Sonar pings #23

Working the Palmeiras brand
Earlier this week, Palmeiras’ Orientation and Fiscal Council (COF) opted for the Miltex proposal for developing the chain of stores authorised to sell Palmeiras gear. The deal includes some fresh cash, roughly US$ 8 million, to the club; should come in handy when contracting players for the 2012 season.

Situation at the Medical department
Valdivia is good to go on Saturday against América Mineiro, the game taking place at the Canindé Stadium, 18:00 local time. Cicinho is recovering well from his strained ankle but won’t be available before the derby against Santos on Sunday 9 October. Striker Dinei is not yet close to see a ball. Neither Kleber nor Marcos will play due to smaller medical issues. Scolari has called on Fábio for the first time as a backup for Deola between the posts. Also, we should see more of Pedro Carmona, as Valdivia probably won’t come on for more than 45-60 minutes.

The Saint on the big screen
A documentary that will highlight Marcos’ spectacular achievements at Palmeiras and the National Team is in the final planning stages. The independent production, which bares the mark of journalist Mauro Beting, is part of a larger project that includes an additional three films on specific topics: The Paulista Championship title of 1993; the Libertadores Cup title in 1999; and the 100 year anniversary happening in 2014.

Sweat it out
The undefined question of where to place the sauna in the reformed Palmeiras Social Club and Headquarters has turned into a bit of a headache. The issue was not resolved in the planning stage and has now started to negatively influencing the progress of the construction of the New Arena, as important phases depend on the placement of the bathing facility.

Here somewhere?

As any good Swede of Finn would tell you, the sauna is of an outmost importance. It’s unfortunate that the issue wasn’t taken care of earlier and that the poor sauna now receives all the flack for halting a 200 million dollar project. So be it. How would you otherwise call the facilities the “most modern in Latin America” if it lack something as basic as a sauna? Solve the problem and move on, lads.

Anzhi want Felipão. Who doesn’t?
Roberto Carlos, left-back and interim coach of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, made headlines today when stating that he will soon discuss the 2012 planning with club president Suleyman Kerimov. The sky is the limit, as Roberto Carlos will recommend that either Luiz Felipe Scolari, current Flamengo coach Wanderley Luxemburgo or Fábio Capello are brought in together with players like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Robert Pires.

Scolari might not be very satisfied with how things are going at Palmeiras, but I’d say where not quite yet at the point where he’s prepared to uproot his family and move to the Republic of Dagestan. Not quite yet.

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