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Seleção boss Scolari ´not disappointed´ with England performance


Seleção boss Luiz Felipe Scolari claims he is not disappointed at last night’s result and says that England deserve praise for their 2-1 victory over Brazil despite a lacklustre performance from his side.

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard were enough to secure victory despite a superb strike from Fluminense’s Fred in the second half.

“I’m not disappointed,” Scolari told the press conference. “We faced a strong England team with strong players and in good form, so no, I’m not disappointed.

“I have to credit all of their team, all of their players, their style and the work of their manager because their team is playing very well. It’s strong and very organised.

“I was not surprised. We have seen all the data, and we know this is the way England play when they are on form. Let us see how they play at the World Cup next year.

“I am used to losing my first game, but after the first game I am used to winning games and competitions. I’m not disappointed or sad.”

Scolari also offered consolation for Ronaldinho, who missed a penalty in the first half to top off an ineffectual game, and claims that there will be more chances for the Atlético Mineiro playmaker.

“He played 90 minutes in the first game in Brazil,” he added. “There is some work for him to do, but he played well and if he keeps working he will be selected again.”

The Seleção boss also reserved special praise for debutant Dante: “I’m very satisfied with him, and we have won another great centre back for the future.”

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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QPR keeper Júlio César happy with his performance despite Wembley defeat..


Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Júlio César was happy with his performance for Brazil on Wednesday night, despite his side´s 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley.

Júlio César, 33, pulled off magnificent saves to deny both Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney, but found himself helpless to prevent both Rooney and Frank Lampard scoring for England.

The goalkeeper, who has displaced Diego Alves from the Brazil lineup, was widely praised for his showing on the night and declared himself content with his efforts.

"I am happy with my performance," the keeper told TV Globo. "Tactically they were very good and made the most of our mistakes. They are a team that deserve respect.

"We have many areas to improve and we need to take advantage of the short time we have together. I´ll keep doing my job and help my team to avoid relegation. I´m very happy to wear the shirt of the Seleção once more. I will sleep happy because of this."

Brazil´s next fixtures come in March when they will take on both Italy and Russia in preparation for the Confederations Cup—with Júlio César now expected to retain his place as the team´s starting goalkeeper.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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Brazil are on a steep learning curve – and England represent a real challenge

By James Young

Football, Sport

Wednesday, 6 February 2013 at 11:31 am


It may be drizzly summer in Brazil, but rebuilt World Cup stadiums are popping from the earth like spring crocuses. The Copa das Confederações is mere months away, and the big digital clock in the Praça da Liberdade here in Belo Horizonte counts down to the Mundial: 491 days, as of this morning. The sense of anticipation is almost palpable.

After more than two years of trial and error under Mano Menezes, the home straight also looms for Felipe Scolari and the Seleção. Time is short – less than a year and a half’s worth of friendlies and the lukewarm competitiveness of the Confederations Cup is thin gruel for building a World Cup title challenger.

At least, starting with tonight’s friendly against England, Brazil’s 2013 fixture list will be tougher than it generally was for the unfortunate Mr Menezes. Over the coming months, Felipão’s side will take on Russia, Portugal, Italy and France, with a game against Germany also in the pipeline. It represents a considerable step-up from last year’s patsies such as China, Iraq and South Africa, games from which almost nothing was learnt. This Brazil squad remains in the middle of a steep learning curve, and will be all the better for the greater challenges ahead.

The fast track to 2014 starts tonight at Wembley. While the presence of Brazil in London is hardly a rarity (in recent years, English fans have probably had as many opportunities to watch the Seleção in the flesh as have Brazilians), England vs. Brazil, from Guadalajara in 1970 to Shizuoka in 2002, still generates a certain frisson. “Um clássico mundial,” as Felipão recently described it.

Perhaps it’s the history, perhaps it’s the real or imagined clash of styles. Although the gentrification of the Premier League has improved things, Brazilian fans still see English football as the realm of the honest toiler, organised but ungainly, the ball seemingly becoming octagonal rather than spherical when resting atop a toe from the Land of the Queen (as TV pundits invariably refer to anything England related). Spanish tiki-taka might have taken over from o jogo bonito, but for the love of God, surely we’re still better than England, runs the thinking from Porto Alegre to Pará. “England are a good team with good players,” Neymar said yesterday, “but I don’t see them as one of our main World Cup rivals.”

Meanwhile, despite the recent fall from grace, the canary yellow of Brazil’s shirts retains a kind of footballing exoticism, the ghosts of Pelé, Zico, Sócrates, Romário and the rest an ethereal presence hovering over the shoulders of the current side.

A look at the careers of a few of those greats provides an interesting parallel with some of today’s players. Other than a spell with the New York Cosmos at the end of his career, Pelé spent his entire footballing life with Santos. Zico and Sócrates too, spent most of their careers in Brazil, with Flamengo and Corinthians, respectively. And Romário is famous for leaving Barcelona and returning to Brazilian club football whilst still in his prime.

Roughly similar career trajectories pepper today’s Seleção, though that is not to compare Luís Fabiano with Romário, or (gulp), Neymar with Pelé. But the fact that these two, and others such as Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Fluminense’s Fred, and Corinthians’ Paulinho, play their football in Brazil adds a touch of mystery to the proceedings. In today’s world of internet streaming and myriad cable TV channels it is naïve to imagine that Neymar might be unknown to the average England fan at Wembley tonight, but he is certainly less visible while playing for Santos than he would be if he was at Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Neymar’s determination to stay in Brazil has perhaps lent him a touch of the old school, a hangover from the days when South American players would spend their careers at home, only venturing to Europe a couple of times a year, with the national side or on a club tour, to teach the locals a few footballing lessons. He is unlikely to do quite that tonight, but his is a prodigious talent, and with Mundial pressure mounting and more daunting foes on the horizon, it may be that 2013 is the year when he proves a few of the doubters wrong.

And then there is Ronaldinho. Now successfully reinvented as the arch-schemer of an admirable Atlético Mineiro side, English fans should not expect the surging scampers of yore. But instead, if afforded the space, there will be boundless sleight of foot and a variety of passing angles that would make Euclid blush. There is, after all, more than one way to skin a zagueiro.

Reports from yesterday’s training session suggest that Brazil will line up with Oscar and Ronaldinho as the creative hub in the middle, Luís Fabiano as the lead striker, and Neymar flitting about somewhere nearby, most frequently drifting to the left. Ramires and the excellent Paulinho will provide more than just defensive cover, while the back four will be made up of Daniel Alves, David Luiz, Bayern Munich’s Dante, and Barcelona’s Adriano. Four of that side play their club football in Brazil, although Julio César, of the not terribly Brazilian QPR, will be in goal.

It is Felipão’s first draft, rather than the finished work. But all of Brazil will be watching, looking for clues to Scolari’s thinking and seeking a few glimmers of hope for the Mundial. A new manager, a famous stadium, proper opposition, and the World Cup coming up fast on the horizon? For Brazil, 2014 starts now.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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Mexico vs. Jamaica: Final score 0-0, El Tri stunned at the Azteca


Jose Manuel de la Torre´s team selection and substitutions were absolutely baffling on Wednesday night. Jamaica played hard to earn a draw, but Chepo did not give Mexico their best chance to win the match.

Mexico supporters expected their team to run out comfortable winners against Jamaica, but El Tri simply didn´t show up on Wednesday night. Between the poor finishing by all of their attackers, Jamaica´s impressive work rate and ´Chepo´ Jose Manuel de la Torre´s decisions, Mexico never looked like anything close to the best version of themselves. The Reggae Boyz did everything they were supposed to, could have scored on numerous occasions, and completely earned their 0-0 draw.

Chepo decided to make the unorthodox decision to play with two strikers, while playing Giovani dos Santos on the right wing. As one would expect, Gio drifted inside, and at times, all the way to the left flank. Gio, Andres Guardado and Jorge Torres Nilo bombarded the weak Jamaican right side, but they weren´t able to find ´Chicharito´ Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta for easy chances. Guardado, Torres Nilo and Carlos Salcido were all extremely wasteful with their shooting, and fired a number of long shots off target.

Gio´s drifting and Chepo´s odd team selection regularly left Jobi McAnuff -- Jamaica´s best player -- free on their left wing as Paul Aguilar attempted to take on the attacking and defensive responsibilities of two players by himself on the Mexican right flank. This led to a number of good counter-attacks and an easy outlet for the Reggae Boyz to relieve pressure when they won the ball back from Mexico, who had all of the possession in the match.

McAnuff hit the post with an odd cross-shot hybrid attempt in the 8th minute, and the ball bounced to Ryan Johnson for what should have been a tap-in. Incredibly, he managed to kick the ball directly at Jose Corona while the entire goal was at his mercy. Johnson also had the second best chance of the match for either team in the 68th minute, when he put the ball right into Corona´s stomach on a breakaway for Jamaica. He had other half-chances, and if his finishing had been any better, Jamaica could have left Mexico City with three points.

As the second half wore on and Mexico struggled to create clear chances, Chepo tinkered with his team. He made a seemingly logical move at halftime by bringing on Javier Aquino for Gio, but a direct 4-4-2 formation with true wingers and center forwards was predictably ineffective against a very tall and athletic Jamaica side. In the 67th minute, Angel Reyna replaced Hector Herrera, which moved Guardado to the center of midfield. Guardado looked out of place in a position he never plays (surprise!), and was quickly replaced by Marco Fabian, who did very little.

The referee showed a stunning six minutes of stoppage time, but El Tri failed to make the most of it. Their best chance of the game came in the 93rd minute when Chicharito was played through on goal, but Donovan Ricketts rushed out to make a save, and Demar Phillips made a spectacular overhead clearance to deny any follow-up attempt. In the 96th minute, Aguilar appeared to have a lane for a cross, but took a heavy touch out for a goal kick with the final touch of the ball in the match.

While players can always overcome a manager´s poor tactics if they play well enough, and Mexico should beat just about anyone at home no matter what their manager does, this result has to fall more on Chepo than the players. His initial team selection didn´t make sense, his substitutions made less sense, and he never put his team in a great position to win the match

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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Storskuffende kamp af Mexico, men pas på dette Jamaica-hold fremadrettet her i CONCACAF-slutspillet. Det kommer ikke til at tabe mange kampe med deres fysiske spil - Mariappa er et scoop i en ellers tynd defensiv.

USA nederst, hvem havde set dét komme.


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They did the job for Bob....Det var jo Bob Marley fødselsdag igår... Men ja Jamaica har muligheden for at blive endnu bedre når de "nye" spillere bliver sammenspillet - muligvis bliver de forstærket yderligere da spillere med jamaicanske rødder finder det mere opportunt at agere "mercenaries" for Jamaica fremfor at "play the role of The English Uncle Tom" - som nu Raheem Sterling gjorde....

Så dog helst at det jamaicanske landshold bestod at jamaicanere og ikke af UB´40´s men lidt kvalitet gør dog ikke noget...

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Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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São Paulo midfielder Ganso says he felt good in draw against Ponte Preta

São Paulo midfielder Ganso says that he felt good in the 25 minutes he played in Wednesday night’s goalless draw against Ponte Preta.

Ganso, 23, has struggled for form and fitness since his move to São Paulo from Santos last September and started the game on the bench against Ponte Preta but admitted after that he is now fully fit and hoping to find a staring spot in Ney Franco’s team.

“I´m 100%, so I entered and could find space,” he told Lancenet! after the game.

“Depending on the game, you find it very closed when teams enter the second half, as it was today, then it becomes more difficult.”

Ganso finds himself in a fight for the number 10 position at São Paulo with Jadson, but the former Santos star says he hopes to play alongside Jadson.

“Jadson is fine. I hope he can keep playing and that I can find another place. I have played this formation and normally central.

“But here the competition is very strong. Every player needs sequence of games and I´m no different.”

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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Howard: ‘We got outplayed in a lot of facets of the game’


SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Goalkeeper Tim Howard made no excuses for the United States’ disappointing performance in its 2-1 World Cup qualifying loss to Honduras on Wednesday.

“I thought we didn’t play nearly as well as we could have,” he said. “We got outplayed in a lot of facets of the game and away from home that can’t happen. They were a much better team than us today.”

After the game, the U.S. players reminded the media that it wasn’t the end of the world or its World Cup qualifying hopes.

The defeat opened the Americans CONCACAF hexagonal run as they found themselves in last place among the six finalists. The Hondurans are atop the group with three points.

“It’s not the way we wanted to start but it’s a long road,” U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley said. “Nobody on our end expects to go 10-0-0 and that’s the reality. There are six good teams, tough stadiums to play in and tough atmospheres. We have to continue to keep a strong mentality, continue to have the confidence and continue to believe that over 10 games our quality will come out and that mentality will ride us through.”

The U.S., which hosts Costa Rica in Commerce City, Colo. on March 22, will play three of its four opening hexagonal matches on the road.

“When you’re playing in a situation like this where points are on the line you never want to start with zero, but you can’t panic,” Bradley said. “There are nine more games to go, we get a home game next and we have to look at things, improve things and know that the three points in the next game are crucial.”

Forward Clint Dempsey, who like several teammates came from Europe, where the weather conditions are much colder, said dealing with game-time temperatures was difficult.

“It was difficult game and we knew it was always going to be tough, especially dealing with the conditions,” he said. “Most of us are playing in Europe and we come here and it’s over 90 degrees at a 3:00. Both teams have to deal with those conditions but it’s difficult because you can’t press and run and have the endurance that you would have in other games. It was frustrating trying to adapt and play but you have to keep going.”

With not much to boast about from the game, looking ahead was one of the few bright spots for the American side.

“It’s not what we wanted,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We wanted to start with a positive result. We have to fix that right away now against Costa Rica in March. But we knew it would be really difficult. Both teams play on the same field and there are no excuses. When you lose a game there are reasons for it and the reasons today were too many players performed under their level.”

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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Reggae Boyz make a big point with an historical tie in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The Reggae Boyz celebrated the 68th birthday of the late reggae singer Bob Marley the best way possible on Wednesday night: by feeling like winners after playing to a stunning scoreless tie in the start of the CONCACAF hexagonal at Azteca Stadium.

How confident were Mexico’s fans that their El Tri would secure an easy win over Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier?

Azteca Stadium was nowhere near to be filled.

Well, the Mexicans, ranked 14th in the world in the FIFA rankings, had to leave the stadium with their confidence staggered after their disappointing performance, even though they extended their home WCQ unbeaten streak to 25 games.

An inspired Jamaican side, on the other hand, probably walked out with a little swagger as they never ran out of gas and managed to hold Mexico to a scoreless draw at what is considered the most difficult of all CONCACAF venues for a visitor to secure a result.

In fact, El Tri has failed to earn a victory in only seven of 75 WC qualifiers here through the years. Wednesday night was No. 7; the Mexicans are an astounding 68-1-6 in qualifiers at Azteca (Costa Rica has the lone win).

Jamaica international goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who plies his trade for the Portland Timbers (Major League Soccer), was star for the Reggae Boyz, making three vital saves, including a pair on Javier Hernandez to deny the hosts.

The Mexicans enjoyed a substantial first-half territorial advantage, but the Jamaicans had the better chances.

The hosts held ball possession 71 percent of the time and outshot Jamaica, 10-3. But many of their attempts were from far range and wound up either over or wide of the net.

The Reggae Boyz had a golden opportunity to stun Mexico in the eighth minute.

Jobi McAnuff slammed a shot off the left post as goalkeeper Jose Corona dived to his right for the ball. As Corona scrambled to get to his feet, McAnuff found himself with the ball, six yards out from point-blank range. McNuff, however, got of a weak shot that went directly to Corona, who knocked the ball away.

At halftime, Mexican coach Jose de la Torre pulled Giovani dos Santos, who had trouble communicating with Hernandez up front, in favor of Javier Aquino.

It certainly did not hurt as Hector Herrera powered a 19-yard shot that forced Ricketts to make a diving save near the right post in the 48th minute.

Ricketts came up big again for the Boyz in the 65th minute as he denied Chicharito from maybe three yards out.

A minute later, Hernandez found himself on the ground after apparently hurting his head on a header. He was slow to get up, but continued playing.

Two minutes later, Portland forward Ryan Johnson had a great chance of putting Jamaica ahead as he raced past Carlos Salcido and went in one-on-one on Corona, but sent a rather weak shot right to Corona.

Ricketts denied Chicharito again two minutes in stoppage tie as the keeper came out of the net to close down the angle of the advancing Mexican striker.

Next up for Mexico is a March 22 meeting at Honduras, while the Jamaicans host Panama.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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USA’s utterly forgettable game against Honduras


Posted on February 6, 2013

By Michael Lewis
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Time to panic? No — at least not yet.

Time to be worry? Perhaps.

Time to be concerned. Well, yes.

The U.S. did not exactly have its best performance in its 2-1 CONCACAF hexagonal loss to Honduras on Wednesday. And that’s being kind.

There was a lot to criticize, from the coach’s tactical decisions, to the woeful midfield play to some defensive lapses and a forward line that hardly produced many, if any, dangerous chances.

So where do we begin?

Klinsi’s tactics

A little history lesson. Against the Reggae Boyz in Kingston, Jamaica last September, national coach Jurgen Klinsmann decided not to start captain Carlos Bocanegra. What transpired was a 2-1 loss. The next game Boca was back in the lineup and the U.S. recorded a 1-0 win over the Jamaicans in Columbus, Ohio several days later.

Lesson learned, correct?

Not exactly.

With veteran right back Steve Cherundolo injured, Tim Chandler was given his first international start and struggled at times. Sometimes, heck, many times, players need some international experience in friendlies before being thrown into the deep part of the pool. Omar Gonzalez and Geoff Cameron partnered in the middle.

Klinsmann should have learned from history, especially starting two defenders with not much World Cup qualifying experience in the back. The U.S. needed a stabilizing force and Bocanegra would have filled the bill. If the captain isn’t starting, why is he still with the team and the captain, for that matter?

If I didn’t know any better, it sounds like a rookie coach’s mistake. Of course, Klinsmann is far from a rookie, having directed Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup.

Don’t know what he was thinking.

An off-game for Bradley

Probably the most consistent American player over past couple of years has been Michael Bradley. His hard-nosed play at holding/defensive midfielder has been a big key to the team’s success. He is a ball-winner and can spark the attack at times. Saying that, he did not have one of his best games on Wednesday. He gave the ball away on what turned into a Honduras offside goal that was called back. It’s tough when we expected perfection and we don’t get it every time out.

It’s the midfield, stupid

Then again, it wasn’t just Bradley’s fault. The engine room did not have a good game at all — on both sides of the ball. Klinsmann replaced three of the four midfielders — Danny Williams (by Maurice Edu), Jermaine Jones (Graham Zusi) and Eddie Johnson (Sacha Kljestan).

That says a lot.

No, that says a ton.

As the game wore on, the starting midfield was less effective. Edu helped stabilize things, but he is only one player.

A midfield can make up for a lot of sins. If the midfield doesn’t play well, a team has one foot in the grave and in the hexagonal, that could be devastating.

Donovan’s grief

Let’s face it, the U.S. has no player in the the same orbit as Landon Donovan. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. He can spark the team, can pass the ball, can shoot it into the back of the net and convert penalty kicks with his eyes closed. You can’t blame anyone on the team that he wasn’t with the U.S. side. Since MLS Cup, Donovan has been contemplating his playing future. There are signs he will return to the LA Galaxy. Returning to the National Team? That’s something else and another level

Whether Donovan wants to play and know he can play up to his international reputation is up to him.

Even if Landon Donovan can’t be Landon Donovan all of the time, just bursts of him could mean so much in the hexagonal.

There is no American around who can do what Donovan does (worse, there doesn’t seem to be a heir apparent).

Revenge of the MLSers

Ah, yes, before we forget there is another team on the other side of the ball, a talented and hungry one at that. In fact, four players with Major League Soccer experience played vital roles for Los Catrachos.

The list includes midfielders Roger Espinoza (late of Sporting Kansas City, now of Wigan Athletic), Mario Martinez (Seattle Sounders) and Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo) and striker Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution). And Victor Bernandez (San Jose Earthquakes) also started for Honduras.

Garcia set up the winng goal by Bengtson. Martinez played well early on and Espinoza was, well, Espinoza, playing his usual high-energy game box to box.

By the way, two Americans had two MLS players starting — Gonzalez (Galaxy) and Johnson (Seattle Sounders).

The future

Now, let’s put everything into perspective. It is the first of 10 games and of course, the hexagonal hardly gets any easier. But there is plenty of time to accrue points, even if the U.S. has a rough schedule to start off with three out of four games on the road.

It is way too early to panic (one point after four games will be an opportunity to.

It’s incredible how winning can cure a team’s ailments.

Saying that, the U.S. faces a must-win situation against Costa Rica, considered by many to be the weak link of the group, in Commerce City, Colo. on March 22. The Americans have lost at home only twice in the 28 years. A draw would not do it, especially with a trip to Azteca Stadium in Mexico City four days away.

Now, a loss at home, especially to the Ticos, that would be a reason to panic.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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