Regional “classicos” in the Brazilian League – a Palmeiras performance analysis

The regional classicos in the Brazilian League are always highly anticipated events. Palmeirenses look forward to the clashes with Corinthians, São Paulo and Santos with a different taste in their mouths and the victories – like todays, against Santos, in Palmeiras’ first regional classico of the Brasileirão 2020 edition – are oh so sweet.

From 2004 to 2019, Palmeiras have played in fifteen editions of the Brazilian League under the current format, with 88 games against our regional rivals (50 against Santos and São Paulo, 48 against Corinthians). Overall, Palmeiras’ performance is not so good, with 30 victories, 23 draws and 35 losses. Below, see how we’ve fared individually against each of the other three.

  • Corinthians: 10V | 8D | 10L
  • São Paulo: 10V | 9D | 11L
  • Santos: 10V | 6D | 14L

Between 2008 and 2009, Palmeiras were undefeated for nine consecutive classicos. On the other hand, from 2011 to 2014, we didn’t win a single out of thirteen consecutive classicos.

The performance in regional classicos is rarely correlated to the overall performance. Only in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2018 the difference in percentage of points won was smaller than 5%. Our worst performance in classicos happened in 2012 and 2014, years of our worst overall campaigns and performance in classicos: a draw and five losses in each year.

The only year Palmeiras remained unbeaten in classicos was 2009, but our best performance against our regional rivals was in 2018: four victories, a draw and a loss.

When we look at the performance in regional classicos playing at home and away, we see the home advantage being very important against Santos and São Paulo, but not making much of a difference against Corinthians. We should remember that our first victory playing away against São Paulo only happened in 2018. And our last victory against Santos as visitors happened on a distant 2009.

With today’s victory, Palmeiras have lost only one of the last ten classicos in the League. Could today prove the first step of an unbeaten streak of regional classicos in the Brazilian Championship? The three points certainly buy Luxemburgo more time to continue developing the team; with a full week of training ahead, our coach has time to make improvements, tweaking ahead of the upcoming sequence of games.

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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