<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva: “I’m ready to join Real Madrid"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67300_cruzeiro_midfielder_lucas_silva_____i___m_ready_to_join_real_madrid_.htmlCruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva has made it clear that he intends to join Real Madrid in the near future.

The 21 year-old has been strongly linked with Los Blancos, as well as the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, in recent weeks and though the Spanish outfit are believed to be struggling to match Cruzeiro’s €15 million valuation, Lucas is confident that he will be signed by them eventually.

“I’m ready to join Real Madrid - either now or in June,” he said, as reported by Sky Sport Italia. “I belong to Cruzeiro and what is meant to happen will happen.”

Lucas has come to prominence over the last two seasons, making 50 appearances to help Cruzeiro win back to back Brasileirão titles. The Brazil under-20 international was also recognised for his contribution with a place in the 2014 Championship Squad.

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<![CDATA[Report: Internazionale holds talks with Liverpool over possible loan move for midfielder Lucas Leiva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67298_report__internazionale_holds_talks_with_liverpool_over_possible_loan_move_for_midfielder_lucas_leiva.htmlInternazionale have held talks with Liverpool over a possible loan deal for midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to reports.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport claims that the 27 year-old’s representatives were in Milan this week to try and find an agreement to push through the move at the start of the January transfer window.

Lucas has made just six appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool this season and with the Copa América to aim for at the end of the campaign, he is seemingly eager to find more regular playing time.

The Brazil international had been linked with a reunion with Rafael Benítez at Napoli, but following the improved form of David López and Jorginho, it seems the Spanish tactician is currently happy with the midfield options that are currently available to him.

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<![CDATA[Roma defender Leandro Castan explains how he discovered cavernoma]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67288_roma_defender_leandro_castan_explains_how_he_discovered_cavernoma.htmlRoma defender Leandro Castan has explained how it was discovered that he had a cavernoma.

The Brazil international has been forced to have brain surgery to cure the problem - an irregular cluster of blood vessels - and notes that the problem was first highlighted when he felt tired after the 1-0 win over Empoli in September.

“I was really ill that night after the Empoli game, as if I was sea-sick, but I thought that I was just tired,” he told TG1.

“That morning I still felt bad, so I went to the doctor, we did some tests and found this bruising in the base of the brain.

“They told me I could not play football with that. My child asked why I wasn’t playing anymore and I was afraid of the surgery, but then I told myself: ‘No, as a father I need to set an example of strength.’

 

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<![CDATA[Agent Gilmar Veloz insists Corinthians-owned forward Alexandre Pato will remain on loan at São Paulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67287_agent_gilmar_veloz_insists_corinthians-owned_forward_alexandre_pato_will_remain_on_loan_at_sao_paulo.htmlAgent Gilmar Veloz has insisted that his client Alexandre Pato will remain on loan at São Paulo.

The Brazil international, who is owned by Corinthians, has been strongly linked with Fiorentina over recent days, but Veloz is confident that he will see out his two-year agreement with São Paulo.

“The player isn't going to ask to go and play elsewhere,” he told Radio station Bandeirantes.

“The deals will be respected, unless the club itself wants to send Pato away.”

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<![CDATA[Agent denies Corinthians-owned forward Alexandre Pato is Fiorentina-bound]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67286_agent_denies_corinthians-owned_forward_alexandre_pato_is_fiorentina-bound.htmlGilmar Veloz, the agent of Corinthians-owned forward Alexandre Pato, has denied his client is set to join Fiorentina.

Pato has been strongly linked with a return to Serie A over recent days, but despite suggestions that an agreement is close with La Viola, Veloz insists the Brazil international is happy to remain on loan at São Paulo.

“No-one has got in touch for Alexandre from Florence,” he told Radio station Bandeirantes.

“At São Paulo we are carrying out a two-year loan [from Corinthians] and as far as we are concerned there are no problems.”

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<![CDATA[Paulinho to have second child]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67278_paulinho_to_have_second_child.htmlTottenham midfielder Paulinho has revealed that he is going to be a father for the second time.

Paulinho announced the news on Instagram and revealed that he will call his new child Benjamin.

"When I had my first daughter, I scraped a lot and learned every day what it means to be a father. To get home from a tiring day at work, and be approved by your child's smile is impossible to describe. It's what encourages me every day to do my best. It will not be one smile, but two. We will all welcome Ben."

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<![CDATA[Corinthians sign Mendoza]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67277_corinthians_sign_mendoza.htmlCorinthians have signed Colombia striker Stiven Mendoza with the 22 year old penning a four year deal.

Mendoza is a player who loves to cut in from the left and use his devastating pace. The cost of the striker was undisclosed as he put pen to paper today. He will join up with his new team mates in January.

Mendoza has most recently been playing for Chennaiyin FC in India. The 22 year old will be hoping this move will be a big step in his career. Corinthians have a number of attacking options in their team and it is believed Mendoza will be introduced to the side gradually.

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<![CDATA[Cruzeiro set to make signings.]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67276_cruzeiro_set_to_make_signings_.htmlCruzeiro are set to unveil a number of signings in the next few days according to their president.

Gilvan de Pinho Tavares looks set to reveal Leandro Damião today and is hoping to hold another conference on Sunday to announce the signings of further players.

"I wanted to give the announcement of our new player today (Thursday), but it was not possible. I hope that tomorrow (Friday) we can give joy to the fans of Cruzeiro. I said we need another striker, but we are open to signing players in other positions. Maybe there is more news on Sunday."

Tavares also revealed that no one will be recruited to become the new director of football when Alexandre Mattos leaves shortly.

"I will not bring anyone to the post. We have people on the board who can take care of the administrative part."

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<![CDATA[Oscar: 'Chelsea will have a special 2015']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67275_oscar___chelsea_will_have_a_special_2015_.htmlChelsea's Brazilian maestro Oscar has predicted that 2015 will be the year that the club wins a number of trophies.

The London club didn't win anything last year but have made a great start to the current campaign and can still win four trophies.

Oscar enjoyed 2014 but is hoping that there are even better things to come next year.

"It was an important year for me. I played at the World Cup in my country and signed a new contract with Chelsea. Now I hope to finish the year well and I believe that 2015 can be special for this team."

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<![CDATA[Barcelona eye Brazilian duo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67274_barcelona_eye_brazilian_duo.htmlFollowing the success of Neymar, Barcelona are scouting the Brasileiro again and are intrested in two young stars.

Malcom from Corinthians and Gabriel from Santos are part of the next wave of young talent from Brazil ane 'Sport' have reported that the Catalans are planning to make their move quickly.

The Under-20 Brazilian Championship is currently underway and scouts from all over the world have flocked to the tournament. Malcom and Gabriel have impressed with their quick feet and assured finishing.

Malcom is 17 years old while Gabriel is 18. They are both set to receive offers from a number of clubs and will have to make the biggest decision of their life in the coming weeks.

 


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<![CDATA[Roberto Carlos: 'Marcelo is still the best']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67244_roberto_carlos___marcelo_is_still_the_best_.htmlRoberto Carlos has given his full support to Marcelo after the left back was recently left out of the Brazil national squad by Dunga.

Carlos is seen as one of the best left backs of all time and feels that Marcelo is his successor.

"Even though Brazil have Maxwell and Filipe Luis, Marcelo will remain the world's number one in his position. He is different, as were Cafu and I. He doesn't play like a normal full back." 

Roberto Carlos currently manages Sivasspor in Turkey and was recently voted coach of the season. He was speaking in Spain after visiting his old club Real Madrid.

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<![CDATA[Bruno signs two year deal with São Paulo ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67243_bruno_signs_two_year_deal_with_sao_paulo_.htmlBrazilian right back Bruno has signed a two year deal at São Paulo as the club look to find a solution for the right hand side of their defence.

Bruno is São Paulo's second signing of the season and will be presented on the 8th January. 

"Rubens Moreno (director of football) has confirmed with me that an agreement has been made with Bruno. He is already at the stage of medical examinations." said the president of São Paulo, Carlos Miguel Aidar.

Bruno first interested São Paulo in 2011 before moving to Fluminense.

São Paulo will now look for a replacement for Kaka with Thiago Mendes and Dario Conca being options.

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<![CDATA[Dória prepared to leave Marseille]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67240_doria_prepared_to_leave_marseille.htmlDória's agent Marcelo Bielsa has hinted that the defender will soon be leaving Marseille after not getting any playing time whatsoever.

The 20 year old moved to France from Brazil in September but has not yet been given a chance and Bielsa appears to be getting impatient.

"A transfer? A loan? No possibility is ruled out. But the fact he is not playing is a problem, for him and his career with the Seleção too. We must find a solution," said Bielsa.

A meeting is scheduled between the player and club officials in early January and it seems inevitable Dória will soon be on his way. Lazio, Valencia, Malaga and Botafogo are all said to be interested.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea's Eden Hazard inspired by Ronaldinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67239_chelsea_s_eden_hazard_inspired_by_ronaldinho.htmlChelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has revealed how he was inspired by Brazilian midfield wizards as he grew up.

The 23 year old is currently regarded as one of the best players in the Premier League and paid credit to two players in particular when he talked to FourFourTwo.

"I learned a lot from Ronaldinho and Robinho. Football is a tactical game and you sometimes have to be serious. But they taught me to always do it with a smile and have fun. I spent hours watching their clips on youtube." 

Hazard currently plays alongside a host of Brazilians at Chelsea including Oscar and Ramires.

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<![CDATA[Douglas Costa: 'We can beat Bayern']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67237_douglas_costa___we_can_beat_bayern_.htmlShakhtar Donetsk have been drawn against the might of Bayern Munich in the next round of the Champions League but their Brazilian duo are quietly confident.

Luiz Adriano and Douglas Costa know the scale of the task that faces them but they are not particularly worried.

"Our team is used to facing great teams and we have experienced players of great quality," said Costa, "We know that we have two very tough games ahead, but everything is decided on the pitch. We can win."

Luiz Adriano is this season's top scorer in the Champions League and is looking forward to facing the German champions,
"Our group was very tough and we're not here by chance. We will fight hard until the last minute and I hope that the result is positive."

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<![CDATA[Ricardo Goulart believes staying with Cruzeiro will help him earn Seleção recognition]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67220_ricardo_goulart_believes_staying_with_cruzeiro_will_help_him_earn_selecao_recognition.htmlMidfielder Ricardo Goulart is confident staying at Cruzeiro will help him earn international recognition.

The 23 year-old was a key part of the side that won the 2014 Brasileirão and after being handed his maiden Seleção call up earlier this year, Goulart believes he is best served remaining with Cruzeiro.

“My plan is to stay with Cruzeiro,” he said, as reported by website SA2015. 

“Playing for Cruzeiro helped me get called up. After a busy season it’s now time to take a break and prepare for next year. If I’m playing well then I hope Dunga will select me for the Copa América.”

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<![CDATA[Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva relaxed over future despite reported interest from Arsenal and Real Madrid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67219_cruzeiro_midfielder_lucas_silva_relaxed_over_future_despite_reported_interest_from_arsenal_and_real_madrid.htmlCruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva has insisted he is not concerned about his future.

The 21 year-old has been strongly linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Arsenal in recent weeks and though he acknowledges their interest, Lucas is happy to let Cruzeiro and his agent decide his future.

“I continue to be a player of Cruzeiro,” he said, as reported by SporTV. “There has been much speculation with my name linked to Real Madrid in the last few days, but I’ll have to start in January with my club. Until then, many things can happen. I leave everything in the hands of Cruzeiro and my agent to do the best.”

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<![CDATA[Report: Cruzeiro turn down second Real Madrid offer for midfielder Lucas Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67218_report__cruzeiro_turn_down_second_real_madrid_offer_for_midfielder_lucas_silva.htmlReal Madrid have had a second offer for midfielder Lucas Silva turned down by Cruzeiro, according to reports.

Various news outlets in South America claim that a bid of in excess of €12 million has been rejected by President Gilvan Tavares, who is holding out for €15 million.

Real, who are also believed to be interested in Bayer Leverkusen-owned midfielder Christoph Kramer, face competition from Arsenal for Lucas Silva and although the player has spoken positively regarding a potential switch to the Spanish outfit, Tavares’ desire to get his price may force him to go elsewhere.

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<![CDATA[Report: Fiorentina close in on loan agreement for Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67217_report__fiorentina_close_in_on_loan_agreement_for_corinthians_forward_alexandre_pato.htmlFiorentina are closing in on a deal for Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato, according to reports.

Newspaper La Nazione claims that the 25 year-old, who has spent the 2014 season on loan at Sao Paulo, is likely to join Fiorentina on another temporary switch until the end of this Serie A campaign. 

Previous reports had suggested that La Viola needed to sell before pursuing a deal for Pato, but La Nazione notes that Corinthians would be willing to subsidise his wages to help secure an agreement.

 

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<![CDATA[Zidane leaves Neymar out of his best 11]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67210_zidane_leaves_neymar_out_of_his_best_11.htmlZinedine Zidane picked two Brazilians in his current best 11 players in the world, but surprisingly left out Neymar.

The Frenchman picked compatriot Karim Benzema as his forward instead of the Brazilian. Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimović complete a fearsome front line.

Zidane has also chosen attacking full backs with Dani Alves and Marcelo being his preferred pick at right and left back.

Zidane's full team:

Casillas (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Ramos (Real Madrid), Pepe (Real Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Luca Modric (Real Madrid), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Messi (Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Ibrahimović (PSG), Benzema (Real Madrid).

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<![CDATA[Filipe Luís scores his first goal for Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67209_filipe_luis_scores_his_first_goal_for_chelsea.htmlChelsea left back Filipe Luís scored his first goal for the club last night as they defeated Derby County 3-1 in the Carling Cup.

The London club were leading 1-0 when Luís stepped up and curled a beautiful free kick into the top corner from 25 yards out. The victory means that Chelsea progressed to the semi final of the competition and could still win four trophies this year.

Luís has found first team opportunities at Chelsea limited since signing for the club in the summer but is slowly finding his feet. This was the Brazilians third consecutive start and he will be hoping he can keep this run going against Stoke on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Atlético-MG sign Lucas Pratto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67206_atletico-mg_sign_lucas_pratto.htmlAtlético Mineiro have signed Argentine striker Lucas Pratto after the deal was confirmed on Twitter last night.

Atlético club president, Daniel Nepomuceno, broke the news on his account and it will be hoped the 26 year old can add some much needed firepower to the team.

Pratto has joined for around €4 million and has signed a four year contract. The striker's last team were Vélez Sarsfield and he has had somewhat of a journeyman career, playing for seven teams in the last seven years.

Pratto was joint top scorer in the Argentine Primera División last year with 11 goals.

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<![CDATA[Arsenal target Silva offered new bumper deal by Cruzeiro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67204_arsenal_target_silva_offered_new_bumper_deal_by_cruzeiro.htmlCruzeiro have offered Lucas Silva a new lucrative contract to try and keep the midfielder out of the clutches of Arsenal and Real Madrid.

The 21 year old has been at the centre of a tug of war between the English and Spanish clubs but Cruzeiro do not even want to sell. They have now improved Silva's contract in all areas and will try to get him to sign a five year deal.

Lucas Silva himself wanted a move to Real Madrid but the Spanish club have had two offers turned down as Cruzeiro are holding out for €15 million. Cruzeiro club president, Gilvan de Pinho Tavares, has hinted that Arsenal are willing to match the asking price when the European transfer window opens again in January.

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<![CDATA[Mourinho: 'Ramires is a Chelsea champion']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67202_mourinho___ramires_is_a_chelsea_champion_.html 

Mourinho: "Ramires is a professional fantastic"
Despite the transfer rumors that send Ramires to Juventus in exchange for Pogba, Mourinho has not given up on the Brazilian player. Little used this season because of physical problems and tenured only four times, the Portuguese coach has put forward its professionalism.
"Ramires is a champion, a professional fantastic. Step by step, working intensely, it is still available for the team. He is not ready to play as a starter. For now, it will stay on the bench and each once we can, it will come into play, "said Mourinho.

There could yet be a future at Chelsea for Ramires after manager Jose Mourinho praised him in an interview last night.

There is speculation that Ramires will be used in a deal to bring Paul Pogba to Stamford Bridge. But Mourinho said the Brazilian midfielder will get his chance in the team once he fully recovers from all his injuries.

"Ramires is a champion, and a fantastic professional," said Mourinho, "Step by step, he is working intensely and is still available for the team. He is not ready to play as a starter. For now, he will stay on the bench and once he is fully fit will come into play."

 

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<![CDATA[Cruzeiro midfielder Julio Baptista happy he returned to Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67182_cruzeiro_midfielder_julio_baptista_happy_he_returned_to_brazil.htmlCruzeiro midfielder Julio Baptista has admitted he is glad he returned to Brazil. 

The 33 year-old played in Europe between 2003 and 2013, but has won back to back Brasileirão titles since joining Cruzeiro last July and is happy he chose to come back to his homeland.

“It’s been a pleasure to come back to Brazil and to be a champion [with Cruzeiro]. It’s difficult and an incredible joy to be a champion. Cruzeiro is a very good team with quality players,” he told AS.

“When you live outside Brazil for so long you just get used to it. I noticed the change in the football. I never thought I’d return to Brazil. I thought I’d retire in Europe.”

 

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<![CDATA[Athletic Club Head Coach Ernesto Valverde wary of Amauri threat ahead of Europa League tie with Torino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67181_athletic_club_head_coach_ernesto_valverde_wary_of_amauri_threat_ahead_of_europa_league_tie_with_torino.htmlAthletic Club Head Coach Ernesto Valverde has singled out Fabio Quagliarella and Amauri as Torino’s biggest threat.

The tactician will likely come up against duo when his side face Torino in the Europa League round of 32 and is wary of what they can produce.

“Torino are one of the classic sides in their country, with a history that deserves respect, and that’s something we must take into account,” he told Bilbao’s official website.

“Their League is not going through its best moment but those are circumstances we’ve also found ourselves in.

“Although they are not a free-scoring team they have good strikers, such as Quagliarella and Amauri. However, it’s still a long time until the tie is played.”

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<![CDATA[Adriano Galliani compares Ronaldinho and Ronaldo to Milan Head Coach Filippo Inzaghi]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67180_adriano_galliani_compares_ronaldinho_and_ronaldo_to_milan_head_coach_filippo_inzaghi.htmlMilan vice-president Adriano Galliani has compared Ronaldinho and Ronaldo to current Head Coach Filippo Inzaghi.

The 70 year-old believes that the Brazilian duo could have given even more to Milan when they were at the club, if they had Inzaghi’s work ethic.

“Ronaldo, il Fenomeno, was the opposite of Pippo, as was Ronaldinho,” he said, as reported by Football Italia. “I often wonder what these players could have done if they’d applied themselves like Inzaghi.

“Pippo returned to being great even after injuries, and that’s why I believe that his determination will make him a great Coach.”

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<![CDATA[Arsenal target Lucas Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67163_arsenal_target_lucas_silva.htmlArsenal are challenging Real Madrid in the race to sign Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva.

Both clubs have bid €15 million but Cruzeiro are desperately trying to cling on to their star player and are preparing to offer Silva a new contract until 2017.

It is believed Silva has his heart set on Real Madrid but Arsenal are said to be more willing to up their offer. Silva is aware of Arsenal's interest but has been on holiday recently to Spain and seems determined to head for Madrid.

One possible outcome would be for either Real Madrid or Arsenal to negotiate a deal for the 21 year old only to allow him to stay at Cruzeiro until midway through next year.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea masseuse flying the Brazilian flag]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67162_chelsea_masseuse_flying_the_brazilian_flag.htmlChelsea don't only have a lot of Brazilian players they also have a Brazilian masseuse who is greatly loved at the club. 

Manoel Marcelo Ribeiro has been at the club since 2009 and knows some great stories that have never made it on to the back pages. He reveals how Jose Mourinho also has a playful side.

"There was this time at a conference where he took these water pistols and soaked everyone in the hotel," chuckled Ribeiro.

Ribeiro said he travelled to England to improve his English and discovered his profession by chance in 2004. He worked for Fulham and West Ham before joining Chelsea. He now has one final wish.

"I live a dream, my family is well established in London. But I still one day imagine working in the Brazilian national team."

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<![CDATA[Breno to join São Paulo in January]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/67160_breno_to_join_sao_paulo_in_january.htmlBrazil defender Breno Borges is set to join São Paulo in January after the 25 year old was released from prison in Germany.

Breno was arrested in 2011 for arson and was jailed for three years and nine months. He has been on day release since last year but was recently fully released and is free to return to Brazil.

"Naturally, the transfer has special needs," said executive manager of São Paulo, Gustavo Vieira, "But in early January, depending on his will and also our need, he should be presented as an athlete of São Paulo."

Breno played for Bayern Munich at the time of his arrest but the German team no longer have any need for the player. 

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