Speculation has increased surrounding the future of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, who has had very little game time at Tottenham this season. It has been increasingly speculated that manager Mauricio Pochettino, who came to the club only in the summer, does not see Paulinho as part of his plans. Former manager Andre Villas-Boas played a key role in bringing the Brazilian to White Hart Lane. Unsurprisingly, Paulinho was a regular first-team player in his first season at the club after having cost £ 16 million. He found his importance within the team reduced after the arrival of Tim Sherwood as the replacement for Villas-Boas.

This season, though, it has been shocking to see the midfielder utilised for just 29 minutes in the Premier League so far. He has featured in two Europa League matches, which is widely seen as the platform for Tottenham reserve players to make a name for themselves. Rejecting any speculation of a fallout with Paulinho, Pochettino says that the midfielder is not featuring only because of the World Cup hangover. The 26-year-old was part of the Brazilian team that suffered an embarrassing exit at the World Cup 2014. The lack of regular game time has led to Paulinho being linked with a return to his former club Corinthians.

“No, no Tottenham player, including Paulinho, will be loaned to Brazil. There is no chance. Paulinho arrived late, one of the last players to join the squad after the World Cup. There isn’t any problem. He is training and doing well, it’s just a technical decision,” said the Spurs manager. The fact that Tottenham are struggling for consistency in results especially in the league could force Pochettino to take a look at including Paulinho in the team much earlier than expected. Tottenham have won just three games in the league so far this season.

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Coletiva de Imprensa do Botafogo – Apresentação do novo patrocinador, TelexFREE


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Sao Paulo vs Corinthians – Lucas Goal 30 minutes


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Corinthians likely to part with Romarinho


Brazilian club Corinthians are likely to part company with Romarinho in the next few days after it has emerged that the club have agreed to a transfer fee from El Jaish. Corinthians are the last non-European club to have won the FIFA Club World Cup after beating Chelsea in 2012. However, they have had to pay for the success by losing a number of important players over the years. The defensive minded team are currently fourth in the table after having taken 32 points from their 18 matches this season. The loss of Romarinho will be especially hard to take.

The 23-year-old is a key player for the club after having risen to prominence in the last few years. He scored seven goals in 33 matches during the stunning 2012 campaign. His goalscoring record has improved tremendously in 2014 after he has got 12 goals in 36 matches. The player, though, will be bringing a substantial revenue to the club. It is believed that Corinthians have managed to agree a €7.5 million fee for the striker. Considering that the Brazilian economy has slipped into recession over the last few months, it is vital that Corinthians bring in money through the sale of players in order to keep the club going.

“Forever in my heart,” said Romarinho on his Twitter account which virtually appeared to confirm the fact that he is about to depart the club. Romarinho has been at Corinthians since 2012 after having signed from Bragantino. Despite being only 23 years old, he has already won a number of key titles like the Copa Libertadores, FIFA Club World Cup, Campeonato Paulista, and Recopa Sudamericana. Since much of the economic rights of the player is owned by third-parties, it is believed that Corinthians will get only 40% of the transfer fee.

Botafogo Samba Clube 2014 – Guilherme Sá / Eduardo Gisi


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Lodeiro Completed Switch To Corinthians


Nicolas Lodeiro recently completed the switch from Botafogo to Corinthians. He has been one of the high-profile transfers in the Brazilian football this campaign after this switch has reportedly cost Corinthians around £ 1.5 million. He had signed a contract with Corinthians back in May, but the Uruguay striker has completed the move just now. After joining his new team, he stated that he is extremely delighted to be part of a huge club that has always competed for titles. He says that playing for Corinthians is a huge step up from playing for Botafogo where he has been playing for the last two seasons.

Last season, Lodeiro was one of the influential player from the pitch after scoring 14 goals in 50 appearances for the Brazilian club. It was his best ever season till date. After missing out on a place in the Uruguay national team for the World Cup 2014, Lodeiro will be hoping that playing for a club like Corinthians helped him get into the eyes of the Uruguay manager, Oscar Tabarez. The 25-year-old will be joining the new club at a time when poor form has seen them slip down the table. They are trailing table leaders Cruzeiro by five points after having played 13 matches.

“I’ve finally arrived. Time to do my part to show that I want to play and win many titles here. I’ll try to do the best in every game. My feature is to not lose the ball. It is a very important stage in my career to come to a big team like Corinthians. I want to play and do my best here. I’ve been through a tough time but that’s in the past,” said the attacking midfielder. Corinthians have managed just three victories in the last five matches, but they have been unbeaten during this period.


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Sampaoli Criticises Arena Corinthians Pitch


Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has criticised the Arena Corinthians pitch ahead of the final group match against Netherlands. Arena Corinthians will be the home of Brazilian outfit Corinthians once the World Cup comes to an end. A very impressive stadium that has been purpose-built for the World Cup, this will be able to hold just under 63,000 fans at any given moment. The pitches at the World Cup 2014 have so far been excellent, but Sampaoli has blamed the Arena Corinthians pitch for not being conducive to good football.

Chile going to the final match against Netherlands hoping to get a win. Both teams are level on six points after having won the first two group matches. However, Netherlands lead the table because of a better goal difference compared to Chile. The Latin American team has to be Netherlands in order to finish top of the group, which will be of major significance when it comes to the last 16 opponent. Brazil are expected to top their group, which will put them against the runners up of group B. Currently, this position is occupied by Chile.

Sampaoli will be aware that facing Brazil in the last 16 stage puts his team at a major disadvantage. Hence, he has targeted a win against the Dutch, but it will not be easy against the brilliant attack featuring Arjen Robben.

“We normally do not train at the stadiums. We prefer to stay near our place, also to preserve the grass. The surface today is totally deteriorated. In a World Cup, (teams) shouldn’t be permitted to train at the stadium before the match. The pitch in the stadium is in a bad state, we don’t want to destroy it more. Tomorrow we will have a match in the stadium on a pitch that does not reach our expectations,” said the Chile manager.