<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Martinelli Still Hopeful of Olympic Glory]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97655_martinelli_still_hopeful_of_olympic_glory.htmlArsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli says he is still hopeful of being involved with Brazil’s Olympic squad, even though the games have been postponed until 2021.

The Tokyo games have been postponed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and Martinelli had been part of the Olympic squad earlier this year.

“I am happy for the recognition, for the idea of my name in the Brazilian team," Martinelli said. "It is a dream that I have had since I started playing football.

“Playing in the Olympics is the dream of any player and I am included in that. I was very happy when I saw my name on the list and I hope to be prepared to do my best when the matches happen."

The player still has not made a choice between representing Brazil and Italy. Martinelli was born and raised in Brazil but has an Italian passport and can represent them if he chooses to.

“There is still no final decision, but, certainly, representing my country is a privilege that would honour me a lot.”

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Martinelli On ‘Complicated Situation’ As Football Grinds To A Halt]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97654_gabriel_martinelli_on____complicated_situation____as_football_grinds_to_a_halt.htmlArsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli insists he and his Gunners teammates are doing their best to stay in shape at home while lockdown continues in the UK.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the sporting calendar to a stand still and Arsenal, like many clubs, have shut down their training ground.

Martinelli says he and his teammates miss the day-to-day contact of training but understand the gravity of the situation.

“It is a very complicated situation for everyone, and we have been doing what we can at home to keep in shape,” he said.

"It is not the same thing as daily training at the club, obviously, but we do our best to reduce problems. I do physical activity every day so that, when I do return to training, I can be as prepared as possible.

"We talk a lot on the phone, messages and stuff. Everyone is in the same boat, and aware that we need to do our part.

"Of course, it is very bad not training, playing — we miss the day-to-day with the team-mates — but this is a time to take precautions and everyone’s health is the most important now."

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<![CDATA[Tite Hopeful for Bruno Guimarães Brazil Future]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97649_tite_hopeful_for_bruno_guimaraes_brazil_future.htmlBrazil coach Tite says he is hopeful that youngster Bruno Guimarães can give his team some of the qualities it is missing.

Guimarães recently signed for Lyon from Athletico Paranaense and Tite says there is a role for the 22-year old if he continues to develop.

“We currently lack a ‘relay’ midfielder. A player like Falcão in the past. Or like De Bruyne today, able to play sometimes lower to help Casemiro and make the game start again, sometimes higher to bring more binding, creativity, speed and rhythm.

“Bruno Guimaraes, who just signed for Lyon and was the best U23 player qualified for the Olympic Games, has enormous potential and can be that player. I also think of Lucas Paqueta who plays for Milan.”

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<![CDATA[Scolari Admits Anelka and Drogba Issues During Chelsea Spell]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97648_scolari_admits_anelka_and_drogba_issues_during_chelsea_spell.htmlBrazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says that trying to turn Nicolas Anelka and Dider Drogba into a strike pairing was his biggest issue during his short spell at Stamford Bridge.

Scolari was appointed by the Blues in the summer of 2008 to take over from Avram Grant. He says having two strikers of the quality of Anelka and Drogba became a barrier for him.

He told the Guardian, “I tried to adapt so that Drogba and Anelka could play together. Anelka was the top scorer in the league. We had a meeting and Anelka said: ‘I only play in one position.’

“So, there was a bit of a lack of friendship, of respect, of trying to play together with Drogba. They were both great, but someone had to do something different, to get back to help when we lost the ball.

“That was when it changed a bit. But we’ve met since then, me and Drogba. The last time was in Russia in 2018.

“We spoke openly about it. There wasn’t any ill intention from him or Anelka. But it happened and I lost out on one of the great chances of my life.”

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<![CDATA[‘Winning was the only option’ Tite reflects on Copa América triumph]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97644____winning_was_the_only_option____tite_reflects_on_copa_america_triumph.htmlBrazil coach Tite has admitted that winning the Copa América last year was crucial due to the expectation placed upon the team.

The 2014 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany still looms large in the consciousness of Brazilian fans and players alike and Tite says winning this trophy has helped to heal those scars.

“Winning the Copa America, at home in Brazil, was a major challenge. Especially for the players who had experienced the affront of 2014- Dani Alves, Fernandinho, Thiago Silva,” he told FF.

“This title was all the more important since we had lost Neymar on injury just a few days before the start of the tournament.

“The pressure and the expectation of the supporters was considerable: winning was therefore the only option available to us.

“When you have to face Argentina from Messi, Uruguay from Cavani and Suarez, or Colombia and James (Rodriguez), its absence necessarily creates more emotional instability.

“Neymar reassures you, because he brings unpredictability to your game. Because he will offer you an individual or collective solution that the others do not have.

“And with him, the team's potential is not the same. So winning without him and resisting this pressure made the group aware of its value, yes.”

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<![CDATA[‘Neymar is essential, but not irreplaceable’ says Tite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97643____neymar_is_essential__but_not_irreplaceable____says_tite.htmlBrazil coach Tite says that Neymar is essential to his team, but not irreplaceable. In an interview with FF, Tite sung the praises of the Seleção number 10.

Tite says he still believes the player’s best position is on the left-side of a front three. “Neymar is essential, but not irreplaceable.

“In each match, I ask myself the same question: how to get the best out of him, build and balance the team around him?

“The position where I found him the best performing in club as in the seleção, was when he played for Barcelona, on the left side coming in.

“In other words, starting from one side, where he worked with the environment, then using his perception of the game, his speed of reflection and execution, his capacity for improvisation and adding his speed to it.

“The best Neymar I saw playing was during this period. The level of play he had reached then was exceptional and only Messi and Ronaldo were above him. I have never seen Hazard, Griezmann or Pogba play at this level.”

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<![CDATA[Willian Not Worried About Physical Condition Despite Suspension of Calendar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97640_willian_not_worried_about_physical_condition_despite_suspension_of_calendar.htmlChelsea’s Willian says he is not worried about his physical condition when football is eventually allowed to return.

The sporting calendar has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning, among other things, clubs are unable to take training.

Willian admits that the physical shape of players will suffer when football eventually returns, but he does not think it’ll be a big issue.

“It was a little difficult [isolation in England]. I had to do the exercises at home, get training to keep fit, but it was a necessary thing for the moment,” Willian told UOL Esporte.

“A player from our team tested positive and the club decided that we should stay home. I didn&#39;t get tested, but the team doctors asked me every day how we felt, there was no need to take the test.

“We have all the programming that the club gives us to do during this time: exercise and diet. There is a lot of care on the part of Chelsea so that we can return well.

“They know that we will not return as before, because we lost the pace of the game, it is different, but we will not return with such a bad condition.”

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<![CDATA[Willian Hoping for Premier League Stay]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97639_willian_hoping_for_premier_league_stay.htmlChelsea forward Willian says that he hopes to stay in the Premier League even if he cannot agree a new deal with Chelsea.

The Brazilian’s contract expires in June and the player would be keen to extend his seven- year Premier League spell.

“Particularly for me it is the most difficult league, I think it is the well-disputed, competitive championship, complicated teams to play against,” he told UOL Esporte.

“I like the Premier League a lot, I like the style of the game, the atmosphere, I adapted well here. I am very calm when it comes to my future in the team, the most important thing is to be healthy.

“In those moments we don&#39;t think about football, which club I&#39;m going to play for, whether I&#39;m going to stay there or not. I&#39;m calm for now, I know the best will be done, it&#39;s important to decide.”

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<![CDATA[Willian Says He Has No Other Concrete Offers, But Rules Out Immediate Brazil Return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97636_willian_says_he_has_no_other_concrete_offers__but_rules_out_immediate_brazil_return.htmlChelsea winger Willian admits that his contract negotiations have hit a wall, but he insists he is not in discussions with another team at the moment.

The Brazilian’s contract expires in June and he is free to talk to clubs outside of England. The 32-year old says he wants to stay in Europe.

“The only concrete negotiation was a contract renewal with Chelsea, which was not possible. They wanted a two-year contract and I asked for three. Now, everything has stopped, I will only have news when I return [to England],” the player told UOL Esporte.

“We listen to speculation, know that we have club interests, because I will be free in the market, I will be able to negotiate, there is no offer for now. Palmeiras did not come to me. No one.

“I cannot deny it, of course I have a special affection for Corinthians, but returning to Brazil is not something I think about now. It doesn&#39;t cross my mind. I still have a lot to offer in Europe.”

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<![CDATA[‘Nobody Can Match Neymar’ Says Cafu]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97635____nobody_can_match_neymar____says_cafu.htmlBrazil’s World Cup winning captain Cafu says that no player in the world can match Neymar’s technique.

Cafu, who skippered Brazil to the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, says that even Messi and Ronaldo cannot rival Neymar’s technique.

“Technically, Neymar is the best player in the world,” Cafu told FOX Sports. “Today, technically, nobody can beat Neymar.

“Not even Messi, although I am a fan of him. But he does not surpass him in terms of technical quality.”

However, Cafu does not believe that Neymar should be Brazil captain, with Cafu’s successor at right-back Dani Alves currently sporting the armband.

“Today I don’t see any leader within the Brazilian team. Today I don’t see anyone who says this to Neymar: ‘Oh, don’t do this’ or ‘Do this’. There is not!

“They gave him that responsibility, and it’s not his profile. It’s not that he doesn’t want to, but because it’s not his profile.

“Have you ever seen him catching Thiago Silva and Tite in a discussion and solving the situation? No, because it is not his profile.”

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<![CDATA[Giovanni Relishing Ajax Brazilian Connection]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97631_giovanni_relishing_ajax_brazilian_connection.htmlAjax’s Brazilian teenager Giovanni says that the number of Brazilians already at the Amsterdam club was a big factor in his decision to join.

The Dutch giants already boast David Neres, Danilo and Anthony and that helped them to win the signature of the 18-year old from Santos.

“That certainly makes things easier for me. It did influence my decision to choose Ajax,” Giovanni told Ajax’s official website.

“I think I can learn a lot from David. I knew him by name and knew he was a really good player, but I met him in the Netherlands for the first time.

“David has become a friend in a short time,&quot; continues Giovanni. &quot;I think he&#39;s very funny and we have the same sense of humour.

“I&#39;ve been with him almost all the time since I&#39;ve been in the Netherlands. I go to his house regularly and then we play a Brazilian card game together.

“I know Danilo too, because he also played at Santos. I bumped into him in a locker room at De Toekomst sporting complex.

“I haven&#39;t met Antony yet, but he&#39;s a very good player. I hope the four of us can get a lot of samba in Amsterdam.&quot;

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<![CDATA[Willian Won’t Give Up On World Cup Dream]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97630_willian_won___t_give_up_on_world_cup_dream.htmlChelsea winger Willian says he still hasn’t given up on his dream of winning the World Cup with Brazil.

Willian will be 34 when the 2022 Qatar World Cup rolls around, but he insists he still hopes to lift the Jules Rimet trophy with his country.

He played in the 2014 and 2018 tournaments and, though Brazil were not victorious, he told Gazeta Esportiva that the experience was unmatched.

“No doubt! It’s a dream! I accomplished many, one of them was to wear the national team shirt, I did that, I hope to continue, to play in the World Cup.

“But I have this dream, which is the main thing, to be able to put it all together, wear the shirt and be champion.

“The World Cup is a totally different championship from the others, the qualifiers, the Copa America. Of course, Brazil have potential, squad, players, everything to win the World Cup again, but that will be with time, you have to think step by step and be careful.

“We are in the qualifiers, which is difficult. Only then we can we reach the goal. It’s the dream, the goal, I believe that of everyone.”

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Admits Spurs Were In ‘A Bad Moment’ Prior to Season Suspension]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97625_lucas_moura_admits_spurs_were_in____a_bad_moment____prior_to_season_suspension.htmlSpurs forward Lucas Moura admits that Tottenham were in a bad way prior to the suspension of the football calendar due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

In their last match before the break, Tottenham were dumped out of the Champions League by RB Leipzig.

“Of course, I am looking forward to returning soon, because it is very bad to be stuck at home without being able to go out and stay without playing football.

“Our team was not in such a good moment, eliminated in all competitions and fighting to reach the top four of the Premier League, but the expectation for the next season is great.

“The expectation is to get the qualification for the Champions League and next year start well from the pre-season, with a new philosophy, and aim for big things.”

The Brazilian said he has been broadly happy with his own form this season, he has been asked to fill in upfront with Harry Kane and Son injured.

“In terms of numbers it is not the best season, but following games, performances and performance, I was very satisfied, with the confidence of the coach.

“It was the biggest sequence of games I&#39;ve had since I arrived in Europe, I was very happy and feeling more and more comfortable and more relaxed on the pitch.”

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Hopeful of Sao Paulo Return Some Day]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97624_lucas_moura_hopeful_of_sao_paulo_return_some_day.htmlSpurs forward Lucas Moura is hopeful of returning to his boyhood club Sao Paulo at the end of his career.

Lucas began his career with the club before joining Paris Saint Germain in 2013. He says he would like to finish his career with Tricolor.

“I do have São Paulo in my head, in my plans,” he admitted. “When I arrived in Europe, I had a goal to stay here for at least ten years. Seven have passed, theoretically three more to go, but we never know tomorrow.

“I have a contract until 2023 with the option to renew for another year, but I really want to return to São Paulo one day, wear that shirt again, it&#39;s the club I love, to whom I owe a lot, I&#39;m always following.

“It’s difficult to talk. It may be three, five years from now, or it may be a year from now. Football is very dynamic and it is difficult to set a date.” Moura said he would find it difficult to play for another Brazilian club.

“I don&#39;t know if I could do it, no. My head, in Brazil, is totally focused on São Paulo. It is the club that formed me, where I made great friends, where I spent four years at the base and a fantastic period of my life.

“To play in the crowded Morumbi, win a title the way it happened, see the crowd singing my name. It is a great love that I feel, it is difficult to wear another shirt in Brazil.”

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Issues Advice for Ajax Bound Anthony]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97622_lucas_moura_issues_advice_for_ajax_bound_anthony.htmlLucas Moura says that Ajax bound Brazilian star Anthony should learn to speak English as soon as he can.

Moura moved to Europe from Sao Paulo in 2013 and speaks French and English fluently, he says Anthony, who will join Ajax in the summer, should make language a priority.

“Antony is a great friend of mine, a great player, who progressed very quickly and will certainly shine a lot in the future.

“The first piece of advice, I don&#39;t know if he is already doing it, he must be, would be to take an English course.

“This is very important, the European looks at this a lot, that he arrives at the club already knowing how to communicate is essential.

“Another issue is focus, it will beat the longing for family, friends, things in Brazil, it will be cold here. He certainly has a lot to shine here in Europe.

“He goes to a big club, he will probably play in the Champions League, he has everything to grow even more.”

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<![CDATA[‘Anything Is Possible’ Says Agent About Gabriel Jesus Juventus Links]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97621____anything_is_possible____says_agent_about_gabriel_jesus_juventus_links.htmlItalian agent Giovanni Branchini, who helped to broker Gabriel Jesus’ move from Palmeiras to Manchester City, has not ruled out the prospect of the Brazilian joining Juventus.

Juve are reportedly on the lookout for a centre-forward to provide a foil for Cristiano Ronaldo and there is some suggestion they would be interested in Jesus.

Currently, the Brazilian is operating as a back-up to Sergio Aguero and the player admits that he is impatient to play.

“When asked if it’s feasible for Juventus to sign Jesus, Branchini told Calciomercato: “We are talking about a great footballer and a great club, everything is possible.

“The difficulties of acquiring power will lead to not making many movements, it is better to have who you already have in the house, there will not be a large market going out.

“Some clubs with great economic difficulties could give rise to some sensational exchange, previously unthinkable.”

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<![CDATA[With China's situation improving here are the players still playing in the Super League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97617_with_china_s_situation_improving_here_are_the_players_still_playing_in_the_super_league.htmlThe outbreak of the deadly coronavirus has halted football in all major leagues and competitions across Europe. There will be no fixtures played in the English Premier League until, at least, May. This rule was put in place to limit the spread of the disease amongst football fans.

The UK government acted in a similar fashion, prime minister Boris Johnson banning all public gatherings of three or more people. The near future looks bleak and there’s no guarantees normality will return to the sport anytime soon. The May deadline could be extended if the virus continues to claim lives, government measures remaining in place.

Champions League effected

Other competitions effected by the coronavirus include Euro 2020, Champions League and the Europa League. The international football tournament – sold as a celebration of football, bringing sport to the people of Europe – has been postponed for 12 months.

UEFA are working tirelessly to find a way to finish the Champions League and Europa League in 2020. Single leg playoff matches remain an option, with these fixtures decided on neutral ground. Not ideal, but most football fans and major clubs would take what they can get at the minute.

Another option open to organisers of the top league and competitions is playing football behind closed doors, with seasons played to a conclusion in front of empty arenas. Liverpool would get the chance to win the Premier League title and clubs like Aston Villa could battle for survival. Football is nothing without fans, but everyone involved in the game must be realistic with their expectations for the rest of the season. Something is better than nothing.

Hope for the Chinese Super League

One tournament going against the grain and showing glimmers of hope is the Chinese Super League. China’s coronavirus situation is improving, according to recent media reports, and that acts as a sign there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel in this crisis, giving hope to sports fans the beautiful game will bounce back before summer.

With fixtures returning to the Chinese Super League, the competition is expected to attract larger than normal viewing figures, especially with competition from other leagues thin on the ground. The Super League may also become more appealing to TV companies eager to fill the gap left in their schedule by the Premier League and Champions League.

Followers showing a newfound love for the top tier of Chinese professional football are in for a treat as the competition boasts some of the top names in the game, including many world-famous Brazilian players. The promise of wealth and a chance to play a part in the Super League’s journey has attracted household names of football to China.

China could attract more big names

The initial outbreak of the coronavirus meant a large number of stars were reported to be desperate to find a way out of China and back to the top clubs in Europe. That’s no longer the case, according to many respected media channels.

The disease has now made Europe unsafe and there’s a threat many teams will run into financial difficulty, won’t be able to honour their TV deals or may even fail to complete the season. Also, certain newspapers tell us that although it seemed unlikely just months ago but Spain might be as currently unsafe as China. Players in the Super League are beginning to think it may be worth staying where they are and helping send Chinese sport back along the road to recovery.

Coutinho could be next

Could this lead to more top players transferring to the Chinese Super League? With the next Brazilian stars to move projected by online betting apps are now Coutinho and Willan, the excitement levels have just been raised a notch or two. Such captures would not only enhance Chinese football, it would send out a message to the watching world that sport in China is fighting back and heading in the right direction.

It is possible, of course, but any footballers attracted by the cash must keep in mind the tax on players and salary limit. This is a measure in place to restrict transfer spending. If a club pays more than 45m for a foreign player or 20m for a Chinese player, they must also pay the same amount to a youth development fund.

Hulk shows the Super League’s strength

This hasn’t stopped the big boys of Chinese football splashing the cash on foreign players, however. The biggest Brazilian star is Hulk who is currently employed by Shanghai SIPG. The 33-year-old attacker has already shown his class in the Super League, scoring 45 goals in his first 84 appearances since arriving in 2016. The samba scorer moved from Zenit in a deal worth £45m which was an Asian football record when completed.

Other top players currently playing in the Chinese Super League include Renato Augusto and Ralf of Beijing Guoan, Marinho and Bruno Meneghel of Changchun Yatai and Fernandinho and Alan Kadec of Chongqing Lifan. Others to keep an eye out for are Renatinho and Junior Urso of Guangzhou RF, Denilson Gabionetta and Anselmo Ramon from Hangzhou Greentown, Shangdong Luneng’s Diego Tardelli and Gil as well as Hulk’s teammate Oscar at Shanghai SIPG.

Race is on for the Fire-God Trophy

The Chinese Super League is a 16-team competition and it is the top tier of football in China. Founded back in 2004, the Fire-God Trophy is awarded to the champions at the end of the 30 games season. Each of the teams involved plays each other twice, once at home and then again at the venue of their opponents. The competition runs for most of a calendar year, beginning in February and decided in November. The two lowest ranked teams are relegated each season, replaced by the best two from China League One.

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao rank as the Super League’s most successful team, having won the trophy eight times between 2011 and 2019, finishing as runners up on another one occasion, claiming the silver medal in 2018 when Shanghai SIPG earned the first league glory in their history, having finished second in 2015 and 2017.

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<![CDATA[Sevilla Midfielder Questions Neymar and Thiago Silva Brazil Return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97616_sevilla_midfielder_questions_neymar_and_thiago_silva_brazil_return.htmlSevilla’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando Silva has questioned Neymar and Thiago Silva’s decision to return home to Brazil.

The football calendar across the globe has been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with football unlikely to resume any time soon.

Some players have taken the chance to return to their homes, including Neymar and Thiago Silva. However, Fernando does not think that to be a wise decision.

“I totally reject the notion (of returning to Brazil). In my way of thinking, I am more secure here. On top of that, I do not know if Thiago Silva and Neymar can return to Europe.

“Because sooner or later, the Brazil will face this situation. Here, everything is good, in two or three weeks, the number of infected people will begin to diminish.”

Brazil has not yet been hit as hard as some European countries by the virus, but that is expected to change in the coming weeks.

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<![CDATA[Martinelli Aims To Become Gunners Legend]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97615_martinelli_aims_to_become_gunners_legend.htmlArsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli says that he wants to become a legend at the club. The 18-year old has taken England by storm this season.

The Brazilian has been a bright spot on an otherwise poor season for the Gunners and he is not done yet.

“I want to win the Champions League &amp; lots of titles to make Arsenal’s fans very happy,” said the youngster who signed from Ituano last summer.

“They deserve the best – not only the supporters but all the club’s staff. I’d like to give back to the club after everything they have done for me so far &amp; become a Gunners legend.

“When I turned up [on my first day], it was lunchtime &amp; only Aubameyang was sat at the table. My first thought was, ‘F***!’.

&quot;I sat next to him, a bit shy, but as Auba speaks Spanish, he struck up a conversation and asked where I was from. We had a nice chat.”

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<![CDATA[Marquinhos’ Wife Explains Decision Not To Return To Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97612_marquinhos____wife_explains_decision_not_to_return_to_brazil.htmlParis Saint Germain’s Brazilian stars Neymar and Thiago Silva have returned to Brazil to be with their families in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.

With football suspended indefinitely until the end of April at least, many players have decided to return home.

Marquinhos and his family have opted to stay in Paris, however. Marquinhos’ wife Carol used her Instagram account to explain why.

“We are going through a very delicate moment. I am going to explain our decision to stay here. In fact, there is not much to say. We were already here. The Marquinhos family lives here. There is his brother and his family, his sister and his family, his father and mother.

“They live next door, with each one having their own house. When Emmanuel Macron said on TV to stay at home and that everything was going to close the following day, we were all together. We see each other nearly everyday.

“We discussed it a lot in terms of what we should do. We had the option to go to Brazil. But we asked ourselves if that was the best option or not. To go to Brazil, you take a plan, a car to the airport, another car upon arrival. There are a lot of us, because we are a family.

“I have two children who are not going to wear masks. I thought that it would be dangerous for us and even for others, for my family in Brazil. Even by staying enclosed over there, we were going to touch a lot of things and we do not know if we have the virus.

“There were lots of reasons to stay here. As we were already together, we decided to quarantine and no longer see anyone else. Everyone came here with their things. We are about 15 or so. We are protecting ourselves, because it is really important to stay at home.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:35:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Martinelli Impressed By Arteta’s ‘Eye For Detail’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97611_martinelli_impressed_by_arteta___s____eye_for_detail___.htmlArsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has paid tribute to coach Mikel Arteta, especially his eye for tactical detail.

Martinelli joined the club from Ituano last summer when Unai Emery was the Gunners manager, with Mikel Arteta taking over the reins in December.

In a recent interview with FourFourTwo, Martinelli said that Arteta’s attention to detail has come to define his managerial style.

“He’s been brilliant," Martinelli says. "He pays a lot of attention to moves and keeps pushing me to improve my game; not only in attack but defence, too. The boss is very wise tactically and incredibly helpful.

“He’s not an angry guy at all, but likes showing you exactly what to do on the pitch: 'If the ball goes that way, don’t stay here, go there and turn your body that specific way. He has a keen eye for detail."

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:09:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Hopeful For Return To Normality]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97608_lucas_moura_hopeful_for_return_to_normality.htmlSpurs forward Lucas Moura has urged people to observe social distancing advice and hopes for a return to normal life soon.

The globe has been coming to terms with the global COVID-19 pandemic and the football fixture list has been put on hold.

Lucas says he is in touch with his family at home in Brazil and hopeful that if everyone follows social distancing guidelines, the situation will pass soon.

“Yes, I speak to them (family) every day, just saying the same things, to stay at home, to take care. “Of course, I am worried about my parents because for older people, it’s worse.

“I think about them all the time. I’ve never seen a situation like this. It’s strange for everyone, different for everyone, but we need to stay positive, follow the rules, stay at home and like I said, I’m sure we will pass this and come back to normal.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:45:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Arsenal were in for Sao Paulo defender, claims director]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97607_arsenal_were_in_for_sao_paulo_defender__claims_director.htmlArsenal were interested in signing Sao Paulo defender Walce according to Tricolor’s Director of Football Alex Passaro.

The Gunners ended up settling on Flamengo centre-half Pablo Mari in the January transfer window, but looked at Walce first, according to Passaro.

Arsenal’s Technical Director Edu Gaspar has good access to the Brazilian market and Passaro says he spoke to the club about their defender Walce.

“Walce had a proposal from Red Bull Bragantino, which we turned down, here I think I can even say that we had a conversation with Arsenal,” Passaro told UOL Esporte.

“Exactly for the vacancy that was filled by Pablo Marí, we were talking to Edu Gaspar. He
(Walce) ended up getting injured, which happens, we need to be prepared for that.”

Arsenal turned to Mari instead, signing him on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal being struck in the summer.

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<![CDATA[‘This is a time to think about life’ says Lucas Moura]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97603____this_is_a_time_to_think_about_life____says_lucas_moura.htmlSpurs forward Lucas Moura says that the postponement of the football calendar in response to the COVID-19 epidemic is the perfect time to reflect and spend time with family.

Large parts of the globe are in social lockdown to slow the spread of Coronavirus and the English domestic calendar is suspended until 30 th April at least.

The Brazilian says he has taken the opportunity to re-live his hat trick in last season’s Champions League semi-finals against Ajax.

“Yes, I’ve watched this a lot of times!” Lucas told the Spurs official website. “In this spirit we need to stay at home and watch movies, play with the kids, enjoy the family.

“This is a time to think about life, to think about everything we can do differently and to improve as humans.

“It’s a different moment for everyone, a difficult moment for the world. We need to stay safe, to follow the rules and I’m sure we will pass this moment quickly.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Mon, 23 Mar 2020 14:23:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘It’s Like A War’ Willian Reflects On Life in London at the Moment]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97602____it___s_like_a_war____willian_reflects_on_life_in_london_at_the_moment.htmlChelsea winger Willian has described London as ‘like a war’ as the UK, like much of the rest of the world, grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Brazilian is self-isolating after teammate Calum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus. He says that London is in a state of alarm in response to the virus.

“In the markets, everything is running out, there’s no more food. It’s like a war. I have employees here at home. They do this job, very carefully.

“I’m buying to keep it at home and no one needs to be leaving. The less we leave, the better, also not to put the employees at risk.

“It’s really worrying. I follow the news. I think if people were aware, responsible, respectful, follow orders, stay at home, if everyone does what has to be done, what happened in Italy will not happen there. But, I saw some news, people with viruses, who knew they had it and weren’t quarantined.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:46:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Willian Seeks Chelsea Permission To Return To Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97600_willian_seeks_chelsea_permission_to_return_to_brazil.htmlChelsea winger Willian says he has requested permission from the club to return home to Brazil to be with his family.

All football in England is suspended until at least April 30 th in the wake of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with Gazeta Esportivo, the Brazilian confirmed, “At the moment, I’m alone. My wife and daughters are in Brazil. I had made a schedule before that.

“They went first, I was going to have a break and I was going too. Now, I’m checking here, if I have authorisation from the club,” Willian said.

“We’re deciding, they are about to come back here, but as there was a meeting and there was a definition here, they postponed the league until April 30 th .

“With that fact, I’m trying to get permission from the club to be able to go. I explained the situation, I’m trying to get authorisation.

“I heard that players from other clubs are going to Brazil too, maybe being close to the family at this moment.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Sat, 21 Mar 2020 14:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Luca Toni Encourages Juventus to Sign Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97599_luca_toni_encourages_juventus_to_sign_gabriel_jesus.htmlFormer Italy international Luca Toni has urged Juventus to sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

Toni, who scored 158 goals in 346 Serie A games, believes that the Brazilian would offer the perfect foil for Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I say, Gabriel Jesus, he would be Cristiano Ronaldo’s ideal sidekick,” he told Tuttosport. Jesus is still playing back-up to City’s main striker Sergio Aguero.

“CR7 isn’t a pure centre forward, but he’s the one who scores the most in the end and has to score the most goals. A killer like Kane is not necessarily a good match for him.

“Gabriel at City scores but he also creates a lot of goals, he’s only 22 years old, and I think he would be the perfect partner for the Portuguese.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Sat, 21 Mar 2020 13:36:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Chelsea Players Risk Fine For Leaving House Without Good Cause, Says Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97596_chelsea_players_risk_fine_for_leaving_house_without_good_cause__says_willian.htmlChelsea winger Willian says that the club have told players they could be fined for leaving the house unnecessarily in the coming days and weeks.

People across the world are being advised to stay at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Willian says he and his teammates have strict instructions to observe that protocol.

It comes after his teammate Mason Mount was seen playing 5-a-side football in his local neighbourhood with Chelsea’s Cobham training ground shut down.

“The instructions they passed on to us were that no one should leave the house,” Willian told Esporte Interativo.

&quot;Unless there’s something you need to buy, at the market or at the pharmacy. But we shouldn’t leave the house, not to go to any other type of place.

&quot;And if the club knew something that the players would be leaving, they would fine us. That’s what they said to us.”

The Brazilian also said there is no update on his current contract situation, with his deal due to expire at the end of June.

“No, nothing new, no news. Especially after what’s happening, everything stopped. But so far no news about anything.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Fri, 20 Mar 2020 17:35:00 +0000
<![CDATA[CONMEBOL ask for delay in start of World Cup 2022 Qualifiers]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97595_conmebol_ask_for_delay_in_start_of_world_cup_2022_qualifiers.htmlCONMEBOL have asked for the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers to be delayed until September in light of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Qualifying was due to begin at the end of March as the ten South American teams plot their path to Qatar 2022.

Brazil were due to kick off their campaign with a home match against Bolivia, before taking on Peru in Lima.

These games, alongside all other CONMEBOL matches, have now been postponed as sport grinds to a halt across the globe.

CONMEBOL have asked FIFA to delay qualifying until September with further matches scheduled for June.

“&quot;By doing this, the confederation ensures all precautions are taken against the global and regional spread of the coronavirus, in line with the recommendations of international health authorities,&quot; CONMEBOL said in a statement following a meeting of its executive board via a video conference call on Thursday.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:06:05 +0000
<![CDATA[‘We are living in difficult times’ Reflects Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97588____we_are_living_in_difficult_times____reflects_willian.htmlChelsea winger Willian says he is trying to stay fit at home while quarantined in response to the Coronavirus pandemic that is affecting the planet.

Chelsea’s Cobham training ground is closed and all competitive fixtures are cancelled as the sport deals with the fallout of the virus.

“We are living in difficult times, but we believe it will improve,” the Brazilian said. “We were quarantined, I am at home every day.

“We can&#39;t leave the house to do anything, we have to be isolated with the family. I try to exercise inside the house to keep fit.

“I hope this can end soon, that people take special care, wash their hands, use alcohol gel, think about the next person. It is important to unite at this moment.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2020-03/home/Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:35:00 +0000