17 Oct

The Brazilian national team manager Mano Menezes has said that his team should rise up to the level of the Spanish national team. He has described that the Spanish national team is currently a cut above the rest of the football nations in the world. After winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the two European Championships in the last six years, it is easy to see the reason for Spain being voted as the best football nation in the world by the Brazilian manager. Brazil used to dominate world football in exactly the same situation.

However, the nation has certainly fallen behind its high standards in recent years and Mano Menezes is looking to revive the form of the nation once again. Brazil will be holding the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which gives them a great opportunity to lift the sixth title because it will be on home soil. However, the Brazilian national team manager reckons that they still have a long way to go before being considered as a better team than Spain, who are the undoubted favourites to win the World Cup this time around as well. Brazil recently managed a 6-0 win over Iraq in a friendly match.

“Today, we are not at the level of Spain. To this day, nobody has been able to maintain their style against Spain. I think they are one of the best, alongside Brazil 1970. The best are those that do something different from others, and Spain have, three times. We are in a race against time to make a team that can compete at the highest level, but I’m optimistic because I think we’re improving on target,” said the Brazilian manager, who decided to bring in the Real Madrid midfielder Kaka after an absence of two years from the Brazilian national team.



29 Aug

The former AC Milan striker Ronaldinho scored one of the goals of the season for his club Atletico Mineiro, which helped them grow the match 2-2 with Cruzeiro. The former AC Milan and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho has become the major talk in Brazil after he has been rejuvenated following his move to Atletico Mineiro. Since his arrival at the club, Atletico Mineiro have been undefeated in the league, while they have also been steadily climbing of the table. It will certainly not be surprising to see Atletico Mineiro lift the title this season mainly due to the brilliance of Ronaldinho.

Cruzeiro took the lead in the match through Wallyson in the 17th minute. It looked like Atletico Mineiro were heading for their first defeat since the arrival of Ronaldinho to the club, but Leonardo Silva equalised in the injury time of the first half to put things level after the break. Ronaldinho then scored a stunning goal on the final minute of the match to put Atletico Mineiro ahead of the match. However, they were unable to hold the lead for much longer after Matthew scored with only few minutes remaining on the clock in the injury time.

The match was barred by a number of issues including red cards to various players. As a result of the clash between the fans, only the home team fans were allowed to watch the match. However, these measures had little effect on the pitch because there was lot of trouble between the two sets of supporters. There was a lot of debris on the pitch and it took a solo effort from Ronaldinho to silence the crowd. The former Barcelona superstar is looking to get back into the national team to participate in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which could be his last major appearance.



11 Jul

The former Manchester United midfielder Rodrigo Possebon has completed his move to Criciúma after failing to impress during his one season with Vicenza Calcio. The 23-year-old defensive midfielder was regarded as one of the best young talent in the world in his position.

This led to the move to one of the biggest clubs in the world – Manchester United a few seasons ago. However, a very bad tackle he suffered while playing for Manchester United in 2009 left a bad mark on his career. He has been unable to recover from the injury since then. He has returned to his native country Brazil after failing to break through the first-team at Manchester United.

He initially made the Brazilian club Santos where he spent one season after making 31 appearances. However, the club decided not to extend his contract due to the number of injury concerns he experienced during the season. Following the end of the spell with Santos, Rodrigo Possebon moved to Italian club Vicenza Calcio. However, after having spent one season with the club during which he had made no appearances for the first team, Rodrigo Possebon has decided to return to his home continent. He has now signed for Brazilian club Criciúma Esporte Clube.

“I think it will (get away from the selection). It is difficult to act in a selection and be playing in Europe, especially Italy. Quite complicated I think back to the selection, but you know football, things change from day to night. “The curriculum does not mean much. In football we have to be proving every day, you can not rely very much. You have to kill a lion a day even with a nice resume. I need some days to get into my best shape, even for what I can only act after the window opens, but with work these days I’ll be fine physically,” said Possebon.



22 May

Gerard Pique has rubbished reports that he and Barcelona’s outgoing coach, Pep Guardiola do not see eye to eye.
“I have never had a problem with Guardiola and we have always said things face to face when we had to” said Pique in response to rumours suggesting he was happy to see Barca’s most successful ever coach leaving the club.
Guardiola has led Barca to three La Liga crowns, a Copa del Rey and two Champions Leagues in his four year spell at the Catalan giants. Pique has become a key part of Guardiola’s team since joining from Manchester United at the same time as the coach was appointed in 2008.

Recent reports that the two have always had a frosty relationship have been dismissed by the defender, who praised Guardiola’s contribution over the last four years.

Pique described the way things work “at big clubs” as explaining why Guardiola is leaving. “At a big club like this, you know you are just passing through, but I want to stay here for many years.” “If Guardiola is not staying it is because there is something that made him realise that it was time to go.”

Pique was also keen to praise Tot Vilanova who will replace Guardiola next season. Vilanova has been Guardiola’s assistant but will now step up to the top job next year and the move was, according to Pique, welcomed amongst the Barca squad.

“Inside the dressing room we were not surprised that Tito Vilanova will be the new coach”. Barca, and Pique will be looking to end the Guardiola era on a high with victory in the Copa Del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on Friday night. Win or Lose though, Guardiola will be remembered as a Barcelona legend and Vilanova will have quite an act to follow. The backing of the likes of Pique will be essential.



13 Dec

Despite being regarded as one of the brightest young talents for Brazil in the last few years, it seems that the career of Rodrigo Possebon is coming to a halt. The former Manchester United midfielder injured himself while playing for Manchester United, and he has not been the same ever since.

The latest stumbling block for the midfielder came after the news that Brazilian club Santos will not be renewing his contract after this season and he is free to move to another club. Manchester United signed the Brazilian in August 2010, but he suffered a major injury when Middlesbrough player Emanuel Pogatetz broke his leg with a harsh tackle.

Manchester United struggled to bring him back to the level he once was. He was allowed to leave to his hometown club Santos after failing to make it into the Manchester United squad. It was thought that the return to Brazil may help him recover some of its lost talent, but it seems that Rodrigo Possebon has not recovered at all. He has been in the fringes of the Santos first team since returning from Manchester United, but he has been unable to break through into the first-team. Now, the team is preparing for the Club World Cup, and they have announced that Rodrigo Possebon is not in their plans for the future.

This would come as a major blow for the midfielder, who would have hoped to recover from the huge injury. Rodrigo Possebon is not the only player who is allowed to leave Santos at the end of the season, as he will be joined by Leandro Silva and Eder Lima. Rodrigo Possebon was expected to make it big at Old Trafford ahead of the Da Silva brothers, but his career has gone the wrong way quickly since then.