Former Brazil international Robinho could be on his way to India to feature in the Indian Super League (ISL) in the January window. He parted ways with his former club Atletico Mineiro on January 1 as he could not reach an agreement with them.
South American soccer powerhouse Brazil of recent has been rising steadily to their former place of glory in world football. They have reached another landmark by eclipsing Spain as the world’s most expensive national team.
Philippe Coutinho’s big money switch from Liverpool to Barcelona is a big boost to ensure Brazil move past Spain. The Catalan outfit had to fork out €160 million for Coutinho. Ligue 1 giants Paris St Germain had to pay €222 million to get Neymar last summer. This makes the first team for Brazil cost a whopping €530 million, beating Spain’s similarly impressive €520 million, and leaving the star studded Belgium national team in third place with €510 million.
It is almost a year that Tite took charge of the Brazil team and what an impact he has made on the team. When he took over, Brazil was a team suffering from a humiliating defeat at the World Cup and Copa America, and many pundits had written them off for the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
However, Tite will change their fortunes around and help the players believe in themselves. The performance speaks for itself with Brazil winning 9 games out of 10 counting for the qualifiers. Indeed Brazil are already qualified for the next World Cup and can now focus on building a team that will allow them to perform in Russia.Continue reading »
The €222 million man of Paris Saint-Germain did not hold back in voicing his thoughts concerning the Brazilian national side as he talked earlier in the year about the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup as well as the chances that Brazil has on winning it.
¨There was never a dependency on Neymar. This is Brazil. If focused, our team is the best. We know this, we are humble enough to respect our adversaries, and we have to play. Sometimes one part or the other didn’t fit but the coach Tite arrived and made adjustments¨
“We only learn when we get hurt or do something wrong. I already argued unnecessarily. I got yellow and red cards, harmed myself, harmed my teammates. But time makes us more mature. Nowadays I only think about playing football, I am better in every aspect,” Neymar said.
These statements were released by the 25 year old Brazilian attacker back on March of 2017 as he was talking about his own self-improvements and the Brazilian national side.
Even though Brazil are hands down one of the best national sides in the world in terms of football and titles won, they have not been so dominant in recent times and this especially evident by the 1-7 defeat that Brazil suffered in the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Germany. This was their biggest ever defeat at the World Cup and 1st home loss in a competitive match in over 35 years. (more…)Continue reading »
Premier League sides have reportedly sent their top scouts to watch the talents at the Belo Horizonte Cup.
The tournament is set to begin this week so top sides want to take advantage since it has proved to be a goldmine for talents.
The tournament is a grassroots competition for under 17 rising stars in Brazil. It is known to pull scouts who get to see the next generation playing the game passionately. Brazilian new source O Tempo claims that Manchester United, Man City and Arsenal have scouts billed to attend the event.
The man City are sending is the one that helped Gabriel Jesus to the Etihad last summer. City paid £27 million for the player but he resumed in January 2017. The youngster is already building an impressive profile in the English top flight already. (more…)Continue reading »
Archie Thompson reckons the thing which distinguishes Brazilian Football from the rest of the world is the fact that they enjoy the game more than anyone else.
But, in the past few years, that wasn’t the case. The Brazilian team wasn’t as relaxed as they used to be and that’s probably why they suffered in terms of results, especially in big competitions. However with Tite’s arrival as coach, they are now back to their old selves and that’s reflecting in their recent results as they are cruising to easy wins.
Recalling a story of the past, Thompson says that once the Australian team had to play a World Cup game versus Brazil and he was a part of that Australian team. When he and his teammates departed from the hotel to the ground, everybody had a serious look on his face and everybody was thinking about the game only, but, when they reached the ground and left their bus, they saw the bus of the Brazilians standing there and the scenes in that bus were completely opposite to what the scenes were in the bus of the Aussies. (more…)Continue reading »
The 55 year old manager Tite took over the Brazilian national side on June of 2016 as he replaced Dunga who was fired and now it’s Tite’s task to start pushing Brazil forward and guide them to the qualification stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Brazil is currently pitted at the top of the CONMEBOL group with 27 points out of their 12 matches that they have played so far at the time of writing this article. The Brazilian side is one the favorites of snatching the top spot and qualify for the upcoming worldwide football competition.
All of this is good news for supporters of Brazil as it seems like Tite has been doing a good job since taking over the national team almost 1 year ago.
Unfortunately for David Luiz, his time with Brazil has been diminishing as the 29 year old defender of Chelsea has not been called up ever since Tite arrived. (more…)Continue reading »
Ronaldo Delima is not happy with the constant taunting of his current stature and the Brazil legend has voiced out his dissatisfaction.
When the former player reunited with his former teammates at the Santiago Bernabeu recently Newcastle legend Michael Owen took a jibe at him but Ronaldo did not ‘feel’ it at all.
Owen most likely intended to make a light joke when he tweeted: “I thought I was putting the pounds on until I saw my old mate Ronnie!”
Ronaldo did not take the issue lightly and he responded at the FIFA Best Player Award ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, saying: “I am shocked as to how much importance my weight garners in the world we live in. I don’t know why it is so important, to be honest.” (more…)Continue reading »
The bodies of the dead 71 people killed in the plane crash in Columbia are being returned home.
The Brazilian football team’s hometown is preparing for a memorial service in their honour. The planned memorial’s venue is the team’s stadium in Chapeco where more than 100,000 people are expected to attend.
Chapecoense had a fairy tale route to a regional final where they were flying to before the accident. Only six people survived the plane crash near Medellin – the venue for the final match. Top dignitaries in football will be at the memorial. President Michel Temer of Brazil is expected to be at the airport as the bodies arrive but is believed would miss the event at the stadium as rumours of a protest circulate. FIFA president Gianni Infantino and top football faces are expected at the event.
Hundreds of people lined up on the road, paying their final respect amidst free flowing tears as the bodies were taken to the airport in Medellin on Friday. Series of flights have been planned to the different countries of the victims.
Supporters of the Brazilian side held a vigil ahead of the memorial service. The bodies of the vctims are poised to be carried during a funeral procession through the city before ending up at the ceremony at the stadium. (more…)Continue reading »
Brazil boss Tite says that he had second thoughts about becoming the new boss of the national team.
After successive disappointments at the World Cup 2014 and the Copa America 2016, the national team was looking at a third manager in less than two years. Both the previous managers, though, were known to the nation from their spell previously and the decision this time was to give a new man the chance. Former Corinthians manager Tite has been a name mentioned as a potential national team boss even when Scolari was appointed a couple of years ago.
His ability to beat European Champions Chelsea in the final of the Club World Cup in Japan was a major factor in the stock of the 55-year-old raising considerably. He was in charge of Corinthians in two spells and was more successful in the first. Still, the decision was taken to appoint the manager. Tite, though, had his reservations since he had seen two extremely successful national team bosses – Scolari and Dunga – fail to bring glory days back to Brazil. The current crop of Brazilian talent was far away from success it seemed. However, Tite has taken over and Brazil have had a strong start to the World Cup 2018 campaign with two wins from the opening matches. (more…)Continue reading »