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 052014
 
Brazil Taste Own Medicine as Neymar Exits World Cup

There’s a catchy song doing the rounds on Brazilian TV which has a chorus – “Mostra tua força Brasil” – which translates as “show your strength, Brazil”. During last night’s game, they might have taken this show of strength too far for their own good. The Seleção’s quarter-final against Colombia will be remembered as the match which saw Neymar’s World Cup come to an end. The much talked about “poster-boy” of Brazil suffered a knee to the back from Juan Zuniga which ended his game and his tournament, as Brazil [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Jan 042014
 
Brazilian Wonderkid Boschilia Stars on Copa São Paulo Opening Day

The 2014 version of the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior, also handily known as the Copinha, kicked off last night with a total of six matches. The highlight of the opening day of this prestigious youth competition, was the match between São Paulo and Japanese visitors Kashiwa Reysol. The tournament has a history of inviting foreign teams to participate, with mixed success, and this year it’s the turn of the Japanese club whose senior side faced Santos in the 2011 Club World Cup. Highlight’s of the first day included Flamengo’s stroll [...]