Sul-Americana final violence: what happened

Lucas honours the shirt (Vipcomm)

Last night, late, I watched the Sul-Americana final second leg. Great first half from São Paulo, 2-0 up going into the break. Lucas, in his last game for the club, with the first and the lightning quick Osvaldo with the second. But, what happened next is nothing short of astonishing and sad. Continue reading

Rogerio Ceni reaches 1000 games for São Paulo

Rogerio Ceni plays his 1000th game for São Paulo (Vipcomm)

Good day at the office for São Paulo and Rogerio Ceni. Not only did they beat Atlético Mineiro 2-1 but they also moved to the top of the table and celebrated a remarkable milestone: Rogerio Ceni’s 1000th game for the club. Continue reading

Derby day: Vasco coach hospitalized and in critical condition

Lets hope Ricardo Gomes makes a full recovery (Fotocom)

Once in a while football gets put into perspective. Sunday afternoon unfortunately was one of those times when Vasco coach Ricardo Gomes was rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke during the second half of the derby match between Flamengo and Vasco. 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

Another Brazilian Cup surprize: São Paulo out

Lucas' São Paulo are out of the Brazilian Cup (Luiz Pires - VIPCOMM)

One day after Coritiba and Ceará progressed at the expense of Palmeiras and Flamengo, São Paulo are the latest big name to be knocked out of the Brazilian Cup by supposedly inferior opposition. They lost to Avaí­ in Florianópolis 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate). Vasco are the only ‘big name’ left and are through to the semi finals after beating Atlético 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 São 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.

Sao Paulo and Rio State Championship wrap including Lucas’ golaço

Ronaldinho and Flamengo have it all to do against Botafogo (Ricardo Ramos/VIPCOMM)

In the Sao Paulo State Championship Palmeiras deservedly beat Santos 1-0 with some good defending and counter attacking football (okay it was somewhat bureaucratic). Kleber scored their goal in the second half. Continue reading

Two Neymar goals help Brazil beat Scotland 2-0

Young Neymar was once again the star of the show. This time, however, he was wearing the famous yellow and green of Brazil as opposed to the white and black of Santos. In his third appearance for the seleção, Neymar scored two goals and showed off his skills to the world in London. He also showed off his full array of dives, which angered Scotland players and fans alike. Continue reading