Santos 4 5 Flamengo: Ronaldinho hat-trick

Ronaldinho magic (Wander Roberto/VIPCOMM)

The best game of the season so far and some commentators are even saying it was one of the best ever games in the Brazilian National Championship. Stars of the future, past and present, heroes, villains, dislocated shoulders, missed penalties, brilliant goals from free kicks, brilliant dribbles, clinical finishing, brilliant passing, poor defending and goalkeeping. This game had it all (except for a red card I suppose)! Continue reading

Copa America 2011: Brazil out

Fred struggles to control the ball against Paraguay (Mowa Press)

Brazil sensationally missed all four of their penalties in a penalty shootout against Paraguay as they crashed out of the Copa America at the quarter final stage. Unlike previous games at the competition, Brazil dominated the match from start to finish.   Continue reading

Libertadores final: difficult night for Neymar but advantage Santos

Neymar struggled against some tough marking (Getty Images)

After the drama of volcanic eruptions in Chile and the subsequent ash cloud that has covered most of southern South America, the Copa Libertadores final first leg finally got the go-ahead to be played on Wednesday night as scheduled.

In front of 60,000 screaming Peñarol fans (including Diego Forlán), who put on quite a spectacle, Santos will be the happier of the two teams after they came away from the match with a 0-0 draw. Not a bad result at all for Neymar and co. especially because away goals count for nothing in the final, unlike previous rounds. Continue reading

Ganso stars on injury comeback

Ganso makes his Santos comeback after 8 months out through injury

Ganso salutes Santos fans (Bruno Miani, UOL Esport)

Paulo Henrique Ganso is back! After more than 200 days out with a serious knee injury, the 21 year old playmaker made his comeback yesterday in the São Paulo State Championship coming on as a halftime substitute for the hapless Diogo against Botafogo-SP. Continue reading

Brazilian squad named for Scotland friendly

Mano Menezes calls up São Paulo sensation Lucas to face Scotland (Márcia Feitosa/VIPCOMM)

Brazil coach Mano Menezes has named his squad to face Scotland on 27 March 2011, in London. Still apparently experimenting with team selection, he sprung a couple of surprises in leaving out Robinho for the first time and calling up the uncapped u20 star Lucas. Continue reading

SP State Championship: Santos draw and their coach is fired

After a poor run of games culminating in a 1-1 draw at home to São Bernardo, Adilson Batista is fired by Santos

Adilson Batista is fired by Santos (AE)

Santos coach Adilson Batista has been fired following a poor run of results culminating in a 1-1 draw at home to the lowly São Bernardo on Saturday night. Corinthians continued their recovery in the post Ronaldo era, winning 4-0 (Liedson scored another two) and São Paulo and Palmeiras drew 1-1 in a rain drenched Morumbi stadium. Little-known Mirassol now top the table after ten games. Continue reading

Corinthians beat Santos in São Paulo State Championship

Fábio Santos, Roberto Carlos' replacement, struck two goals for Corinthians (Getty Images)

Corinthians surprised many by beating Santos 3-1 in the match of the weekend in the São Paulo State Championship. Corinthians were inspired. It can’t possibly have been because of the silly marketing and gimmicky tributes to Ronaldo before the game so I’ll put it down to good coaching. Continue reading