Brasileirão 2018 preview

Will it be a straight fight between Palmeiras and Corinthians? (Pic: Amanda Perobelli /Estadao)

The Brasileirão kicks off this weekend. Palmeiras are the bookies’ favourites. Corinthians are the pundits’ favourites. Cruzeiro, Grêmio and Flamengo will want to have something to say about that. Here’s a lowdown of all the teams, the major ins and outs, players to watch, my predictions and the latest betting odds. Continue reading

Grêmio begin Libertadores title defence

Staying. At least until June. (pic: AFP)

The 2018 Copa Libertadores group stages get under way this week, just three months after the 2017 competition finished. Defending Champions Grêmio play Defensor Sporting, from Uruguay, on Tuesday. While Corinthians play Millionarios (Colombia) and Flamengo take on River Plate (Argentina) on Wednesday. Continue reading

Série A update: Corinthians still top

Former Man City striker Jô has scored 9 league goals in 15 games (Photo: Agencia Corinthians)

The games sure do come thick and fast in Brazil. It’s been just over two months since I published my Série A preview on the eve of the competition and here we are in gameweek 16 already. Did I mention the Copa do Brasil, Copa Libertadores or Copa Sulamericana? Here’s what’s happened since my last Série A update. Continue reading

Excellent Corinthians march on

Jadson celebrates his winner on Sunday (Photo: Agencia Corinthians)

Corinthians continued their excellent form by beating Grêmio on Sunday, and opening up a four point lead at the top of the Série A. They don’t play the sort of football that you might associate with Brazilian league leaders – its more like the stuff that Arrigo Sacchi would be proud of. But they are well organised, hardly concede any goals and know how to win football matches. On current form, nobody will stop them. Can they keep it up? Continue reading

Série A 2017 preview

Will Diego recover from injury and lead Flamengo to the title? (Mowa Press)

Brazilfooty is back and the Brazilian 2017 Série A kicks off this weekend. To mark both of these highly auspicious events in global football, Brazilfooty has prepared an in-depth Série A review. It has been a herculean effort for a part-time blogger: social plans were cancelled; reluctant support from an unimpressed girlfriend was obtained; football almanacs were dusted off and scanned from cover to cover; match reports read; team rosters inspected; fan forums observed; journalists interviewed; hours of TV footage reviewed; player dossiers complied; and an excessive amount of stroking of the chin while looking ponderously into the air and uttering ‘hmmmmm’ was done. The result is a thorough review of all 20 Série A teams. Continue reading

Serie A kick-off: A fans’ preview

Can reigning Champions Corinthians juggle Libertadores and Serie A? (Getty)

It’s the big kick off in the Brazilian Serie A (also known as Brasileirão) this weekend. And we’ve got some inside track, fans’ opinion and the local angle on some of the main teams below. So read on and get all the inside scoop. Continue reading

Neymar, Neymar, Neymar

Neymar: tormentor of Sao Paulo defender Piris (Wander Roberto/Vipcomm)

Explaining the State Championships in Brazil is confusing at best. There are 26 states, each with their own system. Most are split into two phases with the winner of each phase playing a final over two legs starting next weekend. In the state of Sao Paulo things are a little bit different: there is only one phase and the semi-finals took place this weekend. Neymar scored a hat trick to put his Santos team in yet another final Continue reading