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Bayern Munich’s defender Rafinha was heavily linked with a return to Brazilian football with Corinthians, but he chose to remain with the European champions. At 28 years of age, Rafinha should be playing regular football, but he is only on the fringes of the first-team at Bayern Munich. This is due to the quality at disposal of manager Pep Guardiola, who has even used fellow full-back Philipp Lahm in a defensive midfield position. Such is the intense quality available at the hands of Guardiola and it had raised the possibility of Rafinha being sold in January.
Corinthians were understood to have made an offer for the 28-year-old, as they saw this is the perfect opportunity to sign the former Schalke defender. The World Cup is coming in less than a few months and Rafinha would have wanted to be part of the Brazil team at this competition. However, he is unlikely to get a look in due to the lack of regular football. A return to Corinthians, though, would have certainly helped in this aspect. Rafinha, though, has revealed that Bayern Munich have made him a counter offer and were interested in keeping him as a starter in the team.
The defender has stated that he simply could not refuse the offer and he is now interested in knowing what the future holds for him.
“I actually had the proposal but unfortunately we did not reach an agreement. Bayern made me an irrefutable offer to become a starter. I’m right here in Munich. I made the decision and I am happy. You can not think so. I know that the club went through difficult times but I think if I had gone to Corinthians I would be earning. I made the decision (to stay at Bayern) and how things have happened belongs to God,” said Rafinha.
Construction of stadiums, violence on the streets, distances that squads will have to cover in order to play their respective matches all of these are factors that have been putting into question whether or not the upcoming 2014 World Cup will be a success or not.
Even with all the uncertainty which is surrounding the worldwide competition, Pele is certain that the World Cup will be a great chance for Brazil to prove that they are ready to host big scale events such as this one. Continue reading ‘WORLD CUP NEARSrgb’
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Aaron James Ramsey is a footballer of Welsh origin, who plays for Arsenal and wears the 16 number jersey for the team. His position in the 11 is a midfielder and is six feet tall. Born on 26th December 1990 in Caerphilly, Wales Ramsey has represented the Welsh national team and has also appeared in the 2012 Olympics representing the Great Britain team.
Though a midfielder primarily, he had been also used in other positions in the midfield as well as a fullback. His youth career started with Cardiff City which extended to 8 years before he finally joined the senior team and made 22 appearances including the FA Cup Final in 2008. A £5 million contract saw him moving to Arsenal where he entered into the first team.
In February 2010 a broken leg in the game against Stoke City significantly held up his progress but after two loan experiences with Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City he was again at his elements with full fitness. He is now a key player for the Arsenal campaign for 2013-14.
When Ramsey made his debut on 19th November 2008 against Denmark he was just 17 years of age and set the record for the youngest player to make it to the Wales national team. His first goal at senior level was scored in the 2010 world cup at Liechtenstein from a free kick. Overall Ramsey has made a total of 210 appearances in the senior level matches and scored 27 times. His team achievement included Runner-up tag at the 2008 FA Cup with Cardiff City and as an individual he had been chosen as the Welsh Young Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, Arsenal Player of the Month 5 times till 2013 and was awarded the Barclay Player of the Month in September 2013.
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Former Brazilian national team manager Mano Menezes was appointed as the new head coach of Corinthians and he has immediately set a target of winning the state championship. The Brazilian Championship is divided into two categories and the latter is expected to suffer from the World Cup taking place in the month of June. The state championship has just begun with Corinthians playing their first match of the season. Menezes says that it is now time for Corinthians to concentrate on the current affairs alone and not worry about the future competitions.
There has already been talk of Corinthians repeating the success in recent years by winning the Copa Libertadores, but Menezes says that it is too early to talk about it. After winning the Copa Libertadores, the club managed to go on and win the FIFA Club World Cup by beating Chelsea in the final. It is regarded as one of the prestigious tournaments in the world. It is going to be difficult for the club to win the state championship since they are expected to sell their best players in this transfer window. The club is reportedly in debts of £ 10 million that is owed almost immediately to the creditors.
Menezes has admitted that he knew of the financial situation of the club before coming back.
“We have to keep winning. One semester is not enough. Speaking about the Libertadores is a little early, we have no place for it in this Championship. Let’s play the Paulista first. The Brasileirão is after the World Cup, but this (Paulista) can give us a possibility and then we focus on the Brasileirão. When my phone rings and calls are made for me to work, I have no idea how the finances of the club are,” said Menezes ahead of the first match of the season.
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Corinthians manager Tite has said that he has not given up on the possibility of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores next season. Corinthians recently managed to win the Club World Cup, which is regarded as the ultimate prize for clubs. However, they have deteriorated quite quickly and are now struggling to even qualify for the Copa Libertadores next season. This has started widespread speculation that Tite could be replaced by the club at the end of the season. Corinthians have also confirmed unofficially that Tite will not be their coach in 2014.
They have been heavily linked with a move for former Brazilian national team manager Mano Menezes, who was recently sacked by the Brazil FA in favour of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Only the top four teams are capable of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores. Corinthians are currently six points off the team occupying the final fourth place. They have matches against the likes of Vasco da Gama, Flamengo, and Internacional in the forthcoming weeks.
“Anything can happen in the last few weeks. There are four matches remaining and I believe in the possibility of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores,” Tite said. The contract of Tite comes to an end in December. He has been at the club for the last few years during which time he helped the club win five trophies, which is one of the best records. It has been reported that the club has reached a verbal agreement with former Brazilian manager Mano Menezes, who was in charge of the national team from 2008 to 2010.
It is expected that he will take charge of the team immediately after the exit of Tite. The Copa Libertadores title and the Club World Cup title will remain as the best achievements of Tite as the manager of Brazilian giants Corinthians.