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Brazil international team coach chooses Vinicius Jr snubs Rodrygo


Tite intends to rotate the less experienced members of the Brazil squad, with Vinicius Junior taking Rodrygo’s spot for November matches.

Vinicius Junior earned a recall to the Brazil squad on Friday as head coach Tite explained his intention to rotate his less experienced players.

Vini back with the Samba Boys
After being left out of the team for the opening games of Brazil’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in October, Vinicius returned at the expense of Real Madrid team-mate Rodrygo.

Bruno Guimaraes made way for Arthur, while Rodrigo Caio held onto his spot in the group and Felipe was dropped for Eder Militao, who only made his first appearance of the season for Madrid last weekend.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus were included as expected after missing last month’s matches through injury, with Santos and Matheus Cunha consequently left out.

“For the young players it’s a matter of process, of maturity in their clubs. [Their selection depends on] the best moment, the degree of confidence they have,” said Tite.


“For this reason, I’ll sometimes use Vinicius, Rodrygo, Bruno Guimaraes…

“[Vinicius] is a player that offers width, goes one on one, has extraordinary physical attributes. Say a normal car has five gears – he has six or seven.”

Brazil sit top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying section after wins over Bolivia and Peru in their opening fixtures.

The Selecao are scheduled to entertain Venezuela and travel to Uruguay during the next international break in November.

Brazil squad in full:
Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras); Alex Telles (Manchester United), Danilo (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Gabriel Menino (Palmeiras), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Caio (Flamengo), Thiago Silva (Chelsea); Arthur (Juventus), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona); Everton (Benfica), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Richarlison (Everton), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid).


Asensio and Vinicius Jr battles for Bale’s no.11


Gareth Bale’s departure will free up an iconic number at Real Madrid, with No.11 left unassigned in the absence of the Welshman.

The number had been Bale’s since his 2013 arrival, but now it will be one that both Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio will battle to get their hands on.

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It’s a number that would suit him nicely, but he hasn’t made any firm decisions and won’t comment while Bale is still a Real Madrid player.

Vinicius would also suit it well, having worn it at Flamengo. But at Real Madrid he’s had to wear No.28 and No.25.

Should he not take Bale’s shirt, he’ll have to continue with his No.25 or else take James Rodriguez’s old No.16 shirt.

Other options are Brahim Diaz’s No.21 or Asensio’s No.20, should the latter take Bale’s number.


Chelsea makes official approach for Vinicius JR


Frank Lampard’s desire to overhaul his attacking options this summer has reportedly seen Chelsea make an approach for Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior.

The 20-year-old Brazilian played no part in the Champions League last-16 second-leg away to Manchester City and there have been questions raised as to his long-term future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

NobleSports reported that Chelsea have approached the LaLiga champions about a potential switch and initial contact was made over Vinicius as early as November.

Both Arsenal and French champions Paris Saint-Germain have been credited with an interest in the Brazilian previously.


Zinedine Zidane has proven ruthless when it comes to his selection in attack, freezing out Gareth Bale and often overlooking Vinicius.

Eden Hazard arrived last summer and has been the preferred option when fit alongside Karim Benzema and Rodrygo.

Vinicius, who joined the club from Brazilian side Flamengo in 2018, is under contract in the Spanish capital until June 2025.

He has a reported £630million release clause but having yet to really establish himself – Vinicius has eight goals in 69 appearances for the club to date – Zidane could move him on for the right fee.


Lampard has already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig for a combined £90m and also has a firm interest in £90m-rated Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz.

After a 7-1 aggregate defeat in the Champions League to Bayern Munich this week, Lampard was coy when asked if there could be further business done to improve his side.

‘I wouldn’t expect anything but it’s our job to go away and see what happens and see where we can improve,’ he said.

‘In a footballing sense, I feel like I know where we can improve but now it’s time to look at that.’

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PSG eyes Madrid’s Vinicius


Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly plotting an audacious move for Real Madrid starlet Vinicius Junior, hoping his friendship with Neymar could help tempt him to join them.

Neymar is looking more and more likely to stay at the Parc des Princes with the global pandemic making huge transfer fees highly unlikely during the window.

And PSG are looking to give him and Kylian Mbappe a new attacking partner this summer.


Sport claim Vinicius has emerged as a top target with Edinson Cavani set to leave on a free and Angel Di Maria also moving closer to the exit door.

Vinicius, who officially joined Real Madrid from Flamengo in 2018 for £42m, has four years remaining on his current deal with a massive release clause of £630m.

He is close with Neymar and PSG believe that the presence of his fellow Brazilian could help entice him. They also believe they have enough money set aside to convince Madrid to let him go.

Vinicius has made 69 appearances for Los Blancos, contributing eight goals and 16 assists. He finally made his senior Brazil debut in September with a late cameo against Peru.

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Madrid’s title chase could be ugly as Vinicius Jr. test positive for COVID-19


The forward Vinicius has tested negative in the second COVID-19 test that the player had to undergo after there was an error in the first one, the reason that he had to miss training on Thursday.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid trained for the last time on Thursday before facing Alavés at the Alfredo di Stéfano with Marcelo and Vinicius Junior missing.

There was an error with the Brazilian’s COVID-19 test on Wednesday and that’s why he couldn’t train on Thursday, as the protocol marks that you can only play or train with the confirmation of positives.

In the second test that the player underwent, which took place on Thursday morning, ‘Marca’ informs that Vinicius tested negative, so the alarms go off and Zidane will have him available on Friday. However, he will come into the game with one training session less.


Los Blancos received the results on Thursday afternoon after the French manager himself explained in the press conference the reason for Vinicius’s absence.

“The COVID-19 test went wrong and we’re going to repeat it this afternoon. It was not positive, but it went wrong and that’s why we have to repeat it. These things can happen. I hope he will be with us on Friday without any problem”, Zidane said.

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With the negative, the Brazilian attacker will be on the squad list that Madrid will release in the next few hours, finding himself in a great moment after the return of La Liga. The Brazilian is one of the best pupils of a Zidane who is still very much on top of him and who is managing to improve his football by leaps and bounds.



Real Madrid looking to sign ‘The New Kaka’ Igor Gomes from Sao Paulo

alongside Barcelona, Sevilla, and Ajax

Barcelona, Sevilla and Ajax have also been monitoring the progress of 21-year-old Igor Gomes

Real Madrid have spent the last few years cultivating strong relationships with leading Brazilian clubs through the work of Juni, one of the region’s top scouts.

So far he has succeeded in bringing three of the country’s brightest prospects to the club in quick succession, with Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Reinier all arriving at the Bernabeu on his recommendation.

According to AS, Juni’s latest suggestion is 21-year-old playmaker Igor Gomes, who came through the Sao Paulo youth system to make his debut in 2018.

A tall yet slight playmaker, with excellent touch and technical ability, Gomes has often been compared to Kaka, including by the man himself.

Both started their careers at Sao Paulo, but it remains to be seen whether Gomes will follow in Kaka’s footsteps by going to Real Madrid.

Although Kaka’s career peaked during his six-year spell at AC Milan, where he won the Serie title and the Champions League under Carlo Ancelotti, as well as the Ballon d’Or, he moved to Madrid for £56million in 2009.

Gomes has a £44million release clause in his Sao Paulo contract and interest from several European clubs, including Barcelona, Sevilla and Ajax.

The competition for young players from South America continues to be fierce, and they are often spirited away soon after breaking into the first team. Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Reinier are prime examples, having all joined Real while still teenagers.

Gomes was a relatively bloomer, in contrast. The Brazilian youth international, who has yet to play for the senior team, is under contract until 2023.


Madrid’s Vinicius JR breaks Messi’s record

Vinicius Jr.’s opening goal against Barcelona meant the 19-year-old became the youngest scorer in the fixture in the 21st century, beating Lionel Messi’s previous record by 26 days.

Mariano Diaz added the second goal in stoppage time to seal a 2-0 win as Real regained the lead at the top of La Liga with 12 games of the season remaining.

Barcelona really should have gone iin at the half-time break ahead after a lackluster opening 45 minutes from Real, with Thibault Courtois producing two smart saves to deny Arthur and Messi.

There was a drastic improvement from the host after the interval and this time it was the turn of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to steal the show, twice denying Isco with two brilliant stops.

But there was only so long the German stopper could single-handedly keep Real at bay and even then it took a slice of good fortune for Vinicius to break the deadlock, his shot deflecting off Gerard Pique and wrong-footing the keeper.

Vinicius Jr. celebrates scoring the opening goal against Barcelona.
With Barcelona chasing the game and stretched at the back, Diaz stole in behind the defense an bobbled a shot over Ter Stegen from a tight angle to seal the win.

Pique and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, teammates and center back partners for the Spanish national team, have infamously had several verbal spats over the years and that animosity was sparked once again after the final whistle.

“In the first half we controlled the game and they were one of the worst Madrid teams I have ever seen,” Pique lamented following the defeat. “We leave here disgusted and bruised but we’re not sunk, because we could have got a good result here.”

To which Ramos responded: “I would sign right now to win every Clasico with this scoreline playing a first half as badly as he says.

“They are three very important points because Clasicos are different and it was very important they didn’t go five points ahead.”

Such was the disparity between Barcelona’s first and second-half performances, a headline in newspaper Sport read: “A two-faced Barcelona succumbs at the Bernabeu and loses the lead.”

Gerard Pique clashes with Vinicius Jr. during El Clasico.
“Barcelona was much superior in the first part but succumbed in the second and was dwarfed by a Madrid which played its cards very well and annulled Messi, who lacked allies in attack.”

Rival newspaper Diario AS quoted somebody from the Barcelona camp as saying the “dressing room is ‘feeling like s**t, resigned and dejected’ for having resurrected Real Madrid and to hand them half a Liga.”

The defeat also increases the pressure on Barcelona boss Quique Setien, who has endured a difficult start to his tenure as manager.

Not only has he squandered the lead at the top of La Liga, his team was also eliminated in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals and was second best for the majority of the first-leg 1-1 draw against Napoli in the Champions League.

Though Real Madrid may not be the same thrilling force going forward as they were in Zidane’s first spell in charge, the Frenchman has turned the team into a more solid defensive unit.

This is the first time in 45 years that Barcelona has failed to score against Real in a league season and Los Blancos have now kept clean sheets in six of its eight matches against the top six this term, scoring 12 goals and recording 20 points from a possible 24.

As the Spanish press often put it, “Hay Liga” — “We have a title race!”


Interests from 5 premier league clubs over Madrid’s Vinicius JR.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are among a group of five teams in the Premier League reportedly keeping tabs on Real Madrid winger Vinícius Júnior.

The Brazil international has fallen down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabéu following the arrival of Rodrygo Goes, who has been involved in eight goals in just 13 Real Madrid appearances.

Los Blancos haven’t shown any signs that they’d be willing to part ways with Vinícius so far, but that hasn’t stopped the Madrid edition of El Desmarque listing a host of European giants who apparently want to sign the 19-year-old forward as early as January.

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On top of the interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, it’s also been suggested that Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers are keeping one eye on Vinícius’ future in the Spanish capital.

While the Premier League looks like Vinícius’ most likely destination if he does leave Real Madrid, El Desmarque also lists Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Inter as clubs who are also interested in the Brazilian.

It’s hinted that Vinícius will review his own future at the club at the end of the season as he continues to be left on the fringes of Zinedine Zidane’s plans, but as things stand ahead of the transfer window re-opening, the forward wants to stay put and fight for his place.

While it’s likely that all the clubs El Desmarque have listed would be interested in Vinícius if he was available on the transfer market, it’s unknown exactly why Real Madrid would consider parting ways with the youngster already.

Vinícius has a contract at the club until 2025 and so far have shown no indication that they’d let the forward leave on loan – Rayo Vallecano, who are owned by Real Madrid legend Ronaldo Nazário, unsuccessfully tested those waters during the summer – let alone on a permanent deal.


The 19-year-old is undoubtedly growing frustrated at his lack of playing time in the Spanish capital, which is common for any young player at one of European football’s biggest clubs.

But to suggest that Vinícius could imminently be on his way out of Real Madrid, with eight different clubs across the continent looking to sign him, looks to be little more than some creative imagination from the Spanish media.