Guus Hiddink Hints At Possible Pato Debut

Guus HiddinkGuus Hiddink says Alexandre Pato could make his Barclays Premier League debut when Chelsea visit Aston Villa on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Brazilian joined Chelsea on loan from Corinthians in January and has yet to feature, but interim manager Hiddink says the forward’s fitness may have put him into the frame for the visit to Villa Park.

“Whether Pato will be actively involved we will see tomorrow,” Hiddink told chelseafc.com. “I don’t give any player a guarantee but there might be some time for experiments.

“Pato’s fitness has improved. He has worked very hard during the international break. When I started we had just Diego which was one of the reasons we got Pato on loan.

“Meanwhile there was development in, for instance, [Bertrand] Traore, so there was more competition for Pato. Remy has come back after a long-term injury too. I try to make a fair judgement and give opportunities to the others knocking on the door,” he said.

Focusing on the match itself, Hiddink expects the home side to be rejuvenated as they seek to impress new caretaker manager Eric Black.

”They were playing with a lot of ambition against Swansea. The team looked very fresh. When there is a change there is automatically a reaction. We can expect an entertaining game tomorrow.”

Suarez Bite Match Referee To Handle Brazil-Germany Semi Final

Marco-Antonio-RodriguezFIFA has announced the referee for match 61 of the FIFA World Cup™, the first semi-final between Brazil and Germany. It will be Marco Rodríguez, the Mexican referee who officiated in the match that saw Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez bite Italian Giorgio Chiellini.

Rodriguez, who did not see the incident involving Suarez and Chiellini during the match, which led to the Uruguay star being thrown out of the tournament and banned from football for four months, now has the task of keeping order in Sao Paulo for Tuesday’s game.

The 40 year old, who sent off Italy’s Claudio Marchisio in the same Group D fixture, during this tournament, also officiated in the group-stage match – Belgium v. Algeria.

Brazil 2014 is the third FIFA World Cup™ for Rodríguez and he refereed two games at each of the last two editions but has never officiated in a knockout stage match. In 2010, one of his matches was Germany’s 4-0 victory over Australia.

During his career, Rodríguez has been selected for several international tournaments, including five editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013), the Copa América 2004, the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2009 and three FIFA U-17 World Cups (2003, 2005 and 2013).

At club level, he has refereed three CONCACAF Champions League finals, and his most prestigious assignment was the final of the FIFA Club World Cup 2007 between Boca Juniors and AC Milan. He later oversaw Al Ahly v. Corinthians in the 2012 semi-finals of the same competition.

Meanwhile, Germany midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has warned match officials in the semi-final to keep an eye on Brazil’s physical approach.

“Hard challenges definitely are part of their game, it’s something we have to be careful of and the referee too,” Schweinsteiger said.

Lone Guerrero Strike Earns Corinthians Club World Cup

Paolo Guerrero snatched a 69th-minute winner as South American champions Corinthians stunned Chelsea to win soccer’s Club World Cup on Sunday.

Chelsea, who had been under pressure to win the tournament after becoming the first holders to exit the Champions League at the group stage, missed a string of chances to win the final.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Guerrero told reporters after his goal sparked wild celebrations among the more than 15 000 travelling Brazilian fans among the crowd of 68 000.

“To win in front of so many Corinthians fans who came all this way. It’s tremendous, unbelievable.”

Gary Cahill, sent off in the last minute, Fernando Torres and Victor Moses were denied by brilliant saves from Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio in a game the English side largely dominated.

Corinthians, who won the first Club World Cup in 2000, caught Chelsea cold when Peru striker Guerrero headed home from close range after Danilo’s shot looped up off Cahill’s boot.

“We’re coming away with that bad feeling after creating enough chances to at least draw the game,” said Chelsea captain Frank Lampard.

“It’s a big disappointment to come all this way and not to win.”

“We knew it would be a tough game and we knew what they would bring,” added Lampard after making his first start since returning from injury.

“Now we have to go back and win a run of games to keep ourselves in the (Premier) league (fight) and push on in every competition. We have to.”

European sides had won the last five Club World Cups, with Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitez winning it with Inter Milan in 2010 and a runner-up with Liverpool in 2005.

Chelsea’s bid for Paulinho rejected

European champions; Chelsea got a disappointing news on what would have been  another move to fortify their 2012 squad after it was announced by Brazilian club Corinthians that Brazilian midfielder Paulinho whom Chelsea has been after for a while now has signed a new contract with the club.

Although, speculations are that the move is to find ways to increase the stakes on the  24-year-old, that is larger fee for his services in the future.

Corinthians dismissed the thought of selling their star to the Premier League club, as  Corinthians’ President Mario Gobbi Filho insisted that no bid will be consider for the midfielder as they want to hold on to their man.

“We have renewed his contract and we have adjusted it, now it is at a level appropriate for Paulinho and the market’.

We have no intention to sell him; it is out of the question.

“We have a cycle that lasts until July and we renewed his contract to keep him, not to sell him”

“We do not want to transfer any player in January.”

The midfield anchor man has been in impressive form of late attracting the interest of many European clubs.

Alongside the Blues, Inter Milan are rumoured to be monitoring the situation closely with the club’s bosses keen to add depth to their squad.

Paulinho, who won his first international cap last year, has made six outings for Brazil notching two goals.

Arsenal bids £9 million for Corinthians midfield maestro Paulinho

Arsenal showed their optimism to bring over Corinthians midfielder, José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Jùnior, majorly known as Paulinho to their fold as a Gunner as a bid of £9 million was thrown at his Brazilian club.

His form in the last 18 months, impressive string of results for his club, has combined to create a firestorm of interest from Italy to England.

With this stated, Arsenal may have be ready for a showdown with Inter Milan as reports of interest from Inter Milan were made public but Corinthians for now are insisting the maestro stays at home and to make sure that happens the team President Mario Gobbi released a statement to that effect and also decided that the player’s wages be increased in an effort to keep him happy in Brazil.

The 23-year-old midfielder was instrumental in helping Corinthians win their first Copa Libertadores Trophy in 2012. His play in this tournament came on the heels of an impressive 2011 campaign in the Brasileirao Série A, where he drove Corinthians to their sixth league championship.

He is known for his clever runs into the attacking third and his ability to finish in the air or on the ground. His intelligence and creativity will undoubtedly fit right in with Arsenal’s attacking mentality.

As for Paulinho’s say in all of this, it would seem that he would prefer to stay in Brazil. In response to learning about Inter’s interest in him, the midfielder said for Inter Milan to have interest in his person affects him but his preference will be Corinthians and they insist that he should stay at home in brazil which is with Corinthians, then he is ready to go into talks with his club.

For Arsenal, this move if it comes through makes so much sense for the Gunners’ club as the 5’11” attacking midfielder would seem to fit perfectly in the maestro role left vacant since Cesc’s departure in 2011 which is why an offer of £9 million shouldn’t not matter to the club also a re-think should be done on this offer on the part of Corinthians and Paulinho himself.