<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Guardiola Thankful For Gabriel Jesus’ Family Effect]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94323_guardiola_thankful_for_gabriel_jesus____family_effect.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola said that Gabriel Jesus’ family moving to England has been so important for the player, who kickstarted his season with 2 goals in the 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday.

Jesus had struggled for form this campaign, having only scored 1 Premier League goal prior to Saturday. After bagging a brace against Everton, Pep was quick to play up the role of his family’s arrival in Manchester.

“I don&#39;t think he&#39;s got a girlfriend, so to have his family here is so important and I think it&#39;s going to help him,” Guardiola said. “His family will be so important to him. The effort Gabriel put in — he always does that.

Guardiola was also happy to hear the player conduct a post match interview in English for the first time. “But what I also like is it&#39;s the first I listened to him in the media speaking English. That&#39;s cool.

“I insist on them having to learn English because sometimes I have the feeling he maybe doesn&#39;t understand me. So it&#39;s important to have that feeling that he&#39;s speaking English much better.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Guardiola Delighted for ‘Live Wire’ Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94322_guardiola_delighted_for____live_wire____gabriel_jesus.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted to see striker Gabriel Jesus break his goalscoring duck with a pair of goals against Everton on Saturday. The Brazilian had only scored 1 league goal this season prior to Saturday’s game.

Guardiola says he hopes the player has returned to form now and puts his recent drought down to personal reasons, “Jesus is a livewire around the training ground, a prankster when the mood takes him and that should go up a notch over the festive period.

“His mum, Vera, is here and has a staggering influence along with his brother. &#39;Many players who have the talent but are in bad, bad form — it is because of personal issues. That can influence things a lot on the pitch, more than people can imagine or expect, and sometimes  we don&#39;t know it.

“That&#39;s why Gabriel has that feeling that, with his family here, he will be calmer, better. I could not live without my family. But I always had the feeling he&#39;s a good lad in the locker room, he&#39;s always chatting, laughing, making jokes.&#39;”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:15:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Richarlison Can Be Tite's Right Hand Man]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94317_richarlison_can_be_tite_s_right_hand_man.htmlRicharlison’s big money move to Everton from Watford this summer was widely questioned by many. But with 11 goals already this campaign, the dissenting voices have quietened a little. The forward’s form, playing largely as a centre forward, has impressed Tite sufficiently to earn the player a place in the Seleção squad. You can access www.bettingsites.ltd and support your favourite Brazilian players.

Richarlison has shown a versatility as a wide forward and as a striker that makes him valuable to Tite, where his options are bountiful. Being able to play as a wide forward and a centre forward gives him an edge over a crowded list. While it is likely that Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino will duke it out for the centre forward role, Richarlison could be a very interesting option as a wide forward.

This is because Richarlison is quite different to those competing for his spot. The left hand side belongs rigidly to Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho, who form a triangle and create passing lanes for one another on the left hand side. Neymar is also a dribbler, a provocateur on the ball if you will. This has led to a little imbalance in the Brazil attack.

On the right hand side, the choice is largely between Willian and Douglas Costa, both of whom are also dribblers. It has led to a lack of variety in Tite’s attack with two sets of wide forwards that look to take on defenders. This is where Richarlison comes in. As a wide forward, he has a real opportunity to make the right side of the Brazil forward line all his own.

Brazil’s right hand side tends to be involved a lot less than the left and Richarlison can cope in this sort of low touch environment, where he can patiently hang off the shoulder of the opposition left-back and look to make in roads in dangerous moments. In effect, he can do the job Theo Walcott did for Arsenal for many years, lurking in the shadows on the right while the opposition are bogged down trying to stop Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho.

Richarlison is an efficient finisher of chances and his time as a centre forward has taught him how to make dangerous runs behind defenders. He offers something different from a lot of the new generation, like Lucas Paquetá and Rodrygo, who are far more ‘traditional’ wide men in general.

The role of Brazil’s centre forward is effectively to act as Neymar’s butler and push defenders away from him and back towards their own goal. As a result, the Seleção’s right hand side can be a lonely place, but that is less of an issue for the Everton man than Tite’s other collection of wide forwards. He adds valuable goalscoring threat in a team whose striker’s role is not necessarily to score goals.

Richarlison is enjoying an excellent season at Everton, playing in a balanced unit alongside compatriot Bernard and Theo Walcott. It is Walcott’s skillset that Richarlison can introduce into his national team, but perhaps with a touch more technical proficiency than Walcott has managed in his career to date.

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Happy Now Family Have Arrived in England]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94306_gabriel_jesus_happy_now_family_have_arrived_in_england.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says the arrival of his family from Brazil to Manchester has helped him to settle into life in England. The player signed a new contract with the club recently.

Despite having scored only 1 Premier League goal so far this season, Jesus says having his family with him in England has made him feel a lot happier about living in England. “I’m happy again. My family arrived. I’m very happy, very happy.

“They have been helping me a lot when they are in Brazil, now that they are here, it makes me happier, more free. Just thinking about playing football. That’s all that was missing.” But the striker admits his form is a concern.

“Sometimes you get stuck in the past,” Gabriel Jesus told Esporte Interativo. “What happened, what’s happening. I demand a lot from myself. It’s far from being a start of season like last season for me.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Carragher Gushes Over Alisson ‘Rewriting the Record Books’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94305_carragher_gushes_over_alisson____rewriting_the_record_books___.htmlLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher thinks that Reds goalkeeper Alisson will surpass Manchester United’s David de Gea as the finest custodian in the Premier League.

Using his column in the Telegraph, Carragher said that Alisson is changing the role of goalkeeper. “Liverpool’s keeper is currently rewriting record books,” he wrote.

“Topping the charts with his save ratio. He has ten clean sheets in 16 matches. In games against Everton, Burnley and, most spectacularly, Napoli, Alisson produced the kind of save we have been accustomed to from De Gea.

“It was the timing that made them so good: valuable contributions at big moments. There have been some excellent goalkeepers at Liverpool during the last 30 years, Pepe Reina being the best I played with.

“He won the Premier League’s ‘Golden Glove’ for the most clean sheets in three successive years and was an essential part of a strong defence under Rafa Benitez.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:18:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Opens Up On Dip In Form]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94301_gabriel_jesus_opens_up_on_dip_in_form.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has admitted that he is going through a difficult phase in terms of his form. The Brazilian only has a solitary Premier League goal this season on the back of a World Cup campaign where he failed to find the net.

Jesus told Esporte Interativo, “It’s the footballer’s life. I think everyone’s life. It has good phases, bad phases. There are phases that you play very well and you do not score much. There are stages that you only shin the ball and score a goal.

“It’s a player’s life. Players live like this. We have to keep the psychological side very strong. I think unfortunately I could not do that. Now, as I said, I go back, talking to my family, to my mother, to the people who are with me.

“I think this is helping me a lot to regain my confidence, to resume my football. And I think things are going to get better from now on. Like I said, today was a game that I felt really good, I’m very happy for my game. Regardless of scoring or not.

“I know I’m an attacker, a forward, and I live on goals. However, sometimes the team wins,you helped a lot with the ball and without the ball, you did not score the goal. So I’m happy. Of course, like I said, this season is not like last season or when I got here.

“I think that’s why the demand is a little higher. But I’m very calm about it, I hope to continue helping my team, keep working hard, like I’ve been working, I’ve always worked, and with the happiness that I have.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:36:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar ‘Has Still Not Forgotten’ World Cup Disappointment]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94300_neymar____has_still_not_forgotten____world_cup_disappointment.htmlBrazil captain Neymar admits that his country’s failure to win the World Cup last summer is still weighing on his mind.

The Seleção exited at the quarter-final stage in Russia after a 2-1 defeat to Belgium. Neymar did not have his best tournament, having just returned from surgery on his foot.

“I have not forgotten the World Cup yet, no. It&#39;s still in my head,” he confessed. “It&#39;s something I really wanted to achieve and I ended up coming back from a serious injury and I got over it to be with my teammates.

&quot;It was not to be this time, I hope it is next time. I&#39;m going to dedicate myself in these four years and who knows, maybe we can give Brazil the trophy in Qatar.” Neymar says the Copa remains his ultimate unfulfilled dream.

“My biggest dream has always been to win the World Cup. This is the biggest dream. Of course on the personal side it was to have a son, who I have already blessed with. I think these are my two dreams: having a child and winning the Cup.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:15:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Van Dijk Heaps Praise on ‘Great Character’ Alisson]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94294_van_dijk_heaps_praise_on____great_character____alisson.htmlLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says that the calming presence of goalkeeper Alisson has been a huge help to the Reds defence this season.

The signings of van Dijk and Alisson have transformed the Reds’ defence over the last 12 months. Liverpool have only conceded 6 Premier League goals this season.

The Brazilian made a stunning stop to deny Milik in stoppage time of their 1-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday night, a result which saw them qualify for the knockout stage.

Dutch defender van Dijk was quick to talk up Alisson’s influence, telling liverpoolfc.com, “He’s been fantastic for Liverpool and for us.

“[He’s a] great character, a great guy and he helps us all. He gives confidence to everyone. That’s how it is and how it should be as well, for the whole team.

“That Ali needs to make the fantastic save is something that wasn’t really necessary if we’d scored all the goals - including myself. But like I said, we’re through.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:38:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Delighted to Banish Nou Camp Demons With Spurs]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94293_lucas_moura_delighted_to_banish_nou_camp_demons_with_spurs.htmlSpurs winger Lucas Moura was delighted to score the goal to take Spurs through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, especially given his past experiences in the stadium.

Moura scored the equaliser against Barcelona, which qualified Tottenham from their group at the expense of Inter Milan. Lucas had been part of the PSG team that surrendered a 5-1 aggregate lead to Barca in 2016.

“It was a very important goal and I’m so happy to score here in the Nou Camp in the Champions League and help my team-mates to qualify,” Lucas told Spurs’ official website.

“It was an amazing moment. The last time here was really sad for me (referencing PSG’s 6-1 defeat) and this is really different.

“In the second half we did very well. We had many chances to score. We could win. It was a deserved result. After the game we didn’t know what the Inter result was and didn’t know if I could celebrate!

“I waited with my team-mates to see and when they said to me it was 1-1 and I saw the fans happy, I knew we’d qualified. It was a very happy night for me, an amazing moment.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:13:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Praises ‘Outstanding’ Alisson After Stoppage Time Wonder Save]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94285_klopp_praises____outstanding____alisson_after_stoppage_time_wonder_save.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his goalkeeper Alisson Becker after the Brazilian made a crucial stoppage time save in last night’s 1-0 win over Napoli.

A Napoli equaliser would have seen the Reds eliminated and Alisson made an outstanding stop in the 92 nd minute from Milik.

“It was not only one save. He had a lot of things to do tonight. How cool and calm he was with the ball helps us a lot in our build-up situations.

“When he comes out for crosses he is outstanding. And that save was just incredible. But if we don’t defend the whole pitch like we defended, Ali cannot make 20 saves like the last one.

“He did it… incredible, unbelievable. I never saw something similar. But still he needs the other boys around. And I want to say thank you, Anfield.

“It was unbelievable what the people did tonight. The atmosphere they created was just so special. I couldn’t be more proud of all the people involved – thank you.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Marco Silva Backs Richarlison for 20 Goal Target]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94284_marco_silva_backs_richarlison_for_20_goal_target.htmlEverton boss Marco Silva says he is very happy with the form of Richarlison since bringing him from Watford to Everton this summer, but thinks he can do better.

The Brazilian has 8 Premier League goals so far this season and the Toffees boss says he should be aiming for 20 this season.

Richarlison has impressed since moving to Merseyside and has forced his way into the Brazilian national team too.

“He has seven already, which is not a bad number when you consider he missed two games through suspension,” the Everton manager said.

“I am happy with him but I still think he can do better in terms of goals, he certainly has the quality.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:38:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Willian Delighted With Victory Over ‘Difficult’ Manchester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94278_willian_delighted_with_victory_over____difficult____manchester_city.htmlChelsea winger Willian was delighted with his team’s efforts as they inflicted Manchester City’s first defeat of the season at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues were 2-0 victors with goals from Ngolo Kante and David Luiz. Willian says the win was a consequence of Chelsea’s hard work and discipline.

“It was a great performance by the whole team in a very difficult match,” Willian told Chelsea’s official website.

“We know how difficult it is to play against Man City. They are very good, they have a lot of good players, but we won.

‘We played well from the beginning. Of course they had more possession in the first half but we stayed there, we were compact and we tried to play on the counter attack.

“In the second half we played more and we are all very happy with the game. I think the desire, motivation and determination were the key to winning the game.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:11:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Braced for Napoli Encounter]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94277_fabinho_braced_for_napoli_encounter.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho is braced for a crunch Champions League encounter with Napoli at Anfield tonight and the Brazilian thinks home advantage could be telling.

Liverpool need to win either 1-0 or by two clear goals to progress against the Italian side. “It’ll be a very difficult game,” Fabinho told liverpoolfc.com.

“Napoli showed their quality over in Italy when they beat us, but it’s in our hands. We’ll be playing at Anfield, which will be an extra boost for us.

“As always, we’re going to try to impose ourselves, as we do against whoever we’re up against. And driven on by our fans, we’re going to give everything to win this game.”

The Brazilian says he has been blown away by the home support since arriving from Monaco for £45m this summer.

“I knew about Anfield on European nights, but it wasn’t a very detailed knowledge, just the kind of things you pick up from the TV about stories and games you’ve watched.

“I remember once with the national team, Philippe Coutinho was talking about the exceptional Liverpool fans.

“But now that I’m living it week in and week out, the atmosphere in the stadium, the reaction of the fans to every victory - you can see how fanatical the supporters are and how much they love their team.

“They really make a difference. At the start of the season when I wasn’t playing as much and I was on the bench, especially in the first game, I was looking around the stadium all the time at the way the fans were reacting and I was really impressed by it all.

“The first Champions League night against PSG was amazing. The fans put on a show at every home game and it gives us an extra push when we play at Anfield.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:34:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Luiz Accepts Criticism All Part of the Deal for a Defender]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94270_luiz_accepts_criticism_all_part_of_the_deal_for_a_defender.htmlDavid Luiz says that criticism is an occupational hazard for a defender, after his man of the match performance against Manchester City on Saturday.

The Brazilian was criticised heavily for his role in the 3-1 defeat at Spurs last weekend, but was on top form, scoring the second goal, as the Blues beat Manchester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Luiz refused to take the opportunity to fire a broadside at his critics after winning the Man of the Match award on Saturday.

“I know what it means to play for a big club,&quot; the 31-year-old told Chelsea TV. &quot;Big clubs it&#39;s like that: if you win, everything is good. If you lose, it&#39;s your fault, especially defenders and goalkeepers.

“Strikers never lose games... we have to be honest and say that. We have to accept that in the right way, in an intelligent way. It was good to play against a fantastic team, keep the clean sheet and have a great game.&quot;

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:07:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Bernard Talks Up Digne Partnership at Everton]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94269_bernard_talks_up_digne_partnership_at_everton.htmlEverton winger Bernard says he is enthused by the partnership he is forming with Toffees’ left-back Lucas Digne.

Bernard has forced his way into the team in recent weeks on the left side of an attack featuring Theo Walcott and Richarlison.

But the Brazilian says the relationship he has formed with left-back Lucas Digne is one of the most prominent features of his run in the side.

“We are developing a strong understanding, without a doubt,” Bernard told Everton’s official website. “Lucas is a really intelligent player.

“He loves playing with the ball at his feet and we have been looking to combine since we started playing together.

“We are on the same wavelength, so he knows where to play the ball and where to pass. It is important to have players like him and our understanding will only get better.

“I am adapting to the Premier League and dedicating myself to improving, so I can continue to progress and impose myself on matches.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:26:00 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Delighted With Victory Against Manchester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94268_david_luiz_delighted_with_victory_against_manchester_city.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz was delighted with his side’s 2-0 victory against Manchester City on Saturday, the first league defeat suffered by Pep Guardiola’s team this season.

The Blues had lost their two previous matches away at Spurs and Wolves, but came back with a 2-0 victory over the defending champions at Stamford Bridge.

Luiz, who scored the second goal and was voted Man of the Match, told Chelsea TV, “It&#39;s never easy to play against City.

&quot;They are synchronised, they have three years together, so they know what they have to do.When you press high and if you&#39;re able to come out of this pressure, after you have a lot of space to enjoy.

&quot;It was a team with humility, but also a team with the right planning. It was a bad result against Wolves. We&#39;re happy because we did great against the best team in the league. I think it can give us a lot of confidence.&quot;

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:31:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Guardiola Pays Tribute to ‘Incredible’ Fernandinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94267_guardiola_pays_tribute_to____incredible____fernandinho.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, whom he insists is one of his most important players.

The Brazilian has been a mainstay of the City side since Pep Guardiola’s arrival in 2015 and Guardiola says Fernandinho is one of the most important players in his team.

“Most of the things we achieve are thanks to this guy,” Guardiola purred. “For all the years we&#39;ve been together, he&#39;s incredible.

“Few players can do what he does. He can do absolutely anything and is an incredible player.” Fernandinho has won two league titles since joining the club in 2013.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:58:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Mourinho Says Fred Exclusion Down To Balance]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94257_mourinho_says_fred_exclusion_down_to_balance.htmlManchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is not playing Fred at the moment due to concerns over the defensive balance in his team.

The Brazilian has recently lost his place in the side following his £52m move from Shakhtar Donetsk over the summer.

“Step by step, you have also other players in other clubs that needed their time and you have some of them that played even less than what Fred is playing,” Mourinho told reporters.

“I think Fred, when the team is defensively stronger and doesn’t need in midfield, people that is more worried in giving balance to the team than being involved in creation and attacking dynamic, the day we are stronger defensively I think the horizons for Fred change completely.”

Fred has also lost his place in the Brazil squad due to a lack of playing time at Old Trafford.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:33:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Delighted To Break Goal Duck]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94256_lucas_moura_delighted_to_break_goal_duck.htmlSpurs forward Lucas Moura says he was delighted to break his goal duck after getting on the score sheet against Southampton on Wednesday.

The Brazilian had not scored since October and he gave a suitably emotional celebration when he hit the target at Wembley on Wednesday.

“It’s amazing to score and I wanted to score tonight because I can’t even remember my last goal! The game was difficult, I didn’t touch the ball a lot.

“When I scored I cannot explain to you the emotion. I jumped up, I cannot explain the feeling to you because I was so happy.

“We keep working, the next game will be so difficult, we need to win. But I believe in my teammates and I believe in my team.

“The most important thing to is to keep winning and stay in the top 3, that’s our objective ultimately.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:44:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Pele Warns Neymar Not To ‘Complicate’ His Talent]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94255_pele_warns_neymar_not_to____complicate____his_talent.htmlBrazil legend Pele says that he has spoken to Seleção captain Neymar and warned him not to ‘complicate’ his gifts by play acting. Neymar has been strongly criticised in recent years over the perception that he over exaggerates contact.

Pele says he feels as though Neymar gains little from these incidents, telling Folha de São Paulo, “&quot;It&#39;s difficult to defend Neymar for all the things he does besides playing football. I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability.

&quot;He was unlucky because Brazil did not win the World Cup and he was singled out. I&#39;ve been with him in Europe twice. We talked and I explained: &#39;The God of football gave you the gift. What you do complicates it.”

Neymar was the subject of widespread rebuke in the media during the World Cup in Russia for perceived histrionics, whilst several Liverpool players criticised him recently after the Reds’ 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:47:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Neymar Better Than Mbappe’ Insists Pele]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94254____neymar_better_than_mbappe____insists_pele.htmlBrazil legend Pele says that he thinks Neymar is a superior player to his 19 year old Paris Saint Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe has been compared to Pele after helping his country to win the World Cup in Russia this summer. Aged only 19, he is considered one of the finest players in the world already.

Pele is impressed but thinks his compatriot Neymar is a superior player, “People compare me with Mbappe and there are similarities, right? But he is already 19. He won the World Cup.”

Pele was joined by Mbappe as the only teenagers to score in a World Cup final this summer. &quot;I think Neymar is a more complete player than him, but in Europe everyone speaks more about Mbappe.&quot;

O Rei also said he is in better health after some surgeries over the past year, but is not yet 100%. “Thanks to God, I am well,” he said.

“I had three surgeries in the past years, but I&#39;m not 100 per cent. I don&#39;t feel any more pain, I feel more weakness.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Not Worried About Firmino Form]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94241_klopp_not_worried_about_firmino_form.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is unconcerned about the form of Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian has played a slightly deeper role in the Reds attack this season and his goals and assist return has dropped.

But the German says Firmino is still performing a valuable role for the team and his attitude will see his outputs increase soon, “It’s absolutely OK,” Klopp replied. “It’s not that he plays his best football in each segment of the game but he is just an important player.

“That’s how it is with a player’s career; you have these moments where you fly and you cannot really explain it, and other moments where you have to work a bit harder to come again in the moment where you fly. That’s exactly the case for him.

“It’s nothing to worry about or anything. It’s just a normal football season. We all have to go through these little holes or whatever and then everything will be fine again, especially with him because his attitude is absolutely phenomenal. That makes it easier for him, he will never stop. That’s good, so everything will be fine.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Patient Fabinho Never Thought About Leaving Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94240_patient_fabinho_never_thought_about_leaving_liverpool.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho says he never thought about leaving Liverpool. The Brazilian only joined in the summer for £45m, but his game time was very limited until recently, leading to rumours that he may look to leave the club in January.

However, speaking to UOL Espotre, Fabinho denies that this was ever a possibility. He has started to feature more regularly in the team in recent weeks. “In the last few games I have played more and I believe that I am playing a good role.

“Since football is very intense here, I must always be very well prepared when the opportunity arises.” Fabinho says boss Jurgen Klopp did not have any serious conversations with Fabinho when he was out of the squad.

“He did not give many explanations, but in training he spoke so I would not be discouraged and I concentrated on work, without lowering my head. I knew it was a passing moment. I did not keep moaning and crying in the press.

“I tried to work, because I was aware that opportunities could come. Now I just want to increase my amount of games.” The player says reports that he and the club would part ways was pure speculation.

“I was told there was something in the press, but I never said I&#39;d like to leave Liverpool. I was aware that I needed to have the patience to wait for my moment. I&#39;m happy at Liverpool, there&#39;s no reason for me to leave.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:37:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Derby Intensity Not A Surprise for Fabinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94235_derby_intensity_not_a_surprise_for_fabinho.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho says he was not surprised by the intensity and atmosphere of Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield. The Brazilian played in the Reds’ last gasp 1-0 win over their neighbours.

Divock Origi struck in the 95 th minute to give the Reds the points and Fabinho, playing in his first Merseyside derby, says he was all too aware of what the match meant to fans of Liverpool and Everton.

“I knew that this city lived for the derby. I remember talking about it in an interview three months ago and as time went by you could see how much anticipation among the fans there was for this fixture,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“The game was great for us, we played well with a good rhythm and we created a lot of chances. I think for everything we did in the game we deserved the victory, even though the goal came in the most unexpected circumstances.

“It was probably one of the few plays in the game which I didn’t expect a goal to come from, but we’re really happy with the win and the way that we won. It was what I expected [in terms of intensity].

“Premier League games are generally very tough and intense, but derbies are derbies: you don’t want to lose a single tackle or a 50-50 and everyone wants to be giving 100 per cent.

“It was a really tough game and we could feel our legs tiring in the last 10 minutes, but we wanted to get the victory. It was a tough, difficult game and their team didn’t just defend - they came out and attacked, which I think contributed to a great game.

“They came to play. It was a tough, tiring game, but when you come out victorious, you’re really happy with the reward.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:12:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fred Willing to be Patient for Brazil and Manchester United Recall]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94234_fred_willing_to_be_patient_for_brazil_and_manchester_united_recall.htmlManchester United midfielder Fred says he is willing to be patient to earn a recall to the Brazilian national team, after losing his place in the United side.

Fred was left out of the squad for November friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon, with Allan of Napoli preferred.

Fred has found life difficult at Old Trafford since joining the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth around £52m this summer.

The Brazilian acknowledges that his lack of club playing time has contributed to his omission from the Seleção squad, but he is willing to work and bide his time.

“I’ve played very little at United, so it’s normal for Tite not to be able to evaluate me, even though I’ve worked hard with him before

“Of course, I was sad, but I have to know how to deal with the sadness to be able to help me take a step forward.

“The coach (Mourinho) has chosen not to put me in the team. That’s his choice. I still do my job and I can’t let it affect my mindset, I cannot let that shake me. I have to be patient.

“It’s been a bit of a difficult start for me at United because I have not been ­playing so much. I had a lot of games in Shakhtar, but it’s a little bit different here.

“It’s normal, of course, a process of adaptation to a different league. Although I’ve been to Europe before, now I am in a different country and I have to go through a new process of settling in. But today I see myself much better and I hope that my football will be 100 per cent soon.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-12/home/Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:34:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Who will win the Samba Gold 2018 ?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94225_who_will_win_the_samba_gold_2018__.htmlWith three Samba Gold trophies to his name, Neymar holds the record of victories with Thiago Silva. At the end of 2018, the Samba Gold is back, with the same system of attribution based on the votes of football fans, journalists from around the world as well as former Brazilian players.

Last season’s winner Neymar will face great competition with several players who shone during the 2018 World Cup including Philippe Coutinho, winner in 2016, Casemiro and Marcelo, both winners of the Champions League this year with the Real Madrid.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson distinguished himself in the first part of the season with AS Roma, entering the category of best goalkeepers in the world while his teammate Roberto Firmino was able to show his quality during a beautiful season for the Reds, falling only in the final of the Champions League against Real Madrid.

Note for the 2018 edition, the arrival of Arthur, who quickly gained his place in midfield of FC Barcelona while Richarlison remains a great revelation of this second half of the season with Everton.

For more than ten years, the site sambafoot.com offers its readers to vote for the best Brazilian player of the year, a trophy already raised by great players like Kaka, Thiago Silva or Neymar.

It's now up to you to choose by voting for your three favourite players.


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<![CDATA[Robertson Blasts Neymar Playacting]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94207_robertson_blasts_neymar_playacting.htmlLiverpool left-back Andrew Robertson said he was left frustrated by the gamesmanship of PSG and Neymar during the Premier League’s 201 defeat at Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.

The Scot was booked late in the game for fouling Neymar, but insists it was a product of frustration with what he perceived to be time wasting tactics from PSG.

“I suppose they were in the lead and they were looking to waste time. You can use gamesmanship, playacting, you can use it all really.

“I would like to know how much time they wasted... it was frustrating. But when you play against PSG you know it&#39;s something you&#39;re going to come up against especially with him (Neymar).

“It wasn&#39;t something we quite dealt with tonight. It&#39;s frustrating when he is falling like he is.

It&#39;s all part and parcel of his game and we needed to deal with that. We didn&#39;t quite control our aggression.&quot;

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-11/home/Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:11:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fred Eyeing Copa America Despite Losing Place in Brazil Squad]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94206_fred_eyeing_copa_america_despite_losing_place_in_brazil_squad.htmlBrazil midfielder Fred says he is still fighting to be part of Tite’s plans for next summer’s Copa América, despite failing to make the last squad.

Fred was called up in September and October, but Tite did not select him for November friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon.

The player admits that his difficult start to life at Manchester United has contributed to his omission, but that he still harbours ambitions of being in the Copa América squad next June.

“I did not have such a good start this season at Manchester. I played little. Unfortunately I was off the last list. But as I said, it’s about working,” he told Esportivo.

“Against Young Boys I started the game again, and I managed to make a great match. Keep working, next game I have an opportunity, to show my quality again.

“And of course, I hope he (Tite) will keep an eye on me, and I can be on the next list and at the Copa America.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-11/home/Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:32:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Brazil Are Now Odds on Favorites to Win the FIFA World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94205_why_brazil_are_now_odds_on_favorites_to_win_the_fifa_world_cup.htmlOnline Brazilian Series A betting is back with a bang, and with the season only just underway, there’s plenty of way for all Brazilian football fans from the UK, to enjoy Brazil football sports betting. History will tell us that last season Fluminense, Atletico Miner & Gremial to an extent battled it out right up until the final day to make online Brazilian Serie A betting prove value for money from day one. With highlights a weekly occurrence, it’s no wonder more and more people are enjoying Brazilian Serie A fixtures in a regular basis. Fluminese finished as the champions after the season finished with them five points clear at the top of the standings and with Brazilian Confederations Cup star Fred leading the line, they’re going to be hard nut to crack once again this season.

1. The Brazil football team are synonymous with cool. There are few teams in the World that could take a local flip flops brand and turn it into a global success. Well that is precisely what the Brazil national team did in the 1998 World Cup. There is every chance the players will continue to sport flip flops around the pool when relaxing between games this time around.

2. Few teams in World football sport such a heritage of skill and balance. Every four years the national team turn up to the tournament with an array of dribbling talent and technique. Often a new star is born and there is every chance one such star this year will come from the Brazil team.

3. Talking of technique they have now added steel to their list of assets. Dunga, their former World Cup winning captain and now coach, instills a tough line of tackling and organization. Not only are they a great threat going forward but they also have a rock of a defense and midfield shield to make any team quake.

4. History dictates Brazil will be one of the main contenders. They are the only team to have qualified for all 19 FIFA World Cup Finals dating back to 1930. They are also the most successful nation at the championships having won the competition a record 5 times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002).

5. Any team boasting the attacking talents of Kaka are in with a shout. The former World footballer of the year winner is in his prime at 28. Following an indifferent 1st season at Spanish club Real Madrid who would bet against the mercurial midfield wizard being the star of the tournament?

6. Brazil have a forward called Robinho. On his day the little striker can inspire awe with his array of skills and prove the decisive game changer. As any Manchester City supporter would argue however he can also go missing for huge periods of a game. Count on Brazils number 11 to continue to mystify with breath taking skill one game and the invisible man act the next.

7. Brazil are the only team to have won the World Cup outside of their own continent. That is quite some fact considering the list of past winners includes the likes of Argentina, Italy, France, Germany, Uruguay and England. Do not bet against them this time as the World Cup is hosted for the first time on the African continent.

8. The Brazil national team are one of the great nations' biggest exports and brands. Beyond the local flip flops brand they helped make famous this writer struggles to name another so synonymous with the Worlds' 9th largest economy.

9. Think about the World Cup and your mind quickly turns to the yellow and gold. Who can forget Brazils all conquering 1970 team, arguably the competitions greatest ever team, or the 1982 classic of Zico and co? Or how about 1994 and the deadly Romario or the 2002 vintage of the great Ronaldo? Few other teams in sport dominate such World competitions in the mind as the Brazil national team.

10. The team head into the 2010 World Cup ranked number one in the FIFA World Rankings. Which further supports the common argument about soccer that "The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it." Who could argue with that?

Alex Haigh is a surf clothing designer and reporter. He covers the latest fashion trends from Animal backpacks to board shorts and more. Keep up to date with his latest reviews at the Havana flip flops video blog.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-11/home/Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:07:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar Becomes All Time Top Brazilian Scorer in the Champions League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/94199_neymar_becomes_all_time_top_brazilian_scorer_in_the_champions_league.htmlPSG forward Neymar became the top scoring Brazilian in the Champions League last night after his goal helped the Ligue 1 side to a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Parc des Princes.

The effort, which out PSG 2-0 ahead in the first half, takes him to 32 Champions League goals, surpassing Kaka’s total of 32.

Neymar’s goals have come in just 56 games, compared to Kaka’s 72. Rivaldo is in 3 rd place with 27 goals in 82 Champions League appearances.

Neymar had been a doubt for the match after sitting out the 1-0 win over Toulouse at the weekend with a groin injury.

But the Brazilian admitted that, while he was not 100% fit, there was no way he could afford to miss a crunch game.

““I was not at 100% but it was an important match so injured or not I had to be there,” the Seleção captain said.

PSG now have to beat Red Star Belgrade in Serbia in a fortnight and hope that Liverpool don’t beat Napoli 1-0 or by 2 clear goals in order to qualify for the knockout phase.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-11/home/Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:24:00 +0000