Liverpool target hints at Real Madrid move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool are set to be dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic after the player claimed that he would love to play in the Champions League for Real Madrid.
Reports are rife that the Sevilla captain spoke to German daily Kicker expressing his wishes for the upcoming season...
Laryea Kingson has ruled out playing for a local sideBy Patrick AkotoEx-Ghana international Laryea Kingson has ruled out playing for any local club. Kingson re-joined his boyhood club Hearts two years ago but left feeling bitter following a frosty relationship with the club.The 33-year-old has vowed never to play for any of the local sides in Ghana.“I will never in my life again...
Ponte Preta are celebrating reaching the final of the Copa Sudamericana for the first time in their history after a 1-1 draw against giants Sao Paulo was enough to secure a 4-2 aggregate win.
Having won the first leg 3-1, Ponte Preta took a conservative approach to the second as they lowered the tempo in order to frustrate the tournament's defending champions, and they added...
Seventy-five players from Brazil's top leagues have sent a letter to the Brazilian football federation complaining that next season's schedule - adjusted for the 2014 World Cup - requires them to play too many games in too few days.
The daily newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo said Tuesday that players usually play about seven matches per month, but the new schedule requires them...
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September 24, 2013
Sao Paulo defeated defending champion Fluminense 2-1 on Sunday to halt a 12-match winless streak in the Brazilian league.
Former Brazil striker Luis Fabiano and defender Reinaldo scored a first-half goal each to give Sao Paulo its first win since the second round. The result was not enough to get the six-time national champion out of relegation zone, but now it's only three...
Flamengo's poor start to the Campeonato season continued after they went down 2-0 at home to Ponte Preta.
Two games in and they are yet to register a point after goals from William in the 26th minute and Cicinho in the 74th.
Corinthians needed a 87th minute striker from Torres Guilherme to rescue a point at Goias after Ernando put the home side ahead in the 38th minute.
The Brazilian league starts this weekend with defending champion Fluminense trying to win its third title in four years.
But the club led by Deco and Fred won't have an easy time repeating as champion, as it will be going against teams filled with stars that include Ronaldinho, Luis Fabiano, Alexandre Pato and Clarence Seedorf.
Brazil sensation Neymar may be on his way to Europe...
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May 24, 2013
Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro reached the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores by beating Sao Paulo 4-1 on Wednesday, advancing 6-2 on aggregate following a 2-1 first-leg win.
Atletico striker Jo scored in the 17th, 58th and 65th minutes at the Independencia Stadium, while forward Diego Tardelli got on the board in the 60th. Luis Fabiano netted for Sao Paulo in the 75th.
Uruguayan giants Nacional claimed a surprise win at La Bombonera as they beat Boca Juniors 1-0 in Buenos Aires to take sole lead in the Copa Libertadores Group 1.
Andres Scotti, with a header from a corner, netted the winner after 20 minutes as Nacional moved on to seven points in the standings, three more than Mexico's Toluca.
Nacional defender Alejandro Lembo was sent off...
Brazilian giants Sao Paulo came from behind to defeat Bolivian side The Strongest 2-1 in Group Three of the Copa Libertadores .
The three-time reigning champions of Bolivia opened the scoring after defender Marcos Barrera deflected a corner kick into the net.
The Strongest had clear chances to extend the lead, but their forwards failed to convert their chances and the Copa Sudamericana...
Luis Fabiano netted a first-half brace as Brazilian giants Sao Paulo hammered Bolivia's Bolivar 5-0 on their road to the Copa Libertadores group stage.
In the first leg of the preliminary round tie Ney Franco's Sao Paulo, who won the Copa Sudamericana last month, showed no mercy and took a surely unassailable lead ahead of the second leg next Wednesday.
Jadson was the man...
Recent Brazil International call-up Luis Fabiano notched a double in 5-0 rout over Bolivians The post Copa Libertadores: São Paulo Thrashes Bolívar appeared first on The Soccer Daily.
Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas hopes he can help the Brazilian giants lift the Copa Sudamericana title before moving to Europe.
Sao Paulo and Argentina's Tigre play the second leg of the tournament's final on Wednesday night after a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Argentina.
With away goals not counting, any draw would take the match to penalties.
Lucas has already agreed a deal...
Sao Paulo and Argentine side Tigre drew 0-0 on Wednesday in the first-leg of the Copa Sudamericana final, which should give a slight edge to the Brazilians in the second leg in a week.
Sao Paulo, one of South America's most decorated clubs, had more possession but failed to break down the modest Argentine side, which is playing in its first international final.
The second leg...
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December 05, 2012
Sao Paulo held Universidad Catolica of Chile to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday, reaching the Copa Sudamericana final on away goals.
The teams drew 1-1 in the first semifinal at Chile last week.
Sao Paulo dominated the match in front of nearly 60,000 fans at its Morumbi Stadium.
Universidad Catolica had a couple of chances with balls crossed into the area in the final minutes, but could...
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November 28, 2012
Fluminense won its second Brazilian title in three years by beating Palmeiras 3-2 after a pair of goals by league-leading scorer Fred on Sunday.
The striker scored an 88th-minute winner to give Fluminense the victory and its fourth national title, adding to triumphs in 2010, 1984 and 1970.
Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro could have kept Fluminense from celebrating on Sunday but...
Sao Paulo thrashed Universidad de Chile 5-0 on Wednesday to advance to the Copa Sudamericana semifinals with a 7-0 aggregate score.
Midfielder Jadson opened the scoring for Sao Paulo against the defending champions just five minutes into the match at the Pacaembu Stadium, then playmaker Lucas added to the lead in the 22nd and striker Luis Fabiano closed the first-half scoring seven...
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November 07, 2012
Police say the younger sister of Brazil striker Hulk has returned home unhurt a day after being kidnapped.
Authorities say 22-year-old Angelica Aparecida Vieira was released a few hundred meters from her house early Tuesday afternoon in the northeastern city of Campina Grande.
Vieira had been missing since Monday but police weren't sure whether it was a kidnapping case. Investigator...
Fred scored his league-leading 17th goal of the season as Fluminense held Sao Paulo to a 1-1 home draw on Sunday and increased its lead over Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian championship.
Fluminense moved closer to its second title in three years by opening a nine-point advantage with four rounds left. Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro had its chances significantly diminished after...
Universidad Catolica of Chile reached the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana despite a 3-1 loss to Atletico Goianiense on Wednesday, advancing on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw in the home and away series.
Michael Rios scored the goal that sent the Chileans through in the 42nd minute at the Serra Dourada Stadium.
Atletico, last place and virtually relegated in the Brazilian...
Sao Paulo of Brazil held Liga de Loja of Ecuador to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana.
Liga advanced on away goals after the first leg match ended in a 1-1 draw. The Brazilian club will next play either Universidad de Chile or Emelec of Ecuador.
Sao Paulo, a three-time Copa Libertadores champion, was in command throughout the match at the...
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October 24, 2012
Fluminense scored two late goals in a 2-1 win over Ponte Preta on Sunday to retain a nine-point lead over Atletico Mineiro atop the Brazilian league.
Fluminense allowed a first-minute goal at the Sao Januario stadium in Rio de Janeiro, but striker Fred converted a penalty kick in the 80th and defender Gum netted the winner in the 88th to help the team maintain its comfortable advantage...
Fluminense took advantage of Atletico Mineiro's latest slip-up to extend their lead at the top of the Campeonato Brasileiro to nine points with a 2-0 win at Bahia.
They had to wait until just before the hour mark for Bruno Vieira to break the deadlock, then Rafael Sobis added a second in the 75th minute.
And it proved to be a profitable victory as second-placed Atletico collapsed...
Ronaldinho netted a hat-trick as Atletico Mineiro won 6-0 against Figueirense to keep up pressure on leaders Fluminense in the Campeonato.
He opened the scoring with a remarkable 12th-minute strike, collecting the ball from a short corner on the left and whipping it just inside the far top corner from 25 yards.
Ronaldinho celebrated as though he had intended it as a shot rather...
Brazil forward Luis Fabiano is looking forward to lining up alongside star name Neymar in the friendly against great rivals Argentina.
The second edition of the 'Superclasico de las Americas' will get under way with Wednesday's first leg in Goiania and will involve only players who play their club football in Brazil and Argentina.
Sao Paulo forward Luis Fabiano is expected...