Sandro heads to Copa America.
Midfielder Sandro has been selected in the Brazil squad for the Copa America after an impressive second half of the season. Although he initially struggled to gel with the rest of the team Sandro became one of the most important players for the North London club towards the end of the season.
Brazil kick-off their Copa America campaign against Venezuela and have Paraguay and Ecuador in their group as well. Furthermore Sandro played an hour of Brazil’s game against Romania, a game which will be remembered as the final performance of the legendary Ronaldo.
The only other Spurs player to be involved in the Copa America is Gio dos Santos who has been called up for Mexico who face Chile, Peru and Uruguay in their group.
Pienaar excited for new season.
Steven Pienaar is looking to kick-start his Spurs career after a proper pre-season with the club. After joining from Everton in the January transfer window the South African winger struggled to have the impact fans hoped for due to battles with injury. However he feels that after five months of settling at the club he is ready to make a real contribution next year.
“Hopefully it will be a new start for me during pre-season and I will give it my best shot next season.” Pienaar told the club’s official website, adding that “the squad is good, it’s a good footballing team and the players are friendly, so I’m happy. It’s important when you play in a footballing team to enjoy the ball. It’s like your own child, you have to take good care of it. That’s what the team is doing. They want to enjoy the game and it’s what I like also.”
Kaboul scores on international debut.
Younes Kaboul finally made his senior international debut for France and even netted a goal for himself in their 4-1 friendly victory over Ukraine. Manager Laurent Blanc made ten changes to the side that drew with Belarus in their qualifying match last Friday and the difference was noticeable. Although Anatoly Tymoshuk put Ukraine ahead in the 53rd minute France hit back in emphatic style with Kaboul heading home from Marvin Martin’s corner to grab the third for Les Bleus.
Although he has had to wait until age 25 to make his first appearance for his country the Spurs defender may not have to wait very long to make his second as he has remained with the French squad for their second friendly of the week with Poland tonight.