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Problems facing Brazilian soccer are complex, run across multiple levels

Brazil has some deep-rooted issues in their soccer community which SI.com examines in this article.

Since this Scolari has been fired and Brazil has re-hired Dunga as head coach of their national team.  Again, they take a step backwards.

From Messi's partner in crime to Stoke City: What has happened to Bojan?

I think we have all owned Bojan once or twice in all of our FIFA or Football Manager careers.  I hope the kid can eventually put it together.

Frank Lampard has completed his free transfer to MLS expansion club New York City FC.

Frank Lampard has completed his free transfer to MLS expansion club New York City FC.

James Rodríguez: will new galáctico fit into Real Madrid masterplan?

Sid Lowe takes an in-depth look at how James Rodriguez fits into the Real Madrid attack.

Here, WhoScored.com takes a look at how Madrid’s Midfield is Yet Stronger for Signing Kroos and Rodriguez.

ESPN’s Chris Atkins’ take on new Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic:

Serbia international Lazar Markovic is no Luis Suarez, and it appears Liverpool will need to continue looking at strengthening their attack. He is, though, a winger with frightening potential for the years ahead.
At the age of 17, he was starring for Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League against the likes of Inter Milan. Playing from the left-flank and drifting on to his favoured right foot, his ability to run with the ball at pace was a clear indication that he was bound for big things.
At Benfica for just one season, he has already enticed Liverpool to make their move. While he started slowly in Portugal, he began to show his true potential once he hit his stride later in the year, and fans of the Reds will hope he continues in that vein.
He is not the finished product yet and may still need some time to adapt given his relative youth and inexperience. His attitude, though, is said to be excellent, and under Brendan Rodgers’ guidance, he could go on to fulfil his enormous potential.

You can see more of Atkins’ take on the 5 Players to Shock the Premier League at ESPN’s The Scout Notebook.

ESPN’s Chris Atkins’ take on new Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic:

Serbia international Lazar Markovic is no Luis Suarez, and it appears Liverpool will need to continue looking at strengthening their attack. He is, though, a winger with frightening potential for the years ahead.

At the age of 17, he was starring for Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League against the likes of Inter Milan. Playing from the left-flank and drifting on to his favoured right foot, his ability to run with the ball at pace was a clear indication that he was bound for big things.

At Benfica for just one season, he has already enticed Liverpool to make their move. While he started slowly in Portugal, he began to show his true potential once he hit his stride later in the year, and fans of the Reds will hope he continues in that vein.

He is not the finished product yet and may still need some time to adapt given his relative youth and inexperience. His attitude, though, is said to be excellent, and under Brendan Rodgers’ guidance, he could go on to fulfil his enormous potential.

You can see more of Atkins’ take on the 5 Players to Shock the Premier League at ESPN’s The Scout Notebook.

Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu has completed a £15.8m transfer to Barcelona.
This makes the Frenchman, who has been capped twice by his country, the most expensive 30-year old defender ever.
Good transfer from Barca (I’m joking here), to finally address their need on the backline after years of trying to fit holding midfielders there, by buying an aging mediocre defender that isn’t even good enough to have got regular playing time for his international side.  Not exactly the type of player that Barca is normally used to bringing in.

Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu has completed a £15.8m transfer to Barcelona.

This makes the Frenchman, who has been capped twice by his country, the most expensive 30-year old defender ever.

Good transfer from Barca (I’m joking here), to finally address their need on the backline after years of trying to fit holding midfielders there, by buying an aging mediocre defender that isn’t even good enough to have got regular playing time for his international side.  Not exactly the type of player that Barca is normally used to bringing in.

Didier Drogba is expected to make his sensational return to Chelsea, agreeing on a one year contract with an offer to take a coaching role with the club should he retire after that year.

Didier Drogba is expected to make his sensational return to Chelsea, agreeing on a one year contract with an offer to take a coaching role with the club should he retire after that year.

Colombian midfielder and World Cup breakout star James “Don’t Call Me James” Rodriguez has completed his 75 million euros ($101 million) transfer from Monaco to Real Madrid.  
Rodriguez is an amazing player and truly a great addition to any team.  However Madrid already has an attacking triumvirate of Bale-Benzema-Ronaldo.  With the introduction of Rodriguez, they will surely switch formations to add a central playmaker into their attack.  This switch to a 4-2-3-1 might leave them a little shorthanded in the midfield, with Modric and Kroos expected to be the two sitting back.

Colombian midfielder and World Cup breakout star James “Don’t Call Me James” Rodriguez has completed his 75 million euros ($101 million) transfer from Monaco to Real Madrid.  

Rodriguez is an amazing player and truly a great addition to any team.  However Madrid already has an attacking triumvirate of Bale-Benzema-Ronaldo.  With the introduction of Rodriguez, they will surely switch formations to add a central playmaker into their attack.  This switch to a 4-2-3-1 might leave them a little shorthanded in the midfield, with Modric and Kroos expected to be the two sitting back.