Four games since you last saw a line written here at Anything Palmeiras. Coach Marcelo Oliveira’s debut consisted of an odd-goal away defeat to Grêmio, leaving Palmeiras hovering just above the relegation zone. After that, we’ve seen three convincing victories without conceding goals: the spectacular 4-0 against São Paulo FC, 2-0 against Chapecoense and yesterday, the 2-0 away against Ponte Preta. Palmeiras have climbed to 7th position with 18 points, only five behind leaders Atlético Mineiro, Grêmio and Sport. This upcoming Wednesday, Florianópolis team Avaí – currently at 13th place with 13 points – visit the Allianz Parque.
Also worth mentioning from the last couple of weeks:
Striker Lucas Barrios, 30, has been given a week’s rest after participating in the South America Cup for Paraguay; he will undergo his medical and sign a three-year contract with Palmeiras early next week.
Argentine centre-back Fernando Tóbio is leaving Palmeiras for Boca Juniors, the loan running until the end of the season.
Ryder has had few opportunities at Palmeiras and is being returned to Fiorentina, who will pass on the 22-year-old offensive midfielder to Italian second division champions Carpi.
Last week, Palmeiras acquired two players to their youth divisions: Dudu Nardini (born 1997) and Klaidher (born 1999), both from Desportivo Brasil.
Palmeiras supporters are signing an online petition, requesting free admission for children under 2 years of age and discounts for children under the age of 6 at the Allianz Parque – a great initiative and duly supported by yours truly.
Finishing off with some disappointing news: Palmeiras will not participate in the 2015 basketball season due to a lack of sponsors, the Nobre administration again showing remarkable ineffectiveness, putting a temporary (?) end to a very traditional modality within the Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras – the Palmeiras Sporting Society.
From Scotland, with love.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!