Admittedly we jumped the gun in regard to the expected arrival of Thiago Scuro to replace César Sampaio: turns out the chosen one is Omar Feitosa, currently the coordinator of physical preparation of athletes at Atlético Paranaense football club, a position he held at Palmeiras between 2007 and 2010.
The 45-year-old has worked at many a Brazilian club and can also point to a couple of international experiences in his CV: Shenzen Jianlibao from China and the Lebanese national team. Feitosa was invited by Paulo Nobre himself, who openly admits to liking Feitosa’s rather “hard” and serious approach. The new administrator will not, unlike Sampaio, participate in negotiating players, but rather be the link between players and directors. As he’s never exercised this specific function before, it will be Football CEO José Carlos Brunoro’s task to mould Feitosa, who reportedly has accepted the invitation and is expected to start at Palmeiras on 2 February.
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Last Wednesday night Palmeiras played their second game in the São Paulo championship, beating Oeste 1-3. Positive aspects include Valdivia’s good performance when coming on in the second half, Luan’s goal (Luan has declared he’s “fed up” with the criticism he’s receiving from supporters and has expressed his wish for a transfer: early next week we should learn whether Nobre/Brunoro/Kleina have decided to stick with Luan or if it’s time to part ways. Brunoro has confirmed that several teams are interested in the player. Either way, Luan scoring is good if he stays and good for boosting his value if he de facto is negotiated) and yet another solid performance by Prass. On the negative side, best-so-far midfielder Souza hurt his left knee and should be out for 2-4 weeks. Watch the highlights below.
Tomorrow Sunday Palmeiras face Penapolense in the third round of the Paulista. The game take place at the Pacaembu stadium, 17h local time. Penapolense beat Ituano 3-0 in the first round, only to lose to Mogi Mirim by the same score in the second. It’s anybody’s guess, but Palmeiras should win and win comfortably.
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