As you're probably aware, Brazilian football (CBF and CONMEBOL for that matter) have no respect
for the international break. So two matches took place in Brazil on Wednesday night one for Copa
Sudamericana and one for the Brasileiro. And it was enough for the biggest collective nervous
breakdown, I've ever seen.
While Sir Alex once again displayed his ref insulting Tourrettes after his side's loss to
Chelsea, what Palmeiras president Luiz Gonzaga Belluzzo had to say about referee Carlos Eugenio
Simon after their 1-0 loss to Fluminense makes the sum total of Fergie's ref rants look downright
complimentary by comparison.
Until the 32nd started, things looked dull for Palmeiras. There was enormous pressure and the
fear that the team had just lost the Brasileiro. But after the last mid-week round of Brasileirao,
things changed again. Palmeiras won and all direct rivals, but one, lost precious points. With
that, the hopes of Palmeiras fans have been renewed.
After the 29th round of Brasileiro, it seems no one wants to take the title home. Like in the
last round, when only one club on the top won, the leaders collectively failed again. Palmeiras,
Sao Paulo and Atletico-MG lost. Inter and Goias tied at home. And, in this way, Flamengo, the 6th
side on the table, was the first team on the top to win.
A dejeted looking Souza and Marcos as NÃ¡utico thrash the leaders 3-0
Despite a shock 3-0 loss at strugglers NÃ¡utico, Palmeiras remain five points clear at the top
of the Brasileiro with nine games to go. As usual when the Palestra ItÃ¡lia outfit slip up, none of
their main rivals were able to take advantage as no one in the top five managed to win.
The 24th round of Campeonato Brasileiro was all Sao Paulo's.
Sao Paulo received the surprisingly good side of Avai at Morumbi. In the first-half, Avai made
things difficult for Sao Paulo, as the home team offered loose defensive action in the midfield. In
the second-half, however, Sao Paulo decided to suffocate the visitors.
Okay I know its been a long time since we gave you a Brasileirao Wrap, but we'll be on top of it
from now till the end of the season.
On Sunday, SÃ£o Paulo's 9-game unbeaten streak and 7-game winning streak came to an end
dramatically. Paulo Baier's header in the 86th minute beat a late charging Rogerio Ceni to give
FuracÃ£o the win.
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.
1)... when a side full of great names who can't play well collectively faces another side which
for 3 matches in a row started losing but managed to get two draws and one victory?
Answer: Fluminense scoring first through Fred (something that did not happen since April 30th) but
conceiving the draw to Nautico in the second half's stoppage time.
Inter can take a significant step towards achieving Copa Libertadores qualification if they
can progress to the Copa do Brasil semi final tonight (21:50 local time).
After a resilient defensive performance saw the Colorado come away with a goalless draw from
MaracanÃ£ last week, Inter will be fully aware that a score draw at the Beira-Rio could sent
Flamengo through on away goals.
In the 23rd round of the Brasileirao, the race for the title came down to what is promising to
be a tight one. Palmeiras (44 points), Inter (43) and Sao Paulo (40) won their matches and offered
no chance for each other to relax.
On the match that marked the return of Vagner Love, Palmeiras received Barueri at
Placar magazine, the most traditional and popular soccer magazine in Brazil, put together in its
June issue a ranking with the biggest salaries in Brazilian football. The leader? Ronaldo,
obviously. And as a reminder: Nowadays, US$1 = R$2.05.
The 9th round of Campeonato Brasileiro was all about surviving a bad hang over. And most did
After being eliminated at home from the semis of Copa Libertadores, Gremio honored its nickname
of "immortal". With 11 minutes, the two forwards from Argentina had scored 3 goals - Maxi Lopes (2)
and Herrera (1).
Internacional came away from the MaracanÃ£ last night with a goalless draw in the first leg
of the Copa do Brasil quarter final against Flamengo.
It was a stubborn defensive performance by Inter as Flamengo controlled the game for long periods.
Recent absentee Sandro returned in midfield after recovering from injury and was prominent for the
Colorado along with GuiÃ±azu and goalkeeper Lauro.
Inter's quest for silverware continues tonight as attentions turn to the Copa do Brasil
with Tite's side competing with Flamengo for a place in the semi-finals at the famous MaracanÃ£
(21:50 local time).
Having already eliminated UniÃ£o RondonÃ³polis, Guarani and NÃ¡utico, Inter will be looking a
positive result tonight to take back to the Beira-Rio for next week's second leg.
I still can't get my head around this. Booing your team is one thing, but attacking them with
home-made explosives is something else. Certain Flamengo "fans" were so unhappy with the
team's performance recently that they took a home-made bomb to a training session last week and
threw it at the players.