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    Last week Atletico Mineiro clinched their first Brazilian league title for 50 years with a fearsome strike force of Hulk and Diego Costa. This has reminded older supporters of the centre forward from their previous triumph back in 1971 - one of the great characters of the Brazilian game, and a player whose deeds and life story deserves a wider audience. 3Hulk and Diego Costa celebrate Atletico Mineiro's Brazilian league triumphCredit: Reuters 3Atletico Mineiro fans have been reminiscing about former striker Dario Dario was part of the Brazil squad that won the 1970 World Cup. But though he warmed up once, he was never called upon. He played just six full games for his country between 1970 and 73, and his only goals for Brazil came in unofficial matches against club sides. It has been unkindly suggested that he was only in the squad because the president of Brazil demanded his inclusion. This view shows a glaring lack of respect for coach Mario Zagallo. Because it would have been insanity not to have him in the squad. He would never...
    CHELSEA fans have been filled with nostalgia after seeing former hero Diego Costa add to his collection of league titles. Alongside Brazilian icon Hulk, Costa helped Atletico Mineiro to glory - their first league title in 50 years. 3Diego Costa and Hulk helped seal Atletico Mineiro's first title in 50 yearsCredit: Reuters The striker has reignited his career in Brazil, after seeing it falter following his return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea in 2018. Pictures circulated on social media of the maverick star celebrating alongside Hulk following their title-clinching win over Bahia on Thursday night - sending Blues fans into fits of joy. One wrote: "Really miss him. He was a warrior for us and he would still be great in a Blues shirt." Another joked: "Would be Manchester United best forwards." A third gushed: "Glad Diego is still playing football." Another wistfully wrote, in a dig at Timo Werner and Co: "Better than the striker partnership Chelsea has now." Most read in Premier LeagueLive Blogunited news Ronaldo injury LATEST, Rangnick first game countdown, Kounde transfer boostLive BlogGUNNERS LATEST...
    The same weekend that Gabriel Martinelli scored a wonderful goal for Arsenal, Hulk scored two to take Atletico Mineiro to the brink of their first Brazilian league title since 1971. That was the year Charlie George helped Arsenal to the double and when no one imagined that 60 years later strikers from Brazil would be making a mark in the English game. 3Hulk celebrates firing Atletico Mineiro to the brink of the Brazilian titleCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Brazil youngster Gabriel Martinelli was also on target for Arsenal over the weekendCredit: Reuters The comparison between Martinelli and Hulk is a clear example of some of the trends in today’s football. Not so long ago, someone like Martinelli would be living the dream by turning out for one of the giant teams in his home city of Sao Paulo - Corinthians, perhaps, or recently crowned champions of South America, Palmeiras. Instead he did not even get close to the Brazilian first division. He chose to play for Ituano, a small club an hour’s drive outside Sao Paulo, because the connection with Juninho...
    HULK has rolled back the years with a brilliant solo goal for Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian Serie A. The Brazilian, 35, left it late to stamp his mark on a win over Corinthians, but it was worth the wait. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HULK! HULK! HULK! HULK! HULK! HULK! HULK! HULK! HULK! HULK! HULK! HULK! ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/tfndmfJbBK— Atlético ???? (@Atletico) November 10, 2021 2Hulk receives the ball on the edge of the box with defenders closing in 2But he evaded his markers with one skilful touch before smashing the ball into the top corner Hulk linked up well with his team-mate in the build-up before continuing his run and receiving the ball back just outside the area. With three defenders closing in on him Hulk had it all to do but an incredible touch moved the ball onto his strongest foot and bamboozled his markers. Hulk then unleashed a fierce drive into the top corner, leaving goalkeeper Cassio Ramos helpless. Former Chelsea star Diego Costa had earlier opened the scoring for Atletico Mineiro before Keno added a second just after half-time. And...
    BOCA JUNIORS star Marcos Rojo has been handed a five-game ban and an £18,000 fine for his involvement in the Copa Libertadores tunnel brawl with Atletico Mineiro. Boca and the Brazilian outfit met in July at the Mineirao during a controversial goalless draw in the competition's Last 16 that saw Marcelo Weigandt scoring the winner for the visitors before VAR ruled against it. 2Boca Juniors players got embroiled in a backstage brawl with Atletico Mineiro 2Former Manchester United star Marcos Rojo has been handed a ban and fine The game went to penalties where Mineiro won 3-1 and the Argentine outfit's players were left incensed at full-time. Boca stars rioted in the tunnel and changing rooms with former Manchester United ace Rojo appearing to punch a security guard. The defender was also spotted grabbing a fire extinguisher and lifting it above his head before a coach urged him to drop it. After a long investigation CONMEBOL decided to punish every person involved and thus slapped the Argentina international with a five-match ban along with a hefty fine. A statement read:...
    FORMER Chelsea striker Diego Costa’s lawyer insists the football star is innocent of any wrongdoing after he was probed by police over alleged links to an online betting scandal. The 32-year-old, now playing for Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, was identified earlier this week as the footballer being investigated. 4Diego Costa's legal representative insists the player innocent following an online betting investigationCredit: Getty 4Costa is yet to make an official comment on the situationCredit: AFP Detectives in the state of Sergipe where Costa was born went public with their operation on Thursday. They say they were probing the practice of alleged crimes including money laundering and foreign exchange fraud involving online betting site Esportenet. The footballer, 32, has yet to make any official comment. But overnight his lawyer Aurelio Belem, confirming the Spanish international’s home in the Brazilian city of Lagarto had been searched, said the footballer had done nothing wrong and would be contacting police himself to give a statement voluntarily. Mr Belem, denying police claims Costa was the alleged financier of the criminal racket, told local media: “A search...
    FORMER Chelsea striker Diego Costa has completed his free transfer move to Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro. The Spanish international has been without a club since leaving Atletico Madrid in December. 3Diego Costa has headed back to Brazil to resurrect his careerCredit: PA 3Atletico Mineiro have confirmed the forward has joined themCredit: Instagram @atletico He still had six months remaining on his contract but the 32-year-old cited 'personal reasons' for getting a termination with the Spaniards. Now he is ready to start the next chapter of his storied career by committing himself to Atletico until December 2022. He is due to arrive in Belo Horizonte today after agreeing a reported £40,000-a-week salary. That figure is slightly less than he originally asked for, but there will be bonus payments that could see that topped up. Costa may even be available for Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores quarter-final clash with River Plate, although he is not expected to feature after his eight months without match action. Atletico are top of the league as it stands, two points clear of second-placed Palmeiras. 3 Most read in...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil club Atletico Mineiro has signed 32-year-old Spain international and free agent Diego Costa. Local media outlets reported the contract with the former Atletico Madrid and Chelsea striker is valid until December, 2022. The striker published a video on social media Saturday confirming he will join the team that currently leads the Brazilian championship with 37 points after 16 matches. Atletico Mineiro has not lifted the national title since 1971 and plans to inaugurate a new stadium next year. Costa was born in Brazil, but has never played professionally in his home nation. He and Atletico Madrid terminated their contract at the end of last year. The striker started his professional career in 2006 at Portugal’s Braga, shot to fame during his 2010-2014 spell in Madrid, played three years with a lot of success and public disagreements at Chelsea and returned to the Spanish club in 2018. Among his titles, Costa won La Liga twice and the Premier League once. He also won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2018. Costa played for Spain...
    FORMER Chelsea striker Diego Costa is reportedly set to sign a £40,000-a-week deal with Atletico Mineiro. The Spanish striker has been without a club since leaving Atletico Madrid in December. 1Diego Costa is reportedly close to ending his football exileCredit: PA DREAM TEAM 2021/22PLAY DREAM TEAM FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON £100,000 prize pot up for grabs £50million budget to build your best XI Play in Mini Leagues against your mates, colleagues, etc Click here to play for FREE Dream Team app available through Apple Store and Google Play Store It came as a shock to many, with Costa still having six months remaining on his contract. But the 32 year old cited 'personal reasons' for getting a termination with the Spaniards. Now, according to Goal, Costa has 'verbally agreed a one-year deal' with the Brazilian side. He is expected to fly into Brazil 'in the next few days' where he will have a medical and agree the move. His £40,000-a-week salary is less than he originally asked for, but there will be bonus payments that could see...
    Players of Argentina’s Boca Juniors spent the night in a bus outside a Brazilian police station before being allowed to leave Wednesday following a brawl with security after their Copa Libertadores penalty shootout loss to local Atletico Mineiro. Police in the city of Belo Horizonte said they had questioned six members of the Argentine delegation, two of whom were fined 3,000 reals ($575) each for damages. The other four were charged with bodily injury and contempt and are supposed to appear in court at a later date. Police did not release the names of those fined and charged. The fight erupted as players from Boca Juniors returned to the locker room after the Tuesday night game. Video footage showed members of the team throwing punches and portable railings at security personnel. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The players, and the team as a whole, were infuriated that a goal that had been disallowed by a video review offside call — something that also happened in the first leg of the competition between the two teams. The Brazilian...
    ‘Batman,’ ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Tootsie’ Set for Tribeca Drive-In Series Stocks Extend Gains as Wall Street Turns Focus to Corporate Earnings © Provided by Sports Illustrated Boca Juniors felt hard done by in the round of 16, with a pair of VAR decisions taking goals off the board, and the Argentine club expressed itself violently. View the original article to see embedded media.To say things got a little heated after Atlético Mineiro eliminated Boca Juniors from Copa Libertadores Tuesday night would be putting it entirely too mildly. Boca Juniors players and personnel threw guardrails and attempted to confront opposing players and officials only to be subdued by pepper spray after their ouster on penalty kicks, with the real anger stemming from a goal in each leg of the round-of-16 series that was taken off the board by VAR. Atlético Mineiro advanced after the 0–0 aggregate draw, with Boca's meltdown occurring during the PKs prior to it bleeding over into the tunnel. After Marcos Rojo's successful conversion, the Argentine side missed three straight penalties to...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Players of Argentina’s Boca Juniors spent the night in a bus outside a police station in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte after brawling with security following their Copa Libertadores penalty shootout loss to local Atletico Mineiro on Tuesday. The fight erupted as players from Boca Juniors returned to the locker room. Video footage showed members of the team throwing punches and objects at security personnel. The team apparently was infuriated by a goal that had been disallowed by a video review offside call. The Brazilian club said on Twitter that Boca players had also tried to break into their locker room and that they destroyed water coolers and railings. The Argentinian delegation had been expected to fly back to Argentina that same night, online news site G1 reported, but the team bus was taken to the police station instead. The delegation remained outside the police station on Wednesday morning, but Argentina’s ambassador in Brazil, Daniel Scioli, said on his official Facebook page that the entire team would be returning to Argentina in the afternoon....
    FORMER Manchester United star Marcos Rojo appeared to punch a security guard before grabbing a fire extinguisher during Boca Juniors' crazy riot on Tuesday night. The Argentine side crashed out of the Copa Libertadores following a 3-1 penalty shootout loss against Atletico Mineiro. 2Marcos Rojo grabbed a fire extinguisher during Boca Juniors' riot at Atletico Mineiro 2Marcos Rojo appeared to punch a security guard during the sour scenes after the Copa Libertadores clash After the game, Boca players rioted in the tunnel and changing rooms - spending a night in jail for their brutal antics. Now a series of videos have surfaced which appear to show Rojo in the thick of it. The ex-United defender seems to punch a security guard in one clip. And in another, Rojo can been seen grabbing a fire extinguisher as the riot reached boiling point. The carnage was only controlled after military police arrived with pepper spray, according to an Atletico statement. According to ESPN, Boca stars spat and attacked police officers, as well as the Atletico Mineiro team. Peruvian defender Carlos Zambrano and Colombian...
    THE Boca Juniors squad spent the night at a police station following a post-match RIOT with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil. Boca lost 3-1 on penalties to Atletico after playing out a goalless draw in their Copa Libertadores last 16 tie. 2The riot caused chaos in the tunnel after the match 2Players and staff could be seen involved in the massive brawl But the real chaos came after the game when Boca then proceeded to attack the Atletico dressing room. According to ESPN, members of the squad spat and attacked police officers as well as the Mineiro team. Peruvian defender Carlos Zambrano and Colombian striker Sebastian Villa were both booked by the military police in the aftermath of the brawl. But instead of the duo going to the police station alone, the entire Boca team decided to come with them to spend the night. “If the two stay, we stay two. Let's go all or none”, said coach Miguel Ángel Russo. A police officer told Boca officials: "The security forces have to take legal action. "Employees of the Boca Juniors team have...
    BRAZIL star Hulk sweats so much during games he can shed up to 11lbs in 90 minutes. The 34-year-old Atletico Mineiro forward can drop the equivalent of five kilograms in the space of a game - meaning he requires the full attention of his side's medical team. 4Hulk sweats buckets in games and can lose up to 11lbs 4The muscle-bound star is know for his rippling physique The Brazilian outfit's physio Roberto Chiari has revealed Hulk's superhuman efforts on the park and in training means he has to pay extra attention to hydration. But Chiari says it is far from a negative thing for the former Shanghai SIPG striker. In an interview with TV Galo via Record, the medic said: "He sweats a lot, that doesn't mean he is bad. "In fact, the athlete who sweats a lot uses the most efficient mechanism of dissipating body heat, which is through sweating.  "This sweat, when it evaporates, allows the athlete to lose body heat in a more efficient way. "So, losing many pounds by dehydrating through sweating is not the problem....
    HULK lived up to his name once more by sending a rival flying with his firm-but-fair shoulder barge. The Brazilian icon was making his first appearance for Atletico Mineiro after returning to his homeland. 5Hulk was up to his usual tricks as he demonstrated his raw power on his Atletico Mineiro debutCredit: Globo Esporte 5Uberlandia midfielder Franco was literally sent flying across the pitchCredit: Globo Esporte 5The ex-Porto man was not punished for the barge and allowed to carry on dribblingCredit: Globo Esporte And it did not take him long to make his presence known in the Campeonato Mineiro clash on Sunday. Uberlandia midfielder Franco - a braver man than most - decided to try and outmuscle Hulk off the ball. But the powerful forward was having none of it. He seemingly put very little effort into his shoulder barge, just trying to shrug Franco off. Franco, though, was sent across the pitch before sliding even further away as Hulk carried on dribbling. And the referee - knowing full well Hulk cannot control his strength - sympathised with the 48-cap...
    Having become the priority target of the leaders of Olympique de Marseille in his quest for the successor of André Villas-Boas, Jorge Sampaoli should not burden Phocaean finances. Nasser Larguet’s interim seems set to stretch a little more. Called to the rescue to take over from André Villas-Boas on the eve of the trip to Lens, last week, the director of the training center ofOlympic Marseille will in any case be on the bench on Sunday when the Phocéens travel to Bordeaux at the end of the 25th day of Ligue 1. Because the search for the successor of André Villas-Boas is progressing slowly. If the priority of Marseille leaders still has the name Jorge Sampaoli and if the exchanges have been regular for ten days, the issue seems to be slow to settle. Asked about his future, the current coach of Atletico Mineiro has also carefully kicked in touch. “What interests me is that Atletico finishes as high as possible,” he told the Brazilian media. The discussions would nonetheless be well advanced and the financial question has...
    FORMER Argentina and Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has become a father at the ripe old age of 60. The dad-of-four had to get used to changing nappies again around 18 months ago following the birth of his first son Leon with partner Paula Velasquez. 3Jorge Sampaoli, 60, welcomes baby boy Bento into the world 3Sampaoli with partner Paula Valenzuela, who is 22 years his junior Now he will have his hands full with new arrival Bento as he juggles home duties with his job as coach of top-flight Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro. Sampaoli, at the centre of reports he was in talks to take over at Chelsea after he won the 2015 Copa America with Chile, was pictured cradling his sleeping son in his arms in hospital shortly after the birth. An Atletico Mineiro spokesman gushed: “Welcome BentCongratulations to daddy Sampaoli and mummy Paula. “We wish the latest member of our family the best of health.” The photo was a virtual carbon copy of one taken in September 2019 after the birth of Leon, although Sampaoli appeared less tired at...
    HULK has snubbed a Premier League move by signing for Atletico Mineiro. The striker is returning to Brazil after ending his spell in China. 2Hulk has agreed a move to return back to BrazilCredit: Getty - Contributor Hulk has signed a two-year deal with Atletico Mineiro and the 34-year-old could finish his career at the club. The forward has spent four years in China at Shanghai SIPG and recently left. His departure put Premier League clubs on alert and he received offers to move to England. But Hulk has decided a return to Brazil is the best move at this stage of his career. The experienced striker left Shanghai at the end of last year after rejecting the offer of a new contract. Speaking recently, Hulk said: "I am listening to many proposals from Brazil and many places including in Europe. "[I have offers from] Turkey, Portugal, England, Spain, Italy, Germany - and I also have an offer from China.  BEST BETS TODAY: GET THE TOP PRICES AND BOOSTS AVAILABLE Most read in FootballLive BlogCHELSEA...
    FORMER Brazil youth star Nathan has been dumped by Chelsea without making a single appearance in five years. The attacking midfielder, 24, has joined Atletico Mineiro for just £3million after a lengthy loan spell. 1Atletico Mineiro have paid £3m to sign Nathan from Chelsea Nathan was brought to Stamford Bridge in 2015 from Atletico Paranaense for £4.5m. Hopes were high after he scored eight goals in 19 games for Brazil’s youth teams. And Nathan was immediately loaned to Chelsea’s Dutch affiliate Vitesse Arnhem for two seasons. £1 FREE BET Try your luck this weekend with a free bet on Ladbrokes However, he failed to make an impact in the Eredivisie. And Nathan ended up playing for both French side Amiens and Portuguese outfit Belenenses the following term. Atletico Mineiro took him on loan in 2018, with Nathan ending up making 48 appearances. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues news Mineiro were hoping to extend Nathan’s loan, but instead they’ve now been able to sign him for just £3m. It’s believed Chelsea were hoping to pocket at least £6.5m....
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