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Is Neymar really the cure for Barca´s ills?

Judging by countless reports over the past few months, the transfer of Neymar from Santos FC to FC Barcelona seems to have become a formality, with both parties allegedly having signed a pre-contract agreement and the player guaranteed a handsome 40 million euros ($52 million) as a welcome gift by the Catalan giants.

However, the supposed move is under scrutiny after Barcelona suffered a routing as emphatic as the one they administered to Santos in the 2011 World Cup Club final -- a game after which Neymar didn´t hide his admiration for the Blaugrana´s style.

An uncomfortable question should be ringing in Barca´s ears after the Champions League humiliation versus Bayern: Do they really need Neymar?

As harsh as it sounds, the question evokes the famous "want versus need" debate. At first scrutiny, the Catalans are dealing with a much bigger problem -- an alarming scarcity of centre-backs -- than firepower upfront.

This season, Barcelona has scored more than 140 goals in all competitions. Even though 44 of them were courtesy of Lionel Messi, one can hardly say there is an accuracy crisis at the Camp Nou. At the back, however, things have been flimsy, with the 65 goals conceded already far past the 2011-12 mark of 48.

It´s true that they have suffered crucial injuries. The loss of Carles Puyol and the already converted centre-back Javier Mascherano (a midfielder by birth) forced Tito Vilanova and understudy Jordi Roura to improvise left-back Adriano in the heart of defense. But shouldn´t this signal a stronger need to go shopping for a defender rather than a striker who has shone within the Brazilian borders only, regardless of what promise Neymar offers for the future?

Some might say the solution is simple: buy both. However, reality has bitten hard. In the last transfer window, Barcelona lost the financial tug-of-war for the club´s two main targets, Thiago Silva and Javi Martinez -- yes, they also detected the need to give Sergio Busquets help in defensive midfield -- to Paris St. Germain and FC Bayern Munich, respectively. They also apparently failed to lure David Luiz from Chelsea in 2011, even when the Brazilian seemed to be struggling with criticism from the English media.

While that might sound quite strange given the fanfare that marked the latest Deloitte "Money List" in which the Catalans pipped Manchester United for second place in the financial rankings, it should be reminded that the analysis does not take debts into account. Barcelona´s IOUs have been estimated at around 320 million euros ($419 million) in a report released by the club last year, and everybody knows that European clubs are being forced to deal with UEFA´s Financial Fair Play regulations as well as the continent´s broader economic reality.

Nevertheless, Neymar is a political card that FCB president Sandro Rosell is ready to play as he bids to secure a new mandate ahead of the 2016 elections. The Brazilian striker is undoubtedly a golden goose in terms of PR and marketing, having topped the latest "Most Marketable Athlete" rankings compiled by SportsPro magazine, and his arrival at Camp Nou would certainly be followed by a symphony of fresh revenue.

But the argument that Rosell might be too obsessed with this signing shouldn´t be dismissed. "Rosell must think twice before gambling on a player that has not proved himself yet in Europe in a moment where there is a blatant imbalance in the squad," a source linked to the Catalan club told me recently.

It´s also important to point out that Neymar is far from enjoying life at the moment. Although financially secured by the generous sponsorship package that allowed Santos to keep him in Brazil and fend off other clubs in the past, Neymar has faced fierce criticism from media and public; the striker was singled out for harassment by supporters during the Selecao´s home friendly against Chile.

One could argue that Barcelona has a need for a new striker given that Alexis Sanchez and David Villa have reportedly fallen out of favor after several poor displays; when Messi´s extraterrestrial skills are not taken into account, Cesc Fabregas has been the Blaugrana’s leading scorer this season, with 10.

But it was the defensive fragility that, no pun intended, was more striking in Barca´s demolition at the hands of Bayern. It was also worrying to see how an unfit Busquets didn´t have a proper understudy. The 19 million euros ($25 million) paid for Alex Song now seems ill-advised, which also brings interesting questions about Barca´s transfer strategies (for more, read this).

Though Barcelona represents an elegant ideal in modern football, its primordial need these days is muscle, not flair. Thus, when they do finally spring Neymar out of Brazil, they should seriously consider reserving a seat on the plane for a player like Atletico-MG´s Rever, Cruzeiro´s Dede or even Gremio´s Fernando as well.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Copa Libertadores 2013: Tigre take Paraguayan hattrick but Miranda’s goal keeps Olimpia in the tie

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by Ralph Hannah

Tigre vs Olimpia
Monumental la Victoria, Victoria
Last 16, 1st leg
(1-0) 2-1 – Peñalba, Perez Garcia; Miranda


I haven’t run a background check on Nestor Gorosito but for some reason he has it in for Paraguayans taking the scalps of Cerro, Libertad and now beating Olimpia in the first leg to complete a hattrick of wins against teams from the land of Larissa Riquelme. Ruben Botta was magical once again but both goals could have been defended better by Olimpia who have looked very frail at the back recently.

Gabriel Peñalba’s opener, a tidy left-foot shot on the turn, came after they had been outnumbered at the back post and let the ball bounce in the box. The second goal, a header from Matias Pérez Garcia who stands at 5 ft 4 in (1.65 m), was almost a carbon copy of the goal conceded against Sol de América. As the cross from Leone, Olimpia had one man going to close the ball, three defenders in the box to cover the three Tigre attackers with three Olimpia players on the edge of the penalty area marking one forward. Yet the defence were dragged towards the front post leaving space for the diminutive Perez Garcia to notch his fourth of the tournament.

A 2-0 scoreline would have made life very difficult for El Decano in the second leg who can also feel aggreived that they were denied two penalties in the first half with Omar Ponce having a poor game in charge (interestingly he was also the official during Tigre’s home win against Palmeiras, a 90th minute goal with the Brazilians down to ten men). However Herminio Miranda gave the Paraguayans a lifeline with a wonderful freekick with 12 minutes to go, curling the ball over the wall and into the top corner. Not bad for a centreback.

The tie is very much alive but Ever Almeida must address his defensive issues, right now the side are too prone to conceding from crosses into the box.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Victor warns his Atlético Mineiro teammates to keep their ‘feet on the ground’ following 2-1 away win at São Paulo

Atlético Mineiro goalkeeper Victor believes his team should not get carried away following their 2-1 away victory against São Paulo on Thursday evening in the last 16 Copa Libertadores first leg tie at Morumbi.

Victor, 30, who called for calm from his teammates in the second leg, also believes they deserved their victory in the game, despite trailing 1-0 until São Paulo defender Lucio was sent-off for a foul on Bernard.

He told reporters after the game: “São Paulo began well, started pressuring us and it took us a while to understand the game.

“The field was also a bit different than we are used to. It was quicker, the ball was more alive. But from the moment we put the ball on the floor and got the expulsion of Lucio, we started to get more time to attack. So I think it was a deserved victory for the spirit that the team had.

“We got a good lead, but the qualification is not guaranteed and we have to keep our feet on the ground.

“We have played just 90 minutes, the tie is over 180 and we have to be quiet and keep the spirit we had today (Thursday).

“São Paulo have a quality team with young players and winners, we cannot slip up on this result.”
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Opinion: Time to improve the state of Brazil´s state championships?

Guest writer James Nalton takes a look at the current state of Brazil´s state football leagues...

The Brazilian State Championships are coming to an end for another year. There have been four months or so of Davids playing Goliaths in games which must mean something to some people somewhere, with outcomes seldom biblical.

Ask the football writers and pundits outside of Brazil about these state competitions, and you´ll probably get a groan or a mumble about how they’re inconvenient, laborious, and only serve to halt the progress of Brazilian football as a whole.

Some, even within Brazil, might be fervently against, and others nostalgically in favour, but most will be just fed up with the whole concept of these pre-season obstructions.

But why so? And is this bad press justified?

The State of the States

The State Championships are Brazil’s oldest football league competitions, and have been a mainstay of the Brazilian football calendar ever since the founding father of Brazilian football, Charles Miller, initiated the first organised league competition between five local teams in São Paulo in 1902.

The competitions made perfect sense in those days as the immigrants from Europe wanted something leisurely to remind them of home, and the growing number of labourers and workers embraced a sport which gave them an escape from everyday life, whether this was watching or playing.

There are similar stories around the world, as football accompanied the trade of produce and raw materials across the globe and was dropped off at each stop along the way. As Brazil is such a massive country these localised leagues were the obvious solution, as countrywide travel for such folly was out of the question.

The fact these leagues are so old is part of the reason for their problematic endurance. They’re engrained on the sentimental minds of their few followers and the state organisations which run them, and rather than the game being dictated by the big clubs who bring in the revenue, as it often is in Europe, the set up in Brazil is more democratic, with smaller teams having as much of a say as their more lucrative neighbours.

But why shouldn’t they have a say? These yearly matches against the big clubs can bring in much needed exposure, if not always revenue, and are probably the highlight of the season for some of these teams.

The tournaments also give fringe players at bigger clubs a chance to take part in more competitive matches, helping them push for a permanent place in the side when the national league starts in May. They’re a chance for the next Brazilian wonderkid to etch his name in his club’s folklore, and should a team manage to triumph in their state championship, the fans will definitely care.

Managers can be sacked for poor performance in these leagues, and just as players can make a name for themselves, the opposite is also true - that lumbering misfiring striker could easily find himself transfer listed come May. So the insignificance muted at the beginning of the campaign, can soon turn into an important cup win to shout about, and set the team up for the season ahead.

Long Road to Ruin

One of the main criticisms of these championships, and probably the most justified of them all, is the amount of time they take out of the Brazilian football season. The 2012 season ended on December 2, with many of the state competitions starting up again on January 19 2013, which gives little more than a month’s break for the teams and players if you take into account pre-season training.

The packed fixture list which ensues can mean players turning out for Brazil in international games (even friendlies), while their club side back home has to continue on without them. This may help even out the playing field for those teams who don’t have international stars among their ranks, but it’s far from ideal when the clubs are paying a players wages but can end up without them for key games.

Brazil is catching up to the wealthy football leagues around the world, and it can now afford to lure former star players back from Europe rather than see them disappear again to the Middle East, Asia, or the MLS. There is also evidence that it can keep hold of its own stars in the making - such as Neymar and Dede - for that little bit longer before they go to the mythical promised land of the European Champions League. Having recently been voted the 5th best league in the world, based on a number of factors judged by World Soccer Magazine, it’s surely time for Brazil to catch up in an organisational sense as well as a financial one.

Hope of The States?

There has to be some kind of compromise which retains the heritage of these competitions while at the same time freeing up room in the calendar, but no one seems sure what that is. Many European leagues manage to fit in two domestic cup competitions alongside their league and continental calendar, so maybe something along these lines could be conjured up to fit in with the Brazilian season.

A reserve type league could be another option, but then this takes away much of the magic involved when a team of players from Bangu can find themselves playing against the likes of Clarence Seedorf, or Brazil’s first choice centre forward Fred. And an insignificant reserve league would surely fade into nothing after a while.

Many of the current state championships consist of two stages, so maybe a one stage competition would be more practical, but again this would be removing a lot of the tradition involved in these ancient cups.

A break for international games is definitely needed, so fans aren’t watching important games between Internacional and Santos, minus Leandro Damião and Neymar.

An effectively organised season structure with fewer games in the year would be better for players, teams, fans, and for the progression of the league as a whole. It would also mean that more important games have a special edge to them, which could attract more fans to the stadiums, and go some way to halting Brazil’s declining attendances.

Unfortunately it will be the state leagues which will be first to get the chop, but if done properly and with a mind on tradition, it could be done with minimal fuss. Recent reports from Brazil suggest that the Ministry of Sport are pushing for the Brazilian league to mirror schedule of the major European leagues, but this raises its own problems as highlighted by Paulo Freitas in this article.

Still, this shows that some of the relevant authorities in Brazil realise that the problem is there, but as you can see, solving it will be much trickier than perhaps it should be.

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

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ

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Ramón prueba con Ponzio e Iturbe

BUENOS AIRES -- Leonardo Ponzio y Juan Manuel Iturbe jugaban para los titulares en la práctica de fútbol que el entrenador de River, Ramón Díaz, conducía en la mañana del viernes en el estadio Monumental de cara al Superclásico del domingo ante Boca, en la Bombonera.
Ponzio, recuperado de un desgarro, reemplazó a Ariel Rojas, quien arrastra una fatiga muscular, mientras que Iturbe acompañó en la delantera a Rogelio Funes Mori, lo que haría que Carlos Luna vaya al banco de suplentes en la Bombonera pese a que en la práctica del jueves había jugado para los titulares.

Los once que paró este viernes el técnico son: Marcelo Barovero; Gabriel Mercado, Leandro González Pirez, Eder Alvarez Balanta, Leonel Vangioni; Carlos Sánchez, Cristian Ledesma, Ponzio; Manuel Lanzini; Iturbe y Rogelio Funes Mori.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Clemente, descartado ante River

BUENOS AIRES -- El defensor de Boca Clemente Rodríguez quedó el viernes descartado para el Superclásico del próximo domingo frente a River debido a una "distensión en el sóleo derecho", según informó el departamento médico del club.
Con la ausencia de Rodríguez, el entrenador, Carlos Bianchi, se inclinaría por el juvenil Nahuel Zárate como el lateral sobre el sector izquierdo.

Boca y River se enfrentarán el domingo desde las 16.30 en La Bombonera, con arbitraje de Germán Delfino, por la 12a. fecha del Torneo Final.

La lista de convocados: Orion, Ustari, Marín, Magallán, Caruzzo, Burdisso, Pérez, Zárate, Pol Fernández, Ledesma, Escalante, Erviti, Bravo, Sánchez Miño, Paredes, Acosta, Martínez, Silva, Viatri y Blandi.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Boca enfrentará a River sin Riquelme, Erbes, Somoza ni Rodríguez

El club xeneize no contará con la presencia de Juan Román Riquelme ni tampoco con Cristian Erbes, Leandro Somoza y Clemente Rodríguez para jugar el superclásico del próximo domingo, aunque sí utilizará al resto de los que fueron titulares por la Copa Libertadores.

Boca Juniors no contará con la presencia de Juan Román Riquelme, ni tampoco con Cristian Erbes, Leandro Somoza y Clemente Rodríguez para jugar el superclásico del próximo domingo ante River Plate, aunque sí utilizará al resto de los que fueron titulares por la Copa Libertadores.

Si bien a raíz de la lluvia el entrenador Carlos Bianchi no diagramó la práctica habitual de fútbol que realiza los viernes, una vez culminado el trabajo matutino, que consistió mayoritariamente en ejercicios físicos y con pelota en el gimnasio de Casa Amarilla, entregó la lista de concentrados.

Así, de la nómina, se desprende que el equipo titular, a excepción de los mencionados, lo conformarán la mayoría de los jugadores que estuvieron el miércoles pasado en el partido de ida de los octavos de final de la Copa Libertadores ante Corinthians de Brasil (1-0), jugado en la Bombonera.

Riquelme siguió hoy, bajo la lluvia, con los trabajos de recuperación de su desgarro en el isquiotibial izquierdo, mientras que Clemente Rodríguez quedó descartado por una distensión en el sóleo derecho.

En tanto, Erbes y Somoza terminaron con distintas molestias de menor índole luego del partido copero y serán resguardados con miras a la revancha a jugarse en San Pablo el 15 de mayo.

En consecuencia, según la lista de concentrados para el domingo, un probable equipo de Boca para enfrentar a River sería con Agustín Orión; Lisandro Marín, Matías Caruzzo, Guillermo Burdisso y Nahuel Zárate; Pablo Ledesma, Federico Bravo, Walter Erviti y Juan Sánchez Miño; Juan Manuel Martínez y Nicolás Blandi.

Además de los mencionados, también fueron convocados Oscar Ustari, Lisandro Magallán, Claudio Pérez, Guillermo `Pol` Fernández, Gonzalo Escalante, Leandro Paredes, Lautaro Acosta, Santiago Silva y Lucas Viatri.

Estos 20 futbolistas quedarán concentrados esta tarde, a las 19, en el Hotel Madero, y entrenarán nuevamente mañana a la mañana, cuando el DT sacará las últimas conclusiones para armar el equipo que jugará el superclásico, correspondiente a la duodécima fecha del Torneo Final.

En esta jornada, a raíz de la lluvia, el plantel trabajó en el gimnasio con ejercicios físicos y con pelota, mientras que los arqueros Agustín Orión, Oscar Ustari y Sebastián D`Angelo realizaron movimientos específicos en la cancha de Casa Amarilla.

De la misma manera, Riquelme también se entrenó bajo la lluvia junto a Ribair Rodríguez (desgarro pierna derecha) y Ledesma, bajo las órdenes del kinesiólogo Leandro Bechakian.

El objetivo del `10` es llegar en óptimas condiciones a la revancha de los octavos de final de la Copa del 15 de mayo en el estadio Pacaembú, de la ciudad de San Pablo.

Boca (9 puntos en el Torneo Final y con 10 fechas sin victorias) enfrentará a River (21) en una nueva edición del superclásico del fútbol argentino, que se disputará en la Bombonera, el domingo, a las 16.30, por la duodécima fecha del Torneo Final.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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Agent confirms Mattheus to Juventus deal

The agent of Bebeto’s son Mattheus has confirmed that the Flamengo starlet is set to join Juventus.

The 18-year-old has been linked with a move to the Turin giants ever since the turn of the year and the two clubs have now agreed a deal.

Juventus are believed to have paid a fee in the region of €1.5 million for Mattheus, who is part of the Brazil Under-20 set up.

Vantuil Goncalves, his agent, told Lancenet: "It is all OK. The last few details have been agreed upon.

"We just need one document to formalise everything, but the fee and the length of the contract have already been defined.

"As soon as this document arrives then Mattheus will travel to Italy for his medical."

Mattheus, who has been with the Rubro-negro since the age of 10, hit the headlines as soon as he was born as his father’s cradle-rocking goal celebrations during the 1994 World Cup were dedicated to his arrival.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ

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