2020 Brazilian League Preview*

It’s on! The 2020 Brazilian League actually kicked off already the previous weekend but Palmeiras debut was postponed to today due to the already epic São Paulo state Championship final.

Over the last four years, Palmeiras have shown a consistency hardly seen in Brazil, bagging two titles (2016 and 2018) and finishing second (2017) and third (2019). However, this consistency did not result in long life for our coaches. For 2020, Palmeiras chose Luxemburgo, who has a huge history in the Brazilian League, having won five titles: two of these – with Cruzeiro (2003) and Santos (2004) – in the first couple of editions under the current format.

The improvement on the team performance since 2016 can be clearly seen on the chart below, showing the percentage of points won by Palmeiras in each edition.

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Palmeiras have disputed fourteen editions of the Brasileirão since  the Federation adopted the round-robin format. The numbers show 582 matches played, with 251 victories, 182 draws and 149 defeats. The team has scored 838 goals and conceded 700.

The 2020 edition of the Brazilian League is composed of the following teams: Athletico Paranaense, Atlético Goianiense, Atlético Mineiro, Bahia, Botafogo, Ceará, Corinthians, Coritiba, Flamengo, Fluminense, Fortaleza, Goiás, Grêmio, Internacional, Palmeiras, Red Bull Bragantino, Santos, São Paulo, Sport, and Vasco da Gama. It will be different from everything we’ve already seen. With games being played twice a week, alongside the Libertadores Cup and the Brazil Cup, the importance of having a generous squad with good options to put out alternative starting formations will be higher than ever. Palmeiras did not display excellent football in the São Paulo state Championship, but showed mental strength and a solid defense. Luxemburgo has a nice foundation to develop a good job and bring one more title to the Allianz Parque.

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi

*Here at Anything Palmeiras, we love football. We love Palmeiras. We are always keen to see Palmeiras play, and keen to write about it for you. But we’re against the return of football in a country that still hasn’t controlled the coronavirus pandemic. We express our deepest sympathy to the families whose loved ones have been taken by the disease.  

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