There are still three rounds of games to be played in the Campeonato Brasileiro before the half way
stage in the competition is reached and eleven of the twenty clubs have already changed their
managers since the start of the season.
This staggeringly high rate of hiring and firing will perhaps increase further before the season is
The Copa Libertadores group phase winds down over the next week as the final matchday
approaches. With six sides through and 20 teams still battling for the 10 available spots into the
knockout round, this has become one of the more exciting conclusions to the group stage in recent
A YEAR OF HIGHS AND LOWS ENDS WITH INTER IN TRANSITION.
The Internacional squad arrived back in Rio Grande do Sul on Monday as the club's lengthy season
finally came to an end.
Despite being crowned South American champions in July following the Colorado's Copa Libertadores
triumph, Inter neglected their Campeonato Brasileiro commitments in order to preserve the squad for
the FIFA Club World Cup or as commonly referred to in Brazil â€“ the â€˜Mundial'.
Dopo essersi imposto per 2 a 1, in rimonta, nella gara d'andata,
L'Internacional di Porto Alegre supera anche nel retour match,
con il punteggio di 3 a 2, i messicani del Chivas e si aggiudica la prestigiosa
Coppa Libertadores (la Champions sudamericana).
Con una rimonta costruita nella ripresa, precisamente nell'ultimo quarto d'ora di un match
emozionante e vibrante, l'Internacional di Porto Alegre supera
per 2 a 1 i messicani del Chivas, a Guadalajara, nell'andata
della finale della Coppa Libertadores, e mette una seria ipoteca sulla conquista
del prezioso trofeo.
Nilmar's double strike for Inter away at NÃ¡utico put the Porto Alegre outfit back in pole
position in Brazil's national championship. Earlier in the match, D'Alessandro capped a dismal week
when he missed a penalty that could have put Inter in the lead.
ChicÃ£o's well-taken free kick was the difference between Corinthians and Fluminense on Sunday
in the Pacaembu. The 1-0 win maintained the Musketeers' 100% record but at times Mano Menezes' side
rode their luck against a Fluminense team that dominated chunks of possession.
After the 35th round of Brasileirao, one thing is clear: the champion will be red and black. The
only thing that remains unclear is if it will also carry the white of Sao Paulo, or it will have
just the two colors of Flamengo.
The two sides took advantage of Palmeiras' tie against Sport and look ready for the title.
With just four games remaining in the championship, holders SÃ£o Paulo went top for the first
time this season following their 1-1 draw away to GrÃªmio on Wednesday and Palmeiras' 1-0 defeat at
Fluminense on Sunday.
Almost 67,000 turned up at the MaracanÃ£ hoping for a miracle as strugglers Fluminense took on
.... Lots of it. After looking like the virtual champion of Campeonato Brasileiro, Palmeiras
lost points and the chances of confirming the title. And with that, 4 clubs have now the chance of
taking the title away from the side headed by Muricy Ramalho. In the 31st round of Brasileiro,
Atletico-MG, Inter, Sao Paulo and Flamengo won their matches and are just a few step away from
jumping to first (something that can happen in the next round).
Up until last week, the Brasileirao seemed the tournament no one wanted to win. The favorites
kept losing points with pale football. But the 30th round shows signs of change by two sides.
Flamengo and Atletico-MG want to take the title home after a long time.
While Palmeiras, Sao Paulo, Inter and Goias gave another display of loss of steam, the two sides
pocketed the three points in very important matches.
On the 14th round, Palmeiras reached the top of Campeonato Brasileiro (losing on the goal
difference for Atletico-MG) by thrashing its main rival Corinthians with a 3-0. Those who expected
to see Ronaldo saw Obina. Obina, yes the one who Flamengo fans used to celebrate as "better than
Eto'o", pulled off a hat-trick.
The main character of Campeonato Brasileiro's 6th round was the post. It prevented many balls
from reaching the back of the net, and had a huge influence in the final scores in 5 out of the 10
matches of the weekend.
The first half of the Brazilian Championship came to a close this weekend with a number of local
derbies highlighting the schedule. It's all part of a strategy to avoid teams fielding
second-string lineups in the final round of the competition, and the most fascinating matchup took
place on Sunday between Santos and Sao Paulo.