The news broke this morning that Liverpool have made a big-money move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira, as Jurgen Klopp looks to add more punch to the Reds attack. But who is he?
The Brazilian joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010, signing from boyhood club Vasco De Gama for just £5m.
The twenty-six-year-old is well into his seventh season with Shakhtar and is playing a crucial role in the Miners bid to reclaim the Ukrainian title from Dynamo Kyiv. He is one of the two undoubted stars in Ukrainian football, alongside Dynamo’s Andriy Yarmolenko (a player we’ve previously bid for).
Teixeira, still uncapped by his country, has been a one-man tour de force for Mircea Lucescu’s side so far this term, bagging twenty-two goals in just fifteen league games (twenty-six in twenty-six in all competitions) - despite not being a recognised striker.
He’s occasionally donned the captain’s armband for Shakhtar this term, and has been used down both flanks and as a number ten. His pace and ability to both beat a man and run in behind opposing defences make him a major threat, while he is wonderfully evasive in and around the penalty area, drifting into channels and taking up positions where defenders don’t want to go. He’s also very clever in his combination play with teammates, playing wall passes to get the wrong side of opponents.
LEAGUE GOALS IN 2015/16 Alex Teixeira - 22 Christian Benteke - 6 Philippe Coutinho - 5 Roberto Firmino - 3 Daniel Sturridge - 2 Danny Ings - 2 Divock Origi - 1
But what would make him a perfect addition to the Reds ranks, is something which has been sorely lacking at Anfield this term: penalty-box composure.
Liverpool have proven somewhat erratic with their goalscoring - not to mention their goalscorers - this term. Klopp’s side have managed just twenty-five goals in the Premier League too, still struggling somewhat in the post-Luis Suarez era.
In contrast, Teixeira’s growth as a player continues apace, and his goals record does likewise.
He’s built on a twenty-two goal season in 2014/15, and his overall record for Shakhtar stands at eighty-nine goals in two-hundred-and-thirty-three matches; forty-eight of those strikes have come in his last sixty-two club games. As he heads towards his peak years, he’s shown a willingness to take charge and lead by example, especially in big matches: Against Ukraine’s relative big boys Dynamo Kyiv, Metalist and Dnipro he has four goals in three games this term, while he also struck twice against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
With his contract up in 2018, the safety concerns that continue in Donetsk - Shakhtar are still playing home matches over 1,200km away in Lviv - as well as the Ukrainian’s Champions League struggles - they’ve dropped into the Europa League - now may be the time that Shakhtar begin to listen to offers for their undoubted star man.
The player himself also harbours hopes of breaking into the Brazil squad ahead of the Copa America Centenario: “Shakhtar Donetsk are not very big in Brazil, and I think I may need to move on to stand out and earn a place in the squad. That’s my goal for 2016.” Brazil boss Dunga has shown no inclination to call him up while in Ukraine. Despite Teixeira’s ascent, there’s little to suggest that he’ll change his mind thanks to where he is.
Shakhtar will want a pretty penny - manager Mircea Lucescu insists he’s worth around €50million (£38million) - while owner Rinat Akhmetov doesn’t tend to sell players under contract on the cheap - witness Fernandinho and Douglas Costa. The hope for Liverpool is that Teixeira himself can reach an agreement with his employers, given his years of service.
But when Shakhtar’s Brazilian stars do move to Europe’s elite, they tend to make a splash: Fernandinho has a Premier League winners’ medal in his pocket already, while Costa has been arguably Bayern’s player of the season; however neither hit the heights Teixeira has managed this term during their time with the Miners.
If Teixeira can do similar, it’s reason for us Reds fans to get very excited.
Where will he fit in at Anfield? Benteke remains unconvincing in the number nine role and increasingly Klopp has utilised Firmino as his furthest man forward in big games. But Teixeira has been used as the focal point of Shakhtar’s attack on occasion, and would offer another option in that position.
However, the position where he’s most at home is in the number ten role, operating as the link between midfield and attack. He likes to drop deep, before bursting into space, getting involved both in the build-up of attacking moves, as well as at the sharp end.
As Liverpool switch between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 under Klopp, in the latter Teixeira would be another option for the central berth behind a striker - rivalling the likes of Firmino, Coutinho and Adam Lallana. He is also accomplished coming from wide areas, putting him in the same flexible bracket as the aforementioned trio.
Who looks set to miss out? The pressure on Benteke continues to rise and he’s in real danger of his Anfield move going the same way as Rickie Lambert’s - namely, being shown the door at the end of the season.
Coutinho is safe as Anfield’s number one star on paper (although he needs to show it much more), while Firmino cost £29m and has shown glimpses of his potential - both playing in the ‘false nine’ role, or from the right. Daniel Sturridge’s fitness continues to be a worry and Divock Origi is seen as a work in progress.
The real loser will likely be Lallana. All subtle touches and jinking runs, the England man is lovely to watch when on form, but has never done enough in the final third. Klopp loves creative players who can ‘kill’ in the final third, but Lallana all too often flatters to deceive.
In principle, yes, [we want Neymar for both tournaments] but we are going to talk with the players and the clubs. It’s a question of the physical condition. Soon, [head coach] Dunga will give me the three names [of players over 23-years-old] he intends to select for the Olympics.
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no omg i tried to get tickets but theyre only selling like group tickets?? like u have to buy a venue pass B im only looking to go see Brazil !!! if they sell individual games then yeah im gonna try to go see my Father Dunga
Rafinha fait son retour à l'entrainement au FC Barcelone
Blessé au genou lors d’un match de Ligue des Champions face à la Roma au
mois de septembre dernier, le milieu de terrain du FC Barcelone,
Rafinha a fait son grand retour à l’entrainement hier. Opéré pour une
rupture des ligaments du genou droit, il a pu retrouver ses coéquipiers
lors d’une séance individuelle même si son retour à la compétition n’est
pas encore prévu. Sa blessure nécessitant une récupération estimée à six mois, il pourrait retrouver les pelouses au mois de mars.
Il avait su gagner la confiance de Luis Enrique en début de saison, qui
lui avait donné du temps de jeu et avait même été convoqué par Dunga en
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O que a Copa de 90 te lembra? Era Dunga, Sebastião Lazaroni, overlapping, pijama training, gol do Canniggia… Mas talvez você não lembre que a camisa da Seleção era muito bonita. Uma das últimas fabricadas pela Topper. Essa aqui é original da época. Gola pólo, um amarelo mais escuro, detalhes em verde e o escudo antigo da CBF. O tamanho é P e o estado de conservação está bem regular. Para colecionadores!
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As a kid football was everything to me. We played it before school, during both breaks, after school and as a sport. And then when I got home at Gompo Township we’d be playing it on the streets till the lights came on. Did I mention I was also watching it on tv like every other day? My nickname was Dunga after the Brazillian Captain who lifted the 1998 World Cup trophy. I played CB but my style was more Yaya Toure than John Terry. At age 13 our u13A team won the East London knockout cup and I scored two goals, a free kick and a penalty. (A model C school canning the township schools). That year I was awarded joint-player of the season alongside my playmaker captain (I was VC). I had really big dreams of captaining Arsenal and my country, but my high school didn’t offer soccer and it ended at that. These memories came flooding as I stood in the Maracana Stadium, the football temple where the greatest (Pele, Garrincha, Zico etc have plied their trade. My gosh what a feeling. #life #soccer #thebeautifulgame #maracana #fifa #worldcup by khekhe041 http://ift.tt/23NgBId