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Timothy Weah, four PSG youth players train with Brazil national team

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It’s been quite the year for Timothy Weah, and on Monday the American youngster received another amazing opportunity.

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The U-17 national team attacker, along with four of his Paris Saint-Germain academy teammates reportedly practiced with Brazil’s national team as the Selecao were shorthanded with several members of the squad out after playing in matches this weekend with their respective clubs.

Weah was joined by Colin Dagda, Claudio Gomes, Moussa Sissako and Loic Mbe Soh of PSG’s youth squad at the Charléty Stadium, according to Le Perisien.

The son of former professional player, George Weah, the 17-year-old led the American team during October’s U-17 World Cup in India with three goals, alongside Josh Sargent (who also scored three).

David Luiz hits out, dismisses reports of him being a “virgin”


Paris Saint-Germain and Brazilian national team defender David Luiz wants to get something off his chest and set the record straight.

Contrary to popular belief, Luiz is not a virgin.

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Reports began to circulate that Luiz, 28, was a virgin after he wrote on Instagram that he will wait until he is married before having sex with his current girlfriend.

In an interview with the BBC, which will be aired in full on Saturday, Luiz hit back at seemed rather offended at claims that he has never had sex before.

“People are saying things everywhere about whether I’m a virgin or not. I’m not a virgin. I’ve had more than one girlfriend in my life,” Luiz said. “Some people in the press don’t respect people in life. I can put my head on my pillow and sleep great because I respect everyone.”

Luiz is a devout Christian and whether or not he’s had sex makes no difference to us.

Obviously, in vast swathes of modern day society being a virgin at the age of 28 would be widely mocked by many but all we should really care about is how Luiz plays on the pitch and let him get on with his persona life. In his first season on the pitch at Paris Saint-Germain he has scored some memorable goals and has won the Ligue 1 title with Les Parisiens. Life in Paris is good for Luiz.

This focus on his personal life is, I suppose, is inevitable, but Luiz has set the record straight once and for all.

Dunga, Brazil football federation create new code of conduct for national team

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The Brazilian football federation has put forth new rules regarding the conduct and dress of its national team footballers, reports the Associated Press/FOX Soccer.

Brazil’s largest daily, Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, released a 16-page work that revealed the code of conduct.

Under new head coach Dunga, players are not allowed to wear flip-flops, earrings or hats while taking part in their international side, and penalties for violating these measures include a fine, warning, or release from the squad, although this particular directive is likely situational.

The AP details some of the other regulations:

It also says that nobody should leave the table before everyone is finished during meals, and that the captain should be the first one to leave. It notes that players should always report to the national team wearing social attire.

They can’t express their political or religious opinion while with the national team, and should always sing the national anthem before matches.

According to Folha, the guide also says the players are responsible for paying for extra costs during trips, including charges for phone calls and excess baggage.

”There are rules in any company, and even in our family there are conducts that are needed to maintain good harmony,” Dunga said. ”We are not prohibiting anything, there were rules already, we are suggesting some things we thought were important. The players are responsible for their own acts and depending on what happens we will decide how we respond.”

After succumbing to an embarrassing 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup this summer, many believe that Dunga’s aim is to instill a no-nonsense attitude early in his reign to erase the probability of a future lapse.

And the manager, who recently released 11-year regular Maicon from the squad due to lateness, said followers of the Little Canaries “demanded more” of the team. Additionally, players have taken his new laws fairly well, according to former Inter man.

”I think fans demanded more organization in the national team,” he said. ”From what we’ve seen so far, the players liked what was presented to them, now they know what the limits are.”

Back to the future: Dunga confirmed as Brazil’s new manager


If it at first you don’t succeed, have another go…

That’s the message the Brazilian football confederation have sent out, as they confirmed on Tuesday that former coach Carlos Dunga will take over as the new national team manager a second stint in charge of the Selecao.

Dunga, 50, was in charge of Brazil from 2006-10 as he won the 2007 Copa America and 2009 Confederations Cup. However a poor showing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where Brazil lost 2-1 to the Netherlands, saw Dunga fired.

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Now the former Brazilian national team captain, who led the side to World Cup glory in 1994 in the USA, will get a second bite at the cherry as he aims to restore the proud soccer nation to its past glories. Brazil have won the World Cup five-times in its history, but they haven’t tasted success since 2002.

Following the 2014 World Cup on home soil this summer Luis Felipe Scolari resigned from his position as national team manager. Scolari, 65, was also in his second stint in charge of the Selecao after winning the World Cup in 2002 for Brazil. Scolari’s side were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semifinal as the Brazilian fans had to at least reach the final as hosts.

Dunga was last in charge of Brazilian side Internacional but was relieved of his duties in late 2013 after a poor run of results.

Under the former holding midfielder, Brazil will likely play in a more pragmatic, structured and defensive manner and take things back to basics. The level of respect Dunga has from the entire soccer community in the world, let alone in Brazil, means he will be able to set up the team how he wants them to play and hopefully get the best from a core of talented young players.

With Neymar the standout superstar and plenty of talent to work with, Dunga’s first aim will to shore up the defense and make Brazil hard to beat. With David Luiz and Thiago Silva in the center of defense, Dunga has solid base to build off. A new era is being ushered in by the Brazilian legend, let’s see how this goes second time around.

Report: Dunga to be named Brazil’s new manager


On Tuesday Brazil will announce the new manager of their national team.

According to reports, we have a pretty good idea who it may be. Remember Carlos Dunga? Yeah, how could you forgot that warrior in the engine room from the great Brazilian sides of the 1990’s.

Dunga, 50, is expected to be appointed manager of the Selecao for the second-time in his career, after the former World Cup winning skipper led Brazil to glory in 1994. He previously managed the national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, while also leading his nation to glory in the 2007 Copa America and the 2009 Confederations Cup.

The former holding midfielder was fired first time around following Brazil’s exit at the quarterfinal stage of that tournament four years ago, but now it seems as though the Brazilian football confederations will turn to yet another former boss to renew the hopes and dreams of a nation.

No official confirmation has arrived from the CBF, but Dunga is expected to replace Luis Felipe Scolari after he resigned following Brazil’s 2014 World Cup campaign which saw them finish fourth but humiliated at the semifinal stage following a 7-1 thumping by Germany.

Dunga was fairly successful in his first spell in charge of Brazil, winning 42, drawing 12 and losing six of his 60 games in charge from 2006-10. Brazil were knocked out by the Netherlands 2-1 in the last eight, as a Dutch side in their prime came back after Robinho gave Dunga’s men the lead. Back in 2010 he had the likes of Kaka, Luis Fabiano and Gilberto Silva leading his squad plus plenty of today’s current national team players such as Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Julio Cesar and Ramires were also in the fold.

Since then Dunga has coached Brazilian side Internacional for over a year but has been out of a job since he was fired in October 2013.

If Dunga is given the job for the second time in his managerial career, can he turn the Selecao around and turn them into a global force once again?