Chelsea side.

Filipe Luís said: “We also had the best defensive record at Atlético and that’s one of the reasons why I believe this team is perfect for me.

“The first thing this team thinks about is defending and, for a defender, that makes your job easier.

“If you defend well it allows you to attack with strength, maybe on the counter attack but also playing with lots of possession. The most important thing is to not concede.”

Filipe Luís has given a clear indication into Chelsea’s philosophy and also discussed how tough it will be to replace the departing Ashley Cole.

The Brazilian added: “I know Ashley Cole was here, he set a high level and I know it’s going to be very hard to replace him, but I will do my best to keep the level high.

“Last season the team were great defensively and hopefully this time we can do even better.”

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<![CDATA[Filipe Luís looking forward to working with Chelsea manager José Mourinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62722_filipe_luis_looking_forward_to_working_with_chelsea_manager_jose_mourinho.htmlFilipe Luís has admitted being able to work with Chelsea boss José Mourinho was one of the main reasons behind his move from Atlético Madrid.

The Brazilian left-back spoke to the official Chelsea website recently following his move to west London.

The 28-year-old believes he will improve greatly under the influence of the Portuguese boss, he said: “He just told me a bit about the city, the club, the facilities, that type of thing.

“The tactical advice will come in training but being able to work with José was one of the reasons which made my decision to come here so easy.

“He’s an amazing coach, he’s won everything, wherever he goes he wins titles so I know I will grow a lot under him and my football will improve. I’m really happy to have him as a coach.”

The Brazilian is also looking forward to linking up with several Samba stars already present at Stamford Bridge.

Although David Luiz has recently departed three others remain in Ramires, Oscar and Willian.

And Filipe Luís is sure all of them will be great friends during there time together, he added: “Yes, I know all of them, as well as David Luiz, who’s just left the club.

“I’ve played with Oscar and Ramires for the national team, I haven’t played with Willian but I know him from before. They are three amazing guys and we will all be big friends during my time here.”

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<![CDATA[Kaka nearing Sao Paulo debut]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62721_kaka_nearing_sao_paulo_debut.htmlBrazilian star Kaka is in line to make his Sao Paulo debut in their next game against Goias this Sunday, according to reports in the national media.

The former Real Madrid and AC Milan playmaker, often described as one of the best talents of a generation, had asked for more time to regain fitness and so was not considered for Sao Paulo's shock loss at the weekend at home to Chapecoense.

But he is now thought to be in contention for their next league game as boss Muricy Ramalho tries to figure out how to accommodate a vast array of attacking options that includes Kaka, Paulo Henrique Ganso, Alan Kardec and Alexandre Pato.

Kaka has moved home on a loan deal until the end of the calendar year, having signed for new MLS franchise Orlando City upon the end of his AC Milan contract.

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<![CDATA[Former Brazil U-20 coach Lourenco claims he and Dunga never spoke in the past]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62720_former_brazil_u-20_coach_lourenco_claims_he_and_dunga_never_spoke_in_the_past.htmlFormer Brazil youth head coach Rogerio Lourenco has claimed that he never conversed with Dunga when he was in charge of the national team, claiming there was a lack of communication between the parties.

Speaking with Lance!, Lourenco said: "With all due respect to Dunga, he will have to change radically."

"An official meeting or even a converstaion never happened between us. Dunga never came to me for anything."

Lourenco won the South Americvan Youth Championships with Brazil in 2009, helping to guide the future careers of Douglas, Alan Kardec and Giuliano amongst others.

Former Brazil head coach Dunga is again in the running for the job he left in 2010, and is widely expected to be named as Luiz Felipe Scolari's successor later on this afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Report: Juventus and Roma could move for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa following refusal to return to Ukraine]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62715_report__juventus_and_roma_could_move_for_shakhtar_donetsk_midfielder_douglas_costa_following_refusal_to_return_to_ukraine.htmlSerie A duo Juventus and Roma could be set to compete for the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa, according to reports.

Website calciomercato.com suggests that the two Italian outfits may look to take advantage of the 23 year-old’s refusal to return to Ukraine, following a friendly match against Lyon on Saturday.

Costa is one six players - also fellow Brazilians Alex Teixiera, Dentinho, Fred and Ismaily, plus former Vélez Sarsfield striker Facundo Ferreyra - who reportedly fear for their safety due to the current conflict in Donetsk, where the Ukrainian military is trying to seize control of the city from pro-Russian rebels.

Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu blames agent Kia Joorabchian for instigating the boycott, but with the situation unresolved, the Romanian tactician will have to take on Dynamo Kyiv today in the Ukrainian Super Cup without six of his most important players, while the opening Ukrainian Premier League match against Metalurh Zaporizhya on Saturday could also be compromised.

If the stand off continues, then the possibility of transfers away from Shakhtar becomes more likely, with Costa an attractive proposition.

The Sapucaia do Sul native - a €6 million signing from Grêmio in January 2010 - scored seven goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions last season. Across his three and a half years with Shakhtar, Costa has won ten major honours and also holds an EU passport, which is particularly attractive to Juventus and Roma, given Serie A’s non-EU regulations.

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<![CDATA[Flamengo to keep hold of Ney Franco as manager- for now]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62713_flamengo_to_keep_hold_of_ney_franco_as_manager-_for_now.htmlFlamengo have decided to keep faith with beleaguered manager Ney Franco, with the Rio de Janeiro side propping up the Brasileirao league table after 11 matches.

Ahead of their big derby with Botafogo this coming weekend, and following a run of three straight defeats, the Flamengo board have met and confirmed that no changes in management will happen yet.

The decision makers at Mengao, including president Eduardo Bandeira de Mello and director of football Felipe Ximenes, will patiently allow Franco the opportunity to drag Flamengo out of their current mire at least until Sunday's game.

They had previously won the Copa do Brasil at the end of the last calendar year, as well as claiming a record 33rd Carioca state championship before heading into this season's Brasileirao, where they have mustered a mere seven points to date.

Franco had one spell in charge of the club before in 2006, when Flamengo again won the Copa do Brasil.

 

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<![CDATA[1994 World Cup winner Jorginho set to be Brazil assistant manager again]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62712_1994_world_cup_winner_jorginho_set_to_be_brazil_assistant_manager_again.html1994 World Cup winner Jorginho is set to leave Al Wasl and become Brazil national team assistant manager.

The Brazilian Football Confederation is set to announce Luiz Felipe Scolari’s successor today and Sport360.com believe Jorginho will be part of the coaching set up.

Dunga is set to be appointed as the next Brazil head coach and once again Jorginho will be his assistant boss.

The duo were together between 2006 and 2010 but were both relieved of their duties after a poor 2010 World Cup campaign.

Since then the 49-year-old has been manager of various Brazilian clubs like Figueirense, Flamengo and Ponte Preta and most recently Al Wasl.

Jorginho was only appointed manager of the United Arab Emirates club seven weeks ago and is set to leave without managing a single game.

New Brazil technical commission head Gilmar is looking to reunite with his former team mates of 1994.

Gilmar, Dunga and Jorginho were all part of the World Cup win in 1994 and now they are set to head the next generation of Brazilian football.

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<![CDATA[Former Palmeiras midfielder Valdivia has not moved to the Middle East for money]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62711_former_palmeiras_midfielder_valdivia_has_not_moved_to_the_middle_east_for_money.htmlFormer Palmeiras playmaker Jorge Valdivia has claimed that the Brazilian football community is never satisfied and that his move to the U.A.E. with Fujairah SC is not motivated by the lure of money.

The Chilean midfielder, who first joined Palmeiras in in 2006, told Arab newspaper Al Emarat Ayoum: "In Brazil, they are never happy."

"When the talks began for this agreement, the first thing people talked about is that players come here for the money. But the main reason I come is that I have great respect and affection for this country."

A servant of Brazilian club football for six years in total, Valdivia has won the Copa do Brasil and the Serie B championship in his time at Palmeiras, as well as being voted the league's best player back in 2007.

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<![CDATA[Manchester United's Anderson criticised by ex-international Tostao]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62710_manchester_united_s_anderson_criticised_by_ex-international_tostao.htmlFormer Brazil international Tostao believes that Manchester United midfielder Anderson had all the ability necessary to make himself successful, but just failed to adapt to life at the English club, with his technique suffering as a consequence.

Talking with FourFourTwo, the 54-times capped forward said: "When Brazilians move to the Premier League, I think they become more disciplined."

"Anderson is a classic case. If you rememeber him as a young player, he was pretty much like Neymar, but after playing there, he became predictable."

"But he's the only one to blame for this, not the Premier League. Cristiano Ronaldo is not Brazilian but can be seen as a player who grew up tactically and developed his game in England."

Anderson has struggled in recent times at Old Trafford, moving last season to Fiorentina to spend a loan spell in Italy; the Serie A side have not come in for him on a permanent basis as of yet.

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<![CDATA[Brazil set to name Luiz Felipe Scolari’s replacement this afternoon]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62709_brazil_set_to_name_luiz_felipe_scolari___s_replacement_this_afternoon.htmlBrazil are set to name their new manager today with former boss Dunga expected to be given another opportunity in the hot seat.

The Guardian believe the Brazilian Football Confederation will appoint Luiz Felipe Scolari’s replacement today and respected South American journalist Rupert Fryer believes it will be at 15:00 BST time.

The CBF have declined to comment on who will be given the job but reports in Brazil and across Europe are insistent that it will be Dunga, the captain of the 1994 Brazil World Cup winning team.

Dunga’s most recent managerial spell ended poorly as he sacked by Internactional in October 2013.

He enjoyed a varied amount of success in his previous spell in charge of the Brazil national team, though, as he won the 2007 Copa América and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Dunga did oversee a poor 2010 World Cup campaign which ended with Brazil losing 2-1 in the quarter-finals to Holland and he was subsequently relieved of his duties following that tournament.

The World Cup winner received vast amounts of criticism during his first spell in charge of the national team and his expected appointment today is likely to be met with more criticism.

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<![CDATA[Former Brazil national team forward Adriano set for another comeback?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62708_former_brazil_national_team_forward_adriano_set_for_another_comeback_.htmlFormer Brazil national team striker Adriano is being linked with another return to the professional game, this time with Italian Serie D club Terracina.

Forza Italian Football report the latest news regarding the former Internazionale forward and they state that the 32-year-old is open to the move.

Adriano’s agent has also, apparently, confirmed that he will enter talks with the Serie D club shortly.

Meanwhile Sport Italia have been informed that the Brazilian will be eligible to apply for an Italian passport should he complete one more year of work in the country.

That is a factor that could be decisive in this deal although whether Adriano could complete a years work remains unknown.

His last spell with a professional club was with Atlético Paranaense at the start of 2014 and though he did score once, his time with the club ended after just three months.

We now await more news regarding Adriano’s next move.

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<![CDATA[Report: Barcelona to target São Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62702_report__barcelona_to_target_sao_paulo_defender_rodrigo_caio.htmlBarcelona are interested in São Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio, according to reports.

Catalunya Ràdio claims that the 20 year-old centre-back, who can also play as a holding midfielder, is believed to have caught Barça’s attention with his performances at the Toulon tournament.

Caio has been a regular with São Paulo during the 2014 Brasileirão, making six appearances, and would help rejuvenate a Barcelona defence that lacks both depth and youth.

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<![CDATA[La Liga newcomers Córdoba confirm the loan signing of forward Ryder Matos from Fiorentina ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62701_la_liga_newcomers_cordoba_confirm_the_loan_signing_of_forward_ryder_matos_from_fiorentina_.htmlLa Liga newcomers Córdoba have announced the signing of Ryder Matos from Fiorentina.

The 21 year-old, who will arrive initially on loan, broke into the La Viola first team last season, but has seemingly been deemed surplus to requirements for the 2014/15 campaign by Head Coach Vincenzo Montella.

“Córdoba and Fiorentina have agreed to the transfer to the Blanquiverde outfit of Ryder Matos,” said an official club statement, as reported by Football Italia.

“The Brazilian, on loan for a season, becomes a Cordoba player for the 2014-15 campaign.”

Matos’ Coach at Córdoba will be former Barcelona defender Albert “Chapi" Ferrer.

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<![CDATA[Robinho taking his time over his next move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62699_robinho_taking_his_time_over_his_next_move.htmlAC Milan forward Robinho has admitted he is taking his time over his next move but thanked fans of the Rossoneri club.

The Brazilian playmaker has been linked with a move to numerous clubs in his native homeland.

When the 30-year-old spoke to Sky Sport this evening he thanked Milan for treating him well.

Lancenet quoted Robinho, he said: “We do not know yet (where I will go). For fans of Milan I can only say thank you for everything.

“We're still deciding. We will choose the best for me and Milan, which has always treated me very well.”

Robinho has a contract with Milan until 2016 but has been linked with a return to Brazil ahead of a potential move to the MLS, with Orlando City trying to negotiate with the Brazil international.

It is believed the former Real Madrid player will return to Santos or move to Flamengo ahead of his transfer to the MLS but as Robinho has revealed, nothing has been finalized yet.

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<![CDATA[Serie B newcomers Perugia sign veteran midfielder Rodrigo Taddei on a free transfer from Roma]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62700_serie_b_newcomers_perugia_sign_veteran_midfielder_rodrigo_taddei_on_a_free_transfer_from_roma.htmlSerie B newcomers Perugia have announced the signing of Rodrigo Taddei on a free transfer.

The veteran Brazilian midfielder was released by Roma at the end of the 2013/14 season and had been linked with Fiorentina, but instead has chosen to drop down a division for regular football.

“Perugia announces that it has acquired outright the rights to player Rodrigo Ferrante Taddei, born in 1980,” announced the club, as reported by Football Italia.

“The player will be presented today at 14.30.”

Taddei will hope to make a swift return to Serie A with an ambitious Perugia side that is targeting back to back promotions.

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<![CDATA[2014 Brasileirão Round 11 summary: Internacional thump struggling Flamengo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62688_2014_brasileirao_round_11_summary__internacional_thump_struggling_flamengo.htmlFlamengo’s poor start to the 2014 Brasileirão continued with a crushing 4-0 loss to Internacional.

Ney Franco’s side were already trailing to Rafael Moura’s 16th minute strike when Chicão was dismissed for a foul on Wellington Silva in the penalty area in first half stoppage time.

The spot-kick was duly converted by Andrés D’Alessandro to double Inter’s advantage, with second half goals from Fabrício and Alex completing the rout.

The defeat leaves Flamengo bottom of the table, but level on seven points with Coritiba and Figueirense, who lost against Botafogo and Grêmio, respectively.

At the other end of the standings, Cruzeiro extended their lead at the top to five points over Corinthians - Tite's side were held to a 0-0 draw by Vitória - with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Palmeiras. Ricardo Goulart netted his seventh goal of the season, which puts him one ahead of Atlético Paranaense’s Douglas Coutinho. The 20 year-old forward was, however, also amongst the scorers in a 2-0 win over Criciuma that moves the Furacão up to 4th.

Elsewhere, Goiás drew 0-0 with Sport Recife, Atlético Mineiro needed a second half strike from Luan to secure a 1-1 against Bahia, Fluminense moved up to third with a 1-0 win over Santos and Chapecoense caused the upset of the round by defeating São Paulo 1-0 at the Estádio do Morumbi. Ricardo Conceição got the goal.

Round 10 results

Wednesday 16th July  
São Paulo0 - 1Chapecoense
  Ricardo Conceição [57']
Atlético Mineiro1 - 1Bahia
Luan [66'] Titi [25']
Figueirense0 - 1Gremio
  Giuliano [4']
   
Sunday 20th July  
Botafogo1 - 0Coritiba
Mario Bolatti [12']  
Vitória0 - 0Corinthians
Internacional4 - 0Flamengo
Rafael Moura [16']  
Andrés D'Alessandro [pen 45']  
Fabrício [58']  
Alex [78']  
Palmeiras1 - 2Cruzeiro
Fernando Tobio [54'] Ricardo Goulart [8']
  Manoel [10']
Atlético Paranaense2 - 0Criciúma
Marcelo [53']  
Douglas Coutinho [59']  
Goiás0 - 0Sport Recife
Fluminense1 - 0Santos
Darío Conca [62']  

2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A standings

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<![CDATA[Palmeiras forward Henrique disappointed with his miss versus Cruzeiro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62698_palmeiras_forward_henrique_disappointed_with_his_miss_versus_cruzeiro.htmlPalmeiras forward Henrique has admitted he is upset that he failed to score against Cruzeiro in the Brasileirão on Sunday.

Henrique’s team were beaten 2-1 but had he found the net and not fired over the bar when the goal was gapping the result might have been different.

Nevertheless, the forward is confident he’ll find the net soon.

“We're sad, but I know that is not always so,” Henrique told Lancenet.

“It was two clear chances, unfortunately it was not a happy evening. But I'm calm, I know my potential and I hope to make a goal.

“Analysing after, I think I should get on the ball better but it was really fast, I was unbalanced and I just got under the ball.”

The 24-year-old felt Palmeiras deserved to get a draw out of Sunday’s game and is looking to bounce back in their next match.

Henrique added: “In my view, we deserved the draw. Unfortunately we could not.

“Our team donated enough, and left sad because it is no good if you leave defeated. I'd rather play poorly and win, but we try to reconcile the two.”

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<![CDATA[Former Arsenal defender André Santos describes attack by Flamengo fans]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62697_former_arsenal_defender_andre_santos_describes_attack_by_flamengo_fans.htmlFlamengo defender André Santos has described his horrible ordeal with supporters of his own club after suffering defeat on Sunday to Internacional.

The former Arsenal defender was punched and kicked by his own supporters following Fla’s Brasileirão defeat.

In an exclusive interview with Globo TV the left-back described the experience, he said: “I walked out the door and I bumped into 20 fans.

“At the time I was leaving, I did not face with any of them, and when I saw there was not time to go back, some fans attacked me with punches and kicks.

“I tried to protect my face so they wouldn’t hurt me more as I did not even defend myself.

“It was just me and the security guard, and then more police arrived. But until I got into the van, I was beaten.”

André Santos then went on to insist that it has to stop being normal for players in Brazil to be attacked by fans, like what nearly happened earlier in the year with Alexandre Pato and Corinthians supporters.

He added: “It is normal that this happens in our country but we can not regard it as normal.

“We have to get more attention. Yesterday (Sunday) happened to me, and can happen to more people. Boo and curse us players, that is normal.”

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<![CDATA[Deivid hailed by Atlético Paranaense head coach Doriva following Criciuma victory]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62696_deivid_hailed_by_atletico_paranaense_head_coach_doriva_following_criciuma_victory.htmlAtlético Paranaense head coach Doriva heaped praise on Deivid after watching his side defeat Criciuma 2-0 in the Brasileirão.

Second half goals from Marcelo and Douglas Coutinho gave Hurricane victory but after the game he praised his 25-year-old defensive midfielder.

Lancenet quoted the head coach, he said: “The athletes have donated much. Deivid played his first game for me.

“He is a player who sacrifices himself and giving support. I congratulate the entire team, and especially Deivid.

“The athletes are giving much for me. This is the start of our championship, we must sacrifice the physical part but they did this brilliantly.

“It is a very friendly team on the field. This is the way I want it to be, and the trend is evolving off the field.”

Atlético Paranaense have made a good start to life under new head coach Doriva as the former Middlesborough player has won his opening two matches of his reign.

He’ll hope for more success against Fluminense next weekend.

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<![CDATA[Atlético Paranaense head coach Doriva praises supporters and forwards]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62695_atletico_paranaense_head_coach_doriva_praises_supporters_and_forwards.htmlAtlético Paranaense head coach Doriva has praised the clubs supporters following Sunday’s 2-0 win against Criciuma in the Brasileirão.

Atlético PR fans weren’t allowed inside the stadium but generated noise outside the stadium and cheered the players when they arrived in the team bus.

Former Middlesborough player Doriva thanked the crowd for their support, Lancenet quoted the 42-year-old.

Doriva said: “The crowd, although not directly participate in the party inside the stadium, did their part at the entrance and this motivated us.”

The head coach also discussed his sides victory and praised forward trio Marcelo, Éderson and Coutinho.

He said: “It's a young team, with athletes with ambition. They are gelling little by little.

“We played with three strikers, but they have a major tactical commitment and it gives consistency to the team. This makes the team is compact and has speed.”

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