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Brazilian football has provided yet another export to the European league

Brazilian football has provided yet another export to the European league after teenager Nathan Allan de Souzahas, or simply Nathan, has joined Chelsea from Atletico Paranaense.

It has been reported that a number of top European clubs like Barcelona and Manchester City were also interested in signing the 19-year-old. However, it is the Premier League champions who have managed to win the race for the highly rated youngster. Nathan has not yet proved himself at the top level, but it has not prevented Atletico Paranaense from claiming a £ 4.5 million transfer fee for the youngster.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed that they then will not be joining up with the Chelsea team immediately next season. Instead, he will be sent out on a couple of loans spells in order to help his improvement. Only a few players have managed to establish themselves in the Chelsea team after moving on loan, but the examples set by the likes of Courtois will be a source of huge inspiration for Nathan. He said that it was a huge delight to join a big club like Chelsea, who already have a number of Brazilian players in their ranks. The likes of Oscar and Ramires will help Nathan settle at Stamford Bridge. 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 »

Soccer Game in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Flamengo vs Botafogo (4-0) – Oct 23, 2013

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RIVELINO RUES NUMBER 10s

Former Brazilian footballer, Rivelino has stated that the role of the number 10 has been decreasing consistently written Brazilian football that it is no longer considered as a big thing. This shirt number is regarded as one of the most iconic in the world after having been won by legends like Pele, Zico, and Rivaldo. Nowadays, the role of the striker, who plays just behind the defensive line, has diminished to such an extent that it is no longer a craze according to the 68-year-old. His comments suggest that the modern football has evolved in such a way that the entire team is responsible for scoring a goal.

Previously, it was the number 10 who was assigned the job of scoring and creating goals. Rivaldo recently stated that the No.10 was the most important player in a team since he was the brains. Rivaldo won the World Player of the Year award in 1999 for his exploits with the Brazilian national team and Barcelona. Neymar is currently wearing the No.10 shirt and he has done exceedingly well in recent years to prove that he is worthy of such accolade. The Barcelona striker recently scored two goals in the 5-0 win over South Africa, which once again reasserted their position as the favourites for the World Cup 2014.

“The importance of the No. 10 shirt has unfortunately ended. Today the holding midfielders open the game up more than the No. 10. What used to be the function of the No. 10 doesn’t exist in Brazilian football anymore. It was luck. I was just 17 in 1958 and the numbers were drawn. I got No. 10 and that’s how it all started. The priority today isn’t creating but marking,” said Rivelino, who played for Corinthians and Fluminense as the number 10 during his playing days.

SOUTH AFRICA FRIENDLY ARRANGED

Brazil will be taking on in a friendly match against South Africa in March, which is seen as the final opportunity for any players looking to get into the national team squad ahead of the World Cup 2014.

This is the final friendly match for the nation before they take part in the competition. Since they have been doing extremely well in the last 12 months, it has been rumoured that Luiz Felipe Scolari will be taking an unchanged team to this friendly match. However, he has surprised everyone by naming Manchester city midfielder Fernandinho into the squad. Read more »

YURI IMPRESSES

New Santos sensation Stefano Yuri has revealed that the advice he got from Leandro Damião helped him do well in his appearance against Linense. Santos were looking to continue the good run of form, which has seen them win the last three matches.

However, there was a danger of their match against Linense ending in a draw after the home team managed to equalise within two minutes of Santos taking the lead through Thiago Ribeiro. The away team tried everything in order to get three points without success. Read more »

FRESH FACES

The manager of the Brazilian football team, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has denied the fact that there won’t be any new face in the final squad of Brazil for the World Cup.

In the 23-member squad that Scolari has just announced for a couple of friendly fixtures next month, there aren’t too many new faces. Yes, a couple of players have been called up i.e. Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk and Lucas Leiva from Liverpool, but, barring these two, almost all the guys in the squad are regulars.

But, Scolari believes that there is still a lot of time left before the World Cup. The situations can change till then and anybody can get opportunity in the World Cup.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, the Brazil manager said, “The decision hasn’t been taken yet regarding the final squad. We will do that at the start of next year. Before that, we want to give chances to some players and see how they go.”

“There are a few players to watch out for. Lucas Leiva is one of them. He is an exciting player in the midfield and I am looking forward to see him play in the upcoming couple of games.”

Meanwhile, the Brazilian superstar Neymar has shown some great form for his new club Barcelona off late. When asked about that, Scolari said, “He is maturing and that’s a great sign for Brazilian football. There is no doubt about his immense potential. I just hope he keeps going like this.”

Neymar has so far featured for Barcelona in 9 games and has found the back of the net a couple of times. Apart from that, he has also set up 5 goals for his team.

Neymar had signed for Barcelona in May this year after leaving Santos.

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