<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Marta To Star in New Netflix Show]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94792_marta_to_star_in_new_netflix_show.htmlHaving won the Ballon D’Or 6 times, Marta has pretty much conquered the world of women’s football- though the 33-year old will cite some unfinished business at this summer’s World Cup in France, probably her last chance to win the tournament, reports Dailystoke.com

 But now the Orlando Pride forward is going to turn her hand to acting. The Brazilian forward posted a cryptic message on her Instagram account on Tuesday, saying, “I am informing you of an important decision, this year, I will dedicate myself to my family. After all, family always comes first. Thank you always for supporting me.”

The post led to speculation that Marta, known as ‘A Rainha’ (The Queen) in Brazil, would be hanging up her boots after this summer’s World Cup. The rumours were shrouded in suspense, given that Marta signed a new contract with her current club, Orlando Pride, in October 2018.

However, it was revealed today that she would play a leading role in a new show airing on Netflix Brasilcalled ‘The Umbrella Academy.’ In it, Marta plays a superhero who disposes of enemies using her skills with a football. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Marta clarified, “Calm down people! I said I would dedicate myself to my family, not that I would give up my superpowers of playing football.

“Hello little brothers and sisters from #TheUmbreallaAcademy, the number 10 is coming!” The show is based around a family of superheroes, each boasting a special power. At 33, Marta is coming to the end of her playing career, with 6 Ballon D’Ors to date. But it remains unclear whether acting is a serious pursuit for the forward once she hangs up her boots.

Marta has indicated that she will return to Sweden, where she has spent many years as a player, once her playing career is over. Marta is fluent in Swedish and in 2017, took Swedish citizenship. “I feel Swedish too and I’m super happy that’s done now,” she told the press at the time. “I wanted to be able to live in Sweden over the long term and now I can do that.”

The player will again carry the hopes of the Seleção Feminina this summer in France, particularly now striker Cristiane has retired from international duty. Brazil are an outside bet for the tournament and this may represent A Rainha’s last chance at the biggest prize in football.

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<![CDATA[Unsung Heroes: Which Selecao Stars Should Be FIFA Icons?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94785_unsung_heroes__which_selecao_stars_should_be_fifa_icons_.htmlThe FIFA video game franchise is now over a quarter of a century old – older perhaps than most of its main demographic. However, ask any avid player of Ultimate Team who the best Brazilian is, and the universal answer will be Pele, not Neymar Jr. Along with three incarnations of Pele, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are other notable additions to the fold, but which other great Brazilians of yore could be considered for inclusion in FIFA 2020?


For a modern equivalent, look no further than Neymar, who has adopted a role more akin to a support striker under Thomas Tuchel at PSG. He is still a goal threat though, and current football betting odds reflect this, with Brazil’s immovable ace seen as third-favourite to finish as the top scorer in the 2018/19 Champions League. There is no doubt that his style of play emulates the great Jairzinho at times, having also been known to play well in the wide areas.

In Ultimate Team, The 1970 World Cup version of Pele is rated at 98 – matched only by the Maradona of 1986. However, there is no doubt that this most powerful incarnation of Pele would be nothing without the support of Jairzinho. Equally at home at an attacking midfielder or a winger as a centre-forward, the Botafogo legend netted six times in Brazil’s ‘perfect’ World Cup.

•    Strength: Excellent centre of gravity, lightning speed.
•    Weakness: Easily isolated.
•    Likely overall rating: 92
•    MOTM Card: Brazil 4-1 Italy – The 1970 World Cup final.


Known as Mané on account of his first name (Manuel), the man who would grace this earth for just 49 years shared many similarities with Liverpool’s Senegalese speedster in his heyday. Rated as the seventh-best player of the 20th century in a 1999 poll, he won 50 caps and tasted defeat only once in the famous yellow and blue.

His flawless dribbling and peerless technique made him the most feared entity at the World Cup of 1962, and at just 5’6, Garrincha was able to ghost past even the greatest defensive brutes in existence. For those FUT players that simply love to dazzle ‘noobs’ with incessant stepovers, shimmies and inversions, Garrincha would be a fine addition indeed.

•    Strength: 99-rated dribbling, overpowered under ‘Hunter’ chemistry style.
•    Weakness: Lack of aerial presence, easy to knock over.
•    Likely rating: 95
•    MOTM Card: Brazil 4-2 Chile – The 1962 World Cup semi-finals.

Juninho Paulista

Over the past five years, EA have shown a not-so-subtle leaning towards the English market. Since FIFA 15, every Premier League has been guaranteed a rendition of its home stadium, and with Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium entering the fold in FIFA 17, there is surely no better time to bring back the man whose arrival at Middlesbrough coincided with the club’s 1995 relocation from Ayresome Park.

The 1995 incarnation of Juninho back on a virtual Teeside would be a welcome addition. For all his injury-prone ways, Juninho was a real pioneer for the English game’s foreign influx to come. As an attacking midfielder, his vision was the talk of the league as Boro occupied a European spot over Christmas 1995.
So too was his range of passing and exceptional stamina, which ensured that one of the worst Middlesbrough sides in recent memory reached two cup finals in their relegation year of 1997.

•    Strength: 95+ rated passing, unstoppable with ‘Engine’ chemistry style.
•    Weakness: Injury prone
•    Likely rating: 87
•    MOTM Card: Man Utd 2-3 Middlesbrough (2x Goals, February 2004, Premier League).

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<![CDATA[Henderson Has ‘All the Confidence in the World’ in Fabinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94781_henderson_has____all_the_confidence_in_the_world____in_fabinho.htmlLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson says he has ‘all the confidence in the world’ in Fabinho, as the Brazilian looks set to play at centre back in the Reds’ Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich this week.

The two European giants face off at Anfield on Tuesday and Liverpool are potentially missing Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez, meaning Fabinho could play as a makeshift centre half.

Henderson doesn’t see this as an issue, telling liverpoolfc.com, “Fab has done really well over the last few months, he has settled in and his performances have been really consistent in the different positions he has played.

“That has been important for us. If he plays there tonight, hopefully he can keep playing well. I’ve got all the confidence in the world he can do that because he is a top player.

“But, at the same time, it’s about defending as a team, it’s not relying on two centre-halves or the back four, it’s the full team. We need to help each other out in defending all the time.”

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<![CDATA[Cafu Warns Alexander-Arnold Against Complacency]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94780_cafu_warns_alexander-arnold_against_complacency.htmlLegendary Brazil right-back Cafu has warned Liverpool starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold against complacency following the 20-year old right back’s meteoric rise.

Alexander Arnold has become a regular at Anfield and part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad and has caught the eye of Cafu, who captained Brazil to the 2002 World Cup.

However, the ex-AC Milan and Roma man advised Alexander-Arnold to keep working hard, “To play for the England national team, you have to be very good and to play at Liverpool, you have to be very, very good.

“But it takes time to mature and be consistent. Yes, he is very talented. For his position, I would advise him to work hard, do a lot of training, but above all show a lot of commitment to what he does.

“Never think that he is good enough. Don&#39;t get complacent or big-headed. Work more and more. When I was the same age, I was playing for São Paulo in the main team. I was a father, so I had a lot of responsibility.

&quot;Twenty years old is a good age to make a decision if he wants to be a football player or a &#39;professional&#39; football player with a long, respected career.&quot;

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Still Has Copa América Aim]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94771_lucas_moura_still_has_copa_america_aim.htmlSpurs winger Lucas Moura says that playing his way into Brazil’s Copa América squad remains one of his targets for this season- but he acknowledges that the competition is stiff.

With the likes of Willian, Douglas Costa, Richarlison, Neymar and emerging talent like Lucas Paquetá competing for the wide positions, Lucas knows he is an outside bet.

“Playing in the Seleção always moves a lot with me, always been a great goal. I always wanted to wear the Seleção shirt, I always wanted to represent my nation,” he told Goal.com.

“I always have the hope and the expectation of being summoned. I know it is difficult, because there are many options in my position, with several good players that can represent the Seleção well. I have worked hard and strong. Let&#39;s see what will happen.”

Lucas has never truly established himself in the Brazil team for a sustained period, which he also acknowledges, “Maybe I missed an opportunity to play, to have a run in the team.

“I was in the Seleção for almost three years in my early career, but even then I never had a sequence as a starter. Respect and I have always respected the coaches, their options and their opinions.

“It&#39;s football, right? Many things can still happen. Today I feel very well, I feel able to represent my country. When a new call comes, I will try to seize the opportunity.”

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Sticks Up for Pal Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94770_lucas_moura_sticks_up_for_pal_neymar.htmlSpurs winger Lucas Moura has come to the defence of compatriot and ex-Paris Saint Germain teammate Neymar. Neymar has endured criticism for his perceived off pitch lifestyle and his propensity towards dramatics on the pitch.

Moura, who played with Neymar at PSG and in the Brazilian national team, says the criticism of the player is unfair. Lucas says he can sympathise as a dribbling wide player and he believes Neymar gets rough treatment as a result.

“Sometimes football is unfair. Neymar&#39;s characteristics, and I also have these characteristics, is as a dribbler, of starting the attack. Because of the quality of Neymar and his characteristics, opponents get annoyed and he gets fouled.

“Neymar takes a lot of punches, a lot of kicks, but that turns out to be normal because of his style of play. Already the criticism is a bit unfair. Yes, it&#39;s his style of play, it was what made him reach today&#39;s level, which made him the idol of Brazil, the player of our team, but, like everything else in life, we will always come across people who love us or hate us. It&#39;s a part of it, and I think he knows how to handle it well.”

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<![CDATA[Fabinho Hopes to Use Monaco Title Experience with Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94760_fabinho_hopes_to_use_monaco_title_experience_with_liverpool.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho says he hopes his experience of winning Ligue 1 with Monaco can help as he contemplates the Premier League title race with Manchester City.

Monaco won the title in France in 2016-17 and the Brazilian was a mainstay in that young Monaco team.

He says he hopes he can use his experience of beating PSG to a league title to help his teammates as they try to overtake Manchester City.

“I had a good season with Monaco, we scored a lot of goals and we had joy playing football and we have to do it here as well,” he told Press Association Sport.

“Enjoy the games and go on the pitch with happiness and go game-by-game. I know it is really hard to win a league, especially the Premier League, but we have experienced players here at Liverpool.

“I don’t know if I can help a lot because we already have experienced players. We know we are at the top of the table and it is important to be there at this point in the league but we cannot think just about the title every time, because that can put extra pressure on us.”

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<![CDATA[Huerelho Gomes to Retire at the End of the Season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94759_huerelho_gomes_to_retire_at_the_end_of_the_season.htmlWatford goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes has confirmed that he intend to retire from playing at the end of the current season. Gomes is currently back up to Ben Foster at Watford and, approaching 38, he says he will stop in May.

Gomes told the Independent that he already has the next phase of his career planned, “My plan at the moment is to retire at the end of the season “We never know, but 99% I am sure I am going to retire.

“Probably I am going to be involved in football. Not on the pitch, outside of the pitch. I know the type of players that the Premier League needs, the type of players that will adapt here.” Gomes says he will look to scout Brazilians who will adapt to the Premier League.

He says he feels he has an eye for talent suited to the Premier League and who will adapt to English life. “Do not live here and think they are living in Brazil, that they need to behave the same way that they behave in Brazil. The way we play here is different.

“You have to be more constant in the game. You have to change a little bit the way you behave. It’s not a move to Holland or a move to Portugal. It is a move to the best league in the world, so you have to be at your best to perform well.”

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<![CDATA[Marquinhos’ Star Turn in Midfield Could Be Bad News for Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94758_marquinhos____star_turn_in_midfield_could_be_bad_news_for_brazil.htmlTuesday night’s 2-0 win over Manchester United wasn’t the first time that Marquinhos has played in midfield for Paris Saint Germain. But it was probably the first time he had convinced in the role on the big stage. PSG’s attempts to align with Financial Fair Play regulations and the situation with Adrien Rabiot have left their midfield cupboard a little bare.

Marquinhos played in midfield at Anfield in the group stages and did not impress. But having played in midfield often enough, he looks as though he is acclimatising to the role. Not least because, at Old Trafford, he was given a very definitive brief to foil Paul Pogba. Asked to play a purely destructive role, Marquinhos was able to effectively play like a centre half and summon up his natural instincts, as bookies compete for your custom.

It's doubtful he would be assigned such a duty in Ligue 1, where PSG are far more dominant. But in the Champions League, boss Thomas Tuchel might have unwittingly stumbled on a good midfield combination with Marquinhos partnered by Marco Veratti. It seems to be a good combination of steel and silk.

PSG have often been accused of being a little top heavy at the highest level, with Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe forming world football’s most star studded front 3. Marquinhos offers their midfield some of the defensive fastidiousness it sometimes lacks against the best opposition. But the move into midfield could spell bad news for Brazil.

Marquinhos was one of Tite’s most trusted foot soldiers in defence until the turn of last year, when the manager reintroduced Thiago Silva into the fold. In Silva and Miranda, the coach had a short term partnership for the World Cup. Silva is now 33 and João Miranda is 34. Neither is longed for the national team and Marquinhos should ideally become the next leader of the Seleção back line.

But while Marquinhos’ international colleague Silva is taking up a centre half place at PSG and he is being called upon in midfield, he is not spending valuable time at centre half furthering his skills. Silva and Miranda are at the same age, so there is unlikely to be a gentle handover, the future of Brazil’s defence is likely a whole new partnership which Marquinhos will be expected to lead given his experience.

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<![CDATA[Fabinho ‘Up To Speed in the Premier League’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94745_fabinho____up_to_speed_in_the_premier_league___.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho says he feels totally adapted to the demands of the Premier League now- but suggests he would have adapted more quickly with more game time.

The Brazilian was frozen out of the squad in the early weeks of the season as he acclimatised, but since November he has been a virtual ever present.

Fabinho told the Press Association, “I am happy. I still have things to improve but I am happy overall with my performances.

“I am up to the speed of the Premier League and that was what I was looking for. I think if it was up to me I would have been playing from the beginning.

“Maybe Jurgen could see something I couldn’t see, so not just conversations with him but all the staff helped me. I had patience to wait for my opportunities.”

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho Says Dealing with the Fallout of the World Cup Was Difficult to Deal With]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94744_fernandinho_says_dealing_with_the_fallout_of_the_world_cup_was_difficult_to_deal_with.htmlBrazil midfielder Fernandinho says it took him some time to come to terms with Brazil’s exit from the World Cup last summer. The City man was widely blamed for the Seleção’s quarter-final exit to Belgium.

Ferna and his family were also subjected to racist abuse on social media, which caused the player to take some time out to reflect on whether he wanted to continue playing for his country. “After the World Cup was a very complicated period personally,” he told Globoesporte.

“For all that the elimination involved, the offenses and abuses coming from people, from the press, all made me very sad, really upset. And from the moment I returned to training, I focused entirely on
the City and had the feeling that I would not be called anymore.

“With the first two calls from Tite, I ended up being not going. A lot of people from CBF called me to give strength because of the racist offenses that my family suffered. But I did not have the feeling that I would wear the Seleção shirt again.

“In November, when I heard that I would be called, I called Edu and Tite and said that at the time I was not ready because of a personal problem. In my head I thought: ‘Now, what do I do? Shall I return or not? Am I going or not?’

“I was going through a delicate situation that had never happened to me, so I asked for more time to think about whether or not I would come back in the future. My will always has been to serve the Seleção.”

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<![CDATA[The Best Brazilian Soccer Player from Brazil National Football Team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94740_the_best_brazilian_soccer_player_from_brazil_national_football_team.htmlBrazil has no doubt continuously created some amazing footballing talents year after year. In fact, the country was known to be one of the strongest soccer team. Even though the soccer scoreboards represent that it won the World Cup for the fifth time in 2002, many of its most flourishing players were no longer playing for the team.

In this post, we will list some of the best past Brazilian soccer players from the Brazil national football team.


Also known as Kaka, Ricardo started playing Brazilian soccer at the age of eight when he joined a local club. He’s considered one of the youngest soccer players to have become a huge superstar in Brazil, and he plays as an attacking midfielder. Kaka was a part of the 2002 World Cup winning squad. His first team was AC Milan, and after his massive success, he joined Real Madrid.


Ronaldo is a free kick expert and is sought-after for his superb dribbling capabilities. He was known to his nickname as Ronaldinho and was part of the 2002 World Cup winning team. He won the FIFA player of the year award and consecutively within the years 2004 and 2005.


The Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo was known to be one of the greatest players of soccer of all time. He was an inexhaustible goal soccer player and set a world record in the World Cup in 2002 by scoring fifteen goals in the game. He was a part of the World Cup winning team in 2002 and 1994. He played ninety-seven global matches for Brazil wherein he scored sixty-two goals. His name shows in the list of the great soccer players known as FIFA 100.

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Pele started playing football in the slums of Brazil when he was only fifteen. He got chosen for the national football team at the age of sixteen and seventeen. He was able to make his first appearance in the World Cup. To everybody’s surprise, he made the nation so proud by earning the World Cup.

Later on, he became a massive key player of the team and got known globally for the novel playing strategies that he created himself. He had massive scoring power, and he is the top goal scorer for Brazil up to this day. What’s more, Pele was the only Brazilian soccer player who was part of the World Cup winning team three teams.

5.       CARLOS ALBERTO TORRES a.k.a. Capita

The iconic captain of the remarkable World Cup team in 1970 is no doubt the best defender in soccer history. He has shown an almost unparalleled capability as a playmaker from full back. He was considered as a major promoter in the evolution of defending that happened in the 1980s and 1970s as a defense in soccer wasn’t any longer stopping the opponents from scoring a goal.

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<![CDATA[Gilberto Still Has Torreira Reservations]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94736_gilberto_still_has_torreira_reservations.htmlFormer Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva is unsure as to whether Lucas Torreira is the long term answer to the Gunners’ midfield issues.

Torreira has earned plenty of praise for his performances in the Arsenal engine room, but Gilberto, who won a Premier League and 2 FA Cups at the club, is unsure.

Talking to radio station Talksport, he said, “Arsenal in the last few years have tried to find a player for this position, which is not so easy nowadays because football has changed a lot. I have seen so many clubs play without this holding midfielder.

“At some point, it became not so important but then teams started to realise this player is important to the structure of the defensive part of the team. Now we have Kante - but he is out of position.

“I prefer him to be in the centre. At City, Fernandinho. Arsenal bought Torreira but the first season is quite hard for him. I don&#39;t know if Arsenal have found the player to be the holding midfielder yet.

&quot;I don&#39;t think so, when I see their games compared to the other teams, when you compare to Fernandinho and Kante, I don&#39;t see the same style of players.&quot;

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<![CDATA[Pele Leads Gordon Banks Tributes]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94735_pele_leads_gordon_banks_tributes.htmlBrazil legend Pele led tributes to England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who passed away at the age of 81 on Monday evening.

Banks made one of football’s most iconic saves from Pele’s downwards header in the 1970 World Cup group stage in Mexico.

“I am glad he saved my header – because that act was the start of a friendship between us that I will always treasure,” Pele said.

“Whenever we met, it was always like we had never been apart.” Using his twitter account, Pele published a short tribute to Banks.

“I have great sadness in my heart today and I send condolences to the family he was so proud of. Rest in peace, my friend.

“Yes, you were a goalkeeper with magic. But you were also so much more. You were a fine human being.”

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<![CDATA[Neymar Jr. Comics Debuts New Series “Red Card”]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94727_neymar_jr__comics_debuts_new_series____red_card___.htmlFan The Flame Concepts LLC, an independent comic and graphic novel producer working with Neymar Jr.’s team, today announced the release of a the second original digital comic series from Neymar Jr. Comics, titled Red Card, and the final issue of the first series of Inked: Art Animates Life.

The prequel issue of Red Card and Inked: Art Animates Life #4 and are both being released coinciding with ComicCon Experience (CCXP) this week in São Paulo, Brazil. The event is now one of the three largest comic conventions in the world, with 250,000 fans expected to attend. New York Times-bestselling author and comic and graphic novel creator Jason M. Burns developed the two series. Access the Fanduel Welcome Offer and support your favourite team.

“I am thrilled to have these new issues released in conjunction with the largest comic convention in my home country,” said Neymar Jr. “I hope all of my fans will enjoy these two very unique stories and are inspired by the creative characters and beautiful artwork.”

The plot of Inked continues around Junior, the story’s protagonist drawn in Neymar Jr.’s likeness, who uses magical tattoo ink to bring his body art to life, as he attempts to save his sister, who was kidnapped by a mysterious cartel with supernatural ties.

Red Card’s science-fiction plot begins after a mission into space leads to alien spores – known as Shuttle Dust – being released into the atmosphere. As a result, the majority of the population transforms into mindless, insect-like creatures. The world falls into disarray and those who remain turn to a man named The Zoltan who hosts dangerous, gladiator-style soccer games where players must face off with the Shuttle Dusters. Junior, his star player, attempts to master the games and liberate the camp of survivors.

As part of CCXP festivities, two Neymar Jr. Comics artists will be on hand to greet fans and sell original art prints at the event’s Artists Alley: principal artist Fernando Peniche and short-series artist for Inked Gonzalo Garcia. In addition, Thieres Paim, renowned tattoo artist for Nautica Tattoo, who created the lion on Neymar Jr.’s hand that inspired a major character in Inked, will meet fans at the event on Sun., Dec. 9.

Fans can download the prequel issue of Red Card for free or purchase Inked: Art Animates Life #4 at https://www.neymarjrcomics.com/ or via the Neymar Jr. Comics app, available in either iOS format through the App Store or Android format in the Google Play Store. Comics are available in five languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, and Italian.

A portion of the proceeds from all sales of Neymar Jr. Comics will benefit Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr. (INJR), Neymar Jr.’s charitable foundation. Fan the Flame created the project with NR Sports authorization, the company responsible for the image rights management of the athlete Neymar Jr.

Fan the Flame plans to expand the Neymar Jr. Comics franchise through licensing deals with major studios, television, animation, and games. It is currently in active conversations with major brands about partnership opportunities.

About Fan The Flame Concepts, LLC
With over 30 years of combined experience in the comic book industry, the Fan the Flame team has created, published, and distributed content for dozens of high profile brands, including Sesame Street, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Pocket God (the #1 selling digital comic of its time), Fruit Ninja, Pirates of the Caribbean, Skylanders and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fan The Flame is also in the process of creating original content for numerous popular actors, recording artists, athletes and professional sports teams.

About NR Sports
NR Sports specializes in image management, with exclusive representation rights of Neymar Jr. It was founded in 2006 by Neymar da Silva Santos and Nadine Gonçalves, the player's parents, who saw the need for professional image management, given the interest that their son inspired in the football and commercial markets. Leveraging the athlete’s popularity, NR Sports has built a world-class brand that is one of the most sought-after in sports marketing.

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<![CDATA[How the UEFA Nations League Has Stunted Brazil Copa Prep]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94725_how_the_uefa_nations_league_has_stunted_brazil_copa_prep.htmlBrazil yesterday announced the second of their March friendlies, as they take on Panama in Porto. The fixture was announced almost three weeks after their first March friendly was confirmed against Czech Republic in Prague. Back in September, Selection Coordinator Edu Gaspar said that Brazil would use September, October and November friendlies to experiment and integrate new players.

The friendly matches from March onwards would have much more of a focus towards this summer’s Copa America. Tite is under pressure to bag the title for the Seleção on home soil in June and July after going out in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Russia. Brazil have not won a major title since the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela. Access now online sports betting with William Hill and support your favourite team.

Tite had built up enough credit in the qualifying phase to save his job with the national team, signing a new contract that takes him through to the 2022 World Cup. But if Brazil underperform in the Copa, his future will come under scrutiny. But Tite’s preparation has been somewhat hampered by the revamped UEFA Nations League.

The Nations League has breathed new life into the UEFA fixture calendar and incentivised European teams to take friendly matches more seriously- and to win them. As a result, there is less space in the schedule for European teams. How does this affect Brazil? It means they have struggled to play the level of team that they would like to.

Since the World Cup, Brazil have unsuccessfully tried to arrange friendlies with the likes of France, Portugal and Spain, who have eschewed big money exhibition matches with the Seleção due to the Nations League. Friendly matches with the likes of Cameroon, El Salvador and another in a huge surfeit of matches against Argentina have been hastily arranged.

In March, Brazil wanted to face Germany, but had to settle on a faded Czech Republic side who have not qualified for a major tournament since Euro 2004. Tite usually likes to play one heavyweight and one lower ranked team per friendly round, but the coach was hoping to ramp up preparations in 2019. Czech Republic and Panama would not have been his first choices.

Tite and Edu Gaspar might have better luck in May when the UEFA fixture schedule eases a little. They have played Uruguay and Argentina since the last World Cup, but South American sides will be reluctant to play one another on the eve of the Copa. The Copa America is typically an experimental tournament where teams put plans in place for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Privately, Brazil will have hoped for tougher opponents in March and their sponsors, Nike and Gillette, will certainly have hoped for something more illustrious. Brazil have lost a bit of their commercial pull over the last decade with various degrees of failure at World Cups and the fact that their star man Neymar is unpopular with supporters outside of Brazil.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:10:53 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Alisson One of the Strongest Goalkeepers in Europe’ Says Dida]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94724____alisson_one_of_the_strongest_goalkeepers_in_europe____says_dida.htmlFormer Brazil goalkeeper Dida says that Liverpool stopper Alisson is one of the best in his position in Europe. Dida and Alisson were teammates for a time at Internacional.

The ex-AC Milan and Seleção ‘keeper, who won 2 Champions League titles and a World Cup, says he could see Alisson’s potential from the very beginning at Internacional.

“Alisson is one of the strongest goalkeepers in Europe,&quot; he told the Liverpool Echo. &quot;He was very quick and agile to read the offensive plans.

“For me it was very clear that he would become a great player. The only advice I gave him was to always be focused and always participate in the game, even when the ball is far away.

“This helps teammates become more relaxed and trust you (...) You could see enormous potential since he was a boy.”

Dida thinks Alisson’s presence has given Liverpool’s defence greater confidence- with tangible results. “Liverpool have conceded just 15 goals in the Premier League, they have the best defence.

“Clearly this is thanks to teamwork, but surely the personality of Alisson gives more confidence to the defenders and, consequently, to the whole team.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:33:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fernandinho Says It’s ‘Hard To Know’ Whether He’s in the Best Form of his Career]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94723_fernandinho_says_it___s____hard_to_know____whether_he___s_in_the_best_form_of_his_career.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho says he does not know whether he is in the best form of his career at the moment, but paid tribute to City boss Pep Guardiola’s contribution to his recent performances.

The Brazilian has starred for a City side that top the table having beaten Chelsea 6-0 on Sunday. He told Globoesporte, “This question is very complicated. I just know that I am very happy, playing good football and being able to help my team.

“The results are going for us, we play for them as well, but, above all, with good performances. It&#39;s hard to know if it&#39;s the best time, but I&#39;m good, happy, playing well and my team is playing in four competitions with each game at the same level.”

The player says he will play in this summer’s Copa América for Brazil if called upon, “If I have the opportunity to play the Copa America in Brazil I will go with all the will in the world to win. I will prepare myself in the best possible way.

“Physically, tactically, psychologically, in all phases of preparation, in search of this title. After the Copa America, we do not know how the future will be, but as long as I have the strength and conditions and the chance to serve the Seleção, the commitment will always be the same.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:05:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Gilberto Silva Urges Unai Emery to Integrate Özil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94714_gilberto_silva_urges_unai_emery_to_integrate_ozil.htmlArsenal Invincible Gilberto Silva says that Unai Emery should cease his policy of leaving Mesut Özil on the bench and integrate him into the team.

Gilberto, who won a Premier League and two FA Cups with the club from 2002-08, says that a player of the German’s talent is too good to leave wasting on the bench.

“He has to be on the field,” the Brazilian told radio station talkSPORT. “A player of his calibre cannot be on the bench, in my opinion.

“People always try to find something to talk about with Ozil; why he&#39;s not playing, when he&#39;s playing he&#39;s not doing well. But this kind of player, you have to give them responsibilities.

“What&#39;s the best way to give them responsibilities? Put him on the field and right now it&#39;s down to the manager.

“What&#39;s the best set up of the team? Right now, I think for Arsenal fans, it is difficult to see him on the bench.

“Because he&#39;s a very creative player, he can provide for strikers the final touch. Why not find a way for the team to play and find the space for him where he can be important for the team and be more balanced on his game, to have a better average?”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fernandinho Decides Against International Retirement, Despite Racist Abuse]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94713_fernandinho_decides_against_international_retirement__despite_racist_abuse.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho has decided to continue his international career, after taking some time to consider his position.

The Brazil midfielder was held responsible by a section of Seleção fans at the World Cup last summer, for the quarter-final defeat to Belgium.

The player and his family were subsequently subjected to racist abuse on social media, causing the player to consider his position.

But he told Globoesporte that he has decided to make himself available to Tite, “In my head I was thinking: and now, will I return or not?

“When I&#39;m called, will I or will not I? I asked for more time to think because I was going through a delicate situation.

“Last week they (Tite and coordinator Edu Gaspar) were in England to watch the Liverpool game and then came here. It was a day off from me, we talked.

“We had spoken to each other in November, and more formally, to wish me a Merry Christmas and a new year, things like that. Now everything is clear.

“They understood my situation, I understood theirs, and most of all I admired the respect they had with me during all this time. It was very important to me, you know?”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Mon, 11 Feb 2019 08:40:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Heaps Praise On Unselfish Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94707_klopp_heaps_praise_on_unselfish_firmino.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on the unselfishness of his striker Roberto Firmino, during the Reds’ 3-0 win against Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.

The win takes Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League table for 24 hours at least, with goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah.<

Salah’s second half goal was teed up by Roberto Firmino, who eschewed a close range shot, electing to give Salah a simpler chance.

“I think the goal Salah scored today, you don’t find a lot of players that would do what Bobby did in that moment,” Klopp said.

“Most would try to shoot and be blocked, but he does a little pass and Mo is obviously a very cool finisher too.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Sun, 10 Feb 2019 14:42:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘I Dreamt About Martin Keown Shouting At Me’ Remembers Gilberto Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94706____i_dreamt_about_martin_keown_shouting_at_me____remembers_gilberto_silva.htmlFormer Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva says that Martin Keown used to shout at him so often that he would go to sleep dreaming about it.

The two played together for 2 years during the Brazilian’s 6 year spell in North London, but Keown clearly left his mark on the World Cup winner.

“The funniest thing for me was to play with Martin Keown because he’d shout ‘Gilberto don’t go, stay, stay, stay.’”

“And after the game when I went to sleep I had Martin in my mind shouting at me!” he recalled in an interview with radio station Talksport.

“Once Martin came to me in the dressing room in the morning and said ‘you’re playing in the Premier League and we have played so many games, how come you haven’t had a yellow card? It’s not possible in the Premier League.’

“I said ‘Martin, I play the ball THEN I hit the player!” When asked if Keown was difficult to understand, Silva replied, “Ray Parlour was more difficult!”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:40:39 +0000
<![CDATA[‘We Thought We’d Lost the Premier League’ Admits Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94698____we_thought_we___d_lost_the_premier_league____admits_gabriel_jesus.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus admits that he and his teammates thought City had blown their league title defence during their recent 2-1 defeat at Newcastle.

Just over a week ago, City fell to defeat at St. James’ Park, leaving Liverpool with an opportunity to open up a large gap at the top of the Premier League.

But draws with Leicester and West Ham gave City a chance to sneak back into top spot and they’ve done just that with victories over Arsenal and Everton.

“A few days ago, we thought we had lost the Premier League,” Jesus said. “Now we are top of the league, even if it’s because we have played one game more.

“It is good, it is good to be back in the race and we will do our best to win all our games and do our job. That is the most important thing for now.

“After Newcastle, it was very tough on us. We were very disappointed, more than anyone else. The players, the staff… we were all very, sad because we all thought we had lost the league in that game.

“Fortunately, Liverpool drew against Leicester and that gave us a little bit of hope. Then there was another draw against West Ham and that means the race is on.

“Mentally, it is a big boost for us. We will try to keep doing our job and don’t relax as we did against Newcastle.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Fri, 08 Feb 2019 15:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘We Love Our Football’ Says Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94697____we_love_our_football____says_gabriel_jesus_of_manchester_city.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says that his team are enjoying their football, as they went back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Everton on Wednesday.

Jesus scored the crucial second goal on the night, putting City 1 point clear of Liverpool at the top, but having played a game more than the Reds.

“We had to work hard because we knew this game would be difficult,” Jesus said, “We need to work hard and always play to win because we want to win the title again.

“I think we want to play well in all of our games and win them. The Premier League is a really tough league.

“We love our football here and we go onto the pitch to win every game and hopefully win the title again too.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:24:14 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Winner’ Pep’s Experience Helps City In Title Race, Says Danilo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94689____winner____pep___s_experience_helps_city_in_title_race__says_danilo.htmlManchester City full-back Danilo says that Pep Guardiola will be his team’s biggest asset in the title run-in. City now lead Liverpool by 1 point at the top following their 2-0 win over Everton on Wednesday.

Liverpool were 7 points clear just a couple of weeks ago, but have stumbled to draws against Leicester and West Ham recently. Danilo says Guardiola’s experience- having won league titles in Spain, Germany and England- is crucial.

“Pep for example is a winner,&quot; he told Sky Sports. “He won a lot of titles with his previous teams so that helps us every day, every game. Every situation is completely different even for him but his experience can help us.

&quot;You have to play your game and play for another result. Sometimes you play before or after [your title opponents] and you have to try and put in the same performance every game. If you stay calm and keep focused then you can win the title. It is much better to be on top.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:26:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Liverpool Slip Surprised Danilo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94688_liverpool_slip_surprised_danilo.html 

Manchester City full-back Danilo admits he and his teammates were surprised to see title
rivals Liverpool draw against West Ham on Monday night.
It was the Reds’ second consecutive draw, allowing City to move above them at the top of
the Premier League on Wednesday, as the Citizens beat Everton 2-0 at home.
Danilo says he expected Liverpool to win, but that he and his team know the season is long
and that they still have to pick up the points themselves.
“It was good for us and everyone in the dressing room knows that, but if we don&#39;t do our job
it will not be enough. So we are a bit happy but knowing we have to do a bigger job.
&quot;It was a disaster for us dropping points at Newcastle but the season is long. There&#39;s lots of
games to play. Liverpool are doing well but if you keep going and win games then you can
come back,” he told Sky Sports.

Manchester City full-back Danilo admits he and his teammates were surprised to see title rivals Liverpool draw against West Ham on Monday night.

It was the Reds’ second consecutive draw, allowing City to move above them at the top of the Premier League on Wednesday, as the Citizens beat Everton 2-0 at home.

Danilo says he expected Liverpool to win, but that he and his team know the season is long and that they still have to pick up the points themselves.

“It was good for us and everyone in the dressing room knows that, but if we don&#39;t do our job it will not be enough. So we are a bit happy but knowing we have to do a bigger job.

&quot;It was a disaster for us dropping points at Newcastle but the season is long. There&#39;s lots of games to play. Liverpool are doing well but if you keep going and win games then you can come back,” he told Sky Sports.


http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Thu, 07 Feb 2019 09:42:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Tearful Neymar Wants ‘New Metatarsal’ For Birthday]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94679_tearful_neymar_wants____new_metatarsal____for_birthday.htmlNeymar celebrated his 27 th birthday in typically glitzy fashion on Monday, hosting a party on the Champs-Elysees with his teammates and Brazilian celebrities in tow.

The Brazilian recently suffered a recurrence of the metatarsal injury that saw him miss the final 3 months of the 2017-18 season.

He is in danger of missing this summer’s Copa América in Brazil and amidst the glamour on Monday, Neymar tearfully rued his injury.

“What I wanted the most as a birthday present today is a new metatarsal so I could be on the field fighting and doing what I love the most, which is playing football.”

He also thanked his team mates for their support, saying: &quot;They are giving me all the strength possible to help me return as soon as possible.&quot;

Neymar will miss both legs of PSG’s Champions League round of 16 tie with Manchester United in February.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Wed, 06 Feb 2019 13:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Alisson Rues Liverpool ‘Insecurity’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94678_alisson_rues_liverpool____insecurity___.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits that his team suffered from ‘insecurity’ during Monday night’s 1-1 draw with West Ham at the London Stadium.

It’s the second time in a week that the Reds have dropped presentable points and their lead at the top of the table has been slashed to just 2 points.

This has led to suggestions that Jurgen Klopp’s side are feeling the pressure of the title race and Alisson did little to allay those claims with his post match summary.

“I believe we had glimpses into the game. Some moments of insecurity. “We started ahead. [But] from the moment we started to miss some passes – some silly passes that we are not used to missing – I think the team lost a little confidence in the match.

“I think the opposing team also gained confidence. We have to be prepared to fight everything. All the adverse circumstances that come our way.

“I believe our team is on the right track. Now we do not have much room for hesitation. If we want to be champions, we have to win everything from now on.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Wed, 06 Feb 2019 12:48:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Thiago Silva Admits That ‘Solskjaer Would Be Happy’ With PSG Current Form]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94669_thiago_silva_admits_that____solskjaer_would_be_happy____with_psg_current_form.htmlParis Saint Germain captain Thiago Silva says that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “would have been happy” with what he saw from PSG as they were defeated by Lyon in Ligue 1.

PSG and United face off in the Champions League last 16 next week and PSG, who are without Neymar due to injury, stumbled to defeat on Sunday in a match watched by Solskjaer in person.

“Solskjaer must be happy with what he saw,” PSG captain Silva said. “We started the game well, but then we lost our concentration and did not have a good first half.

“For me, too, it was difficult. The second half was better but that was not enough. We missed a lot of things. We need to be more focused when we do not have the ball, for example. Solskjaer possibly walked away from here happy because we did not play really well.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Tue, 05 Feb 2019 07:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Thiago Silva Issues Rallying Cry Ahead of Manchester United Tie]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94668_thiago_silva_issues_rallying_cry_ahead_of_manchester_united_tie.htmlParis Saint Germain captain Thiago Silva insists that next week’s Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester United will be a different game, compared the PSG’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Thomas Tuchel’s side slumped to defeat despite taking a 1-0 lead in a match watched from the stands by United’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Silva admitted that Solskjaer would have been buoyed by what he saw, but insists next week will be a different proposition.

“Do not be worried about us,” he said. “Next Tuesday, in Manchester, it will be another competition, another environment, another atmosphere. In the meantime, we have to work between us to show something else.

“It’s going to be a great clash against Manchester. We will be facing a great team. Manchester United are on a run of nine wins in 10 games. To beat them we will have to be at 110 per cent.” PSG will be missing the injured Neymar for both legs of the tie.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-02/home/Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:45:12 +0000