Corinthians pay tribute to F1 legend Senna before match


It has been 20 years since a tragic accident in the San Marino Gran Prix took the life of Brazilian F1 legend Ayrton Senna. The extraordinarily talented driver was from Sao Paulo and an avid fan of the club.

Although Senna’s career was cut short at just 34 years of age, he was a sporting hero to millions of Brazilians.


Before their match on Wednesday night, the team walked out of the tunnel carrying replicas of the helmet Senna used to wear. It was a moving tribute to a man who so many in Brazil revere:

The players weren’t the only ones involved in paying their respect to the late Senna. Fans in the stadium created signs and banners for him as well:



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Bologna forgets to pick up new signing from airport


Just before the January transfer window closed, Bologna signed Brazilian midfielder Ibson from Corinthians. While they got the paperwork for the deal completed ahead of the deadline, the club forgot another very, very important detail: to pick up their newest player from the airport.

According to Italian media outlet TMW, Ibson arrived at the airport in Italy and not a single representative from the club was there to greet him. Four members of the technical staff were also reportedly suspended because of the incident.

How embarrassing. Ibson might be having second thoughts about signing for the Serie A strugglers.

(H/T r/soccer)

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Real Madrid’s rising star Morata bound for Arsenal

Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League could receive a considerable boost in January if the papers are to be believed. Rising Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata is set to join the table-topping Gunners on a six-month loan deal in the New Year to add an extra dimension to an already talent-laden squad. We’ve also got the latest on Sergio Aguero, Alexandre Pato and Cristian Tello. Just click here for the best gossip from the UK press.


Corinthians star Pato a January target for Gunners

Arsenal’s search for a striker to help out the indefatigable Olivier Giroud has switched to South America. Arsene Wenger views Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato as the man to end the Gunners’ trophy drought for a figure believed to be around $16 million which sounds cheap to us. We’ve also got the latest on the future of the much-maligned Nicklas Bendtner, plusa very interesting story on Sergio Ramos. Click here for these and more.  


West Ham raise the Ba in bid to bolster attack

West Ham’s struggles in front of goal this season are well known. Although Andy Carroll could return to action this month following a heel injury Hammers boss Sam Allardyce iis planning to bolster his flagging attack with a new signing in January. Step forward Chelsea striker Demba Ba, who is spending far too much time keeping the bench warm this season.

We’ve also got the latest on the future of Corinthians star Alexandre Pato, who has been linked with two Premier League clubs. Click here to find out which teams could make a bid for the Brazilian.


Brazil’s Alexandre Pato tries Panenka, fails miserably

There aren’t many players in the world who can pull off a Panenka. Alexandre Pato is not one of those players.

But unfortunately for the 24-year-old Brazilian, he thought it was a good idea to try against Corinthians on Wednesday night, and it costs his side a spot in the Brazilian Cup semifinals.

Gremio goalkeeper Dida saved his former AC Milan teammates’ poor Panenka attempt, and clinched a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Corinthians.

"I expected him to hit it in the middle, I just waited for it," 40-year-old Dida said after the match.

The World Cup veteran Dida had the young striker all figured out — experience trumped trickery. We’re guessing Pato will not get cute on penalty kicks any time in the near future.

Unless of course he gets specific training from Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo:


United defender Rafael considering return to Brazil


It’s been a bad start to the season for Manchester United, but matters could be made a whole lot worse if one of the UK papers is to be believed. Right-back Rafael is reportedly thinking about returning to Brazil which would increase David Moyes’ already sizeable headache.

Evergreen Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to talk to other clubs in January. Find out which ones by clicking here.