It’s a well-known fact: Brazil has only won the World Cup when there were Palmeiras players in the squad. Mazzola in 1958; Djalma Santos, Vavá and Sequinha in 1962; Baldochi and Leão in 1970; Zinho and Mazinho in 1994; Marcos in 2002.
No Palmeiras players are to be found in the Brazil 2014 World Cup squad. The closest we have is defender Henrique, who transferred from Palmeiras to Napoli a few weeks before being called up be Luiz Felipe Scolari. No player, up until now, that is.
Seems like the sports section of prominent, UK based Daily Mail has decided to give Brazil a hand. In the picture above, “Scolari’s Henrique” has been substituted by Palmeiras’ centre-forward Henrique, recently arrived from Portuguesa. If you look carefully, “Palmeiras Henrique” (second row, second from the left) is even wearing a yellow Palmeiras jersey, paying homage to a historical game in 1965 when Palmeiras represented the full, Brazilian national squad in the opening game of the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte, defeating Uruguay 3-0.
Thank you, Daily Mail: at least now, Brazil stands a fighting chance!
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!