Poor Joel Santana. Widely ridiculed in Brazil for his terrible English, he made himself look even more stupid on the weekend after reacting angrily to a journalist following Flamengoâ€™s loss to Vasco in the Rio Cup semi final.
Ever since this classic Joel Santana interview (below) when he was managing South Africa at the Confederations Cup in 2009, he has become the laughing stock of Brazil when it comes to English. In Brazil every time somebody mentions bad English they refer to Joel Santana followed by a jumble of words like through-e da middiw-e the Bafana play a very-e goodie gameee and five minutes of laughter.
This blog even has the Joel Santana English quote of the month the keen observer will have noticed.
Back in 2009, Joel Santana was not happy with everybody having a go at his English. He said he was a respectable man with a family and didnâ€™t deserve such criticism. Errrm….. okay. Eventually, supposedly seeing the funny side and having a lot of money waved in his face, he filmed an ad for Pepsi making fun of his own English on a beach.
However, after yet another loss as Flamengo boss over the weekend he was in no mood for joking. Since Joel took over less than five months ago Flamengo have crashed out of the Libertadores in the first round, lost to Vasco in the Guanabara Cup semi final and lost against their bitter rivals again. The rumour mill and Brazilian football logic both suggest itâ€™s only a matter of time before he is fired. Clearly sensing the delicacy of the situation, the press team at Flamengo barred the journalist from local humour programme CQC from asking any questions at the press conference following the game over the weekend.
Quiet for the entire press conference just as Santana was getting up to leave the room the CQC reporter blurted out: â€œHey Joel, Ronaldinho earns a lot of money for somebody who keeps missing training. Pode to be?â€
Now pode to be be doesnâ€™t make any sense except that it is the punchline of the Pepsi ad. Its the sort of phrase in half English â€“ half Portuguese that only Joel Santana could come up with.
Santana didnâ€™t like the question and had the following to say: â€œWho let this idiot in? This is serious. You should arrest him. Iâ€™m being criticised from all sides and now this happens.â€ Later, when a little bit calmer he explained: â€œYou canâ€™t accept lack of respect and sense. My boy, Iâ€™m 63 years old and you are 20 something. Iâ€™ve been coaching longer than youâ€™ve been alive. Iâ€™ve got children older than you. The least you can do is respect me. Honestly, son, now is not the time for jokes.â€
Excuse me Mr. Santana you are a decent man but I disagree with you. I do think now is the time for jokes and Iâ€™ve just got one thing to say regarding this: â€œhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…..â€
In terms of the football….
…SÃ£o Paulo breezed past Bragantino (4-1) and into the SP State semi final. Luis Fabiano scored two goals and missed a penalty. Has struggled with injuries since his return and to be honest from looking at the highlights he still looks a little slow and immobile â€“ definitely not the same player we saw terrorise defences at the 2010 World Cup, thatâ€™s for sure. He did score a nice free kick though. As for SÃ£o Paulo I guess weâ€™ll really see what theyâ€™re made of in the semi final against Santos next weekend. Looks like Jadson is coming into form. Great pass to set up the opening goal.
In the other quarter finals, amazingly both Corinthians and Palmeiras lost against weaker opposition from Campinas. Two very good games, both finishing 3-2. What that means is weâ€™ll have an all Campinas affair in the second semi final. Ponte Preta v GuaranÃ. Now that sounds pretty tame but actually, sadly, this fixture is often marred by violent clashes between the two sets of fans. This is one fixture that the Campinas police department would not have wanted.
In Rio, as mentioned Vasco overcame Flamengo and reach the Rio Cup final. Veteran midfielder Felipe was in inspired form for Vasco and scored two goals. VÃ¡gner Love and forgotten man KlÃ©berson scored for Flamengo. Ronaldinho GaÃºcho played but by all accounts had another ineffectual game. In the other semi Botafogo beat Bangu 4-2. Fluminense didnâ€™t qualify for the semiâ€™s after they rested their main players for much of the Championship, preferring to focus on the Copa Libertadores instead.
Iâ€™m just not feeling the love with the other states at the moment, sorry. 🙁 Iâ€™ll give you an account of what happens there as well as all the Libertadores news next week. Promise.
Goals and highlights:
SÃ£o Paulo 4 Bragantino 1 (Goals only)
Santos 2 Mogi Mirim 0 (Goals only, worth watching Neymarâ€™s â€“ Santosâ€™s second)
Flamengo 2 Vasco 3 (Highlights)