First goal in Serie A for Philippe, great goal against Fiorentina (3-1 for Inter) today from free-kick.
Brazil’s soccer is arguably no better country in the nation that pushes out good, young players. The next in a long line of starlets could be Inter Milan’s Philippe Coutinho, who followed a list of greats to Europe, and he’s one to keep your eye on.
The last young Brazilian to earn this much attention is also based in Milan, as A.C. Milan picked up Alexandre Pato in 2007 as a 17-year-old. Inter felt they had to go out and match their city rivals, with whom they share the San Siro, and bought Pato in 2008 as a 16-year-old, but they allowed him to stay in Brazil to play with Vasco da Gama. Since then, Coutinho has been brought along slowly, making seven starts and four substitute appearances for the club. He has yet to score a goal for Inter, but he has notched a couple of assists and has shown glimpses of the talent that made him so coveted by the club. Coutinho is an attacking midfielder who can use either foot, and it’s likely he will be used as a second striker at points in his career as well.
This can only bode well for Brazil, who will host the World Cup in 2014 and are looking to add to their record of five wins in the world’s greatest tournament. Coutinho scored three goals in five matches for the Under-17 side, and made his first senior appearance in a friendly against Iran in October. By 2014, Coutinho should be playing solid minutes for Inter (or some European club) and if he is, Pato and Coutinho could be the leading forces behind Brazil’s World Cup run.
Inter starlet Philippe Coutinho has been named in Mano Menezes latest Brazil squad along with Lazio’s new signing Hernanes.
Coutinho has been exceptional in pre-season, shining in Inter’s friendly matches especially in the United States.
He is the only one of Inter’s Brazilians called up for the training camp to be held in Spain on September 2.
Julio Cesar, Maicon and Lucio have been overlooked again following the World Cup in South Africa.
Goal of Philippe Coutinho agains’t Panathinaikos:
Brazilian starlet Philippe Coutinho Correia was unveiled to the press after Monday morning’s training session at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti.
Rafael Benitez introduced the eighteen-year-old attacking midfielder as “a young player with lots of quality. He can be the future of the club and we expect him to do very well for us.”
Taking up the microphone, Coutinho spoke two sentences in Italian before replying to questions through an interpreter. “I am very happy to be here, I hope to lots of titles and give a lot of satisfaction to all the Inter fans,” he said.
“My position? I’m a midfielder. I like to play behind the strikers and attack, so yes, I’m a bit like Sneijder. My role models? Robinho and Kaka. The comparisons with Pato? It’s flattering, but we’re two different players. He’s a striker, I’m more a midfielder.”
Coutinho signed for Inter two years ago, remaining on loan at his former club Vasco da Gama until a month ago. “When I knew Inter were interested I was very excited,” he said. “It’s every Brazilian player’s dream to play for a big European team. When the deal went through, I couldn’t wait to start.
“Having the chance to play with Brazilian players like Julio Cesar, Maicon and Lucio is a dream come true. I used to see them on TV and now I will be training with them. Now I want to learn Italian quickly and settle down as quickly as possible. I’m a new face in Italian football so I have to show what I can do.
“The national team? It’s still a long way off. First I have to do well for Inter and play well in Serie A. But it is my dream to be called up to my national team.” (Source)
Philippe Coutinho will join the squad of Champions league winners on July.
His agent said he spoke with the people from Inter, and they didn’t mention loan. So it will be all decided when Rafa Benitez meet the squad.
He said: “I’m happy to join my favourite club. I will try to be like Adriano when he was in top form. My idols, Kaka and Dinho.”
He had too many members on social network Orkut, that he needed to shut it down: “Yes, my girldfriend was jealous because I had too many girls as fans (laugh).”
The weekend of soccer in Brazil was marked, beyond gols, is clearly, for dancinhas of the players of Saints and Palms, in the classic of the Belmiro Village, and for the kiss of a player in the adversary.
In the duel between Vasco and Flamengo, carried through in the Maracanã, the Willians rubro-black, after to commit pênalti in the young cruzmaltino aggressor Philippe Coutinho, already negotiated with the Inter of Milan, in it had doubts: it was until the adversary, who was fallen, lowered e, as form of excuses, gave a kiss in the face.
One day after the departure, Willians explained, in press conference, in the Topsail, the reason of the kiss. “I was worried to have hurt the Philippe. It is a great player, a revelation that comes acting well. Taste and nor I do not have as characteristic to hurt my friends of profession, therefore I gave a little kiss in it,” counted.
While the day of the farewell for the Inter of Milan does not arrive, Philippe Coutinho evolves and if it becomes one of the main players of the Vasco, mainly when Carlos Alberto is of is. It was thus, one more time, in the victory for 2 the 1 on the Round Return, sunday. Between them you dribble and the Italian lessons, attacking listening advice of the players most experienced.
“In 2009, if it listened to the voice of it little, it looked more to listen of what to speak. Now, he is freer, without fear to miss and to try a play”, said the goleiro Fernando Prass, who sees similarity between the aggressor and Ronaldinho.
“The Philippe is an introverted boy tranquilo and. But it has personality and it knows its quality. I had the chance to play with the Ronaldinho in the Bosom (1997/1998) and find that they sufficiently are seemed”.
Coutinho says that its life little moved since that it started if to detach in the professionals. “I live in the Rock and there it knows me to everybody. I have my friends of infancy and I continue to make the same things. I come to the trainings, I come back toward house. I am one face sufficient tranquilo”, it said the player, who started to use alliance, but is not fiancé. “A commitment Is alone”.
Newness exactly alone the Italian lessons, who started to make not to make ugly when to arrive at Italy. “I am learning to the few. I only know the basic one”, affirmed Coutinho, that risked a “good day” in Italian.
Carlos Alberto is doubt
Philippe Coutinho could one more time be the main player of the Vasco, ahead of the Bangu, Wednesday, to 19h30, in the Engenhão. Carlos Alberto still feels pains in the right foot and Vagner Mancini intends to give more time of recovery for the player, who did not train in the monday with the players who had not participated of the departure against the Round Return.
While Inter Milan during a derby in excess of rare intensity, thousands of kilometers away his essays on the phenomenon of the future gave great class. Philippe Coutinho could not begin better from the first minute with the shirt of Vasco da Gama, the third day of the Brazilian championship. The almost 18 year-old playmaker, who through good performance in the remnants of game so far granted to him has convinced the coach Wagner Mancini to give him a jersey holder, has even signed a one-two in the house of Botafogo, buried by 6 goals in Vasco. Coutinho scored the last two, confirming that you have a talent above the average, which in Brazil are realizing more and more. Today he is taking the first significant steps among the professionals, the young Brazilian, confirming the confidence of the club Inter, who at 16 decided to invest 4 million euros for him, burning the competition from Real Madrid. Yesterday he played alongside Carlos Alberto behind the tip Dodo, 4-3-2-1 in the Vasco da Gama.
Coutinho will accrete at Inter next season and he will be the alter ego of Sneijder in a team that will enrich the class and freshness. With Coutinho on their side, this team can do no wrong. They will make quick work of their opponents. In short, if this is the battleship that has annihilated Milan under the blows of Milito and Pandev, the future already has a name: Philippe Coutinho.
The arrival of Julio Baptista in the role of vice Sneijder will be leading the way to the landing of Philippe Coutinho to Inter. The baby phenomenon of Vasco da Gama could reach Milan as early as January 2010, but the company has decided to leave Inter in Brazil for the first phase of the new season. Also because he could not play in the Italian championship. Coutinho is currently engaged in pre-season with his team, preferring to devote to it just trying to earn a starting spot, thus postponing the age of 18 years (next summer) its ambitions Inter: “Right now I’m calm I still have a little ‘time to prove I can play as a starter. My head is now directed only at Vasco. Recently I put on 4-5 pounds and I’m working hard at the muscular level. My coach Vagner Mancini said he had great confidence in me, and I can not wait to show my worth. ”
The company believes strongly in Inter Coutinho and Mourinho has spent the same rhetoric against him, betraying a great desire to be able to train. This does not happen until next season, when the age of 18 years, will debut in European football and, specifically, with the Nerazzurri shirt.