Internacional coach Falcão fired

Falcão reacts during Inter's 3-0 home loss to São Paulo (Jefferson Bernardes/ VIPCOMM)

Less than a week after my report about the coaching merry-go-round in Brazil and another one bites the dust. This time it’s Falcão at Internacional. Ironically (or perhaps fittingly depending on how you look at it), the sacking came after Inter lost 3-0 at home to São Paulo, the team who sacked their coach a week earlier. Adilson Batista will be the new coach at São Paulo.

State Champs: stuck with the wrong match

Grêmio and Leandro (left) got the better of Internacional (Jefferson Bernardes, VIPCOMM)

The afternoon got off to a terrible start with the news that Corinthians would be wearing jerseys with their mothers’ names on the back as a Mother’s Day tribute. I needed to call on all my powers of concentration to get this shockingly lame marketing gimmick out of my head and focus on the important afternoon of football ahead, starting 16:00 local time. And what an afternoon it promised to be: Corinthians vs. Santos, Internacional vs. Grêmio and Atlético Mineiro vs. Cruzeiro to name just a few of the mouth-watering ties. Continue reading

Ganso set to sign new deal at Santos

Ganso looks like he will sign a new contract with Santos

Happy now? (Getty Images)

Paulo Henrique Ganso looks like he will end speculation about his future (for the time being) by signing a new deal at Santos.The player has been out injured for seven months with torn knee ligaments and was not happy that his contract talks were put on hold as soon as he got injured.

He has publicly declared his dissatisfaction with the situation and wants to be paid on a par with the likes of Neymar and Elano; Ganso’s salary is currently around one third of that.

Despite complaining in public, the player wants to remain at Santos for at least another year. Now that he is nearing a return to first team action, he should get his way with a deal of around GBP 30k per week. Inter Milan and AC Milan have both shown interest in the player but it looks like they’ll have to wait to get their man.