May 092015
2015 Brasileirão Season Preview

This preview of the 2015 Brazilian season was written by Anthony Wood (@FRfutebolAnt) and Luke Butler (@FRfutebolLuke), who are Brazilian football experts for the football data and analysis company, Football Radar. After a few long and arduous months of state championship football, the 2015 edition of Brazil’s premier league competition, the Brasileirão, kicks off this weekend. The league has seen eleven different teams crowned champions over the past two decades and this season looks set to be as competitive and unpredictable […]

Apr 112015
Philippe Coutinho - Strength of Character

For some reason, when people think about footballers they assume that they are different; that their talent arms them with more than a simple ability to control a ball better than the rest of us. It is (partly, at least) why so much is made when players slip up. People don’t expect footballers to want to go out partying, to want to smoke, to give in to temptation of any kind….they’re footballers, the luckiest people […]

Sep 072013
Danilo Barbosa da Silva Scout Report - Vasco da Gama & Brazil

Young Vasco da Gama midfielder Danilo Barbosa da Silva recently attracted the interest of two European football powerhouses, Liverpool and Inter Milan, after their scouts spotted him playing for Brazil U20 at the 2013 Toulon Tournament. Here we take a look at what type of player Danilo is, and what it is about his game that attracted the interest from Europe. Thanks to Guilherme Melo for some of the extra information, and the Paulinho comparison! CLICK […]

Aug 312013
Vasco Star Danilo Interests Liverpool FC and Inter Milan

Vasco da Gama’s 17-year-old midfielder Danilo Barbosa da Silva, has attracted transfer interest from European sides Liverpool and Inter Milan, according to reports in Brazil. The youngster from Simões Filho, Bahia, impressed Liverpool’s scouts during the 2013 Toulon Tournament, where he was part of the Brazil side which won the competition. The Anfield scouts were at the prestigious French youth tournament to watch another midfielder, Grêmio’s Matheus Biteco, but have since turned their attentions to Danilo on […]

Jan 272013
Philippe Coutinho signs for Liverpool

Pending a work permit, Philippe Coutinho will become Liverpool’s second signing of the 2013 January transfer window, but more importantly he’ll become Liverpool’s 5th ever Brazilian player and only the third outfield player to wear the famous red shirt. Early days at Vasco da Gama The signing of Coutinho has excited many Liverpool fans, but it has also been met with the usual scepticism from some quarters. This could be because there isn’t much to […]