Robinho on the WishList of Santos for 2017

Carlos Tevez has managed to secure a £ 30 million per year contract with Chinese super league clubs if rumours are to be believed.


He will be making the move from Boca Juniors, leaving Brazilian Robinho as the most prominent asset in South American football. Robinho’s contract comes to an end in just over a year. However, Santos have revealed that they are optimistic about signing their former player.The former Manchester City, Real Madrid, and AC Milan forward currently represents AtléticoMineiro. However, he is on the wishlist of many other clubs considering that his contract is coming to an end.

Despite being 32, Santos see Robinho as someone who can lift the fortunes of the club. The club finished nine points behind Palmeiras in the Brazilian Serie A, with just concluded. It is an extremely poor outcome for the club considering that they were not even close to the title winners. Keen to change this element, the club are expected to make some significant investment in the transfer window.

SOUTH AMERICAN CLASSICO: BRAZIL SET TO MEET ARGENTINA

Brazil is set to meet with their biggest rival in South America in one of November’s biggest football clash.


Both managers of the Brazilian and Argentinean national team sides are meeting in the South American classico for the first time. The Brazilian counterpart, Tite goes into the affair as the one that has made the most impression since taking over the top job in Brazil.

Tite has enjoyed a perfect start since taking over. He has supervised stunning victories for the Selecao. However, Argentina would always be a different challenge. This is also the first time the team would return to the Mineirao stadium since the 7-1 humiliation by Germany at the 2014 World Cup they hosted.

On the other hand, Argentina national team boss Edgardo Bauza has had it a bit tough since he took over the team. The two-time Copa Libertadores winner is a familiar face in Brazil. He managed Sao Paulo before leaving to take up the job after former coach Gerardo Martino resigned. He started well, defeating Uruguay 1-0 but has supervised draws against Venezuela and Peru before a disappointing home loss to Paraguay.

Tite has coached Brazil to the top of the current standings in the Copa America set-up, setting them up for automatic qualification. Argentina place fifth – outside an automatic qualification spot for Russia in 2018. Tite enjoys the admiration of everyone in Brazil and is tagged the best Brazilian coach in the game. Bauza got his job ahead of many high-profile coaches who pose more successes. To put this in perspective, 13 out of 32 coaches at the 2016 Copa Libertadores were Argentinean. Only three were Brazilian. With both teams hungry to seal their qualification hopes, the game sets up an interesting clash but the bookers seem to favour Brazil on this one.

Neymar to give up captaincy

Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar has reportedly told his coach Tite that he will be surrendering the captaincy of the team.


He said that it was a pleasure for him to having led the team, but he feels that it will be better for the team that another player is given the role.

Neymar has successfully led Brazil to a first gold medal at the Olympic Football tournament where they managed to beat Germany in the penalty shootout. This was the first gold medal that Brazil has won at the Olympics, and it was a very important one especially after their disappointment at the last World Cup.

Neymar and his teammates were keen to erase the hurtful memories that the Brazilian fans have experienced at the last World Cup, and they did it in brilliant fashion by beating a German team that humiliated them at the last World Cup.

However, Neymar has stated after the tournament that he does not wish to remain as the captain of the team and that it will be better for him that he is replaced.

Brazil Have Busy Months Ahead

The Brazil soccer team is currently focusing on the Olympics.

There are certain changes that are being made in the squad accordingly. For instance, William and Phillippe Coutinho would be in the squad that would leave for Copa America. Dunga is being hailed as a competitive team for this tournament. Neymar is being considered either for Rio Olympics or for Copa America as per Barcelona’s request.

Copa America is coming up with US which will be played out next month. There has been a tough test that USA team faces in the run-up against teams like Costa Rica and Columbia for Copa America 2016. Dunga as Brazil’s coach has a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders. He has accepted Barcelona’s request that Neymar would be considered as a striker for either one of the competitions and that he be kept aside for the upcoming Rio Olympics that would be held in August. Dunga has named his squad for Rio and it includes seven players who are all under the age of 23 and would be eligible for Rio games. Besides Neymar, there could be Willian, who is a Chelsea midfielder as well as Philippe Coutinho, who has been selected from the Liverpool team. Both players have come in from England.

Dunga will stay as Brazil coach despite poor form

After a meeting with the Brazilian football confederation, it has been decided that Dunga will remain in charge of the Brazilian sides for both the Copa America and the Olympics.

A poor run of form has suggested that Dunga might be replaced at the head of the Olympics team so that he can devote himself entirely to the senior team.

Brazil’s technical director GilmarRinaldo has stated that the meeting was just a routine one and that there has been nothing new that has been discussed. He added that Dunga will go to the end of his contract with the Brazil national team.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud believe they should have signed an attacker

Arsene Wenger right now is shaving a love-hate relationship with the supporters of Arsenal as the French manager managed to sign Petr Cech. Even at his 33 years of age, Petr Cech is one of the highest rated goal-keepers in the world and the defensive department of the Premier League club has benefited from signing this top notch player.

Petr Cech made a disastrous mistake during his opening match as a player of Arsenal when facing off with West Ham United on August 9 but the Czech shot-stopper has been trying to bounce back and indeed has done it. Cech made an unbelievable performance against Liverpool which helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet and collect 1 point.

The veteran player is expected to continue improving and helping out Arsenal. Even with the awful debut performance that Petr Cech made, it hard to deny the fact that he still continues being one of the best players in his position in the world of football and that Arsene Wenger made a superb signing.

Brazil have always been required to play beautiful and attractive football

Brazil have always been required to play beautiful and attractive football, but national team boss Dunga had his hands tied for the recent knockout match against Venezuela in the Copa America.

Without the team’s star striker Neymar, the coach decided to opt for a pragmatic approach to the game. Brazil managed to please a lot of fans after reaching the quarter-finals by beating the opposition 2-1 with goals from Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino. Brazil looked to be comfortably reaching the next stage of the competition before Fedor’s late goal raised to some hopes for Venezuela but they disappear quickly.

Dunga has claimed that winning is more important than playing attractive football. Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament – even if Brazil reached the final – after being given a four match suspension for his inability to control himself in the 1-0 defeat against Colombia. Brazil qualified for the knockout stages despite this defeat. After having overcome Venezuela in the first knockout round, they will take on Paraguay in the quarter-finals. Brazil are amongst the favourites to win the tournament, but the lack of Neymar has brought back memories of the painful exit in the World Cup 2014. Brazil lost back-to-back matches without their talisman striker in this competition.

Neymar alone is carrying the weight of the current Brazilian team

The experts and analysts are saying that Neymar alone is carrying the weight of the current Brazilian team and his exclusion would weaken the team to a significant extent, but, Ze Roberto thinks on different lines.

According to the 40-year old Footballer, who is not active in the international circuit now, Neymar is very popular all over the world and thus, he would always be in the sight of everyone. People would follow him and talk about him all the time and it’s also a fact that he has been performing wonderfully well for Brazil, but, apart from him, the Selecao possess some other good players as well and there is no reason why the team can’t win at a big stage even in his absence.

Ze Roberto reckons Brazil has found a good balance following the World Cup and it has got to do with the way Dunga has worked. There must have been a temptation to make the wholesale changes after that thrashing that the team received at the hands of Germany in WC, but, the incoming manager remains very sensible. He did not fire everyone. He knew he needed a bit of experience as well in his ranks to be able to build a new team.

Felipe Scolari as best replacement of Dunga

When Dunga was chosen as the successor for Felipe Scolari after a very poor World Cup, many eyebrows were raised at this decision largely because Dunga is a manager who favours pragmatic football more than attacking football.

The football style of the former World Cup winning captain was heavily criticised before he was replaced by Mano Menezes. Dunga has worked extremely hard in order to overcome this reputation when he took over after the World Cup. Since he had especially come in at a difficult time for Brazilian football, Dunga says that the pressure was extreme as well.

Ledley King retirement soon

It’s been over 2 years since Ledley King announced his retirement from playing football after experiencing a career that was plagued by chronic knee problems which forced the English defender on having to hang up his boots earlier than desired. Even with all of the injuries that troubled Ledley King, he still managed to make over 260 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and is even considered to be one of the best players to wear the jersey of the club at the White Hart Lane.

Ledley King has recently voiced his opinion concerning the current situation of his former club. Tottenham Hotspur started this season of the Premier League in a superb form as they defeated West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers but things started to take a turn for the worse after losing against Liverpool and a few weeks later against West Bromwich Albion.

The objective that Mauricio Pochettino has for Tottenham and his squad of players is to help guide the team on reaching and securing a Champions League spot but Ledley King believes this will be a very difficult task to accomplish.

“It is going to be tough to finish in the top four this season.There’s going to be six or seven teams thinking they’ve got a chance of the top four.We are one of them but a lot of things would have to go right for us this season’’

“It will be difficult this season but long-term we have the right manager.I’m sure he’ll still want to bring in one or two players.It is going to take a little bit of time for him to get his thoughts and methods across. But we’re confident he is the right man’’Ledley King told the press.

This is debut season of Mauricio Pochettino in charge of the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur but if the Argentine coach is unable on finishing the season in one of the top spots of the English League, his job is likely to be at risk but Ledley King believes that Pochettino is the ideal coach for Tottenham and that he will be able to get things done.