Apr 232015
Jefferson - The New Number One In Brazil's Travelling Circus

The late English showman Bob Monkhouse had at least one great line in his locker; “everyone laughed when I told them I was going to be a comedian,” he said.  “Well, they’re not laughing now!” It is a comment that Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson may well appreciate.  An unorthodox part of his modest upbringing in Sao Vicente, on the outskirts of Santos, was a spell he spent in a circus as a clown’s assistant.  But he […]

Mar 282015
France 1, Brazil 3 - Tactics From The Friendly Match

France – 1 Varane 21′ Brazil – 3 Oscar 40′, Neymar 57′, Luiz Gustavo 69′ This victory at the Stade de France was Brazil’s 16th consecutive friendly win, and one which saw Dunga’s men line up in a formation containing no real centre forward. The shape was a very fluid 4-2-2-2 formation, in which much of the play was focused down the left hand side. The roaming play of Neymar, Oscar, and occasionally Filipe Luis down this […]

Jul 302014
Predicting Dunga's Brazil XI

  When asked the question – “which is the greatest footballing nation ever?” – the majority would answer Brazil, or the first name that would come to one’s mind will be Brazil. Despite this, The Seleção are going through one of their roughest periods at the moment, with critics claiming that it’s the worst Brazilian national team in recent history. Some have gone as far as to say that they’re being carried by the one and only star man in the […]

Oct 102013
Brazil Shape up Ahead of South Korea & Zambia Friendlies

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil face South Korea at midday this Saturday (UK time), with plenty of players in the side looking to make an impression as the 2014 World Cup gets ever closer. The game will take place at the Seoul World Cup Stadium – one of the stadiums used during the 2002 World Cup which was won by Scolari’s Brazil, although they didn’t play there. Brazil will face a South Korean side who have already […]

May 142013
Brazil Confederations Cup Squad Announced

The Brazil manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has announced his squad for the forthcoming Confederations Cup, and the preceding friendly matches against England and France. Striker Leandro Damiao has been recalled to the national set up as Scolari looks eager to try out different options in the forward line. Another one of these options will be Atletico Mineiro’s young attacker Bernard, who gets the nod over his team mate Ronaldinho, who misses out. Bernard will be in demand […]

May 062013
Botafogo Triumph in Carioca State Championship

Botafogo confirmed their domination of this seasons’ Campeonato Carioca with a 1-0 win over Fluminense in the Taca Rio final. As winners of both the Taca Guanabara earlier in the year, and now the Taca Rio, Botafogo are crowned overall winners of the Carioca Championship without the need for a final play-off. Rafael Marques scored the all important goal to give O Glorioso the win, after a long shot from Lucas struck Doria in the Fluminense […]

Apr 212013
Jefferson Retains Place in Brazil Squad

Jefferson has retained his place in the Brazil squad for the second of two games where only home based players have been selected. The Botafogo goalkeeper was called up for the first game against Bolivia and played the full 90 minutes. He was accompanied on this occasion by his young team mate Doria who managed to get a few minutes at the end of the game – coming on for Dede in the 87th minute […]

Apr 032013
Jefferson & Doria in Brazil Squad to Face Bolivia

Botafogo stars Jefferson and Doria have been called up to the Brazil national team squad which will face Bolivia on the 6th of April in Santa Cruz. Both players will be hoping to make the best of their appearance in the national squad for different reasons. At the age of 18, Doria will hope to make his debut for the senior national side, having only represented Brazil at U20 level previously. The 30 year old […]