Sep 122014
 
Will Pato and Ganso Sink or Swim at São Paulo?

This weekend a revitalised São Paulo welcome campeões and league leaders Cruzeiro to Morumbi. It will undoubtedly be billed as a top of the table clash, but in reality, it probably represents the last chance for this season’s league title race to remain competitive. Around 12 months ago, Botafogo played Cruzeiro at Esádio Mineirão in very similar circumstances, with the Rio club clinging onto the tail of ‘a raposa.’ Clarence Seedorf missed a penalty with Cruzeiro 1 x 0 to the good and it proved to be a fork in [...]

Sep 072014
 
Paulo Henrique Ganso: A Revival in São Paulo

There’s a certain player in Brazil, who around four years ago was regarded as the next big thing to come out of a country which is famous for producing some of the finest football prospects. ‘Next big thing’ is a term, often overused, which describes any young player who starts to show the slightest glimpse of promise, but in this case it had some substance. I’m not talking about Neymar here, but  his close friend, and a player who was once mentioned in the same breath as him – Paulo Henrique Ganso. Years have passed [...]

Aug 142014
 
Brazil U20s Squad for COTIF L'Alcúdia 2014

Brazil under-20s coach Alexandre Gallo, has assembled a squad of young players who will take part in this years Torneo Internacional de Fútbol Sub-20 de L’Alcúdia. The tournament, thankfully shortened to COTIF, takes place in L’Alcúdia, Valencia, and features a mixture of club and international teams. This years participants are Brazil, Argentina, Lvante U.D., Ecuador, China, Mauritania, Barcelona, Valencia, Qatar, and Indonesia. Here are Brazil’s fixtures: 12th August – Brazil 1-1 Qatar 14th August – Brazil v Equador 16th August – Brazil v China 17th August –  Brazil v Valencia FC [...]

Aug 112014
 
The Rise and Fall of Leandro Damião

Leandro Damião was widely regarded as one of the most talented Brazilian strikers when he started shining for Internacional in 2010. But despite his success early on his professional career, he could not live up to expectations for long and declined fast. In order to understand his decline, it is important to take into account how Leandro Damião rose to stardom in first place. Most Brazilian players who are developed at clubs from an early age, often play futsal during their early youth careers. However, Leandro Damião started his career [...]

Aug 082014
 
What Next For Ronaldinho Gaucho?

There is an old adage that the star that burns twice as bright burns for half as long and no player quite emphasises that maxim quite like Ronaldinho Gaucho. Last week he brought the curtain down an on 18 month whirlwind romance in Belo Horizonte with Atlético Mineiro. He left basking in the affection of the Galoucura and the club’s hierarchy. Though in truth, Ronaldinho’s spell at the club had been in steady decline since a bad thigh tear last August, Atlético’s fans recognise that they’ve probably never quite had [...]

Aug 022014
 
Money's Too Tight To Mention in Post-World-Cup Brazilian Football

Last Friday, caps in hands, the chairmen of 12 of Brazil’s biggest football clubs travelled to the national capital Brasilia to meet with president Dilma Rousseff. The reason for the trip was to discuss the proposed Law of Sporting Financial Responsibility, which aims to restructure teams’ massive public debts over a 25 year period, while not unreasonably requiring them to comply with their financial obligations, such as paying players’ wages on time. In the murky world of Brazilian football, such obligations are often seen as optional. “If the law isn’t [...]

Jul 302014
 
Predicting Dunga's Brazil XI

  When asked the question – “which is the greatest footballing nation ever?” – the majority would answer Brazil, or the first name that would come to one’s mind will be Brazil. Despite this, The Seleção are going through one of their roughest periods at the moment, with critics claiming that it’s the worst Brazilian national team in recent history. Some have gone as far as to say that they’re being carried by the one and only star man in the team, Neymar. Not many would argue against this, because this has been pretty much the case [...]

Jul 252014
 
Anderson Talisca - From Bahia to Benfica

Young Brazilian attacker Anderson Talisca recently completed a £3.2m move to Benfica, after a string of impressive performances at Bahia saw him become one of the most eye catching players in the Brazilian league. Talisca was born in the city of Feira de Santana, Bahia, 70 miles from state capital Salvador where he would eventually begin his football career. He joined Esporte Club Bahia as a youth player in 2009 and has progressed through the ranks, becoming one of the best players in the first team prior to his move [...]

Jul 132014
 
From Hope to Hapless - Brazil's Belo Horizonte Nightmare

A first hand account of Brazil’s nightmare semi-final versus Germany, by Samindra Kunti at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. ‘Campeao voltou,” they sang. Brazil’s fans turned the Mineirao, a bowl-like stadium, into a sea of yellow. They had sung the same song at the same stadium against Chile. Then, the bar and Julio Cesar saved them, but this time around there was no saving a feeble Brazil. Germany smothered any of Brazil’s hopes, and July 8 became a historic date. Before the kick-off the fans belted out Brazil’s national anthem acapela, [...]

Jul 082014
 
Brazil 1 - Germany 7 (seven) - Be Careful Who You Blame

Where do you start? You could discuss everything from Scolari’s selection decisions, Neymar’s absence, Thiago Silva’s absence, or Fred’s absence. You could unfairly comment on Júlio César, who was once third choice at QPR and isn’t even the best goalkeeper in Major League Soccer where he now plays his club football. David Luiz’s irresponsibility as captain, wandering, carelessness, and non-existent defensive awareness. You could use this picture of the Brazil players’ average positions to back it up: Dante isn’t Miranda, Dedé, Marquinhos, Dória, or Réver. Fred isn’t any good, and [...]