<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[On the eve of his 100th goal for Atlético Mineiro, Diego Tardelli makes a pact with Ronaldinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62830_on_the_eve_of_his_100th_goal_for_atletico_mineiro__diego_tardelli_makes_a_pact_with_ronaldinho.htmlAfter being the club’s top goalscorer in 2009, Diego Tardelli returned to Atlético-MG last year and has since gone on to enjoy a successful period at the Belo Horizonte club.

In 2013, Diego Tardelli was part of the side that won the Minas Gerais state championship and Copa Libertadores. On Wednesday, he was involved as the Galo won the Recopa.

Wednesday’s game was extra special for the 29-year-old. In the sixth minute of the 4-3 victory, Tardelli converted a penalty to score his 100th goal for the club.

Ronaldinho is the regular penalty-taker for Atlético-MG, but Tardelli has revealed that the two had made a pact in the dressing room before the game.

“Normally Ronaldo takes the penalties. But we had already spoken about it before the game and agreed that, if we got a penalty, I would take it. Thanks to God, I scored,” said the striker.

“I was really pleased to score my 100th goal for a great club like Atlético, with so many important players, and even more so because it helped us win this great title.”

Tardelli now occupies 17th position in the club’s list of all-time top goalscorers.

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<![CDATA[São Paulo midfielder Kaká to face Goiás on Sunday]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62827_sao_paulo_midfielder_kaka_to_face_goias_on_sunday.htmlThe former AC Milan and Real Madrid star finally looks set to make his second debut in a São Paulo shirt after coach Muricy Ramalho all but confirmed that the midfielder will take Osvaldo’s place in the starting line-up this weekend, as the Tricolor revert to  a 4-4-2 formation.

Kaká started for the first team against an Under-17 side on Thursday and it is now practically guaranteed that he will face Goiás in Sunday’s Brasileirão clash.

The number 8 will remain at São Paulo on loan until the end of the year, after the Paulista club came to an agreement with Kaká's new owners, Orlando City FC, who will only start competing from 2015 onwards.

Having suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Chapecoense in their last outing, São Paulo will be hoping that Kaká’s presence inspires the team to a better result on Sunday.

São Paulo team to face Goiás: Rogério Ceni; Douglas, Rafael Toloi, Antonio Carlos and Alvaro Pereira; Rodrigo Caio, Souza, Ganso and Kaká; Ademilson and Alan Kardec. 

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<![CDATA[Robert Carlos criticises Dunga appointment]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62826_robert_carlos_criticises_dunga_appointment.htmlRoberto Carlos has criticised the CBF’s decision to appoint Gilmar Rinaldi as technical coordinator and Dunga as head coach of the Seleção.

In a telephone interview with UOL Esporte, the 2002 World Cup winner was heavily critical of the CBF’s president José Maria Marin.

For Carlos, capped a total of 125 times for his country, a change is what was needed in Brazilian football, and not a repetition of the past.

“I’m not in favour of constantly changing the manager but a change was necessary after the World Cup.

“So what happens? They go and bring in Dunga who has already been a manager there, already been a player there and was under a lot of pressure when he was there.

“Nobody expected to see Gilmar involved, not least because most recently he’s been working as an agent. This isn’t normal.”

The 41-year-old, currently manager of Turkish side Sivasspor, went on to suggest that São Paulo coach Muricy Ramalho would have been a better choice to take over the reins of the Seleção.

“Everybody thought that it could have been Muricy.”

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<![CDATA[Roberto Carlos criticises CBF president José Maria Marin: “Who is this guy?”]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62825_roberto_carlos_criticises_cbf_president_jose_maria_marin_____who_is_this_guy____.htmlRoberto Carlos and Dunga, the new manager of the Brazilian national team, have something in common. They both represented Brazil at three World Cups and both were winners once.

Their current relationships with the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF), however, couldn’t be more contrasting.

As Dunga settles in to his new role as manager of the Seleção, Roberto Carlos has launched a stinging attack on the organisation and its president, José Maria Marin.

“Who is this guy? What’s his curriculum like? What’s his story?” he ranted in a telephone interview with UOL Esporte.

“With regards to the CBF and the Seleção, he has behaved really poorly.”

Carlos, who is currently manager at Turkish side Sivasspor, was commentating at the World Cup for Brazilian TV and was disappointed with Marin’s behaviour during the tournament.

“The first person that has to show their face after a defeat is the president, not the trainer. At no moment did he try to defend Felipão. The first thing that he did was sack him.”

The 2002 World Cup winner also criticised Marin’s incumbent successor, Marco Polo del Nero, who will assume the CBF presidency next year.

“The two of them don’t know anything about tactics. This is really bad. They could just put any manager in. Now, I’m president and I choose Dunga. And then? Marin doesn’t know anything.

“Marco Polo at least knows a little bit more as has worked at a club. He might know the odd thing. The current president, however, knows nothing. A lot of people don’t like him,” completed a despairing Carlos.

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<![CDATA[Real Madrid sign Brazilian left-back dubbed 'the new Roberto Carlos']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62824_real_madrid_sign_brazilian_left-back_dubbed__the_new_roberto_carlos_.htmlAbner Felipe Souza de Almeida, or Abner as he will wear on his shirt, has joined Real Madrid Castilla, Los Blanco's B team, on a free transfer from Brazilian outfit Coritiba.

The 18-year-old is one of South America's most promising talents and a first-choice member of the Brazil Under-17 squad that played in last year's World Cup.

It was there that he tore the cruciate ligament in his left knee, which ruled him out of a move to Roma after the Italian side had expressed an interest in him.

Quick, strong and solid, Abner visited Valdebebas a few months ago and has already trained with his new team.

He will need to displace compatriot Marcelo, however, if he wants to break into Real's first team.

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<![CDATA[Fred becomes the first Brazilian to return to Shakhtar Donetsk]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62823_fred_becomes_the_first_brazilian_to_return_to_shakhtar_donetsk.htmlThe 21-year-old was one of six players who refused to return to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk because of concerns over the conflict in Ukraine.

Donetsk is located in pro-Russian rebel-held territory but the club confirmed on Wednesday that the squad will now reside and train in Kiev - over 600 miles west of Donetsk - and travel to Lviv for Champions League and domestic games.

Club president Rinat Akhmetov has warned that players who do not return from France, where the club played a friendly last weekend, may face sanctions.

Chief executive Sergei Palkin said: "Many of them are scared. We are in the persuasion phase that Ukraine is safe. I hope to get this sorted out. If not, we have the other mechanisms to deal with it."

The decision to relocat has already persuaded Fred to return while Brazilian defender Ismaily is expected back "in a few days". Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira, Dentinho and Facundo, however, are still absent.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon joins Eintracht Frankfurt on season-long loan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62822_chelsea_midfielder_lucas_piazon_joins_eintracht_frankfurt_on_season-long_loan.htmlLucas Piazon spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, scoring 11 goals in 29 appearances. This year, the 20-year-old will be heading to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in an effort to gain first-team experience.

Frankfurt’s sporting director, Bruno Hubner, confirmed the deal via the club’s official website, adding that he was happy to see such a versatile player arrive.

“We are glad to be able to reach an agreement after lengthy but very fair negotiations with Chelsea.

"Piazon will strengthen us in the coming season. He has played on the left wing, he can play on the right and can be used as an attacking midfielder,” he said.

The promising young Brazilian was part of the Brazil side that won the U20 Toulon tournament this summer, helping his side beat France 5-2 in the final, and has already played Champions League football during a loan spell at Malaga.

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<![CDATA[Brazil midfielder Lucas Leiva pleased to play first 90 minutes of season for Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62814_brazil_midfielder_lucas_leiva_pleased_to_play_first_90_minutes_of_season_for_liverpool.htmlBrazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva was pleased to play his first 90 minutes of the season as Liverpool lost 1-0 to Italian side Roma at Fenway Park, Boston.

Lucas was disappointed that the Reds were unable to achieve a better result and was especially frustrated with the manner in which Brendan Rodgers side lost.

Liverpool conceded in the last minute and the Brazilian wished they could have given the fans more.

He told the official club website about the match, Lucas said: "It's always disappointing when you lose a game, especially the way we lost in the last minute.

“We would have liked to have given a better result to the fans but it wasn't possible."

Lucas was pleased to play his first 90 minutes of the season, though, and acknowledged that pre-season is mainly about getting fit for when the real action starts.

The Liverpool ace added: "It's a first 90 minutes and I felt okay.

“Of course, I'm still on my way to full fitness but that's the main thing of pre-season - to be fit and ready for the start of the season.”

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<![CDATA[Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva discusses playing at Fenway Park]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62812_liverpool_midfielder_lucas_leiva_discusses_playing_at_fenway_park.htmlLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed how much of an honour it is to play at such a historic ground like Fenway Park.

The Premier League side are currently in the United States going through their paces for pre-season and played Italian side Roma on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, Boston.

The Brazilian played the whole match but was unable to prevent the Reds losing 1-0 but nevertheless, he was pleased to play at such a historic stadium.

Lucas told the official club website about the experience, he said: "It's always great to play in a great stadium.

“Especially at Fenway Park in front of the fantastic supporters and we hope we can get some better results in the next few friendlies.”

The Brazilian midfielder went on to explain how it was a different experience for him this time, compared to the previous meeting between Liverpool and Roma in pre-season friendly.

The two clubs played at Fenway Park two years ago but Lucas was just returning from injury at the time.

He explained: "We played here two years ago against Roma but actually, it was a different situation for me as I was coming back from surgery."

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<![CDATA[Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: Coutinho is the brain of our team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62811_liverpool_manager_brendan_rodgers__coutinho_is_the_brain_of_our_team.htmlLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised young Philippe Coutinho and lauded him as ‘the brain’ of the Reds team.

The Premier League outfit lost 1-0 to Italian giants Roma last night in a pre-season friendly match at Fenway Park, Boston.

Despite suffering defeat, Rodgers praised the performance of his young Brazilian playmaker after the match.

Rodgers told the official club website:"Coutinho is the brain in our team, the continuity player.

"He might not score many goals, but he's a wonderful reference for the team. He is the one that gets the team ticking, gets the movement in front of the ball.

“He goes and gets on the ball. He's a fantastic talent for such a young player and he's still gaining his fitness.”

The Liverpool manager went on to praise the 22-year-old’s tactical intelligence and his robustness for someone so small.

"He makes the crowd get off their seat,” Rodgers enthused.

“For someone so small, he's very tough and robust. He's a wonderful technician that has a great idea, tactically, of the game."

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<![CDATA[Arsenal bid £8 million for Hoffenheim attacker Roberto Firmino but Internazionale remain interested]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62808_arsenal_bid___8_million_for_hoffenheim_attacker_roberto_firmino_but_internazionale_remain_interested.htmlPremier League club Arsenal have bid £8 million to secure the services Hoffenheim attacker Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder enjoyed an excellent 2013/14 season in the Bundesliga, scoring 16 times and creating 11 goals.

And now the Daily Express believe the Gunners have made contact with the German club over a move for the 22-year-old.

Liverpool and Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the Hoffenheim ace but it appears the north London club have stole a march on their rivals.

Although Arsenal have apparently bid around £8 million for Firmino, that offers is expected to fall short of the Bundesliga clubs valuation of the Brazilian.

The Gunners may also face competition for the signature of the 16-goal hitman from Italian side Internazionale.

The Nerazzurri have been keeping tabs on Firmino for months, according to Forza Italian Football, and Tuttomercatoweb believe Inter want to land the forward on loan.

However, Hoffenheim are only interested in a permanent deal but with Arsenal’s bid set to be below their valuation, the future of Firmino remains uncertain.

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<![CDATA[Amauri set to stay with Parma despite offers from Australia, Brazil and the Middle East]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62806_amauri_set_to_stay_with_parma_despite_offers_from_australia__brazil_and_the_middle_east.htmlParma forward Amauri looks set to remain with the club despite having several lucrative offers from teams elsewhere.

Clubs from Australia, the Middle East and from his native Brazil have been linked with signing the 34-year-old striker.

Australian side Sydney FC and Brazilian outfit Bahia had both registered an interest in the Italy international, according to Forza Italian Football.

Gazetta dello Sport also report an unnamed Middle East club are chasing the forward but that Amauri has insisted once more that he wishes to remain with Parma.

After initially struggling with the Serie A outfit, the Brazilian born forward excelled last season under Roberto Donadoni and seems likely to see out the final year of his contract with the Crusaders.

Though Amauri was born in Brazil, he has previously acquired Italian citizenship and represented the Azzurri once in 2010 and it now seems likely that he will remain in Italy for the time being.

The 34-year-old scored eight times in 20 Serie A starts last season and will be hoping for another fruitful season under the management of Donadoni.

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<![CDATA[Reports suggest Juventus looking to sign Verona’s Rômulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62802_reports_suggest_juventus_looking_to_sign_verona___s_romulo.htmlSerie A champions Juventus are looking to thrash out a deal to sign Verona’s Rômulo over the next few days, Football Italia have reported.

The Brazilian born utility man is capable of playing in midfield or at right-back has been linked with a move to the Old Lady over the last few days.

It is believed that Verona value the 27-year-old at €8 million, however Juventus are hoping to knock that price down according to Tuttosport.

Meanwhile Gazetta dello Sport discuss the potential option of a loan move for Rômulo with a view to a permanent transfer should he impress.

Rômulo was mightily impressive in Serie A last season, appearing 32 times for newly promoted Verona.

The Brazilian scored six goals and picked up eight assists and his form earned him a call-up to Italy's initial 30-man World Cup squad.

Eligible through Italian ancestry, Rômulo wasn’t picked for the final 23-man squad and failed to make an appearance for the Azzurri but should he move to Juventus, and impress, he could earn his international bow, either with Italy or Brazil.

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<![CDATA[Argentine giants Boca Juniors linked with Atlético Mineiro’s Ronaldinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62801_argentine_giants_boca_juniors_linked_with_atletico_mineiro___s_ronaldinho.htmlTwo-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho is being eyed up by Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

The Atlético Mineiro playmaker has struggled for form since helping the Brazilian club win the Copa Libertadores last year and a move away has been speculated for some time.

News of a possible transfer to Argentina was broken on Argentine television and it is believed the Buenos Aires club want Ronaldinho to replace Juan Román Riquelme, who left the club last week to join Argentinos Juniors.

The Standard reported news regarding the former Barcelona legend and it is widely believed a change of scenery could benefit the former Brazil national team player.

Ronaldinho has only found the net once in 2014, and even that was from the penalty spot. His form has dramatically decreased compared to a successful 2013 and even in last night’s Recopa Sudamerica he was substituted to show Atlético don’t depend on his wizardry anymore.

The Brazilian was linked with a move to Turkish side Beşiktaş at the start of the year but the transfer failed to materalise and after a two-year spell, it now seems he is finally set to leave Galo.

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<![CDATA[Luxemburgo hiring defended by Flamengo sporting director Ximenes]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62800_luxemburgo_hiring_defended_by_flamengo_sporting_director_ximenes.htmlFlamengo Sporting Director Felipe Ximenes has defended the appointment of manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo for the fourth time, stating that the former Brazil head coach has a record that is proven as the club attempts to pull away from the bottom of the Serie A table.

Ximenes, who says he consulted with Flamengo president Eduardo Bandeira de Mello, told reporters: "I think the history of Vanderlei speaks for itself. Last time, he was the undefeated Carioca champion (2011)."

"The team was undefeated for eight months, we got to the Copa Libertadores and then he took Gremio there too."

"We started to act even on Sunday. We did not want to make a decision without speaking to Ney (Franco, the previous boss)."

Luxemburgo's first task as manager is to somehow get something out of this Sunday's game with rivals Botafogo at the Maracana. If he can inspire them to three points, his fourth stint as Flamengo boss could not have gone any better.

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<![CDATA[World Cup winner Ricardinho appointed Ponte Preta head coach]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62799_world_cup_winner_ricardinho_appointed_ponte_preta_head_coach.htmlFormer Brazil international Ricardinho has been named head coach of Serie B side Ponte Preta in what is his biggest foray into management yet, having previously been coaching at Parana and Avai.

The Sao Paulo-based club have appointed the 38 year-old, who quit playing in 2011, citing Bahia as his final professional club.

Ponte Preta were relegated from the top flight last season and are struggling to adapt to life in the second tier of Brazilian domestic football this term, lying tenth in the championship table after 12 rounds of fixtures.

Ricardinho led a nomadic club career, winning the Serie title and FIFA Club World Championship with Corinthians as well as representing Middlesbrough in England, Besiktas in Turkey and French side Bordeaux.

Most impressively, however, was that he was part of the 2002 World Cup-winning Brazil squad, making two substitute appearances for Luiz Felipe Scolari's men against Japan and Ghana.


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<![CDATA[Botafogo striker Mario Bolatti: We will not underestimate Flamengo this weekend]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62798_botafogo_striker_mario_bolatti__we_will_not_underestimate_flamengo_this_weekend.htmlArgentine striker Mario Bolatti has called on his Botafogo teammates to concentrate fully on beating Flamengo this weekend, and not get carried away by the fact that their great rivals are propping up the Serie A table after 11 games.

Bolatti, who is on loan from Internacional, said ahead of Sunday's derby: "It's difficult to speak of the plight of another club, but I've been through similar situations."

"When a team goes through a phase like that, the group focuses more, and further when you have a classic ahead."

"A classic is different and we must prepare differently. Therefore, nobody thinks it will be an easy game."

Sunday's match will be held at the iconic Maracana in the biggest game since the World Cup final was hosted there on July 13; Flamengo need to win to avoid the prospect of getting left adrift at the bottom of the Brasileirao, whereas Botafogo will be desperate to compound their rivals' misery even further.

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<![CDATA[Fred will not be rushed back into Fluminense action according to head coach]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62797_fred_will_not_be_rushed_back_into_fluminense_action_according_to_head_coach.htmlFluminense are preparing to welcome back their talismanic striker Fred after allowing the player an extended leave following the conclusion of the World Cup.

The tournament will offer no great memories to the Brazil forward, having scored only one goal and getting consistently panned in the local and international media for a perceived lack of ability and willing.

But, according to reports in the Brazilian press, the former Lyon man will receive a special welcome from his club colleagues when he returns to training.

Head coach Cristovao Borges said ahead of a potential return to action against Goias on August 3: "I talked with Fred and he is dying to play."

"Bit I will not force anything. At the Confederations Cup (in 2013) he turned quickly and got hurt. It was a lesson learned."

Fred joined Fluminense in 2009 from Lyon and has gone on to make almost 100 league appearances for them, including one in which he scored the goal to clinch the 2012 Brasileirao title.

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<![CDATA[Thiago Silva castigated for World Cup showing by retired manager]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62796_thiago_silva_castigated_for_world_cup_showing_by_retired_manager.htmlBrazil captain Thiago Silva has had his World Cup performances criticised by former Auxerre coach Guy Roux, who claims that the defender was one of the chief culprits in the host nation's failure to impress on the whole.

Roux, who managed Auxerre for an incredible 36 years, told France Football: "Thiago Silva has been worrying since March. We were told then he was saving himself for the World Cup. After seeing his performances in Brazil, I hope he was actually saving his best for Ligue 1."

"When I see a player at this level commit such errors, whether it be facing Colombia or Netherlands, my first instinct is to wonder if something serious has happened in his life."

"Because the decline is so drastic that it must be a rational explanation."

Silva, who has captained PSG to the past two Ligue 1 titles, has been one of the few Brazil players to have escaped with the harshest of criticisms about World Cup showings until Roux's statement.

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<![CDATA[Atletico Mineiro win the Recopa Sudamerica]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62795_atletico_mineiro_win_the_recopa_sudamerica.htmlAtletico Mineiro won their first Recopa Sudamerica title last night after a dramatic extra time win over Argentine outfit Lanus in the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

A 4-3 victory on the night meant 5-3 on aggregate, but the match was full of incident and intrigue as Mineiro became the seventh Brazilian winners of the tournament.

The game was level at 2-2 at half time, the home side scoring through Diego Tardelli and Maicosuel, before Lanus scored in the 94th minute to force proceedings into a further 30 minutes.

But Atletico hearts were not to be broken on this occasion, with Lanus scoring two own goals in extra time to undo all of their hard work and gift the trophy to Levir Culpi's men.

They must now keep celebrations to a minimum as a busy schedule pits them against Sport Recife this weekend in the Brasileirao, but there can be no doubt that the successes of Atletico Mineiro in the past year or so have been maximized with this win.

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<![CDATA[Brazilian Football Confederation confirm new goalkeeper coach and assistant manager]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62787_brazilian_football_confederation_confirm_new_goalkeeper_coach_and_assistant_manager.htmlDunga was appointed as the new Brazil head coach yesterday and the Brazilian Football Confederations have moved swiftly to appoint his coaching team.

It has been confirmed that former Brazil national team goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel will be the goalkeeping coach for the national team.

Taffarel was a starter in three World Cup campaigns: 1990 World Cup, 1994 World Cup and 1998 World Cup.

In 1994 he would end the tournament as a World Cup winner, whilst in 1998 he fell just short and was a runner-up.

Another player from the squad that played in 1994 is joining Dunga’s coaching staff as well and that is Mauro Silva.

The former Brazilian defensive midfielder was in the 1994 World Cup squad and he will become one of Brazil assistant managers.

Lancenet quoted Dunga on the appointments, he said: “We gave everyone the opportunity to work in team.

“We try to open up a range of professionals from different parts of the country to work. We brought some world champions to have the DNA of a team of champions to carry that experience and quality.”

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<![CDATA[Flamengo reappoint Vanderlei Luxemburgo as Head Coach following Ney Franco sacking]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62785_flamengo_reappoint_vanderlei_luxemburgo_as_head_coach_following_ney_franco_sacking.htmlVanderlei Luxemburgo has returned for a fourth spell as Flamengo Head Coach.

The 62 year-old comes in to replace Ney Franco, who was sacked following an exit from the Copa Libertadores at the second stage and a disappointing start to the 2014 Brasileirão.

After eleven rounds, Flamengo sit bottom of the standings, level on seven points with Coritiba and Figueirense.

Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to Internacional, which was preceded by a 2-1 loss at home to Atlético Paranaense three days earlier, forced Flamengo officials to act, with Luxemburgo agreeing a contract that will run until then of the season.

"The new coach has signed a deal until December 2015 and his first match will be in the derby against Botafogo next Sunday at the Maracanã," read a statement on the club’s website.

Luxemburgo will hope his fourth stint goes better than his previous three. His first two [1991 and 2005] ended after less than a year, while his most recent - October 2010 to February 2012 - yielded just the 2011 Campeonato Carioca, a title Ney Franco also won this year.

In the 29 months since Luxemburgo left for Grêmio, Joel Santana, Dorival Júnior, Jorginho, Mano Menezes and Franco have all been appointed Head Coach, but found little success or continuity.

Luxemburgo will hope to change that in what is his 30th appointment across a 31 year managerial career that has seen him win 23 major honours and coach the likes of Brazil and Real Madrid.

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<![CDATA[Barcelona midfielder Rafinha delighted Xavi is staying with the club]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62784_barcelona_midfielder_rafinha_delighted_xavi_is_staying_with_the_club.htmlBrazilian Rafael Alcântara, known as Rafinha, is delighted that legendary Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi will be remaining with the club for the foreseeable future.

Xavi was expected to leave the Camp Nou this summer and head off to the MLS but he has made a u-turn and will remain with the Catalan club until January, at least.

And Rafinha, who is expected to enjoy a breakthrough campaign this season under Luís Enrique, is pleased to be able to learn from Xavi.

The 21-year-old spoke to AS about the World Cup winner and new club team mate Jeremy Mathieu.

Football Espana quoted Rafinha, he said: “Xavi represents everything. It’s great news he’ll stay.

“I’ll learn from the best and that is very fortunate. I’m delighted he’s staying.”

On the signing of defender Mathieu from Valencia, the Brazil youth international added: “He’s a complete defender with incredible speed.

“He’s a great central defender and will be a great help to the team.”

Rafinha spent last season on loan at Celta Vigo under Enrique and many are predicting he will get plenty of opportunities in the first team this season.

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<![CDATA[Santos Vice-President Odílio Rodrigues Filho admits Robinho deal will be "a difficult operation"]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62782_santos_vice-president_odilio_rodrigues_filho_admits_robinho_deal_will_be__a_difficult_operation_.htmlVice-President Odílio Rodrigues Filho has conceded it will be “a difficult operation” to bring Robinho back to Santos.

The 30 year-old, who made his professional debut with the Santástico in 2002, has reportedly been told he can leave current owners Milan, as Head Coach Filippo Inzaghi looks to remould his under-performing squad.

New Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City are believed to be keen on pairing Robinho with recent signing Kaká, but have so far struggled to find agreement, which has allowed other clubs to compete for his signature.

Brasileirão leaders Cruzeiro were initially linked, but have since distanced themselves from making a bid, while Atlético Mineiro and Liga MX side Tigres UANL, plus Santos, are believed to be keen.

Speaking to Globoesporte, Rodrigues Filho confirmed the latter’s interest - there has even been talk of a short-term loan ahead of a switch to Orlando - but admits Santos can't compete financially.

“He is an idol round here and we contacted his agent, but it’s a difficult operation due to his wages,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“These are very high figures for Brazilian football. Orlando? They haven’t completed the move yet, so Robinho is still a Milan player.”

Robinho initially left Santos in July 2005 - after winning two Brasileirão titles - to join Real Madrid for €24 million. The forward had a mixed, but successful spell in Spain and was eventually sold to Manchester City in September 2008 for £33 million. In January 2010, he was loaned back to Santos and helped them win the 2010 Campeonato Paulista and 2010 Copa do Brasil, before moving on to Milan, where he won the Serie A title and Supercoppa Italiana in his first season.

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<![CDATA[Napoli goalkeeper Rafael Cabral hoping for Seleção return under Dunga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62776_napoli_goalkeeper_rafael_cabral_hoping_for_selecao_return_under_dunga.htmlNapoli goalkeeper Rafael Cabral is hopeful that he can win his place back in the Brazil national team.

The 24 year-old, who has been capped three times and made his debut in a 4-1 win over the United States in May 2012, was overlooked by former Head Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. 

The veteran tactician preferred the more experienced Diego Cavalieri, Júlio César, Jefferson and Victor as his goalkeepers, while Rafael suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in a UEFA Europa League clash against Swansea City which ruled him out for the rest of the 2013/14 campaign.

With Felipão gone and Júlio César retired from international football, Rafael - a member of Brazil’s 2012 Summer Olympics squad - is confident that he can return to the Seleção under new Head Coach Dunga.

“I was in contention, but then Scolari decided not to call me up,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss, as reported by Football Italia. “I hope to win back my place for the national team now Dunga has been appointed.”

Rafael’s first task will be to secure his place as Napoli’s first choice goalkeeper. With José Manuel Reina having returned to owners Liverpool, he is in contention with Roberto Colombo, Antonio Rosati and Argentina international Mariano Andújar for a starting berth.

The Brazilian, who was signed from Santos for €5 million last June, is likely to be preferred by Head Coach Rafael Benítez and showed his worth in the eleven appearances he made last season.

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<![CDATA[Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa discusses why he hasn’t returned to Ukraine]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62777_shakhtar_donetsk_midfielder_douglas_costa_discusses_why_he_hasn___t_returned_to_ukraine.htmlShakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa has insisted he isn’t looking to force a move away from the club after failing to return to Ukraine.

The Brazilian and five other South American players have refused to travel with their team mates to Ukraine because of the current conflict in the country.

The 23-year-old posted several messages on his Instagram page, implying that he and his team mates feel like they are risking their lives if they return to Ukraine.

Guardian quoted the Brazilian, Costa said: “We all run a deadly risk if we are in the region.

“I like the club, the people, the city, but I’m afraid.

“We want to stay at the club, but we must have risk-free working conditions.”

With various clubs ready to sign the Brazilian midfielder, maybe Costa won’t be returning to Ukraine after all.

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<![CDATA[Report: Werder Bremen set to sign Internacional defender Cláudio Winck]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62775_report__werder_bremen_set_to_sign_internacional_defender_claudio_winck.htmlWerder Bremen are closing in on the signing of Internacional defender Cláudio Winck, according to reports.

Respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Bundesliga outfit have beaten off competition from Fiorentina, Internazionale and Palermo to sign the Portão native.

Winck broke into the Internacional first team last season - he made three appearances in the 2013 Brasileirão - and has gone to feature five times this term, scoring once in a 2-1 defeat to Corinthians.

The 20 year-old’s potential arrival at Werder Bremen will be welcomed by Head Coach Robin Dutt. Centre-back Álex Gálvez has already been signed from Rayo Vallecano, but further defensive reinforcements are needed for a side that conceded 66 goals in 34 matches last season. Only TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Hamburger SV and 1. FC Nürnberg let in more.

Winck, who can play at right full-back or in the centre, may be considered a player for the future, but Dutt has shown with the likes of Luca Caldirola and Felix Kroos that he is willing to field younger players.

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<![CDATA[Brazil to be less reliant on Neymar under new head coach Dunga?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62773_brazil_to_be_less_reliant_on_neymar_under_new_head_coach_dunga_.htmlBrazil head coach Dunga is looking to make the national team less reliable on Neymar and more of a team.

One of the major criticisms of previous boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was that the national team were too reliant on the Barcelona forward.

Huge pressure was on Neymar’s shoulders going into the 2014 World Cup and when he was unavailable through injury against Germany and Holland, Seleção were heavily beaten.

When Dunga addressed the media at his press conference yesterday, he discussed how the collective must reign over the individual for Brazil to return to the top.

"A goalkeeper saving a ball is also art, a centre-back recovering a ball is also art,” Goal.com quoted the new Brazil head coach as saying.

"We can't think that we're going to stumble upon a Pele all of the time. We can't try to have a new idol every day.

“Brazil have always had great players and great talent. We need to combine our talent and our humility to find a balance."

Dunga’s appointment hasn’t been met with much optimism but his latest comments on making Brazil a more collective side will surely be viewed as wise, even by his harshest critics.

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<![CDATA[New Brazil head coach Dunga looking to get fans behind national team again]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62771_new_brazil_head_coach_dunga_looking_to_get_fans_behind_national_team_again.htmlThe Brazilian Football Confederation named Dunga as the new Brazil head coach yesterday and the 1994 World Cup winner has acknowledged he has a lot of work to do.

After the host nation ended their World Cup with two horrific defeats to Germany and Holland, Dunga is keen to get the fans behind the team again.

The former Internacional head coach has previously managed the national team between 2006 and 2010 and is happy to have confidence in him again.

FIFA quoted Dunga, he said: "I am immensely happy - thank you for your confidence in me.

"The fans are very down right now but they are right behind the team. I am not here to sell a dream, we must get down to work."

The CBF president Jose Maria Marin praised Dunga as a “world champion” and believes he can lead Brazil to more success, like he did in his previous spell.

Marin said: "He was world champion, captain of a world champion side.

"He has what it takes to lead the Brazil team. The numbers show he absolutely has the ability to take charge."

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<![CDATA[Alexandre Pato’s agent admits he hasn’t had any contact from Internazionale]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/62770_alexandre_pato___s_agent_admits_he_hasn___t_had_any_contact_from_internazionale.htmlAlexandre Pato’s agent has rejected claims the São Paulo forward has spoken to Italian side Internazionale regarding a potential move.

The former AC Milan striker has been linked with another switch of clubs as he continues to struggle since moving to São Paulo from Corinthians.

Serie A champions Juventus were suggested as a possible option, while Inter Milan have also been raised as a potential suitor.

However, Gilmar Veloz, Pato’s agent, has been quoted by Forza Italian Football as ruling out a move for his client.

He insisted all rumours linking the one time Brazil international with a transfer to Inter as false.

Veloz said: “This rumour about Pato to Inter at the moment is not real. I have not heard from anyone at Inter.

“A return to Corinthians? No return. With Sao Paulo, he has a two-year contract and wants to respect it.”

With Pato continuing to struggle, it is anybody’s guess where the 24-year-old will end up next.

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