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

Brazilian transfer window: all the major deals

Denilson signs for São Paulo (Luis Barreto/VIPCOMM)

The transfer window for Brazilian clubs to sign foreign based players closed on Thursday night. The window has been dominated by the Carlos Tevez saga and rightly so. But some big names have arrived almost unnoticed. Here they are: Continue reading

Brazilian Championship: The big kick off

They are State Champions but can they be National Champions? (Lucas Uebel - VIPCOMM)

The Brazilian National Championship kicked off yesterday afternoon which makes my report at least one day late. Sorry about that! Better late than never, right? In my report, I give a short comment on each of the twenty teams and my prediction about where they will finish in the league table. For a full explanation on Brazilian football and all of the club competitions see this link. Continue reading

Sao Paulo and Rio State Championship wrap including Lucas’ golaço

Ronaldinho and Flamengo have it all to do against Botafogo (Ricardo Ramos/VIPCOMM)

In the Sao Paulo State Championship Palmeiras deservedly beat Santos 1-0 with some good defending and counter attacking football (okay it was somewhat bureaucratic). Kleber scored their goal in the second half. Continue reading

Michael Jackson scores four and masseur does a cartwheel

Adriano Michael Jackson (Getty Images)

Adriano Michael Jackson -named so because of moonwalk goal celebrations – scored four goals versus Comercial from Piauí last night in the Brazilian Cup. Palmeiras comfortably progressed after winning the match 5-1 and 7-2 on aggregate. Definitely, the most interesting thing about this game however is the interesting technique adopted by Comercial’s masseur. Forget the injured player, this guy wants to get on TV and this sort of opportunity doesn’t come along too often. Check it out. Brilliant!

In other Brazilian Cup results, Botafogo from Rio rode their luck to get past River Plate from Sergipe (That’s like a team from Hackney Marshes being called Manchester United) on penalties. Atlético Mineiro destroyed Iape from the Amazon jungle 8-1. First division team Atlético-GO beat Brusque from Santa Catarina on away goals to progress and a team called ABC are also in the next round. Very creative name that.

Flamengo through to final of Rio State Championship

Felipe was the hero for Flamengo after saving two penalties against Botafogo (Alexandre Loureiro/VIPCOMM)

A few days after my rant against Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Flamengo beat Botafogo on penalties to set up a final with Boavista next weekend in the Taça Guanabara. The Taça Guanabara is a fancy name to say part 1 of the Rio State Championship Continue reading