São Paulo FC fans all over Brazil are lauding the efforts of club directors after off-loading right back Douglas Pereira, whom many fans considered a liability and not worthy of a starting place on their beloved team. To be fair, Dani Alves is also seen by many Brazilians in a similar light domestically, but how one performs from team to team can sometimes provide quite the study in contrast. While assurances of his defensive abilities are plentiful online, numbers from Opta Sports compiled by ESPN Brasil do a little bit more to dispel the worries of non-Portuguese-speaking culés frantically combing the internet for more on who exactly this Douglas character is and what he could possibly offer on a right flank that has been so dominantly deputized by Dani Alves and to a far lesser extent, Martín Montoya.
FC Barcelona’s Neymar has added his voice to the “Ice Bucket Challenge” phenomenon. Two and a half weeks ago, Pete Frates, a 29 year old inflicted by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, posted this video on Facebook, which has inspired the likes of Bill Gates, Lebron James and most recently Barça’s young Brazilian to share a message and donate to the cause. If you check out Pete’s video, you’ll notice he cannot speak any longer. Lou Gehrig’s is a disease that attacks nerve cells and eventually leads to entire body paralysis, despite the mind remaining active, with a life expectancy of two to five years. The infliction itself is named after one of the most famous New York Yankee’s of all time, who on the day of retirement gave one sport’s truly inspiring speeches, calling himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth” despite his diagnosis. He passed away two years later.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has now been shared over 1.2 million times via social media channels, in which a person posts a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their head and challenging friends to do the same or donate $100 dollars to the ALS Association. Clearly, a great deal of people have done both and deep pocket celebrities have donated a fair deal more. In fact, since Pete’s original video, the ALS Association has received $ 13.3 million in donations, versus the 1.7 million received last year over the same period. Neymar himself challenges Brazilian bud Robinho, a few others and Carlos Zúñiga.
The Interview is an exclusive content for FC Barcelona fans where they learn new things about players such as hobbies and personalities. The interviewee this time is the Brazilian magician, Neymar Jr.
During the interview, Neymar wanted to give the fans some information about him that they never knew. He started off by saying that he is a very cheerful person and a very calm one. Neymar loves being a Barça player and feels honored to play in the best club in the world with world-class players. More after the jump.
FC Barcelona’s new defender, Thomas Vermaelen (28), will sign a 5-year deal with the Catalan club on Sunday morning. After passing his medical on Saturday, Vermaelen headed to pose for pictures at the club’s famous crest.
‘Verminator’ gave his first mini interview with Barça TV and expressed his happiness and honor in joining a club like Barça, describing it as a “beautiful club and one of the best teams in the world.” The former Arsenal F.C. captain confessed that “It’s a dream for me to share a dressing room with the best players in the world, I am sure I’ll be an even better player.” Read more from Vermaelen after the jump.
While the rest of the team rested ahead of their trip to Geneva, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, and Dani Alves trained alone in their second training session of the day. The trio rejoined the group on Tuesday and will not be traveling with the squad to face SSC Napoli. Neymar Jr., Adriano Corriea, Jérémy Mathieu, and Xavi Hernández also joined the second session but worked on recovery programs and special fitness routines. Feeling a bit lonely, boys?
Adidas brings Barça’s star player Lionel Messi back to Barcelona like we’ve never seen him before. Promoting the Argentine’s new adizero F50 boots, Adidas describes that this boot is “made in monument to the way he plays and the city he plays in. More than a boot.” Check out more about how Adidas describes La Pulga’s new cleats after the jump.
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