Monthly Archives: July 2012

Mano Menezes call-up for Brazil’s friendly against Sweden in August 15th

Ramires back to Brazil’s NT

As Brazil’s U23 seems to have a clear path for their first Olympics gold medal after their closest rivals, Spain, fell to Honduras 1-0 in a game full of controversy, national team coach Mano Menezes is already thinking ahead of London. Today, CBF announced the 24 players chosen to defend the Amarelinha against Sweden in Rasunda Stadium, Stockholm. Mano decided to maintain the current Brazil selection that is playing in London, calling more 6 players.

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Oscar is officially a Chelsea player

Oscar joins Chelsea

After a transfer saga that wasn’t so thrilling, Brazilian wonderkid and current #10 in Brazil’s NT squad Oscar has been announced as a Chelsea player in their website. Details of contract and transfer fee haven’t been released, but the transfer fee is believed to be around the £25m mark and the contract would be negotiated after Oscar’s performance in the Olympics.

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Brazilian League – Round 12 Prewiew

Friendship (?) Derby this round

Did you miss me? I hope you didn’t, even though I missed you all. Anyways, let’s get to business! There’s another Brazilian League round ahead that will have some key games that might matter at the end of the season.

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Atlético Mineiro makes good start in Brazilian League, but schedule might be a problem

United as one

When the season began, there were three favorites for the Brazilian League title: Corinthians, Vasco and Fluminense. They were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the league table last season respectively, and they were also expected to challenge for the title again this year. But at the moment, while Vasco and Fluminense are pretty much on the title run and looking like good contenders and Corinthians lost much of their step after focusing on Copa Libertadores, there is a party crasher in the middle of them, one that stands at 1st place and doesn’t seem to be willing to move from there: Atlético Mineiro.

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Seedorf close to start his first game with Botafogo

Seedorf training for Botafogo

While long time idols and supporters of Fogão already say Clarence Seedorf is entering Botafogo’s hall of fame, many expect him to show why he’s been regarded as one of the best players of the last decade. And we might as well see it today, as Seedorf will play his first match for the Rio de Janeiro Alvinegro side at 18:30 (GMT -3) in their home stadium, Engenhão.

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Almería’s right back Michel joins Atlético Mineiro on loan

Back to Brazil

Atlético-MG has been on a good mood lately. They currently stand at 1st place in Brazilian League after 10 rounds, winning 8 matches in a good fashion. Their latest at home against Internacional showed how strong they’ve been as they beat Internacional, which haven’t feature Chelsea-bound Oscar and striker Leandro Damião as they’re in England with Brazil’s U23 squad, 3-1. That also put an end to a 10 year long taboo where they haven’t managed to beat Internacional since 2002. They didn’t need much to address on this transfer window, but they made a move to add depth.

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Riquelme says “no” to Flamengo, exposes team weaknesses

Zinho in Flamengo’s press conference

We’ve been following Flamengo’s transfer saga in this international transfer window since the month began. Unfortunately for them, it hasn’t been much of a success as they saw Wolfsburg saying “no” to their loan bid to get attacking midfielder Diego, and long-time idol and center-back Juan, previously on Italian side Roma, chose Internacional instead of his childhood club also putting the blame on Flamengo’s board to his decision. And their (sad) story doesn’t end there. Continue reading

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