<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Chelsea midfielder Ramires handed four match ban]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59579_chelsea_midfielder_ramires_handed_four_match_ban.htmlChelsea midfielder Ramires has been handed a four match by the Football Association.

The 27 year-old was involved in an altercation with Sebastian Larsson during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland at the weekend and has been retrospectively punished for his actions, as the accident was initially missed by referee Mike Dean.

"Chelsea midfielder Ramires has accepted a charge of violent conduct following an off-the-ball incident that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video,” read an FA statement, as reported by Sky Sports.

"The incident occurred during Chelsea's Premier League fixture against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 19 April.

"Ramires receives a four match ban which will start with immediate effect.”

The first match Ramires will miss is Sunday’s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool,

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<![CDATA[Roberto Carlos believes having Luiz Felipe Scolari and playing at home will give Brazil a big advantage at this summer’s World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59578_roberto_carlos_believes_having_luiz_felipe_scolari_and_playing_at_home_will_give_brazil_a_big_advantage_at_this_summer___s_world_cup.htmlSivasspor Manager Roberto Carlos believes having Luiz Felipe Scolari and playing at home will give Brazil a big advantage at this summer’s World Cup.

The former Seleção international, who was capped 125 times between 1992 and 2006, is pleased with the way Felipão has altered Brazil’s playing style and is confident he can lead them to victory.

“Not only do Brazil have the advantage of playing at home but also Felipe Scolari has changed the way of playing,” he said, as reported by Football Espana.

“We saw that when Brazil won the Confederations Cup in 2013.”

Brazil have been drawn in Group A alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. They open the World Cup against the Croats at the Arena Corinthians on Thursday 12th June.

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<![CDATA[Sivasspor Manager Roberto Carlos eyes future in the Bundesliga or as Seleção Head Coach]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59577_sivasspor_manager_roberto_carlos_eyes_future_in_the_bundesliga_or_as_selecao_head_coach.htmlSivasspor Manager Roberto Carlos has admitted he is eyeing up an opportunity to coach elsewhere in the near future.

The 41 year-old has proven to be a success in his first managerial role, leading Sivasspor to 5th in the Spor Toto Süper Lig.

Carlos is expected to attract interest from other clubs at the end of the season and the Brazilian has outlined that the Bundesliga, or even managing the Seleção, would be his preferred next move.

“I want to be Coach of the Brazil national team,” he said, as reported by Football Espana.

“Maybe I will be the first Brazilian to Coach a German club.

“The Bundesliga is very attractive. Or do you think [Josep] Guardiola has gone to Germany for the beer?”

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<![CDATA[Benfica goalkeeper Artur Moraes hoping to wipe out memory of disappointing 2012-13 campaign by securing the treble]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59576_benfica_goalkeeper_artur_moraes_hoping_to_wipe_out_memory_of_disappointing_2012-13_campaign_by_securing_the_treble.htmlGoalkeeper Artur Moraes hopes that securing a trio of trophies this season will make up for a disappointing 2012-13 campaign.

The Águias lost the Europa League final to Chelsea, finished just a point behind winners Porto in the Primeira Liga and were defeated 2-1 by Vitória de Guimarães in the final of the Taça de Portugal.

This season, they have bounced back by winning the Primiera Liga, while they are in the Taça de Portugal final are hold a 2-1 first leg lead over Juventus in their Europa League semi-final.

“It’s not every team who can reach three finals in a single season,” Artur told Sky Sport Italia. “We feel more confident in our capabilities now and are eager to make up for that cruel end to the campaign.”

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<![CDATA[Artur Moraes believes Benfica are in a “strong position” after beating Juventus 2-1]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59575_artur_moraes_believes_benfica_are_in_a____strong_position____after_beating_juventus_2-1.htmlGoalkeeper Artur Moraes has praised Benfica’s togetherness and believes they are in a “strong position” after defeating Juventus 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

Goals from Ezequiel Garay and Brazilian forward Rodrigo Lima ensured the Primiera Liga holders will take a lead to Turin and Artur is confident that progression to the final can be secured.

“I had to keep cool, knowing we were facing a strong side with many talented players who can make the difference in attack,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Thankfully, at Benfica we all attack together and defend together. We won a very important match that puts us in a strong position for the second leg.”

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<![CDATA[Carlos Alberto Parreira reveals admiration for Mourinho and Guardiola]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59562_carlos_alberto_parreira_reveals_admiration_for_mourinho_and_guardiola.htmlCarlos Alberto Parreira has a history of being involved in World Cup competitions. He has participated in six as manager (of Kuwait in 1982, United Arab Emirates in 1990, Brazil in 1994 and 2006, Saudi Arabia in 1998 and South Africa in 2010), two as physical trainer (1970 and 1974) and one as a technical observer for FIFA (2002).

In an exclusive interview with Lancenet, the assistant coach of the Seleção revealed some of his thoughts on the best teams not have won the competition.

“Hungary in 1954 and Holland in 1974. Coincidentally, both were stopped by Germany. The Germans have tactical discipline and knew how to stop these two fantastic teams.”

“Brazil could maybe have won in 1982 as well with that great football and those great players.”

So, who does he think are the best managers in world football nowadays?

“I like two: Mourinho and Guardiola. I admire their work. I like Mourinho because of his personality and provocative style, the way he is so ironic. You can’t argue about his competence either. He has won everything possible. And Guardiola, because what he did at Barceolna has impacted world football.”

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<![CDATA[Bayern Munich defender Rafinha: It’s not over yet]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59560_bayern_munich_defender_rafinha__it___s_not_over_yet.htmlThe Brazilian still believes that the German champions can qualify for the Champions League despite the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the semi-final first leg on Wednesay.

Rafinha says that Bayern Munich will be looking for victory in the second leg against Real Madrid.

“With the strong team they have we knew that they would have a couple of chances. We looked to score at every opportunity and were playing well when we conceded,” the player told ESPN Brasil.

“But it’s ok. It’s not over yet.”

“We will do the same and we’ll score next time. We had a good game and dominated it for the most part, it’s just that we didn’t score,” completed the 28-year-old.

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<![CDATA[Sepp Blatter urges fans to be optimistic ahead of the World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59559_sepp_blatter_urges_fans_to_be_optimistic_ahead_of_the_world_cup.htmlThe FIFA president thinks that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, despite growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time.

The Swiss likened public scepticism to previous World Cups and said that those tournaments had proved to be successes, despite not all the work being finished.

"It is my 10th World Cup... and I can tell you I have never seen a World Cup that everything is ready, completely ready before the kick-off," Blatter told reporters in Hong Kong on Thursday.

"Football, with more than 300 million active participants, more than one billion fans, they are now waiting for this World Cup. It is in Brazil, it is a country where football has been, let's say the best footballers of the world are from."

"It will be a great tournament. Be optimistic as we are optimistic, football is optimistic. Football is giving emotions to the world today in this perturbed world we are living in."

Three stadiums and several airports are still not ready while other infrastructure projects have been shelved. Blatter, however, has dismissed any concerns over security.

"Security is the matter of the government and the state. FIFA can not ensure security. This is part of the commitment of the organising government, in this case the government of Brazil when they have received the World Cup."

"The same time, just four years ago, people were saying that nobody shall go to South Africa. We shall go with bullet-proof jackets because it's no security."

"Please believe me, football, football is stronger than anybody else, anybody and any other movement in the world," completed the 78-year-old.

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<![CDATA[Ronaldo praises Cuiabá World Cup legacy]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59558_ronaldo_praises_cuiaba_world_cup_legacy.htmlThe venue, which is set to host four group matches at the World Cup, recently received a visit from a delegation led by the FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, the Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo and Local Organising Committee (LOC) Management Board member Ronaldo.

The trio were pleased to see the latest developments in the stadium that will receive eight different teams, and highlighted the legacy that will be left for the local community in terms of better airport and public transport facilities.

“It’s a pleasure to be here again in Cuiabá. We had a great visit to a school, where we met hundreds of children on the incredible FIFA 11 For Health programme. The project is aimed at improving children’s well-being and health through physical activity and education. It was a wonderful occasion full of joy and it was lovely seeing the smiles on those kids’ faces.”

“We have no doubts that the Arena Pantanal will be a stand-out World Cup venue, and of course the event will leave a great legacy for the city. Several improvements are being made for the benefit of the local community and this city will serve as an example of the wonderful legacy the World Cup leaves behind. It’s a great opportunity because the legacy won’t be restricted to the stadium; the public transport network will also be improved. A lot of investment is being made in Brazil in the 12 Host Cities, but Cuiaba is the foremost example of how to make the most of this opportunity.”

“The pitch is excellent. I saw the Mixto-Santos game on TV and despite the heavy rain beforehand the pitch held up well. Today it is dry and firm, which shows the fantastic drainage system. I leant down to tug it, but the real test has to be with boots and goalposts. But there’s no doubt it looks perfect and appears to be firm and in line with FIFA standards,” said the former Seleção star in an interview with the FIFA website.

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<![CDATA[Leonardo: Pelé, Zico, Socrates and Ronaldo were all better than Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59557_leonardo__pele__zico__socrates_and_ronaldo_were_all_better_than_neymar.htmlFormer Paris Saint Germain sporting director recently discussed the Brazilian national team with Inside Spanish Football and feels that Barcelona winger Neymar will not live up to the legends that preceded him.

Leonardo doesn’t feel that Neymar will be the stand-out performer at this year’s World Cup.

“Brazil has always reached the World Cup with the likes of Garrincha, Pelé, Zico and Socrates, Romario and Bebeto; then Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo. “

“I don’t see Neymar, in this World Cup, reaching the level of those players.  He’s not as strong as those that we are used to seeing.”

“It’s a unique occasion for him, a World Cup in Brazil, he can make his mark. It would be a high point in his career.  He played very well in Brazil and in Barcelona he’s doing well,” said the 44-year-old.

Leonardo was recently banned for shoving a referee and explained why he chose to resign as a consequence.

“I left PSG for a very personal matter, a suspension that I consider totally unfair.  I want to win this battle that will never end and free myself from it.  After that I’ll see what I’ll do.”

“I could’ve been the manager of PSG after Carlo Ancelotti requested to leave, but with this suspension I couldn’t be on the bench or in the dressing room, nor could I sign a contract.  A lot of things are prohibited,” completed the 1994 World Cup winner.

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<![CDATA[Barcelona close in on Chelsea’s David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59556_barcelona_close_in_on_chelsea___s_david_luiz.htmlAfter having their 14-month transfer ban suspended by FIFA as they await results of an appeal, the Catalans look set to complete a deal for the Brazilian in the summer.

With Barcelona needing to revamp their defence, David Luiz has long been linked with the Spanish giants.

According to The Metro, Blues boss Jose Mourinho is willing to sell the player for the right price and the Nou Camp outfit could offer £25million for Luiz to fill the void left by Carlos Puyol when he moves on at the end of the season.

It is thought that Luiz’s agent will meet Barcelona officials in Spain this week and a transfer could be completed before the World Cup kicks off this summer.

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<![CDATA[Brazil to face Turkey in Istanbul friendly]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59555_brazil_to_face_turkey_in_istanbul_friendly.htmlPitch International, the company responsible for organising the Seleção’s friendly matches, have announced that the game will take place on November 12, at a venue yet to be decided.

The two sides faced each other twice in the 2002 World Cup when Brazil ran out 2-1 winners in the group stage and 1-0 winners in the semi-final.

Two draws then followed: a 2-2 in the Confederations Cup and a goalless encounter in a 2007 friendly.

The first game between the two sides took place in 1956 when Brazil ran out 1-0 winners at the Mihatpasa Stadium in Istanbul, the goal coming from full-back Djalma Santos.

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<![CDATA[Atletico Mineiro lose Copa Libertadores first leg to Colombian side]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59541_atletico_mineiro_lose_copa_libertadores_first_leg_to_colombian_side.htmlAtletico Mineiro's Copa Libertadores defence is on the verge of ending after they lost the first leg of their second round match against Atletico Nacional in the Colombian city of Medellin last night.

The Brazilian side went down to a last-gasp winnerfrom Sherman Cardenas, the Colombian winger setting up Nacional perfectly for the game's return leg next Thursday, May 1st.

Mineiro had arrived to lots of fans hoping to catch a glimpse of their Brazilian superstars but in the end Ronaldinho, Jo and co. could not break down their hosts' defence, meaning that they have worryingly only scored one goal in a competitions in the last 450 minutes of action.

Nacional bossed the possession ststs, enjoying 64% of the ball, whilst also having 11 shots on target compared to their opponents' three.

Atletico Mineiro must now dust themselves down for a Serie A league game at the weekend against Gremio.


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<![CDATA[Atletico Mineiro coach Paulo Autori explains selection for Copa Libertadores game ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59543_atletico_mineiro_coach_paulo_autori_explains_selection_for_copa_libertadores_game_.htmlAtletico Mineiro coach Paulo Autori has explained his decision to recall central defender Rever for their Copa Libertadores second round first leg loss to Colombian side Atletico Mineiro last night, a move which pushed Nicolas Otamendi out to right back for the evening.

Autori told Lance: "We had an athlete with the experience of Rever (who helped Mineiro win last season's competition). It was nothing new for Otamendi playing on the right. The problem was not having the ball. We created few opportunities and had few times in the opposition half."

"We can not think about history because it does not exist.We have to turn this result around."

Mineiro are struggling in front of goal at the moment, only bagging once in their previous five games as the toll of defending the continent's biggest tournament appears to be taking effect.

The return against Nacional comes next Thursday after an away game at Gremio this Sundat at 2230 (GMT).

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<![CDATA[Gremio lose third straight game after San Lorenzo Libertadores reverse]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59542_gremio_lose_third_straight_game_after_san_lorenzo_libertadores_reverse.htmlGremio suffered a third straight defeat in all competitions after they went down by a solitary goal to Argentine team San Lorenzo in the Copa Libertadores second round, first leg match in Buenos Aires last night.

The Brazilian side lost a 52nd minute goal through winger Correa and could not grab a crucial away goal to take back to Porto Alegre for the return fixture next week; in fairness, a single shot on target from the visitors hardly deserves much more.

Following a 4-1  Gaucho state championship final loss to great rivals Internacional two weeks ago, Gremio then went on to lose their opening Brasileirao league fixture away at Atletico Paranaense, leaving them in a situation that must be quickly remedied.

Gremio's next game, before the return leg of this fixture on May 1st, is a home league match against fellow strugglers Atletico Mineiro this Sunday evening.

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<![CDATA[Sao Paulo suffer shock loss in Copa do Brasil against CRB]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59540_sao_paulo_suffer_shock_loss_in_copa_do_brasil_against_crb.htmlSao Paulo, who made such an impressive start to the Brazilian league season last weekend, suffered a shock 2-1 loss in the Copa do Brasil to leave their ambitions in the competition hanging in the balance.

Serie C side CRB, who hail from the Alagoas city of Maceio, will defend their lead in next week's second leg against the domestic giants, but have given themselves a chance of progression through goals from Tozim and Diego Rosa; Sao Paulo's response was a fine strike by Ademilson.

The young forward has started 2014 strongly and will shoulder a lot of his club's responsibility on the pitch in the coming months; the Brazil under-20 international scored last week as well.

Going out of the Copa at this stage would be unthinkable for Sao Paulo who, with no continental competition to look forward to, are seen as dark horses to win the national league title as well. 

A chance at redemption comes in the form of a second leg against CRB, which will take place on May 8th.

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<![CDATA[Fred at the double in Fluminense Copa do Brasil stroll]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59539_fred_at_the_double_in_fluminense_copa_do_brasil_stroll.htmlBrazil striker Fred grabbed a double as Fluminense's good recent form continued in the Copa do Brasil last night with a 3-0 away victory against Tupi.

The Serie A side were always going to go in as heavy favourites and lived up to their billing with a comfortable win with two first half strikes for Fred and a third courtesy of Walter.

Fred's injury worries appear to have abated for the time being, an aspect that Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will be welcome of; the frontman is seen as a key member of the country's World Cup squad, having netted 16 goals in 31 appearances for the Selecao.

Fluminense, meanwhile, maintain a good streak of results which has seen them win their last three matches, including a 3-0 opening day Brasileirao home victory against Figueirense.

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<![CDATA[Atlético Madrid defender Filipe Luís expects open second leg against Chelsea but rues the loss of captain Gabi]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59535_atletico_madrid_defender_filipe_luis_expects_open_second_leg_against_chelsea_but_rues_the_loss_of_captain_gabi.htmlDefender Filipe Luís expects the second leg of Atlético Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea to be more open.

The first leg, which finished 0-0 at the Vicente Calderón, was a tense affair, but Filipe insists Atlético will not sit back at Stamford Bridge.

“The return leg is completely open,” he told UEFA.com. “We will look to try to score there, all the while being sensible. 

“We know it can still go either way but they are playing at home and are very strong [at Stamford Bridge].”

If Atlético are to make it through to the final, they will have to do so without captain Gabi, who is suspended. Filipe admits the midfielder will be missed, but believes other players can help cover for his loss.

“[Gabi’s suspension for the second match] represents an important loss to us, especially as he is our captain,” the Brazil international continued. “We will try to cover that loss as best as we can.“

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<![CDATA[Atlético Madrid defender João Miranda disappointed with Chelsea result]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59534_atletico_madrid_defender_joao_miranda_disappointed_with_chelsea_result.htmlAtlético Madrid defender João Miranda has admitted he is disappointed with Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

In a tense contest at the Vicente Calderón, Atlético struggled to create many clear openings.

With Chelsea preferring to sit deep, it was always going to be difficult for the Spanish outfit and Miranda believes they suffered for not scoring an early goal.

“Tonight's result is a pity.” he told UEFA.com. “I think if we had scored an early goal the game would have been completely different. 

“Chelsea have a solid defence and worked hard for their draw. They are strong at the back and have big defenders who were excellent today.”

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<![CDATA[Atlético Madrid defender Filipe Luís accepts 0-0 draw against Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59529_atletico_madrid_defender_filipe_luis_accepts_0-0_draw_against_chelsea.htmlAtlético Madrid defender Filipe Luís believes Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea was a fair result.

The Champions League semi-final remains in the balance after a tense game at the Vicente Calderón and Filipe admits Atlético was stifled by Chelsea's tactical approach.

“I think the result is fair,” he told UEFA.com. “Chelsea knew what they were coming here to do, but then so did we. 

“Chelsea were clued up on how we would play. They put tall players in to stop our aerial game. I think they studied us well. It was a very tactical game.”

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<![CDATA[São Paulo President Carlos Miguel Aidar believes Kaká should return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59528_sao_paulo_president_carlos_miguel_aidar_believes_kaka_should_return.htmlSão Paulo President Carlos Miguel Aidar has admitted he would love to bring Kaká back to the club.

The Brazil international started his career with the Tricolor, before moving to Milan in 2003.

After leaving the Rossoneri for Real Madrid in June 2009, Kaká rejoined Milan last summer, but speculation suggests he may be on the move again at the end of this season and Carlos Miguel Aidar is seemingly ready to pounce.

“Everyone likes to dream,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“We would love to see him on the São Paulo field along with Hulk, Dani Alves, Alan Kardec and why not Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar!

“Joking aside, there is only one name that I really want - Ricardo Kaká. It would be a dream to bring him home.

“For us he would be perfect. He has the face of someone from São Paulo, he is beautiful, good, speaks well and has all his teeth.

“We could not compete with the money of the Arabs and the Chinese, but he knows that here he would be the right man in the right place.”

During his first spell with São Paulo Kaká won the 2001 Torneio Rio – São Paulo.

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<![CDATA[Napoli defender Henrique believed to be unhurt after car accident]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59527_napoli_defender_henrique_believed_to_be_unhurt_after_car_accident.htmlNapoli defender Henrique is believed to be unhurt after being involved in a car accident.

The 27 year-old lost control of his Porsche when driving in Castel Volturno on Wednesday and collided with the central reservation.

The car was completely written off, but Henrique escaped with just bruising. Whether that will affect his participation in Saturday's clash at Internazionale remains to be seen.

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<![CDATA[Fiorentina forward Ryder Matos thanks head coach Vincenzo Montella for giving him confidence]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59526_fiorentina_forward_ryder_matos_thanks_head_coach_vincenzo_montella_for_giving_him_confidence.htmlRyder Matos has thanked Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella for giving him confidence.

The 21 year-old returned to the Florence-based club last summer after a loan spell at Bahia and has gone on to make 21 appearances this term.

“I would give myself 6.5 out of 10 for the season,” he told Radio Fiesole. “I hope to continue that way.

“I’m still missing a goal, I will look to get it as soon as possible.

“Montella has shown faith in me and given me confidence and I need to thank him.

“I hope that [Giuseppe] Rossi and [Mario] Gómez are back for the Coppa Italia final against Napoli. We will give 100 per cent to bring it home.

“I have bonded well with everyone, but especially Borja Valero, [Alberto] Aquilani, Gonzalo Rodríguez and [Juan] Cuadrado.”

Matos is still looking for his first Serie A goal, but has netted against CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu and Paços de Ferreira in the Europa League.

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<![CDATA[Brazil 2014: Oscar's poor form for Chelsea becoming a real concern ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59522_brazil_2014__oscar_s_poor_form_for_chelsea_becoming_a_real_concern_.htmlChelsea's 2-1 home defeat to the lowly Sunderland on Saturday pushed the Blues into the psychological abyss, with their title aspirations taking heavy damage, and Jose Mourinho's proud 78-game unbeaten run obliterated by former striker Fabio Borini's late, contentious penalty.

It was the climax of a particularly poor patch of results for the Champions League semi-finalists, and was another in a long line of sub-par performances from first choice number 10, Oscar.

The 22-year-old has barely had an impact on his Chelsea team for months, and has only completed the 90 minutes seven times all season in the Premier League. Considered by most world cup betting previews and tips to be a key component of Brazil's push for their 6th World Cup, it is evident that the former Internacional man has lost the magic.

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has already come out in defence of both Neymar and Paulinho concerning their club form this week, but considering there are only 51 days left until this summer's World Cup kicks off, the Seleção's secret weapon, Oscar, is worryingly become an ineffective one.

Many will point to the amount of football he has played over the past two seasons, with the attacker playing a part in 110 club matches for the Blues in just two years, and they would have a point. At 22, he is susceptible to burnout, something that would certainly go some way in explaining his lack of form.

But Belgian winger Eden Hazard has only played two games less than his Brazilian teammate, and has gone from strength to strength, being compared to the likes of Crisitano Ronaldo and Leo Messi this year. The 23-year-old has taken the step up to the next level, while Oscar seems stuck in first gear.

The match against Sunderland was a good example of this, as in the absence of Hazard, the Blues looked to Oscar to unlock the stubborn Black Cats defence; but this he failed to do.

Not for a lack of time and space did Oscar not provide the answer for the desperate Blues, with the midfielder picking the ball up in the final third on numerous occasions, but choosing the wrong option, or trying an ill-conceived shot from too far out. He did not take the game by the scruff of the neck, and provide the much-needed cutting edge, and was hauled off on the 58 minute mark for Demba Ba as Mourinho went for battering ram, with his silenced pistol perennially jammed.

Oscar has only three goals to his name in the league since the turn of the year and, even more worryingly, just three assists. He will be looked to to provide the killer pass in the two-legged Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid this month, and Chelsea will be praying for a return to prominence from their little maestro. The same goes for Scolari and Brazil, who will need their secret weapon back to his best as soon as possible.

Article by Tom Gatehouse.

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<![CDATA[Roberto Carlos praises ‘genius’ Neymar and backs Brazil for World Cup glory]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59520_roberto_carlos_praises____genius____neymar_and_backs_brazil_for_world_cup_glory.htmlFormer Brazil legend Roberto Carlos has backed Luiz Felipe Scolari to lead his country to World Cup glory this summer and lauded the “genius” that is Neymar.

The legendary left-back spoke to Bild about the World Cup and how he has been hugely impressed with the 22-year-old Barcelona forward.

Neymar has come in for criticism lately but Carlos believes he can be key for Brazil this summer.

Goal.com quoted the former Real Madrid defender, he said: "(I think we will win) not only because of the advantage of playing at home, but because Luiz Felipe Scolari changed the way we play football in the Confederations Cup last summer.

"Neymar is a genius. He will be a key player at the World Cup. What is most striking about him is his character. Players with good judgement and confidence are needed."

Carlos is currently manager of Turkish outfit Sivasspor but does have big ambition for the future, including one day coaching his national team.

He added: "The Bundesliga is incredibly sexy, or do you think Pep Guardiola went over there because Germany has the best beer?

“Maybe I will be the first Brazilian to manage a Bundesliga club.

"One day I want to manage Brazil." 

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<![CDATA[Benfica forward Lima hails ‘best moment’ of his career]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59515_benfica_forward_lima_hails____best_moment____of_his_career.htmlBenfica forward Lima has revealed he is in the “best moment” of his career as his double helped win the Portuguese League Championship last weekend and now he has targeted Europa League success.

Juventus stand in Benfica’s way of reaching another Europa League final but the 30-year-old believes they can reach their second consecutive final.

Lima was quoted by Tuttosport, he said: “I can say that this is the best moment I have experienced as a player.

“The title we have just won embodies the essence of Benfica, I am happy for everything, this club and its wonderful supporters.”

Football Italia quoted the Brazilian forward about the Europa League tie with Juve, Lima said: “The Europa League, as we have seen, is a very tough competition, more demanding than last year, when we reached the final.

“And it is demonstrated in the names of the clubs still in the competition.”

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<![CDATA[Atlético Madrid’s Diego disappointed not to get Champions League first leg win over Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59519_atletico_madrid___s_diego_disappointed_not_to_get_champions_league_first_leg_win_over_chelsea.htmlAtlético Madrid attacker Diego Ribas admitted he was disappointed not to beat Chelsea on Tuesday night but did concede it wasn’t the worst result possible.

Atlético played out a goalless draw with Premier League Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final’s and when speaking to AS after the game, the Brazilian revealed his regret at the final scoreline.

“This wasn’t our objective. We wanted more but we couldn’t find the goal,” Diego said.

“It’s not a bad result. The game is still open and it might be different next time.

“We have to be smart and take advantage of our opportunities.”

Diego was asked about his substitution and if he was disappointed not to complete the 90 minutes.

He also revealed his thoughts on the second leg suspension of captain Gabi.

Football Espana quoted the Brazilian, he said: “I was prepared to play but the coach Diego Simeone knows when to put me in. I respect that.

“We have to prepare well for the next match. We would like Gabi with us but we will remain competitive.”

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<![CDATA[Willian focused on Chelsea’s Premier League match against Liverpool, not Champions League semi-final]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59518_willian_focused_on_chelsea___s_premier_league_match_against_liverpool__not_champions_league_semi-final.htmlWillian has echoed the sentiments of team mate Ramires about the need to concentrate on the Premier League first before casting their minds to the Champions League next week.

Chelsea and Atlético Madrid drew 0-0 yesterday in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

However, the Brazilian duo both insisted that the Blues focus was on Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend.

Lancenet.com quoted Willian, who said: "We have many important games ahead, we have to go step by step.

"A win against Liverpool will show our strength as it would be in an away game against a team that have a fantastic attack, and we will be missing players.”

Sky Sports reported quotes from Willian and he said once the Liverpool clash is over, then they can think about national team call-ups and the Champions League.

The playmaker added: "We can focus on the second (leg) against Atletico and on the Brazilian national team call-ups (after the Liverpool match).

"We have to prioritise each at a time."

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<![CDATA[Ramires focused on matters with Chelsea at the moment]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59517_ramires_focused_on_matters_with_chelsea_at_the_moment.htmlRamires believes Chelsea have to switch their attention to beating Liverpool this weekend, rather than concentrate on the second leg of their Champions League semi-final next Wednesday.

Atlético Madrid and Chelsea played out a goalless draw on Tuesday night, a result which firmly leaves the tie in the balance.

After the game the Brazilian spoke to Lancenet.com about the upcoming week, he said: "We can't even think much about the result in Madrid, although it wasn't bad.

"We have to focus on the Premier League.

"The fight for the title is hard but if we beat Liverpool, we can win the league. We are focused on both fronts.

"Our thought is that any team would like to be in our place, fighting for a place in the Champions League final and fighting for the national title.”

Ramires went on to admit that he and his fellow countryman haven’t even had time to think about the national team recently, such is their focus on current matters with the west London club.

"It's been such decisive days that we can't even think about the Brazilian national team call-ups,” Ramires said.

"This shows how much we are focused."

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<![CDATA[Sambafoot are looking for new writers]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/59514_sambafoot_are_looking_for_new_writers.htmlSambafoot are looking for a new collaborator to join their current team of news writers as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup.

The football website focused purely on Brazilian football news believes 2014 will be a major year for the company and would like to add one more content writer to the team.

They currently have four daily news writers although one will depart in May and that opens up the opportunity for an aspiring sports writer to join the team.

If you fancy yourself as an able writer and have an interest in Brazilian football news then why not apply? It could be the perfect opportunity to break into the tough sports journalism industry.

If you are interested send an email to contact@sambafoot.com for the latest details and include your CV to register your interest in the vacancy.

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