Apr 192014
Brasileirão 2014 - Brazilian Série A League Preview

The 2014 Brasileirão season will be broken into two parts, thanks to the mid-season break for the World Cup. The season starts on April 19th, breaking from June 2nd to July 14th, and will come to a close on December 6th. Here’s a look at all the participants, including their aims and players to look out for. We begin, perhaps unfashionably, with a look at the clubs in the north east of Brazil, written by The Independent’s Brazilian football writer, James Young. Whilst wishing it could be otherwise, given the financial challenges faced [...]

Apr 192014
Fluminense 2014 Brasileirão Season Preview

If it wasn’t for the fact that either Flamengo or Portuguesa fielded ineligible players in final round of last season, then Rio giants Fluminense would be playing in the second tier of Brazilian football this year. At the end of last December, Brazil’s Superior Court of Sporting Justice ruled by unanimous vote that both Flamengo and Portuguesa were to be docked four points as punishment, which resulted in the latter falling into the relegation positions, and Flu being the side who leaped up into safety. The whole episode has led [...]

Apr 192014
Internacional 2014 Brasileirão Season Preview

Current Gaucho champions, boasting all the merits and authority which they defeated fierce local rivals Grêmio, Internacional now have a challenge ahead: the Brasileirão. Since 1979, the dream of a fourth national title has hit the crossbar five times: 1987, 1988, 2005, 2006, and 2009. But now it’s time to win the Brazilian championship again. In 2013, under the command of Dunga, the scenario was similar:. Hopes for the title and a successful league campaign, it was to be the year of the Inter. But it wasn’t. Again. The campaign [...]

Apr 182014
Santos 2014 Brasileirão Season Preview

Santos come in this year’s Brasileirão on the back of six consecutive appearances in the final of the Campeonato Paulista. It’s a run that stretches back to Neymar’s debut season as a professional back in 2009. However, the club’s displays in the league in recent years lie at the other end of the spectrum. The last serious charge for the title was all the way back in 2007. Will this year be an different? The most accurate – if a bit boring – answer is that it’s hard to say. [...]

Apr 172014
Flamengo 2014 Brasileirão Season Preview

Last week can only be described as ‘bittersweet’ for Flamengo fans all over the world. On Wednesday, Flamengo lost to Mexican side Léon in front of almost 60,000 fans at the Maracanã, and were eliminated at the group stage of the Copa Libertadores. Sunday, on the other hand, saw Flamengo draw 1-1 with arch-rivals Vasco da Gama thanks to a controversial goal scored in the 91st minute, which saw them win the State Championship for the 33rd time in their history. The bittersweet feeling comes from the fact that most [...]

Mar 232014
The 1958 World Cup and the Birth of a Brazilian Blueprint

The 1958 World Cup was an important moment in the history of Brazilian football for many reasons. It was the first World Cup appearance of one of their greatest players – Garrincha. It was also Pelé’s first tournament, and a competition in which Didi was able to display his unflinching class on a world stage, winning the Golden Ball in the process. It was a tournament of balance for the Brazilians. A healthy mixture of scientific preparation, scouting, and inspired managerial whims from Vicente Feola and his technical staff. They [...]

Mar 012014
The Blue Moon & Stars Align for Fernandinho of Manchester City

It’s difficult to believe that it’s over two years since Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho played for Brazil. It’s not that he wasn’t impressive for his previous club Shakhtar Donetsk, after all, Manchester City wouldn’t have paid the massive £35m fee for a mediocre player. For a long time the Ukraine, and similarly Russia, has been the back-burner of the Brazilian talent cooker. Shakhtar have a rich history of successful Brazilian players, and having joined the club in 2005 from Atlético Paranaense, Fernandinho emerged during his eight years there as one [...]

Feb 072014
Wallyson Stars As Botafogo Qualify for Copa Libertadores Group Stage

Oh Wally Wally, Wally Wally Wally Wally Wallyson. Botafogo qualified for the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1996, as they beat Deportivo Quito by an aggregate score of 4-1 in the group qualifying phase. They went into the second leg at the Maracanã needing to overturn a 1-0 first leg defeat in Quito, after failing to live up to expectations in the first game. A defeat in the second leg was unthinkable. Botafogo’s problems in the first leg stemmed from a lack of organisation, no cutting edge or composure [...]

Feb 052014
Botafogo 4, Deportivo Quito 0 (Agg 4-1) - Copa Libertadores

Sporadic live updates from the game between Botafogo and Deportivo Quito in the Copa Libertadores primeira fase. The game is being played at the famous Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The winners will go into the second phase, and will join a group featuring Chile’s Unión Española, San Lorenzo of Argentina, and Independiente of Ecuador. The first leg in Quito finished Deportivo Quito 1, Botafogo 0. Away goals will be used after 90 minutes if the scores are tied, if they can’t be separated after 90 minutes the match [...]

Jan 142014
Botafogo's Clarence Seedorf Retires to Take Up Milan Manager Role

Football legend Clarence Seedorf has officially retired from playing football, after accepting an offer to manage AC Milan. He announced the news at a press conference held in Botafogo’s Engenhão. “I’m here to announce that I will stop playing football after 22 years.” said the 37-year-old. “This experience [at Botafogo] for one and a half years made ​​me grow up a lot and will help me in my next step, which will be as Milan coach.” Seedorf also commentated that he was glad to have left Botafogo with some success, having [...]