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ANDERSON – THE GOLDEN BOY WHO LOST HIS SHINE

At the young age of 20, former Manchester United midfielder, Luiz de Abreu Oliveira had the whole soccer world at his feet after being awarded the Golden Boy award, with all indication that the Brazilian prodigy would end up becoming a big star in world football


After his debut as a teenager with Gremio in home country, Anderson signed for Portuguese side FC Porto after club President stated the club was interested in the youngster. There he gained first team status during his two trophy-laden seasons at the Portuguese side.

English Champions, Manchester United announced the signing of the promising player at a fee of £30 million and in his first season, won the Premier league and Champions League crown playing a good number of games despite not been a regular starter. He would later go on to make 38 appearances though without a goal unable to consolidate his role at the Red Devils as expected. Read more »

Enrique has no issues with Neymar

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 »

Brazil wins back fans

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 »

Brazilian football currently in decline

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 »

Arsenal legend believes that Arsene Wenger and his squad won’t win the league

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 »

It’s time for Roberto Martinez and Everton to forget about this recently concluded season

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 »

Gremio lost their third match

Gremio lost their third match in four and it has raised the pressure on manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who had just returned to the team after a forgettable spell with the national team.

Scolari has come under a lot of criticism from the club’s supporters, but Marcelo Oliveira says that he is confident that results will turn positive in the coming weeks. Given their quality in the squad, Gremio were expected to be in with a shout to win the title. As it is, the club will fail to make it to the next round if the league finishes right now. Gremio are 10th in the table after having taken just six points from the opening five matches.

The club has lost some crucial players like Marcelo Moreno recently, and Oliveira reckons that this is starting to take a toll on the team. Aside from losing strikers, the club also does not have a strong complement of defenders. Scolari is expected to get the team playing with a back three formation for the next match against Passo Fundo in order to compensate for the lack of top-quality defenders. There is hope for stopping this rot with a win against Passo Fundo. The opposition have not won in the last three matches and will be lacking in confidence just as Gremio. Read more »

Botafogo x Corinthians – Festa da torcida após o Jogo !

Movie Ranking: five / five

Botafogo Fans at Engenhao Stadium Opening Day.wmv

Video clip Rating: 3 / 5