CARLOS ALBERTO: DON’T MAKE NEYMAR CAPTAIN

World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto for Brazil has given a very unusual advice in the midst of turmoil in the national team.  Alberto, who lifted the World Cup for his country as far back as 1970, urged the recently hired new coach Tite to strip the play maker of his captaincy, contrary to popular opinion.

The sacked two time coach of the national side Dunga made Neymar the captain when he took charge of the team after the 2014 World Cup Finals knockout. He is believed to be set to continue when Tite takes over fully but Alberto has urged him not to do so. (more…)

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BRAZIL SET TO DROP FIRMINO

Brazil is set to drop Liverpool star Roberto Firmino from the provisional players set to partake in the Olympic Games in Rio. Firmino who is just 24 years old was believed to be among the over-aged players that are permitted to play for the tournament. Liverpool are now set to get a boost ahead of the coming season as the player will not be included.

The Olympic Games would hurt the plans Liverpool have ahead of the coming season but the exclusion would hand the Reds a boost. Firmino missed out of Dunga’s squad that was knocked out of the Copa America in the United States. He was believed would be picked with Neymar and another over-aged player for the 18-man squad. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was speculated to be among the likely three for the tournament that the country will be hosting. (more…)

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Brazil will fight to get Neymar to play both at the Copa America and the Olympics

The Brazilian football confederation has vowed to fight to get Neymar to participate in both the Copa America as well as the Olympics.


Barcelona has sent a letter to the Brazil confederation where they have recommended that Neymar should be given adequate rest during the summer ahead of the start of the new season. As a result, they are asking that Neymar participates in the Olympics and not in the Copa America.

Dunga, the current Brazil manager, has stated that Neymar is an important player for his team and that he will like to have him in both the Copa America team as well as the Olympics team.

However, Neymar has proposed a solution to this issue. He has offered not to play in the group phase of the Copa America and then play as from the quarter-finals. After that, he will be leaving for the Olympics. But with the current form of Brazil, it is very likely that he will have to be in the team as from day one in the Copa America if ever they want to qualify for the quarter-finals. (more…)

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Dunga will fly to Europe this week

Brazil’s national team manager Dunga will fly to Europe this week in order to hold talks with several major European clubs.

He will be talking about the potential release of superstars, who he hopes will help Brazil win the Rio 2016 Olympics. Brazil have not been successful in the Olympics and this is the only trophy missing from their cabinet. The closest Brazil and Neymar came was in 2012 when they managed to come as the runners up. Buoyed by the home advantage, the nation is hoping to strike gold in the upcoming edition. Hence, they are looking to take full advantage of the global stars on offer. (more…)

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ARE ADIDAS BETTER THAN NIKE?

German sportswear company Adidas says it is ahead of it competition Nike of the United States in the football boots business. Adidas was the market leader in the business but it slipped as Nike took over in the boots market in 2014. The slip forced the company to lift its marketing spending to be able to move back on top.

The Chief Executive Herbert Hainer told journalists in Paris that the company takes 36 percent of the market for soccer boots in the top five markets in Europe in the first quarter of 2016, setting them ahead of Nike. (more…)

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