A history of Brazilians in the English Premier League

Richarlison has swapped Rio de Janeiro for Watford. But will he miss the food?

Philippe Coutinho may want out, but more and more Brazilians are coming to play their football in the Premier League, a point reflected by three Brazilians making their debuts last weekend. This week we have a guest post from Barrie, a Premier League stats man, who runs the excellent blog www.barriesview.com. In this post, Barry looks at the history of Brazilians in the English Premier League and how the three debutants fared. Continue reading

Match report: Argentina 0 0 Brazil

Captain for the night (Mowa Press)

Brazil and Argentina drew 0-0 last night in a match that was below the standards we would normally expect from two of the Worlds’ great footballing nations. On the whole it was another disappointing performance from Brazil. Continue reading

Argentina v Brazil: training pictures and team latest

Ronaldinho practises his free kicks in training (Mowa Press)

Brazil will play Argentina in Cordoba (Argentina) on Wednesday evening. The match is the first leg of a competition called the Superclássico das Américas, which I must admit I’ve never heard of before. I’m guessing it must just be a one off. Continue reading

Brazilian stars of the future win under 20 World Cup

Many of Brazil's young players have shot to fame (Getty Images)

Even without their two star names – Neymar and Lucas – Brazil won the under 20 World Cup in Colombia. They beat Portugal 3-2 after extra time in a lively final in which midfielder Oscar was the hero, scoring all three of Brazil’s goals. It’s the fifth time that Brazil have won the trophy. Continue reading

Ronaldinho gets Brazil recall for Ghana friendly

Ronaldinho's good form for Flamengo has earned him a seleção recall (VIPCOMM)

Ronaldinho has been recalled to the Brazilian national team for the friendly match against Ghana in London on September 5. It is his second call up under coach Mano Menezes and the first since Brazil’s 1-0 loss against Argentina nine months ago in Qatar. Continue reading

Santos lose three in a row with full strength team

Santos players and coaching staff look on as things go from bad to worse against Vasco (Getty Images)

How ironic this beautiful game can be. After overcoming all the odds to win the Copa Libertadores and São Paulo State Championship, Santos have all but thrown their Serie A title hopes out the window with three losses in the space of a week. 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

Santos win 2011 Copa Libertadores

Neymar - the best in South America (Getty Images)

Santos have won the 2011 Copa (it’s a disgrace) Libertadores. They beat Peñarol 2-1 in the final second leg tonight. Unfortunately a mass brawl involving both sets of players, club officials and other unknown people ensued at the of the match. The Santos players accused the Peñarol players of being sore losers but the Brazilian press later reported that the brawl started when somebody dressed stewards uniform hit a Peñarol player for absolutely no reason. No matter who started it, everybody involved should be ashamed. What a disgrace! Why does this happen so often in Libertadores matches?  It happened after the final last year and in the match between Fluminense and Argentinos Juniors earlier this year. Continue reading

Top 10 youngsters playing in Brazil

Colo-Colo v Santos - Copa Santander Libertadores 2011

And the winner is.... (photo: Getty Images)

I have finally finished the most complex piece of work in this blog’s history: a list of the top 10 youngsters playing in Brazil. In order to compile the list, I have followed countless rumours and leads, gone through player dossiers, match reports, television footage, trawled the state championships, lower leagues and youth divisions up and down the country, interviewing coaches, fans and scouts alike. All in the hope of finding the best up-and-coming talent in Brazil in order to report to you, this blog’s readers. Continue reading