Marcelo speaks to Globoesporte - December 2, 2012 (video)
the injury that will keep him off the training pitch until January - “I couldn’t feel my foot, my legs were shaking but I didn’t think the injury would be so serious.”
his increase in confidence - “Now I think I’m the best full back in the world, because I believe in myself. I have to believe in myself and to keep getting better”.
Roberto Carlos - “He is my idol, everyone knows that. Even today, when I talk to him I get nervous. He was always the best.”
Brazil 4-0 Japan, October 16, 2012 - Kaká (76’)
Report: Marcelo to Have Surgery This Friday
Both AS and Punto Pelota are reporting that Marcelo will undergo foot surgery in the Netherlands this Friday. During a Sunday practice session with his national team, he fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. On Monday afternoon he was met by José Mourinho at Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital, where another test was conducted. The medical staff concluded that Marcelo sustained a stress fracture and believe that surgery would shorten his recovery time, a reported three months. The procedure will be performed in Amsterdam by Dr. Van Dijk, who has also worked on Cristiano Ronaldo.
You see! I told you :D Now I’m sure Kaka will give it to Marcelo! :)
Voy a jugar un poquito de #COD nada quitara mi SONRISA
Injury Update: Marcelo
A right foot sprain forced him out of Brazil’s training today. While he hasn’t been officially ruled out of Tuesday’s match, it doesn’t look promising.
Update - October 15, 2012
Marcelo hurt his ankle in training and it doesn’t seem like he will be able to play against Japan on tuesday… also, this means that both Marcelo and Coentrão are hurt right now. But for how long? Calling Casado? *
Real Madrid on International Duty - Goals (October 11-12, 2012)
Kaká’s interview for CBF TV
Kaká: I knew about my call in the moment it was announced [in the media]. I felt as happy as the first time I was called on. I’m excited, because I followed all the calls so far… even the ones I knew I wouldn’t be on the list… I wanted to know who were on the team, who would play. I always follow the NT. But this time, that there was some expectations [on being called], I followed it until I finally knew I was on.
I can see a restart [on the NT], specially after all I went through, the injuries, surgeries, not knowing in which physical conditions I would be back [to play]. There were 2 years and some months of preparation to get on shape to be back to the NT… so I see [this call] as a restart.
I wanted to play again [on the NT], but I knew I would have to wait. During some time I was far from being called, due the injuries, for don’t be playing that often… little by little the problems were disappearing, I was returning and the things, now, are getting on track and making my return something possible. Many of them [the new players], didn’t even have met personally, just on TV. Some I had already have contact with, so… it’s very good to see them again, have some chat… the atmosphere in the NT is always good and I belive it will always be like this.
As I said, I’m truly happy for playing again for Brazil, and that’s the point… keep adding personal and coletive objectives, that’s my journey in the NT. I think there are a lot of things I aim to do. I know how the things run in football, everything happens very fast. So one step at a time, I will return, I want reaffirm my position on the NT, conquer my room again, little by little, and then, further, we will see what happens.
Marcelo and Kaká were called up to represent Brazil in their next two friendlies (October 11 versus Iraq; October 16 versus Japan).
International Call-Ups for September
Sixteen players will be traveling with their respective countries for international duty in September. Links from the countries’ federations are provided.
Argentina: Ángel di María and Gonzalo Higuaín
- World Cup Qualifiers: Sep. 7 - Paraguay | Sep. 11 - Peru
- Friendlies: Sep. 7 - South Africa | Sep. 10 - China
- World Cup Qualifiers: Sep. 7 - Macedonia | Sep. 11 - Belgium
France: Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane (U-21)
- World Cup Qualifiers: Sep. 7 - Finland | Sep. 11 - Belarus
- U-21 Championship Qualifier: Sep. 7 - Slovakia
Germany: Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil
- World Cup Qualifiers: Sep. 7 - Faroe Islands | Sep. 11 - Austria
Portugal: Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo
- World Cup Qualifiers: Sep. 7 - Luxembourg | Sep. 11 - Azerbaijan
Spain: Xabi Alonso, Raúl Albiol, Álvaro Arbeloa, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos
- Friendly, World Cup Qualifier: Sep. 7 - Saudi Arabia | Sep. 11 - Georgia
In a CBF live broadcast, Mano Menezes announced that Marcelo has been called up to represent Brazil in the London Olympics. It had been reported that José Mourinho spoke with Menezes over the phone to give his OK. If Brazil reaches the final on August 11, Marcelo will miss Real Madrid’s pre-season in the United States. He’d return to Spain the following day, the same day Real Madrid come back from tour. [Call up list]
my favorite pic of the game … di maria bear-hugging marcelo