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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Brazil Men's National Soccer Team News

 
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September 8, 2015 - Neymar scores brace in 4-1 win over USA
"Brazil controlled the night from the first whistle, but Rafinha tore the match open with a flash of brilliance to put Brazil up with their third goal. On a quick counter with the Americans chasing, Rafinha danced through the USA backline, flicking the ball behind his own right foot and then fired past goalkeeper Brad Guzan. It was a composed, dazzling finish that summed up Brazil’s hold over the hosts in Foxborough, Massachusetts.... Brazil quickly doubled their lead after the break with a penalty. David Luiz sent a brilliant 60-yard pass to Neymar, subbed in for Willian at the half, who deftly chested the ball down. He was immediately taken down by Cameron. Guzan dived the correct way for Neymar’s spot kick but couldn’t keep it out. Neymar capped the scoring for Brazil in the 67th minute, taking on four defenders and knocking the ball past Guzan." - Guardian

September 5, 2015 - Hulk scores in win over Costa Rica
"Hulk scored in the 10th minute after an early stretch of Brazilian dominance and the five-time world champion beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Saturday in a World Cup qualifying tuneup match.... Brazil took the lead when Hulk and Costa Rican defender Giancarlo Gonzalez raced to get to a ball from Danilo out of the back. Gonzalez overran the ball and slipped as Hulk lost his footing and fell. Hulk recovered first and put a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton." - KSL

August 13, 2015 - Kaka called up
"Kaka has been recalled to the Brazil squad for next month's friendly double-header against the United States and Costa Rica, while Neymar is included but Thiago Silva is dropped.
The 33-year-old Orlando City playmaker Kaka becomes the first player based in Major League Soccer to be called up by Brazil as coach Dunga makes a host of changes to his squad after a disappointing Copa America.... Barcelona star Neymar is named in the squad despite currently suffering from a bout of the mumps and being banned for the Selecao's first two 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela in October." - FIFA

June 21, 2015 - Thiago Silva & Roberto Firmino score in win over Venezuela
"Goals from Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino gave Brazil a 2-1 win over Venezuela and saw them seal top spot in Copa America Group C, while saving Colombia from elimination.... An out-swinging corner from Robinho was met by Silva at the penalty spot and his side-foot volley flew over the head of Alain Baroja and into the net, although questions will be asked about the reaction speed of Venezuela's goalkeeper. After a fairly pedestrian first half, the second started rapidly as Venezuela sought an equaliser but it was Brazil who doubled their lead. Firmino finished off fine lead-up work from Willian in the 51st minute to effectively clinch three points, although Miku's late strike ensured a tense finale." - Goal

June 14, 2015 - Neymar & Douglas Costa score in win over Peru
"Neymar carried on his brilliant form for Barça this season with a superb performance to lead Brazil to victory over Peru in the canarinha's opening game of the Copa América in the southern city of Temuco in Chile. The blaugrana striker levelled things up for the side coached by Dunga early in the first half after Peru had taken an unexpected lead with just two minutes gone thanks to a goal from Cristian Cueva. Dani Alves, also in the starting 11 following his late call up to the Brazil squad, provided the cross for the captain to head his side level just two minutes later. Then, with the game appearing to be headed for a draw, Neymar conjured up a wonderful pass in injury time to allow substitute Douglas Costa to give his side an important 2-1 win in Group C. The FC Barcelona man now has 44 goals for his country at the age of just 23." - FC Barcelona

June 10, 2015 - Roberto Firmino scores in win over Honduras
"Brazil warmed up for their Copa America campaign with a 1-0 victory over Honduras thanks to a first-half strike from Roberto Firmino.... The opener finally arrived when Filipe Luis sprinted into space before picking the perfect pass to allow Firmino to slot past a helpless Valladares." - Sports Mole

June 7, 2015 - Philippe Coutinho & Diego Tardelli score in win over Mexico
"Philippe Coutinho and Diego Tardelli scored a goal each in the first half to give Brazil a 2-0 win over Mexico in a warm-up for the Copa America on Sunday.... Coutinho put Brazil ahead with a beautiful angled shot from inside the area in the 28th minute. He got past defender Hugo Ayala and, from near the end line, sent a right-footed shot in between the post and goalkeeper Jesus Corona, who apparently was expecting a cross.... Tardelli added to the lead in the 37th with an easy goal from close range after receiving a perfect pass from midfielder Elias inside the area." - Daily Mail

May 5, 2015- roster name for Copa América
  • Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Diego Alves (Valencia), Marcelo Grohe (Grêmio) 
  • Defenders: Fabinho (Monaco), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Danilo (Porto), David Luiz (PSG), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Miranda (Atletico de Madrid) 
  • Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Casemiro (Porto), Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Everton Ribeiro (Al-Ahli), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk) 
  • Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Robinho (Santos), Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim), Diego Tardelli (Shandong Luneng)

March 29, 2015 - Roberto Firmino scores in 1-0 win over Chile
"Roberto Firmino's goal helped Brazil extend their winning run to eight matches at the expense of South American rivals Chile at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. Hoffenheim striker Firmino latched on to Danilo's pass and took the ball around Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo." - BBC

March 26, 2015 - Oscar, Neymar & Gustavo score in win over France
"Brazil erased a one-goal deficit with a first half equalizer from Oscar and goals from Neymar and Luis Gustavo in the final 45 minutes to claim a 3-1 international friendly victory over France Thursday at Stade de France. The French gained the early lead after Raphael Varane converted Mathieu Valbuena cross off a cornerkick into a header and goal in the 21st minute, but failed to hang on once the Brazilians got their attack in order. Oscar recorded the equalizer by deflecting Roberto Firmino through ball in the 41st minute with his left foot in front of French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda’s net.... With Willian leading the lightning-quick counter, Neymar put Brazil ahead for good in the 57th by rocketing his shot to the top right shelf past Mandanda. Gustavo would then flash the all-too familiar versatility of Brazil’s attack by one upping Varane’s set piece work earlier in the match. The Wolfsburg midfielder timed his header perfectly and Mandanda could only watch the shot take a bounce and land in the goal in the 70th minute." - IBT

March 22, 2015 - roster updates
"Coach Dunga has called Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano, Corinthians defender Gil and Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista into his squad for the international friendlies with France and Chile. The Seleção boss was forced into the trio of changes after David Luiz, Marquinhos and Diego Tardelli withdrew from the party through injury. Diego Tardelli had had been a concern for the coaching staff since the squad was announced last week, as the 29-year-old Shandong Luneng star has missed his club side's previous three matches through injury. David Luiz suffered a thigh strain in Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat to Bordeaux last weekend, while team-mate Marquinhos is also suffering from a muscular injury." - Copa America

March 5, 2015 - roster named for friendlies with France & Chile
  • Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio), Diego Alves (Valencia)
  • Defenders: David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Fabinho (Monaco), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Danilo (Porto).
  • Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Elias (Corinthians), Souza (Sao Paulo), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Coutinho (Liverpool), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk).
  • Forwards: Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim), Neymar (Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Shandong Luneng), Robinho (Santos).
November 18, 2014 - David Luiz & Roberto Firmino score in win over Austria
"Roberto Firmino struck a 25-yard winner as Brazil edged out Austria 2-1 in this evening's friendly at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna.... Brazil eventually took the lead in the 64th minute when Silva's PSG teammate David Luiz headed home a corner from former Chelsea companion Oscar. Austria equalised 15 minutes from time when Aleksandar Dragovic tucked home a penalty after Oscar had brought down Andreas Weimann in the box. It was the first goal Brazil had conceded under new manager Dunga. Hoffenheim's Firmino scored the winner in the 83rd minute after coming on as a substitute with a powerful strike from distance that flew past Ramazan Ozcan into the top corner." - Sports Mole

November 12, 2014 - Neymar scores brace in win over Turkey
"Neymar scored twice for Brazil in a 4-0 thrashing of Turkey on Wednesday as they continued their dominating performances following their World Cup embarrassment in the summer. Brazil's performances have been steadily improving since Dunga took up the reins from Luiz Felipe Scolari and the win in Istanbul saw them repeat the scoreline of their 4-0 drubbing of Japan last month. Neymar's first came after 20 minutes as he poked the ball past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel before Semih Kaya put the ball in his own net to double their advantage. Willian - excellent throughout - extended the lead just before the break by sidefooting home in plenty of space, before the Chelsea man then provided the assist for Neymar to slot home the fourth on the hour." - Copa America

November 8, 2014 - Fred replaces Romulo
"Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has been drafted into the Brazil squad after Spartak Moscow’s Romulo was forced to withdraw through injury. The 24-year-old Romulo was himself a late call-up to last month’s squad, coming in to replace Fernandinho, but was an unused substitute against both Argentina and Japan.... Former Internacional midfielder Fred will take his place, joining Shakhtar team-mates Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano in the squad, with all three are hoping to make their senior international debuts." - Goal

October 28, 2014 - roster updates
"There’s a five-man strong Premier League contingent in Dunga’s latest Brazil squad for November friendlies in Turkey and Austria, but there is an eye-catching first-ever senior call-up for Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino. Samba Boys boss Dunga and predecessor Luiz Felipe Scolari both previously resisted suggested commentators that the 23-year-old should receive international recognition. Firmino was named Bundesliga breakthrough talent of the year for 2013/14, after scoring 16 goals and laying on a dozen assists. Having also ignored the claims of the Brazilian contingent playing in the Ukrainian Premier League before, Shakhtar Donetsk attacking duo Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano are also named for the first time.... Alongside Chelsea trio Filipe Luis, Oscar and Willian; Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho and Liverpool creative force Philippe Coutinho, there is a place on Dunga’s roster for PSG attacker Lucas Moura. He could earn his first cap in over a year, and converted two spot kicks for Laurent Blanc’s boys in their recent Ligue 1 win over Bordeaux. Parisian teammate Thiago Silva returns after injury, but it is understood Dunga is likely to retain talisman Neymar as Samba Boys skipper. David Luiz and Marquinhos complete the PSG foursome called." - Coral

October 14, 2014 - Neymar scores four in win over Japan
"Neymar scored all four goals Tuesday to give Brazil a 4-0 victory over Japan in a friendly match. Playing at a neutral venue in Singapore, the Barcelona striker gave his team the lead in the 18th minute after running onto a through ball from Diego Tardelli. He got his second three minutes after the restart, meeting a long pass from Philippe Coutinho and side-footing past Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, and completed the hat trick in the 77th when he beat Kawashima from close range. The 22-year-old Neymar, who also hit the post in the first half from a free kick, rose unmarked in the six-yard box to head in his fourth with nine minutes to go." - Salt Lake Tribune

October 11, 2014 - Diego Tardelli scores brace in Superclasico de las Americas win
"Diego Tardelli scored twice as Brazil beat Argentina to win the Superclasico de las Americas in Beijing. Brazil, who included Barcelona's Neymar in their side, took the lead on 28 minutes when Diego Tardelli volleyed in his first international goal. Argentina's Lionel Messi had a penalty saved, before Tardelli sealed victory with a second-half header.... Instead it was Atletico Mineiro striker Tardelli who made the biggest impression, opening the scoring with a volleyed finish after Argentina failed to clear. Messi, like Barcelona team-mate Neymar, failed to really impose himself throughout the contest, but should have levelled just before the break. After Manchester United's Angel Di Maria was fouled inside the area, Messi's weak penalty was easily saved by Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson. Tardelli made no such mistake, heading powerfully home on 64 minutes to seal victory for Brazil." - BBC

October 3, 2014 - Kaka called up
"Kaka could make his first Brazil appearance in over 18 months after being called up by Dunga for the upcoming tour of Asia. The Orlando City star, who is currently on loan at Sao Paulo, will replace Cruzeiro's Ricardo Goulart in the party for the Superclassico das Americas meeting with Argentina in Beijing on October 11 and the clash with Japan in Singapore three days later. Should Kaka play in either game it will be first cap for his country since March 25, 2013 when he took part in a 1-1 friendly draw against Russia. The 32-year-old was overlooked for the World Cup by former Selecao boss Luiz Felipe Scolari after a disappointing second spell at AC Milan." - Goal

October 2, 2014 - Souza called up
"Midfielder Souza of Sao Paulo has been called up to the Brazil squad by coach Dunga to replace injured Chelsea star Ramires for the friendlies against Argentina and Japan later this month. Ramires missed Chelsea's 1-0 UEFA Champions League win at Sporting Lisbon in midweek with a groin injury and will also skip Sunday's Premier League clash against Arsenal." - FIFA

September 17, 2014 - Mario Fernandes and Dodo added
Brazil boss Dunga defended his selection of Mario Fernandes and Dodo, who were the surprises in his call up yesterday in Rio de Janeiro. The 50-year-old coach called up Inter Milan’s Dodo and CSKA Moscow’ Mario Fernandes. He dropped Thiago Silva. '”Mario Fernandes has this episode, but everyone needs a second chance,' said Dunga. In 2011, Mano Menezes invited Fernandes to play for Brazil, but the then Gremio player cordially refused the call up, citing personal reasons.... Dodo began his senior career at Brazilian giants Corinthians before he moved on loan to Bahia. He had a spell at Roma before the Roman club decided to loan the 22-year-old to Inter Milan. 'He is also a full-back, but with more offensive characteristics,' said Dunga." - Sambafoot

September 9, 2014 - Willian scores in win over Ecuador
"Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in an international friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday with a first half goal from Willian enough to give coach Dunga his second successive victory. The goal came on the half hour from a well-rehearsed free kick. Oscar hit a short pass to Neymar who lifted a curled pass over the defence to Willian, who controlled the ball and slipped it into the net with the outside of his right foot. Ecuador almost equalised six minutes later but Enner Valencia's right foot shot hit the base of the post after beating goalkeeper Jefferson." - Reuters

September 5, 2014 - Neymar scores lone goal in win over Colombia
"National pride was in abundance, even with emotions drained by the recent World Cup. Or perhaps because of the passion incited when Brazil eliminated Colombia in a very physical and contentious quarterfinal on July 4 in Fortaleza, Brazil. In the rematch, newly appointed Brazilian captain Neymar gave Brazil a 1-0 victory on a free kick in the 83rd minute. Neymar, in his return from an injury suffered in the previous meeting with Colombia, banked it in off the post in the top right corner, beating David Ospina." - Sun Sentinel

September 4, 2014 - Neymar named captain
"Brazil coach Dunga has confirmed that Neymar will captain the side against Colombia on Friday. Thiago Silva, who was captain under previous coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, is absent from the squad that will follow up their clash at Sun Life Stadium on Tuesday when they face Ecuador in New Jersey. And Dunga believes the 22-year-old Barcelona star has all the tools required to lead the group. 'It has already been decided,' Dunga told a press conference at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami. 'He's a player with a lot of quality, despite his age is experienced. The captain has to set the standard for the others,' he added." - Goal

July 7, 2014 - Thiago Silva loses appeal, out for Germany match
"World Cup host Brazil, already without leading scorer Neymar for the rest of the soccer tournament, won’t have captain Thiago Silva for tomorrow’s semifinal against Germany after FIFA rejected his appeal of a one-game ban for getting two yellow cards. Silva, the team’s defensive leader, was booked the second time in the tournament for blocking a goalkeepers’ attempted punt upfield, earning an automatic suspension in a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia. Neymar suffered a tournament-ending back injury in the same game. The FIFA disciplinary committee reviewing Silva’s appeal turned it down because 'there is no legal basis entitling it to grant such request,' soccer’s governing body said in an e-mailed statement. FIFA also declined to penalize Juan Zuniga, the Colombian defender who injured Neymar." - Bloomberg

July 4, 2014 - Neymar out with broken vertebra
"Brazil forward Neymar has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup after suffering a broken vertebra in his side's win against Colombia. Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirmed the news to Brazilian TV after the Barcelona star underwent further tests in a Fortaleza hospital. Neymar was caught from behind by a reckless Juan Zuniga challenge and had to be carried off on a stretcher towards the end of the Selecao's 2-1 win in Fortaleza." - Sporting News

July 4, 2014 - Thiago Silva and David Luiz score in win over Columbia
"Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years, with goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz in a 2-1 win over Columbia. Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte. Silva gave Brazil the lead in the seventh minute, scoring with his left knee after a corner from Neymar passed through the Colombian defense. He celebrated the goal by pointing to the emblem on his jersey and shouting, 'This is Brazil, this is Brazil.' Luiz added the second from a free kick in the 69th, sending a swerving long-range shot off the side of his foot into the top of the net. Colombia got one back in the 80th. James Rodriguez scored his tournament-leading sixth goal from the penalty spot after Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar brought down substitute Carlos Bacca inside the area.' - Detroit News

June 28, 2014 - Brazil wins 3-2 on penalties over Chile
"Two first half-goals were all the teams managed in a fast-paced and tense 90 minutes and extra time in the Mineirao Stadium. Gonzalo Jara missed the decisive penalty for Chile, crashing his shot against the post and across the face of the goal, to continue his country’s record of World Cup misery against Brazil. Willian and Hulk both missed from the spot for Brazil. But David Luiz, Marcelo and Neymar all kept their cool to score while Julio Cesar made crucial saves from Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez. Neymar sank to his knees in disbelief afterwards amid widespread tears of joy. Some of the Chilean players hid their weeping under their shirts as they left the field. Earlier on a hot afternoon in Belo Horizonte, Sanchez pounced on poor Brazlian defending to equalise for Chile in the 32nd minute, cancelling out an 18th-minute opener for the hosts that appeared to be an own-goal by Jara but was awarded by FIFA to David Luiz." - New Straits Times

June 23, 2014 - Neymar kicks Brazil to win over Cameroon
"The hosts clinched first place in Group A with a 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday, thanks to the heroics Brazil’s star, Neymar. He had two goals and created Brazil’s third, and now the No. 10 holds the scoring lead at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with four goals in three matches. It wasn’t a clean performance by any means. Cameroon gave the Brazil defence a lot of trouble at times, and the Indomitable Lions tied the match 1-1 when Joël Matip scored in the 26th minute. But Neymar came through again when needed most, scoring his second goal in the 34th minute which held up as the winner. Fred scored his first goal of the tournament to seal the Brazil victory, and Fernandinho sealed first place in Group A with a marker in the 84th minute." - CBC

June 15, 2014 - Hulk hurtin' (a little bit)
"Striker Hulk limped out of a training session on Sunday morning but later said his injury was not serious and he expects to be fit for Brazil’s World Cup match against Mexico on Tuesday. The Zenit St Petersburg striker was playing for Brazil’s first string against a second string team in a training match, but limped off the pitch after scoring. He received treatment on the touchline but was unable to continue and the training complex. 'I felt a niggle and came off as a precaution,' he told reporters shortly before the squad were due to fly to the northern city of Fortaleza. 'I am good, I am happy and I hope to be 100 percent in two days for the next game. I hope it wasn’t anything serious, I feel good.It’s a normal pain. If I feel anything at all I come off to treat it'.” - The Guardian

June 12, 2014 - Neymar doubles in World Cup opener 3-1 win over Croatia
"Neymar scored two goals, including a controversial penalty, as hosts Brazil made a winning start to their World Cup campaign. The five-time winners trailed when Marcelo's own goal, after Nikica Jelavic's miskick, put Croatia ahead. But Brazil were level when Neymar equalised from 25 yards following Oscar's powerful run. Neymar scored from the spot after Dejan Lovren fouled Fred, before Oscar wrapped up victory in stoppage time." - BBC

June 6, 2014 - Fred scores in win over Serbia
"Striker Fred scored early in the second half to help Brazil defeat Serbia 1-0 in its final warm-up before the World Cup on Friday. Brazil was struggling and fans were jeering the team when Fred found the net from inside the area in the 58th minute at a nearly packed Morumbi Stadium. He chested down a cross by Thiago Silva and hit a right footed shot as he fell in between two Serbian defenders. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari used the same team that is expected to play in the opener against Croatia on Thursday." - Sports Illustrated

June 3, 2014 - Neymar busy in win over Panama
"Neymar scored one goal and set up two others to help Brazil defeat Panama 4-0 in a World Cup warm-up match on Tuesday. Neymar broke the deadlock with a well-struck free kick from just outside the area in the 26th minute, and then sent a perfect back-heel pass for Hulk to score less than a minute into the second half. Neymar also started the move that led to Willian scoring in the 73rd. Neymar's Barcelona teammate Dani Alves had struck Brazil's second goal with a right footed shot in the 40th... Brazil was already playing better when Alves' shot from outside the area found the far corner, and then Hulk took advantage of Neymar's back-heel to score the third goal with a low cross shot. Neymar began the move for Brazil's fourth goal with a nice through pass to Maxwell, who crossed the ball for an easy goal by Willian." - Miami Herald
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May 7, 2014 - final World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers:
  • Julio Cesar (Toronto FC)
  • Jefferson (Botafogo)
  • Victor (Atlético Mineiro)
Defenders:
  • Dani Alves (Barcelona)
  • Maicon (Roma)
  • Marcelo (Real Madrid)
  • Maxwell (PSG)
  • Thiago Silva (PSG)
  • David Luiz (Chelsea)
  • Dante (Bayern Munich)
  • Henrique (Napoli)
Midfielders:
  • Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg)
  • Hernanes (Inter Milan)
  • Paulinho (Tottenham)
  • Ramires (Chelsea)
  • Oscar (Chelsea)
  • Fernandinho (Manchester City)
  • Willian (Chelsea)
Forwards:
  • Hulk (Zenit)
  • Neymar (Barcelona)
  • Fred (Fluminense)
  • Jô (Atlético Mineiro)
  • Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)
- Fox News Latino

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