Saturday afternoon, Palmeiras visited the Morumbi stadium, leaving with a goalless draw against São Paulo in the first leg of the semi-finals of the state championship. It was a surprisingly good game, the draw acceptable but with Palmeiras closer to the victory – especially since the referee awarded Palmeiras a penalty before conducted by the VAR crew to review the highly interpretative moment of play and backtracked. The second leg takes place at the Allianz Parque upcoming Sunday. In the other semi-finals, Corinthians have a 2-1 advantage over Santos.
The São Paulo Football Federation and the São Paulo Sports Tribunal scaled up hostilities against Palmeiras yesterday, reviewing a 40-day old sentence to slam an additional three games suspension on Moisés for being on the receiving end of a punch to the face, thrown by Santos player Gustavo Henrique during the game on 23 February. Moisés is thus out for the remainder of the Paulista championship. Palmeiras consider the ruling absurd and a retaliation – a reflection of the ever so deteriorating relationship since last year’s scandalous Paulista final, where external interference changed the referee’s ruling – and is taking SPTJ’s ruling before the Supreme Tribunal of Sports.
Our women in green debuted in the second division of the Female Brazilian Championship on 27 March, beating the Mato Grosso do Sul team Moreninhas 8-0. TV Palmeiras broadcasted the game live. On 10 April, Portuguesa await in the second round of the Brasileirão.
Last Sunday, Palmeiras Women carried out their debut in the São Paulo state championship with a goalless affair against Audax. Upcoming Sunday, the second round of the Paulista, this time against São Paulo FC. In total, the tournament is composed of ten teams divided in two groups, the top four teams of each group advancing to the second phase.
Palmeiras’ U20 got off to a good start in the Brazil Cup round of 16, last week beating Coritiba 1-3. The return game, at the Canindé stadium in São Paulo, takes place tomorrow Wednesday.
Luan Cândido to RB Leipzig
One of Palmeiras’ most promising players in the youth divisions did not even make it to the A team before packing his bags: left-defender Luan Cândido has signed a 4-year agreement with Red Bull Leipzig. The transfer is Palmeiras’ fifth largest in history: €8 million plus €2 million when Luan has made five appearances in the Leipzig jersey. In addition, Palmeiras retain 15% of the 18-year-old’s economic rights.
Cândido has frequently been called up to the lower categories of Brazil’s national team. The youngster officially becomes a RB Leipzig player on July 1. At the moment of writing, the team occupies third position in the Bundesliga, behind Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund.
Top 5 Palmeiras transfers (pre-Cândido):
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City, 2016) – €32 million
Rivaldo (Deportivo La Coruña, 1996) – €12 million
Yerry Mina (Barcelona, 2018) – €11,8 million
Flávio Conceição (Deportivo La Coruña, 1996) – €11 million
Keno (Pyramids, 2018) – €8,6 million
Tonight Tuesday, Palmeiras face San Lorenzo in Buenos Aires for the third round of the Libertadores Cup. Palmeiras currently head group F after two victories against Melgar and Junior FC, with São Lorenzo in second with 4 points. Palmeiras travelled without Ricardo Goulart, who remained in São Paulo to undergo preventive treatment. Neither Gustavo Scarpa is at Felipão’s disposal: the attacker returned to Brazil yesterday due to the passing of his grandmother.
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