Sonar Pings #2

Marcos celebrates his 37th birthday
This Wednesday, Anything Palmeiras has the pleasure to congratulate goalkeeper Marcos on his 37th birthday; 18 of them dedicated to Palmeiras. And even as “Saint Marcos” was the one receiving presents, he also gave one to the more than 15 million Palmeiras supporters: a promise not to talk about retirement anymore, at least not in the coming years. “I will only talk about my performance. Age is not a problem, but I want to stay well physically. I would like to keep on playing and I’m already under a specific training programme; hopefully this will allow me to continue until I reach 40”, he told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Valdivia arriving (by Vagner Campos-FP)

Valdivia now walks Brazilian soil
The waiting is over: Valdivia arrived early this morning at the Cumbica airport and was escorted by members of Palmeiras’ security crew to the city centre.

Scolari has already issued a call for patience: do not expect to see the Wizard on the pitch immediately, as he is not in his best physical shape, having also recently suffered from a bad virus. “We need patience and he will have to work hard. In perhaps 15 days, he will be able to play during part of the game. Everything will happen in due time”, Scolari clarifies.

South American Cup started this week
As of this year, the winner of the South American Cup gains access to next year’s Copa Libertadores. Thus, the upgraded South American Cup – which kicked off on Tuesday – has become the shortest route to the most prestigious tournament in Latin America.

Palmeiras’ first game is scheduled for next Wednesday against Brazilian team Vitória from Salvador, Bahia. If Palmeiras goes through to the next phase, future opponents are as follows:

  • Group of 16:   Cerro Porteno or Sucre or ColoColo
  • Quarter finals: AtléticoMG or Santa Fé or Caracas or Prudente
  • Semi-finals:     Estudiantes or Newells or LDU
  • Final:               Grêmio or Santos or Velez or Independiente

The new Arena
As previously reported, revenues from home games in the new Arena will be 100% destined to Palmeiras. In addition, Palmeiras will have a cut in the revenues from other activities carried out on the Arena. Today, it was disclosed that revenues for the subletting of shops, stands, restaurants and space for advertisement should mount to approximately €40 million per year. This cut – today at 5%-20% depending on the type of revenue – will for Palmeiras increase by 5% every five years.

The naming rights are in the final negotiation phase and will follow the trend in Europe, where large companies provide sponsorship in exchange for the right to baptise arenas.

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