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001_pigcollection_logoGermanic immigrants first arrived in Brazil starting at the beginning of the 1800’s. From 1824 to 1969, a modest estimation is that some 250.000 Germans arrived in Brazil – the fourth largest immigrant community to settle in the country, after the Portuguese, Italians and Spaniards. A majority of them arrived between the I and the II World War.

Early German immigrants settled mostly in rural areas of Brazil, making their living as farmers. Those arriving in the 20th century mostly settled in big towns, being middle-class labourers from urban areas of Germany. During the 1920s and 1930s, Brazil also attracted a significant number of German Jews, who settled mostly in São Paulo.

Many aspects of Brazil’s culture has been influenced by Germans, especially so in the southern states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul: the Brazilian Oktoberfest in Blumenau is second only to Munich in size. Roughly 5-10 million Brazilians are believed to have German ancestry and the Germanic influence in Brazil is undeniable, as two of Brazil’s most famous personalities can attest to: architect Oscar Niemeyer and über-model Gisele Bündchen.

With all this “germanification” going on in Brazil for centuries, how come Palmeiras have never played in Germany? Good question! The Verdão have played German teams 8 times (4 victories, 3 draws and 1 defeat) and the list includes heavy-hitters like Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund. However, not one clash has taken place on German soil.

Regardless, to all our German readers, near and far: danke schön!
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artwork by Custódio Rosa

research by Cláudio of IPE

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001_pigcollection_logoLet’s leave the old continent for a moment, returning to the Americas. More precisely, to Mexico – coincidentally, the last country Palmeiras played abroad, in 2013, before the recent mini-tournament in Uruguay.

Palmeiras are a frequent visitor to Mexico: on average, a game every four years. The first out of the 24 took place in 1952, against Necaxa, a 3-1 victory for the Verdão. In total, there have been 15 victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats on Mexican soil.

Against Mexican teams, Palmeiras have done rather well historically: out of 28 games home and abroad, Palmeiras have come out victorious 16 times, drawn 5 times and lost 7 times.

This year’s edition of the Libertadores Cup includes Mexican teams Universidad Nacional (commonly referred to as “Pumas de la UNAM” or just “Pumas”) from Mexico City, and Deportivo Toluca, from the city of Toluca.

Too all our Mexican readers out there: continue bringing the spice! Abraços!
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artwork by Custódio Rosa
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001_pigcollection_logoWould you believe Palmeiras have never pilgrimmed to the island where everything started? Never kicked the old pigskin around in the misty dampness of her majesty’s kingdom? Well, it’s true. Palmeiras have played against English teams: Arsenal (1 victory and 1 defeat), Coventry City (1 victory), Portsmouth (1 victory) and, most notably, the unforgettable odd goal defeat to Manchester United in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup final in Tokyo. However, never played in England.

Thank you, Englishmen and women! Stay tuned to Anything Palmeiras!
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artwork by Custódio Rosa
research by Cláudio of IPE

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Voulez-vous jouer contre nous ce soir?

001_pigcollection_logoIt’s unlikely anyone knows how many times Palmeiras have heard the question. However, we do know it has been responded positively only once: in 1963, Palmeiras beating Bordeaux 4-1, in Bordeaux, after three goals by striker Servílio (289 games for Palmeiras, 10 caps for Brazil). Surprisingly enough, that is the one time Palmeiras have played on French soil.

Not that it matters much: we do get a fair share of readers from France. And to all of you, our heartfelt merci beaucoup!
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artwork by Custódio Rosa
research by Cláudio of IPE

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001_pigcollection_logoThough the Italian heritage is certainly omnipresent at Palmeiras, you’d be surprised the team, in its centenary history, has only played 16 games on Italian soil. These took place between 1963 and 1999 and compile seven victories, six draws and three defeats. One of these games – in fact, the last one – has a special place in history books: Palmeiras’ largest victory of all times, 15-0 against a mixed team from the Val D’Aosta region, on 15 July 1999.

To all our Italian readers out there: Grazie!
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artwork by Custódio Rosa
research by Cláudio of IPE

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Finally, the 2016 season kicks off! Tonight we enjoy Palmeiras vs. Libertad (Paraguay) in the Antel Cup – a four-team pre-season tournament played at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. This is the fifth time the tournament is played, and the first time a Brazilian team participates. The winner of today’s game face either Peñarol or Nacional (both from Uruguay) in the finals on Saturday. A game for third place will also be played.

In addition to the two games in the Antel Cup, Palmeiras’ bench will play a friendly against Uruguayan team River Plate tomorrow Thursday.

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According to Palmeiras historian Fernando Galuppo, it has been 47 long years since Palmeiras last initiated a season abroad: 1969, in Mar del Plata, Argentina, against Hungarian team MTK.

Marking presence abroad is fundamentally important to gain experience, but also to strengthen the club brand. As for Anything Palmeiras, this blog does not have that many readers in Uruguay: possibly numbers will improve as of next week.

Palmeiras have never played in the UK – not a single time – and yet many of Anything Palmeiras’ readers are from there. Perhaps not too extraordinary: after all, this blog is in English and England is the home of football. Now would you believe Palmeiras have never played in Portugal? Or in Germany? Coming days, we’ll look into a few more of these curiosities with the help of Cláudio Kristeller of the IPE while at the same time salute all our foreign reader through a number of exclusive drawings by the one and only Custódio Rosa Filho. You have seen his work before, he debuted here with the “PigKing”, remember? Stay tuned!
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It’s a well-known fact: Brazil has only won the World Cup when there were Palmeiras players in the squad. Mazzola in 1958; Djalma Santos, Vavá and Sequinha in 1962; Baldochi and Leão in 1970; Zinho and Mazinho in 1994; Marcos in 2002.

No Palmeiras players are to be found in the Brazil 2014 World Cup squad. The closest we have is defender Henrique, who transferred from Palmeiras to Napoli a few weeks before being called up be Luiz Felipe Scolari. No player, up until now, that is.

Seems like the sports section of prominent, UK based Daily Mail has decided to give Brazil a hand. In the picture above, “Scolari’s Henrique” has been substituted by Palmeiras’ centre-forward Henrique, recently arrived from Portuguesa. If you look carefully, “Palmeiras Henrique” (second row, second from the left) is even wearing a yellow Palmeiras jersey, paying homage to a historical game in 1965 when Palmeiras represented the full, Brazilian national squad in the opening game of the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte, defeating Uruguay 3-0.

Thank you, Daily Mail: at least now, Brazil stands a fighting chance!

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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