Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has stated that he has no problem with Neymar’s current lack of goals as he believes that the player is performing well on the pitch.
The last game against Espanyol has seen Neymar failing to score for the ninth game in a row.
His last goal came in the Champions League win over Manchester City at the end of October, and the Brazilian forward has failed to find the back of the net ever since.
However, the player has increased his number of assists during this period and has created 13 goals for his Barcelona team mates in this period. Luis Enrique said that football is a team sport and it is equally important for a player to create occasions. He said that Neymar has become a creative player and that as long as he is helping the team score goals, he is happy with him. Read more »
Brazilian football legend Carlos Alberto has died at the age of 72. The World Cup winner led the Brazilian football team to glory in 1970, scoring a goal that had defined Brazilian football for long.
The ex-football star died after a heart attack in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, reports say. The right back played for his national team side and in the United States. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame for both countries in recognition of his exploits.
The legend played with football icon Pele at Brazilian club Santos. The club made a statement after the death of the ex-player which reads
“He [Alberto] played 445 matches and scored 40 goals from 1965-1975, and is considered the best right back in the history of Praiano Alvinegro.”
The 1970 World Cup star scored one of the most important goals in World Cup history in the final against Italy. Brazil defeated their rivals 4-1, and Alberto – who was the captain – lifted the trophy. For a talented player that played in the shadow of Pele for most of his career for club and country, it was a special period for him. He was referred to as captain more than thirty years after the victory. Read more »
Brazil has managed to win back their fans by winning the gold medal at the Olympic football tournament.
This comes after their disastrous campaign at the last World Cup where they were humiliated by the German team on their home ground. This time, they managed to beat the same country in the Olympic final and win their first ever gold medal at the Olympic tournament.
Although the Olympic football tournament does not have the same prestige as the World Cup, it will be a boost to the fans morale after their poor World Cup campaign. In a country where people breathe football, it is important to win a football tournament, and this is what the national side did in the Olympics.
Now fans will be hoping that the good form will be translated to the senior team and that they can have a good World Cup qualifier. There are currently trailing the leaders in the table, and they will want things to change in the next round of matches. They will be looking again towards Neymar to inspire them on the pitch, and they will be hoping that they can get a good run of form. Read more »
Pele reckons it is unjust that nobody is paying attention to the real factors that caused Brazil to register their worst Copa America performance in 30 years and everyone is trying to find fault with the management.
According to Pele, the lack of time to work up together ahead of the competition was one of the biggest factors for what transpired. Other than that, discontinuity in selections was also a reason why the term of Dunga was not fruitful.
The players playing one tournament were not playing the other. The selection omissions obviously had different reasons, but, the meaning of so many changes is that the steadiness of your squad goes for a toss and Brazil was not steady at all when Copa America was on the horizon.
Pele, however, has welcomed Adenor Lenoardo Bacchi lauding him as a dependable fellow and the most astute manager in the current time.
Baptista sympathizes with Selecao
Meanwhile, another ex- Brazilian player Baptista has words of sympathy for the Selecao as he is of the view that small tournaments are often tricky especially when each and every side taking part is so skilled
After a scoreless draw for the starters, the men in yellow had slammed 7 goals in match no. 2 and were just a point away from advancement to the quarters, but, in the last match, they found themselves on the receiving end of an illegal goal which handed them a loss and a painful exit.
Baptitsa believes the Brazilians were just luckless to have to board the return flight early.
The 34-year old forward who closed his international career in 2010 has a couple of Copa America champion medals himself as he won the competition twice with his country a decade back.
With the Copa America event coming around the corner, all teams are sprucing up their squads.
Brazil is busy as well, deciding on the squad of players who would be going to this tournament and those who would be playing for Rio America. As of now, three players in the uncapped category have been selected for Copa America.
Among the three uncapped players, there is a Sau Paulo player who plays in center half, a goalkeeper who comes in from Benfica and a teenage forward player from Santos. These players are uncapped and are being considered for the centenary game in Copa America. These inclusions have surprised many when coach Dunga made his announcements. Including Gabriel, who is a nineteen year old striker, Ederson and Rodrigo Caio were surprises that were sprung by the coach on others. Dunga had several reasons to provide as well. For instance, he stated that Ederson has good vision, plays well and has a personality on the field. Rodrigo has a versatility about him. This helps him play well as a holding midfielder and get the ball out of the opponent’s defense. Read more »
Brazilian football is currently in turmoil and would want to make changes so as to be competitive again. Some pundits have argued that this is the fact that Brazil is trying to copy the tactics of European formation, and this is causing a decline in the quality of Brazilian teams.
Indeed, except Neymar, there are no true world class players that are present in the team. And even Neymar may not get a place in the great 1970 team. They currently have players that are physically strong and athletic, but they lack players that can dribble or make a killer pass.
Other South American sides such as Argentina with players such as Messi and Aguero, Chile with Alexis Sanchez and Uruguay with Suarez have more technical players. These players can influence a game and win a game on their own.
Brazil has always offered us these kinds of players and so far there has been a shortage of them in the national side. The humiliating defeat by Germany on their home soil should have prompted changes in the way they develop new players, but instead, it has been more of the same. Read more »
There are certain players who have marked their name in the history books of not only football but also with a specific club. This is the case of Francesco Totti with As.Roma as the Italian player is a legend with the club located in Rome.
Totti has spent his entire playing career as a performer of As.Roma and even at his 38 years of age, he still has the quality to compete against other players. Paolo Maldini and Javier Zanetti are retired players who managed to create history with Ac.Milan and Inter Milan respectively.
0When it comes to Arsenal, there is no bigger name that can be mentioned than Thierry Henry as he helped the English club in winning 2 Premier League titles as well as many other pieces of silverware.
Thierry Henry is the top goal-scorer of Arsenal after scoring 228 goals in 376 appearances and even though he left the club, the Frenchman still remains up to date with what is going on in relation to his former club and Henry has recently voiced his opinion concerning the chances that Arsenal has to win the Premier League title of this season.
Former star of Arsenal, Thierry Henry said: “I do not know if the boss wanted Benzema or not, but the player must also want to come. What are you going to offer to the guy who is playing for one of the best teams in the world, knowing that he is playing there week in, week out and performing well? Read more »
This season which concluded a few days ago was a horrific one for a number of clubs but there is one club that manages to stand out and not in a good way and its’ Everton.
Roberto Martinez during his first season in charge of Everton managed to push his team to the 5th spot with a total of 72 points secured in the previous campaign.
Going from the 5th spot to the 11th position is a huge blow for any club but for Everton they seem to have taken a bigger hit as the players themselves didn’t even appear to be interested in playing their last match of the season which was against Tottenham Hotspur and ended in a 1-0 defeat for Roberto Martinez and his team.
Everton’s match against Tottenham Hotspur was played on May 24 at Goodison Park and it just didn’t seem like the players of Roberto Martinez were inspired to claim a victory as the visiting team controlled the pitch from start till end while the hosts just allowed them on doing it without much opposition as Tottenham Hotspur won the game with a scoreboard of 1-0.
This game and result is the way that Everton has been playing for a large portion of the season with only a few bursts of positive results and performances on certain occasions but the majority of them were disappointing.
The players, the supporters and everyone that is involved in one way or another with Everton is well aware of just how frustrating this season was and Roberto Martinez announced that a number of changes will be done in order to not go through another underwhelming season. Read more »
Hulk is looking to make an impression on his national manager Dunga with a good show in the games versus the Costa Rican and the American team for which he has been included in the squad.
It’s the first time in his career that Hulk will be playing under Dunga.
Hulk was in Brazil’s World Cup squad too last year and although he was not at his best in the tournament as many of his teammates, he had managed to retain his place in the first squad that Dunga announced after taking charge.
But, he had to pull out from that squad due to injury and was being overlooked after that.
He has received the call up again and this time around, he is keen to establish himself.
Post a gruelling practice session last evening, the 29-year old was quoted as saying, “You have to grab your opportunities especially when you are from a country like Brazil where so many wonderful talents keep popping up.”
“I believe this is my time and I need to make sure I make the most of it and show what I have got to offer.” Read more »