<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Fernandinho has night to forget as Manchester City are dumped out of League Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65706_fernandinho_has_night_to_forget_as_manchester_city_are_dumped_out_of_league_cup.htmlBrazil international Fernandinho endured a miserable night as Manchester City were knocked out of the League Cup by Newcastle United on Wednesday.

The Magpies beat the Premier League champions 2-0 at the Etihad thanks to strikes from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko and Fernandinho was at fault for the opening goal.

The midfielder was caught in possession in front of his own goal after just six minutes before the move was finished off by Aarons.

Sissoko then gave Alan Pardew's side the victory when he poked the ball past Willy Caballero in the second half to book their place in the last eight of the competition.

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<![CDATA[Marcelo on scoresheet as Real Madrid cruise past Cornella]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65705_marcelo_on_scoresheet_as_real_madrid_cruise_past_cornella.htmlReal Madrid appear set to book their place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey after a 4-1 win over Cornella in the first leg - with Marcelo getting on the scoresheet.

The European champions took the lead in the 10th minute through Raphael Varane's header but Carlo Ancelotti's side were stunned when Oscar Munoz equalised.

However, Varane restored the lead with another header just after the half-hour mark before on-loan Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez scored the third.

Brazil international Marcelo rounded off the game with an effort 15 minutes from the end.

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<![CDATA[We won't play to defend first-leg lead vows Luxemburgo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65704_we_won_t_play_to_defend_first-leg_lead_vows_luxemburgo.htmlFlamengo coach Wanderley Luxemburgo has claimed his side won't be looking to merely defend their lead when they meet Atletico-MG in the second leg of their Copa do Brasil semi-final.

Luxemburgo's side won the first leg 2-0 on Wednesday thanks to goals from Victor Caceres and Chicao, but the manager said that his team will be on the frontfoot when they square off once more.

He said: 'If we get through [to the final] with the advantage then great, if Atletico get through then they will have deserved it, we cannot play to defend this result in the second game.

'Those who came to the Maracana saw a great game, but it is not over. We have an edge, but it is a game of 180 minutes.'

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<![CDATA[Chicao warns Flamengo against complacency after first-leg semi-final win]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65701_chicao_warns_flamengo_against_complacency_after_first-leg_semi-final_win.htmlFlamengo defender Chicao has warned his teammates against complacnecy after they beat Atletico-MG 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa do Brasil semi-final at the Maracana.

Chicao got his name on the scoresheet alongside Victor Caceres to give Flamengo a big advantage ahead of the second leg, but the centre-back called for focus from for the second leg.

He said: 'We had to face a very strong team, but we had a lot of determination and will. Our goal is to reach another final and the advantage is good.

'But we have to remember that they have reversed a big disadvantage before against Corinthians [in the quarter-final].'

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<![CDATA[Report: Arsenal line up January move for Romulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65698_report__arsenal_line_up_january_move_for_romulo.htmlArsenal are reportedly lining up a January swoop for Spartak Moscow midfielder Romulo.

The Gunners are keen to add the 24-year-old to their ranks in the winter transfer window and will offer striker Yaya Sanogo on loan as part of the deal, according to The Express.

Romulo joined Spartak back in 2012, but has only made 18 appearances due to a long-term lay-off with injury.

It is claimed that the Russian side are asking for around £9.5m for the Brazilian.

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<![CDATA[Brazilian Cup Preview: Cruzeiro face Santos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65688_brazilian_cup_preview__cruzeiro_face_santos.htmlBrasileiro leaders Cruzeiro take on eighth placed Santos in the first semi-final of the 2014 Copa Do Brasil.

The second semi-final, a clash between current cup champions Flemengo and Atlético Mineiro is bound to be another high quality game, and also kicks off this evening (22:00 UTC−3) as the quest for domestic glory comes to a head.

Santos coach Enderson Moreira should take heart from the fact that Cruzeiro only went through against ABC on away goals in the last round, and have stuttered in Serie A of late, but the leaders are expected to be at full strength; the likes of Marcelo Moreno, Everton Riberio and Ricardo Goulart are all likely to be selected.

Meanwhile, over at the Maracanã, Flemengo will be looking to make the most of their first leg home advantage despite struggling somewhat with it in the league this season against third place Atlético Mineiro.

Mineiro are a side in good form, and will no doubt be desperate for victory, having never won the Copa Do Brasil since it’s incision in 1989. 

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<![CDATA[Bolívar stresses importance of coach Mancini to Botafogo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65687_bolivar_stresses_importance_of_coach_mancini_to_botafogo.htmlFormer Botafogo defender Bolívar has praised the work of manager Vagner Mancini as his old side attempt to avoid relegation to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.

Bolívar, who has only recently departed the club after he and three other senior players had a dispute with Botafogo’s chairman (which ended up in their dismissal), has come out in support of current manager Mancini, and unsurprisingly suggested the board would not be blameless should the club be relegated.

Mancini has faced numerous problems since taking charge at the Fogão in April, with injuries and big financial troubles affecting his side along with the aforementioned departure of key players.

Botafogo currently occupy a relegation place, sitting 17th in Serie A after 31 rounds, but the Maracanã based side are only one point off safety, a position currently held by Vitoria, and Bolívar belives Mancini has done a good job so far, as reported by lancenet:

“Mancini has been a key guy. He is very energetic. He’s a guy who is going through the same difficulty of the players, and he has lost four key men... It’s hard.”

Botafogo face a tough task away at league leaders Cruzeiro on Sunday as they continue their bid to avoid the drop. 

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<![CDATA[Portuguesa relegated after another defeat]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65686_portuguesa_relegated_after_another_defeat.htmlCampeonato Brasileiro Série B side Portuguesa have been consigned to relegation to Série C for the first time in the clubs 94 year history.

A 3-0 defeat to Oeste on Wednesday night confirmed the drop, marking a new low for the Lusa, with caretaker manager Zé Augusto unable to turn around what has been a disastrous campaign for the club.

It means a second successive relegation for Portuguesa, who were controversially demoted from Série A despite finishing in 12th position in 2013 after the Superior Court of Sport Justice docked them four points after the club fielded an ineligible player against Grêmio.

Relegation has been inevitable in recent weeks, with Portuguesa failing to win in any of their last 10 matches and having recorded only three victories all campaign long.

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<![CDATA[Costa and Ramires set to return for Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65685_costa_and_ramires_set_to_return_for_chelsea.htmlJosé Mourinho has confirmed that star striker Diego Costa will be available to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The news will no doubt delight Mourinho after Costa’s outstanding start to life at Stamford Bridge, where he has already managed nine goals in just seven league appearances.

The good news for the Chelsea manager did not end there, as he also revealed that Brazilian midfielder Ramires should also be fit to face Harry Redknapp’s QPR side after just over a month on the sidelines.

“If there are no other complications, Diego and Ramires will be available to face QPR at the weekend.” Said Mourinho, as reported by Globo. The Portuguese head coach then went on to bemoan Costa’s international commitments for keeping him out for longer than first expected.

“He aggravated the problem because he played twice in three days and was not with us.”

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<![CDATA[Internazionale midfielder Hernanes wary of Sampdoria threat and refuses to be compared to Siniša Mihajlović]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65683_internazionale_midfielder_hernanes_wary_of_sampdoria_threat_and_refuses_to_be_compared_to_sinisa_mihajlovic.htmlInternazionale midfielder Hernanes has admitted he is wary of Sampdoria ahead of their clash at San Siro on Wednesday.

The Nerazzurri are currently four points behind Samp in the Serie A standings and Hernanes concedes that Inter will have to match their desire if they are to become the first team to beat them this season.

“Sampdoria have been doing great since last season,” he said, as reported by Football Italia. 

“It will be difficult to win but I also know that teams tend to play the game of their lives against us. We’ve understood that we also have to play like that.”

With his passing ability and talent from dead-ball situations, Hernanes has been compared in some quarters to Sampdoria Head Coach Siniša Mihajlović. The Brazil international insists however, that he is not at the same level.

“It’s impossible to compare me with Siniša Mihajlović,” he admitted. “I am just too behind in terms of goals.”


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<![CDATA[Elano praises Chennaiyin FC fans and hails teams togetherness]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65682_elano_praises_chennaiyin_fc_fans_and_hails_teams_togetherness.htmlElano has hailed the “great atmosphere” amongst the players and staff at Chennaiyin FC.

The former Manchester City midfielder has proven to be an instant hit with the Indian Super League side and he admits that the closeness of the team is bringing out the best in him. 

“There is a great atmosphere in the dressing room,” he said, as reported by the ISL’s official website. “Everyone starting from the support staff to the foreigners and Indian players have been very supportive from day one. Also the owners are great and motivate me a lot.”

As well as praises his team-mates and the staff, Elano also took time to thank Chennaiyin FC’s fans for their strong support.

“It makes me very emotional to play in front of so many fans,” he continued. “I try to always do the best for my team. I am delighted that we bounced back so well after the Delhi game.”

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<![CDATA[Elano pleased to assist team-mates Jeje Lalpekhlua and Stiven Mendoza in Chennaiyin FC's 5-1 win over Mumbai City FC.]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65681_elano_pleased_to_assist_team-mates_jeje_lalpekhlua_and_stiven_mendoza_in_chennaiyin_fc_s_5-1_win_over_mumbai_city_fc_.htmlElano was pleased to assist team-mates Jeje Lalpekhlua and Stiven Mendoza in Chennaiyin FC's 5-1 win over Mumbai City FC.

The former Brazil international created both forward’s goals and scored twice himself, as Marco Materazzi’s side ran out comfortable victors.

Speaking after the game, Elano praised Lalpekhlua and Mendoza and was also happy that his free-kick practice has been rewarded.

“It would have been impossible to assist them without their brilliant runs. In fact, all the players supported each other. It was a team effort!” he said, as reported by the Indian Super League's official website.

“I practice free-kicks from different positions in training so all that hard work is paying off.”

Chennaiyin’s victory over Mumbai was their third in four matches and leaves them 2nd in the Indian Super League, two points adrift of leaders Atlético de Kolkata.

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<![CDATA[FIFA President Sepp Blatter claims Russia's 2018 World Cup preparations are "considerably ahead of schedule" compared to Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65675_fifa_president_sepp_blatter_claims_russia_s_2018_world_cup_preparations_are__considerably_ahead_of_schedule__compared_to_brazil.htmlFIFA President Sepp Blatter has claimed that Russia’s preparations for hosting the 2018 World Cup are “ahead of schedule.”

The 78 year-old, who was speaking at a press conference, suggests that Russia’s organisation compares favourable with Brazil’s preparations for hosting the 2014 tournament.

"I can say that in comparison with Brazil, Russia is considerably ahead of schedule with four years remaining before the event's start," he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"FIFA unconditionally supports the staging of the World Cup by Russia.” 

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<![CDATA[Neymar and Messi set to miss game Espanyol ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65670_neymar_and_messi_set_to_miss_game__espanyol_.html 

Messi and Neymar will be notably absent from the Supercopa de Catalunya tonight against Espanyol. 
The two men were allowed to rest for this match and felt friendly and will find strength for the championship game this weekend against Celta Vigo at the Nou Camp. The left side is actually part of Adriano retained by coach Luis Enrique while Douglas is still injured group.

Messi and Neymar will be notably absent from tonight's Supercopa de Catalunya against local rivals Espanyol. The two players have been given a rest.

After this weekend painful loss at Real Madrid, FC Barcelona face Espanyol tonight in the Supercopa de Catalunya in what is very much a glorified friendly.

Barcelona's two star players will be allowed to rest for this match. 

Adriano is part of Luis Enrique's squad, while Douglas remains injured. 


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<![CDATA["We don't talk about the 7-1 anymore in the dressing room"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65668__we_don_t_talk_about_the_7-1_anymore_in_the_dressing_room_.html 

Guests on the show Bem Amigos de la SporTV, midfielder São Paulo and the Brazilian team, Souza, commented on the atmosphere of the dressing room of the Seleção. Selected for the first time against Japan in October, Souza said the locker room was smiling again and the players were already focused on the 2018 World Cup goal: 
"In seven or eight days with the Seleção, I did not see any trauma. Dunga is to renew the mentality of each player, with the objective of Global 2018. He thinks only 2018 .. Players World can smile again, the atmosphere is very good, we laugh, but we work hard. I have not heard of the 7-1 when I was there, nobody talks about. "

The São Paulo midfielder Souza has commented on the atmosphere in the dressing room of the Seleção on the show Bem Amigos on Sportv. 

 He was selected for the first time against Japan in October. Souza said the locker room was all about smiles again and the players were already focused on the 2018 World Cup.

"In seven or eight days with the Seleção, I did not see any trauma. Dunga about the renewal of the mentality of each player, with the objective of the 2018 World Cup."

"We can smile again, the atmosphere is very good, we laugh, but we work hard. I have not heard of the 7-1 when I was there, nobody talks about. "


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<![CDATA[Santos sign deal with Huawei from China ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65666_santos_sign_deal_with_huawei_from_china_.html 

Team Santos is just like most Brazilian clubs, namely in a fragile financial situation of wages payable to certain players for two or three months. Peixe but received good news yesterday with the signing of a partnership with the Chinese brand mobile phone, Huawei, should pay a substantial sum to the club to relieve the financially even if President Santos has not want to disclose the amount of the agreement. 
President of the Chinese brand in Brazil, Jason Zhao meanwhile, very satisfied with this brand already present in PSG, AC Milan or Borussia Dortmund. 
"Huawei is excited to partner with Santos, one of the biggest clubs in Brazil and in the world. Huawei is a young and dynamic brand, which makes it an ideal partner for Santos in football."VB

Brazilian club Santos is in a fragile financial situation, with wages behind. To get the situation under control Santos signed a sponsorship deal with Chinese brand, Huawei. 

The Santos president did not want to disclose the fee involved, but it is believed the mobile phone brand will pay the Brazilian club a substantial fee.

President of the Chinese brand in Brazil, Jason Zhao meanwhile, was very satisfied as his brand already has a presence in PSG, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund. 

"Huawei is excited to partner with Santos, one of the biggest clubs in Brazil and in the world. Huawei is a young and dynamic brand, which makes it an ideal partner for Santos in football," he said. 


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<![CDATA[Neymar gains 5lbs of muscle to help him succeed at Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65663_neymar_gains_5lbs_of_muscle_to_help_him_succeed_at_barcelona.htmlBarcelona forward Neymar's attempts to adjust to the rigors of European football has resulted in the Brazil international packing on 4.5lbs of muscle.

The Selecao striker endured a frustrating campaign in his maiden season in La Liga, but has started this term in superb form.

The 22-year-old already has nine goals for the campaign, and his efforts look to have been aided by a bulking up.

Neymar weighed 64lbs when he joined from Santos in 2013, but the Barca star now weighs 68.5lbs according to Le Buzz.

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<![CDATA[Assist King Michel Bastos just happy to contribute to Sao Paulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65662_assist_king_michel_bastos_just_happy_to_contribute_to_sao_paulo.htmlSao Paulo star Michel Bastos has claimed that he is just as happy creating an assist as he is scoring goals for his side.

The versatile former Lyon defender is top of the charts in the Brasileirao with 12 assists, but the 31-year-old is unconcerned with personal records.

He said: 'I like to do both, helping my team in various positions. If I score, I am happy, if I give the pass too, I am happy.

'The first thing is to have a winning team, that is the most important thing. I have no preference whether I score a goal or make a pass, it is good.'

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<![CDATA[Lyon legend Juninho backs Doria for Marseille success]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65659_lyon_legend_juninho_backs_doria_for_marseille_success.htmlFormer Lyon midfielder Juninho Pernambucano has backed Doria to become a success at Marseille.

The 19-year-old defender moved to OM in the summer, but is yet to make an appearance for the Ligue 1 side.

However, Juninho, who spent eight years with OL, thinks that the youngster has all the tools to become a top star in France.

He told RMC: 'This is a very interesting player. He is only 19 and this is a left-sided defender which is rare.

'He has good speed and is very comfortable on the ball. He will have to play a little more to gain experience but I think he has all the tools to make a successful career with the club.'

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<![CDATA[Khaznadar's Santos bid compromised by Neymar friendship - Leite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65657_khaznadar_s_santos_bid_compromised_by_neymar_friendship_-_leite.htmlNabil Khaznadar's bid to become the next president of Santos is compromised by his friendship with Neymar's family, according to advisor Celso Leite.

Neymar was sold to Barcelona for an undisclosed fee back in June 2013 and the La Liga club were subsequently accused of tax fraud by Spanish authorities.

Khaznadar has previously struck up a friendship with Neymar's family, and in particular, the Brazil star's father, but Leite believes that the presidential candidate will be 'bombared' with scrutiny.

'I remember him making a speech saying that he was a close friend of Neymar's father,' said Leite. 'If this connection is intimate, as they called it, I think it will be difficult for Nabil, and he will be bombarded in the elections because of the sale of Neymar.

Rollo Orlando added: 'Unfortunately, some counsellors are more committed to their personal interests than with Santos. It is difficult to have an independence that way. It will be hard for him to investigate the sale of Neymar [as president].

'It will become even more difficult because the personal interests will prevail.'

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<![CDATA[Chelsea reportedly line up move for Cruzeiro's Lucas Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65655_chelsea_reportedly_line_up_move_for_cruzeiro_s_lucas_silva.htmlChelsea have reprtedly joined the race for Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva.

The 21-year-old is said to be attracting the attention of La Liga giants Real Madrid, and the Premier League leaders have now also turned their attention to the youngster, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Speaking earlier this month, former Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista urged Los Blancos to sign his compatriot when speaking to Marca.

'It would be a wise move [for Real to sign Silva],' he said. 'From the first day I saw him, I knew he would be a player who would turn heads and I told him so.'

It is believed that Cruzeiro hold a value of around £6m for the talented defensive midfielder, who is a part of the Brazil Under-20 side.

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<![CDATA[Bielsa explains Doria absence]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65651_bielsa_explains_doria_absence.htmlOlympique de Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa has explained his decision not to include young defender Doria in his recent team selections.

The highly rated centre-back, just 19, is yet to make his debut for the French outfit after his September move to L’OM from his only previous club, Botafogo.

After racking up 60 league appearances before his 20th birthday for the Fogão, Doria would’ve been hoping to have made more of an impact at Marseille, but an impressive start to the season and strong competition in his position have seen his opportunities quickly become almost non-existent.

This was recognised by head-coach Bielsa, who was keen to stress the abilities of his other defenders when he spoke to media at a press conference on Tuesday, as reported by maxifoot.fr:

"The decisions are made in context, and I think for Wednesday's game, the suitable replacement for Morel is Nkoulou, and an adequate replacement for Nkoulou is Fanni.”

After also mentioning French defender Stéphane Sparagna, he continued:

“Of these three options for each position, I think the best pair will be Fanni and Nkoulou, and I have not considered Sparagna or Doria."

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<![CDATA[Le Havre rule out Adriano deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65649_le_havre_rule_out_adriano_deal.htmlFrench club Le Havre have today quashed rumours of a move for former Brazilian international forward Adriano – as it emerged they could not afford him.

Despite the powerhouse striker being invited to watch the French second division side face Arles-Avignon on Friday, the news was confirmed by club president Jean Pierre Louvel, speaking with AFP:

“Adriano is invited to watch the match against Arles-Avignon and will kick off the game." He said during a phone interview, before then confirming that the clubs financial restrictions were the main stumbling block.

“Adriano will not be hired by the current directors of the club to play in January. That will not happen, because our budget does not permit a contract like this.”

The news may well come as a disappointment to the former Internazionale star Adriano, who has only managed 17 competitive appearances in the past four years and has been without a club since Atlético Paranaense terminated his contract in April.

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<![CDATA[Sporting eye Grêmio defender Geromel]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65648_sporting_eye_gremio_defender_geromel.htmlPortuguese giants Sporting Lisbon have targeted Grêmio defender Pedro Geromel, it has emerged.

Geromel, now 29, has previous experience of the Primeira Liga after an impressive three season stint with Vitória de Guimarães, after signing for the club back in 2005.

And according to the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha, Geromel has impressed Sporting officials, who could well make a January move for the centre back, who was voted as the Primeira Liga’s best player after the 2007-08 season.

Geromel’s current club Grêmio would be disappointed to see their current number 3 leave the club, after his impressive performances have contributed to them conceding the fewest amount of goals in the Campeonato Brasileiro this term, shipping a miserly 18 goals in 31 Serie A game thus far.

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<![CDATA[Cavalieri set to leave Fluminense after contract leak]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65641_cavalieri_set_to_leave_fluminense_after_contract_leak.htmlFluminense fans have been angered by goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri after his request for an increase in wages was leaked.

The experienced shot-stopper, now 31, has made over 100 appearances for the Fluzão, but has now fell out of favour with supporters after asking for a renewed contract which would double his earnings.

As reported by Goal.com, Cavalieri would receive about US $500,000 monthly if his request was granted, and despite his continuing good form for Fluminense in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A many fans do not believe he would be worth the outlay.

News of Cavalieri’s possible departure will have caught the attention of several major Brazilian club sides, with the likes of Flemengo, Palmerias and São Paulo all showing an interest.

A move to either side could be possible; Cavalieri started his career with Palmerias, whilst Flemengo head coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo is a known supporter of the keeper. São Paulo meanwhile will be looking for a replacement of legendary goalkeeper Rogério Ceni as he retires at the end of the current season.

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<![CDATA[Assistant Manager Vivek Nagul insists Chennayin FC are not solely reliant on Brazilian midfielder Elano]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65639_assistant_manager_vivek_nagul_insists_chennayin_fc_are_not_solely_reliant_on_brazilian_midfielder_elano.htmlAssistant Manager Vivek Nagul has insisted that Chennayin FC are not solely reliant on Brazilian Elano.

The 33 year-old former Manchester City midfielder has scored five goals in four games for the Indian Super League [ISL] side so far this season and though Nagul concedes his contributions are vital, he refuses to accept that Chennayin FC are a one man team.

“The team has got immense faith in Elano and in his ability, but we are not solely reliant on one player,” he said, as reported by the ISL’s official website. “We are a strong vibrant team.”  

Chennayin FC are currently 2nd in the ISL, two points adrift of leaders Atlético de Kolkata.

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<![CDATA[Milan defender Alex: “PSG wanted to sign a younger player than me"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65638_milan_defender_alex_____psg_wanted_to_sign_a_younger_player_than_me_.htmlMilan defender Alex has conceded that previous employees Paris Saint-Germain wanted to replace him with a younger player.

The former Brazil international turned 32 in June and was allowed to leave PSG on a free transfer the following month, after the arrival of David Luiz.

Speaking to Canal Plus, Alex admits that he was frustrated to be let go, but is confident Luiz will form a strong partnership with Thiago Silva.

“PSG wanted to sign a younger player than me [David Luiz], you have to accept it,” he stated.

“David Luiz alongside Thiago Silva, the defensive partnership of the Brazilian national team, it was an excellent idea.

“From my point of view I found it unfair because I was coming off a very good season, one of the best in my career.

“On the other hand, things like that can happen in football, I’m not sad.”

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<![CDATA[Defender Alex admits he misses Paris but has no regrets over Milan move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65637_defender_alex_admits_he_misses_paris_but_has_no_regrets_over_milan_move.htmlMilan defender Alex has admitted that he misses living in Paris.

The 32 year-old former Brazil international left Paris Saint-Germain to join Milan in the summer and despite insisting he was eager to make the switch, he concedes that it was hard to leave France.

“I miss Paris, it’s a wonderful city,” he told Canal Plus. “I’ve already been back once, because I have several friends there.

“I wanted to extend my PSG contract by a year, but I don’t think there was the same willingness from the Parisian club.

“We talked about it for a week and then for a long time there was no more news. It was a very difficult situation for me.

“When I had the opportunity to come to Milan, I did not think twice.”

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<![CDATA[Hernanes confident Internazionale will be develop their own style]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65636_hernanes_confident_internazionale_will_be_develop_their_own_style.htmlMidfielder Hernanes is confident that Internazionale can develop their own style in the coming months.

The Nerazzurri have struggled to find an identity under Head Coach Walter Mazzarri and though Hernanes concedes they should score more, he believes it is unfair to expect the team to be completely cohesive at this early stage in the season.

“Generally speaking, I think that the potential is there, but the team has been reassembled only three months ago,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“I’ve heard people talk about style, maybe they compare us to Barcelona or Bayern Munich, where players have been together for years. We are a new team and we are growing.

“It’s not about first touches and keeping ball possession. What makes the difference is to know when you have to keep the ball or pass it.

“The problem is within the solution, that is within goals. We have our style. We don’t want to copy Fiorentina or others. We just need to make the most of my and Mateo [Kovačić]’s qualities.”

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<![CDATA[Hernanes hails Internazionale owner Erick Thohir and criticises Italian press]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/65635_hernanes_hails_internazionale_owner_erick_thohir_and_criticises_italian_press.htmlInternazionale midfielder Hernanes has criticised the Italian press, but  praised owner Erick Thohir.

The Brazil international, who was signed from Lazio in January, has accused the media of overhyping a possible crisis at Inter and is pleased to see that Thohir is ignoring the allegations.

“We know that there aren’t many Inter fans in the Press, because they are always talking about crisis,” he stated, as reported by Football Italia.

“Thohir has showed that he is a great person and he doesn’t fold under pressure when hearing rumours from TV or papers.

“This is his home and he does what he wants. We don’t really care about what they say. I am only happy that Thohir showed that he’s got faith in the players and Coach.”

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