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COPA LIBERTADORES: SAN LORENZO, BOTAFOGO AND SANTOS REACH LAST 8

This year, an all Argentina-Brazil quarter final at the Copa Libertadores would not happen as two Brazilian sides lost to Bolivian side Jorge Wilstermann and Ecuador club Barcelona.


Barcelona rivals from Guayaquil, Emelec could have been the third side but they failed to get past San Lorenzo.

Lorenzo won Emelec last month in the opening leg by the slimmest of margins but the Ecuadorian side returned the favour in Buenos Aires by the same margin. San Lorenzo had to dig deep to win 5-4. The result means three Argentinean teams would feature in the last eight. The domestic calendar did not favour the team as they struggled against Emelec.

Emelec played the last thirty minutes with ten men and they were still threatening. When the quarter finals would be played in mid September, the Argentinean league should have resumes and the team with the required fire power. Read more »

RICARDO KAKA ADVISES NEYMAR

The former Brazil international, Ricardo Kaka sarcastically advised his ex-teammate, Neymar on what to do in order to be a more successful footballer and also for him to be the world best footballer as the previous Brazilians.


The Barcelona star, Neymar has been performing wonderfully fine for his team, Barcelona since he moved to Spain from Brazil, with last season being one of his best seasons ever.

He had an invaluable impact in the club’s amazing 6-1 come-back over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16.

The 25-year old Neymar found the net twice to help Barcelona reach the quarter-finals before they were being knocked out by the Italian giants, Juventus.

Kaka thinks Neymar is currently on his path to being the world’s best player and he dropped a little joke sayingthat Neymar should try changing his name to Reymar as the previous most successful Brazilians’ name stars with “R”.

Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid forward could have a point as the likes of Ronaldo, Revellino, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho are all Brazilian stars of then.

“Taking a peep at everything he has done and achieved at Barcelona, Neymar could well be next in line to be awarded the best player in the world,” Kaka said. Read more »

Ventura wants more from Botafogo

Botafogo manager Jair Ventura wants his players to fight more on the pitch.


He believes that he has a good squad and that the players need to learn how to fight for the ball. He said that they have managed to do it on some occasions, but he wants to see the same mentality in all the matches.

Indeed Jair Ventura was excited when his club managed to win a game against Sports Club despite the fact that the opposition team was leading. Botafogo managed to equalize and win the game despite playing with 10 players.

Ventura said that this was a great performance from his team and that he wants to see a repeat of this in each and every game they play. He believes that the team has great potential but that all the players will have to give their best on the pitch.

Ventura said that he wants all his players to be fighters and to not surrender until the final whistle of a game. He believes that Botafogo can improve a lot if all the players decide to give their best on the pitch and follow his instructions. Read more »

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 Gears Up For Copa America

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 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 »