Brazil breathes sigh of relief over Neymar’s hairdo change

first_imgHis coif, however, featuring shaved sides and a blond-dyed mop at the front, was unmissable.The look sent Brazilian social media’s ruthless meme machine into overdrive, juxtaposing Neymar alongside everything from a lookalike llama to the contents of a Pot Noodle or a packet of angel hair pasta.“The Brazilian star went onto the field disguised as a cockatoo,” the Meia Hora tabloid wrote on its front page.Many questioned, in all seriousness, whether Neymar hadn’t been put off his game by thinking too much about his hair.So there was national relief when the superstar was photographed at the team’s Sochi base with the offending noodles-feathers part of his hair snipped off.“After criticisms, Neymar gets rid of his controversial haircut,” the celebrity news site wrote.“It could be superstition or just coincidence, but Neymar has decided to change his look again after the 1-1 draw,” the leading globoesporte site said.But there could be more surprises to come.Estadao newspaper reported that Neymar brought two hairdressers with him to Russia: Nariko, who does the cutting, and Wagner Tenorio, who handles the coloring.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar was the main attraction for local fans at Brazil’s open training session in Sochi on TuesdayRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 19 –  Neymar is famous for his stepovers, but it was his World Cup hair do-over that really got Brazilians talking Tuesday.The world’s most expensive footballer was underwhelming in Brazil’s 1-1 World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday.last_img read more

City will make a move for ‘special talent’, Pep

first_img“We will see,” Guardiola said of the club’s transfer business ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield match against FA Cup winners Chelsea.“If at the end we decide to bring another one, it is because he’s a special player, can be a special player for the future, not to have one more player for the number.“So, I’m so satisfied — all my period here, even the first year — with the squad we have. Now from Monday we’ll be all together. We are going to start to think what we have do to this season to maintain the level of last season.”Several players are likely to move on before the window closes on Thursday, with goalkeeper Joe Hart looking to make a permanent exit after difficult loan spells at Torino and West Ham.Guardiola said he was delighted that Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus, 21, had signed a contract extension.“Gabriel has improved a lot since he came,” the City boss said. “His courage, his fight to put every effort for the team is incredible.”Jesus is one of a number of players back in the City reckoning after the World Cup, with Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling the only squad members yet to return to the fold.Summer signing Mahrez has been given the green light to feature at Wembley on Sunday after an ankle complaint but Guardiola is unable to call upon midfielder Douglas Luiz as he waits on a work permit.– Jorginho swoop –New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri swooped in at the last minute to bring Jorginho to Stamford Bridge from Napoli.“We were close but, in the end, Jorginho decided to stay with (former Napoli boss) Maurizio,” Guardiola said.”Despite missing out on the Italy international, Guardiola spoke positively about Sarri.“The team already in a short time plays like he wants,” the City boss said. “Of course, he needs more time to work but his ideas are already there, so I think it’ll be a good game (on Sunday).“Always Chelsea is a big rival. Antonio (Conte) was. I am delighted that players with this style of play will be perfect for English football. I am so happy he came here.”Guardiola said his team wanted to win the Community Shield to get their season off to a flying start but admitted they would not better last season’s results in the Premier League.“In terms of results, in the Premier League I cannot overcome the results, the numbers of last season, but in the way we play, yes,” he said.“And in other competitions, the FA Cup and Champions League, always we can do better. If I felt it’s done and we cannot improve I would not be here. I stay here because I think we can improve, but to get more than 100 points — no.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is plotting a Premier League title defence © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 3 – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said Friday he will only dip into the transfer market for a “special” talent after a relatively quiet summer of business for the Premier League champions.City’s only high-profile signing so far has been Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a club-record £60 million ($78 million) deal but Italy international midfielder Jorginho plumped for Chelsea.last_img read more