Video: Maicon’s free-kick screamer seals Galatasaray win

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There’s something about Brazilian players named Maicon that brings out the some of the best goals in soccer.

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Remember this guy?

Well, this wasn’t the Maicon we’re referring to, but you get what we’re saying.

Maicon Roque of Galatasaray scored one of the better free kicks you’ll see on Sunday during the team’s 3-1 victory over fellow Turkish side Goztepe.

Watch below as the Brazilian powerfully curls his shot into the top corner from the dead-ball opportunity to seal the points for his side.

Galatasaray moves up to second place in the Turkish SuperLig, just one point behind league leaders İstanbul Başakşehir

Bayern Munich 6-1 (7-4, agg.) FC Porto: Bayern obliterate Porto to reach UCL semifinal


Bayern Munich pulverized Porto at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday as Pep Guardiola’s side scored five goals in 26 first half minutes to cancel out a 3-1 deficit from the first leg and secure a sensational 6-1 victory in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg to advance to the final four 7-4 on aggregate.

Guardiola has now reached the UCL semifinals in every single season as a manager and Bayern were all over Porto from the first whistle as the Portuguese side crumbled in Bavaria.

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Thiago Alcantara headed home the opener for Bayern, then Jerome Boateng added a second as the home side led 2-0 after 22 minutes. Robert Lewandowski was twice to set up by Thomas Muller and Muller himself scored another in between Lewandowski’s strikes to make it 5-0 at half time. Porto looked shell-shocked but did pull a goal back in the second half through Jackson Martinez but Xabi Alonso curled in a wonderful free kick late on as Porto bowed out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion.

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Bayern made their intent to attack clear early on as Lewandowski hit the post, and less than 15 minutes in they had scored the opener to set them on their way. Bernat’s brilliant cross to the near post was powerfully headed home by Thiago after 14 minutes to send the home fans wild and put Bayern 1-0 up. Soon after it was 2-0 up as Boateng nodded home after Holger Badstuber’s header back across goal found him in the box with Porto’s defense all over the place.

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After 27 minutes it was 3-0 as Philipp Lahm whipped in a cross which Muller helped on to Lewandwoski and the Polish forward finished well to give Bayern a 4-3 aggregate lead. On 36 minutes it was 4-0 as Muller’s long-range shot deflected off Bruno Martins Indi and past Fabiano, with Porto’s goalkeeper looking to the heavens with their hopes of advancing to the UCL semifinals in ruins. The goals kept coming and five minutes before half time it was 5-0 as Muller cut the ball back to Lewandowksi and he fired across goal to grab his second of the match.

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Just before half time Badstuber lunged into an awful tackle on Ricardo Quaresma and was lucky to not be sent off by Martin Atkinson in what was the only negative moment in a sensational first half for Bayern.

In the second half Bayern passed the ball around and Porto were scared to push high as the dejected Portuguese outfit were in full damage limitation mode. Muller’s effort after 64 minutes was tipped over by Fabiano and Alonso also sent a free kick close with Bayern looking to extend their extraordinary lead further.

However Porto made things a little more interesting as Martinez headed home Hector Herrera’s cross to make it 5-1 on the night and 6-4 on aggregate with 17 minutes to go. Martinez then fired an effort inches wide of the post moments later as Porto gave it a real go late on but there were susceptible to a counter attack as Lewandowski flashed an effort just wide as he searched for  his hat trick.

Late on Porto were reduced to 10-men as Marcano was sent off for a second yellow after a rash challenge on Thiago, as Bayern poured on the misery with Alonso’s superb free kick making it 6-1 in the 88th minute and capping off a night to remember for Bayern Munich.


Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha (Rode, 72′), Boateng, Badstuber, Bernat; Lahm, Alonso, Thiago (Date, 90′), Muller, Lewandowski, Gotze (Weiser, 86′)

Goals Thiago, (14′), Boateng (22′), Lewandowski (27′, 40′), Muller (36′), Alonso (88′)

Porto: Fabiano; Reyes (Ricardo, 33′), Maicon, Marcano, Martins Indi; Herrera, Casemiro, Oliver, Quaresma (Neves, 45′); Martinez, Brahimi (Evandro, 67′)

Goal: Martinez (73′)
Red card: Marcano (87′)

Porto 3-1 Bayern Munich: Defensive blunders undo Bayern in the first leg (video)


Porto pulled off the shock result of the UEFA Champions League, so far, knocking off Bayern Munich, 3-1, in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie, thanks in large part to a series of calamitous errors from the German champions.

Major controversy struck early on as Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer took down Jackson Martinez inside the penalty area with barely 80 seconds on the clock. In truth, Neuer should have seen red, because if not for taking Martinez down, the Colombian would have rolled the ball over the line into an empty net.

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Instead, Neuer was shown a yellow card and Porto were awarded a penalty kick, which Ricardo Quaresma stepped up to take. The Portuguese attacker sent Neuer one way and slotted his shot into the opposite corner for a 1-0 lead to the hosts.

Porto doubled their lead in the 10th minute, as Dante’s tragic giveaway inside his own half put Quaresma through on goal, one on one with Neuer. Quaresma slotted place his shot inside Neuer’s right-hand post and it was 2-0 before there were 10 minutes on the clock.

Bayern cut their deficit in half, thanks to an opportunistic finish be Thiago Alcantara in the 28th minute. Jerome Boateng’s right-sided cross made its way through a whole host of bodies inside the penalty area, all the way to Thiago near the back post, where a simple redirect was all that was needed to bundle the ball over the line.

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Neuer made a brilliant save of Hector Herrera’s close-range shot in the 57th minute, keeping the deficit at just one. Danilo crossed from the right, picked out Herrera 12 yards from goal, but his shot was tipped over the bar by Neuer.

Martinez restored Porto’s two-goal lead in the 65th minute with a finish from a tight angle after Boateng completely whiffed on his headed clearance attempt. Martinez corralled the ball 25 yards from goal and rounded Neuer as the German ‘keeper came racing off his line. From the there, Martinez had to find the back of the net from a tight, left-footed angle.

The second leg will be played next Tuesday at the Allianz Arena, with the defending and soon-to-be German champions needing to erase a two-goal deficit, but doing so with the aid of a vital away goal.


Porto: Fabiano, Danilo, Maicon, Martins Indi, Alex Sandro, Herrera, Casemiro, Oliver (Neves 75′), Quaresma (Goebel 84′), Martinez, Brahimi (Hermani 80′)

Goals: Quaresma (3′, 10′), Martinez (65′)

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Bernat, Boateng, Dante, Rafinha, Thiago, Alonso (Badstuber 74′), Lahm, Muller, Gotze (Rode 56′), Lewandowski

Goals: Thiago (28′)

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.”

Many changes in Dunga’s first Brazil call-ups since World Cup disaster


My, how things have changed.

Brazil’s two listless losses to end their home World Cup outside of the Top Three — including that 7-1 shellacking from Germany — have a slew of new names on manager Dunga’s first list of call-ups.

Dani Alves, Marcelo and Fred are among 10 World Cup starters who won’t be in the fold for U.S.-hosted friendlies against Ecuador and Colombia next month.

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Julio Cesar, Dante and Paulinho also missed the list, as did the injured Thiago Silva. In all, 13 roster players missed the cut.

So who remains? Neymar — who will face the man who ended his World Cup in Juan Zuniga — David Luiz and Oscar. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is among the new names on the list.

From the Associated Press:

“History shows that you can’t start from scratch, it’s important to keep some of the previous structure in place,” Dunga said. “Slowly we will be giving opportunities to the younger players. It’s not because of one bad result that everything was wrong.”

Dunga said other World Cup players may be back in the future.

“It’s important that all players know that this is just the beginning of our work,” the coach said. “It doesn’t mean that the players not in this list won’t have another chance with the national team. The doors will remain open to all Brazilian players.”

Full Brazil roster

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael (Napoli)

Defenders: Maicon (AS Roma), Alex Sandro (Porto), Danilo (Porto), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians), Mirando (Atletico Madrid).

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Oscar (Chelsea), Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro).

Forwards: Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Hulk (Zenit), Neymar (Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro).