Being palmeirense is never having a dull moment. It’s a nonstop rollercoaster ride, wearing you down at times as if draining strength from your body and mind. Deal with it or look somewhere else for cheaper thrills.
On Friday, the DOCUMENT was finally signed by president Tirone, settling the issue with WTorre that was haltering construction on the New Arena. A couple of changes – insignificant and ridiculous (15 parking spaces and a VIP cabin for the directors) – were made to the original agreement. Conclusion: weeks and months of “negotiations”, trash talk in the press and added tension between Palmeiras and WTorre served as pretext for an attempt to promote Tirone as a serious and tough negotiator, determined to adjust contractual clauses overlooked by the former (Belluzzo) administration. In the end, I’d say the opposite was achieved.
Tirone gave an exclusive interview to the Jornal da Tarde moments after signing the document; an interview that proved perfectly timed to divert any excitement and commemoration as its content stirred the immediate fury of all Palmeiras supporters. In conversation with the reporter, Tirone airs several opinions: that Valdivia and Lincoln cost more than they contribute (he even labels Valdivia “an awful investment”), that Valdivia parties too hard and that Tirone, if made the offer, would swap him for Dagoberto (of SPFC); that Felipão sometimes loses his posture in a way that Mano Menezes (coach of the Brazilian national team) never does; and that both Felipão and Frizzo complained too much in regard to the PC Oliveira incident (the referee chosen for the Palmeiras vs. Corinthians game in the Paulistão), making it impossible for Tirone to revert the situation. In addition, he commented on specific player salaries (Assunção and Lincoln) among other things.
Tirone’s statements are not compatible with his position as president of Palmeiras. He damages the institution by exposing players, coach Scolari and others. Tirone himself seems to understand this in hindsight, as he on Palmeiras’ official site offered up an “alternative interpretation” of his wordings. According to Vicente Crisco of the 3VV, Tirone has also been in contact with coach Scolari in an effort to set things straight and even with some supporters of Palmeiras to personally apologise. Let’s see if Tirone is able to ride this storm out: many are asking for his head without delay.
We had some additional sources of joy this week. As expected, losing 6-0 to Coritiba in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Brazilian Cup proved too difficult to revert. Palmeiras beat Coritiba 2-0 at the Pacaembu on Wednesday (watch the highlights below), but the result was obviously not enough. Eliminated from the Cup, the victory at least brought back the self confidence and some of the respect lost with supporters. On the negative side of things: Wellington Paulista, in his first game in Palmeiras’ starting eleven, fell badly on his right shoulder, forcing it out of position. The player will stay off the pitch for 2-4 weeks. The same goes for Lincoln, who felt his thigh again (Lincoln and Valdivia have a side bet related to their thighs) and will miss out on the first rounds of the Brasileirão.
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Congratulations to Santos – Paulista Champions 2011 – beating Corinthians 2-1 (0-0 in the first leg) in the finals. Mind you, the centenada continues!