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Jul 102010

Well, considering our lack of activity so far in the transfer market I’ve decided to take a closer look at one player we have actually signed – labelled by some as ‘The new Dunga’ ….. Sandro Ranieri Guimarães Cordeiro.

Samba Sensation - New Spurs Man Sandro


It might be a while until we actually see Sandro in the famous Lillywhite shirt so to tide us over until then I’ve pooled together a few facts and put together a short video showcasing the players abilities.

Born on 15th March 1989, Sandro was a graduate of Internacional’s youth academy in Brazil. He signed his first professional contract and began his senior career in 2007 as an 18 year old.

A defensive midfielder by trade, Sandro likes to get forward and involved in attacking play as often as possible, a typical Brazillian trait.

At just shy of 6’2″ Sandro is a real presence on field and should compliment the current crop of midfield players Harry Redknapp currently has at his disposal.

Sandro will join up with his new teammates at the end of Internacional’s Copa Libertadores campaign, however you would imagine he would be in need of a rest at the end of a long season and time to settle in so don’t expect to see him much before christmas ….. if we’re lucky!

When the news of the transfer to England broke Sandro said Spurs are “a great fit for me” and that “a club that is growing every year makes it the ideal club for me”.

At international level he has captained his country at Under – 20 level and led them into the 2009 South American Youth Championships.

He made his full international debut against Chile in a World Cup qualifier on 9th September 2009 and was unlucky to miss out on a squad place in Dunga’s 23 for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, named as 1 of 7 backup players.

Gomes Could Be Brazil No1

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Jun 022010

Brazillian first choice goalkeeper Julio Cesar picked up an injury during his side’s warm-up match against Zimbabwe , handing coach Dunga a scare just over a week before the World Cup kicks off.
The Inter Milan star, considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world, complained of a back injury and had to be replaced by Spurs star Heurelho Gomes after just 26 minutes in Harare.
He was inspected by team doctor Jose Luis Runco after being floored by an incident in the 19th minute and deciding that he could not continue.

Dunga’s second-choice is generally Roma’s inconsistent and out of favour keeper Doni. However, Tottenham Hotspur keeper Gomes was sent on and impressed with a series of excellent saves against a Zimbabwe side that boasted Manchester City striker Benjani.
Brazil’s first match at the tournament is not until June 15, when they face North Korea in Johannesburg. The five-time champions also face Ivory Coast and Portugal in the tricky Group G and should  Julio Cesar not fully recover the in form Spurs stopper could get his chance between the posts.