Manchester United target, Dodô, made part of Corinthians first team squad

July 22, 2009 at 18:43 27 comments

Dodô - nice hair but is he any good?

Dodô - nice hair but is he any good?

* NB – the player’s real name is José Rodolfo Pires Ribeiro.  Dodô is just a nickname but it’s  got nothing to do with the bird.

With the sale of André Santos to Fernerbahçe, the loan of Wellington Saci to Atlético Mineiro and the injury to Sergio Escudero, Corinthians have included youngster, Dodô, in their squad to face Vitória on Thursday.

The 17-year-old left back is widely believed to have been bought by Manchester United. However, my sources at Traffic have told me that United have yet to make a decision on the Brazil Under 17 player.

Recently, Dodô spent 15 days with United. But any transfer will not take place until February when the player turns 18. If he does go to England, it will be for around €6 million.

“We never know what’s going to be, but I’m motivated to do some good work. I have a chance with the best team in Brazil at the moment and an opportunity to be at the side of some great players. Now I don’t want to think about something that could happen in February because there are still a few months to go till then”, said the player.

However, according to reports from the Corinthians camp, the teenager is more excited about playing for the Parque São Jorge club than making a move to Manchester.

The original quote in Portuguese is a little tricky to translate (“Quem tem Ronaldo no Corinthians, não se impressiona com Cristiano Ronaldo. Todo mundo acha que lá é algo surreal, mas não é”) My Brazilian wife translated it like this: “If you have someone like Ronaldo at Corinthians, you’re not impressed with someone like Cristiano Ronaldo. Everybody thinks that there [Manchester?] is a surreal place but it isn’t”, said Dodô after pointing out that he trained with the Portuguese star.

Dodô is not expected to start against Vitória as centreback Diego should fill in on the left. On Sunday, Corinthians take on archenemies Palmeiras in Presidente Prudente – a game you can see live with us.

Also see:   Manchester United snap up Dodô and Manchester United look at ‘new Rio Ferdinand’


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  • 1. IVOR IRWIN  |  July 22, 2009 at 19:22

    When you say ‘the club’ has yet to make decision regarding Dodo, are you referring to Corinthians or United? I thought I’d read that it was done and dusted, so to speak.Not so? ! Is this about to turn into another circus like the Douglas Costa novela?

    • 2. pitacodogringo  |  July 22, 2009 at 19:27

      just changed the sentence to make it crystal clear – i also thought it was a done deal but as I wrote in the post, I was told today by someone at Traffic that this is not the case

  • 3. Phil  |  July 22, 2009 at 21:26

    I also thought this was a done deal, IIRC it was Dodô whose reported signing for Man Utd caused Carlos Alberto player to accuse Man Utd of “raping Brazilian football” but he could have been talking about the da Silva twins I suppose.

    Anyhow the fee sounds rather high for a player without much experience but what do I know, I’ve never seen the kid play.

    • 4. Daniel  |  July 23, 2009 at 06:27

      Brazilian wife, Nice one Jon!!

  • 5. bobbygee  |  July 23, 2009 at 09:57

    Brasil is always a hot bed of great futebol talent. Flamengo stunk the joint out. Bobby Gee

  • 6. Chris  |  July 23, 2009 at 11:14

    Hi Jon

    Back in Rio again. Let me know if you’re visiting.

    The football’s not up to much here (went to Flamengo v Barueri last night) but, of course Rio does have other attractions.

    A young lad called Jorbison made his debut last night. He looks about 12 years old but I’m assured he’s really 17. So probably a bit old for Man U then.

  • 7. Bryan  |  July 23, 2009 at 17:35

    Lovely blog , I have always been intrigued by south american football and especially brazil, with its wealth of talent. Fc Barcelona has gotten Keirrison and they are gonna loan him out for experience, Youtube videos are one thing but can a seasoned observer tell me whether he is the real deal and his strengths too ?


    P.s. this blog has been bookmarked.

  • 9. IVOR IRWIN  |  July 23, 2009 at 18:02

    As a United fan I was very excited about Nani coming. Watching those Youtube vids gives a very distorted idea of any player’s true talent, though. Nani cost 18M, but we had no idea of just how selfish and childish Nani is until it was too late. The day of the Brazilian bargain seems to be over. Now, buying any player from anywhere is a crap-shoot. Looks like we’ll just need to takea gamble on the likes of Dentinho, Costa and Dodo and keep our fingers crossed.

  • 10.  |  July 24, 2009 at 00:41

    Brazil does have alot of great talent. Great Blog!

  • 11. Martin  |  July 24, 2009 at 16:24

    So Jon do you think moving this Sunday’s Corinthians v Palmeiras derby outside of the city ofSao Paulo to the interior of the state will really help ease any potential crowd trouble? Would not the troublemakers follow their team anyway?

    • 12. pitacodogringo  |  July 24, 2009 at 17:58

      don’t think it’s just about trouble – it’s a slightly bigger stadium than the Pacaembu – 45,000 turned up for the meeting in the Paulista. Normally, this would have been played in the Morumbi but Corinthians refuse to use the stadium because there was an argument over ticket allocation earlier this season. São Paulo wanted to limit Corinthians to something like 5000 tickets – probably because São Paulo knew that if they had opened up more space, there would have been more Corinthians fans in the stadium than home fans
      also worth pointing out that Ronaldo scored his first goal for Corinthians in Presidente Prudente against …. You guessed it ….. Palmeiras

  • 13. tran thi hong  |  October 14, 2009 at 23:48

    what about Dodo? I heard that he extended three years contract with corinthians until 2012.Do you know about that? So,will he not join Man Utd in Feb 2010?

    • 14. pitacodogringo  |  October 15, 2009 at 19:50

      he’ll turn 18 in february next year. Man Utd will make a decision then. but as things stand, Dodô is still a Corinthians player (though it’s the sports management group, Traffic, that will be pulling the strings)

  • 15. IVOR IRWIN  |  October 15, 2009 at 20:08

    Have United bought a piece of Traffic, as I read somewhere (The Guardian, I think),or is this just a rumour also? Is the Dodo deal dead as a …

    • 16. pitacodogringo  |  October 15, 2009 at 20:37

      not heard about a deal with traffic but i’ll check it out

      • 17. ronny  |  October 16, 2010 at 18:27

        I dont think anyone knows what is going on with this deal the last i heard was that man utd had a arrangement that they can monitor him until he is 21 as a first option to buy and they are taking their time and seeing how he progresses which seems sensible – the deal is through traffice.

    • 18. pitacodogringo  |  October 19, 2009 at 19:34

      a guy i know at Traffic has just told me that the United ‘purchase’ rumour is absolute bollox

  • 19. tran thi hong  |  December 28, 2009 at 07:13

    can you tell me some update news about Dodo,Jon? I can not wait to see Dodo in Man Utd.

  • 20. tran thi hong  |  December 28, 2009 at 07:14

    Can you tell me some update news about Dodo? I can not wait to see him in Man Utd shirt.

    • 21. pitacodogringo  |  December 28, 2009 at 18:27

      hi Tran
      there’s no new news. he turns 18 in February and Man Utd will perhaps make a decision then. but i have to say that he did not impress me at all in the games i saw him play – i don’t want to write a teenager off so early in his career but he could be another one of those players who do well with Brazil’s under age squads but aren’t great in the domestic tournaments – Douglas Costa and Alex Texeira would also fit into this bracket

  • 22. Holly89  |  February 9, 2010 at 02:16

    Hi Jon.Dodo turns 18 ages on last Saturday,so have Man Utd decided on Dodo yet?Thanks Jon!

    • 23. pitacodogringo  |  February 9, 2010 at 18:19

      I contacted someone from Traffic about him at the end of January. but the only thing he told me was that Dodô is still a Corinthians player. he was on the bench last weekend against Sertãozinho but didn’t get a run out

  • 24. Holly89  |  February 9, 2010 at 22:39

    But i heared that Man Utd have preference on him in Brasil’s newspapers yesterday.And negotiations will only begin in next transfer window 31-07-2010.

  • 25. IVOR IRWIN  |  February 10, 2010 at 10:22

    This is what I just read about the Dodo situation. Clear as mud, innit?

    • 26. pitacodogringo  |  February 10, 2010 at 12:04

      I’ll try to check it out –
      I have to say that the little I’ve seen of Dodô has not impressed me at all – in fact, he looked clueless. as I said, I’ve not seen too much of him but for the life of me I can’t see why Utd are interested in him

  • 27. IVOR IRWIN  |  February 10, 2010 at 13:30

    Maybe it’s an image rights thing, so he can be an underwear model in the footsteps of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ha!

    By the way, last night on T.V. I caught this rich Brazilian guy named Eike Bautista saying no more great Paolista players will be allowed to leave and play in Europe if he has his way. Is he so powerful?


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