The Brazilian League ended last Thursday with Flamengo the champions for the second consecutive year. Palmeiras, considered one of the top contenders during the tournament, ended up focusing on other competitions, and to much success, as we all know.
After 38 matches of the Brasileirão, Palmeiras accumulated 58 points, with fifteen victories, thirteen draws and ten defeats. The rather poor campaign – the worst in the last five years, in fact – doesn’t bother palmeirenses a bit, as this season could prove Palmeiras’ most victorious in history, should upcoming Sunday’s second leg Brazil Cup final grace us with yet another title.
The 7th position marks the sixth consecutive years that Palmeiras finish in the top half of the table. After being relegated in 2012 and finishing 16th in 2014, it’s been a while since we don’t need to concern about relegation issues.
Despite losing ten games, the main reason Palmeiras didn’t accumulated more points this season were the draws. With thirteen games where both Palmeiras and the opponent scored the same number of goals, this season’s number is only inferior than 2010’s.
At the tournament’s conclusion, the gap to the champions was thirteen points. While we all understand the reason for sacrificing the Brazilian League, it’s nevertheless hard not to mourn the 16 points Palmeiras lost to Botafogo, Coritiba, Goiás and Vasco da Gama – the four teams that ended up relegated.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi
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