Sequence from Hell
Palmeiras tonight ended an unlikely sequence of three games in the Brazilian championship always facing the runners-up. Palmeiras beat Corinthians 1-0 away, then drew 1-1 with Flamengo at home and today, drew 1-1 away against Fluminense, Rony scoring with an amazing bicycle kick. Palmeiras initiated the sequence 6 points ahead of runners-up Corinthians and will finish, at worst, 7 points ahead of runners-up Flamengo, should Flamengo beat Botafogo tomorrow. Excellent, to say the least.
Palestrinas in the Brasileirão semifinals
Palmeiras today lost to Corinthians 2-1 in the first leg of the Brazilian Women’s Championship semifinal. The game took place at Neo Química Arena and the return is scheduled for September 10 at the Allianz Parque. Reverting the score next week takes the decision to penalties, while a triumph by two or more goals guarantees our spot.
New sponsor in the pipeline?
Palmeiras and Cimed, a pharmaceutical company, are conducting negotiations. Reportedly, the company logo could appear on the Women’s football uniform, and possibly also on those of other sports modalities of Palmeiras’.
Cimed is already the sponsor of the Brazilian national football team.
Speaking of the women’s national team: five Palmeiras players were yesterday called up by coach Pia Sundhage to defend Brazil’s colors on FIFA dates in September, when two frendlies will be played against South Africa. Defenders Thais Ferreira and Day Silva (called up for the first time), midfielders Ary Borges and Duda Santos and striker Bia Zaneratto will pull on the yellow jersey on September 2 and also on the 5th.
In addition to the five athletes, Palmeiras had a sixth professional call-up: performance analyst Vanessa Fernanda Silva. This is not her first time with the national squad: Vanessa was part of the commission that end of July lifted the trophy of the Women’s Copa America.
New signing to the U20 team
One of the most promising players in Grêmio’s youth categories, 18-year-old defender Ary Garcia, signed a contract with Palmeiras this Thursday. Ary had a release clause fixed at €50 for foreign clubs but reportedly cost Palmeiras zero. However, Grêmio was allowed to keep 30% of the player’s economic rights. Best of luck at the Big Green, Ary!
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