<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[‘This Is Just The Beginning’ Says David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93910____this_is_just_the_beginning____says_david_luiz.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz says Chelsea still have plenty of improvements to make, despite their unbeaten start to the season.

Ross Barkley’s 96 th minute equaliser rescued a 2-2 draw against Manchester United on Saturday to preserve their unbeaten start.

The Brazilian hailed his team’s spirit to snatch the draw, but says the squad are still working hard to improve.

“Even though we were 2-1 down, we kept trying to score the equaliser and we did that in the end so I think the spirit was amazing,’ he told chelseafc.com.

“This was a big game against a big club, and it is always like this. We have to realise we had amazing spirit to try and score the second goal and we did that in the end.

“We are happy we have gone this many games without losing, but we are keeping on working hard to try and improve our team because it is just the beginning.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Tue, 23 Oct 2018 10:32:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Richarlison ‘The Perfect Profile’ for the Premier League, Says Marco Silva]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93909_richarlison____the_perfect_profile____for_the_premier_league__says_marco_silva.htmlEverton boss Marco Silva says that he never had any doubts that Richarlison would be able to adapt to the physical side of the Premier League.

Silva brought Richarlison to Watford from Fluminense in the summer of 2017, before spending the best part of £50m to subsequently take him to Goodison Park.

The Brazilian is again performing excellently for Marco Silva and the Portuguese boss said he knew the player could adapt to the English game when he saw him play in the Brasileirão.

“From the moment I saw him playing in Brazil I realised that I had the exact profile to play in the Premier League.,” he told Sky Sports.

“Sometimes Brazilian players have difficulty adapting to English football, but Richarlison is very strong and not afraid of challenges.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Tue, 23 Oct 2018 09:56:34 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Hails Chelsea’s ‘Amazing Spirit’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93900_david_luiz_hails_chelsea___s____amazing_spirit___.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz paid tribute to his team’s character, after Ross Barkley’s 96 th minute equaliser preserved their unbeaten start to the season and salvaged a 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United.

United looked on course to take all three points with two Anthony Martial goals, until Barkley grabbed a late, late goal. Luiz says the goal was a product of the team’s resolve. “We tried to win from the beginning of the game.

“We controlled the game with possession, trying to create some space to score some goals. They came with a plan just to defend and play on the counter-attack,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

“I think in the first half it was just us who played. We could have done better by scoring the second goal to kill the game, but it is never easy to win in the Premier League, especially against a big opponent.

“It gave them a chance because we had only scored one goal and in the second half they came and scored a lucky goal with the ball touching a player and bouncing about. After they scored they had a bit more confidence, and it was a great game.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:38:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Guardiola Sings Praises of ‘Fundamental’ Fernandinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93899_guardiola_sings_praises_of____fundamental____fernandinho.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola sang the praises of midfielder Fernandinho, who scored during the team’s 5-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

The Brazilian steered home City’s third past Joe Hart and Guardiola took the opportunity to talk up the 33 year old’s performance.

“Fernandinho was extraordinary, &quot;he said.&quot; Today Fernandinho was smart, with the physical form he has, every time he received the ball he was ready.

“He was incredible. Today he had one of the best performances of the season. He is a fundamental player for us.”

City travel to Ukraine to take on Fernandinho’s former club Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:49:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Fred Discusses His Love of English Football]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93888_fred_discusses_his_love_of_english_football.htmlManchester United midfielder Fred says he has had a long standing love of English football, which influenced his decision to sign for United from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer. The Brazilian says he grew up watching the Premier League.

“I always watched a lot of English football,” he told the Manchester United website. “It has always been really strong. I use to watch United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, when Gilberto Silva used to play there.

“I have many idols like Gilberto, Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes - many great players that have been here as well.” Fred also says he is forging friendships in the squad with the help of Manchester’s Brazilian diaspora.

“My wife talks a lot with Fernandinho and Ederson&#39;s wives. For the players, the fixtures and training schedules are very different so we end up not having time. I hang out more with the United squad - Andreas Pereira and the players who speak Spanish.

“Even those who speak English. We meet after work to play video games and have dinner. It is important for the team. Paul Pogba, Andreas, Eric Bailly... we are close friends too.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:33:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fred Reminisces on Childhood in Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93887_fred_reminisces_on_childhood_in_brazil.htmlManchester United midfielder Fred has described the nascent steps in his football career in his hometown of Belo Horizonte, describing his childhood as a very happy time. The Brazilian joined United from Skahktar Donetsk this summer.

In an interview with the Manchester United website, Fred recalled, “I was really happy during my childhood in the area where I grew up. I had many friends in the neighbourhood, always playing football in the streets.

“My father signed me up for football training when I was only four and my grandfather also used to take me. My family have always supported me to develop my football. When I was 10 I started playing for Atletico Mineiro and that was the start of my professional career.

“I played for Atletico and Internacional and then moved to Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk. My family supported me a lot and I&#39;m very thankful for them. They were always by my side supporting my dream - it was their dream, too.

“And today I&#39;m here in Manchester, in this country that is so different to Brazil and Belo Horizonte but I&#39;m adapting well. My first son is going to be born here. I like this country a lot and I hope I can stay here for many years.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:25:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Enthused By Liverpool’s Famous Attack]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93881_fabinho_enthused_by_liverpool___s_famous_attack.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho says that the club’s trio of attackers- Firmino, Salah and Mane- are among the best in world football. The Brazilian singled out Senegalese winger Sadio Mane for individual praise.

The ex-Monaco man told Goal.com, “Sadio Mane is an excellent player. Before I came to Liverpool, I saw him on TV and I liked him a lot. He is very fast and very intelligent. He has everything to continue growing to become one of the best players in the world.

“I hope he continues with us for a long time. It is a pleasure to play alongside him. Our trio of attack is one of the most powerful in the world of football. They are complete, they are very fast, they have a very fast thinking speed, and they understand each other very well.

“They want to get better and they are very hungry for goals,” Fabinho added, “Our team is very good because of the strength of our attack. I hope they score many goals this season.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:11:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Exposure Behind Bernard’s Decision To Sign With Everton]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93880_exposure_behind_bernard___s_decision_to_sign_with_everton.htmlEverton winger Bernard says he decided to sign for Everton this summer because of the audiences the Premier League attracts. Bernard spent 5 years at Shakhtar Donetsk and says he wants to stay in Europe to show his talent.

The player was a free agent this summer and was linked to a number of Brazilian clubs, but Bernard told UOL that he wanted to play in the most watched league in the world and prove himself fully in Europe.

“I’ve been a long time practically hidden in Shakhtar, with only six Champions League games a year to be seen. In England it’s different, because the whole world watches the Premier League. It’s time for me to enjoy and show on the pitch what I know and offer the best for Everton.

“Palmeiras are a huge club and have been doing very well in all competitions. They lost in the Copa do Brasil, but had an excellent campaign. Several clubs in Brazil came to me, but I thought it wasn’t the time to go back. I still wanted to enjoy European football.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:43:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Fred Acclimatising to Manchester Weather and Learning English]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93871_fred_acclimatising_to_manchester_weather_and_learning_english.htmlManchester United midfielder Fred says that he has no worries about the weather in Manchester after his spell at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. Fred was raised in Belo Horizonte, where the weather rarely dips below 20 degrees.

But after playing in Ukraine, he says Manchester’s notoriously grey, cold climate is not an issue for him, “The weather in Brazil is the best. It&#39;s hot! I&#39;m from Minas so I was raised in the hot weather,” he told United’s official website.

“To get out of this situation to go to a cold place... actually, I left Minas to go to Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil where it&#39;s cold, so I adapted a little. Then I went to Ukraine and it was an extreme change.

“I got to experience -20 °C and for me... I can&#39;t even explain how that feels. So here in Manchester, it&#39;s great! Sometimes I train in shorts while everyone is in long pants and gloves. It&#39;s funny. I&#39;ve been through worse so I guess I&#39;m used to this now.”

The player also says his English lessons are coming along well, “I managed to do some classes in Ukraine but people there didn&#39;t really speak English. They spoke Russian so that&#39;s what I learned there.

“I didn&#39;t get to practise much English but now I&#39;m here and I&#39;m going to classes. I want to learn as quickly as possible because I know it will help me to integrate and adapt here. I already know a lot of sentences, many words - “How are you?”

“I know how to communicate. I&#39;m studying so hopefully I will be better in no time. Brazilian food also helps a lot when I&#39;m homesick. We are always cooking rice, beans, steak and farofa at my house.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:42:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Bernard Coy About Seleção Recall]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93870_bernard_coy_about_selecao_recall.htmlEverton winger Bernard says he is not yet thinking about a recall to the Brazilian national team, after making a positive start to life with Everton. The 25-year old has not played for his country since the 7-1 defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.

The ex-Shakhtar man has seen his club teammate Richarlison enter the international fray, while Lucas Moura was recently recalled to the squad after impressing in a Spurs shirt. Bernard told UOL he isn’t thinking about international recognition just yet.

“I have to take it one step at a time, I’ve been at Everton for almost two months, it’s very little time. I need to focus here first for, who knows, things happen naturally.

Of course, any player who is called up one day and then not again, has the desire to return to the national team. I will work at Everton and meanwhile, cheer for Richarlison, who’s doing very well in a Brazil shirt.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:27:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Brazil Deserved Their Victory Over Argentina, Insists Tite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93862_brazil_deserved_their_victory_over_argentina__insists_tite.htmlBrazil boss Tite says that his side were deserved winners against Argentina in Riyadh, after João Miranda’s 92 nd minute header gave them a 1-0 victory in the Superclasico after a tightly contested game.

Tite experimented with Gabriel Jesus on the right of a front 3, with Roberto Firmino upfront. “One thing is the theory, another is the practice. It is a different proposition to face Argentina. Today we deserved to win.

“When the team gets the ball and provokes the game they deserve to win. Often Argentina delayed the game. They alternated the counterattacks with their front men. But we played well and created opportunities to score.”

Tite insists picking his squad for next year’s Copa América will give him some good headaches, “It is difficult to assemble the team. If you watched the last games, you have 13 Cup players.

“We will look at players who have not yet had opportunities to be here. There are players who are and have been to the World Cup and I want to bring them too. I cannot quantify that, I want to give them opportunities.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:16:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Ten Years Ago I Played for Soda; I Always Want To Win’ Says Neymar]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93861____ten_years_ago_i_played_for_soda__i_always_want_to_win____says_neymar.htmlBrazil captain Neymar says the fact that his side’s 1-0 victory over Argentina in Riyadh was a friendly did not diminish his desire to compete.

The Seleção won thanks to a last gasp Miranda header from Neymar’s corner. Neymar says that ten years ago he was playing for cans of soda with his friends in São Paulo and his desire to compete was sizeable then.

Brazil picked up a trophy for winning the match, “When it&#39;s worth a trophy, we want to win. Ten years ago I played for soda and gave my life as I give it today. It does not matter if it is a friendly.”

The PSG forward was also enthused by his experience of playing two games in Saudi Arabia during this international break, “It was good to be in the desert. A different culture, an experience that I take to life.”

Neymar did not score during this international break, but set up all three of the goals Brazil did score, “You can rest assured that I will dedicate myself to the next game and promise a goal for you,” he told reporters.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:04:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Adapting at Liverpool But Still Hopeful for ‘Good Story’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93850_fabinho_adapting_at_liverpool_but_still_hopeful_for____good_story___.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho admits he is still adapting to life at Liverpool, with a new tactical setup to adjust to and plenty of competition in his preferred position.

The Brazilian joined the Reds in May from Monaco for a fee of £47m, but has struggled to get game time, often not even featuring on the substitutes’ bench.

Fabinho confesses he is still adapting, but he is still confident of having an excellent career at the Merseyside club.

“There are a lot of differences [between Liverpool and Monaco],” Fabinho told Goal.com. “The way we play, the intensity is different, the tactical scheme is different.

“Here we have six players playing in the midfield and everyone can be the starters. [At] Liverpool the structure and the training center are fantastic and the fans are also special. I hope it’s a beginning of a good story for me.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite Opts Not To Name His Brazil Starting Line Up In Advance]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93849_tite_opts_not_to_name_his_brazil_starting_line_up_in_advance.htmlBrazil coach Tite has elected not to name his starting line-up for tonight’s friendly against Argentina in advance. It is the first time since taking the role in September 2016 that the Seleção has not named his line-up for the press the day before a match.

Brazil play Argentina in a friendly in Riyadh, but the manager has decided to change tack because he is “not comfortable” in doing so for this game. Tite is set to use the game to experiment a little given the lack of competitive consequences.

But he will not give the press, or indeed his opponents, advanced sight of his team sheet, “I do not feel very comfortable because it is not my place, but in some circumstances it is important.

“I do not want, if I do not have the players defined, to give the opponent the opportunity to know the selection, even in this moment in which we do not have a defined team.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:29:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Miranda Supports Fresh Blood in Brazil Squad]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93836_miranda_supports_fresh_blood_in_brazil_squad.htmlBrazil centre-half João Miranda says he supports Tite’s policy to introduce fresh blood into the Seleção in the build up to next June’s Copa América. The 34 year old has been a cornerstone of Tite’s Brazil side since he was appointed in 2016.

But with Dani Alves, Miranda and Thiago Silva all 34 years old, Tite needs to explore younger options in defence. Miranda says he understands, but that he still hopes to be involved with the national side for a while yet.

“It is important this arrival of new players, this mixture of some new blood. It serves as learning, experience for the new players and we have managed to maintain a very high standard.

“I think given all these arguments, in the end Tite will decide and we hope it will be by whoever is better regardless of age. Working with nutritionists and physios, today a player can reach high level at 38, 39. That is my goal, to remain playing at a high level.”

Miranda has often captained Brazil under Tite’s previous rotation policy with the armband. Now Neymar has been appointed as full-time captain and Miranda says that he thinks this is a good decision.

“He is a leader. You have your way of leading, I think it was a good choice. Neymar has great responsibility and we have to share that responsibility of leadership of the group. He i defined as a leader, we respect him and we will try to help him in the best possible way.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:32:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Bernard Enthused By Bond With Everton Fans]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93835_bernard_enthused_by_bond_with_everton_fans.htmlEverton winger Bernard made his first start for the club on Saturday with an excellent display against Leicester City on Saturday.

Bernard’s trickery created the first goal for his compatriot Richarlison, before Gylfi Sigurdsson hit a stunning late winner.

The Brazilian’s performance earned rave reviews and rapturous applause from the travelling faithful at full-time.

“It is great to be recognised and have good feedback about your work,” Bernard told evertontv.com. “It encourages you to keep going and not be afraid – and to give everything to get a good result for the supporters.

“I am very happy, it was a great performance at a tough ground and hopefully we can keep going after winning at home last week as well. We want to continue achieving more positive results and climbing the table.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:54:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar Delighted for Gabriel Jesus to End Goal Drought]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93824_neymar_delighted_for_gabriel_jesus_to_end_goal_drought.htmlBrazil captain Neymar said he was delighted for Gabriel Jesus to end his Seleção scoring drought, having not scored in canary yellow since before the World Cup.

Jesus took a lot of criticism for failing to find the net in Russia, but he opened the scoring against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh after a wonderful through ball from Neymar.

The Brazil captain said the whole team were willing Jesus to score, “I was very happy today. I was wanting a goal from Gabriel. I would trade five of my goals to help him

“It was all very unfair what he endured at the World Cup, the criticism was above what was necessary. I was happy to help him score again. I was really thinking about it. We knew he needed it.”

The captain admitted that the game had been a low key affair with little excitement for the watching public in Riyadh, but said the conditions played a part.

“Nobody likes to play like that. It was complicated. There wasn’t much of a breeze. That ends up influencing the game. But we managed to play a good game anyway.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Sat, 13 Oct 2018 15:36:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Happy To Put World Cup Behind Him]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93823_gabriel_jesus_happy_to_put_world_cup_behind_him.htmlBrazil striker Gabriel Jesus says that he is happy to consign an unsatisfactory World Cup campaign to the past after opening the scoring in the Seleção’s 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.

Jesus was criticised heavily for failing to score in Russia, as Brazil exited at the quarter-final stage at the hands of Belgium. The City star admits he was upset about how the tournament went.

“Of course I was very [upset],&quot; Jesus told Sportv . &quot;I went from the tournament and stayed at my mother&#39;s house, I stayed at home with my family.

&quot;Of course, it was not the Cup of my dreams, I hoped to have done more. Unfortunately, we did not win it, but I hope things will work again from now on. I was happy to play and score tonight.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:52:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Right Time for Neymar Brazil Captaincy]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93825_right_time_for_neymar_brazil_captaincy.htmlIt’s fair to say that Neymar’s last spell as Brazil captain, under the ill-fated second reign of Dunga from 2014 – 2016, did not go to plan. Not only was this a lean spell for the Seleção, with early exits at the 2015 and 2016 Copa Américas, but for Neymar, the extra responsibility of the captaincy just didn’t sit right. Encourage the Brazilian National Team by betting on https://www.maxfreebets.co.uk for that friendly game.

First of all, Dunga’s decision to appoint Neymar as captain was clouded in controversy as long time skipper Thiago Silva was relieved of the responsibility. Silva was considered a more natural leader, at centre half, he was physically better positioned to be captain and he was proud to wear the armband. Silva earned criticism for refusing to watch Brazil’s penalty shootout victory over Chile in the 2014 World Cup quarter-final.

Dunga did not take well to Thiago’s show of emotion and, as a stoic, poker faced man himself, he deemed Silva unsuitable to be captain, which immediately created conflict. Neymar had been handed the armband in awkward circumstances. The extra responsibility was also one he didn’t really need. Neymar was already the star player who drew the most attention.

In the years prior to Gabriel Jesus’ emergence, he was also the principal goal threat. Dunga was a tactically conservative manager, so most of Brazil’s creative play went through Neymar, who also took setpieces and penalties. Neymar was not and still is not a natural leader, so it seemed spectacularly unnecessary to ask him to learn to become one on top of his other responsibilities.

It also removed the sense of shared responsibility from the Seleção. Tactically, they were already simply being asked to funnel the ball through to Neymar at every opportunity. But the coach did not even trust one of them to wear the armband and at least lead the team on the pitch. It stands to reason that Neymar’s teammates began to feel left out.

After captaining a young team to Olympic glory in 2016, Neymar was outwardly relieved to relinquish the captaincy and Tite’s rotation policy began, a politically clever method of reinstating the concept of shared responsibility into a squad weary of Neymar-dependência. So it was a surprise when Tite awarded Neymar the armband full-time again after this summer’s World Cup.

But the gesture makes a little more sense now. Miranda and Thiago Silva are 33 and 34 and on their way out of the squad. Dani Alves is also 34. The only other candidates for the captaincy were Marcelo and Casemiro, both undisputed first XI players and both still of an age to take the armband to Qatar in 2022.

But this summer’s World Cup in Russia showed that Neymar still has some growing up to do and the captaincy could be a cute way of helping him to realise that. After two years of rotating the captaincy, the decision is not likely to upset any established teammates. Neither Casemiro nor Marcelo are especially natural captains. Four years on from Dunga’s bungled decision to make Neymar the official leader of the Seleção, this time, it feels like a more rational move.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/info_1539445579.jpgSat, 13 Oct 2018 14:39:35 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Dreamer’ Tite Looking for Convincing Performance Against Saudi Arabia]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93817____dreamer____tite_looking_for_convincing_performance_against_saudi_arabia.htmlBrazil boss Tite says that he is looking for a convincing performance as well as a victory when his team take on Saudi Arabia later today. The Seleção coach takes his team to Riyad for a prestige friendly.

“I'm a dreamer. I like to convince to win. What is convincing? It is playing well. Otherwise, it is an illusory thing: the result of the result. I know you have to win and Saudi Arabia, too. What do I care for? A great individual and collective performance.”

The Brazil boss was complimentary of his opponents too, “Saudi Arabia has a mobile team, fast and with technical quality. It has interesting offensive and defensive transitions. It is not a static team, which increases the difficulty in marking players.”

But Tite insists this match and Tuesday’s friendly against Argentina are a chance to experiment, “We will have the opportunity to look at some players with different tactical structures.

“It is very difficult in a short time to get a sense of organization. Let's keep the basic structure and provide opportunities for athletes to develop their best. The structure will provide support for players like Ederson and Fabinho to play well.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:36:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Walace Grateful for Second Chance with Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93816_walace_grateful_for_second_chance_with_brazil.htmlBrazil midfielder Walace says he is immensely grateful for another chance with the Seleção after a difficult spell with Hamburg recently. Walace had been a member of the squad at Grêmio before an ill-fated move to Hamburg.

He has since rediscovered his form at Hannover SV, earning himself a recall into the squad, “Things don’t always go the way we want them to. But I grew up as a player and a person in Germany.

“I'm pleased to be starting a new phase in my career. I know Hannover is a football-mad city, and there are great opportunities in the team, which has clear goals for the future. I want to keep improving and show my best football. I'm dying to get going.”

Walace says he is eager to grab this opportunity with both hands, “I have to show everything that convinced them to hand me a return to the national team.

“I think the new players have that mentality, too - everybody wants to return to the national team and make sure there are here again and again.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:17:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Enthused About ‘Perfect’ Arthur Link-Up For Barcelona and Brazil]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93805_coutinho_enthused_about____perfect____arthur_link-up_for_barcelona_and_brazil.htmlBrazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho counts on Arthur as a teammate at international and club level. It marks the astonishing rise of the 21 year old midfielder, who signed for Barca from Grêmio in July and who is poised for his international debut this week.

Arthur is seen as a long term successor for Andres Iniesta at club level and with Paulinho and Renato Augusto ageing, he is also seen as a potential heir in the Seleção midfield. Coutinho has observed him up close in recent weeks.

“Arthur is a great player, it&#39;s a huge pleasure to play with him. Off field he is a great person, and as a player is a great player. He plays simple in the midfield, makes the team click, he is the motor. He does not lose many balls and plays many passes. He&#39;s a perfect midfielder.”

Arthur’s presence may see Coutinho move back into the forward line. The ex-Liverpool man played more of a central midfield role at the World Cup to add creativity to the Brazil midfield. Coutinho says he is prepared no matter the role that is asked of him.

“I trained in this other position and always said that it depends on the coach. I always prepare to be able to help and do my best, whatever the position,” he said.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Says Brazil ‘More Experienced’ After World Cup Heartache]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93804_coutinho_says_brazil____more_experienced____after_world_cup_heartache.htmlBrazil schemer Philippe Coutinho says he and his teammates are stronger for their World Cup heartbreak this summer. The Seleção were among the favourites, but were beaten by Belgium in the quarter-finals.

Coutinho says the squad is wiser for the experience, “It&#39;s a tournament that demands a lot. All the pressure put on it requires a lot even psychologically. Sure enough, the players leave more experienced.

“So I think I feel a bit more experienced after having participated in a World Cup.” However, the Barcelona man says thoughts have not yet turned to the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

“We always think game after game. We started a new cycle after the World Cup, I&#39;m very happy to be here one more time. Thinking ahead we have important competitions, the Copa America is next. Until then we have to form a strong base.”

Coutinho also revealed that he has not spoken to Barca teammate Lionel Messi about the impending clasico with Argentina in Riyad on Tuesday, Messi will not feature for the Albiceleste.

“We do not talk much about the game. Although he is not present, it is sure to be a great game, a great clasico. I want to beat Argentina, whether with or without Messi, what matters most to me is to play a good game and win.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Thu, 11 Oct 2018 07:46:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Brazil to Play Uruguay at Emirates Stadium]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93794_brazil_to_play_uruguay_at_emirates_stadium.htmlBrazil will play a friendly against Uruguay at Emirates Stadium on Friday, 16 th November at 8pm. It’s Brazil’s 8 th appearance at the stadium and their first since they played Chile back in March 2015.

The Seleção will likely play another friendly in Europe on 20 th November too, with opponents and details still to be confirmed.

Brazil’s Selection Coordinator Edu Gaspar spent 4 and a half years as an Arsenal player, he told Arsenal.com, “Everyone associated with the Brazil national team is really excited about coming to play a match at Arsenal&#39;s home.

“For me, of course this match is extra special. I have many beautiful memories of my time with Arsenal and now coming back in my capacity with Brazil will be a special moment.

“We are looking forward to the match at Emirates Stadium. Uruguay are very strong with many good players. It will be a high quality match and a very good one for the fans.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Ederson Praises Alisson Ahead of Saudi Arabia Game]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93793_ederson_praises_alisson_ahead_of_saudi_arabia_game.htmlManchester City goalkeeper Ederson says that he sees similarities between himself and Alisson, with the City stopper set to start Thursday’s friendly against Saudi Arabia.

Alisson is the Seleção’s number 1, but Ederson will be given another chance to impress this week, “After training, Tite spoke to me, Alisson and Taffarel, and said that I would play the first game and Alisson the second.

“I am very happy to have an opportunity to play a match with the Brazilian team. I think there&#39;s a lot of similarity between the two of us, he&#39;s having a very positive start to the season at Liverpool. Here he is one step ahead of me, he played in the World Cup.

“That doesn’t mean I am going to work less. Brazil is well served by goalkeepers, many who have not been to the World Cup are very good. Those who play will do a good job.” Ederson went on to say that he is well suited to Pep Guardiola’s City team.

“I have improved in many ways, mainly in technical terms. The tactics suit me, Pep likes short passes and I have adapted quickly. I grew up a lot as a player and in the Seleção too.

“Facing world-class players in training and games helps a lot. I’m always looking to improve, that&#39;s what happened in my first season.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Wed, 10 Oct 2018 09:38:44 +0000
<![CDATA[‘I’m Learning Klopp’s Ways’ Says Fabinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93784____i___m_learning_klopp___s_ways____says_fabinho.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho insists his adaption to life at the club has been positive, despite having played so few minutes. The Brazilian has yet to start a Premier League match and did not even make the bench for four of the first five fixtures.

But the Brazilian says he is not worried and that he is acclimatising to the demands of a new manager in a new league, “My process to adapt to English football has been very good. Since pre- season I believe I have understood the way Jürgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays

“My relationship with my teammates has also been very good, like Roberto Firmino, who has been helping me, and also Alisson. I’m playing a little bit more and that’s important to me because it’s important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches.

“It’s a new experience for me because Klopp has a different style of work from the way I’m used to – but this is something I will learn. I have learned a few things from him but it is just the start. He is a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches but also on a daily basis in training.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:49:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Delighted With Lucas Moura Brazil Call-Up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93783_fabinho_delighted_with_lucas_moura_brazil_call-up.htmlBrazil right-back Fabinho says that Lucas Moura is deserving of his call up to the Seleção for friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina. The Spurs winger was called as a replacement for Grêmio attacker Everton.

Fabinho, who himself has just returned to the international fray after a few years without a call, congratulated Moura. “The first six months was not easy here for Lucas, now he hasstarted the season well, as a starter and has high confidence.

“He was voted the player of the month. We played against Tottenham and he was the main player, who tried to do something different to unbalance us. His form is very good, he is a very good perso and very, deserving. I&#39;m happy with his return, he deserves it.”

Fabinho has remodelled himself as a midfielder in recent years, but will be asked to play at right- back for Brazil with Dani Alves injured. The player insists it is no problem and that he discussed the issue with Tite.

“Tite asked me if it would be a problem to count me at right-back or if it could get in my way at my club. I said that being in the squad would only help me, and that I could play both positions. The Seleção was well served by right-backs.

“Tite was always consistent in his calls, the Seleção was in good form, he did not want to change. Now is a time for renewals and opportunities. I was waiting for mine. I hope to be called more often now.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:34:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Guardiola Apologises to Gabriel Jesus over Mahrez Penalty]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93782_guardiola_apologises_to_gabriel_jesus_over_mahrez_penalty.htmlManchester City Pep Guardiola has taken responsibility for Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty miss at Anfield on Sunday and apologised to Gabriel Jesus, who wanted to take the spot kick.

Mahrez blazed a late spot kick over the bar towards the end of the 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus had wanted to take the penalty.

With Sergio Aguero not on the pitch, Jesus and Mahrez had a long discussion before the kick, which Mahrez missed.

Guardiola has insisted the decision was his and apologised to Jesus, “During the training sessions every day I see Mahrez taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence.

“It will be good experience for him, next time it will go in. Jesus wanted to (take it). I apologise. It was my decision.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Tue, 09 Oct 2018 12:16:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Called into Brazil Squad]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93781_lucas_moura_called_into_brazil_squad.htmlTottenham winger Lucas Moura has been called into the Brazil squad for friendlies against Argentina and Saudi Arabia in Saudi Arabia.

Moura is called after Grêmio forward Everton pulled out due to an injury. It’s Lucas’ first call since 2016, when he was called up once, having been called up twice in 2015.

He fell out of favour at Paris Saint Germain after the signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, but the player has rebuilt his career at Spurs.

He joined the club in January and has begun this season in excellent form, playing off Harry Kane in the Tottenham forward line.

Brazil play Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, before playing Argentina on Tuesday. Both matches will take place in Saudi Arabia.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Tue, 09 Oct 2018 11:50:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Alisson and Roberto Firmino Nominated for Ballon D’Or]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/93774_alisson_and_roberto_firmino_nominated_for_ballon_d___or.htmlLiverpool&#39;s Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d&#39;Or, the annual award put together by France Football.

The Liverpool pair feature on a 30 man shortlist. Alisson joined the club from AS Roma during the summer and has taken well to life in the Premier League.

He has 5 clean sheets in his 10 Liverpool appearances. Firmino joined in 2015 from Hoffenheim and has formed a lethal attacking trio with Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah.

He scored ten goals in last season’s Champions League as the Reds went to the final, where they were beaten by Real Madrid.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-10/home/Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:28:00 +0000