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Friday, July 07, 2006

Critics round on beaten Brazil

In the wake of Brazil's premature exit from the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the country’s press pulled no punches in their damning condemnation of the performances of Carlos Alberto Parreira's side.

The country's biggest newspaper, the Folha de São Paulo, chose to highlight the Seleção's latest disappointment against France with the headline "Once again France send Brazil home". The best-selling Brazilian daily read: "Parreira tinkered with the side but to no avail, as they passively stood by and watched Zidane put on a show. The coach says he was not prepared for the defeat."

Along similar lines was the headline from the Correio Braziliense: "It happened again!" The paper went on to urge fans to get behind Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as the only man able to salvage a measure of Brazilian pride over in Germany. “From now on, Felipão is Brazil’s representative at the World Cup.”

O Globo, for its part, led with "France snuff out Brazil". The paper also highlighted the fact that the coach who led Brazil to their fifth world title at Korea/Japan 2002 is still in with a chance of repeating the feat: “The Seleção are out of the Cup after a mediocre performance; Felipão is all that’s left for us now.”

“What a let-down” bemoaned the front page of Sao Paulo's Jornal da Tarde, while the Estado de São Paulo, its rival publication, plumped for the damning headline “A team to forget”. The paper continued by labelling the Auriverde's showing against the 1998 champions as "lamentable" and praised the performance of French magician Zinedine Zidane.

Over in Argentina, Brazil’s woes served to alleviate some of the suffering caused by the Albiceleste's own exit a day earlier, with the country’s press making the most of their arch-rivals’ misfortune.

Sports paper Olé went straight for the jugular in its attack on Ronaldo and Co: “An embarrassment. One for the history books. Brazil thought they were the best team in the world before the competition even got under way, and had already started preparing to put a sixth star on their shirt.”

Fellow Argentine paper Clarín also revelled in the fate of Parreira and his side: “Brazil are out too: France put them on the plane home.”

“Brazil is crying,” gloated daily newspaper Diario Popular while La Nación claimed that Brazil’s dismal showing took some of the shine off their success over in the Far East in 2002. All of which is likely to make unhappy reading for the Canarinhos after the long trip back from Germany.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Ronaldinho backs Ronaldo to come good

Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho was confident troubled team-mate Ronaldo would bounce back to form in Sunday's FIFA World Cup Group F match with Australia in Munich.
"I think Ronaldo is a player who has a lot of quality and the trust of all his team mates," Ronaldinho told reporters on Friday.
"We have a lot of confidence that in the next match he will be able to do everything he is capable of to help Brazil to collect another win."
Ronaldo, who won the World Player of the Year award in 1996, 1997 and 2002, was jeered when he was substituted in the 69th minute of Tuesday's 1-0 win over Croatia after a lumbering performance in which he looked short of match fitness.
On Wednesday, the striker was taken to a clinic for check-ups after complaining of nausea and dizziness. No abnormalities were found.
Ronaldo has also been handicapped by blisters on his feet, a brief sinus problem and continuous talk he is overweight, with even the president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, joining in.
Ronaldinho said Brazil's target was to get better as the tournament progressed.
"Brazil started well with three points," he said. "Our aim is to improve with each match and get to the final."
Ronaldinho, who has won the World Player of the Year award for the last two seasons, was asked how it felt to be compared with the likes of Pele and Diego Maradona.
"My dream has always been to follow in the footsteps of the best players," he said. "I am very happy with the standard I have achieved so far and my intention is to keep improving.
"I'm still young and have a lot to learn...but I want to go even further."

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Ronaldinho asks teammates, referees to protect him

Fearful of being injured, Brazilian star Ronaldinho Wednesday asked his teammates and referees to protect him in the World Cup. The 26-year-old Barcelona superstar believes Brazil's opponents will attempt to stop them from playing their attractive style of football in Germany.
"All the teams are waiting for us and will be doubly alert in paying attention to our attack," said the "World Player of the Year".
"It's vital that the refereeing is rigorous because of our style of playing. Every team we play regardless of their normal style of play defend against us," added Ronaldinho.
Knowing he might be the target of every defendant of Brazil's opponents, Ronaldinho hoped his teammates could gave him some help in the tournament, which kicks off on Friday.
"We are mindful that it is difficult to score goals in that case. The others will play tight at the back and wait to hit us on the counter-attack. So that we need to cooperate more, just give the pressure to the other team," said the Brazilian.
The defending champions arrived in Koigstein, a small town 26 km from Frankfurt on Monday, and started their training Thursday.
Seeking to win their sixth world title, Brazil will play Croatia in their opening match in Berlin Tuesday. They will also face Australia and Japan.

Ronaldinho has a lot to learn

Football legend Pele Sunday said "Footballer of the Year" Ronaldinho would have to prove himself at the World Cup and had a lot to learn."The World Cup will be a major challenge for him. Of course, he's a world-class player. But in a tournament like the World Cup he still has a lot to learn," Pele wrote in his column for newspaper Bild am Sonntag."He has to continue the form he showed this season with Barcelona," said Pele, who won the World Cup three times with Brazil.Ronaldinho was in Brazil's title-winning team in Japan four years ago, but the pressure has increased on the player since Barcelona won theChampion League final, he said.Pele, 65, also said he hoped that Ronaldo would return to form after a difficult season withReal Madrid, which saw him unable to command a regular place."We are worried about Ronaldo because he play uch an important role in our team," he said."But a big advantage of our squad is that we have two class players for virtually every position. What other team can say that about themselves."

Ok, guys what do you think about pele said? In my opinion Ronaldinho will prove that he will win world cup in Germany. Let see...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ronaldinho My Man

Ronaldinho de Assis Moreira was born on 21st March, 1980 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Ronaldinho was born into a family of football addicts, living in a wooden house in the heart of a favela. His father, Joao da Silva Moreira who played for an amateur club made ends meet by by working as a car park attendant at Gremio Football Club. His brother Roberto was a great hope for the club but then his career was unfortunately ended by a terrible knee injury.
At the age of 8, tregedy struck as Ronaldinho's father drowned in a swiming pool at a villa provided by Gremio for Roberto. Following in the footsteps of his brother Ronnie then joined the Gremio's footballing school and wowed everyone there. He made it into the first team in 1997 and was being heralded as one of the best young hopes in Brazilan football. Meanwhile, he was already making the breakthrough with the national squad, and his six goals were fundamental in Brazil's Copa America triumph in 1999.
He helped Brazil win the World under-17 Championship in Egypt. During the competition he was scouted by local club Gremio and signed his first professional contract.
In 1999, after hitting 15 goals in 14 games for Gremio, Ronaldinho won his first senior cap for Brazil against Latvia. After shining in that match he made Brazil's Copa America squad and scored an incredible goal against Venezuela as Brazil won the trophy.
In 2001 he left Gremio for Paris St. Germain (PSG) but was unable to make his debut because of contract rows, until 3 months later when FIFA stepped in.
In 2002 Ronaldinho was voted France's player of the month for January after hitting 6 goals in 7 games for PSG.
In June of that year he scored the famous freekick against David Seaman in Brazil's World Cup Quarter Finals match against England (but was it a cross?), however later in that match he got a red card. After being suspended in the semis Ronaldinho won the World Cup with Brazil, playing in the final against Germany.
Ronaldinho then moved to Barcelona - arguably the biggest club in the world - for what now seems a bargain at £21,000,000. When he arrived, he said that his desire was to bring as much success to the club as so many Brazilians had done before him, such as Evaristo, Ronaldo, Romario and Rivaldo. Having won the World Footballer of the Year title it seems he has now fulfilled that desire.