The afternoon got off to a terrible start with the news that Corinthians would be wearing jerseys with their mothersâ€™ names on the back as a Motherâ€™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. GrÃªmio and AtlÃ©tico Mineiro vs. Cruzeiro to name just a few of the mouth-watering ties. Continue reading
After three months of mind numbing State Championships, nearly all of the 24 odd Brazilian State Championships kicked into life yesterday as their reached their finale with a number of historic derby matches deciding trophies and finalists. All of the three main derby matches played on Sunday (Palmeiras x Corinthians, Internacional x GrÃªmio and Flamengo x Vasco) were decided on penalties while a day earlier Santos beat SÃ£o Paulo 2-0 away from home to reach the SÃ£o Paulo State final. Continue reading
Leandro DamiÃ£o has been called up to the Brazil squad for the friendly against Scotland after injury ruled Pato and Nilmar out of the match. The 21 year old received the call from Mano Menezes after some cracking form at Internacional where he has scored 13 goals in his last 9 games (admittedly against some weak opposition in the GaÃºcho State Championship). Nonetheless he’s quality and hopefully we’ll see him get out on the pitch and make his debut.