One day after Coritiba and CearÃ¡ progressed at the expense of Palmeiras and Flamengo, SÃ£o Paulo are the latest big name to be knocked out of the Brazilian Cup by supposedly inferior opposition. They lost to AvaÃ in FlorianÃ³polis 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate). Vasco are the only ‘big name’ left and are through to the semi finals after beating AtlÃ©tico Paranaense on away goals. The semi final first legs will be played next week.
In other news, Neymar is going to be a father for the first time and SÃ£o Paulo is not going to be a host city in the 2013 Confederations Cup. The five cities that will be hosting the competition are: Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Brasilia and Salvador.