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Brazil’s national team manager Dunga believes that Neymar is more than capable of handling the pressure of being the captain for the national team. The captain of the Brazilian national team is seen as one of the most responsible roles in this part of the world. After taking charge of the team following a dismal World Cup 2014, Dunga took the captaincy from defender Thiago Silva and handed it out to Neymar. Even though Silva is thought to be extremely unhappy at this decision, Dunga has gone with the popular opinion.
Neymar is seen as the biggest talent within this Brazilian team since the days of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. He has already featured in more than 50 appearances for the national team despite being only 22 years old. The Barcelona superstar would have easily claimed the Golden Boot award at the World Cup had he been fit for the last few matches. He has managed to grab an incredible 42 goals in 60 appearances for the national team. He may be young in terms of actual age, but Dunga reckons that the immense experience with the player will help him cope with the pressure of being the national team’s captain.
Neymar has been in impressive scoring form for Barcelona this season. “For all the problems that Brazil had in 2014 with leadership I took focus off of others and put in Neymar because he knows how to deal well with pressure. He is not intimidated, does not change, he has added more, felt more responsible. When I arrived in the national team, I spoke with the President about working from scratch with my choices. I arrived, and Thiago was hurt, he was not playing and I chose Neymar. In each company, when there comes a director, he shall exercise the functions,” said Dunga.
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Brazil playing under a new coach and a new captain yesterday night defeated Colombia in a friendly game by 1-0.
Neymar was the only player to get on the scoring sheet during the game as he converted a free kick in the 83rd minute of the match.
Colombia was one player short though for almost the entire second half as Juan Cuadrado had to go off the pitch after being shown a yellow card for the second time in the match.
The Brazilian fans would certainly have felt better with this win, but, it would be unfair to say that their wounds of that huge semi final defeat against Germany got healed up.
The men in yellow will have to secure many more such wins to ensure that the fans forget that semi final debacle.
However, a win is always a win and it gives a good feeling whenever it comes. The new Brazil boss Dunga said the same in his post match interview.
In the words of Dunga, “Recovering from defeats like the one we suffered in the World Cup semi final is not the easiest. It gets your self confidence right to the bottom. You feel devastated, but, you’ve got to pick yourselves up and that’s what I tried to convey in the team meeting.”
This is Brazil’s second consecutive win over Colombia. They had beaten them in World Cup as well in the Round of 8.
There were more than 70,000 people in the spectators’ arena at Sun Life. The Colombians seemed to have outnumbered the Brazilians there though and they were extremely loud, making a lot of noise.
Brazil has to play another game next week i.e. on the coming Tuesday. They will be facing Ecuador in that game.
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Craig Alcock was an important player for Peterborough United last season. The defender has recently completed a move to Sheffield United. Darren Ferguson took full advantage of his presence by utilising him in 39 matches in all competitions. He was a major reason behind the club getting promoted back to the Championship. Ahead of the new Championship season, Ferguson has been busy in trying to improve the quality of his squad. Alcock was released by the club towards the end of last season. He is now a free agent, but Ferguson says that he wants the 26-year-old to return to Peterborough.
The club had a tough job on their hands with interest from the likes of Sheffield. They have failed in trying to get the player back to the club after he signed a two-year contract with Sheffield. Ahead of the announcement, Ferguson was expressing press conference that he will be able to get the player. Due to the number of options available to him, Alcock was unlikely to sign for Peterborough and it has proven to be the case. Despite this disappointment, Peterborough were expected to sign players like Adam Drury on a loan deal. The 20-year-old right back spent the last season on loan at Burton Albion where he made 14 appearances in all competitions.
“I’m a very patient man and I’ve given Craig every opportunity without actually setting a time on it. He hasn’t come back to me, so I’m definitely looking at other options. We’ve had meetings with him and [director of football] Barry Fry’s offered him a contract, better than anywhere else I think. I’ve spoken to him about the football side of things. You’ve got to hope after that he gives a positive answer but he’s not given anything so we will wait and see,” said Ferguson.
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